A house should be taken care of both inside and out.
A house is like a person.
Those who are close, know you both inside and out, just like the interior and exterior of your home.
However, those who know you as just another passing face in the street, can only judge on what they see from the outside, just like those who pass by your home.
Now I know that we're told not to judge a book by it's cover, but I think it's fair to say, that in most cases, the majority of us do.
It's only natural for us to form opinions on the appearance of people, properties and materialistic objects, isn't that why we take pride in the appearance of both ourselves and our belongings!?
As I mentioned in my first post of 2013, this year is set to be a busy one, as I'm currently renovating the property I bought back in November 2012.
Both in my career and my personal life, I like to work in a methodical way - so when it came to making the decisions on where to start with the house, it made more sense to start with the outside of the property and then focus my attention on the rooms within.
I've lived in the same house all of my live, a two-bedroom Victoria terrace, with high ceilings, spacious rooms and characteristic detailing such as the ceiling roses.
I grew up, knowing that when the time came to purchase my own home, I'd want to invest my money in a similar property. So when the house next door to my parents came up for sale, I couldn't resist popping around for a viewing...five years a little earlier than what I'd anticipated I might add.
It shared the same character, feeling and desirable qualities of the property I'd grown up in, with both private parking and a pretty garden too.
The only down side were the neighbours to the left of the property (not my parents), and their horrendous tin can conservatory which had holes in the roof and were visible from the property's back bedroom.
However, it could be worse and at least I knew the type of property I could be investing in as it was practically the same as my parents, plus the neighbours were all older, quiet and didn't have house parties til silly o'clock in the morning (gosh I sound like a fuddy duddy don't I!?).
The asking price was £20,000 more than what it should have been, so after 3 months of no viewings apart from the one I had had, I put in my first and only offer.
2 weeks later and they accepted!
Last week, I chose my window and door designs and organised for them to be fitted at the end of February, it'll look like a completely different house when they're in place and that's without starting on the interior of the property.
I chose a post box red, composite door with a gold knocker, letter box and door handle - inspired by the town houses in London.
My parents loved the design so much, that they're going to have a black composite door with gold features to replace their current stain glass, PVC front door.
I can't wait to see how lovely they look side by side when they're finished, all we need now is to persuade my Uncle to have his changed too, (he lives the other side of my parents when he's not in New York) maybe to a moss green, composite door with gold features?!
I'm taking plenty of before and after photographs, so you can see the chic transformation of a truly wonderful property.
But the point of this post, is not to turn your back on the exterior of your home, because that's what makes your house a head-turner as opposed to the rest on your row.
It can be just as much fun designing your doors and windows or fitting a pretty hanging basket as it is to pick furnishings and choose wallpaper.
Sharing with you some inspiration ♥
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