A New Start – A Post From The Heart


Hello everyone!

Welcome to 2014!  I hope you all had a lovely start to the New Year!

I’m taking a deep breath before writing this post – if you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I do not tend to write about matters of the heart.  My passions and loves, yes, but not issues which go on behind closed doors.

To cut a very long story short, I have been married for ten years, and have two beautiful children.  My trust and heart was broken, and because of that we are parting ways.  The last 18 months have seen much sadness.  Fear not though, for I emerge from the whole sorry affair a stronger, more determined character.  In fact this blog was one of the outlets I chose to try and find a new path in life.

The house went on the market in the summer.  After a stressful six months of having a steady stream of people traipse round and two buyers in succession pull out at the eleventh hour, I am finally moving.  On Monday!!  Yes, I am surrounded by boxes, and it is mayhem here!

So, I am setting off on a new adventure, and I cannot wait to share it with you.  My new house is a project, a blank canvas in need of white paint, and much love.  It’s a well sized Victorian terrace, and the current owner has not decorated for many years.  The first time I looked round though, I knew it had amazing potential, and I know it will be beautiful.  I’m going to be doing a lot of the work myself in true DIY style, with help from my wonderful friends and parents, who have given me so much incredible support, and the courage to turn something sad into a positive new start.  I can’t thank them enough.

I will miss this house only a little; when you strip a place bare of its embellishments and once love no longer lives there, it is only an empty shell.  I’m so excited to make my new house a home, full of love, friends,children’s laughter, and of course, car boot treasure and vintage finds!

We will be wielding paint rollers and brushes next week in order to tackle the children’s bedrooms first, so I look forward to sharing some pictures with you by the end of the week!

Have a lovely weekend!

Tamsyn x

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  1. 4th January 2014 / 11:12 am

    Good luck on your move on Monday! You certainly have some exciting times ahead & I am looking forward to seeing your diy projects that you do :). I know what it's like to have your trust broken and you never think you will get over them after they have gone but you do and as you have found it does make you a stronger person :). Here is 2014 being "your" year xx

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  2. 4th January 2014 / 11:59 am

    Hi I recently found your blog and I live in neighbouring Suffolk, I wish all the best for a new chapter in your life, x x

  3. 4th January 2014 / 4:38 pm

    A lovely post Tamsyn your blog is so lovely and you should be so proud. I hope your new start will be fresh and wonderful and I cant wait to see what you do with your new house! X

    • 11th January 2014 / 8:41 am

      Thank you so much Emma, I can't wait to share it with you x

  4. 4th January 2014 / 4:43 pm

    I wish you the very best of luck for 2014 Tamsyn. Enjoy your new home and I hope you build lots of happy memories there with your little ones! Here's to all the strong women out there! X

    • 11th January 2014 / 8:42 am

      Thank you so much Emma, and yes, here's to all the strong women out there x

  5. 4th January 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Hi. I am a new follower. Just came upon your blog before Christmas. I hope your move goes smoothly and wish you many blessings in 2014. Jilly.

  6. 4th January 2014 / 5:33 pm

    Wishing you tons and tons of lovely times in your new home and tons and tons of fun in your new adventures. xxx

  7. 4th January 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Good luck lovely lady. I had no idea. I bet your house will be beautiful when you're done with it. Wishing you a wonderful new start and a fabulous 2014.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

  8. 4th January 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Sorry to hear your news Tamsyn but here's hoping the fresh start and new year will bring much happiness to you and your children. The house sounds amazing and I'm sure you will make it look beautiful with your gorgeous vintage taste and magical touch! Good luck, Heidi xxx

  9. 4th January 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Oh my. In my case married 11, two gorgeous boys. Forced to file for divorce last Jan (and still not got it). Delighted you have managed to share such prettiness with us, when I know only to well what some of your days must have felt like. My house will go on the market soon. I am very sad to be leaving my amazing garden studio behind, but it will be a fresh start. I wish I was at the stage you were at now, with the fresh start, and blank canvas ready to go. One thing is for sure, you will make a beautiful and tranquil home, and as people keep reminding me – home is not the bricks and mortar, it's the space you create within it. Wishing you strength for the move, and for being strong for your kids, and wishing you all the best for the next chapter. x

    • 11th January 2014 / 8:48 am

      Hi Charlotte, thank you so much, I'm so sorry you're going through the same thing and I hope you are able to sell your house quickly. When it comes to moving day, do not look back – do not look round the rooms and start feeling sentimental – leave as quickly as you can. I had to try and be as heartless as I could when leaving, otherwise I knew I would wobble! Keep in touch, and let me know how it all goes xx

  10. 4th January 2014 / 9:46 pm

    All the very best, I'm a new follower too and wish you lots of laughter and happiness to you for 2014, Samantha x

  11. 4th January 2014 / 11:26 pm

    For some of us, what at first appears to be a tragedy can turn out to be our greatest adventure. Good luck in 2014 and beyond.

    • 11th January 2014 / 8:49 am

      Oh my goodness this is so true, thank you so much x

  12. 6th January 2014 / 1:05 pm

    Wow. What a move. I'll be watching with baited breath to see what the new house holds. We are buying what sounds like a similar house (needs a lot of paint and a bit of work) so i'll be keeping an eye on what you do.
    Good luck with the move. x

    • 11th January 2014 / 8:50 am

      Thank you so much, please do pop back as I will be blogging about the whole process x

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