Our Second Hand Home

Our Second Hand Home

When I was growing up, my family and I lived in many different homes and a few different countries. We lived in old Victorian houses, a 1930s house, a house that could only be reached by what seemed like 100 stairs, a Hong Kong high rise, and a Marina front apartment, to name but a few. But it will always be the old, beautifully quaint, black & white cottage, still my parent’s home, that has my heart.

Thatch Cottage

We moved there when I was in my mid-teens, not long having returned from living in Hong Kong. I’ve made memories there with my family and still close friends. I remember winters spent leaning into the warmth of the kitchen’s old aga, Christmases, summers spent revising for exams in it’s immaculate garden, and fun times spent getting ready to go ‘out out’ with friends. Now I’m not saying this is where my love of old things began, I think it is something that has always been there, but it has undoubtedly influenced my choice of home and the things I like to fill that home with.


I like things with history, like the old stones in my rings, I like to wonder who once wore them. I like to imagine what our street would have been like when our Edwardian home was built, who lived here and what they were they like.

We will never be the people with the immaculate home, all clean lines and minimalism. We have three children and we are doing up our home on a small budget, it would be an unrealistic aspiration for us. But that’s OK, because I happen to like things that have had a bit of a life. I don’t mind the odd scuff, or scratch here and there. Good job really, as even our new things don’t stay looking new for very long.

So in this vein we have filled our home with a love for second hand. Our living room was furnished by ebay, even down to the fireplace, and the previous owner’s hand me downs, are dotted all around the house. There are the odd bits from charity shops, mostly old books (I love the way they look) and giant serving plates. We’ve painted old drawers, cupboards, a dining table and chairs and enjoyed every minute.

Living Room

Would we be doing the same if our budget was endless, well that’s hard to say. But are we pleased with what we’ve done so far? Yes, we are. For us, it’s not about having the perfect home (thank god for that), it’s about having a home that feels like just that. A home.

Now there are times where I curse biting off more than we can chew. There are times where I wish for more money to get the jobs done. But there also times where I sit on that second hand sofa, all cosy in my dressing gown (in a hideous shade of purple), and think I’m very proud to call this house our home.

Ow shush your noise… we all love a good old cliché now and again.

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  1. September 24, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Oh what a lovely looking home and that sofa is absolutely gorgeous! I think it’s both very savvy and frugal to find beauty in the belongings of others and then make them work for your own needs. I have a very limited budget and am slowly learning to do the same.

  2. September 24, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Your taste sounds similar to mine. I love old things and things that have a story. How gorgeous is your parents cottage? What a wonderful place to have called home. I love a scuff and a scratch xx

  3. September 24, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    You are so right. Things that have been handed down or have a history are so much more interesting. I too still have such fond memories of my parents’ home. I think those memories are bound to influence us in our tastes and preferences. When it comes down to it, I feel that if I can make my children’s childhood as happy as mine was, I will have done extremely well! Thanks for sharing. Your home looks beautiful xx

  4. September 29, 2015 / 10:33 am

    I’m right with you!! Our house is mostly second hand too — and I LOVE it!!! I love the fact that no-one will have the same and I love the eclectic feel too. Who wants to live in a furniture showroom anyway?! 😉 Thanks for linking up with us lovely xx

    PS — hope to see you again tomorrow on #HomeEtc

  5. September 29, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Stunning, beautiful home. Totally full of character and lovely to be in I am sure. Thanks for linking up with us. Jess xx


  6. March 16, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I love the colour of your lounge, and the eclectic mix of furniture and ‘stuff’ just makes it more homely x

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