Hi.

Welcome to my blog. My name is Nicola and I am an architect with a background in visual merchandising. Launched in August 2016 this blog focuses on eclectic home accessories and aims to  provide home interior and style inspiration. I am also passionate about promoting small independent businesses. To contact me please drop a line to hello@heyshed.co.uk 

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Why I dont live in my dream house and why that's ok

Why I dont live in my dream house and why that's ok

So, confession time- I don’t live in my dream house- shocking I know lol…my dream house is probably a Victorian red brick house with high ceilings and room for a massive kitchen/ dining extension with full length sliding doors or a modern sleek house overlooking the sea but I’d also have to win the lottery too.

In reality we bought our first house just over a year and a half ago and it’s a pretty standard 3 bed end townhouse in a housing development- all very normal! It doesn’t have a view either, now growing up with a sea view this is actually quite devastating but I nip home more than once a week just for that sea air!

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Now don't think I'm being ungrateful here, it’s a decent size which is great, has a good sized garden but isn’t South facing, (mentally adding this to the wish list above). We chose it because it was a compromise on locations- its close to the town I grew up in and an ok commuter distance for the other half and for all the other Location Location, Location jargon- off street parking, can move straight in and above all it was within our budget. There’s no point stretching yourself to breaking point financially to try to keep up with the pressure of owning the 'perfect'  home.

The house had the most space compared to similar houses albeit with a slightly dubious colour scheme, miles of dodgy laminate and failed DIY projects but all cosmetic and like I said it was more house for our money than the newly built turn-key houses further down the road.

As a designer of course I would have loved a big renovation project but then our budget wouldn’t have stretched and having lived in a house where work was being done (ahhh where does all that dust come from?!) when I was younger it was exciting to be able to move straight in.

So for now and the foreseeable future its home and I feel very lucky that we finally own our own property and its plenty big enough for the 2 of us and a demanding dachshund. So be safe in the knowledge that anything I put on Instagram from my own home isn’t out of reach for anyone.  

There’s still plenty to do and over the next 6 months or so we will be doing mini-makeovers of key areas of the house and sharing them with you to make the house a better version of itself without breaking the bank. So watch this space…

Thanks for reading!

Nicola

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