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Our Bathroom Makeover...

on Thursday, 02 October 2014.

 

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We have been living in our house for five years now, it's not our forever home or our dream home, but it's perfect for our family now.  We were thinking about moving next year, but we have decided now to stay put for a couple of years and just enjoy our little home, and not to push ourselves financially with moving costs and a bigger mortgage.  We are finally getting it how we want it, and I love buying bits and pieces for it.

Pretty much since the day we moved in, I have been wanting to renovate the bathroom.  Our old bathroom was horrible- dodgy pipes, ugly tiles, a little mouldy and above all just really plain.  It wasn't my style at all, but bathrooms are expensive, and at the time we just didn't have the money to rip it all out and start again.  

Just to give you an idea, this is how it used to look- bleugh!

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Finally after some saving, and some luck in the fact Mr E has taken on a big freelance contract, we were finally able to renovate our bathroom.  To say I was excited, is a BIG understatement, I was straight on pinterest pinning ideas for our new room.  

 

Here is our new bathroom in photos...

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The first thing we did was get rid of the horrible tiles.  I adore subway tiles so just had to get these, and we asked the tiler for dark grey grout instead of white.  We were really lucky that Homebase had a half price deal on these when we purchased them, because we had to get a LOT of them!

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We went for a black, white and grey theme, but with a tiny hint of turquoise.  Love our stripy shower curtain.

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Most of the bare bones of our bathroom suite came from a company called Crosswater.  We found each other after they followed me on twitter and they were amazing from start to finish, happy to help and collaborate with me on my blog.  Such fantastic customer service, and we visited our nearest show room where the team helped us figure out exactly what we needed.  Our soap dispenser and tumbler came from there, as part of their Wisp collection.

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We chose a vanity unit as because the bathroom is quite a small space, we needed all the storage we can get!

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Our shiny taps are from Kelly Hoppen, we really liked the contemporary, sleek design.  Is it weird to be in love with a tap?! 

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We bought quite a plain, bogstandard, square bath from Victoria Plumb, instead making the taps more of a feature than the bath itself.  Again these taps are from Kelly Hoppen, it's her KH Zero 6 Range.

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I love our shower, we opted for a square style fixed one from Victoria Plumb.  After years of having a horrible electric shower that sounded like it was about to take off, I absolutely love this.  

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Our old mirror and cabinet was tiny so we decided to go for a huge mirrored cabinet, it has so much space we don't have enough toiletries to fill the space- I love it although I am already obsessed with fingerprints!

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The whole room is such a dramatic change, but I think one of the biggest ones for me has to be our toilet.  In our old bathroom, all the pipes were exposed at the back and so ugly, but our plumber boxed it all in (giving us a shelf too- woo hoo!) and we bought a concealed cistern back to wall toilet.  We replaced our brown floor tiles with some luxury vinyl from Carpet Right, we were advised on vinyl by the company who carried out all the work for us and although dubious at first, we are thrilled with how it has turned out.  I couldn't get a photo of it, but it's a sparkly grey colour.

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We previously had floating shelves but we changed the colour to white, I adore all the knick knacks we put on.  Our new towels and wire basket came from H and M Home and the big lantern came from Tesco

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Got to have lots of candles for all those nice relaxing baths. 

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Myself and Mr E argued about the stags head for ages as he wasn't keen on it but in the end I won, (obviously) we bought him from Homebase.  The two little plants are from good old Ikea.

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Love the lantern from Tesco, and my trusy Jo Malone candle that we got as a wedding present but I have never had the heart to light has made it's way on the shelf too.

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We got the monochrome prints from This Modern Life.

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The two outer prints are by Seventy Tree and the middle one is Eef Lillemor.

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 Other things we did was add some really cool and bright LED lights, and a new chrome towel rail too, as well as add a new blind from Dunelm.  The whole bathroom has been redecorated, including removing the artex and replastering the ceiling- hooray!

 

Overall I am absolutely thrilled with how our bathroom has turned out.  It was definitely worth the 5 years of moaning, saving and planning!  We are both so pleased with it and nice relaxing soaks in the bath are definitely a million times better now.  Now I am happy with every room in our house, although I have plans to redecorate here and there.  Here's on to my next project!

 

 

Check out some of my other interior posts here-

Our Pink, White and Gold Bedroom Makeover

Our Yello and Purple Retro Living Room Makeover

LL's Pastel Nursery

Mads Woodland Room

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project 2014- September.

on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, September was a really busy month for us all.  It quite literally whizzed by in a flash, and I truly can't believe that the Summer is over and we are now officially in Autumn.  After a really hectic few weeks, we are looking forward to slowing down a little in October, although our weekends are already starting to fill up.

If I could sum up our September in one word, other than hectic, I would say happy.  It's been a happy month, we have made some lovely memories, had some great experiences and it's just generally been happy.  Mr E is happy because he upgraded his phone to an iPhone 6, (and as yet it hasn't bent in his pocket!) I am happy because after five years of living with a mouldy, plain bathroom it has finally been renovated and because I was over the moon to win a MAD Blog Award, Mads is happy because we got kittens a couple of days ago and she adores them already, and LL is happy because, well she's LL and she is generally always happy!

One aforementioned lovely memory is what produced our family portraits for this month.  We went to Center Parcs with Lucy and her family, and for once I didn't have to rely on my self timer as Lucy kindly took these photos for us.  They were taken just outside our holiday cottage, in the deep dark wood as Mads would say.  Indeed, if you wonder what we are doing in a couple of the photos, we are roaring like Gruffalos.  Obviously.

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Here's hoping October is just as happy, but a little less hectic!

 

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Be sure to check out all the other Me and Mine ladies and their family portraits for the month too! 

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #36 'Suitcase Living.'

on Sunday, 28 September 2014.

I always knew September was going to be a hectic month in our household.  We started off the month in Center Parcs, where we had a lovely week away.  It was then back home for a few nights, before I headed off to the Mad Blog Awards for the evening.  Back home for one night again, we then headed off on an impromptu mini break to Brighton with my sister.  I was home for another night, before being lucky enough to go away again on a spa day and evening with Next. (a room and bed all to myself- bliss!)  Then on Friday I got home at lunch time, only to have an hour at home before we headed up North to Cheshire to see Mr E's side of the family.

On top of that, throw a bathroom renovation into the mix, where none of us have managed to shower in our home for almost three weeks, and we are all feeling a little bit out of routine.  I wouldn't change a single second of it, I feel so lucky to have been able to have these experiences and time away, but I am getting to the stage now where I am looking forward to our pace of life slowing down slightly.

I have mentioned before that our girls thrive on routine, and as such, they have been a little unsettled the past week, not knowing where they are napping or going to sleep at night, and a bit teary as a result of tiredness.  As I write this, I am snuggled up on the sofa at my parent in laws, LL is having a well needed nap and the rest of them have taken Mads out to the park to play football.  They have been sleeping well still at night, but they have had a few later nights and missed naps, and as such are a bit over emotional and out of sorts.  

We are having a lovely weekend with my in laws.  We arrived last night and went to their village pub for a meal, while today has been spent in their local town, where the below photo was taken.  There was a little fete on and the girls and I had to go on the teacups.  It's just an iPhone snap, but I love the smiles on their little faces- they are both just so interactive with each other now LL is walking and  understanding more, and I sat back and watched them giggling and holding on to each other tightly while we span around and around.  They really are the best of friends and are also starting to develop a very amusing sibling rivalry.  Mads will say 'I have the best toy' or 'LL's not got as many sweeties as me' while LL believes that she should have every single thing that Mads is playing with.  It's funny to watch them.

We go home tomorrow afternoon, and life returns to a slightly more normal pace, with the added excitement of our bathroom finally being completed on Monday.  I can't wait to put all my bits and pieces in there and to have a nice long bubble bath in our new bath, plus the whole house needs a thoroughly good clean.  

We are so thankful to be able to have the chance to go away and to make different memories, as well as giving the girls new experiences, but to me there really is no place like home and I am excited to get back to normal a little next week.  But not for long as our October weekends are starting to get busy too!

 

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A Sisterly Trip To Brighton...

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

As I am writing this, we were supposed to be in Portugal for a last bit of sunshine before we officially call it Autumn and start putting the heating on.  However due to a number of different reasons we sadly had to postpone our break away.  With a house still turned upside down from our bathroom renovation, my little sister and I decided at the last minute to go away for a couple of nights in Brighton with my girls.

If I could live anywhere else in the UK, I think it would be Brighton.  I don't know what it is, most probably the combination of the seaside, the culture and the amazing shops, I just love it.  Anna my sister, hadn't been before, so we waved goodbye to Mr E and set off on our journey.  We booked a last minute room at the Queens Hotel over looking the sea front, and were excited to see when we arrived that we had an amazing view of the pier and the beach.  Although the decor was traditionally 'British seaside (i.e a little tired), the room was large, comfy and in the most perfect location.

We had a fantastic time.  We ate far too much, relishing in lots of sweet treats, hotel breakfasts and lunch and dinner out.  We spent far too much money, but it was worth it, as the four of us had lots of fun and relished the rare opportunity of undivided sister time.  Anna is ten years younger than me, whether it's the fact that she is mature, (or I am immature!) or the fact that we have the exact same sense of humour- but we get on great.  

We did the traditional seaside thing of going on the pier, riding the Brighton wheel, walking and skimming stones on the beach and wandering round the gorgeous Lanes area. (shoppers paradise!)  We made lots of memories and were all sad to come home, although we missed Mr E!  We will definitely go away together again soon, I am surprised we haven't done it sooner.

Here is rather a lot of photos and a little video of our sister time in Brighton...

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When we got there on the Sunday evening we went down to the beach- the light was beautiful and the girls spent a good half an hour just playing with the stones.  As you do.

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Beautiful light- it was lovely watching the sun go down on the beach.

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Slightly messy beach hair.  

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Still playing with stones.

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Just one more, I can't get enough of this light clearly.

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Yay for the Brighton deckchairs.

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Loving the girly sleepover! We went out to dinner late the first night and then I decided they could stay up later still so I could watch X Factor- Big mistake as they were so grumpy the following morning and we had to go back to the hotel halfway through the day so they could nap!

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The Lanes area of Brighton is a pedestrian only zone and these two loved running around there together causing mischief. 

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So cute.

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Stopping for a little snack- shopping is hard work ya know.

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We stopped off at a little cake shop called Cloud 9, which was gorgeous.  Mads had the most amazing  rainbow cake, while the rest of us had cupcakes which were equally delicious.

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My beautiful girly walking along the pier with her balloon.  

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Such a cutie and growing up so quickly.

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My sister took this one of myself and Mads and I just love it so much.  I normally hate photos of myself but this one makes me so proud I have such a gorgeous little lady.

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You can't go to the seaside without visting some beach huts.

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Lovely beach huts.

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Cheeky smiles while chilling on the pier deckchairs.

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We did the typical tourist thing and went on the Brighton wheel- the girls loved it.

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Posing on the pier.

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A last final walk on the beach and some donuts to share!

 

And here is a little video of our time in Brighton...

 

 

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