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Just so many things going on lately. No time to blog!

  • The melbourne storms yesterday, i was stuck outside in nunawading then they happened. Hubby and I quickly ducked under cover to wait it out. Lucky too because just as we got under the giant hail stones started coming. Our rental place in Maidstone was ok on our return but it took a very long time to get back there  because all the usual routes were either flooded or blocked up by people trying to get out of the city. We ended up hiding out in a restaurant until things settled down but in the meantime i was very worried about my dog back at home (she was ok btw).
  • We did the final inspection for our new house yesterday! Only one week to go until we take hold of the keys. I’m counting down the days and bouncing around with excitement! Finally, a place of our own where we can make the modifications we want. After 7 years of renting I cannot wait. Some of the new bank cards associated with the mortgage package came last week and it’s all starting to feel more real. Hello ball and chain. I’ve been sitting round working and reworking a budget and am glad we’re good for rates to rise 4 or 5% before we start stressing.
  • Set down a chunk of funds for a bed set from Focus On Furniture 🙂 After looking for months i finally found something i liked, and I think my husband has been getting tired of me saying i didn’t want anything i saw. It’s due to arrive next monday so no more sleeping on a mattress on the ground for us anymore. And matching side tables. Oh how i loathe the old furniture.
  • The real estate agent found someone to take over our lease at the old place a few days after we move out! So i don’t have to keep paying rent, we were very worried about that as we are breaking contract and it could have been very expensive if no one had wanted to take the place for a while.
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After having bought our home, my mind has been full of ideas for furniture and decoration. Right at the front of this has been the bedroom. For about a year hubby and I have been sleeping with our mattress on the floor all while chanting the mantra “we’ll get a bed set when we have a new house”. So my husband has decreed, now that we have a house, the bedroom is the first thing we will furnish.

My main concern in the new house is that it’s all very white. The family that lived there before had white carpet, white walls and white furniture. All a little bit bland. I want to keep the neutral background (white carpet and white walls but paint the skirting a contrasting color, maybe brown) and bring color to the room with items that can easily be changed. The above picture appeals to me with the use of bed linen and the carpet to add contrast to the room. I am also a big fan of the Hemnes range of furniture used. The only part i am not a fan of is the pink box at the end of the bed. I would prefer a large wooden chest in place instead.

Our new home

This weekend my husband and I finally joined the ranks of the first home owners. After a long year of searching and disappointment we finally found something with almost everything we wanted within our price range. It’s a gorgeous 3 bedroom townhouse in Nunawading with a very low maintenance backyard (hubby and I are extremely lazy about gardens) which is perfect for the dog to run around in. It’s walking distance to the train station so there’s no need to buy a second car (another expense we were dreading tacking on top of the mortgage). Settlement is set for March, which suits me to a tee because i have a leasing contract to finish up where we are now! Gives us lots of time to scheme plan what we want to buy. I’m all over Provincial for inspiration!

The auction process was a nerve wracking experience! This was our second auction and after the disappointment of last week (I am still convinced that i jinxed it by telling everyone who would listen about the house i wanted) we didn’t have much hope. But i made a supreme effort to look confident and stare down the competition from behind my dark sunnies! Then after that the property was passed in with us as the highest bidder and we had to negotiate. Very scary for the first home buyer, but we had to stick to our guns and say if we didn’t win we’d just move and and look elsewhere. I don’t think i even breathed until after the contracts were all signed! Even now i cannot quite believe it.

On the down side I am now forced to be frugal, a position i am not used to being in. I like to think i made a good start today by making a huge casserole and freezing it in multiple portions. Very cheap and delicious. I hope it will prevent me from suggesting we eat out so often due to post-work fatigue. The budget is now going into a major overhaul!