After ordering several lights, making Mat parade them and endless stories about what light I finally made a decision. I really liked this walnut drum light and then yesterday one came back in stock so I snapped it up so we could have a matching pair.
It’s a completely different look to the chandelier, but I’m liking the vibe that’s coming together in here. The chandeliers are now up the road at my friends house, which A) saved my the embarrassment of sending them back and B) I can admire them in her beautiful home.
I’m yet to master a moodboard so I seem to be finishing the room piece by piece. We’re waiting on a mirror for the front room and I’m on the hunt for some narrow tables, again what I’m after is out of stock. Then I’ve still got to sort a wall light and art. Easier said than done. Also trying to work our how to have stuff on the wall behind the sofa with a light in the middle of it.
Before lockdown I had a quote for getting our sofas reconditioned. This might be something we end up taking on ourselves given the current situation. But nervous about doing it myself but I’m sure we can do a good job and it might be a nice thing to share.
Any tips on how to style up behind our sofa or on reconditioning leather then so share.
I’m off to micro manage Mat putting up the other light in the snug.
Let’s talk D O O R S 😃
I’ve finally got round to doing something house related now I’ve had a bit of annual leave.. Although there was nothing wrong with the front door before, brown just wasn’t really us..
We looked at replacing it & I can’t believe how expensive they are.!! So I did my research and everything I read told me not to paint a composite door 😩 But what’s the worst that can happen eh?!
I’ve completely fallen in love with this paint, it’s amazing... done the job perfectly. Now just trying to decide whether to leave the handle & letterbox gold or spray them black? What do we think?
I love an upcycle, but sometimes it's best to leave things as they are 🙌
I bought this old wardrobe for my eldests room will the full intention of #upcycling it. But once I started decorating her room I realised that actually, it was still a really beautiful piece of furniture without needing to do anything to it. So I've kept it's original form, and restored the fireplace so it too can be preserved in its former glory 😍
The kitchen extension is starting to take shape at Albany Road and it is SO EXCITING! 🤩 This is looking at the back of the house from the garden and that lovely brick frame will be filled with some BEAUTIFUL bifold doors with black frames. Can’t you just see it now?! 🍋
Okay yeah, fair enough, it’s a long way off 😂 The scaffolding, wheelbarrow and general builder paraphernalia do *slightly* ruin the vision, but the end goal gets just that little bit closer each day 💪🏼 🍋
It’s such a wonderful feeling to be breathing new life into this neglected house. And saying goodbye to the dingiest, dampest kitchen you’ve ever set eyes on 😷 Stay tuned for some epic before and after shots 🤩
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🖤🐝 THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD... Me and Ben love Manchester. Even after travelling there's no place quite like home. After a bit more messing about with the tiles we have a thicker border round the edges and my best attempt of a Manchester bee. Now I can confidently say we are ready to get these stuck down 🍯We are also thinking of painting the radiator and back of the door yellow, because well why not. Just got to find the perfect shade and we're good to go.
Swipe to see how we did it 🖤🐝
Top floor of the house has had the bedrooms and bathroom painted! Woohooo!! We still have the skirting and architrave and painting of that and carpets and sockets/switches and lights to put up and probably 1000 other small jobs to do but man does it finally feel like we are getting somewhere! #instahomes#diy#victorianrenovation#victorianhouse#renovationproject
Folding leather director's chair, comfortable and stylish. This elegant chair harks back to a bygone era and yet fits into our contemporary homes. Perfect for sitting in the garden and enjoying the gorgeous weather.
Not 100% before and after as our brick layer is too quick off the mark (plus we’re terrible at remembering to take “before” photos) but look at all the changes to the back of our house! 🧱
The new kitchen window is going to be super dreamy when it’s fitted, letting loadsss of natural light in! 💡
The terrible brickwork which was the outhouse door has also been redone, removing the archway properly and finally, the awful upstairs window (for the dressing room into the bathroom) has also been removed, woohoo! 🥳
Lots of oddsy sodsy bricks have also been replaced as the OCD just takes over 🤷🏻♂️ Can we also take a moment to appreciate the glorious blue sky too?! ☀️ #myrenostory
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Called upon the dark arts to get this moody colour just right for the client, popped the grain for more depth of tone...now ready for 3 coats of premium lacquer tomorrow morning 🥳
This is the only Dutch Colonial-Revival style home that I know of on Fifth Avenue. The style stands in contrast to the tudor and spanish revival styles, which are much more common within the City of Youngstown.
Throwback Thursday 🔙
Throwing it right back to one of the first pictures before we started the renovation. The entire house was like this, so run down and it was like walking back in time. •
Wish I had more photos from the beginning. 📷 I’m so bad at taking pictures but am getting better 😂
Well, if I’m going to post stone Gothic Revival architecture this week, I might as well post the grand dame herself - @lyndhurst_mansion 🏰 I bring my dog here on a weekly basis and lately I’ve seen a huuuuuuge influx in the number of people here now that you don’t have to pay an admissions fee during Covid😏To those taking advantage of the grounds while escaping cabin fever - donate💸Even a dollar makes a difference, especially when there are hundreds of people using the grounds over the weekend. For those of you who just discovered Lyndhurst during these weird times, please make sure you return when the toll guy is back in the booth too. These places are only able to exist because of *paying* visitors like you💁🏻♀️
I shared this beautiful piece of Art on my stories a few days ago and since it's now taken pride of place in our stunning hallway i couldn't help but snap some photos. This piece is called Cub it's an Acrylic painting by the lovely Natalie @bigwhytehouse she takes commissions, all her art comes framed ( that's a massive plus for me), her art ranges from £35-£85 and you can get 10% off. If you're interested just pop her a message and quote ROXYGREY. oh and did I mention all her art is unique and one off so no 2 people will ever have the same piece #bigwhyteart#bigwhytehouse
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Ad (gifted) | Tadaaaaaa! Finally got some new prints for the brick wall!!! I was initially planning on black and white vintage photos for this space but went totally rogue when I saw these on the Desenio website 😍 Love how they pop against the brick!
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The Widener Mansion in Philadelphia built in 1897. Designed by Architect Willis G. Hale. Abandoned in 1946. Destroyed by Fire in 1980. P.A.B. Widener also built the well-known Mansion “Lynnewood Hall”
Yesterday was Little Crow’s Nest, today is the actual Crow’s Nest🦅 I posted about this house months ago, but the gist of it is it’s a Gothic Revival Mansion built in 1850 that was renovated in 1896 for over 350k to make it into the Gilded Age mansion it is now. That is equivalent to $10.8M today 😳The 1896 architects of the redesign - Boring and Tilton - also designed the main buildings of Ellis Island in 1897. They seem anything but boring💁🏻♀️Crow’s Nest is probably the most architecturally significant and historic house in Bronxville. Getting a few items from the estate sale here has been the highlight of my quarantine🥰
Choosing colours doesn’t come easy to us. I utterly love our kitchen colour, especially after seeing it in the showroom. I had a while where I wasn’t feeling brave and nearly went for a neutral colour, which in itself is fine. But this is the colour that I was drawn to and I’m so pleased I went with my gut.
Picking a wall colour to go without was also an over thought process. It’s quite light the wall colour but we did have a moment of panic when painting of a mist coat in brilliant white where we weren’t sure but it’s all come together nicely.
How I’m glad we have an extra day off 🙌🏼, not because I get a day of rest. I can do that whenever at the moment. But because I finally get Tom’s help with the jobs on the house 😂. I’ve been solo DIYing recently as Tom is still working - it’s nice to have some help 🙌🏼. We are spending today doing a bit more in the hallway - removing paint from the woodwork and gearing up for those gorgeous tiles I’ve been looking at from @toppstiles 🖤.
Jobs this morning then chill on this sofa this afternoon 🙌🏼