Saturday 24th August

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On my face:

Loreal accord parfait concealer, shade golden honey.

Rimmel London radiance brick bronzer.

Loreal (really old, can't tell what the packaging says) blusher.

And my favourite, Loreal glow amour highlighter.

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What I am wearing:

Jumper from ASOS, here.

Converse, here.

Levi denim shorts.

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I can't believe I was only whinging a few days ago about the cold, rainy weather and today the sun has never felt so warm! It was so good to feel the sun on my face and it was at times, a little too hot (especially in that knitted jumper I decided to put on this morning to do the food shop in). After a rushed morning, I met up with 3 of my school friends and we went for a walk to Hardraw Force in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a super quick walk which was all we wanted but it was so nice to catch up and have a girly natter for a change. It's £2.50 to go to the waterfall, as it is privately owned but wow it's beautiful! We had planned on heading in to Hawes and visiting Wensleydale cheese factory but we didn't have much time so we decided to head home and treat ourselves to ice cream! What flavour? I hear you ask. Well, obviously.. plain and simple mint choc chip! My only regret is not asking for a flake! Anyway, now I plan on getting all the walking gear ready for tomorrow morning. I don't even know where to start, my head feels fuzzy and I want to go to sleep but we don't have time in the morning as we are hoping to set off around 6:30am to avoid any parking issues and bank holiday folk on their jollies. Better scoot, sorry for the brief and random post. This feels rather unusual for me too! Speak soon, L.

Renovation tip #2

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The kitchen space. We have to get rid of the carpets and the rest of the kitchen units soon. Can't wait to see it empty!

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The living room. We moved the majority of the rubble bags outside yesterday evening (I say we but I mean Josh) and I can't believe how spacious it feels with almost all the shit gone.

Hey there. What's happening this fine Monday evening? I can't believe it's almost dark at 8:40pm. I'm actually very ready for Autumn and crisp fresh mornings. I'm sick of these August showers that come and go. I never know what to wear, even if I do wear leggings and fleece's to work every single day (don't judge me). I seriously need to start making more of an effort with my work wear but I just can't justify wearing 'my weekend best' to sit in an office. I also tried wearing my skinny jeans once and they genuinely felt like they were cutting me in half. So, what's the point? Nobody actually cares, right? Anyway, you're probably wondering what fabulous, inspiring tip I have for you this week. In all honesty I really did struggle to think of something I could pass off as a 'tip' but then I realised, it was right in front of me....

2. Take time off to relax

Which again, is way easier said than done. Especially when all you want is to get everything done as quickly as possible. I've been exhausted this week and when I say exhausted I mean, I've felt dizzy from working so hard, my arms ache and I just feel like a walking zombie. I don't even feel like I'm living in the moment and it's a hard thing to face, you know, being tired at the age of 24. I don't like it at all but my Gran always tells us to slow down. Take a day or two off, have a bath (I can't tell you how much I love a bath, wow, I definitely have to get one in our master suite because there's no way I'm living without one after this week), get a good nights sleep, just watch a bit of tele and do nothing. You forget how easy it is to be sucked into work, work, work and we've literally had no work/life balance for a good month now, so it's really starting to take it's toll on our physical state. Although, I should say that we are coping with this all pretty well. I'd say that Josh and I are the happiest we have been together and we haven't had any arguments as of yet.. but I probably should mention that I do always win. Seriously though, you'd think that working on a house every single night together would turn you against one another but for us, it's brought us closer than ever! Anyway, enough gushing... Tonight was the night that we were meant to get all the rubble on his Dad's pick up which I was so looking forward to but something came up so his Dad never turned up. Instead, we decided not to bother spending the night on the house and we came home to have dinner and just relax! I've spent a good hour or so catching up on my favourite YouTube channels. Lydia Millen and InTheFrow have just uploaded two great interior vlogs, which I am all here for at the moment and that is how I like to spend my down time, as well as writing my blog and reading a few pages of my new book 'good vibes, good life' by Vex King. Josh is currently sat in the lounge, shouting at the tele (Man Utd are playing), I'm not sure I'd call that down time but maybe more of a headache. Who's with me?! Oh I also forgot about the new Interior Design Masters programme that Fearne Cotton is hosting. I'm going to catch up on that actually tonight because I only managed to catch the last 5 minutes last week. Anyway, hope you've enjoyed this post and I hope you all find some time to relax and unwind in this non stop world we live in. Lots of love, L.

Sunday

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Would you believe me if I told you that we are already in bed, watching friends with benefits with a hot water bottle? I don't feel like I've had a decent nights sleep this week, so being in bed by 8pm on a Sunday evening is a real treat. So, what was on today's agenda? Well, I began my morning doing the food shop. Oh the joys! I actually bought our first little photo frame for the house from TK MAXX. Man, I love that shop. I think I've picked up one item for the house from there every single weekend! We didn't manage to get rid of the rubble today but it will all be gone by the time I finish work at 6pm. The bags of rubble you can see from the photo is only half of it, so you can probably understand my frustration and how difficult it has been working around such mess. Oh, I picked up a Farrow and Ball paint guide thing and I think I have decided on what colour we are going to do the guest bedroom in. You can see which colour we've decided to go for over on my home account @verynorthernhome, which I will have for solely home related images. Anyway, I'm going to snuggle down and get a good nights kip. I hope you have enjoyed your weekend! Lots of love, L.

This week | house update & choosing our log burner

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Tuesday evening, when I thought that summer was going to stick around a little longer.

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Lunch at Farmhouse Kitchen on Wednesday after an appointment at the hospital.

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Today after a really hard day's graft. Josh also bought me a new mask to help with dust.

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We still have the odd butterfly in the house. This one was in the attic but I let it out of the velux window. The wallpaper on the right is from the bathroom and was underneath the bathroom cabinet. How cute?

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The landing this afternoon before I cleaned up all the rubble and move the glass shower screens.

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The guest bedroom with the skirting and coving removed. Can't wait to get started on our office and guest room (which will be our room for a good few months).

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Here is the log burner that we have decided on from Firehouse in Kendal. In fact, you can see the exact model here.

Is it time for bed yet? Or shall I say, is it time to move in yet? I am bloody shattered, I can't even move after a good old soak in the bath. You may be surprised to know that today marks exactly 1 month since we got the keys to our first home together. Can you believe it? I can't! It feels like time has gone so so quick but it also feels like it's been our home for way longer than just a month. Our first mortgage repayment went out yesterday and I'll tell you something, it's shite being an adult and having these responsibilities. Can I rewind back to when I didn't have to pay bills or do a food shop so I can just spend all my earnings on clothes and holidays? I'm joking, it's great and we have our own home which we can do whatever we want to and nobody can tell us that we can't because we are the owners! A bit of an update from this week. Well, I'd like to say that WE have done a lot but Josh has been at football 3 nights this week so I've been plodding away on my own for the majority of it.. but my fabulous friend Clare did come round to help me remove some plaster on Tuesday night which was ever so kind of her. Obviously we had a large glass of Gin and ginger ale to finish the night off, which went down a little too well, kind of a shame that I didn't have any more mixers... Yesterday evening my Mum and Dad came round to help remove the coving in the main guest bedroom and also the plaster on the external wall. We did it in such good time last night and it's so much more fun when there's a few of you there cracking on. We now only have the bathroom external wall plaster to remove, which we will do first thing tomorrow before we get rid of all the rubble in land fill. I can't wait to see the back of those rubble bags, there's literally like 50 bags of rubble just sat in the living room and it's really bugging me because they are just making life extremely difficult. We also chose our log burner the other day! It's absolutely gorgeous and is not like the stove we originally thought we wanted but it just looks like an absolute classic, with a huge glass front. We also both agreed on a surround for the stove too, which we never thought we would go for but we both said how grand it would look with the tall ceilings and the Victorian coving.. but I'll show you that some other time, as I didn't get any photos and I don't want to give too much away too soon, just incase we do decide to change something. I can't wait to get it all in! Hopefully we will have it in before the Winter weather, so we can have it on when we are working in the house. How amazing would that be?! Anyway, I think I'm going to do some reading and relax before Josh appears home from football. Speak soon, L.

Renovation tip #1

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It's really hard keeping my blog up to date when we are working on the house most evenings and although I thought that I would be on top of things, I really haven't. I don't tend to keep my phone on me when we are in the house, mainly because everything gets super dirty and I'm scared my phone will get dust in the speakers, so I tend to keep it in my coat pocket and only ever get it out during a brew break or whenever I feel the need to take to instagram and film a little video. I know that so many of you are enjoying the house renovations, so thank you for taking the time to message me and let us know. It really does mean a lot that some of you are so invested in our home renovations as much as we are! I totally get it though, I've been following home interior blogs/Instagrams for what has felt like my whole life and now being in the position to do up our own home really does feel like a dream come true! I still can't believe that we have our own home! This week, I wanted to introduce something new to the blog. I know it's probably been done a million times before but I wanted to share with you our renovation tips, how we stay sane and how we stay motivated. So, here is our first tip of the week...

1. tidy as you go

Which is much easier said than done, especially when we can shut the door and go home for the evening and forget about all the mess and the dust we have left behind. Although, if you have ever created an absolute mess and returned the following day to begin work again and had to tidy up from the night before, there is nothing more frustrating and time wasting than having to tidy up the mess you created to then start work again. My advice, or shall I say Josh's advice, would be to get rid of all the rubbish, bag it up, put it to one side or in a pile and get rid of it before you've even thought about it. To make life even easier, we split all the rubbish in to materials. So we have a wood pile for burning, bags for rubble, normal waste goes straight in to the black bins outside, cardboard, plastic, glass etc. all for recycling. Hopefully my friends boyfriend will be coming to take all the rubble bags away for land fill sometime soon (and I'll make sure that the bags don't get dumped so we can reuse them), Josh managed to get rid of all the wood, which will be burnt nearby and other stuff like carpets will have to be sent to the tip I'm guessing? Anyway, there you have our first renovation tip and one that I assure you will help in the long run. Speak soon, L.

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Our first kitchen design

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How are we all on this fine, beautiful weekend? I joke, this weekend is not beautiful. I got absolutely drenched last night, running home from the pub and again this afternoon walking up to the house. It's nice to be inside, all cosy just relaxing for once. Although progress has slowed down on the house, it has felt like a tough week physically and mentally. But we did get the kitchen design back from Benchmarx on Friday and I said I would share the designs with you so here it is! What do you think? We decided to go for the in-built oven and microwave to save space and then the 5 ring gas hob on the opposite side, instead of a range cooker (or Aga, although I so wished we could have an Aga). I really like the wall with the Belfast sink and hob on. It's just simple, nothing too fussy, enough work space, some glass cupboards to break it up a bit. However, the other side under the stairs just makes me feel a bit, meh. I really don't like the gaps above the fridge freezer and the microwave and then above the single cupboard. It looks unfinished and messy in my opinion. We both feel the same and we ideally would prefer to get some doors made to fit in nicely under the stairs but it would cost a lot of money and then may not be the right colour/style as the kitchen. We'll see! The colour is actually nowhere near the colour we want either. I don't want any grey in our home (on the walls anyway). I feel like grey is the new magnolia and I want as much colour in our home as possible. We knew we wanted something really dark so hopefully we can get a RAL colour which is a deep dark navy, almost black.Anyway, this design was to really get an idea of layout for the electrics and the plumbing. We have a good plan for sockets and light switches which we decided on last night and both Isaac and Aaron made a start today whilst I was at work. Oh, we also made quite a big decision yesterday and that was to have a dining table or no dining table. We opted against one for space because we didn't want to cut back on the kitchen and then we also didn't want it to look like we squeezed one in so we are just going to do without. My idea is to have a coffee table which we use like the low tables they have in Thailand and you sit and eat on floor cushions with your legs crossed. I think it will work well and will be quite nice to have a little piece of Thailand in our home. Anyway, let me know your thoughts on the kitchen design. I'd love to hear if you have any tweaks or adjustments you would make! Speak soon, L.

Plans for the weekend

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I can't believe it's already Thursday evening. The weeks are whizzing by! This morning when I woke up at 7am, the windows were wide open, I could feel the fresh breeze on my arm and it felt like Autumn. I love Autumn and I'd even go as far as saying it's my favourite season. I have said before that Spring and Summer are but Autumn just makes me feel some kind of way. It's still technically Summer but have you noticed that the nights are getting darker quicker? That's the only thing I dread when it comes to Winter... the long dark nights, especially when you finish work at 6pm and feel like there's nothing you can do afterwards. Anyway, enough rambling. I'm here to tell you about our weekend plans. Tomorrow night Isaac and Aaron are coming to do the 'first fix'. I'm not entirely sure I know what it means but I know that it means progress, which is good. Josh even said to me last night that we are making good progress and it may not take as long as we thought. I so hope he is right! Saturday morning I'm working and then I think I'll attempt the food shop or I might leave it for one night in the week so I can head straight to the house and help with odd jobs that need doing. Then our friends Hannah, Tucker and their son Zach are heading over to see us. They did say they would lend us a hand but to be honest, I think tea out would be much nicer to catch up over, plus we haven't seen them since forever so food and drinks are welcomed with open arms. Hopefully we will get the kitchen plans from Benchmarx sent over during the weekend so I'll most definitely share those here with you! The lady who came to measure up yesterday was so lovely and gave us lots of ideas we hadn't thought of so I'm super excited to see what she comes up with. We finally decided on the range cooker vs in-built oven/microwave, can you guess which one? Oh and the colour, oh my the colour is just fabulous! I was so torn between a really light and cheery kitchen but I've gone completely the opposite way and I'm so glad that Josh is on board with it because I just know it's going to look 'sick'. Anyway, I'm already showered, in my pyjamas and I have the flat to myself. So, I'm going to read my book, relax and hopefully have a bit of a kip on the sofa before Josh arrives back from training. I am absolutely shattered! Speak soon, L.

What are we going to do with this huge fireplace?!

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So, this weekend we revealed this huge fire place. I can't quite believe how big it is and it's going to obviously be the feature of the room and I'm still trying to figure out that best layout for the living space will be. The original idea I had for a corner sofa next to the fireplace on the left and then the tv unit directly opposite the stove may not work now as I'm not sure we'll get a huge comfy sofa in the space. I guess we will have to do some measuring once we get to that stage. Although, Isaac is coming to do our electrics on Friday so we need to think about where we want plug sockets. Initially, we were going to have the log burner sat out of the wall but now that there's so much space inside the wall, it would be stupid not to use it. We want a fairly large log burner, slightly raised off the ground so we can store some logs underneath during Winter and also throughout the summer because I think it looks nice too. I'm really not sure on what we will do on the back side of the fire place because I haven't come across anything on Pinterest that I like. Ideally, I would love to stick to quite a Victorian looking style, with a modern twist but I'll have to do some research for that. I'm thinking tiles or just the original stone if we can spruce it up a bit. Also, I haven't even thought about a lintel? The one already in the wall is absolutely huge and it's annoying it's not stuck out proud of the wall as I would have definitely loved to of had that on show. Maybe we will just plaster a surround but I'm not sure that looks too clean and modern, what do you think? Ah, it's so complicated! I change my mind all the time too. I've gone from wanting a really light kitchen to now wanting dark blue, almost black (midnight) shaker style, with brushed brass hardware. I'm actually a little excited - we have the guys from Benchmarx coming tomorrow morning to design a kitchen for us. I can't wait to see what they come up with! Anyway, I thought about sharing a mood board for one of the rooms but I'm too tired to sit at the computer any longer.. so I'm going to get ready for bed and dare I say it... set my alarm for the gym tomorrow morning *yeh right*. Speak soon, L.

House tour | before

Here's the house before the decor! Honestly, it's come a long way since the 17th of July (the day we got the keys) and I still can't believe how much we have done since then.. it's only been almost 3 weeks! Are we ready to move in yet? Certainly not.. but I really hope we can before Christmas next year. We've knocked down the wall between the kitchen and living room, the wooden boards that closed the staircase off and already it feels so much more spacious. Tonight has consisted of cleaning up rubble, getting rid of the built in wardrobe in the main guest room - which may I add, we regret knocking down because of how well built it was. We should have just changed the doors to spruce it up and replaced the coving which would have been less expensive than replacing a solid built in wardrobe.. but I guess we live and we learn! Tomorrow we will try and get all the rubbish from upstairs downstairs so we have it ready to take to the skip one day in the week. Josh's dad is coming over with his pick up to help with that and then Josh's too younger brothers are coming to help with electrics on Friday, so we are busy, busy, busy! Our first mortgage payment goes out on the 16th which is super frightening.. 30 years I've committed myself to this house and Josh! I'd say it's more of a commitment than marriage, ha! Totally kidding but it's scary and exciting at the same time. Anyway I really hope you enjoy the video. I feel like I was a little nervous at the beginning so I'll try and do a bit more filming once we've got a little further on with the house. Speak soon, L.

The guest bedroom | before

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It's the first evening where we have both decided to relax and not do any work on the house. I can't believe it's only been 9 days since we got the keys and we've already done so much to it. This week we ripped up almost all of the carpets, although we still have the smallest room to tear apart, carpets and wardrobe included, as well as the living room which we should hopefully get done this weekend. The bathroom is almost a shell but we do still need some help removing the shower cubicle and then we have the job of knocking the wall through from the living room to the kitchen. I'm at work tomorrow morning and then I'm going to get a food shop done, so I hope the majority of that is complete by the time I return home but we shall see! Anyway, I wanted to share these photos of the main guest bedroom. This will probably be our room to begin with, until we are ready to get our master bedroom completed. It's a gorgeous room which lights up in the afternoon, allowing so much light to pass through the gorgeous timber sliding sash windows. We love the coving too but the only thing that irritates us is how it disappears behind the wardrobe. The plan is to now remove the wardrobe and try to get a replica piece to go across a new built in wardrobe. That or we redo the coving for the whole bedroom... which probably isn't such a bad idea as I want to cove all of the bedrooms, as well as the living room and kitchen. We also plan on keeping all of the doors but replacing the glass and getting something a little more modern. I love the glass, it allows lots of light through on to the landing, which is needed as the staircase is super dark.. nothing a downlight or two won't fix but natural light is always better! If you know of any replacement glass companies, let me know! I'm going to be doing some research over the weekend! Now, time for bed and an episode or two of Love Island. Enjoy your weekend! Lots of love, L.

First weekend on the new house

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One of the front bedrooms, fully stripped of its wallpaper. Next: get rid of the rubbish and roll up the carpets.

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Saturday morning bacon and egg buns from the local shop. Probably the biggest buns I've ever seen but extremely good (shame about the polystyrene boxes).

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Josh, Alex and Dad peeking out of the velux window.

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Flowers and cards from friends. I actually have a few more now and this is one of my favourite spots in the house. Will most definitely have flowers here all year round.

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This is me stripping the wallpaper in the hallway/landing. We managed to get almost all of the rooms stripped over the weekend.

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The biggest window in the house is in the living room. I absolutely love it as it floods in so much light, even behind that tree (which we plan on removing).

What a lovely weekend it's been, working on the house and catching up with friends. We really do have some fabulous friends and family who have made the effort to pop by for a cuppa or helped graft alongside us. Obviously we provide alcohol, tea, coffee and food, so anyone who does want to give us a hand, please feel free to do so, haha! Friday night we enjoyed an Indian with Hannah and Dan who we went to Dorset with. We sat in the lounge on our camping chairs, lit the candles when it got a little dark and told ghost stories. It was spooky! We were all too nervous to go to the toilet alone, we had scared ourselves that much. On Saturday we did a little work in the morning but we were both busy with other commitments so didn't have much time to make a difference. Then today we actually managed to finish stripping two double bedrooms, the hallway/landing, started on the office room and then started on the lounge. My Gran, Mum and Josh's brother Aaron all came around to help and we actually had such a good day, it didn't even feel like work. We had music on, G&T's flowing, you know.. how work should be! We even began weeding in the yard at the back just to make it look more lived in than anything! Tomorrow, we actually have Josh's Dad and Aaron popping by to help us with removing the bathroom and the wall that separates the kitchen and living room, so we should really see some progress then! I'm not sure what to make them for tea, what do you think 3 men working hard would love to eat? It has to be something homemade because we've spent an absolute fortune on food this weekend... Let me know if you have any tasty, filling, fairly healthy meal ideas. Anyway, I'm going to leave it there for today and I really hope you love seeing all my updates. Speak soon, L.

We bought a house!

Well, we did it! I said that this year would be our year from the very beginning. I noted down my goals, my hopes and my dreams in January but there was one thing that I told myself we would do, no matter how hard it would be or what it would take.. but we did it and we bought our first home together! I still genuinely can't believe that I'm even writing these words because when we first viewed this house back in February, I never imagined it would be ours, even though we both wanted it so much and we knew it would be the perfect first home.

There's a hell of a lot of work to be done and we are on a very tight budget, so we will just have to see how it goes and do work as and when we can afford it. From here starts the hard work, the ups and the downs, the tears and the smiles, both our wages just thrown at our first home but I know it will all be worth it when we have our own space to breathe, relax, host parties, stay up late, walk around with nothing on.. all the things I've dreamed of for so long.

Anyway, I'm so excited to bring you on this journey with me and I'm just so happy we finally managed to do it all by ourselves. I have a short vlog I filmed all from the very beginning which I will pop a link to when I get around to uploading it, so you can see all the ups and downs that we encountered along the way. If you have any tips on renovating or any books or podcasts I can listen to to help inspire me please do comment below or send me a message on Instagram! I always love to hear what worked for you or what didn't! The buying process and a little first look at the house will be coming very soon and I'm so excited I just can't stop smiling! Lots of love, L.

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