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Story Of Your Home

Last December after nearly 5 years of renting, we finally purchased our first house. A beautiful Victorian styled house built in the 1900’s with a large garden, a garage and still within walking distance of the beach.

Almost a year on, a lot has changed! Firstly the biggest change of all is the surprise arrival of baby Sebastian. At the time we bought the house, I would have been a few months pregnant but had no idea. The dreams of using the spare bedroom as a walk-in-wardrobe/office disappeared overnight and soon plans were made for a nursery. The wooden floors which we had saved up for were also a distant dream as all of our savings went into buggies, nappies and car seats!

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We have however managed to make our house a home by adding some personal touches. Soon after we moved in we ordered this grey fabric Chesterfield from Made.com. We loved the modern take on a great British classic. Our world map from IKEA makes the perfect backdrop and is a reflection on just how much we love travelling.

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Another addition when we first moved in were these shelves which Scott built around the fireplace. I love how we can display our photos, books and travel memorabilia. The latest addition is the black and white photo at the bottom of the photo which Scott’s parents bought over New Zealand. Its a photo taken in the 1970’s of Scott’s granddad on his tractor in New Zealand. On the side of the truck is his initials which have now been passed down through the generations and is who we named Sebastian after!

The shelves also house our large Aotearoa sign (the Maori name for New Zealand), our gold edition Olympic Games book and of course my favourite picture of Sebastian.

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Our kitchen is inspired by my love for the countryside. Lots of contrasting blues make up this country-styled kitchen and the large windows allow the light to flow right through the house.

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In our porch is a print from one of my favourite shops in Westbourne, NO82. Its a print of some of our favourite beaches in Dorset and it adds to the beachy theme that I wanted for our entranceway. A large oar acts a coat hook, the vase is from HomeSense and the photo is of course of Seb’s tiny little hand when he was just a few weeks old.

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A large silver anchor is a hook for our BBQ sign (a New Zealanders favourite!) and Seb’s BabyBeau changing bag.

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In the hallway we have framed prints of the old Railway Posters for the South Coast. These posters would have been displayed around the country advertising the south coast as a holiday destination. We absolutely fell in love with them and are always a talking point when we have visitors.

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Our bathroom has been repainted orange. I framed this print from IKEA and I love it’s quirkiness. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I love how bright and airy it makes the whole room feel.


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Seb’s nursery is one of my favourite rooms in the house. We wanted to include our love for traveling all the way through our house, and this animal map of the world from Etsy is perfect for Seb’s room.

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In our room, I wanted to walk in after a hard day at work and feel like I’ve just stepped into a luxurious hotel room. We bought a huge king sized bed with the most snug of all mattresses, Scott’s painting of the Bournemouth shoreline sits just above our gorgeous dark grey headrest, and there are plenty of pictures of Seb in black frames around the room. We also bought this window seat from Homesense which is perfect for our bay window.

I hope our love for travelling, modern twists on british classics and Scott’s kiwi heritage have come through in the interiors of our home. A big thanks to Hillary’s Blinds for asking me to share our home inspirations with you!

 

Dressing a Baby Bump

It’s a pretty daunting thought when you find out that you’re pregnant that there will soon be a day where 80% of your wardrobe just will not fit. Fortunately, I got to 23 weeks wearing everything and anything I did before. At 23 weeks, I bought my first pair of maternity jeans and at 32 weeks, I am finding it harder and harder by the day to stretch tops over my ever growing bump.

I haven’t invested too much in Maternity clothes (mainly because they’re boring and huge) but I have invested in one pair of lightly coloured maternity jeans, one pair of black maternity jeans (smart enough that I can wear for work), one pair of maternity leggings and one maternity blouse. Thankfully, I have a few tops and dresses which I am still squeezing in to, so I thought I’d share a few outfits from my very colourful 30 week pregnancy wardrobe so far!

30 Weeks – My favourite H&M Maternity Jeans // The coolest lace jacket (H&M again) // Lace top from River Island

This little cream lace jacket from H&M is the most versitile jacket I have ever bought. Dress up or dress down, it fits perfectly with my changing shape, is the perfect length to show a bit of bump and goes with pretty much anything.

31 weeks – Top from Zara // H&M Maternity Jeans

I’m so obsessed with stripes and although this top is now much too short to wear on its own, it doesn’t look as odd as you’d imagine (or at least I hope), with a vest underneath.

31 weeks – Dress from Primark (many, many years ago), worn as a top // H&M Maternity Jeans

On Tuesday, we went for a date night meal at Tiien. The sun was shining and I wanted to get a little more dressed up than my usual jeans and t-shirt attire. Thankfully I found this stretchy Primark dress in my wardrobe which fits perfectly now as a top!

32 weeks – Dress from Forever21 // H&M Maternity Jeans // Zara Bag // H&M Scarf

My favourite colour combo, orange and pink, for a dinner date with the girls.

I don’t think being pregnant should take away from your everyday style. Of course, you can’t rock a pair of mini shorts like you could before, and staggering around the office in heels is definitely not something I could conquer, but I’ve still tried to keep true to my usual style and so far, I think I’m just about doing it!