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Our home this Christmas

First things first, Happy December!! My favourite month of the year is here and I can finally share it with my little baby boy! We’re beyond excited to spend Christmas with Seb and have been making the most of getting Christmassy at every opportunity we can! I know he’s going to hate me for this picture one day but I couldn’t resist…

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Anyway, sorry it’s been a little quite over here. I’ve been busy getting things ready for Christmas and just making sure we make the best memories of Seb’s first Christmas. I’ve been trying to make as many things as possible, like footprint gift tags (easier said than done with a wriggly 4 month old baby!) and footprint salt dough tree decorations!

Here’s a little peek at our home this Christmas!

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I picked up this stocking holder from HomeSense a few weeks ago and I love how it looks on our mantelpiece. Perfect for Seb’s new stocking…

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Stocking from Curiosity in Swanage

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Our Christmas Kiwi and Pukeko take pride of place on our mantelpiece too!

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During the madness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and whatever other sales were on in the last few weeks, I managed to pick up these beautiful gold wreath decorations from M&S with 50% off. We’ve put the wreath in the porch (replacing our BBQ sign!) and the other over the mantelpiece.

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I’ve put a few decorations in Seb’s nursery too, including this wind up musical soldier from HomeSense. He loves that it moves and sings!

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And of course his Santa suit ready for Christmas day!

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We decided to splurge on a real tree this year and we absolutely love it. Seb is fascinated by the lights and would happily stare at it for hours on end!

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Obligatory “First Christmas” decoration from Nanny!

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We moved our usual artificial tree into the landing upstairs this year and love how it looks! Turtle Mat kindly sent me this awesome door mat in their Christmas Jumper design and we love it!! In fact we’re debating if it is acceptable to use it all year round in our porch! We decided to incorporate it in our decorations and it very conveniently hides the Christmas tree light wires!

So there it is, our home this Christmas! How is your Christmas decorating going?

Bedroom Inspiration

Bedroom Inspo

Pictures via Pinterest 

It’s approaching our 1st year anniversary in our first home and I can hardly believe it. I had so many plans for this house when we bought it last year but things came to a bit of a halt when we found out about little Sebastian! Instead of our oak floors, we bought a cot, pushchair and decorated a nursery which was once destined to be an office/walk in wardrobe!

Now this house has become our family home, I’ve been rethinking our vision for the decor in many rooms of the house – mainly to make them relatively baby friendly too! I want to add pops of colour to the rooms by painting some of those white walls and I’d like to finish rooms which we started and have not finished.

One of my favourite rooms in the house is our bedroom. We bought the bed of all beds when we first moved in and I’ve recently added a grand set of chest of drawers. The theme has always been very grey, so I’d like to finish the theme by painting the walls and redesign the built in wardrobes. I’d also like to purchase a bamboo effect rug and bring in more of that gorgeous copper accent in some frames and vases.

Do you have any unfinished rooms in your house?

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!