What a lovely sunny day again. After a day indoors trying to declutter the huge cupboard under the stairs, i intend to get out today for some much needed fresh air.
So i have decided to use my house as a show case as i decorate etc all the way through.
So the first room i intend to tackle is the spare room. It doesn't have a huge story to this room. It's been the solid dependable room in the house, no real drama with it. It had been a few couples over the years and had served my daughter well as a bedroom, then a storage room that she slept in, surrounded by furniture and boxes, whilst she waited to move into her own house. (Proving just how big a small Victorian terrace bedroom actually is! )
Spurred on by the lovely before and afters on pages like Fenchic paint, and dragging out my old interior design qualification, i have decided to go with a fairly masculine theme as a guest room. I think it's due to my love of all things scottish, the hunting lodges and the greys and blues, rich woods, i can smell the cigars and whisky as i think of it!! And it will go a way to balancing out the more feminine feel to the rest of the house!
So i have ordered my shade card for reference and am off upstairs with my tape measure to do some planning and sketching...i may be a while.... #victorianterrace #guestroommakeover #home #decorating #doerupper #houseproject #frenchicpaint #greyblue #interiordesign #periodhome #periodhomesofinsta
Absolutely love my colourful little street!Absolutely HATE the colour my neighbours have gone for ... (swipe to see) WHY! We are all pastels! (I’m the sage green - Pigeon by Farrow and Ball) ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎
Ok so you voted for pics of the original listing! Hats off to the estate agent for these photos because the reality was a lot more “rustic” shall we say! However the minute we arrived, smelt the damp & suspected some hidden original features we were invested!! 4 years later, things got a lot worse before they got better but as we near the end I can confirm it’s been worth it! (I did offer to clear the house to save the seller a job & gain a whole load of vintage gems but sadly the estate agent didn’t pass on my message grrr > top tip if you are about to invest in something similar though! My guess is the son who was selling this on behalf of his mum as she was moving in with him would have preferred this easy option!)
It’s nothing fancy, there’s not really any proper comfy seating, no bistro table set etc, and a washing line holder contributes to the lighting effect 😂...but this #yarden has been my sanctuary through all this and I love it 🥰. Limited what I could get (both funds & where it was open/safe to go to) but I did the best I could in the circs and every evening & weekend this is where I head to get away from the day job 💖.
Sorry if I missed anything yesterday, had a bit of a bump. In the car so still feeling a little shocked.
Tried to make this caption funny but if I said something like 'that's the last time I let Bear drive' i expect I'd invalidate my insurance...... Obviously Bear isn't allowed in the car as he hasn't passed his test yet.
Heres a picture of my living room as my smashed up A7 probably isn't as aesthetically pleasing.
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Nick Jeffries doing a thorough check at one of our projects checking everything is going well. -
Welcome to the smallest room in the house: the utility room.
It wasn't always this pretty (or clean!) as in a previous life it functioned as a sort of half downstairs loo/half laundry cupboard just off the kitchen. I know lots of people really like having a toilet downstairs but I really couldn't wait to rip it out and redesign the space.
As with most victorian terraces, the kitchens tend to be long and narrow so I really wanted a separate room for the washer and tumble drier in order to maximise space. Plus, it's the newest part of the house and, as such, is the only part to have velux windows which means it's really bright and allows more light into the kitchen.
Its size means it's really hard to photograph so apologies in advance for the rubbish photos (and for the 'before' photo of the disgusting sink - hope you're not eating your breakfast right now 🤢).
Swipe ⬅️ for the during and before pics.
Slowly getting around to framing our travel memories. A budget friendly way of bringing some colour in and each one has a special meaning.
Some are up on the walls, on shelves and some still on the floor. That’s still a good progress! .
Floorboards down! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
HALLELUJAH!! I know they look MENTAL right now (secretly I love this look) BUT once they’re all sanded we’ll have ourselves an even, one coloured, sexy floor! 💕
Now to start the bedrooms...
The Floorboards • The skirtings arrived within two weeks of ordering which was great as this was during the first week of lockdown! What I hadn’t really thought about when ordering was how we were going to cut them. I kind of just thought we could use the hand saw. Turns out i was completely wrong because you have to mitre most of the edges and if not mitre you have to use a coping saw to shape the edges. Luckily for us we have a tool station about two minutes walk so I could pick up my new coping saw and floorboard saw and en route I was chatting to our neighbour who ended up offering us his mega mitre saw. When he dropped it round we realised how bloody professional and amazing it was and it really saved a lot of time that we would have spent faffing! For this project I learnt how to create a curved edge using a mitre saw which actually didn’t take very long. Now that the skirtings were going on the room started to look way more finished. We of course drank corona whilst working... ‘Bank holiday bonus’ @mydailyrenovation •
Morning everyone! ☀️
What beautiful weather we are having lately, hope you’re all able to enjoy it. Having some time off the house for the next couple of days as the amount of work I have to do for Uni this week is crazy! Will be through at the weekend to continue renovating.
I had a lovely social distanced catch up with my Dad yesterday. Haven’t seen him in over 12 weeks! 🖤
Hope you all have a lovely day!
• SUN SUN SUN •
I’m not an early bird by any means, but coming out here in the morning before work is one of the best things about our home.
Sitting for a moment to quietly soak up the quietness & crisp cold air, cup of coffee in hand - it’s like a factory reset!! The UK can be so grey & drizzly at times, but at the moment it’s bloody glorious 🥰
What would I do without this garden? My safe place, my calm space, my morning cuppa spot! I can’t get enough of this weather and am so grateful for it right now ☀️ Next thing on my shopping list though is a hammock ...and possibly a parasol as this morning shade disappears pretty quickly 🥵 Hope you’re all able to get out and enjoy the sunshine ☀️
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.
The little collection of plants is growing. Think we’re up to a dozen but I think we can easily double of triple that across the house. I’ve never had so many plants but really loving what they bring to a space.
Any tips and recommendations for where to get plants, how to grow your own or look after then welcome.
So yesterday our Ikea order arrived after about 2 weeks. We now have a rug for the kitchen as well and yes it is the same finish as the one I the front room but it’s nice and very affordable.
We did try a different rug here that was lovely but the pattern competed with the floor too much. This is lighter, plainer and great for this space. The rug really helps to pull this space together. Still need to sort out this wall with frames shelves and art.
What a difference a few new things make. The front room has never had a rug before so it’s lovely to finally have one. We tried the one I got for the kitchen in here but it was too small and quite hard. This feels lovely underfoot which will be welcome come the colder months.
We’ve also got a few more plants in here around the fire place and a few things on the mantel. It’s helping to disguise the enormity of it. No lie it’s up to my shoulders.
We’ve been here almost 5 years and not bought or done much, outside of the kitchen, other than paint. So it’s nice to get some bits for this house. It’s still very empty but we’re getting there and have a few more things to add.