It’s been just over seven weeks since I moved into my forever home. I call it my forever home, although truth be told (knowing me), I’ll be itching to move onto something else in about five years.
But the joy of being in the first home I’ve actually purchased has not been wasted on me. I wake up every day and feel a true sense of excitement in this place. I walk into rooms, stand in the doorway, and let the interior stylist in me dream big design dreams for each space. There are head tilts, chin rubbing, and even the occasional squint – as I envision what each pocket might look like when I call in the professional photographer to snap it for my portfolio.
The worst part of this dreaming, as I’m sure you’ve also experienced, is the knowledge that it can’t be ‘done’ all at once. I understand that a home is always evolving and is never truly ‘done’. But, the pain of having to wait for certain things to happen – from a design perspective – is killing me.
I want it, and I want it now
I’ve always been a bit of a Veruca, the little brat from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I don’t care how, I want it now! A lack of patience is one of my most endearing qualities, despite what my partner might say. It means I get sh*t done when I really need to, but the downside to that is feeling truly gutted that certain things can’t be completed in an instant.
I’m the sort of person who goes into a furniture store and asks about stock levels before I even look around the showroom. If I have to wait six weeks for it, I don’t want it. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with an armchair or sofa and then being told you have to wait two months for it. Is there any greater buzz kill in life? I don’t think so.
As I approach the two-month mark of being in my forever home, things are slowly coming together. Most rooms are full of the furniture I wanted – and thankfully I got most of it right away. It’s the finishing touches that are left, and some larger sticking points that I want to complete.
Things like the fence being painted outside remain. As well as the hot water system being covered with a beautiful screen, some landscaping in the front yard, some work on the kitchen bench (extending it to allow for stools), and replacing the hideous carpet the builder installed.
Off the plan: help & hinderance
Buying off the plan as we did, and coming into it toward the end of the process, we didn’t get to make any decorating choices. That was kind of a blessing in a way. I’m sure I would have blown our budget if I got to even look at marble herringbone tiles or a tinted glass splashback. But it did mean that certain things were chosen that I would not have selected myself, especially the carpet.
The carpet truly keeps me up at night. If you’re as into decorating as I am, when something about your house bothers you, it occupies your every waking thought. I’m reaching out to some carpet brands to see if we can sort something out on this front. But it raises an interesting conundrum; how do you prioritise the most important elements of the home to invest your money in and which to hold off on?
How did you do it when you bought your house? Did you make a list and work through it over time? Or maybe you chose the cheaper items to change first. It’s all a bit tricky to decide on when you want it all done at once. But that’s probably my impatience kicking in again.
I need to become a millionaire
Let’s face it: money really is the main barrier here. When Janet Jackson sung that the best things in life are free, she was lying. Only rich people say that.
If I had the money, I’d have a builder, carpet layer, electrician and tiler here same day if I could. Sort it all out, boys, I’ll be back at 5pm!
So, the agony of decorating my home over time continues. I’ll keep you updated with before and after shots of the spaces as I work through them. I know you’ve been asking me for shots of the place, but it’s truly not ready for your eyes to see. I know how use to seeing stunning homes on Instagram you are. It cannot be revealed until it’s just right!
But it won’t be too much longer, I promise.
Let me know how you worked through your list of home to-do’s in the comments below. I’d love your advice.