on the move {again}…

so we’re house-hunting yet again… time to move on…

i can take no more of the endless procession of estate agents teetering through our “home” on a weekly {sometimes daily} basis in the bid to be the first to make the sale {this is our second rental flat in a row to be put up for sale mid-tenancy & i’m over it… O.V.E.R.}

on a positive note, the thing i love most about moving home is the sense of anticipation of what will come next… what mood will our future home evoke & what spell can i, in turn, cast upon it!

starting anew makes my mind a little feverish with anticipation… all of a sudden i want to explore a new look & feel & create & play & dream…

here’s my list of essentials, deal breakers & things that score brownie points {oh, & before you say anything, this is my fantasy, so just let me roll with it, ok!}

where to start? well, it’s the living spaces that always draw me in… it’s where we spend the most time relaxing, entertaining, just being & if i don’t love the living space, the rest isn’t going to swing it i’m afraid…

above & beyond all else, the lounge must be airy & spacious… good ceiling height, natural light & more than one option for furniture placement {ie, beyond shoving the sofa up against a wall with a television 2 foot away} are essentials… wooden floors get a super big tick {virtually essential really}

bonus points: period features {fireplace, etc.}, a leafy outlook and/or doors onto an outdoor space… ahhhhhh

deal breakers: garish paint colours & awkward layouts make me want to run for the door…

in my book, a kitchen is sooooooo easy to get right, but so, so many people get it wrong… the kitchen should be streamlined & functional with plenty of storage, storage & more storage… simples! oh, & enough bench space to be able to roll out my pizza dough is a must!

bonus points: open plan with modern appliances & a window with a view…

deal breakers: i really, really, really don’t want to be subjected to whatever “splash of colour” fad the owner had going on back in 1987 so coloured or patterned tiles on the whole are no goes… {there are exceptions, but that’s for another post, another day}

ideally my dining space would sit within the general realms of the living area… an open-plan arrangement where the kitchen flows onto the dining which, in turn, flows onto the living area is my idea of perfection… house a dining table in a closed off room by itself & it will soon be starved of human companionship in my home!

bonus points: space to create a gallery art wall & an electrical fitting for a chandelier over the table

deal breakers: room for only a fold-up table which spends half its life squished up against the wall… no thanks, my student days are over!

when it comes to the bedroom, or the dream factory as i like to call it, the simpler the better… give me a big white box with a couple of windows & space to manoeuvre… as long as me, my boyfriend, our bed & bedside tables can happily coexist in this space, the job is done!

bonus points: a walk-in robe & a window i can open to allow a fresh breeze to caress my brow as i sleep {oh, and maybe an ensuite, though i’d rather have a big room with no ensuite than a small room & a cramped ensuite}…

deal breakers: hugest bug-bear & instant turn-off is carpet… & if it has so much as a smidgen of colour on it {especially blue or green}, i’m out of there! seeya…

like the kitchen, the bathroom should be simple & functional… a shower that actually works, a sink with space to put your essentials & a window…

bonus points: a power shower {a girl can dream}…

deal breaker: bathrooms without ventilation give me the heebie jeebies… mould, mould & more mould…

should i be lucky enough to have a dedicated office space i promise i wouldn’t be too picky about its haves & have nots… other than to say i’ve always wanted a work room big enough to house a draper’s table in the middle, a wall for my inspiration images & a book case big enough to hide all my bits & pieces in… oh yeah, & a window as natural light is essential!

bonus points: a leafy outlook & windows opening onto a garden

deal breaker: a noisy environment & a lack of power outlets or internet connection…

having an outdoor room would complete my dream pad… a private courtyard is preferable over a balcony or roof terrace & having this space feature as a continuation of the indoor living area would be divine… ie, doors opening from the lounge onto the courtyard…

bonus points: high walls & an established garden

deal breakers: outdoor space with no privacy or overlooking a main road? then there’s no point having it!

phew, now that it’s all said & done, i guess the only thing left is to go & find this elusive rental property in the middle of london on a budget!

what would be your essentials & deal breakers if you got to choose anew?

images via: style-filesstil inredning och design, dwellers without decoratorsmy paradissigreige designabigail ahernanthropologie

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