I am focusing on the positive right now, trying to get our little house back together and all patched up before the winter really hits. This morning I hoed the front garden... well, half of the front garden, I'll do the other half later. I've figured out what colour scheme and overall theme I want to use in our living room - we've not been using this room of late since the break-in so I want to make it loveable again. Reading Ideal Home is great, some of these people's homes and the ideas they've had are amazing - I have totally borrowed some of the ideas and been forming them for our house.
I think it's worthwhile to have your house and make it liveable/personable for you but also styling and forming it so it's really classic in design so that if you go to sell it in the future you're doing the best by the house. It's a complex way of thinking but I love the idea of having this fabulous house that I love to live in but it also being really "stylish" and well designed to make the best out of the space. This sort of thing takes years to achieve but so far I like my ideas!
I explained this idea to Sean, I can't say he was overly sold but he agreed at least that if he was going to put shelves in his room then his walls needed to be painted white so the overall theme of the room was really clean and clear. It's pay day soon for both of us so we're trying to organise what the month's priorities will be - so far, we know the shed and paving stone extension will be next year - to be honest, everything garden related will probably wait until next year! The only thing I think we will do this month (before it gets too cold) is follow our neighbours idea and put wood chip over the front garden to reduce the weed growth on that. I do want to keep buying the trellising for the back garden though as it's quite expensive stuff, I'd like to get that up (securely) sooner rather than later as I'm certain that the end terrace next to us is moving in soon and I don't like people peering into our house from their garden!
I also discussed widening the doorway to the cupboard downstairs (this cupboard is at the back of the downstairs toilet) and putting in a white shutter style door instead that can collate to one side so I can turn this space into a laundry room - I want to move the washing machine from the kitchen and put a tumble dryer together in this space, then shelve the walls to the side and above the two machines for additional storage (primarily for kitchen overflow!) but again that's a next year job as it will cost. As will the media unit we would like built in the living room... everything else that needs to be done for the house are the costly things but I guess that's how it works. The only other bits we need to do are finish furnishing some of the rooms, so we need a new coffee table and a corner cabinet for the living room, we also need some stools and a folding table for the kitchen to complete the offer in there as well. Makes you wish it was a Sims game, then you could just put in the cheat code for unlimited money and off you went!
Anyways for now I'm shopping for an auburn cushion... wish me luck!