Flat Tour | A Sneaky Peek!


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was on Christmas Eve, somewhere around midnight when I cracked. Instead of sitting cosy on the sofa with a mince pie and tea watching Christmas specials, I was probably scraping or scrubbing or moving something. By the time I went to bed in an overly tired grump, the house was what I called ‘visitor friendly’. Machinery had been removed, floors had been cleaned, holes patched up and painted, and furniture put in place. It made Christmas Day feel that extra bit lovely and that heavenly long break in between was spent pottering around our ‘new’ home- because it feels like a new home! It was so nice to wake up and walk into the kitchen in the morning, or eat dinner at the table, or my favourite- a snooze on the sofa. Here’s a sneak peek at the new place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_text_separator title=”GOLDEN GRIDS” border_width=”2″][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”14931″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14932″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516901189313{padding-top: 130px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 175px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

Our old hallway had an eclectic gallery wall of photos, prints & art; I wanted to replace it with this simpler, chic version using a nine square grid. My favourite wedding photo hangs in the center- the remaining photos are all connected to our wedding day or favourite places we’ve travelled to.

I spent ages searching for square gold frames that didn’t cost the earth and found them in the sale at Urban Outfitters for £4 each! They have since sold out but copper ones are available here (still a bargain at £7)

I found cheap photo mounts online and then used Truprint to print them out to size; surprisingly it’s one of the few places online that will print an 8″x8″ square!  To hang them, space each frame 2 inches apart on all sides for a neat looking grid.

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Our extension houses an open plan living room and kitchen; so to keep on top of clutter we needed some storage options. This is where the new cupboard and bench come handy!

We got the Hopkins cupboard from made.com (on sale just before Christmas) and the star lamp was a birthday present from last year. The decoupaged ‘K’ is a memento from our wedding day (my sister made it for us) – the other letters were in a high storage cupboard just out of reach, but I managed to nab the K and so…that’s the one going on display!

We got a made to measure pew bench from this Etsy shop. The seat lifts up for extra and cleverly hidden storage. I painted it with the same paint leftover from the doors, in Farrow and Ball’s Purbeck Stone. Instead of a bench pad I chose to use a sheepskin throw from good old IKEA and I can confirm that it’s cosy and comfortable on the bum![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14938″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14936″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”14940″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516901247662{padding-top: 110px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 145px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

We replaced our old sofa with another made.com sale score. I missed being able to lounge on an L shaped sofa, and this 2 seater Halston model fit perfectly into the space. The sheepskin throw is also from Etsy, from this shop.

The rug was a last minute addition from H&M- I love H&M Home, it’s filled with stylish and affordable pieces and I usually end up browsing there first. The banana leaf print cushion is also an H&M find from last summer- I wish I had bought two! The prints hanging above the sofa are from The Other Art Fair a few years ago.

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I’ve instagrammed these tiles so much already, but I love them! It’s such a small square area outside the bathroom, so I felt like if there was ever a space to go big and bold, this would be the place to do it. I’m glad we took the risk because this might be my favourite part of the remodel.

Robin found the brass light fitting above from Industville; moral of the story- don’t tell your wife you found them on eBay. It makes me feel like I’m on a ship every time I walk past it- but I love it! The old one looked like a white opaque lid stuck to the wall, oh and it didn’t work.


The bedrooms have been carpeted and we have new built in cupboards- made just in time for Christmas! There’s a bit more paint work and a little bit of cosmetic work- new windows and a new door to install in the spare room. The back garden has a patio but we can’t lay down any grass until the Spring time. The former side return- now a cosy decked out patio- will have to wait until Spring too for any decorative work. To be honest, I don’t think I can bear any other work until at least Spring anyway!

That in between time over Christmas and New Year was really good, just getting to sit back and appreciate the newness and cosiness of it all- after the shit storm it took to finish it on time! I’ll have a fair few reveal posts to share as and when the other spaces take shape 🙂

You can see it from the start here: 1, 2, 3, and 4


Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

17 thoughts on “Flat Tour | A Sneaky Peek!”

  1. Oh it looks SO good Angela!! You must be over the moon to have it all finished and liveable again! Despite the time it took, it’s definitely worth it – especially love the wooden bench seat!!


  2. LOVE it! It all becomes so worth it when it starts to come together and feel like your own home. We are sort of starting to feel like that upstairs (still half building site though), but as gluttons for punishment we are cracking on with the kitchen extension now so downstairs is going to become a serious building site for the foreseeable. Keep telling myself we will get there in the end and then we will have our perfect home, but it gets pretty tiring! I love your pew bench, such a great idea for storage, looks so cute too. |I may have to consider one of these for the dining room! x


  3. thank you!!! the novelty of coming home to a ‘normal’ space is amazing and made me realise how much of an upheaval it had been over the last few months. You are 100% right, you will get there and it really will be worth it in the end. Wishing you lots of luck (and extra energy and patience!) x


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