Take a look around this Scandi-style Christmas home

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  • Now that the owners are looking forward to Christmas, it’s difficult to remember the hard work it took to buy their house in Harrogate. High prices made it tricky to afford the deposit so, to allow them to save all their money towards their dream home, they decided to move back in with family.

    Unexpectedly, within weeks of moving in, the couple found out that they were expecting a baby, so the pressure was on to find their first family home – and soon! They looked at several properties, but they loved that this one required very little structural work. All it needed was to have their decorative stamp put on the place.

    The price was way over the couple’s budget, but they put in an offer anyway. It meant they had to work even harder (doing overtime and selling upcylced furniture in their spare time) to save up the extra money they needed, but they had no intention of letting this house pass them by.

    The couple moved in two days before their son was born and had more than eight family members helping – building flat-pack furniture, putting up shelves and unpacking boxes. They’d bought the bedroom furniture before they moved in, but that was pretty much all they had.

    When their son was just a few weeks old, the owners’ parents helped them to freshen up the place. They’d paint while he was napping and then stop when he awoke. They took turns painting over the mushroom colour in the living room and covering over the purple in the bedroom with a bright white. They wanted the house, especially the open-plan areas, to be painted in calm colours, as they love whites and greys.

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