As soon as we spotted it on Right Move, we just knew it had to be ours. The pictures were gorgeous and with a SE1 postcode, it was impressively central. I didn’t ever think I would be able to live in zone 1, London rent is crazily expensive, but here we were about to look around our potential new home.
To say the viewing was disappointing would be a massive understatement. I remember standing outside the front door, full of excitement and expectation but…as the door swung open we were greeted with a dimly lit, cramped space stuffed full of bikes, shoes and a random assortment of furniture. Our hearts sank as we realised the reality of this maisonette was far removed from the images provided online. It was hard to ignore the sharp pang of disappointment as we gradually made our way around, and struggled to get a view of the clearly neglected rooms.
But…we didn’t want to let it go. Under the clutter, the grime, the neglect we were sure the beautiful maisonette we first fell in love with was there. We just needed to give it the TLC it needed (and deserved) to bring it back to it’s glory days. So, we made an offer. We signed on multiple dotted lines, emptied our bank accounts and crossed our fingers that everything would go to plan. We packed everything we owned into a van and made our way from Fulham to Bermondsey.
We tentatively opened the front door and…were greeted with a clean, empty silent space.
After being so disappointed during the viewing, we were worried about the condition of the place when we moved in. Luckily, there was no need for us to worry and once we realised we had a clean, empty space to start adding our own personal touch to, we could not wait to get started!
Our little rented London maisonette still needed a lot of work before it would really feel like home, so like the pro shoppers we are, we got to work scouring Monsoon, Sainsburys Home, Desenio, Amazon and Maisons du Monde for pieces we could use to add some character to the place.
Funnily enough, it’s the little things that really do make a place feel more like home. A display of my favourite pairs of shoes at the bottom of my wardrobe, a pile of throw pillows on my bed, that mug I always have my morning coffee in, framed photos of special moments with my friends and family…
Once we had carefully placed all of our personal items, and a few new pieces, in the space it really started to come to life. The yellow chest of drawers we were quite openly disgusted by when we moved in wasn’t as much of an eyesore with a vase of daffodils on top of it. Changing the orientation of my bed suddenly made my bedroom feel bigger. And, pro tip, throw pillows can make anything look less tired and more stylish.
After a weekend of moving things around and decorating we collapsed onto the sofa and ordered ourselves a Dominos. We cracked open a bottle of fizz and poured it into our ‘best’ champagne glasses before toasting to ourselves and finally enjoying the space we had created…
Of course, that’s not exactly how our first weekend in the new place ended. A Dominos order was placed, and we watched Lego Batman on Freya’s laptop (one of the only four films she had downloaded) because our WiFi wasn’t quite ready to play ball yet 😂
Two weeks on, and I think it’s safe to say we really have settled into the new place, and we’re head-over-heels in love with it. I guess it just goes to show you really do have to use your imagination when looking around new places to rent. It’s hard to imagine how a place will look with someone else’s stuff all over the place, but it’s so important you do. If we hadn’t, we would have let this hidden beauty go!