Our soon-to-be new home

Yesterday evening D and I visited our soon-to-be new home to do some measuring up and head scratching in anticipation for our move. Our biggest worry is fitting all our belongings in such a tiny home measuring just 4 x 8 meters! To put that in perspective, you could only just fit 4 snooker tables into it! 
Thankfully the white goods are included within the rent which saves a lot of hassle and money, and they all are either brand new or just a year or so old which is a definite positive. Historic student rents have left some bitter memories when it comes to old white goods that require you to switch the appliance on and of 3 times will hopping on one leg before it will carry out its one purpose in life.
The rest of the house comes unfurnished (apart from a wardrobe) which, on one hand, means we can choose comfy sofa and a high bed that storage boxes can fit under. On the other hand it means we have to spend some money buying furniture. Between us we only have a chest of drawers and a king size mattress which would make the house look like a crack den.
To save £££ we shall we spending the next 3 week scouring Gumtree, Freecycle and eBay for furniture with our set budget in mind which is £250.

Guided tour

Here are the pictures I took during our visit. Notice is the…erm… striking dark blue carpet throughout and the happy banana bathroom suite. We will probably paint a few walls to make the place feel warmer but haven’t a clue what goes with this vibrant colour scheme. To be fair the house isn’t as bad as these iPhone photos make it appear.

Front room and kitchenette 

The radiators are electric which we fear may be expensive to run. The house is tiny though, and benefits from double glazing so maybe it wont be too bad.

The fireplace is fake and takes up room which is rather inconvenient but I plan to decorate it somehow. A shrine to Ewan McGreggor, maybe? That could be the compromise for letting D have his Lego cars on display.


Those curtains will have to be changed! That means a a trip to the charity shops, hurrah.


Mmmm banana yellow

The mirror has black edges which could do with covering up somehow
So there it is, our soon-to-be humble home. I can’t wait to get moved in and conjure up some creative ways to make the place feel like home.

Ps.  I would love to hear your suggestions and tips on how to get this house
 out of the 90s and into the 21st century.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • love your new home. Only needs a bit of cosmetic work to make it yours. Wish you every blessing in your nest.

  • Hee hee – your bathroom suite rivals our lovely duck-egg blue one! I finally gave in and painted the walls in there pale blue. The mirror – how about flat glass pebbles like the ones sold to go in vases etc stuck around the edge? Would that work?
    We've always ignored carpets and concentrated on wall colours going with furnishings, but a rich deep cream, almost bordering on yellow, would look quite reasonable with that carpet? Sort of "clotted cream" colour. Might leave you needing new curtain though…! Good luck with it – it'll be great fun, whatever!

  • Hi Robyn
    Thanks for the great suggestions. I love the idea of flat glass pebbles around the mirror. My only worry is that I wouldn't be able to remove them easily when we leave. I could ask the landlady if she minds. On 'Kirstie's Fill Your House For Free' on Channel 4, Kirstie platted rope and put that around a mirror. I quite liked that idea although not sure how I would attach it in a way I can remove it. As for your wall colour idea, that's exactly what I was thinking; that colour would give the place a warmer feel. I really don't like the curtains. I hope to find some nicer ones in the charity shop 🙂

  • Thank you for your blessing. I can't wait to add our own touch to make it feel like our home 🙂

  • I think painting the walls a hessian/stone colour as its warm yet completely neutral so it will go with anything, even a blue carpet! Whatever you do steer clear of yellow tones as that would date the look alongside the blue. I have lots of neutral paints left over you can have. Happy painting x x

  • Hey this home is really cute. and has lots of potential. check out my blog… i live in a student house so there isn't much painting i can do to my house. but for all the other bits im about doing it in a nifty thrifty way ..http://mytinythrift.blogspot.co.uk/ 🙂