Then we moved back to Ireland and made the decision to rent again whilst settling back into life here. Now 18 months later we are house-hunting for a permanent house to buy and live in for a long time!! I can't wait to move, the house we are renting is OK but the garden is pretty blah and we need more space! Also I am DYING to get stuck into some DIY projects and really have a home that reflects OUR tastes rather than the choices of the owners.
While renting we have been very limited in what we can do decor-wise, tenants aren't allowed to put screws or nails in the walls, or paint or change flooring so apart from furniture and ornaments and things like that we've been pretty limited.
But still we have managed to make each house our home, with all our things, mementoes, photos, kids' drawings etc.
I am aching to do a kitchen reno and have my dream stove/cabinets/worktops etc. But for now this is where I spend about 75% of my time...
It's not a bad kitchen or anything, it has benefits such as good appliances, a pull out pantry and good daylight, but the oak cabinetry, speckled effect laminate countertops and patterned lino are not to my taste at all. Still, I've managed to put my own stamp on it with my various kitchen things and it's a nice place to cook :-)
This is one of my favourite spots in the kitchen. I love ceramic lidded flip top jars and have built up a nice collection in different colours and patterns and my gorgeous little blue onion/egg basket is so cute.
You may remember my bread bin make-over from a few years back. It now serves as a little tea/coffee station.
I don't drink tea or coffee myself but have noticed that here in Ireland people start to panic if they're not offered a cuppa within 30 seconds of entering your home so I thought it would be a nice to have a spot to keep everything together.
Inside the bread bin are various teas and coffees and on top are my Orla Kiely jars containing sugar and more teabags and a pretty Cafetiere and percolators.
If you'd like to see a couple of our other rental kitchens I managed to make my own (I say MY own as I'm the only cook in the house ;-) you can see them here and here.
I am still daydreaming about white cabinetry, timber open shelves, grey granite countertops and oak flooring though :-)