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Downsizing and decorating #mg

One nice thing about getting ready to move home is the chance to restyle your life. Every home brings with it a fresh start and a chance to be as creative as you feel. Lately I have been feeling extremely creative, I have been excited by the opportunity to get out my interior design hat and play. I feel like a child given a fresh canvas to paint on, and I can’t wait to get decorating.

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Our last home was much bigger than the one we are moving in to, and our new garden is also going to be much smaller than our last one. This is what happens when you move closer to the city, unless your bank balance is overflowing you need to downsize, and that is what we have chosen to do. You might think I would be disappointed that I had to give up my large home, but I am actually so excited about our new beginning that it doesn’t phase me at all. Funnily enough the thing I miss the most about the home we sold is my gum trees and my gorgeous native plants that attracted all the gorgeous native birds to our garden.

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At first when I looked at the amount of ‘things’ we managed to fill our house with over the four years we were there I felt completely overwhelmed. It seemed like the task to sort and pack all our possessions was just too great! It’s like looking at a mountain and thinking how will I ever reach the top, or looking at a pile of ironing and thinking how did it get this high? I will never get there. But if you look at it as one item of clothing at a time, or one step at time, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming after all. So that is how I tackled it (with some help from a great friend and my mum), I looked at it as one box to fill at a time.

The best part was the culling process, finding new homes for our once treasured toys and other things. I am very sentimental so parting with things is hard for me, but I got myself into the right mindset and started donating, selling and giving away all the things that we no longer needed. Adam was only 1 when we moved into that house and so we had lots of baby things we no longer needed, (emotionally that was hard for me to process), we also had lots of toddler toys that April no longer played with.

I would describe it as a cleansing experience. It felt good to clear cupboards of clutter, and donate things that although were still perfectly good, we just no longer had room for in our lives. It almost makes you embarrassed when you look at the amount of things we purchase that are unnecessary, even clothes, I mean how many outfits do we need, do our kids need? I felt getting rid of the clutter was like a cleaning out of my soul. I grieved over the baby clothes that I would never need again, I held teddy bears that I had kept from my own childhood and said goodbye to them as I boxed them up to donate. I poured through old photo albums and only kept the photographs that really meant the most to me. It was like saying goodbye to the past and allowing room for new adventures and fresh air to flow into our lives. It actually felt amazing.

So now that we have decluttered we feel ready for our fresh start. Our new home is due for completion in 2 months so I am sending out positive vibes that this will happen. In the meantime I can plan away (and do a little shopping), and let my creative self out to play! I cannot tell you how excited I am by this. I have been reading interior design books and following interior design Instagram feeds to see what looks make me feel the happiest and most comfortable. I want our home to really represent who we are as individuals and as a family.

We had a beautifully decorated home before, but it was a country home and so I am ready to bring a bit more city into my life. I also feel I have changed in the past four to five years, both in my taste and in my personality. Well not so much changed, I would more describe it as I am more comfortable in my own skin and my own inner quirkiness. I feel free now to truly express myself through design and not worry so much if I’m on trend or someone else doesn’t like my style.

I purchased the most out there wallpaper the other week! I have always wanted wallpaper in my home, but never felt brave enough to go for it! But like I said it is time to embrace my quirky side and let my home reflect my personality. The wall paper is bright and a little retro, and every time I think about it I smile. Luckily for me hubby and the kids loved it too. Plus I think hubby was relieved I didn’t choose the $500 a roll wallpaper, yes my friends $500. And besides it’s for the powder room not the whole house or anything.

I showed my sister the wall paper and she thought it was hideous, she is not someone who knows how to be fake, if she doesn’t like something she tells me. We have totally different taste too. But it didn’t phase me at all, plus she was super sweet about it, just honest as well. I think I have grown up, once upon a time (not so long ago), I would have worried that someone didn’t like my style or my home, but now I feel free to just be me!

The kids have also had fun choosing wall prints, bedspreads and cushions to add their own style to their spaces. Luckily Aspen is still only 11 and doesn’t yet want to paint her entire room black. I mean I am all for self expression, but even I have my limits.

We have a lovely collection of art already, but we have decided to not buy anymore and instead we will use our own photographs as our wall art, just to add that personal touch and let’s face it cut costs as well. We are trying to source pieces of furniture that we love, that also don’t come with a ridiculous price tag, and we will add a couple of signature pieces that add that individual touch.

I would love to hear your thoughts on interior design. What has worked for you and what hasn’t? Do you have a favourite design blog you could share with me? What colour theme worked best for you? Do you style to please others or do you march to the beat of your own drum? Leave me a comment below, I’d love any advice!

Thanks for joining me, love Mac xx

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What have I been up to this week? 

I got to interview the fabulous author Philippa Moore, I was so thrilled. Have you read my post ‘The Latte Years‘ yet? It is a must read.

I have finally completed the 100 Happy Days challenge, wow what a challenge! Check out how I did.

Looking for some design tips? Come by on Wednesday for my tips on how to style your living rooms, with my part one design series.

It’s Link Up Time! 

Welcome to my #mg link up! If you have a post you would love to share with me, I would love to read it and share it for you. In return please follow me @macglanville and leave a comment on this post please. You must also comment on 2 other posts, preferably the ones linked before yours.

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For my #mg featured post this week, I just can’t go past Five Little Doves article title “Time to Talk” with her very honest post on Mental Illness and Eating Disorders. It really is one that I believe everyone should read, and if you have a child please make sure you read this. 
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Single Mum Speaks
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What a fab adventure. Can’t wait to see some pics of the new home, it sounds lovely. Best of luck with the move. #mg

Lisa@intotheglade
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We did this when we moved 18 months ago, I actually had things that were 25 years old that we had never used or even taken out the box. I de-cluttered the lot. The baby stuff wen to family members and friends, the rest we donated. It felt so good and I am determined that it won’t happen again. I can’t wait to see what you do with your new home, it is so exciting! I love interiors and gardens. Thank you for hosting xx

Mackenzie Glanville
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It did feel so good Lisa, although it was hard parting with the baby things. Thank you for linking up xx

Jennifer
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I love a good de-cluttering…have fun decorating!!

Becky, Cuddle Fairy
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Coco Channel has the most perfect quotes! I agree there is so much stuff in our homes that we really don’t need. Having a good clean out is key. I had an awful hard time getting rid of baby things but rationally we don’t need them anymore so why keep them. It’s awful how items can be so sentimental. Happy Valentine’s Day & thank you for hosting #MG x

Mackenzie Glanville
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I am so sentimental, especially about baby stuff! Thanks for linking up xx

Pen
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Oooh, this is really exciting. What a great adventure. Good luck. I hope it all goes well for you. Look forward to hearing the updates. #mg

Back with a bump
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Wow, how exciting. I am officially ruthless and even accidently threw some house keys away in my eagerness last time we moved house!
The key is just keeping those sentimental bits that can’t be replaced
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Mackenzie Glanville
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I sometimes wish I was a bit more ruthless, even though I got rid of so much I feel when we get in the new house I will still have more to get rid of!

Robyn
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Such an exciting time for you and your family, there’s nothing better than a fresh start! We moved intercity last year and I gave away loads of stuff that didn’t seem worthwhile to haul with us. It was such a relief to get rid of all that junk. Looking forward to hearing more about your new house and how you decide to decorate 🙂

Mackenzie Glanville
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Thanks Robyn, I can’t wait for the next 2 months to fly by so we can be in our new family home.

Kyles @ Pickles and Pords
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I find the enforced culling process one of the only satisfying parts of moving. We’ve moved a lot and generally it drives me crazy. But there’s definitely something satisfying about letting go of the things that you no longer need. It sounds like you had fun decorating and styling too though. I have no talent for that and my husband even less so we’re still waiting for inspiration to strike a year after moving into our current house! Maybe I’ll check out wall papers 🙂 #mg

Mackenzie Glanville
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oh my gosh it drove me crazy too, we had so much stuff, but it felt great to get rid of lots. It was a lot of hard work though.

Mummuddlingthrough
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How exciting! I love a bit on interior design – linked up a bathroom post today on #bigpinklink. I am pretty boring though, get bored of patterns so quickly so nearly always go for white and add interchangeable colour scheme accessories 🙂

Mackenzie Glanville
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I agree whites are the best as it enables us to use other things to add colour!

Mrs Tubbs
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So excited for you! Can’t wait to see the photos of your new home. Hope the move goes well 🙂

ShoeboxofM
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Thanks for hosting and sharing. I’ve always been baffled by interior design. The main approach I have is to work with the light in the room. This was a lesson learned after painting the hallway blood red and creating a gloomy bloody chamber feel rather than the warming feel we were aiming for!

The other approach has been to extend the outside inside so the living room takes on the colours of the garden outside and the attic takes on the colours of the sky.

#mg

Mackenzie Glanville
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I love your tips, I might have to add these to my next post on interior design, thanks

Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
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Oh that’s lovely you moving to a new home… I can totally relate with it when we moved into this home where we are now. It involves a lot of de-cluttering and packing up. It was stressful but exciting though. We also have done a lot of renovations to our new home that suits our taste and it was self-fulfilling after achieving the look/interior design that we have hoped for. Good luck! #mg

Harry's Honest Mummy
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Need to see a picture of this new wall paper!!?? Love quirkiness. I am never brave enough to experiment with colour, but I love seeing what everyone else does. Keep us all posted – I am excited for you! #mg

Mackenzie Glanville
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oh I love it, it’s super bright with tropical birds, makes me smile xx

Kelly Robinson
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I wish I could advise on interior design but this is something I am not good at. We move quite a lot so we haven’t been able to settle anywhere long enough to decorate, hoping our next home will be our forever home. I love de cluttering, downsizing is a great reason to do this! Good luck with your move hope all goes well #mg

laura dove
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Thank you SO SO much my lovely, it means so much to me that this is being shared and others can read about something so important. How lovely that you are moving, it is stressful but think of it as a wonderful adventure! Thanks for hosting! #mg

Mackenzie Glanville
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You are so welcome I really hope everyone takes the time to read your post from last week!

This Mum's Life
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Oh, I’m both excited for you, and very envious! I love interior design, and in the future, when I have more time, I want to dust off my sewing machine, and get back into making things, and getting the farrow and ball paints out to do some upcycling!! I feel I MUST see the wallpaper you were talking about!! We’ve got some Edwardian style wallpaper in our lounge, which can be a divider for some people, but I love it like a third child…! I love the way you talk about decluttering, it sounded sad, but refreshing at the same time. I can’t wait to see pictures of the new house, I hope the move goes smoothly! And thank you for linking up to the very first #bigpinklink!

Mackenzie Glanville
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Oh I wish I had sewing skills! I love that you chose a wallpaper you love so much, it really is about making ourselves feel at home, so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t please everyone.

Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
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This sound all very exciting! I know that de-cluttered feelings when your stuffs can be used by others as you no longer needed. It feels good doesn’t it? Glad you are able to come out of the shell and celebrate of who you are – making your home YOUR home. There is nothing better than this freedom choice. I am in a rented house at the moment and I can not wait for my move too! Good Luck with the move! I can not wait to see your new beautiful home! xx

Thank you for hosting too. xx

Mackenzie Glanville
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thanks lovely. Yes it does feel good to have the freedom of choice and just luckily hubby and I share similar taste.

sue
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What an exciting time for you Mac! We bought an apartment at the Coast late last year and it has been so much fun decorating it. I’m sure the kids will love the move and it is a new and exciting time in your life. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #mg. have a lovely week.

Something Crunchy Mummy
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How exciting. We too are moving soon and I’m looking forward to restyling and putting my own stamp on the place. Good luck with it all and hope it goes smoothly. #mg xx

Katiw
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Unfortunately I cannot give you any advice as I have never really had the chance to decorate to my own tastes. But I will be moving soon so you never know!

#abitofeverything

Mackenzie Glanville
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exciting! Even f you just add some cushions you love it makes a huge difference. Thanks for coming by xx

Agent Spitback
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What fun it must be now thinking of how to decorate! Wallpaper! I secretly think wallpaper is rather cool too! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new home when ready! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

Lisa
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Exciting times for you! I particularly love the way you captured the connection between the physical process of moving home & the emotional process of letting go. It’s a very cathartic experience and one which often needs a big event like a move to force us to embrace the change all around us. I’m linking up so late this week, but had surgery Monday and got lost in the post anaesthetic brain-fog!! Glad to be back with you Mac! #mg

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