Hello! We’ve had the most gorgeous temperatures here in the Netherlands lately. I think summer has decided to stick around for a little longer than originally planned, which I think is only fair given the winter we had this year. But it’s not just sunny skies that have me smiling today. It’s the news we received this week that our mortgage has been approved and we get the keys to our new house on 1 November! After a tiresome 18-month long search for a home to buy (our first), we finally snagged a very sweet little house in Delft that has (by some miracle) managed to tick every box on our combined wish list. I won’t go into too much detail just now, but know that mind, body and soul have vacated the premises and are now camping out at the new residence!
One thing I am looking forward to in our new home is bringing in loads of light, the power of which is largely underestimated. Having now spent six long winters in Europe, I have only just realised that there is something far more crucial than a cute new winter coat when the cool temperatures draw in. I don’t know about you, but what can have a major impact on my mood is a lack of light, and I have that a lot in our current home. Because my home office is between two rooms with a tiny slither of a window, I am always working beneath artificial light, which I am sure does something to me. So what I am most excited about is creating a cheerful, light-filled home for us all, and a brighter workspace for me. I recently spotted this gorgeous home photographed by James Merrell for Livingetc, which is not only absolutely beautiful, but natural light just bounces off the walls and fills me with instant calm.
Doesn’t all that gorgeous natural light make you happy? Crisp white walls, pale wooden floors and minimal living make this four-storey Victorian terrace in east London one of my favorites to date. I love the clean, modern feel with classic design details, a little bit of history and natural textures.
This lovely London home has left me feeling inspired about our exciting new adventure. Can’t wait to get stuck into a pot of white paint!
Tell me: Does light affect your mood, too? How do you combat the lack of light during the winter time to lift your spirits at home?