Buying a House – Part 3: The cost of buying a house

Hello lovelies! I am typing this as I sit at our table in our new home! Alhamdulilah!

It has been a process and it has been a journey but, we finally have a place to call home (complete with a garden and amazing neighbours).

We have “settled in” so to speak… and by that I mean we have unpacked what we needed and shoved all the other boxes into the study – I just try not to look at it.

So this post is all about the cost of buying a house…

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Home Design Inspiration – Master Bedroom

Hello Hello Hello!!!! So only two more weeks until the big move and Labeeq and I are dreaming up all our lovely design ideas for the house.

I have basically l i v e d on Pinterest these past few months. All the ideas!!! Eeeeek!

So I have just chosen some of my favourite ideas below – We both like lighter colours and more open spaces.

I really love minimal pieces and spaces (whereas Labeeq loves to fill up any space he can find – but he is trying haha).

Side Table - Minimal
We were thinking of having minimal bedside tables – to reduce clutter.

An accent wall to make the room pop.

Accent Wall

Copper Lamp
Loving them copper finishes! My brother is going to make these bedside lamps for us.

Kitten on bed

Bedside with Legs

Hanging Lamp

Plush Bedding
I am in love with plush bedding and many many maaaaany pillows! I just want to dive into my bed and never come out again.

Low Bed

Drawers Under Bed
Because the space is small, we need functional furniture — which is where under bed storage comes in. I like pieces that are multi-functional (like the desk we have is also a bookshelf.

Open Shelving and Hanging Space
Because I have come accustomed to having an open closet per se (in the form of rails), I love the idea of an open wardrobe. It ensures that all your clothes are always neat and tidy and also – it just looks so pretty — like a store (which means less buying!)

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Buying a House – Part 1: Should you buy a home?

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far and that January is the start of a wonderful productive year (I know it’s been that way from my side at least!)

So 2017 has started off with a bang for Labeeq and myself as we are currently in the process of buying our first house (*happy dances to all the music*).

While this may not seem like much of a feat, being Millennials, aged 24 and 27, it’s a pretty big deal, not only in South Africa, but as a young Muslim couple as well.

A little background for you; we got married a year and 10 months ago and have since rented (for 7 months), stayed with my in-laws until we could find a smaller place of our own (3 months) and have since been renting (11 months).

While I don’t have a problem with renting, We both wanted a place to call our own, with walls we could paint, art we could hang and a little garden for Cinnamon to roam free (she’s been acting so weird – like a cat that’s never seen grass in her life, rolling about all over it O.o)

We found an almost home last year, but there was a huge problem with subdividing the property (D O N T go that route! Unless you have the time, money and strength.) It was a tedious, tiring and a pointless process – in the end we didn’t get the house and started from scratch.

We started looking at other areas, went to quite a few viewings but nothing was within our budget OR fit our requirements.

We were actually viewing another property when I saw the ‘For Sale’ sign outside our soon to be home.

Made contact with the agent and boom! Here we are today.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is; should you buy a home? Are you ready?

We are in a place where we can afford to (financially) and we don’t have any dependents as yet, so the time for us was now.

Remember to sit down with your partner and make a decision that’s best for both of you (or you and the kids).

I told Labeeq that the next move we make has to be into our own home (I’ve moved 3 times since we got married!!!!) – This was our next step together and I am really happy to be doing this with the love of my life!

How are you finding the housing market in South Africa?

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Year in Review: 2016

Hi lovelies! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! I have actually been in holiday mode!!!

With it being New Years Eve today, I thought it would be appropriate to post about my year, what I envision for 2017 and how this year has been for me.

I have been seeing a lot of posts on social media, accounting 2016 as the worst year, I however, had a wonderful year!

I became an aunty, shared my first anniversary with my husband, we also gained a fur baby (Cinnamon!!!) as well as a new sister (congrats to our brother getting hitched!)

2016 was basically filled with family, love and all kinds of good food.

We are also, Inshallah, in the process of becoming homeowners, so for us, 2016 has been all about that hustling and good food life.

Remember… Tomorrow is a new day to better yourself and to overcome obstacles.

Wishing all my followers a lovely New Years Eve and a wonderful 2017 ahead. Let’s make the next year better than the last.

Eid Ul Fitr - Bardien Family
Tahlia and Uncle Naeem - Eid Ul Adha
Bardien Ladies
Cinnamon - Our Fur Baby
Tahlia Patel - Our littlest niece
At the wedding of Ilyaas and Janell

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Frocking Cotton: Rebranded

Hello Hello Lovelies! I hope you have been well… So, you’re probably wondering, “hey, why is this girl back on this blog? Did she not start a new blog recently?” Well then, this is true, but here are the facts…

So, Frocking Cotton was established in 2010 (back then known as Pretty Young Things) as a means of expressing my love for fashion, writing, books and animals.

I then rebranded about two years ago as Frocking Cotton, but with the same content. I felt that whilst I was passionate about the topics, it didn’t cover my love for events and my dreams and aspirations to become an event planner specialising in weddings.

This is when (within this year) I decided to start Everyday Dreaming. I wanted a space to write about and focus on events, with my personal interests as an aside. Initially, the idea was to have two blogs; Frocking Cotton and Everyday Dreaming, but, the time and maintenance proved to be too strenuous.

At this point, I still felt unfulfilled, like I wasn’t as passionate about blogging as I once was.

This leaves us here today…

I have now reinstated Frocking Cotton as my sole blog, however, with a twist on the content.

What can you expect from Frocking Cotton now?

You will find content relating to beauty and style, as well as topics about events, tips and tricks, DIY projects and what I have learnt about being in the industry.

Would you suggest running two blogs to anyone?

If you are someone who has two different topics, e.g. IT and Food, then you would probably have two different readerships and dynamics in terms of followers.

Having two blogs would work logistically whereas with myself, I have followers and readers interested in both topics (as they aren’t too far off from one another) and having one blog with the readership I have allows me to mix my professional and personal interests.

What does Frocking Cotton mean to you?

It is my creative outlet, my place of thoughts, ideas and inspiration.

I want it to be about quality products and services, what I stand for in my own life, as well as remaining authentic as I grow.

I appreciate the followers who have stood by my side, even as I try to find myself in this ever growing and crazingly (is that a word?) saturated industry.

Love always

Nuhaa

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