My World: Don't get me wrong, I'm no Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, but...

Since moving into my first house with my partner, we have taken the task of decorating it to our taste pretty seriously.

We scour independent shops for one offs and always love a bargain when it comes to something no one else will have, whether that be a picture for the wall or cushion for the sofa.

This is why a comment from a friend was so interesting just the other week.

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I had organised a FIFA night while my partner was out for a night on the tiles, where three friends would come round and we could enjoy playing the football game until the early hours.

It was getting rather late and after a few games of FIFA and a takeaway, one friend came out with this line: “Soft furnishings scare me.”

It took me a minute to compute this statement. Someone was scared of soft furnishings?

After thinking about it, they are quite a scary thing.

I mean, it is so easy to go out and just buy things you like, with no thought process into a style or overall ‘feel’ to the room.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, but I do have one or two ideas when it comes to picking out those little bits for a room.

It also something that grows with you, sort of a natural process I have found.

The first few items you buy are always the most exciting, because it is your space and as a couple you get to choose exactly what goes where, it’s your own space to put a big stamp the shape of yourselves on.

I guess this feeling must wear off eventually, but after celebrating picking up our keys one year ago last Wednesday, and actually living in the house for about six months now, it’s still just as exciting for me.

Maybe this is part of getting older too?

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Instead of spending my money on expensive clothes that shrink in the wash or fade after the first wash, or on CDs and DVDs, I now spend it on my house.

But surely that is only natural? In some ways it is just our nest and to make it as comfortable and homely for us is now the main objective, making the last time I bought a new pair of jeans less relevant.

I guess all those years of watching Changing Rooms with my mum paid off then, eh?

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