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Our house

This week Ella asked why we live where we do and I thought it would be fun to write a bit about our home.

We currently live in an Edwardian terrace in north London. The first flat we bought was a lovely 2 bedroom in Dartmouth Park but it was a terrible house conversion and too noisy. We lived there for 2 years before we knew we wanted our own front door and outside space. We wanted to stay on the tube network as before Edward we used to enjoy going out after work. Estate agents wouldn’t take us seriously until our flat was under offer so we basically had a week to find somewhere new to live! We’d already narrowed down our search to an area we could afford a proper house.

I remember walking through our front door on the first viewing. It was a lovely period house with stripped floorboards, original fireplaces and sash windows. It was furnished exactly how we  would furnish it ourselves and there was an Orla Kiely handbag at the bottom of the stairs – I knew this was a sign! It had a loft conversion and this is what really sold it to us: a beautiful open space on the top floor with en-suite bathroom. Neither neighbour had converted their lofts so we knew we could sleep in peace, undisturbed by noisy neighbours.

We went back for another viewing later that week and fortunately our offer was accepted and we moved in 3 months later.

We only imagined we would stay 2 years as we bought when the property market was booming but of course it crashed and we’re still here 4 years later. We love our house. Since we’ve been here we’ve planted a beautiful garden but not needed to do much to the house. However, our growing family needs more space and we’ve decided to look for a bigger place, hopefully detached with a garage and room for a man cave for hubby.


Here are the other entries in this carnival:

Isil at Smiling Like Sunshine tells us Home is where the heart is.

Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window In My Head posts Why Do I Live Where I Do?

South of the River Mum writes about Bringing up children in London.

Scribbling Mum explains why she lives where she does.

Jacq from Mymumdom posts about why she lives in London.

Rachel at Midlife Singlemum tells us Why she lives in Israel.

Kelly at Domestic Goddesque tells us about Wonderful, wonderful Bromley, and why I live there.

Bibsey Mama gives us 7 reasons to live in Spain in Cool España.

Helen at Cheeky Wipes tells us There’s Always a Compromise.

Jenny at The Gingerbread House tells us about her home in Our house.

Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family tells us Home is Where The Heart Is.

Jax at Live Otherwise/Making it Up explains Why I live here. Right here. In this house.

Emma at MummyMummyMum tells us about where she lives.

Cara at Freckles Family posts Where I Call Home.

Merry at Patch of Puddles writes Why I Live Where I Live.

Pure Lanzarote tell us the reasons for their choice in Why live in Lanzarote?

Ella at Notes From Home explains her choices in Why we live where we do.

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    Scribbling Mum
    May 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Oh gawd, I totally agree, an Orla Keily handbag is SO a sign. I too would have bought on the spot 😉

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    Midlife Singlemum
    May 17, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Did the previous owners leave the handbag?

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      jenny
      May 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      No, they were still living here when we looked round. We seemed to share similar tastes in so many things that we could kind of see ourselves living here very easily!

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    Ella
    May 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Do I spy some changes on the blog? 😉 #blogcamp

    That’s so weird about the handbag, definitely a sign! It’s nice that you’ve been so happy there, even though you’ve had to stay slightly longer than you planned.

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      jenny
      May 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      So glad you noticed the changes 🙂 It *might* have something to do with #blogcamp !

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    Isil
    May 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I would definitely see that bag as a sign,too 🙂 Hope you can find a new house that you like very soon 🙂

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    southoftherivermum
    May 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    It sounds like you have a lovely, happy home. It will be difficult to find somewhere you love as much. I don’t think I could move now. Also I’d like to subscribe to your blog but can’t find the RSS feeder? Thanks Milly

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      jenny
      May 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Milly! I made some changes to my blog since #blogcamp and seem to have lost my rss feed thingy! I will try and fix it (or get my husband to fix it!).

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