Why is that such a big thing you may wonder?... We have moved 5 times in 5 years!! Yep it's been exhausting, especially as the moves have occurred during poorly pregnancies or with small babies.
They have all been necessary work moves & unavoidable, but as a consequence each home has felt like a stepping stone, a temporary home so to speak. This is the first home that we have truly made our mark on!
We do not own this house, it is a long term let which explains why we are showering all of our attention on it, it is as much of a benefit to us as it is to the owner to improve it!
There is an unfair stigma attached to renting which I don't always understand. For us it was the only option at the time, we didn't know the area we were moving to, it's a huge leap with children! But we have luckily loved it here - this is the happiest I've seen my little family & so while owning has never been the be all and end all to us, I know that given the chance we would love to make this house ours!!
The consequence of those years imagining what I would do to a home we could decorate from top to bottom has been beautiful Pinterest boards worthy of Home Living pages!! Seriously what did we ever do before Pinterest?! I love it! It's always my first go to now for inspiration
We have so far worked on 5 rooms in the house & also on the garden. It certainly isn't magazine worthy yet, in all honesty it's not going to be - (especially with 3 children & pets) but I have loved what we have achieved so far. The changes have been carried out by my husband & I only! I am so proud of his developing skills & I love that we are doing this together!! He takes the lead with any woodwork projects, electrics, the general heavy work; leaving me to do the painting & wallpapering - so far it's a system working perfectly!
Followers on Instagram will know that this decorative journey is better known as #moorecottageproject - here are my decoration highlights from our first year....
One of the major success is undoubtedly our Wendy House! An abandoned old shed that has been given a new lease of life!
We began this almost as soon as we moved in! The Hubby took off the roof, jet washed the inside ridding it of years of dirt & spiders/spider webs etc, it was horrid!! The roof was re felted and reattached & I got to work painting it.
What seemed like a simple notion took far longer than I imagined! It had obviously never had any treatment of any kind on it & absorbed the paint at a ridiculous rate. This meant that four or five layers of paint went on, not just the outside walls but also on the inside! To save time I decided to wallpaper some of the inside walls too. Being realistic I expected these sections to not last forever but even if they were something to update every year or so, the further layers would do the Wendy house good anyway! Plus it means my littles are unlikely to outgrow it!
After dressing the inside I can honestly say my littles adore this space!! They genuinely use it everyday & even when it's a bit miserable outside they can still enjoy being outdoors while staying warm & dry! We keep plastic toys in there too, which means not only do they stay clean & safe & undamaged, but I have also gained another room of toy storage which means this little cottage isn't bursting at the seams with the expected clutter that accompanies three children!
Now I have a confession to make - this post has sat forgotten in my draft folder & since we have had another winter! The poor little Wendy house wallpaper & windows could definitely do with some TLC this Spring, but it sounds like an exciting new project doesn't it.......yay!!