We've moved house!

Goodbye London, hello suburbs.

It's official, we've embodied that definition of "settling down". It has taken a legal contract and warning of a financial penalty to stop us moving every year as has been the case for the last five years. It has become a December ritual of ours that we choose to pack up our belongings, hire a van and drive (or fly) to a new nest just in time for Christmas, prompting our annual argument over my eagerness to put the Christmas tree up straight away which is "not the priority, Rose!" The plan now is unpack for good and stay put for several years.

Our adventures have taken us from our much-loved first home in Hammersmith, to a year abroad in New York, to Romford and finally Wembley. We've got a fair feel for the rented lifestyle of a North, East and West Londoner, so now we've taken the plunge and moved faaaaar south. So far, we're beyond Zone Six. So far, Oyster doesn't work at our nearby station. So far, we'll need to buy a car. Suburbia here we come...

It has been a long time coming, especially if you followed our near-miss earlier in the year when we almost moved to Richmond. At some point, I will write a blog post about what I've learnt from the whole process. But right now, I'm counting the pennies left after building surveys, insurances and the ghastly stamp duty fees and decompressing.

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I am beyond excited to be reunited with half of our furniture which has been in storage for the past three years and start unpacking our one-bedroom flat into a three-bedroom house. Bring on running up and down stairs!! Praise be to the TWO bathrooms!! And roof space for my treasured Christmas tree!!

Now excuse me whilst I get back to shuffling furniture in the living room for the nineteenth time! I'll leave you with the three Instagram accounts that have been topping up my excitement throughout this whole process:

No. 3
I will be getting my faux flower game on as soon as the Christmas decks are down (yes, that is my priority once we've waved off the removal van). Biggest inspo comes from this little independent shop, Berrys and Grey, which is based in Norwich but has a great online shop for home deliveries if you're, like me, further afield. Follow at @berrysandgrey

No. 2
I am beyond excited to be reunited with my dining table which my mother-in-law has been keeping safe for us and all the table layout inspiration is coming from Mandy's Instagram stories. But beyond everything, the front door garlands are going to be my new 'thing' and I'm pledging to create a seasonal garland for spring, summer, autumn and winter. Best ask for a hot glue gun for Christmas! Follow at @no.7_is_home

No. 1
The queen of Instagram herself, Mrs Hinch is the person to make me take pride in my home and clean it as much as I possibly can. I'm also very eager to keen to purchase wax melts (whatever they are...) and spend the majority of my disposable income in B&M which is in walking distance! Follow at @mrshinchhome

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