four years at little wood

Four years ago today we moved in to our home.  It was the culmination of eleven months of pretty intense building work, and the sum of many more years of planning and preparation before that.

I remember how exhausted we were, after a year of problems, illness and worries.  But also elated that we’d finally made it (at so many points we doubted that we would!)  The twenty sixth of April 2013 was a good day.

I wanted to put a post together today to mark this little mini anniversary, but also to document Little Wood as it is right now.  There are still a million and one things that we have to finish – big jobs and little jobs – but this home was always to be a lifetime project and I think, honestly, the day it’s done is the day that we’ll probably be ready to start again with something new. (To clarify – retirement cottage.  And even Andrew isn’t too keen on doing it again for that! 😉 )

Anyway, a tonne of pictures!  You’ll have seen some before but I thought it would be nice to have them all together in one place.  I’ve a garden update post coming later this week, and if you make it to the bottom of this post there are some links to our build story and individual room posts.  I hope you enjoy the catch up if you haven’t read them already!



Little Wood




You can find our build story here…

Part One

Part Two

Part Three


And room posts here …





Annie’s Bedroom

Noah’s Bedroom

Eva’s Bedroom

Master Bedroom


And loads more interiors posts here!


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  1. April 26, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Oh Emma. Your home is beautiful, so beautiful. It makes me happy just looking at it – your home is such a dream, you must be so proud of yourselves – and so happy too x

  2. April 26, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Your house is so beautiful! I would look and look at these pictures!

  3. Sarah J
    April 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    An absolutely stunning home!! I can but dream of owning such a wonderful home of my own some day.

  4. April 26, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Love your home… all so pretty and outside is lovely too. Ernie looks really cute running across the garden… 🙂
    We are over five years in our new home on the farm. Like you, we had a really busy few months, got engaged in late September 2011, finished and moved into our new house end of December 2011, got a new job over 100 kms away from my old one, started in January 2012 and then got married in February 2012. Took one week off for the wedding and none off for the move just the Christmas holidays so it was really rushed. Already there is so much I want to change and paint…. love all the inspiration here on your blog and your instagram too… keep it up as I get lots of ideas from you

    All things nice…

  5. Emma neill
    April 26, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    What a beautiful home Emma. Love reading your blog

  6. April 26, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Just beautiful!

  7. Elaine
    April 26, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    It really is a beautiful family home you have created and a lovely environment for your children to grow up in. I just love looking at your photos. However I am so glad to hear you still have jobs to do, as we built our forever home 7 years ago and have an endless list of jobs still to do, but as you say it’s a lifelong project.

  8. April 28, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Your house is SO gorgeous! It’s a dream of mine to be able to build our own home one day (very far in the future lol).

    Rachael xx.

  9. May 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I’ve just been having a read back through all your building work posts after finishing this one – I didn’t realise you built the entire place from scratch! How amazing! I’ve always loved the idea of doing that. Your house is so stunning and the interiors are just like something out of a magazine – total dream home!

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