So we moved flat in July, and I'm conscious I've not yet shared any photos of our new place here yet... That's because (surprise surprise), everything is still in mayhem. Five weeks on from moving day, there are still boxes everywhere, suitcases spilling with clothes, and piles of junk for the tip.
But instead of focusing on what's not done, I thought I'd share some of the things I love about this flat - because it's a really beautiful flat, we're so lucky to call it home.
(Some of these photos are estate agent photos from when the property was on the market. I can assure you that's not how it looks here right now!).
1. The fireplaces
There's a beautiful fireplace in most rooms - and all somewhat different. In the living room, we've got this simple but stylish marble surround. The pale marble against the black tiles and exposed brick is a winning combo. In the bedroom, it's black marble, while in another bedroom, there's a tiny, sweet Victorian cast iron number. I love them all, and I can't wait to style each room to match the beauty of these fireplaces.
2. The Light
The light in Edinburgh is always pretty special. It's one of the things I love about living here. We might have cooler weather than down south, but even during the frostiest of winters we can have the most amazing bright days. And all the big windows make the most of the light, letting it flood in.
3. The blank canvas
There is a LOT of white in this flat. It was a rental property (and according to our neighbours, was also an AirBnB), so the decor was all kept incredibly neutral. Now if my style is anything, it's definitely not pale and minimalist. But starting from a neutral base makes it easier for me to project my own style onto the place - which I definitely will be!
4. The OTT Edinburgh features
When it comes to period features, Edinburgh properties can have an embarrassment of riches. We live in a Victorian tenement, and there are loads of lovely old features. From the intricate cornices, to the Edinburgh presses (shallow, shelved cupboards) - there's something lovely to look at in every room.
5. The views
We first came to view the flat on a really sunny day, and these views stopped us in our tracks. We didn't really stand a chance after that. Our third-floor living room view takes in the Edinburgh Castle, the New Town, and the moody ever-changing Pentland Hills. I could sit here with a cup of tea, stare for a very long time, and be content.