Monday, 23 September 2013

6 months in


Before I can blink, I’ve been in my new flat for half a year. I realised this week, and it got me thinking about just how happy I am here. I’ve never been so smiley living with anyone, though I would be lying if I said it hasn’t brought its challenges!

Our cosy one bed flat has already seen so many of our friends come and go, spillages from tipsy nights in and the lingering smells of vegetarian experimentation within our four walls. It has seen our boxset collection grow, our vintage furniture become warm and well used, and our plans for our first ever Christmas together become more than just wishful thinking.

It feels like home.

One of the best things about getting your own place is decorating it. It’s a little trickier for me as my flat is rented, but we’ve tried to make it our own! My love of colour has crept into the living room, with a gorgeous handmade quilt from my best friend’s Mum, and my ever-expanding rainbow array of trainers slowly creeping further out from under my bed. I had a little help from Hillarys for bedroom inspiration, and a determined effort on eBay found us the vintage armchair of our dreams!

It’s just so nice to be in a place that feels like yours, and sharing that with someone who feels exactly the same is just perfect.

What it has taught me most of all, is to be kind. When you’re living with family, or with housemates, or even just by yourself, it’s easy to run around pretty blinkered. All that’s really needed is a note on the fridge. But coordinating our lives together (as dramatic as that sounds) is a tough job when we’re both such independent people.

I’m sure the next six months will fly by as quickly as the first, but right now I’m enjoying every minute, and am already planning where my Christmas tree will go!

Who's up for a blogger sleepover then eh?

17 comments:

  1. Time flies hey! You look all settled in though and you've made it your own, rented can be tricky.

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  2. I hate sharing my living space with anyone else on a permanent basis. I love how you've put your stamp on your place, despite it being rented.

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  3. Your flat look so pretty and love that you made it your own. Hope you continue to enjoy!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

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  4. Ahhh I love how happy you are Claire! I want to move in with my boyfriend now!
    Sophie
    x

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  5. You have such a beautiful flat! And I just moved into an apartment in Philly with my best friend this month so it's been fun making it our own!

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  6. I absolutely LOVE home decor! I've only got my room at uni to work with at the moment, but I love it! Can't wait for my own flat next year... xo

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  7. I live with friends (and have done since coming to uni at 18). I've suddenly felt all 'Location Location Location' and can't wait to get my own place when our contract ends. So glad to see it's all fab for you!

    Becks xo
    thenotsosecretdiary.com

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  8. Yay Your Christmas tree will looks so pretty in there! Love the exposed brick - what a lovely room. I want to come! Promise to bring my penguin kigu :)

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  9. Living together is tough! We've just passed the year mark and suddenly all our conversations revolve around cushion covers and book shelves.

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  10. YES PLEASE for a sleepover! I really love your flat and mine and Mark's totally feels like home, we have been there about a year and a half- scary times!

    Maria xxx

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  11. Wow your flat looks soo nice, and I'm glad you're happy in it! :)

    laurensibs.com

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  12. I love pictures of your flat - so cute and cosy! I've been living with my boyfriend for six months, too, and although I love the flat, I still want to do loads to it. I still need bookshelves, for one!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  13. I have never lived with anyone else but my sister (now she lives on her own). Hm, it must be a little bit annoying, uh I don't know.

    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  14. Um, ME PLEASE! Your home looks so cosy and cute :) pretty similar to how I'd decorate a place! It's also getting me excited to find a place with Doug - us being crammed into my little room at the moment is starting to get rather difficult, so I think we'll be looking soon! Eeeek! xxx

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  15. I love the lamp. I think I am beginning to like those.. quite a bite. Thank you for sharing. I'm happy you are loving living in your own space. I had my own space for awhile and I loooooved it, but I had to move back in with my dad to save money. if you'd like to follow each other, just let me know.

    Raven Rosie
    www.ravenrosie.com

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  16. Congrats on hitting the 6 month mark. Since moving our house I've loved being able to decorate it how I like and display all my books and clothes!

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