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Adding the finishing touches to our Bathroom Renovation

I love nothing more than adding the final finishing touches to a room that has been freshly decorated or renovated.  So once our bathroom had finally been completed this was exactly what I did.  Find below what I did.

New Flooring

It took us 2 months to finally decide on this flooring, we had been let down by two previous companies, and I walked into Solihull Carpets one Thursday after work to get samples, took them home, we decided that night that we found one.  Took the samples back to the shop on Friday, got it order and booked in for fitting the following week and all for just over £100.  Great service, highly recommend this company.

Towels 

Firstly I knew I wanted brand new fresh fluffy towels for the bathroom, there is nothing wrong with our others one but don’t really go with the new colour scheme in the bathroom.  I brought 2 sets one from John Lewis and the other from Marks & Spencers.  They were both in the sale so managed to save a few quid too.

 Accessories 

We were gifted the below items from croydex for inclusion in our bathroom refurbishment. 

Memory Foam Bath Mat – £20.00 

This is a memory foam mat and is so warm, soft and fluffy you won’t want to get off it.  Will be sure to buy another one of these.

Textile Bath Mat – £18.50 

This one is also very soft, they are easy to wash and with them being grey doesn’t show up dirty as easily as other colours might.

Squeegee– £15.37 

Now we just have a shower this is needed to wipe down the tiles and scream to prevent smears and water marks, I do it whilst still in the show but after I have turned it off, obviously.

Toilet roll holder

Unfortuantly the one we had chosen has since been discontinued so can’t link to it but it is square which matches the shower, luckily the fitters put it on the wall for us but you can screw it on or glue it on dependant on what you want to do.

Sainsburys Home Heart Tealight holder – £5

Then finally I saw this one day in sainsburys as I was having a wonder round and fell in love with it and thought it would make a great vase supposed to a candle holder.

What finishing touches do you like to add to your newly renovated room?

Leave me a comment below

 

Our Bathroom Renovation

A few months ago we decided to embark on a full bathroom renovation. It’s something we’ve wanted to do since we moved in three years ago but as the old bathroom was pretty functional it was always low on the list of priorities.  We got all the quotes and prices we needed and it worked out cheaper to buy the bathroom from one company and get it fitted by another, both who were friends of my dads, so we managed to save a few pounds.

Well finally after 8 long stressful weeks I can finally say it is all complete minus the new flooring as we are still yet to decide on a colour and brand we would like, and want it to be hard wearing.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the bathroom renovation 5 weeks on. It was great to see the progress made each day but I was so excited to see the finished result.  Now it’s complete I thought I would share our bathroom renovation with you. So here it is.

We swapped our ceiling light for spotlights to make it that little bit more modern not to mention they make the room so much brighter.

We chose to lose the bath and have a decent power shower with a large square head and a smaller flex hose head to bathe Freddie in the shower while sitting down.  We had real trouble with the shower as it was going where the original shower was, so the wall was studded out to hold the bespoke screen.

We even opted for a chrome towel rail supposed to a radiator, again something more modern than a radiator that will still give plenty of heat out, but doesn’t stick out.  I hated the old radiator always looked dirty with it been painted.

Adding a cabinet with light & mirror so my husband can do his hair in the bathroom instead of the bedroom now, and stop messing up my bedside cabinet with all his products.

The whole bathroom feels so much bigger now and we are both so pleased with it.

A massive thank you to all the guys especially Matt & Phil at P B Hughes.  Can’t recommend this company enough.

Just the flooring now to decide on then it is onto the next project that I want to start and it’s a big one…The Kitchen.

Watch this space…

Patio Door Renovation

When we first moved in to our house 3 & half years ago now there were just a couple of things I wanted to change and one of those was the horrendously heavy big sliding patio doors to the garden.  They used to make our kitchen very cold because all the seals had started to go around the glass so could feel the draft and were cold to the touch.

We’ve had to replace the runners before because the door came of them due to the sheer weight and it got to the point where we were having to use 2 hands and put our foot on the wall to attempt to even open it, that’s when we knew we had to do something soon.

The company doing our bathroom had a window contact so we asked them out for a quote. Within a matter of days we had our quote and it was competitive so we decided to go ahead and get it done with a company called Donmar Windows.  It would take a couple of weeks to get it made but we expected that due to the size of the doors.

The guys from Donmar windows arrived promptly at 8am to start work.  They removed the old doors, then came the task of taking the old frame out, as we didn’t know what the state of the walls would be like I was worried it may make a mess, but they did it slowly & gently, little bits at a time and it came out, with just a little bit of plaster.

When they put the new doors & panels in they had to pack it out because the old one was much wider, but you would never tell now, (unless you go outside).

It took them a good few hours to attach and drill it into position, join them together and make sure that the doors were level, then it was time to put the glass in, they did the little panes at the top first then the big ones.  Once they were all in they put all the seals in and made good of all the edges by putting a trim down each side and along the bottom and silicone all round.

Our thoughts of Donmar Windows & would we recommend them?

Excellent service, great guys, attention to detail and tidied up after themselves and took away all rubbish. Yes we would highly recommend this company.

Our Bathroom Renovation 5 Weeks On

On Sunday night me and Hubby cleared out the bathroom ready for an early start the next day.  The builders & fitter’s arrived at around 8am-8.30am on the 29th January.   we couldn’t wait to see our new bathroom in a matter of weeks.

Well, we are now well into week 5 of our bathroom renovation and what a stressful few weeks it has been.  It started off so well, it was stripped out, the floor was taken up to check the pipework to reroute it to make way for the new bathroom layout.  Unfortunately it wasn’t that straight forward when they got the floor up.

29th January 2018

The day started off great, we said goodbye to the old suite and they stripped it out and started removing the tiles off the walls.  The next plan was to get up the floor boards to chase the pipework and that’s where they discovered an issue.  Previous owners had taken massive chunks out of the joists that support the floor.  (Look carefully in picture 1) which then delayed the work as they had to pull up all the floorboards to support the joists.

30th January 2018

It was a hands on productive day as we had to get the floor joists reinforced to just put some pipe work under.  Then we opted for a new floor instead of floor boards to make it cheaper and easier in the long run not to mention flat for new flooring.  The new pipework to house the sink, toilet & shower had been repositioned.  Finally the shower area had been studded

1st February 2018

We had new spotlight put in, the electrics put in for the mirror light cabinet and for the new extractor fan.  Then a new hole was drilled for the repositoned waste pipe for toilet.

 12th February 2018

Not much work was completed as we still had to wait for the new bespoke shower screen to be delivered which was on a 2/3 weeks delivery.  The studding was taken down for the shower as we changed from a quad to a rectangle tray

We had a few weeks of no progress due to waiting for our bespoke shower screen to be made and delivered.

15th February 2018

We had the new bathroom window fitted, it’s amazing how different just having a new window makes a room look so much better.

Right well that’s the progress so far, so once it is finished I will publish another progress post for the finally finished renovated bathroom.

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Our Current Bathroom

One room in our home that we’ve never fully updated is the bathroom. We gave it a coat of white paint and added a few accessories but apart from that it has never really changed at all.

The time has now come though to update the bathroom fully and so during the next few weeks we are having a complete bathroom renovation – something that neither my partner or I have ever lived through before not mentioning with a baby! We have planned it all, have found someone to put it all together for us and now we just can’t wait to get it finished.

As you can see it’s pretty grim no matter how much we clean it never looks nice so will be glad of a new one. The lighting is terrible in it aswell so it always looks so dark.  We also decided to have a new window fitted seeing as we are having the rest done.

Lastly, we’ll be having fully tiled walls and easy to clean flooring. I am hoping this will not only make the bathroom a bit more water tight but will also making cleaning easier and should just make for a better experience overall.

I’m aiming to do a post during the work if I can get good enough photos but if not I’ll update you when the work’s finished.

Wish us luck!

This Winter, Let there be light | Litecraft Review

With the nights drawing in and the weather going from one extreme to the other every day, I love nothing more than to stay inside my house curled up watching rubbish on tv under a blanket.

When Litecraft got in contact it couldn’t of been at a more perfect time as our current lamp in the lounge had started given up the go and stopped working.

This particular lamp RRP’s at £39 and can be found here with a large selection of others to suit all your home decor needs.

It is neutral yet classy and would fit perfectly into any space.  We never put the big lights on as it gives out a perfect amount of light without it been to bright.

If I was looking for lights/lamps for our house again, I would be sure to look here first as they are good value for money.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Think About The Finishing Touches

Your home is a place that you should love to spend time in. You should always be happy to be within your home. And, you should enjoy the way it looks. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the case for a lot of people. When it comes to interior design, even the small details are incredibly important. And, a lot of people neglect this. Once you’ve gotten used to the room, it can be hard to see where you’ve gone wrong. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the little areas that a lot of people struggle to consider for their home. So, now, you just have to get out and start making improvements.

bed, bedroom, hostel

Your home is no doubt littered with small ornamental pieces which you barely ever consider. For example, most rooms will have some sort of lampshade. But, a lot of people opt for the cheapest or easiest options. Instead, you need to spend a long time on these parts of your home. The little details like this will tie together the design you have for the rest of the space. Finding items to fill your space can be hard, though. So, you need some places to get inspiration. Instagram is the best social media platform for finding new design ideas. It allows you to search for things by tag; making it easier for you to find exactly what you like. Of course, ultimately, you will make the final choices. Just make sure they go well with the rest of the space.

bar, bartender, beer

Next, it’s time to look a little deeper. Everyone knows how important colour can be to design. But, people seldom consider the important texture has. Texture will often define how an object looks and feels much more than it’s colour. So, it’s important to consider this with your items. There are a wide variety of options for kitchen tap finishes and other metals you’d find in your home. And, materials like wood provide loads of scope for great finishes. You may have to do some research to find exactly what you like. But, this area is very important to consider. If you don’t think about it; you could find that your rooms look a little cheap or gloomy.

Brown and Black Drop Light Inside Building at Daytime

The final area this post will look at isn’t quite as a small or detailed as the others. But, lighting is still critical to a home. Unfortunately, a lot of people opt for a simple light in the middle of the ceiling. But, this looks boring and won’t do much for the rooms looks. Instead, it’s best to rely on a mix of lamps and ceiling lights throughout your home. Having different light sources throughout your home will give it a warm and rustic feel. There are loads of different places that selling lighting products. And, smart lights are becoming all the rage. These sorts of lights allow you to control the colour and intensity of a light; while not even at home.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working much harder on the rooms that you decorate. A lot of people ignore these areas. And, this will only result in feeling bad about the room in question.

Updating Your Sitting Room? Don’t Forget These Stylish Additions

Black Flat Screen Tv Near Black Chair on Living Room

Once January is here, many of us are ready to turn over a new leaf and start some new chapters in our life. That’s not all, though; lots of people also plan on sprucing up their home and giving some of their rooms a nice makeover ready for the year ahead. And one of the most popular rooms that undergoes a makeover in January is the living room. As this is one of the most used rooms in any home, there is no wonder that homeowners want to make sure that there’s has the wow factor. But how exactly do you add the wow factor to your cosy living room? You just need to remember to add these stylish additions.

A Piece Of Statement Furniture

If you want to really wow anyone who sees your new living room, you should think about adding a piece of statement furniture. What makes the item of furniture a statement? It should stand out from everything else in the room and be a real attention grabber. Most people go for a large sofa as their piece of statement furniture, such as a Chesterfield sofa. Alternatively, you may want to go for a chic oak coffee table that you could decorate with a statement centrepiece.

Brown Wooden Table With Silver Mug on Top

A Mirror

Another great addition to any living room is a large mirror on an accent wall. This will work very well in smaller living rooms as it can help to make them feel a lot bigger than what they actually are. If you want your mirror to stand out as much as possible, go for something very decadent, such as one with a gilded frame. However, if you would prefer a minimal decor, a gilded-framed mirror won’t match the discrete decor. In this case, it would be worth going for a simple metallic frame.

Stylish Light Fittings

Lights are one of the most practical parts of any living room. They are necessary to light up the room, and the right lighting can add a great illusion of space. But why just add the simplest of light fittings to your room when you could turn them into one of the room’s most decorative features? If you have some wall lights, make them look very pretty with some fancy sconce lighting fixtures. You could turn your room’s central light into a centrepiece by adding an elaborate shade.

Brown Wooden Sofa Set With Lighted Table Lamp

Plants And Flowers

One great way to add some colour into your living room is to add plenty of fresh flowers and plants. Not only will they pop with colour, but they will also help to freshen up the air in your living room as well. You’ll find that adding some plants will be a great way to get rid of any musty smells that may be lingering! Don’t worry if you think you won’t be any good at keeping the plants alive; there are plenty of low-maintenance ones that are perfect for keeping in your home. Think about going for spider plants and English ivy.

Make Your Kitchen Homely And Practical With These Handy Tips

Kitchens are one of the most-used rooms in a home. We can spend hours in their cooking. And if you have your dining table in your kitchen, you will spend even more time in there! They are great places to socialise during parties and also become a hub of activity during dinner parties. So it is very important that your kitchen is both homely and practical. So how do you combine these two sides? Here are some helpful tips to getting it right.

White Kitchen Cabinet

Use Stylish Materials

It is very important that your kitchen is hygienic so that it is the perfect environment for preparing food. Because of the importance of a clean kitchen, it can be very easy to design a very sterile kitchen. This isn’t too great for its homeliness! One of the best ways to get the best of both worlds is to use stylish materials such as granite and marble. Granite Worktops are easy to clean and will also look very chic.

Add Personal Touches

If your kitchen is quite cold, you can add personal touches to it to help brighten it up and also add your personality to its decor. This can be very easy to do. One of the quickest personal touches is sticking your young children’s art onto your refrigerator door. You can also add some family photos and postcards. If you have any other trinkets from trips abroad or that are related to your hobbies, try to incorporate them into your decor.

Green and Orange Vegetables on Black Frying Pan

Incorporate Features Of The House

This only really applies if you live in a very old home. One exciting way to revamp your kitchen can be to strip out all the current appliances and fittings. Then you can expose all of the property’s original features. Strip away the ceiling to expose any original wooden beams. You can also strip off any plaster from the walls to expose the brickwork. This will look very stylish in old farm houses and cosy cottages.

Add Comfy Furniture

If you have enough space, add some comfy furniture to your kitchen. You shouldn’t just have a dining table and chairs as the only place to sit at. If you bring in some more armchairs, you can create a comfortable sitting area. By creating this seating area, you are giving yourself more reason to spend time in your kitchen and enjoy its surroundings. To really ramp up the comfort factor, bring in some coffee tables and foot stools as well. One of the benefits of relaxing in your kitchen means you won’t need to go far to make a cup of tea!

kitchen, stove, oven

Dim The Lights

Add dimmer lights so you can alter your lighting depending on what you are doing. If you are preparing a meal, turn them up bright so you can see exactly what you are doing. If you are hosting a dinner party, dim them to create an intimate ambiance.

So there you have it – a homely and practical kitchen that your whole family will love!

 

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Everyone wants their home to look beautiful, and perhaps like it’s worth more than it is. Most of us won’t be able to afford a manor house anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t care for the property we’ve got. Even if you love your home, and you’re proud that you own it, you still might want to make some upgrades. You can make your home look more expensive, even if it isn’t. There are changes you can make to the inside and outside of your property to give it more of an air of class and luxury. It doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money to make a difference. You could use your savings to make a change now and then, or take out a home improvement loan.

Lighting, Light Fixtures, Ceilings Etc, Lights

New Fixtures

One of the quickest ways to improve the look of your home is to update outdated fixtures. Your lights are one of the things you can focus on. Old light fixtures can make a room look neglected, even if you have made an attempt to decorate everywhere else. If you have a lighting fixture that’s bringing everything down, it’s time to get rid of it. There are so many different lights you can have in your home. You can use anything from simple spotlight LEDs to extravagant chandelier-style lights. Change the fixtures in one room at a time if you want to spread the cost.

Make Use of Neutrals

If you look at expensive homes, you will see that many of them use lots of neutral colours. There are a few reasons for this, including that neutral shades aren’t going to fall out of fashion. If you go for some bolder colours, you could be bored with them, or they might look out of date in a couple of years. Neutral hues will stand the test of time and give you a good background for adding in accent colours. It’s a good idea to use them for walls and floors, at least, so that it’s easy to keep them in good condition.

Replace Your Doors

Is your front door a cheap-looking PVC monstrosity? What about your interior doors? You might not notice how much your home’s doors can make a difference to the property. They affect how it looks both inside and out. Getting new ones could give your home a complete overhaul. You can shop for new doors online, at places like George Hill timber merchants. Or if you want to see some doors in person, you could find a showroom where you can look at the up close. Think about the colour and the hardware on your new doors. Inside, you might want to use neutral colours. But perhaps you want something more colourful for your front door.

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Use Tile in Key Areas

Tiles can make any area of your home look more sophisticated, and they don’t have to cost that much. Before you buy any tiles, you have to be familiar with what you can use where. Some tiles are only suitable for using on walls and aren’t durable enough for floors. You need to consider how much foot traffic you have going over floors you want to tile. You could also use tile to put a backsplash in your kitchen, which you can do yourself if you’re feeling brave enough.

Match Your Hardware

If you have mismatched accessories in your bathroom or kitchen, consider replacing them. You can choose a style or theme you like and match them up instead. For example, replace the taps and towel rail in your bathroom, so they complement each other. Don’t just concentrate on the permanent fittings, either. You can also get other accessories that match your hardware, from soap dishes to toothbrush holders.

Grow Your Garden

If you want to improve the outside of your home too, there’s no better place to start than the front garden. If you don’t have a garden at the front of your home, you might have a small path or other space. You can immediately make your property look like it’s more expensive by upgrading this area. You can’t go wrong with adding some plants, either in pots or planted in a space you have available. Of course, make sure that you keep everything well-maintained. Your garden will say that you make the effort to keep it looking beautiful. If you’re not much of a gardener, you can buy plants that don’t need much care.

It doesn’t take much to make your home look more expensive. A few affordable touches could give it a sophisticated appearance.