Moving House! Leading Into a New Chapter…

In a little over two weeks Tim and I will be moving out of our first couple’s nest. We’ve been in this house for three years and we will finally be moving on to start a new chapter! It’s hard to believe that we’ve both been in Sheffield for five years.  Sheffield was the city that brought me to England, that introduced me to the love of my life, that helped me accomplish the culmination of my academic career.  Needless to say, it will always be a city close to my heart.  This house in particular, with a front view from a large bay window facing a tree covered Victorian stone home (and a kitchen view facing a hospital’s patient accommodation >.<), will always be our first home as a couple. The same place where I introduced his family to pumpkin and pecan pie on Thanksgiving and where both my mom and his family have gathered for Thanksgiving since. The place where our living room would also serve as a guest bedroom and our basement hallway as a storage cupboard.

Any yet, outside of countless memories, I am ready to move on.  Ready to see what new adventures life has in store for Tim and me. We’re moving further north to Lancashire, in the district of Chorley, to a small town named Coppull.  It’s about a half hour commute to Tim’s new job but the area was too good to beat.  I have always been in love with the idea of living in a forest and while our house is unfortunately not nestled in the trees, the area we are in is surrounded by them.  There are plenty of walking and running paths to be explored! The house itself is lovely and spacious.  It has a new country style kitchen, with a conservatory, three bedrooms and lovely large backyard not overlooked by neighbours!  It’s a newer home than the one we live in but benefits from full double-glazing (should be useful living further north!) One fantastic feature for a DIY fanatic like me is that the house has recently come into new ownership, who don’t mind if we paint the upstairs rooms! Tim and I know this will be our last rental before stepping onto the property ladder, so never again will I have to live with ugly wallpaper! Hallelujah!



Our old Sheffield apartment bedroom


BA Graduation, 2013


Graduation, 2013


The Chatsworth Estate grounds


Graduation 2013 dinner in the Peak District


Graduation dinner, 2013

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Spring time at Sheffield’s Weston Park


Graduation, January 2015


My mama and me at my MA graduation, 2015


Me and my boy at my MA graduation 2015


As we are soon to move out of our (badly) furnished student home, with a very tight budget, into this new, exciting and spacious unfurnished home, you can certainly expect a bombardment of home and furniture DIY tutorials for furniture renovation, up-cycling, elegant and frugal home decor and my experiences of living in this new English town!  Not to mention my top tips for moving house, our immediate (but still renter friendly) home decorating and our plans for the future. If you see anything you like, or are curious about, please comment on the post and let me know!


About Mara

Hi there! I'm an American gal who fell in love with an English fella. I am in love with home style, seasonal decor and some serious DIYs! Follow my home journey through building furniture, creating a homey space from scratch and collecting inspiration from my travels!

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