Apparently for once in my life I've managed to curb my expensive taste (slightly). My tender presentation with Carlisle wasn't half as painful as I thought it would be. I still within the budget I'd set for myself at the start of this process (although only just) and I have pretty much all the absolute "must haves" I'd decided I "must have" when I started looking for a house.
I'd still give anything for some of the tile upgrades I saw at the colour selection centre and if I had the money I'd have a ceramic bathtub instead of the plastic but these things aren't going to make me love my house any less. It's only a starting point, there is plenty of time to build houses with amazing tiles and wooden floorboards.
The only thing I really changed was the splashback - it started off as Toffee Fingers but after thinking about my colour combinations I realised I could stand to have a little less brown in this house so I changed it to Beige Royal in Pearl on Starfire glass and the combination of the pearl and the lighter colour should bring some life back into that kitchen corner.
Still settling on the right shade of turquoise to bring into the house in various ways but there is plenty of time for that.