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cacti at home
Hi guys! It’s been not even a fortnight since I posted a few words to you and it literally feels like months! So much is going on everyday and I finally moved to my dream flat (*yay*) so have no internet yet… which, strangely enough, doesn’t bother me that much! I mean, with everyday trips to Ikea, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, DIY-shops and dozens of other places, when I finally get home I just want to seat down, have a cuppa and do nothing at all. But yeah, at the beginning it’s always super hectic so I’m not going to bore you with the details.

As for the flat… Like I told you before, I saw two. The first one was absolutely amazing, with wooden floors, cream decor and a fireplace! And it was in Kensington!!! Before even seeing the other one I was absolutely sure I wanted that. So I called mum to tell her about it. After listening for half an hour of how mind-blowing it was, she just said: ’31 metres and no wardrobe. You’ll end up sleeping in the bath tub’. I so wanted to prove how wrong she was but then I realised that with the fireplace on one wall, windows on the other, bedroom door next to it and finally the kitchen the was no way to put a wardrobe in. Or shoe shelves. Or, basically, any storage space. Therefore, with my heart broken in pieces I decided to listen to mum’s advice for once and said goodbye to Kensington with all my fingers (and toes) crossed for the other flat not to be a total disaster. At that point I was so gutted and ready to accept pretty much whatever’s available.

And then I saw the other flat. The other flat… oh my! It was actually similar to the first one, except… it’s twice as big! Ok, maybe there’s no fireplace and the location is not even close to posh but it’s near the city centre and after all, I’ve always been more of an East End girl, haven’t I. I fell in love with the flat immediately so no need to tell you I was completely blown away when I’d received a call from the landlord saying we’re accepted. It felt like Christmas. Or better.


Paperwork and related stuff took over a week and last Sunday we finally moved it. After almost 3 weeks of sleeping in bad hotels and friends’ houses moving to your own place feels surreal. And all the little things make you happy.

Of course, there are still some things to buy and some work to be done but I’m telling you, having coffee an toast at your own kitchen table is the best feeling in the world.

kitchen table

  • Cheers! x

  • Rada Francis

    Congrats on your new place!!! It’s always so much fun to move and redecorated and just start over. We’re about to move within a year, so I am getting excited about some shopping and clearing out all of the old stuff.

    • Thank you Rada! You’re right, it is super exciting, I love shopping for home and redecorating, lots of fun indeed! x

  • Erika Ravnsborg

    Gorgeous! IKEA makes everything good

  • Dziekuje 🙂

  • Thank you!

  • Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)

    It’s always so fun to move into a new home! Love the floor!

  • Christine Tatum

    I love decorating – especially when you first move into a new place. IKEA is the best. We are finally getting one near our house. Have fun decorating!

    • Lucky you! It took me almost two hours each way to get to the nearest Ikea! And you can imagine how fun it is to travel with huge bags of heavy things on public transport… But hey, it’s still so worth it! 🙂 x

      • Christine Tatum

        Eek! Our closest one was about 2 hours until they built the new one. Maybe you will get one closer and soon, too!! Fingers crossed!!

        • Oh, so you know exactly how it feels! Fingers crossed then! 🙂

  • Melanie Smith

    Ikea is always a great idea! Everything looks so beautiful! Congrats <3

  • Kasia Troszok

    cute 🙂

  • Iwona Kosińska

    jest tak, że mogłabym tam wejśc i zamieszkać. Super, prosto i wygodnie:)

  • Thank you 🙂

  • Well, stepping out of our comfort zone makes us appreciate things more so I wouldn’t say it’s sad, just slightly inconvenient. Still, now when I have a real home, I wouldn’t go back to Ibis Budget either- not in a million years 😉 Take care Gil x

  • Marissa Abao

    It looks really nice. I love the kitchen the most. It has a lot of cabinets and drawers which is perfect. I like the marble because the color blends well.

  • You have a really lovely home! You bed looks so comfy and cozy! I remember Tesco. It’s a wonderful store.

    • Thank you Amber! <3 And Tesco is very convenient indeed, in the one near me they have a huge vegan section which is great! x

  • Kitty Limon

    Congrats on your new place so happy to hear you fell in love with this after being disappointed with the size of the first, just goes to show that sometimes waiting is best =^.^= love your kitchen the marble is lovely 🙂

    • Thank you so much! And yes, it was definitely worth waiting <3

  • shreya de

    Congratulations for your new place. It looks super cozy and comfy,nothing better than a place which we can call home.I love how you have placed those plants on your window sill, adds up to the beauty. Enjoy you new place, though moving can get stressful at times but the finished result gives a sense of satisfaction,doesn’t it?

    • Thanks so much Shreya <3 I'm very happy with the flat indeed, it still requires some works to be done but for the moment I enjoy it how it is. And buying 15 cacti was one of the first things on my list, put them all over the show, even in the bathroom 🙂 x

  • Oh my heavens living in Kensington would be amazing! So glad you found somewhere you loved just as much and was bigger though!

    • It would, wouldn’t it! Probably much more expensive in the long tun too 😉 But yes, I’m very happy with my current location, found the local pub and nearest Toni&Guy salon so I can easily stay here for a couple of years 😉 x

  • Ron

    happy for you! Great photos and yes, nothing better than having coffee at your own kitchen table. Best wishes with the move!

  • Oh, so you really do know how it feels to finally settle in! I didn’t expect looking for a flat in here to take over 2 weeks but most of the reasonably priced properties are either in the middle of nowhere, ugly or matchbox-size! So yeah, I feel super lucky with my current home 🙂 x

  • Thank you! x

  • Thank you Lennae, didn’t have any in my previous flat so bought 15 this time to be on the safe side 😉 x

  • Oh yeees, I know the feeling! Home gadgets, 2 pairs of shoes and a new haircut was my yesterday’s therapy and I have to say, the patient recovered 😉 x

  • Thanks so much Ana, it’s sweet of you to say that x

  • Thanks so much! The good thing is mobile internet works far better than expected here so I’m not completely in medieval times 😉 Plus I’m going away for a couple of days tomorrow so I guess the time really flies by before I’ll watch a proper film online 😉 take care you two x

  • Thank you Annamarie, that’s very kind! Trying to combine minimalist and cosy and since the bedroom is more rustic and old-fashioned (unlike the rest of the flat) I though cacti would make it look slightly more ‘fresh’ 🙂 x

  • It’s so good to know that you finally found the perfect home! It’s been quite a journey from what I’ve read! I can never take myself out of the city.

    • Thank you Mai <3 It has been a journey indeed! But I agree, having lived in the city all my life I can't imagine moving anywhere else x

  • What a cute flat. I hate moving but I love redecorating. Especially choosing new paint colors and decor. Kinda think of it, I may do a little redecorating myself 😉

    • I agree! Packing and moving all stuff sounds horrible while decorating is so much fun! Enjoy! x

  • Katja Knox

    Oh hun that flat looks amazing! Really cute. I’m super happy to see you move in! Now to get decorating and putting your own mark on it. ?

    • Thanks so much sweetheart for being so supportive during this whole journey =* And yes, redecorating and a bit of personal touch is a must! 🙂 Hugs x

  • Congratulations on your new home. It looks really lovely!

  • Oh, I am! I’m indeed very happy to have finally found a place to call home 🙂 x

  • Thanks so much Annette, it means a lot! And you’re right, going from a house to home is wonderful, I really enjoy the whole process too! x

  • Oh Ana, you’re such a sweetheart! This melts my heart, thank you! <3 Long live the East End! With so much creative stuff going on and so many great food spots I couldn't ask for a better area to live in. I love its history, I love the thought of being a part of what it's become… British tradition coexisting with multicultural influences and the bohemian pretentiousness… oh, don't get me started, I'm just so happy to have found someone who knows exactly what I mean! Take care! x

  • Thank you! x

  • This looks soo beautiful <3

  • Oh yes, didn’t mention the coffee shops but they are defo a must! 🙂

  • Karlyn Flores

    Congrats on your new place and this is a neat place. I really love the set up

  • I’d also go with the bigger flat. It looks really cool and comfortable.

  • Thank you! And yes, it’s great to be on your own <3

  • Thank you! 🙂

  • Hi Ola, thanks so much for stopping by! Well, it’s been quite a journey but luckily it’s all great now 🙂 Take care x

  • Thank you <3

  • i know how you feel! My family moved houses or shud i say moved to different countries every 3 years and the first 2 moves were so hard. then the next after those are quite easy as I know what to do alrdy. Since we move a lot, we decided to get only very small apartment so dont buy too many things. congrats on your new place, it will dfntly take awhile but u’ll get there!

    • Oh my, every 3 years?! That’s adventurous! Not sure if I managed to do that, feels so good to finally settle in! But yeah, not buying too much is a good piece of advice, just in case! Thanks for this lovely comment, take care x

  • dmhyf

    Best wishes on your new place. Home is where your heart is. Being posh is not the priority, but practicality is. -Fred

  • It is so pretty! Love the way you decorated it! 🙂

  • mail4rosey

    Ah big congrats to you. I am glad you found a flat that you love.

  • I loved the enthusiasm ypu have about your new home.Loved it BTW. Moms know best abput storage spaces and the practical stuff about homes. You did right girl.

    • Thank you so much! And yes, I’m very happy with my choice after all, mum was right 🙂 x

  • You have such a beautiful apartment! I so love your kitchen and decor! 🙂

  • I love your simple but cute decor! The marbling in the kitchen is beautiful!

  • Kathy

    Congrats on your new place! It looks like a very beautiful place. Sounds like you’re really enjoying it too!

  • Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu

    Se manifique! Loved the photo journal and descriptions.
    belíssima fotografia. Congrats on your new place!!!

  • Congrats! It looks beautiful! I know finding a flat can be such a stressful process, so I’m glad you found one!


  • Hadar

    No place like home 😉

  • Teo Jun Jie SG

    Nice work! Look forward to seeing more


  • I’m sorry to hear your first flat choice didn’t work out, though it looks as though it all turned out wonderfully in the end; your new flat looks lovely and I hope you enjoy settling in there!! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • this has a homely feel to it! your kitchen is beautiful. love the marble