New beginings

December 4, 2014

"moving house ebabee"

Today I say goodbye to my home of 8 years plus – by far the longest I have ever lived in any one home.  Growing up I never lived in any house for more than a maximum of four years but usually less as my father had a job that was transferable.  I was born in Mumbai then moved to Prague then on to Hong-Kong.  After Hong-Kong it was back to Mumbai then London and next New York.  After that it was back to Mumbai and then I moved on my own to London to pursue my career in advertising.  I always planned to go back home to Mumbai but it never happened.  At the start of my life in London I moved homes a lot.  Then I got married and Richard and I bought this place a few years later and we’ve been here ever since.  I still remember the moment when we picked up the keys; the sheer excitement we felt.  It was our first proper home together which meant the world to us.  Three years after being here Anya came along.  More joy and more memories were created in this home.

Each room, each wall, each floorboard here has a story to tell.  Everywhere I turn in this home it’s full of wonderful memories – from the hand drawn height chart on the kitchen wall to each and every mark on my off-white carpet (yes I was over optimistic).  Many crazy fun parties have taken place here with secrets shared between friends over too much wine and many a night have Richard and I sat awake and watched the sun come up while agonising over a big decision in our lives or celebrating a positive moment.  These walls have heard a lot.  Perhaps the greatest memory this home holds is the birth of Anya.  This is the place where we welcomed her in to the world with equal amounts of love, awe and trepidation (being first time parents).  This is also the last home of mine that my father will ever have seen.  But these memories are etched in to my mind and I will always have them.

I guess I needed to write this post as much like this blog, this home is so much a part of my life, my story.  That living room in the top two pictures has been my home-office too.  That is where this blog began and where I hit publish on my first ever post.  That is the room where I conceived the idea for my new shop and packaged the very first order from.  But now it’s time to move on.  Our new home has everything we could want from a home but it needs a lot of work.  It’s exactly the place we imagined living in so we are really lucky to have found it. Once the work is done, in a few months time, we can enjoy our new space as a family and start making new memories there – I can’t wait.  As I close the door on this place I look forward with huge excitement to the change and the huge challenges ahead.  But while a I do that, a small part of me will always miss this home.

Do you feel sad when you move home or is it pure excitement for you? Any tips for quick settling in to a new place?

I won’t be posting tomorrow as I’m not sure I’ll have internet but hopefully I will be back to normal posts soon.  You have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

A huge thank-you to Abigail Fahey for the beautiful photo’s she took of my home.

I have linked up to Pouting in Heels All About You and Honest Mum’s Brilliant blog posts.

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  • Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas

    Such a lovely post Nomita. I have to say, I love your style, and can imagine how hard it must have been to say a goodbye to this place, and of course mostly for the memories. As you know, we moved 6 months ago, and it was kind of new beginning for us as after my dad passed away we needed a bigger place so mum could stay with us too. Now she has gone back, and i feel like we have too much space sometimes, but not complaining as I know she will be visiting us, so always good to have extra space. I am wishing you all the best in the new place, and cannot wait to see your decorating tips x

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you so much. Yes, we too need extra space as my mum will spend 3-4 months of the year here with us. We have a big project ahead of us but once it’s finished it will be lovely. Thank you so much for your good wishes and hopefully I will be sharing some decorating stuff on the blog in the coming months 🙂

  • Mummy's Got Style

    This post made me cry, full of love and memories that will last forever, you keep those alive, not the walls of your house and like you said, the next step, the new home is a new chapter, ready for all the exciting times ahead, sending you love and I want to come visit, your style is incredible as I knew it would be and can’t wait to see more of your new home, lots of love x

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you lovely. Yes, the memories will always be there no matter what. Now that we’ve moved I am totally looking forward and very excited about the potential of the new place. A lot of work over the next 6 months but it will be worth it. Any yes, you MUST come visit and stay. I will cook a mean curry for you and Babes About Town. Next Summer for SURE xx

  • Jo

    A beautiful post Nomita. Moving house brings does bring so many mixed emotions. Like you I moved around a lot as a child so creating a permanent home as an adult has been a joy. We moved as a family five years ago to a new home and I must admit I do miss my last house from time to time still. I certainly don’t regret moving at all but think we will always feel attached to a place where so many important and life changing events happened, particularly when it was where we raised our babies. Enjoy creating a new beautiful home and have fun making lots more wonderful memories. xx

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you Jo. Now that we’ve moved I know I will always have those memories but can’t wait to make new ones here. A huge project ahead of us and can’t wait to get started. You MUST come and see it soon xx

  • Babes about Town

    Your home is exquisite from the photos Nomita and I know your new place is going to be a magical place to settle in. So many changes have happened for you and your family over the past couple of years, but you have a special guardian angel watching over you who will continue lifting you to new heights. I so relate to that feeling of moving around a lot and it’s tough once you’ve settled in but new beginnings are so exciting too! I’m loving following your journey, and how this blog is evolving too, and I wish you the absolute best in your move. Lots of love, gorgeous post xoxo

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you my friend. Wise words as always. I am so happy to be here now and am just focusing on looking forward – exciting and daunting times ahead as the project is huge but we will get there and when we do it will be everything we’ve always wanted in a home. xx

  • thefolia

    With every move I have experienced, I feel a combination of sadness and excitement. The moving day is the worst part, once I overcome that day, then it’s one box at a time cleaning, polishing and finding new spaces for items…soon there is light at the end of the tunnel, but patience, patience, patience is the key. Just as your former place didn’t magically appear with your cherished items over night so will this new nest form into your new dreams and aspirations. But you have to live in it first and slowly you will find the way. Cheers to new beginnings and I know you have a great little helper on your hands to assist along the way!

    • thefolia

      Oh and of course happy nesting!

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you – and you are absolutely right. One step at a time and the place will evolve in to the home we want it to be. It will be a long process as the whole place needs to be gutted and re-done but once it is done I know it will be special. And of course – with my handy helper by my side, how can it go wrong?! 🙂

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  • Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Such a beautiful home and a beautiful post! The houses that we live in become our homes because of the memories, the marks on the carpets (!), the love and care we put into how they look and operate.

    I’m so glad you have such stunning pics to remember your home by and what stunning style you have! I have no doubt that you will make your new home equally as, if not more beautiful and homely than your last.

    It’s always hard to say goodbye but we have to look forward and the best bit about houses, is that even when you move, your memories still go with you. Just think of all the incredible times that await you (and the decorating!) I wish you much happiness in your new home and look forward to seeing some pics of your new abode when you are ready.

    Good luck! (And thanks for linking up this stunning post to #AllAboutYou


    • ebabee likes

      Thank you for such a lovely comment and your lovely words about my home. Nearly two weeks on and I am so looking forward to getting this new place done and to start really enjoying it. And I’m sure there will be pics along the way too 🙂

  • Kate

    Beautiful post – I must admit I tend to seldom move, but can relate to how a house is more than just bricks and mortar.
    Memories are precious – and I’m sure you’ll make lots of new ones in your fabulous new pad. Good luck with the move x

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you. Now that we’re in the new place can’t wait to get it done up so we can start enjoying it properly. Still miss the old but no regrets. x

  • Kiran at Mummy Says

    We sold our family home last January and are still looking for a new one. Leaving was so hard, and I think we are still mourning it in some ways! We can’t wait to start a new chapter somewhere new though. Look forward to seeing more of your new home x

    • ebabee likes

      Wishing you lots of luck in finding your new home – I’m sure it will happen when you least expect it. And would love to see it once you do x

  • Mim @

    Hi Nomita, lovely to ‘meet’ you 🙂 Your home is absolutely beautiful and you must be so sad to leave but you have an exciting new chapter ahead 🙂 I’ve moved 7 times in the past 7 years and it’s so unsettling. I hope I get my ‘forever home’ next time 🙂 Good luck in perfecting your new home! MIm 🙂 #BrillBlogPosts

    • ebabee likes

      Hi Mim – just commented on your fab post. Great to ‘meet’ you too. And thank you for your lovely words about my old home. It was sad leaving but now I’m only looking forward and not backwards. 7 moves in 7 years is pretty tough going – I wish you lots of luck in finding your forever home very soon.

  • Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    I actually want to move as the community where we are is no longer friendly to my student son. I live near the high street and bars and it can be noisy any time, any day. We have been in this house for 4 years. I am married for 5 and my son is 4.5. So this house is like a part of our family. We dont know how it is any other way. So I feel your sentiments =) #brillblogposts

    • ebabee likes

      Leaving is the heard part but when you new house becomes your home I’m sure you won’t look back.

  • Xandi

    What a beautiful post! And those pictures are wonderful additions to your memories. It is sad leaving a house filled to the brim with emotions and memories but you will have those forever. It will probably be tough for a bit – I really missed our last house, it was where my eldest started walking and my twins were born. It was our first proper family home and we cried when we left but every day that past I missed it just that little bit less as I started to make new wonderful memories in our new house. Now I think about it fondly but I don’t miss like I used to.
    Good luck with the new house, I’m sure you will settle in in no time! x

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you! And thanks for the photo comments too – I’m lucky to know Abigail who is an incredible photographer. As you say a part of you will always think of the old home and maybe even miss it a bit but now I am looking forward to making this new place in to our home. x

  • Dominique Simpson

    Moving is always hard. Your photos are beautiful and I am sure you will make your new home just as stunning. I will be looking forward to all your future posts about it.

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you so much. In fact that is a question I am going to be asking my readers soon – if they would like to see more on my home renovation project. If they say yes then I will share updates. Thank you for stopping by x

  • Honest Mum

    Cannot wait to see your new home and this is the start of a gorgeous adventure. Let’s meet up in 2015 for sure, love you guys x

    • ebabee likes

      I’m hoping to share some of the renovations on the blog but I really hope you can come and see it in person in 2015. xx

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