Nursery ideas & inspiration

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]itting both the ‘New Year, Fresh Page‘ feeling and then delving into my first nesting instincts of pregnancy has made me push for getting our spare room, I mean the nursery, ready for our Spring baby. I’m a whisper away from hitting the 6 month mark and at the moment, not only have we not done anything to prepare the room but I’ve been stashing the occasional new baby onesie into a spare handbag because there’s nowhere to put baby’s mini outfits! So, I did what I normally do when I need to streamline my ideas- I hit Pinterest. I actually found it a useful tool when we were renovating the flat enabling me to keep my visuals in one place. From colours to decor, to helping me in keeping with the look I had in mind, it helped loads with giving our home the same palette and style throughout. Also, it has been really satisfying pinning baby things ;)[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18755″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516883940512{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 90px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;border-left-color: #f1f1f1 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f1f1f1 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f1f1f1 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f1f1f1 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]

I want tones of blush, grey and yellow- nothing overly girly or gender specific- but now that we know we are indeed having a girl, I admit I hit the Farrow and Ball website to buy sample pots of different pinks! The spare room at the moment is very neutral- silver grey carpet, white walls, with a black feature wall and a very cool black geometric ceiling light from Ikea. It’s basically the opposite of baby.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I turned to Farrow and Ball because I loved the finish from when I painted the doors in our flat. I’m also only painting accents rather than the whole room, and found that one tub of paint goes a long way without breaking the bank.

Calamine– a very pale pink and my first choice so far to repaint the black alcove.

Middleton Pink – a pastel pink that might be too girly and saccharine for my taste but I’d like to see and compare.

Cinder Rose– a wild card pick! If the pale tones are too subtle in the room, maybe this will pop instead.

Purbeck Stone– the same grey colour we’ve used throughout the flat and would compliment everything.

Citron– a golden yellow that I’m using as an accent colour reference. I like that it’s not too mustard toned or too in your face. A few decorative items in this colour would be enough to provide those pops of yellow I’d like.

I have a thing for polka dot bedding at the moment, and I’d like to find some for the crib- especially something like the black and white print that H&M came out with earlier in the year.

A sheepskin rug or two will soften the room up and for no particular reason other than ‘ooh, pretty‘ are gold star garlands and felt cloud mobiles. I’ve also got some brass animal hooks from Anthropologie that I’ve had for ages that could be put to use too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516883994879{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

I have always wanted baby animal prints for the nursery, especially ones from the Animal Print Shop- however, those babies are £££. So, I might get one or two small sized ones and on the main wall get a gold framed print of “Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer” in a large size- maybe A0?

I’ve also always wanted a felt animal bust too. Okay, I really mean, I’ve always wanted a felt flamingo on the wall, because of course. There’s a few on Etsy so I’m confident I’ll find the one soon! I’m also in love with Land of Nod, a US based online shop that luckily ships to the UK. I think the pencil cushion and metallic star would look sweet in the baby’s crib.

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Animals, stars, and a quirky thing or two with soft textiles.

There’s a lot to do which I try to stay calm over- we’ve got to remove the day bed (my most urgent to do) replace the curtains (I hate the current ones, they were just a temporary measure over the summer) rehome some bits that were dumped in there (ahem, drying racks and sports bags) and start making it a baby room- a crib, a changing station, somewhere to put her clothes, and I’d like to track down a rocking chair to nurse in.

I think once I start painting areas, I’ll feel better about the situation. Just planning and prepping mood boards makes me feel a million times more productive already! I really want to make it baby ready so I can get mentally ready for baby’s arrival- important when you are prone to panic and anxiety attacks! (on that note, I need to update my pregnancy diaries!)

 

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Our Flat Renovation | The New Kitchen

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is a long overdue renovation update, but here we go, a year later, I can finally show you what the new kitchen looks like. The last update I made was this sneaky peek in the new year 8 months ago. Since then, we have finished the back garden, repaired the front windows, installed shutters, replaced the old back door, painted the side patio decking, and oh yeah, made the spare room a guest room. Basically, there is always work to be done! Let’s walk through the new kitchen…[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”18387″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18389″ img_size=”1000×1500″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516886968421{padding-top: 200px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 210px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

The new kitchen is actually the old master bedroom. It was the room that had the wall knocked through and extended out by 3 meters to make room for an open plan living room. You can see the Before’s here as the builders began knocking it all down.

Our old kitchen was cluttered and dark so it made sense that I wanted the new one to be the opposite- white, bright and importantly, no clutter!  It was also important that we had some clever storage options. We went to Howdens Joinery to design and install the new kitchen layout and bought the appliances and countertop separately. The marble tiling is from Topps Tiles- which is a story in itself.

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The biggest lesson I learnt is that you can’t tick all the boxes on your wishlist- compromises have to be made. I wanted a ceramic farmhouse sink, but that meant it would limit our countertop choices. I actually ended up liking the deep, stainless steel sink instead- and it meant we could install a waste disposal too (although the countertop was fitted before a hole was cut for the button so now we have to reach under the sink for it- eh you win some, you lose some)

Given that we had a limited amount of space, we were still able to fit a dishwasher and washing machine- all hidden away from sight thanks to the cabinets from Howdens. I’ve never had a dishwasher before and IT IS A REVELATION.

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Below the gas hob, the drawers store the usual cutlery and pots and pans.  My favourite though, is the large drawer to the left that hides away both the bin and recycling. Me- 1 Clutter- 0

As building projects tend to do- we got hit by some unexpected costs and problems-which meant that instead of one whole marble backsplash, it was budget friendlier to go with tiles. I picked these large ones from Topps Tiles (they were called Mixara in white) These particular tiles appear to be discontinued now, but there are loads of similar ones to choose from.

So, white countertops.

Are they high maintenance? Only a teeny bit. I have a steady supply of those amazing Magic Eraser sponges, but you know I still love it. I actually think that the wooden countertop we had in the old kitchen was more work- it had to be oiled, scrubbed, and the area around the sink was always a little wet and dreary, no matter how much I cleaned it. So, for me, white granite all the way.

To keep with the space saving theme, we chose a stacked microwave and oven. I am still very much enjoying not having to dive head down into a hot oven every time I need to pull out a boiling hot tray.

Speaking of boiling, we don’t have a kettle anymore. Instead, we had a boiling water tap installed. You slide a button by the sink tap and out comes boiling hot water; this is the sole reason my tea intake has doubled this year. It was super fiddly to install, so if you are looking to have one put in, my advice would be to find a plumber who has experience of installing them before.

Then there’s old faithful, the Smeg fridge we’ve had since 2008 and it’s still going strong. This fridge is my most favourite thing in the world and still looks as shiny and cute as the day we got it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18390″ img_size=”1000×1450″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18386″ img_size=”1000×1500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”18388″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18393″ img_size=”1000×1500″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18383″ img_size=”1000×1375″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”18382″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516887185906{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]I spoke about the pew bench in a previous renovation post here, but here it is again! It was bespoke made from an Etsy seller and I painted it in leftover Farrow and Ball paint (Purbeck Stone, the smoothest, coolest shade of grey ever)

The seat lifts up to more storage- mostly boxes of cat food right now- and this bench is where you’ll find Robin most nights, tapping away on his laptop. An IKEA sheepskin throw keeps it cosy and the big old cushion is from H&M Home.

The round dining table is another IKEA classic and I’ll let you in on a secret…that table runner was from last year’s Christmas collection, but I use it all year round. The place mats are a souvenir from our Bali trip earlier this year, from a shop called Kim Soo that I am so in love with (and they’re launching online soonish!)

The black matte metal chairs are from eBay- I was initially going to pick brass ones but in the end went with the black so that it wouldn’t clash with anything decorative in the room.

And there we have it! The new kitchen. It’s hard to picture it as my old bedroom- it’s completely different now. The bedrooms aren’t quite finished yet, but it’s only cosmetic work left. My next update will cover the garden and living room area- we’ll get there!

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My Favourite Homeware Shops

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] love a good homeware browse. Although I’m embracing a more organised and clutter free zone at home, I can’t help but keep an eye on my favourite homeware haunts for that special something to add to our home. Even though my tastes have changed over the years, I still find something I like from these stores which is why they have become my Go-To’s whenever I feel the need to update my living space.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15158″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1484839361616{background-image: url(http://theawkwardblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-19-at-15.22.00.png?id=15174) !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516900466482{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 120px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

With their dark aesthetic and quirky decor pieces, I’ve been a massive fan of Rockett St George for years. You’ll find everything from Abigail Ahern paint to concrete skulls to Scandinavian rugs here. Whether you lean towards more classic pieces or something kooky, you’ll find something here that you’ll want to scoop up immediately.

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So, UO isn’t the first place most people think of when it comes to homeware, but I always find a few gems from here; from cushions to photo frames and those adorable Crosley record players. I have my eye on a couple of terrariums to have on display. As well as the square gold frames for my grid gallery, I also bought our large living room rug from here too.

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Oh Anthro, you are a classic. Their Volcano candle is my absolute favourite and I’m always lusting after something from the kitchenware department (like this jug on the left) I recently bought some little drawer knobs to customise an old dresser. Their pillows and bedding are pricey, but worth it because they are just so unique and pretty (and soft) There’s a Sales section all year round so there’s always a steal to find somewhere.

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I have a love/hate relationship with West Elm. I love their stuff but I hate their shipping costs! I usually browse online and then set aside a time and date to visit the store in person. I’m currently coveting this marble trinket plate (pictured) and a set of mini Boxwood planters. Their furniture has a midcentury look and feel but I tend to stick to the small things; bowls and decor!

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And lastly, H&M Home. I really rate their homeware range and it sits within the same level of quality and design as their clothes. As well as decorative accessories, you can kit yourself out with curtains, bedsheets, plates, tea towels, or even rugs and you won’t bankrupt yourself in doing so. It’s contemporary, modern and each season features a new look- however, this palm print cushion has been restocked again (£8.99 each) since it came out last summer.

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Flat Tour | A Sneaky Peek!

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[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.

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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

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Our Flat Renovations | Part 4

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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]I, I haven’t forgotten to conclude this series, because guys…it’s still ongoing. I KNOW. We have hit the 7 month mark on this fiasco. It’s been really not cool. Only now do I feel like the end is in sight? I question that, because I’ve said that before and well, here we are! Here’s a quick update on the things that have taken place and why the renovation has taken so long.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”14460″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478510085{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

At the start of the project, one of our neighbours became Mister Petty and delayed us by 3 weeks. Stressful at the time, but we soon caught up once it was over.

And then.

Drainage works. As holes were dug, it became clear that some drainage work had to be made, which took up some time. Again, stressful at the time, but work ticked along regardless.

And then.

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The architect who drew up the building plans didn’t (or did, I forget which way round) include enough steel beams. So that was another setback until correct plans were made and sent.

And then.

Building work just started slowing down before becoming non existent! There were big gaps when no one came to the house. Did I mention that it was super stressfull? Because it really was (is) Which leads me…

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That’s why my snapchats and Instagram Stories are just of me, head to toe in paint. There has been alot alot of painting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”PUTTING DOWN FLOOR TILES” tab_id=”1480509325629-36eff0f6-a222″][vc_single_image image=”14510″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”HERRINGBONE STYLE TILES” tab_id=”1480509540012-36850b20-bd9f”][vc_single_image image=”14511″ img_size=”600X800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”GROUTING THE FLOOR (MYSELF!)” tab_id=”1480509325630-3f186793-f92d”][vc_single_image image=”14518″ img_size=”600×800″][vc_single_image image=”14518″ img_size=”LARGE”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”HALLWAY TILES” tab_id=”1480509696013-eee31c74-6085″][vc_single_image image=”14513″ img_size=”800X600″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NEW DOORS” tab_id=”1480509798825-270e61d2-c21b”][vc_single_image image=”14520″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NOT A CRACK DEN” tab_id=”1480510337211-81554ad5-4510″][vc_single_image image=”14519″ img_size=”600X800″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478393403{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]Because we wanted herringbone style floor tiles, apparently this took longer to lay down than normal. But I love the effect, so I’m glad I stuck my heels in with that. Over the weekend, I went on a mission to get shit done and spent the entire day working on the flat. Two trips were made to DIY stores. By dinner time, I was mixing grout and slapping it on the remaining half of the room over Strictly Come Dancing.

I painted the new doors recently installed with Farrow and Ball’s Purbeck Stone, Robin sanded the hell out of everything, and I started the task of painting over anything glossy and magnolia with white, matte paint. You can see the difference in colour and it makes me shudder to see that horrible, grimy shade of magnolia. NO TO MAGNOLIA.

Our old kitchen is now the new spare room and it  looks like a crack den. There’s no sugar coating it. The walls need to be replastered and the floor repaired before we can even make it a useable room. At the moment it’s a dumping ground for tools (and tennis bags apparently)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”PEW BENCH” tab_id=”1480510920180-493a740e-e4f2″][vc_single_image image=”14514″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”DINING TABLE” tab_id=”1480511235624-35b9c007-0777″][vc_single_image image=”14533″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”DINING ROOM CHAIRS” tab_id=”1480511048431-3eab9a0b-cfbf”][vc_single_image image=”14516″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NEW BED” tab_id=”1480510920181-b599d470-2700″][vc_single_image image=”14515″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478582461{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

It hasn’t been completely all about building and DIY, but we’ve also been getting in bits of new furniture into the house.

Our new made to measure Pew bench arrives on Friday, that we got through a seller on Etsy. It comes with a handy bit of extra storage as the seat lifts up.

We bought a round dining table from IKEA- the Docksta model. For chairs, I found replica Tolix chairs in black, matte metal.

And finally, but probably most importantly- A NEW BED. I found ours from Next Home at a reasonable price and it is the Paris model. It has a beautiful tufted headboard and storage space underneath. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to wake up in a bed again after weeks of sleeping on a floor!

So, there you have it! That’s where we are currently!

Christmas is hurtling towards us, and I’m desperate to get the place visitor friendly. As soon as we get home from work, we’re working on the flat which is satisfying but I have a serious case of FOMO when I see everyone else putting up their Christmas decorations. It spurs me on to get more work done!

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Our Flat Renovations | Part 3

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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]h, guys. Guys, guys, guys. I said a while back that I had hit a wall with this renovation. I was wrong. That was merely a blip in the road. A few weeks ago, I well and truly hit it. And then hit it again. Hulk smashed it into smithereens. I was tired of sleeping and living out of one room, tired of dusting down the bed and every surface every day and just tired of it all! I wanted a normal home again. All the dust and dirt made this neat freak very unhappy.

Since my last update, the cedarwood fence has gone up, the bifold doors and backdoor have been installed, the walls have been plastered, the roof light winched into place, and our new kitchen is slowly piecing together. Yesterday, the old kitchen was stripped down. It looks like we’re squatting in a crack house. Totally glam.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs style=”modern” spacing=”2″ active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Bifold Door Installation” tab_id=”1473858551880-83e36838-b89d”][vc_single_image image=”13712″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1473858551940-49b17fd4-e564″ title=”Plastered Walls”][vc_single_image image=”13713″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Kitchen Panorama” tab_id=”1474449373574-d4807059-a3d3″][vc_single_image image=”13899″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”New Worktops” tab_id=”1474452771687-fa2a2855-b834″][vc_single_image image=”13902″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”TILES” color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#ff8d6b”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13901″ img_size=”600×600″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13900″ img_size=”600×600″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The marble tile above is a compromise we’ve had to settle with. Originally, I wanted an all marble kitchen backsplash but thanks to a few surprise costs (*ahemDrainsAndNeighbourlyDisputes*) tiles would be much friendlier to our budget. I liked these Mixara White ones from Topps Tiles; they’re double the size of a metro tile and I quite liked the different textures.

Since everything is quite cool and neutral toned, I chose these Tangier Blue patterned floor tiles for the area outside the bathroom. I think it adds a fun element to the place. The blue colour stands out but still compliments the neutral tones in the new space. It’s also super easy to keep clean, because we use this area to take off our shoes and coats at the end of the day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”FRUSTRATIONS” color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#ff8d6b”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13919″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our old kitchen is currently very ‘Derelicte’ 😉

When it was gutted, I came home and found everything from my Kitchenaid, pots, pans and cutlery, boxes of cereal and approximately 8000 pieces of tupperware strewn all over the living room floor aka our sleeping space. Yeah, that wasn’t fun at all. Except the tupperware part. Mum, it’s safe to say you have excelled in the tupperware gifting department!

Naively, we went into this project thinking it would take three months at the most. As of now, we’re about to roll into our fifth month.

Our neighbours hate us, the cats are over it, we’re over it.

It really is the most stressful thing- beyond planning a wedding, beyond moving house and all the other things that are meant to be challenging. I shouldn’t even complain as poor Robin has beared the brunt of all the stress. I’ve heard him growl an angry rawwr a few times during the week :/

This morning, I left a team of builders and electricians to it. This whole not knowing what progress is made until I get home each day is an exciting little game! No, really. I walk through the door and it’s like let’s play Spot the Difference.

I’m hoping my next update covers the kitchen progress- the new white quartz worktops were installed a couple of days ago and some shelves had already been put up so that we could store some mugs and bowls away.

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Our Flat Renovation | Part Two

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ELLO from the sandpit I now call home! Ok, so not an actual sandpit, but it feels that way sometimes. The flat renovation is progressing along, so I thought it was time for a new update. The protective sheeting was replaced in the kitchen last week and it was super weird seeing the floor again. I’ve lost count what number week we’re in…6? 12? 18? Does it matter anymore?!

So here’s where we’re at, right now.

The walls of the extension have been built up to the roof height.

The floor has been been dug and concrete has been poured all over.

The garden has been completely levelled, and only two trees in the left and right corners remain- when I came home, I may have audibly gasped, like a Disney Princess, because neat’ and ‘tidy’ are two words life lacks right now.

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My poor old bedroom has been completely gutted (although LOL at the mini chandelier still hanging in there) The carpet was ripped out and the built in wardrobes Hulk Smashed into pieces. It’s hard to envision this space as our new kitchen- partly because of all the mess and partly because, this is where I slept and snored away every night!

We’ve now fully moved into the living room for the next few weeks. It’s as fun as it sounds. We’re surrounded by mountains of stuff. And by stuff, I mean our clothes.

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THIS

This is exciting. Some signs of life in the garden! It’s only one panel, but I’ll take it. It’s made from red cedar, smells like the woods and nature and Christmas combined int0 one. Robin sourced them from Manchester and they were delivered last week, in bundles of 40 that we shuffled into the back garden at 11 o clock at night because why not!

Pinterest, ever the inspiration hotspot, helps to visualise the end result (Also, I would like all of the olive trees too)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13049″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And that concludes the little sandpit tour of the flat.

We’re at the getting-uncomfortable stage now, in that everything and everyone has the one room to eat, sleep and hang out in…rather like a studio flat in a desert (Dust. So much Dust)

So, there we go! Officially at the halfway point. I’m already excited to write Part 3 of this series, because Part 3 will mean more progress and I don’t know, an end to the dust and sand?

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