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*
I’m not much of a morning person, I never want to wake up and it takes me quite a while to come around. I need black out blinds to get a decent night sleep, but waking up in a dark room does not help my morning woes, so, I decided to try electric blinds from Order Electric Blinds*. I loved the idea of opening my blinds while lying in bed, giving me time to wake up in natural light and enjoy the views while contemplating starting my day.
The blinds are made to measure and come in a range of colours and designs. Installation is straight forward and pretty similar to installing a regular roller blind, just with the addition of fitting an extra two screws for the power pack to attach to and an additional screw if you choose to wall mount the handset. We decided not to mount the handset, preferring to keep it as a portable remote to sit on the bedside cabinet of whoever will be up first in the morning. Usually mine.
As well as providing the perfect option for a good nights sleep and a natural wake up, the electric black out blinds are child friendly as they have no cords, just a simple remote with up, down and stop.
The blinds look great and aren’t at all clumpy, fitting as naturally into the space as any manual blind.
Now I just need one of those coffee maker alarm clocks and maybe I’ll become a morning person…
*Disclosure – the blinds were sent to us in exchange for an honest review*
Back in 2008 we bought a house, fast forward to 2017 and we are leaving behind a home. The home that made us. We bought this house as a young couple, just starting out, with no real idea of what the future held, just hopes and dreams. We leave this home as a family. A content and settled family, cats and all.
It will be sad to go, to say goodbye to a home full of happy memories; but it’s the right time for us, it’s time to make memories in a new home, a bigger home, our forever home.
The living room has seen A LOT. It’s been our central hub for nine years. The hub for many a house party, parties which went on until 5am, where we drank, danced and sang (badly). This floor has had A LOT of alcohol spilt on it. Then, once we had settled down, it saw a baby born on it, followed by having plenty of bottles thrown up on it and food thrown on it in protests and rage. The happiest memories of all have been made in the living room.
The dining room doesn’t see a lot of action, it’s just an extension to the living room and usually a dumping ground. Though it is where I hosted my very first Christmas dinner, spilling across both the dining room and the living room as there were quite a few of us. It is where Aria opened her first Christmas presents, her first Birthday presents and subsequent presents thereafter.
The kitchen, my precious kitchen, how I will miss you so. If I could take one room with me it would be you. Though narrow and not quite perfect you are beautiful. I hated you for so many years but then came 2014, the year that we decided to make you over, to extend you and give you a new lease of life; and my how you thrived. I love my new IKEA kitchen and am so sad to say goodbye to you. We anxiously and nervously picked each part of the kitchen, piece by piece, and just hoped that it all complimented each other, and that it did, you are a thing of beauty. Excitement soon turned to frustration when the work started, I was pregnant; tired and sick. The last thing I needed was to be living in a building site, especially one that I had to cross each time I needed to go to the bathroom, which was a lot. Frustration soon turned to excitement again when things started to take shape, and then I fell in love.
I wouldn’t usually expect many tales to come from the bathroom, but in this house there are a few! You see, I almost gave birth in that very bath. I spent a lot of my pregnancy in here to be fair, I was sick most days during my pregnancy, often several times a day. Then came the unplanned homebirth, when the hospital sent me home and told me to relax in a warm bath I never dreamt that I would soon be led in that very bath; wet, cold and naked, water drained and wanting to push; furiously sucking away on the gas and air handed to me by the fairly shocked and concerned first responder. Thankfully the midwives came and managed to move me to the living room where my darling daughter was born.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you those kind of bedroom tales. The bedroom has had many a makeover, it’s so nice, light and airy, and is home to two of the prettiest things known to man, my cluster lights and my dressing table. I am sure that these will look just as pretty in the new home. This bedroom is where I came shortly after giving birth, I was bathed and so was Aria, then we went up to the bed with the breastfeeding specialist to get comfortable as we were having problems breastfeeding. We spent hours in that bed and eventually we were happy that Aria had fed. The bedroom is where Aria slept for the first two months of her life, by my side in her moses basket. This bedroom is where Aria first discovered lipstick, and decided to cover herself and the floor with it. To this day she still frequents this bedroom in the evenings, those evenings when she just won’t settle so sleeps in the big bed in-between mammy and daddy.
Aria’s bedroom started as a dumping ground, somewhere to store all the crap that we really didn’t need. Then it progressed into my dressing room. A room where I kept my clothes and my make-up, with a feature wall especially decorated for posing in front of. Then it found it’s true purpose, a nursery and then a little big girls bedroom, fit for a Princess. This room has seen a lot of joy, and also, a lot of frustration. It’s where I sat for hours upon hours attempting to breastfeed Aria, for her to fall asleep or fail to latch. It’s where I made the decision that breastfeeding wasn’t going to work for us. It’s where Aria said her first word, where she first slept in a cot and where she first slept in a single bed. We’ve had many sleepy cwtches here, and also sleepy protests. It’s been a rollercoaster of a room and it’s been perfect.
I didn’t truly appreciate the converted attic for many years, as soon as we saw the house Spencer claimed it as his ‘games room’ and that was that, it was somewhere for him to escape and play the computer and for me to fill up with clothes horses full of soggy clothes. More recently I’ve discovered your potential. I’ve added my own desk and computer, along with pretty accessories. You’ve become my attic office. In recent years I’ve been desperate to paint you, to let you live up to your true potential, but then the house went on the market so there was no point. Unfortunately you remain yellow and neglected, though I am sure that your new owners will change that given time.
July 2017 is where our story ends, when I say bye to my first home and hello to my new home, my family home. Thank you for the memories.