A while ago, Stacey and I wrote about how 2013 was going to be the year that we saved up all of our money and put it towards a house deposit. Well, a number of things – including a holiday to Lanzarote, a new camera, a birthday trip to Dublin (which I swear I will blog about soon!) and an invitation to spend this thanksgiving with some wonderful friends in the USA – have mostly put our saving plans on hold. But that has not stopped me from thinking and dreaming (and pinning!) about our dream house.
A few things have made me ache for that dream home more than ever recently. I totally fell in love with the decor and style of this house when it was featured on A Beautiful Mess. There’s something about the black walls and the quirky, colourful retro furnishings which appeals to me, and the fact that it’s a decades long project just warms my heart. Houses – and projects – like this really made me stop and wonder whether I do want a city centre flat after all – maybe an old, falling apart house in the suburbs would be a good investment? I am constantly torn.
And then the video above, from Ikea, has made me stop and think about what spaces are really important to me in a future house. Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that a good kitchen is probably first on my wishlist – I love to cook, and I need to be comfortable in a kitchen. I’d love a dishwasher, a gas stove, a wine cellar, a Smeg fridge, a waste grinder, a rotating cutting board sink… But I’m aware that I’m likely to have to just accept a fridge freezer and a basic oven and a sink. At least the kitchen in the Ikea video has the awesome breakfast bar and that drawer of spices – I think despite the fact that I don’t eat breakfast, I might have to start planning a breakfast bar into our dream home!
That video also reminded me how much I’ve always craved specific spaces in my home to do specific things. I guess it comes from my love of compartmentalising things, but ever since I was a kid I always wanted to renovate a house and add a light, airy attic room which could be used as a spare bedroom / art room. I’d love to have a space where I could set up a sewing machine and have baskets of fabric and ribbons but also a bench where I could frame photographs (something my granddad taught me to do as a kid) and take electronics apart and try to fix them. Having space for my hobbies is important to me (I’d secretly love a hidden library but I somehow doubt I’ll find a house with a secret room in / near Edinburgh) and in my dream house, there’s an attic or a shed which is just for fun stuff.
My final dream is for a master bedroom suite with a loft bed and a dressing room and an en-suite with a freestanding bath. Ever since we stayed at Prestonfield House for Valentines Day last year, the idea of having a huge bath with claw feet and stylish taps has really appealed to me. I didn’t think that Ikea would be able to help with my dream bathroom – but having had a browse of the website, I found this picture which is pretty much my wish-list all in one – a huge bath, monochrome colours AND hers-and-hers sinks! All I need to do now is find a bath… Oh, and a house, I guess!
Anyone else want to share what they their dream house would look like? Or alternatively, how you ‘knew’ that a house / flat was the right one for you when it came to buying a place?! Also, if you enjoyed the video from Ikea, you can also get more tips from the yummy-mummy home-owner (Mandy) on her official Twitter feed here!