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  • InBrand Collaborations, Interiors

    Our Bedroom Makeover Ft Simba*

    *Advertorial – This post contains an affiliate link*

    When we first bought our house almost two years ago, we prioritised renovating the downstairs first. The bedrooms were totally liveable, just not to our taste. Eventually the time came to start decorating upstairs and we made sure the children’s bedrooms were done first and left us until last. But we have FINALLY done it and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Our bedroom is the middle sized room and at the back of the house. We went for a dark forest green on the walls in the end which I am totally obsessed with. We then accessorised with some neutral bits we already had and bought a new black mirror and some hooks too. 

    We’ve kept most of our furniture from before apart from our bedside tables which are a new purchase. I really wanted this room to be a minimalist and calm space we could relax in. I’m one of those people who finds that my home really affects my mood. So for ages I felt like our bedroom wasn’t somewhere I wanted to spend much time in. 

    Since we’ve decorated it, I am loving spending more time in there. I’ll often go and light a candle and read my book in there of an evening and it’s just such a tranquil adult space now. 

    The one thing we were DESPERATELY in need of replacing was our mattress. We’d had our old one for almost 7 years I think and it was totally knackered. Most of the springs had gone and neither of us slept very well on it at all. We are now the proud owners of a Simba Hybrid mattress and OH WOW, it is a total game changer. My sister in law got one last year and raved about it and she was not kidding. Josh and I both agreed they we have never slept on a more comfortable mattress! 

    I fall asleep pretty much as soon as my head hits the pillow and wake up feeling so much more well rested. It does make getting up in the mornings that bit harder though, as it’s just too comfy! Obviously being comfortable is probably the main objective when it comes to mattress but the other thing I have been super impressed with, is the fact that Josh and I no longer disturb each other if we move around a lot. I used to wake up constantly if there was any movement in the bed but he can roll about as much as he pleases and I don’t even notice when he gets up for work at the crack of dawn either! 

    I’ve also found that my body temperature when I’m sleeping is much more consistent too. I’m no longer boiling hot one minute and then freezing shortly after. Which inevitably all contributes to getting a better nights sleep. 

    Simba have very kindly given me a discount code so you can get a whopping £75 off your first Simba Hybrid Mattress too by following this link here

    *Simba very kindly gifted me our mattress but all words and opinions are of course my own*

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  • InInteriors

    Scandi Bathroom Inspo

    Despite the fact we have decided to put our bathroom renovations on hold for now, I still can’t stop swooning over my dream bathroom on Pinterest or trawling online picking out different accessories. So I thought I’d share a bit of inspiration and the kind of things I would do if I had the money right now (spoiler; I don’t).

    At the moment our family bathroom and toilet are separate so the first thing we’d do would be to knock the wall down between to make one bigger room. We would then probably block up both doorways and put a new door in centrally between the two previous ones. The ceiling would need ripping down and replacing too as our upstairs still has the gross tile affect ceiling that we are slowly trying to get rid of! There is also a large cupboard in our bathroom which used to have the boiler in. We would love to turn this into a walk in shower. And then of course the whole room would need plastering as there is some mould and it’s best to not just cover the mould with normal paint, although I think there are some specialist ones out there which do stop it coming back through. We’d no doubt need to get the plumbers in too as we’d be moving the toilet. This would then leave us with a nice blank canvas with a new shower space, two windows and one door.

    Now when it comes to the actual bathroom suite, I am not looking to spend a fortune. Renovating a bathroom is a costly project, but I do think it’s worth baring in mind that even though a new bathroom will definitely add value to the property, that going big isn’t going to reflect one-to-one on the final value of the house. Which is why I don’t want to spend too much on it. I’ll save the all singing all dancing fancy bathroom for our forever home!

    I’m always drawn to Scandinavian inspired interiors. I love the simple minimalist look paired with pops of brighter colours and lots of greenery. As our bathroom isn’t huge I think I would stick with a monochrome pallet mixed with natural woods and maybe bring in that pop of colour with towels and plenty of plants.

    We would put a new bath in, a walk in shower, a vanity drawer unit with sink, new toilet and a slimline towel rail. Finished off with some shelves, baskets and a nice big round mirror. I also really want a tassel bathmat. It’s all in the little details I like to tell my husband!

    For the bathroom suite I think we’d go for simple white, probably quite square in design. I would also love black taps! For the vanity unit I like the idea of finding an older piece of solid wood furniture and putting a freestanding sink and tap on the top. For the tiles I love metro, hexagonal and herringbone styles so I think I will struggle to choose when the time comes. We’d probably tile half the room and possibly have a colour painted above, or just go for white. I’d like to go for a fancy light fitting on a dimmer rather than spot lights, so that I can keep the lights low when having a relaxing bath.

    Accessories wise I would have a large black round mirror, a belly basket for extra toilet rolls, some wooden shelves, a few hanging plants and lovely fluffy towels. Maybe even a nice print or two on the walls too. Oh and candles. No bathroom is complete without candles! So there we have it, some inspo for my dream Scandi inspired bathroom!

    *Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*

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  • InInteriors, Lifestyle

    Finding The Balance With Minimalism

    Minimalism is all the rage these days and I’m pretty sure that Marie Kondo might just be the person to blame. Minimalism can be excellent when used well, creating spacious, relaxing homes that offer some breathing space and a cleaner, neater appearance. But when it goes too far, a room can feel bare, lifeless, boring, and, most of all, like no-one lives there. It’s a fairly new concept to me but since reading ‘An Edited Life’ I’m really keen to try and live with less things.

    I think most people assume that minimalism is about throwing away all your earthly possessions and some people take it to the extreme! For me personally, it’s more about making sure I have enough storage space for all of our possessions. And now hoarding too much! The key I think is making sure everything has it’s own home. We’ve been doing this by maximising all those little secret storage spaces we can in an organised manner. As if you don’t have the right storage space, you only end up creating more clutter when the items you do need and want are left to linger around in full view.

    The clean look of hard surfaces can create a lot of space to breathe but I like to add in a little softness too. Contrasting textures can make all the difference. Large Rugs, finding the right place for a houseplant (or three), or even draping a blanket over a dining chair like I do can add the depth that a room might just be missing. These touches don’t necessarily need to take up more space, but simply complement the spaces and furniture that’s already there.

    Using only a few key pieces of furniture can get rid of the cluttered feeling and help light travel better through the room. Our living room literally has the sofa, armchair, toy box and a sideboard under the TV. I also feel like choosing the right lighting is super important as this can really make a room. Maybe even consider layering it with accent lighting to add some depth and warmth.

    I have two children, a husband and a dog. So our house definitely looks ‘lived in’ but I still don’t want it to look cluttered. I have been gradually going through each room one by one, emptying every drawer and cupboard and saying goodbye to things we don’t need/use/make me happy. And let me tell you, it is LIBERATING.

    We’re in the process of having a shuffle about upstairs which is what sparked my big old clear out. We have created a dressing room in Hugo’s old bedroom. This is mainly so we can keep our bedroom as minimalist as possible. Hopefully this will mean it’s a nice calming space we can relax in. I’m loving gathering all the finishing touches for our new room, choosing original wall art and finding the perfect light fitting!

    I’ll be sharing some room make over blog posts very soon featuring my new minimalist approach!

    *Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*

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  • InInteriors

    My Favourite Ways To Make My House Feel More Homely

    I recently read a fantastic book by one of my favourite bloggers called ‘An Edited Life’ and it has honestly been life changing. Now I know that may sound a little dramatic but it’s completely given me the push I needed to get my life and home more organised. I have been streamlining my diary, my drawers and my wardrobe! I’ve realised how much clutter we were living with and that was making our home feel overcrowded and to me, messy. I love for our house to feel homely but sometimes less is more I have learnt! With that in mind, here are some top tips for giving your home a more homely feel: 

    Consider Your Space And How You Use It

    One of the best ways to start turning your house into a home is to look at the space you have on a whole. Whether you have a large home or a small flat, you need to consider the space you have and how you’re going to use it. If you have a lot of space, for example, you may want to consider how you’re going to create a space that makes you feel comfortable and cosy. For those with limited space, looking at all of the storage space solutions that are available to you may be worthwhile. I personally like for everything to have a home. It makes tidying up much easier!

    Plenty Of Cushions And Blankets In Your Living Spaces

    One of the best ways to make a home feel homely is to ensure it is cosy, as the two go hand in hand. Although you won’t need lots of cushions and blankets in the summer, having lots of options dotted around in your lounge spaces is a great way to make yourself feel more at home. Whether you display them on the sofa all year round like I do or store them in a basket in the corner of the room, you want to be sure you can grab something comfortable to cuddle up to when it gets cold. I even have one draped on a chair in the dining room. Nothing beats cuddling up on the sofa to watch Netflix with a blanket and snacks after a long day!

    Bring Rooms To Life With Plants And Flowers

    Another great way to give your house a homely feel is to ensure you’re bringing life into each and every room. Whilst that may sound a little unusual, it simply means bringing in plants and flowers to help brighten up the place. Not only are they a great way to boost your mood, but they’re perfect for creating an inviting home environment. For a guide to looking after house plants for the first time, you can visit this site here

    Think About How Your Rooms Are Decorated

    When it comes to the way in which your rooms are decorated, you may want to consider whether or not they make you feel welcome. Again, this may come down to space and the amount of natural light you have coming into your home. One of my favourite things to do is to take a look at Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration. I try to find images with houses that look similar to mine. I find this way I can imagine exactly how the renovations are going to look. Although it may take much longer, it’s a much more effective way of knowing whether or not something is going to work. 

    Plenty Of Family Pictures Around Your Home

    Filling your home with lots of family snaps is a guaranteed way to make it feel more personal and homely! You can display them in photo frames or maybe even think of something a little more unique, but having your favourite people surround you on a daily basis is definitely going to make you feel at home. I have a wire board with some Polaroid style photos clipped to it and it’s one of my favourite corners in our home!

    Ensure Your House Is Welcoming From The Moment You Walk In

    If you want other people to feel at home in your house, you need to ensure your house is welcoming from the moment you walk in. Whether that means having a walkway that is filled with happy memories and photographs, or you walk straight into your warm and cosy lounge – you want people to feel as though they’re comfortable in your home. 

    One of the best ways to ensure your home is welcoming as soon as you open your front door is to begin outside, with the garden. Having a garden that is well-kept and filled with flowers will give people the sense that your home is going to be exactly the same. If they haven’t visited your house before they will feel reassured and comfortable before they’ve even knocked on the door. If you do have guests regularly, you may want to consider getting some hotel quality bath towels. 

    Fill your home with amazing scents

    One of the best ways to make a home feel relaxing and cosy is to make it smell good! You can use either essential oils in a diffuser, wax melts or candles throughout your house. Whether you prefer sweet smells or floral scents, you can have your house smelling exactly how you like it! I switch it up depending on the season. I love more festive smells as Christmas approaches and fresher florals and citrus scents in the warmer months! For a guide to choosing the right wax melts or candles, you can visit this site here

    Let In As Much Natural Light As Possible 

    Finally, it’s important you are letting in as much natural light to your home as you possibly can. Not only will it help when it comes to saving on electricity, but it will give the impression your house much bigger as well as a naturally happy place. It’s great for your mood, as well as the overall layout and design of your home. Mirrors are also a great way to reflect natural light too!

    *Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*

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  • InHome, Interiors

    Adding Value To Our First Home

    Our house purchase was of course the biggest purchase we have ever made. It’s not our forever home by any means but it was a great way to get ourselves onto the property ladder. We went for a house that needed some work as it was in the village we wanted. So although it was an investment it’s also something that hopefully when we come to sell, it will have increased in value. We have made lots of changes in the hope that when it comes to selling up, we should make some money on the house. Here are some of the ways we have been trying to do just that.

    Kitchen
    When it comes to our home, the kitchen is definitely the main hub of it. Not only is it the place that we cook meals, but also a place where the children can do their homework, we eat all of our meals in here, and we love nothing more than entertaining and catching up with friends and loved ones in our kitchen diner. So naturally renovating the kitchen, although it was a big job, was high on our priority list. What we have done will also probably of increased the value of our home considerably. There is no denying that our kitchen renovations were a LOT of hassle, but it was so worth it!

    Bathroom
    Just like the kitchen, the second room that tends to cost the most to do up is the bathroom. But it can also add considerable value when done right. This will be our next big renovation project. We want to knock down the wall between our bathroom and toilet which will be much more practical. The plan is to also convert the built in cupboard into a shower too. I have lots of ideas for this one so it’s not only nicer for us while we live here but also it will make it much more appealing to buyers in the future too.

    Decorating
    I have said it before but simply just decorating our home has given it a whole new feel as well as adding value to it. I imagine most buyers prefer a more natural and neutral colour scheme. So that they can imagine their furniture, the things they like and their taste in your home. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use bolder colours, because you can always paint over it when it comes to selling!

    Extensions
    Adding an extension will always be one of the biggest ways to add value to any property, but for us that just isn’t an option as we have a very small garden. But what we did do was we changed what was a brick built outhouse into our utility room. Which was a much better use of the space!

    Converting
    Finally, converting a loft area or a garage if you have one can be a great way to add living space or bedrooms to your home without the need to extend. It can still give you considerable value, but the structure is already there to work with so it potentially could be an easier build project to take on. I don’t think we would convert into our loft, mainly because we really value that space. We sadly don’t have a garage but if we did I would be very tempted to convert some of the space into something more useful!

    I hope these ideas have given you some inspo if you are thinking of ways you can add value to your home too. We’re considering getting ours valued soon as we’re curious to see how much value the renovations we have done have added!

    *Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*

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  • InBrand Collaborations, Home, Interiors

    Back Garden Renovation Progress

    The sun has finally got the memo that it’s Summer and apart from a few showers here and there, the weather is definitely looking much more brighter! This means that as well as throwing all my windows open at every opportunity and dusting off my summer wardrobe, my attention has been brought to looking at the gardens and wondering what the hell happened.

    When we first bought our house the front garden was beautiful, it was so well kept and full of amazing plants and flowers. But it was super high maintenance and we definitely let things slip! And then next thing we knew, it looked like an overgrown mess. Oops. So we have started doing some work out there which I will share soon.

    But today’s post is about the back garden which wasn’t so pretty. It’s very small sadly and was covered in super uneven patio slabs. Which were not child friendly at all. Like most families, our gardens are mainly used during the summer months only. And, though we are pretty good with the whole refreshing your home on a budget thing, I wasn’t really sure where to start when it came to the gardens. But after many hours on Pinterest looking at various ideas for small garden spaces, we decided in order to make best use of the space we would create some different zones. We made a start with the renovations out the back last summer and started by ripping out all the patio slabs and levelling the garden as much as possible. And then we created the following zones!

    Adult Space
    We decided to use CorTen steel edging to make a slightly raised seating area with cotswold stones. We put our garden corner sofa up here which I added some colour to with some outdoor cushions. In the afternoon it becomes a real sun trap and a lovely spot to sit and watch the kids play. It’s always good to get a bit of extra sunshine as its a great source of vitamin D which most of us are lacking! I’d also love to add a fire pit to this space so Josh and I can sit out there in the evenings when the kids have gone to bed and enjoy a nice cold gin!

    Play Space
    For the main garden area we opted for a LazyLawn. Artificial grass was definitely not Josh’s first choice but I managed to sway him by pushing my point that it would be ideal for the kids to be able to play without getting muddy. And it would mean we could enjoy the space all year round rather than just in the summer. I love that when I look out into the back garden during the cold and wet winter months that the grass still looks pristine. I also really enjoy being able to hoover it!

    Dining Space
    Eating al fresco is one of the simple pleasures in life. Both kids always eat so much better if we sit outside! We have a table and chairs set up on the artificial grass and we recently invested in a better BBQ. So I am planning to try and use it more during the week as well as at the weekends. I have been scouting out recipes to try and came across this great list of 33 types of chicken on the bbq which I am hoping to try out a few of!

    As well as these three zones we have also managed to squeeze in a small shed too! We’ve then created a little flower bed that runs along the house too. We made a great start last year but need to finish things off this year by painting the fences and shed, planting some more flowers, adding some festoon lights, replacing the gate and finishing the path off! So it’s still a bit of a work in progress but here is a few snaps so far!

    *Collaborative Post but all opinions and images are of course my own*

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