Posts in Buying property
10 ITEMS FROM AN INTERIOR STYLIST'S KIT THAT EVERY HOMEOWNER NEEDS

Every homeowner needs a handy drawer. You know the one I mean - where you keep all your little odds and bobs that make living well, just that little bit simpler. On shoots every stylist has a kit full of essential items to cover every circumstance. I've compiled ten of these must-have items which will save you from scrambling around to sort out problems because you'll be so bloody organised.

Whether you're a new or existing homeowner you need to make sure that you got these babies!

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8 THINGS I WISH WE'D DONE WHEN WE FIRST MOVED IN

We've been living in our lovely flat for just over a year now. As you may have seen in past blog posts, it hasn't been exactly how I envisaged the first year here to be. A year on, I'm about to get real and share all the things we missed when we moved in that I wish we'd taken more time on now, so that you can save yourself time and money by learning from our mistakes. 

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU DECORATE

We moved into our flat just over a year ago. It was a real fixer-upper, with no proper flooring, magnolia splashed walls and an extremely old bathroom and kitchen. As soon as we got the keys we set about starting work, which was mostly decorating after the Kitchen and bathroom had been done. We wore really cool overalls like in the picture above and pretended we were out of Breaking Bad. Unfortunately, because we hadn't really had loads of experience decorating (apart from the odd bedroom as a kid, and I'm sure I wasn't that helpful!) we ended up doing things in the wrong order and sometimes 2 or 3 times before it was right. Here's my list of what we did wrong and how to do it right, so that you won't make the same mistakes that we did!

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: ESTATE AGENTS FOUNDER PAUL O'SHEA

I went through the first time buyer process last year and I know that a lot of you guys are going through it now or in the near future too. I sat down with Croydon based estate agent Paul O'Shea, director and owner of Paul O'Shea estate agents get the nitty gritty on why the market is going crazy, what first time buyers can do to be in with the best chance of securing a property, and to find out if estate agents are really out to rip buyers off off like everyone believes!

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MEET THE FIRST TIME BUYER: EMMA'S RETRO FLAT IN CROYDON (VIDEO)

I went along to talk to first time buyer and visual merchandiser Emma, who showed me around her bright, airy, retro influenced flat she shares with her boyfriend. She shared her unconventional first time buyer story and we talked about what they had to do to modernise the flat when moving in and how she used youtube videos to learn how to update her kitchen on a budget.

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WHY DOESN'T MY HOUSE LOOK LIKE THIS?

I've been feeling really frustrated recently. I'm loving this blog and being able to share my visions and style with you guys, and it's even better to hear and be told that you're enjoying it! But I really want to share my own photos of my own styling and room designs, not other people's, and I've been getting frustrated because something is holding me back from being able to show it to you.

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BUYING OUR FIRST HOME, BEING TURNED DOWN FOR A MORTGAGE, AND A PROPERTY EATING PLANT

I'd erased the frustration of buying a property from my mind but after seeing so many people in the same position as we were last year I thought it might be helpful or comforting to share it. We went through it all, landlords selling form under our feet, legal issues, mortgage rejections and even property eating plants. Yep, no 'little shop of horrors', it's a real thing. 

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