House & Home |Going grey, tiny updates

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Farrow & Ball French Grey, Dulux MixLab, Mixlab at homebase

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A small change in your house can make a massive difference. When we had the flat we would yearly change the layout of our living room/dinner. It instantly refreshed the rooms feeling leaving us with an almost new space!

As I’ve probably discussed a hundred times before our house needs a little fixing and in the bathroom and kitchen that means a full on overhaul. Of course, not everything can be accomplished in the first few months. Instead it takes saving and a little patience and also living in your home first before you can start making solid, large changes.

Thankfully we have found small ways to change our space and try things out before committing to any larger purchases.

Painting

This time we played around with paint to transform our space. A big tip from us to you is we used Farrow and Ball’s beautiful French Grey but we re created it by using Dulux’s Mixlab.

Now we have used the full on Farrow and Ball before and loved it! Our space room used Cornforth white and Charleston Grey. Now if you have the cash these are so needed! They paint beautifully, the colours are amazing and neutral without being boring and better yet they apply perfectly to the walls.

Now in this case we went to Mixlab, we had decided to paint both our bathroom and kitchen and because of this we needed a better than bogstandard wall paint. We needed endurance. Thankfully bathroom and kitchen paints are specially designed to be harder wearing and protect your wall and plaster underneath from water damage. The problem then with this is that the price goes up.

If you couldn’t tell from my lack of blog posts nowadays we are also planning a wedding so funds are tight. This was the one way we could lower the cost nice and easy. The paint we ended up was slightly harder to apply but the colour was perfect and in both areas instantly changed the rooms!

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(The lines you can see here are just wet paint)

Picking Colours

The blue previously in our bathroom was a horror. I picked it thinking it was bright, airy and would feel beachy! I also thought, anything is better than magnolia and beach orange. Oh, how wrong could I have been! Suddenly the moment I was looking at the blue I could also see the tiles I thought were just grey have a pink undertone. The bathroom ended up feeling messy and uncoordinated for months until…

Along came green, honestly, on a spur of the moment I suddenly looked at our farrow and ball swatch and realised this would pair great with grey and pink.. it has all the right tones in it! As I bought it into the kitchen I also realised that it too would work well with the dark yellow Kent life tiles we have in our kitchen.Now rather than one room being overhauled there were two!

Ultimately the green has worked really well in both rooms and has made the kitchen feel more inviting and the bathroom a little less uncoordinated which in the grand scheme of that bathroom is quite the mission to accomplish!

The key as always is to find the right tone for your house. In a lot of cases simple colours like white work in most spaces but sometimes simple and expected is boring or doesn’t add that homely feel to your house the way you wanted. I’m personally a huge fan of the warmer colours in our house. At first (like in the bedroom) we chose white and blue and although I love it now that I see warmer colours in the space its like the house is truly coming together!

Home DIY | Kitchen Reno Inspiration

Kitchen inspo

Image Sources: Grey units, white kitchen tops, Subway tiles, wood floor, embedded sink, purple accents.

On Sunday we finally saw some sunlight and strangely I missed our flat. Not because I’m ungrateful for my house but because there is a great simplicity to renting a new-ish build to renting in general and having a property which is all complete.

Sunlight in our doer upper means seeing the things that need doing. Theres less dark evenings to hide the fact that our original seventies kitchen desperately needs another steam cleaning and although we have no intention in overhauling our kitchen just yet, theres no harm in making plans. Right?

Grey Units

I have a post for the future regarding my worries about embracing trends too closely in the home and although grey has been this massive trend in the last few years we have felt that grey units straddle the gap between minimalist white (which will show all the dirt) and darker, more traditional wood units. We are also infatuated with curved lines and a gloss finish for a modern and glamorous look which seems to reign supreme in our home so far.

White, sparkle flecked granite

As a child when my parents would take a trip to John Lewis in Welwyn Garden City I first saw this type of granite and obviously, I fell in love. I am a magpie and I’m not afraid to shout about it! I also however realise that this might be out of budget for us but a girl can dream and if I had good funds this would be it. If not I also love a basic white or even a wood top.

Subway tiles

In the bathroom we plan to have as few lines and edges as possible simply because a fluffing towel gets everywhere and who wants to be continually cleaning? In the kitchen we had the same idea but there is something about these tiles that I am just drawn to. If we went differently I also like the more basic plastic gloss splash backs. We are all about easy to clean nowadays.

Dark wood floors

We currently have basic beech, click together wood flooring in the living room and what I would ideally like it to darken it all and have the whole of the downstairs matching. I also feel like the darker wood is a little more unexpected.

An embedded sink

In the future house of our dreams a white, farmhouse sink will be ideal but for this house it just doesn’t suit. Obviously you have stainless steel sinks but again who doesn’t have one of those? I still like the white porcelain however and these new ones embedded beneath the work surface look great.

Purple accents

You might be surprised to learn that the Kitchen is actually Joshes domain. We operate the system that the first person home does the cooking and because my work hours stretch longer into the night Josh has been chief cook in our house for quite a while.

As Josh spends the most time in the kitchen I’ve given him the reigns predominately on what he fancies in this part of the house. Josh first spotted gloss cabinets, choose the grey colour and who also wanted Cadbury purple accents.

We will have some untiled – un covered walls in our kitchen so we intend for these to be painted purple and with a kettle already in metallic purple we are well on our way to the kitchen of our dreams!

Fashion experiment | Marie Kondo’s shirts and sweaters storage

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Fashion experiment | Marie Kondo’s shirts and sweaters storage 

Marie Kondo’s book blew up last year and one of the things that I loved was her storage solutions. As I get dressed daily in the relative dark (thank you crazy early hour waking times) my wardrobe and by extension my bedroom is often a crazy mess of confused clothing come Friday morning.

However during the winter break we have done a lot to our house. One of which was reintroducing a drawer system to both of our wardrobes rather than shelves. With this in mind I wanted to find a way to keep my drawers organized even at six in the morning.

Here is my sweater drawer at the beginning of the week so you can see how it looked before. The method is uber easy and if you’ve ever worked in retail you’ll be a pro at the folding! Find the video of Marie herself showing you how to fold your drawer successfully here and now comes the more interesting part, will it last?

Will this be a good solution for other, long distance commuters? Only time will tell! Give me a month and I’ll probably give you a mess but lets see! For the last week at home its been perfect but lets see how this works out!

Christmas | The Tree

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The best bit about Christmas? The decorating.

My favourite part of Christmas is never presents but always the feel of the festive season and time with mine and Joshes family. However if you were to ever ask my mum (please don’t) she’ll tell you all about my obsession with the christmas tree as a child. Although I don’t spend hours in front of it as I once did there is something so magical about seeing your own christmas tree in your first house. So here it is! Happy Christmas everyone!

 

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Tidy.

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The other day I had a restless sleep. When I say sleep I meant I didn’t get any. No instead I kept dreaming over and over again about our bedroom (mine and Joshes that is. Not our bedroom . . . that’s a whole other room)

But in my dream it was as if dream me wouldn’t let me sleep properly until I fixed the room we were in. The problem you see is naturally I am not a neat person; I’m a collector and a pile maker. When I visit my parents it never takes long for my stuff to spread either. It’s in my nature and that of course means my house is no different. If I ever thought it as a child that I’d grow out of being messy once I started paying the bills I was wrong.

So there was me half asleep having to mentally clean our bedroom so that I could sleep. Just like imagining your body going to sleep when you were an overactive child this was almost comical. Especially the next morning I had to check to see if I had in fact physically cleaned the bedroom. I hadn’t, but from then on I realised something important. There’s a reason our bedroom becomes messy and it’s not a lot of different things cluttering, its clothes.

That’s because our room isn’t big enough for a wardrobe so we keep our clothes in the spare room. (Which is basically a slightly bigger than average closet) and the reason for why we can’t seem to leave our clothes just a few steps further away? It’s the age old excuse, we work 12 hour days we get in late, eat late, sleep late and wake up early it’s a vicious circle of knackeredness sometimes. Something that it isn’t helped by mentally having to tidy your room every night to go to sleep.

So finally this week I made the decision. No more clothes in the bedroom, no more piles, no more shoes, no mud corner from the expanding bike accessories collection. Only in our bedroom and en suite are we going to live such clutterless lives but even since Wednesday when I took away the piles and made our bed up with our favourite bed spread and pillows have I felt like such a weight lifted! Finally our bedroom was a haven of sorts somewhere where I could actually switch off for once. The next hurdle of course is mobile technology. Like most couples we watch TV in bed (The Goodwife, Luther, First dates anyone?) and often check Instagram and Facebook etc but I think back to our week in India and remember so much more peace brought on by simply being out of wifi range.

So here’s to a clutter free, calming sleeping space!

Heres a few of my favourite bedroom pieces for a calming bedroom . . .

The Quilt pillowThe throwdiptyque1

Homer called. Why are you going on an odyssey?

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Sometimes me and Josh get a little silly. Today it was helped by the fact I have a cold thats made my hearing a little worse than normal. So when Josh said “home’s calling” I heard, “homer called. . .” so of course in that situation you have to ask the question “why are you going on an odyssey?” No? Ah, I did fear that response. Guess you’ve gotta be there in our strangeness.

Before we move on, thanks to the lovely Boo you need to check out Octodad we laughed and laughed and laughed. . . so funny.

Anyway, so today I am interrupting fashion with home-wares! Yay. I hope you all don’t mind, but one of my other loves since moving to Kent has become our flat. After our first year we are beginning to get everything together in some resemblance of a style. When I say that though, I mean were still a pretty hot mess but we are also realizing what we like and what we don’t and that was also need a bigger place . . . but thats a story for another day.

Instead today, I want to share with you all our flat in progress. Our living room is completely done which I’ll probably share another day but for today I wanted you all the see a bit of the process as hopefully our mess might be a little less messy soon!

In the bedroom we aim to get a nice plain bedspread obviously our current one is a little bit wacky for that amount of cushions! then some rugs but also we need a new bed frame and I’ve gotta ask what wood? Because we are again currently living on very kind donations from our family so that means a fabulous mix of Elm, Pine and oak all in various colours, styling I know but I’m thinking of painting the side cabinets but the question remains, white, black dark brown? Colours are proving to be difficult for me to resist so far did you notice?

Finally, I wanna thank you all for dropping by and for taking this blog to 100 subscribers! which is just too much for me to handle, so thank you for stopping by I appreciate it!