It 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂