I don’t tend to make new years resolutions, but I always make plans for the new year. The fresh new year just seems like a good time to get things done, full of motivation and eager to go. A time to finish jobs started in 2017 and start jobs dreamt about in 2017.
There is so much that we want to do to our house, but time and funds aren’t our friends so it is taking a lot longer than I would like it to. In 2018 I would love to transform the living & dining rooms, spruce up the existing kitchen & toilet and finally finish decorating Aria’s bedroom.
Aria’s bedroom has to be the longest bedroom makeover in history. It was a big job. We started by tearing off the yellow painted wallpaper and ripping up that nasty green carpet. The ceiling had to be chipped away. The walls needed to be plasterboarded and bonded and all kinds of stuff that I didn’t really understand. It took quite a while. We eventually wallpapered and painted the room in readiness for having the carpet fitted. There were bits that needed patching up but we got the main bulk of it done.
Fast forward several months and those bits that were waiting to be patched up are still waiting. There is stuff everywhere because I haven’t put the shelves on the wall yet and it’s a big disorganised mess. In 2018 I will sort this out.
I’ve been searching for bedroom inspiration, as although the main bulk and decor comes easily to me, I struggle to seek out all of those little decorative pieces that finish off a room. I’ve found this list of places to find bedroom decor inspiration super useful, how cool does the build your dream bed tool sound! I’ll definitely be checking all of these places out.
I’m well and truly hooked on the copper trend and gradually introducing more and more copper into my kitchen. At first I worried that it would look odd, we have a silver sink and draining board, silver cupboard and drawer handles – would the copper stick out like a sore thumb?
I’ve started by adding a few copper accessories. We have copper pans hanging down on one wall and more recently I’ve added a copper kettle* and toaster*. All of these copper accessories have a little silver on them, meaning that they easily and effortlessly fit in with the rest of the kitchen.
As well as being oh so pretty the kettle and toaster are also pretty nifty pieces of kit. The De’Longhi Distinta kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity allowing you to make up to seven cups at once (perfect for the busy Christmas period!), a 360 degree connection and an inbuilt limescale filter to improve the quality of your drinks.
The De’Longhi Distinta toaster is perfect for busy families, allowing you to toast up to four slices at once. The toaster has a variety of settings, even one specifically for bagels. The high lift function means that you are able to easily take the toast out, no more sticking knives into the toaster to retrieve your bread (as if I would…)!
This set would make the perfect Christmas gift for the copper mad interior lover, check out these and other Christmas gifts at ao.com.
*Disclosure – I received the kettle and toaster in exchange for a feature – all opinions my own*
In my old house I craved all wooden floors; wooden floors were nice and modern, they looked the part and were easy to clean. By the time we sold the house we had wooden floors in every room bar the tiled kitchen; the only carpet in the house was on the stairs. Several years and a new home later and I am now seeking the comfort that only carpet can bring.
Wooden floors may look the part, but I much prefer to step out of bed onto a soft, comfortable carpet than onto a cold, wooden floor.
We peeled the carpets back in our new home to reveal the original flooring, we could have restored this, and we did consider it, but instead we decided to cover it up with a luxury carpet. No longer do we step out of bed onto cold, hard flooring. We now step out of bed and allow our feet to sink into luxurious, cosy carpet.
I had previously been naive in my thinking that I needed wooden floor as, assuming that you pick the right one, carpets too can look the part and be easy to clean. We opted for Cormar Highland Saxony carpet in chrome for our and Aria’s bedrooms. It’s a luxury heavyweight, stain resistant carpet in the most beautiful of colours. Not only does it look the part but it also feels the part, providing comfort, cosiness and warmth.
Being the owners of a toddler, two cats and a puppy we were hesitant about carpet, especially such a light carpet, but we needn’t worry as Cormar Highland Saxony carpet is stain resistant and easy clean.
The carpet has definitely been a winner for us, Aria and Dobby like to sleep on it, roll on it and play on it, it has withstood a lot of puppy potty training related stains, and even the carpet fitter mentioned that it is one of his favourite carpets to work with.
*Disclosure – we received the carpet in exchange for an honest review*
If soap operas are anything to go by life is full of ‘duff duff’ moments, and so we need to protect our new home from these moments. Now, thankfully we aren’t living in Eastenders as that is the most dangerous soap to live in; with only 2.4 incidents per year per one hundred people I really am hoping that our new neighbourhood is more like the Welsh equivalent, Pobol y Cwm.
What really surprises me is that when compared to real-life regions, soaps aren’t as risky as you might think. Comparing the soaps with their real-life local areas and the number of fires and break-ins over the past ten years*, only EastEnders and Hollyoaks came out as being riskier places to live. Albert Square had nearly three times as many fires or break-ins per year than Greater London and Hollyoaks had nearly twice as many as Chester and its surrounding areas. But four of the soap locations – those featured in Coronation Street, River City, Pobol y Cwm and The Archers – came out as being less risky than the real life surrounding areas.
As a result of this research the lovely folk over at ADT are attempting to keep the drama on screen only with this fab list of hints and tips for keeping your home drama free :
1. Think about who you give your keys to, and make a note of who’s got them.
Make sure to only give your keys to trusted friends, family or neighbours
– not every Dot, Nick and Charlie
2. Bought a new home? Or just want to make your existing one more secure?
Invest in a new smart monitored alarm system to go with it. Just make sure
your alarm of choice isn’t a peacock – it might work for The Bull pub in The
Archers but historically Indian peafowl aren’t as reliable as an ADT bellbox
3. Test your smoke alarms weekly. Sounds like a lot, but it’s important to know
they’re still up to task, and we bet Kerry wishes she had one that worked well
after drunkenly setting fire to Dale View in 2013 before falling asleep…
4. Without wanting to teach Pauline Fowler how to suck eggs – do make sure
you’ve locked all of your doors and windows. The Beale-cum- Fowler-cum-
Beale residence is about as easy to get into as Pauline’s bad books, mostly
because the back gate is unfailingly unlocked!
5. We reckon Pobol y Cwm’s Dai might have recovered his valuable brown
envelope (containing £5,000) if he’d marked it with a security pen. Simple,
and he’d have saved himself time and money in the long run.
6. Installing a flood detection system can help to minimise damage and
impact of floods on your property. Bet poor Christine Barford wished she’d
invested in the technology ahead of the flooding in The Archers in 2015.
7. Check out your local crime figures with ADT’s Crime In My Area online tool.
You can find out just how at risk you are from burglaries and break-ins –
although we’re not sure anyone would want to move to Hollyoaks after using
As I’m sure you are well aware we’ve recently moved home, we have moved into our family home, our forever home (well, assuming we don’t come into loads of money!). While the interior of the house is far from perfect, the house is perfect for us. It is going to take us a long time to get the house exactly where we want it, but we are already settled and very happy here. We have a lot to do (starting with new windows in a few weeks) and are currently living in a tip. I did consider putting off the house tour until we had it at least looking a little tidier, but I figured before, progress and after posts would be lovely to share and for us to look back on.
The living room is one of my favourite places. I love the patio doors looking out onto our lovely garden and the amazing views further back. We have a serving hatch between the living room and kitchen, I wasn’t sure about this on our first viewing but I have now fallen in love. We plan to buy a new sofa with a chaise lounge on one end and then two seats, which is why we have our sofas arranged in this way to get a feel for it. Behind the sofa we will have a little play area for Aria, the TV will go onto the wall above the fire place and we have a fancy dresser and bookcase coming on Saturday for the alcoves. We will eventually re-decorate and change the flooring, we currently have one carpet placed on top of another which is quite bizarre!
The dining room and living room have been knocked through into one big room. The dining room is currently a dumping ground, as you can see! This will be our dining room and my office. The white cupboard is where the fish tank will sit and the other alcove will be shelved out. Again this will be re-decorated and have new flooring. The furniture that is arriving on the weekend will allow us to clear some of the boxes out.
Here we have another dumping ground in the form of our kitchen. We quite like the kitchen and don’t intend to change much in here, not for a while at least. I would eventually like a new kitchen that is more ‘me’ but there is absolutely no rush for that. We recently added a hanging rail for our copper pans along with some draping plants from IKEA which I am loving, we are waiting for more hooks so that we can add the rest of the pans. The door that you can see in this photo is home to our downstairs toilet, another room that will do for now but I do eventually want to change. Behind the photo is our utility room which hosts our huge fridge freezer, the boiler, washing machine and dishwasher, and currently the cats litter tray. I cannot wait to get the cat flap installed so that we can get rid of the smelly litter tray!
Spencer regularly works from home and has a lot of equipment, so one of our three bedrooms is currently being used as his office. We plan to eventually convert the attic for office use but for now, this will do. This room will eventually be decorated in a monochrome scheme.
We only had one toilet in our old house which was downstairs. It is so nice to have a downstairs toilet and an upstairs bathroom. No more fighting over who gets to use the toilet first! This is one of the nicer, more finished rooms in the house, although the bath is quite stained and I would like a sink with a fitted cabinet, but again, they can wait.
Aria’s bedroom is the first room that I plan to decorate. We are waiting for a new bed hence her mattress sitting on the floor. The green carpets, yellow walls and huge tree just aren’t me. As with all three bedrooms we need to strip the wallpaper and re-plaster this room before we can do any work. My plan is to then have a fitted wardrobe along the back wall (where the tree is), her bed in the middle of the room and I also have my eyes on a cute kids armchair to replace the broken old chair in the corner.
The downside of coming from a two bedroom house to a three bedroom house is that the bedrooms are smaller. Our king size bed takes up the majority of the room in our bedroom. I quite liked the idea of having a fitted wardrobe where the draws and boxes currently are, but a radiator runs along that wall so I don’t think we can. Instead we plan to have a wardrobe in each alcove and a tall set of draws to replace the existing draws. I love the original fireplace in this room and will be leaving that in, but the rest will change. The heart garland and stickers were left behind by the previous owner, they will eventually be removed and the walls plastered and painted.
Everyone’s favourite part of our forever home is most definitely the garden and the stunning views. Aria loves playing ball out here, we love relaxing out here and discovering the mounds of fruit and veg that is growing in the garden, while taking in the amazing smells from the various flowers.
As you can see, it certainly isn’t perfect, but it is our forever home.