Two years on, The Smiths share how they’ve settled into Chapelton life

It’s been almost two years since The Smith family moved to Chapelton from Portlethen. Not long after the family settled, we spoke with them about their new life in the town and learned about them enjoying being part of the growing community.

Now, a couple of years later, we catch up with The Smiths to hear about how their lifestyle has benefited from Chapelton’s local facilities and how their spacious home has made living in lockdown much easier.

Telling us about the family’s new life in Chapelton, Lesley Smith said: “Over the past two years we’ve really settled into Chapelton. We love the scenery and the mix of houses that surround us but mostly we love the community spirit of the town. Particularly during COVID-19, it’s been really important to us to be part of a place that has a true sense of community and supportive neighbours.

“Our daughter now attends The Croft nursery which is located just at the end of our street. She loves it there and the staff have been brilliant over the past year.

“For Ian and me, we are glad that we’ve had our new home during this time. With all of us spending much more time indoors and working from home being a regular occurrence, the additional space has been great.

“The flow of the house works really well for family life. The kitchen diner is where we spend most of our time – it’s been a godsend as a space for us to work, with the dining table being turned into a home office.

“Personally, I’ve been enjoying living in a home that is filled with our favourite items and décor that is truly our own. I’ve always loved interiors – even when I was still living with my parents I would decorate my bedroom – and now I’m so glad to live in a space that suits my personal style.

“I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest and home or interior accounts on Instagram. We also started our own Instagram account, @the.smiths.down.the.lane, where we document home changes and interiors choices. I’m really lucky that Ian tends to agree with my décor choices and lets me get on with bringing ideas to life.

“So far there thankfully hasn’t been any decorating disasters, other than spilling half a tin of black paint over the hall floor, and we’ve just made some changes to our master bedroom. It was my biggest project yet but we added panelling to the walls and a new paint colour, making this another room that is uniquely our own.”