settling into London life...

Thursday, September 04, 2014

If you've been stopping by here for a little while you may have read my making London home post from the start of this year, where I vowed to stop treating my time in London as temporary and to try and make it feel a little bit more like home...

Well, it's been a long road, and I'm not sure I'll ever find anywhere that I want to put my feet up in for the rest of my life, but I have made some conscience choices to really enable us to enjoy our London lifestyle a bit more. I mean, come on - it's been five years already!

Some of the changes we've made this year...

  • first we moved flats back in March, upgrading from a 1-bedroom, dark, cramped flat in W2 to a lovely light 2-bedroom place with an extra-big new kitchen and garden out the back in NW6. These days I enjoy coming home from work.
  • then we bought some furniture. Not lots of expensive stuff, but a few nice Ikea pieces that make life that much more comfortable.

Our spare room, complete with homemade quilt and origami cranes
our spare room, complete with homemade quilt and origami cranes

  • next we added some personal touches. I even got creative (inspired by many lovely blogs out there) and made my first quilt... of course it's travel themed - bringing a tiny piece of wanderlust into our spare room! Do you like the fabric?

Travel themed fabric

  • I've printed and framed wedding photographs too, and finally hung some of the art I've been storing under the bed. Here's one of my more risky pieces...

Put art up on the wall!

  • We've been exploring our new neighbourhood bit by bit during the weekends. We now have a regular pub, favourite local restaurant and farmers market we stop by every weekend.
  • We've also met our neighbours and even shared a few bottles of wine.
  • And next week my parents arrive on a month-long visit from New Zealand. The finishing touch to a eight-month journey. Because anywhere feels like home when you've got family with you.

Hope you're having a great week. Mine has been a little stressful at work... bring on the weekend!

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25 comments

  1. That quilt is amazing! How did you ever have the patience to put that together?!

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    1. Thanks Polly :) I actually went to a weekend sewing class in London. No way would I have been able to do it all by myself! And it was really fun too.

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  2. I love the fabric of that quilt, it's so unique! Where did you get it?!

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    1. Hi Anna. I found the fabric in a tiny shop on Goldhawk road, which is the place to shop for all sewing crafty things in London. Even did some bargaining for it!

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  3. Adding personal touches to your flat really helps make it feel more like home. That quilt is beautiful!

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  4. Nearly the weekend, woohoo! Love that quilt!

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    1. Tell me about it... I really needed this weekend. Thanks for stopping by Sammy.

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  5. I think once you add little touches, a house really does feel more homey. Super impressed by your quilting skills.

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    1. Thanks Dannielle. It's actually a pretty simple quilt - note I didn't post any super close ups :) However pretty proud of myself for my first sewing attempt.

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  6. Sounds like a great idea! I love your quilt.

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    1. Thank you :) I really love it too actually. It's nice to have something in the house that I actually made myself!

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  7. Aw this all sounds nice! Settling into a home and making it your own is so important! I love hanging pictures and art!

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    1. Me too! I had such a collection of photos and paintings to be hung. The place feels so much nicer with things on the walls.

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  8. That quilt is awesome. I think it really helps to make your expat or temporary home feel more like home by adding personal touches. We've hung up some of our art and it has helped.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Elizabeth. Finally, I really like where I'm living and it feels like a home :)

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  9. Stopping by from the link up! I can't wait to follow along your time in London - I am pretty jealous to say the least!

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    1. Thanks Jules. London is a pretty cool city to live in. Just need to remind myself to get and see new things, now I'm getting comfortable!!

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  10. What a beautiful quilt! I'm obsessed with maps - it's just awesome - but the only downfall is I'd be too busy examining it to sleep!

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    1. A ha! That's why I'm keeping it in the spare room for now... sleep is so important!

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  11. You clever thing! That quilt is stunning! I love the material a lot.

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    1. Thanks Holly. I really enjoyed making it as well. I've never really sewed before but the process felt quite therapeutic.

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  12. So nice to see you're settling and making your home your own. Adding little touches really does make you feel more settled!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. Thanks Charli. The little touches make all the difference!

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  13. That quilt is beautiful! I love the fabric and the fact you made it personal to you.

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