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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 CarpetRight, 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!

 

 NB: Crosswater got in touch after seeing my post to say that they have an amazing sale on until 2nd November, with up to 60% off over 300 products including some of the bits we bought.  Be sure to go and check it out, I just wanted to mention it in case my post has given anyone any inspiration!

Here are some of the products we used currently on sale- 

Kelly Hoppen KH-Zero Sink Taps

Kelly Hoppen KH-Zero Bath Taps

Vanity Unit and Basin

Aluminium Cabinet

WC

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pink, White and Gold Bedroom Makeover...

on Thursday, 08 May 2014.

I don't know whether it is the fact it is Spring or the fact I get bored, but recently I have been really trying to give our home a little refresh.  We will have lived here for five years in August and when we moved in we completely decorated everywhere.  The old owners had a penchant for black radiators, cheap horrible laminate floor and green shagpile carpet, so we basically painted everything neutral and began to slowly put our stamp on each room.  At the time we had a pretty limited budget, we obviously had just bought the house plus furnished it, and we were saving for our wedding but we did the best that we could.

Fast forward five years, and two children later and everything is starting to look a little grubby.  We recently completely redid our living room but I wanted to give our bedroom a fresh lick of paint and a refresh without spending a huge amount of money.  Whereas our living room is ridiculously bright, I wanted our bedroom to be a more calming, peaceful room so I decided to update our existing beige and gold colour scheme by adding some pink touches.

Here is our new pink, gold and white bedroom...

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First up we wallpapered our back wall to add a bit more colour to the room.  The wallpaper we chose was from Laura Ashley and it's hard to pick up from the photo but it is shimmery gold with birds.  I really love it.

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We already had these photos of our wedding day up, Mr E made them as a surprise for me a few years ago, but they are some of my favourites so of course we put them back up again.

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 For our bed I decided on a range of different cushions- I bought the 'Love' heart one from Next the knitted heart from Asda Home and the two pink cushions from H and M Home

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Who doesn't love a cushion? (Answer- my husband)

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I used to have so much clutter hanging from the back of our bedroom door but I managed to get rid of most of it and as a feature I hung up my camera bag- I thought the gold went well.

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Love these little pink and gold pom poms for the side of our bed.

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I wanted to change our bedside tables as I don't really like them but we couldn't afford to at the moment.  So instead I brightened up my side with this gorgeous little birdcage lamp from Next and a pretty ceramic pink pot from H and M Home.  

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Love how the lamp creates heart light shapes on the wall.  It feels very cosy when combined with our existing fairy lights round the bed.  I bought our new bedding from Dunelm and it is super soft and cosy.

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Mr E's side has some dried pink flowers and his favourite treasured photo of him and his Grandad when he was little.

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Happy memories on our windowsill.

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I originally got these little rabbits from Paperchase (I have an obsession with Russian Dolls) for Easter but I decided I quite liked having them up all the time.

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This little flamingo trinkets box is special to me as we picked it up in a flea market when we went on honeymoon to Miami.  He goes perfectly with the new colour scheme.

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I picked up these little wicker tealight holders from Homebase and they look really pretty glowing away at night time.

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I decluttered everywhere and put all our shoes into storage boxes so now under the bed is completely clean and clutter free.

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Overall I am really pleased with our new room and love the pop of colour that the pink and gold adds to it.  It's amazing what a lick of paint and a quick refresh can do and I look forward to my bed even more than before now!

 

Check out some of the other rooms in our little home -

Living Room

Mads Bedroom

LL's Bedroom

 

NB.  We paid for every single bit of our new bedroom makeover (much to Mr E's reluctance- seriously doesn't he know cushions and pom poms make a room!) but I have included the links in case it gives anyone any inspiration.

Our Retro Inspired Living Room Makeover...

on Thursday, 13 March 2014.

We have lived in our little house for four and a half years now, and we love it a lot.  It is by no means our forever home, but it is full of love and memories.  Slowly but surely we are getting it how we want it but budget and time means that it isn't happening as quickly as we would like.

Our living/dining room is the hub of our home.  It is the room we are in most of the time- we do our relaxing, playing, eating and entertaining in this room but for ages it has just been a blank canvas.  When we moved in it had wee yellow walls and green shagpile carpets (no joke) and we gave it a lick of paint, added some other touches and put down beige carpet throughout the house, but it hasn't had our stamp fully put on it until now.  

I decided a couple of weeks ago I was fed up of it in it's current state, and set to work giving it a revamp.  The first to go was the Artex on the ceiling, I loathe Artex and got a quote from a plasterer to see if he could reskim it all.  It was reasonable and so I begged Mr E to let us get rid of it.  He agreed, so we had this done while also getting rid of the rubbish lampshades and having swanky new spotlights put in. 

We then had wallpaper put up on our long wall, gave the whole place a lick of paint and added some finishing touches.  The room originally had a purple and brown colour palette but I also introduced mustard.  Yellow makes me happy.  I realise it might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it.  I love the bright colours and am really pleased with how it has turned out.  We still have a few finishing touches to go but I thought I would show you our new living room makeover in photos.

 

Before

 

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Before we started our living room looked like this.  Not offensive but bland, boring and uninteresting. Note the horrendous Artex on the ceiling and the cheap, slightly crappy lampshades!

 

After

  

Mustard and purple living room

This wall was already previously painted purple but we gave it another lick of paint to brighten it up a little.  I took this photo before we put it back but we have a little desk to one side of the sofa where Mr E's iMac sits.

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This wall has our BC (Before Child!) photo frame on it.  The rest of the house is full of photos of our little ladies but we like to keep this one the way it was before.

Nikki McWilliams biscuit cushion

I fell in love with this cushion from Nicki McWilliams.  It was a bit more than I would usually spend on a cushion but who doesn't love a Custard cream?  The Love cushion is from Homebase.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Our wallpaper is from Orla Kiely.  I absolutely adore it and think it has transformed the room.  It was a brave choice to go with such a bold mustard print but I love it.  The stripey mustard cushion and purple velvet one were from H and M Home.

Mustard Cat Cushion

I also fell in love with this mustard cat cushion from Howkapow.  The knitted brown cushion is from H and M Home.

Mustard Throw from Laura Ashley

This mustard throw is from Laura Ashley, it's lovely, big and cosy. 

Garland from Southwood Stores

I struggled to figure out what to do with this space above our understairs cupboard, but found this lovely garland from Southwood Stores and thought it was perfect.

retro milk bottles

In our town there is a huge vintage bric-a-brac shop, three floors full of treasure.  I found these old fashioned milk bottles and thought they would be perfect for our retro inspired living room.  

Retro Milk Bottles

I got the little decorative purple stones from Ikea.

Mustard and Purple Living Room

Our table was getting wrecked from the girls drawing and eating on it constantly, so I found this dotty wipe clean purple fabric- perfect as a tablecloth.  The flowers were a birthday present from a lovely client of mine!

Vintage Polaroid Camera

I have had this vintage polaroid camera for a long time, the certificate is from 1978.  The Haarlem tea light holders are from Howkapow.

Old English Company Print

Our print is from Old English Company, and I love it.  Think it looks great up on the wall.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Just love our wallpaper!  The rug we had previously but I like the colours together.  It's not for everyone but it makes me feel happy.  Next job is the bathroom, but think we need to save up some pennies first- this makeover went *slightly* over our budget!

 

Some of our other room tours...

Mads Big Girl Room

LL's Nursery

 

NB.  We paid for every single bit of this makeover, but I wanted to include the links in case anyone is after any inspiration.

 

 

Love Chic Living and Love Your Home

A Room For LL- A Nursery Room Tour.

on Monday, 29 April 2013.

Last week I published a post showing Mads new 'big girl' room.  I thought that I would now do a tour of my littlest lady's room too.

This one isn't quite as exciting as we have only added a few finishing touches.  This room used to be our spare room before we became pregnant with Mads, and had already been decorated for her, so as she is only two and the bedding etc is still like new, we decided against completely redoing it for LL.

Still I am really pleased with how it has turned out.  When I was pregnant with Mads I really wanted a pastel coloured room that wasn't too overloaded with pink!

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The theme of the room, apart from pastels, is 'My Unusual Friends' which was from Marks and Spencers and is a series of little character monsters.  I loved the fact that they were cute but not overly cute! 

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Some friends very kindly bought LL this gorgeous bunting and it is so long it takes up the whole of one wall which looks lovely.

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I love these building blocks in the same pastel colours.

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Just like he did with Mads, Mr E bought LL a special present on the day she was born and bought it to the hospital.  Here is her rabbit.

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I have a bit of a weird obsession with Russian Dolls and Mr E bought this set for me one Christmas- we thought they looked good sat on the shelf.  

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Another monster friend!

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This rabbit hangs from a large spring above her changing table so as she gets a bit bigger she can watch her while she is having her nappy changed.

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This is 'Big George,' who sits on the chest by her cot.

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Some more little monster friends.

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Every girl needs a bear from the year they were born!  This one is from her Auntie Paula.

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A bag to hang from her door to keep bits and pieces in- I am not a fan of clutter!

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So there you have it.  A pretty, pastel nursery for my little lady.  In a way I wish we had changed the theme but it seems silly when they are babies for such a short time.  We will just go to town on her own 'big girl room' in a couple of years!

 

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