When you marry the man you have been with for over 8 years, have bought a house with, had a child with, it becomes rather difficult to write a gift list when you finally tie the knot. So we didn’t ask for anything. We have everything we need (kind of) and don’t have the space for anything else. We also didn’t go on a honeymoon, so ruled out a honeymoon fund. That left us with asking for nothing. Neither of us felt comfortable asking for money, unless it was to go towards something in particular. It just didn’t feel fair.
We got the odd text from friends and family asking if we wanted money and we would always respond with some thing like “we don’t need any more items for our house, so if you would like to give us a gift then money or vouchers to put towards something in the future would be greatly appreciated”.
We were very lucky to receive a mixture of gifts and money from our guests and are extremely overwhelmed by everyones generosity. (I’m still writing thank you cards so if you haven’t received yours it’s coming soon I promise! Not easy to do with a part time job, blog and toddler to look after!)
Something I have wanted and needed to buy for a long time that was out of our budget is a new bed and mattress. Daddy Lamb had fixed our bed numerous times and it was getting pretty uncomfortable, but we finally had the funds to buy ourselves our dream bed!
Living in a 2 bed semi means we lack storage and space. We are very lucky to have a cellar which I have turned into my utility room (there are no longer piles of ironing around my house), I don’t know how I would cope without this space. The rest of my house is jam packed. I’m a teeny tiny hoarder. Only teeny tiny though!
With this in mind we knew we wanted to buy a storage bed. Drawers or ottoman? For us it had to be an ottoman. To utilise the space in our bedroom we have to push the bed up into one corners, so if we had drawers underneath 2 of them wouldn’t be used. So ottoman to was.
The bed we bought is from Homebase. We bought a mattress from there too as you get a 15% discount off the mattress if you buy both together. We also got another 20% off the total bill as they had an offer on furniture. It actually worked out that we paid for the mattress in full and got the ned for free – not bad!
So we chose our new bed and mattress, so it was only right that I got new bedding to go with it! I don’t normally like to spend a lot of things like duvet covers, but we were also lucky to receive some next vouchers for wedding gifts. We decided to spend these on things for our new bed. Here is what we got…
I absolutely love my new bedding. They cost a lot more than I would normally pay (I think £55 each) but you can really see the difference in quality. I can see myself getting slightly addicted.
I won’t show you a photo of my actual bed yet because our bedroom needs redecorating. There’s nothing special about it, and now we have our new bed I want to redecorate the whole room! So I think I’ll share some photos once I’ve made it look all pretty. 🙂
I’d love some recommendations on places to buy amazing bedroom furniture and accessories (nothing too pricey!) so let me know if you have any!