One Year of Our House

So we’ve owned our place for over a year now! The official milestone sort of passed us by, but I wanted to do a post to celebrate anyway.

Last September, we moved into a fairly empty house with plans to make it our own. We literally had barely anything since we previously lived in furnished flats. We had some stuff, but it looked a little sad in this bigger space. So we went shopping, got bits and pieces we needed and wanted, and slowly filled up our home.

As time went on, the house became a home. We started decorating more, adding more bits and pieces to add character and make this place ours. It was more work looking after the house sure. It’s bigger, so there’s more to clean, and we also had the outdoor area to maintain. We got used to it though, we take pride in making our house look good (most days, sometimes we get lazy).

what I wore

We put a lot more money into the house as small issues came up. We had to renovate the whole bathroom, remove a tree that was making mess in the backyard, get the garage door replaced…but that’s also part of being a home owner right? It could be a lot worse, we’re lucky that our house has been pretty well-behaved.


Now, we’ve been here for a year. We’re comfortable and happy. We now have a little black cat living with us, and we’re starting a family. How will our house look in another year from now, or even five? It’ll probably be a lot more hectic, that’s for sure! Either way, I’m sure we’ll all be happy in our little home.


Hello internet! My name is Angela. I write daily about my travels, life, thoughts, and ramblings. I live down in New Zealand with my lovely husband, Rory. Thanks for stopping by!
  1. Congrats on a whole year of being homeowners! Justin and I are planning to get a house of our own next March or so, since he wants to do taxes for his business before we do big financial stuff haha

    1. Thank you! That’s exciting that you guys are planning on getting a house of your own too 🤗

  2. Aweee I love this! Happy Anniversary beauty! you have created such a lovely home! <3

    1. Thank you Kate!! ❤

  3. Happy House Anniversary 😀 How exciting to be settling in and starting your own little family in your own home <3
    I can't wait to have my own place!! xo

    1. It’s definitely exciting to be settled in to our own little home 🤗 I hope you get your own place someday too!

      1. Thanks I hope so too hehe! xo

  4. Lovely house, happy people, all the best Angela

    1. Thank you so much Kurian 🙂

      1. You are welcome Angela

  5. It has been a year already?! Well done on going through with the renovations, both of you. Now the house is all ready to welcome a new member soon. What joy! 🙂 xx

    1. It has been! It’s so crazy how much has gone on in a year 😀

      1. And you went to Japan too! xx

  6. Happy house anniversary! This is such a lovely little post, it makes me excited for the day that I’ll own my own house. <3

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  7. Angela, your house is beautiful and you are doing a great job. We just purchased our new house after we sold our old home. I am working on the post to share with all of you. I just posted how we sold our house in 3 days and then got busy with an interview I did with an HGTV blogger. Blogging takes a lot of time. How is the pregnancy going? Happy home anniversary since it’s your home now as opposed to just a house. Take care and please stay connected!

  8. Congrats!! How exciting that you’ve owned it for a year now. Home owning definitely seems like it has some huge perks, though it also sounds a little intimidating. Your post is inspiring, though, for the day when we’ll eventually own a house. Also, how fun to think a year ago it was only you two and now not only do you have Shadow but a baby coming as well. <3

    1. It’s very exciting! We’re so lucky that it happened for us 🤗 it definitely feels like a lot of work, but it’s worth it to secure our future 🙂

  9. I can’t believe it’s been a year since you first got the house!! Congrats 😀

    1. Us too! Thanks 😀

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