As we get older and everyone around us seems to be buying houses it is easy to feel a little inadequate – that is until I check myself and remember that we have designed our life like this intentionally. We chose to live in this expensive town, to have children young-ish and for me to not go back to a well paid job after having Wilbur. Houses will come later, and that’s ok, actually (despite how certain people have made us feel). The one thing that irks a little though is the limitations that renting puts on what we can do to make the house ours. I’ve become a dab hand with filler and magnolia paint over the years so I’m not too afraid of putting holes in the walls but we’ve never bothered to paint anywhere because we don’t want to have to paint it back when we move out. The house we are in at the moment has an over subscription of woodchip wallpaper (which, will eventually come back into fashion won’t it? Like coloured bathrooms. If I was putting a bathroom in now I’d have a coloured suite. FYI: Pale blue to be precise, with everything else high gloss white) and a slight lack of storage issue.
An interiors expert or photographer I am not, but I want to show you – honestly – some parts of my house. It is never clean enough or tidy enough and there isn’t space for everything but we actually quite like it. We have always gone for location and price over size of house so we’re busting out of the seams a little. Here it is though, perhaps not Pinterest worthy – but worthy none the less. (I do have a lovely house and life on Pinterest though if you’d like to follow me you can here). When you rent you have to work that little bit harder to make each and every house become a home, an art we are getting better at with each move.
So there it is, some pictures of our imperfect house. Cars and trains spread around the floor, un-dusted shelves, piles of washing and newspapers everywhere. Despite us not owning it, not being able to rip up the laminate floor, un-woodchip the walls or buy a shower that works it is still a home, for however long, our home.