Tackling a renovation the same year as our wedding was never the plan but somehow doing some decking turned into a new kitchen, which turned into plastering most the house and countless other improvements over the course of four months. Whilst there are definitely merits for doing all the work at once and living here whilst it happens, it wasn’t without it’s stresses and I have to say I’m very much glad it’s finished.
It’s been a huge project and whilst we didn’t physically do the work, we’ve input into every detail and I’m really proud of how it’s turned out. I love nosing over blogger’s home tours and decor posts so wanted to document what we had done on my blog, but without it feeling super creepy. I concluded the best way to do this would be to pick five of my favourite rooms and the details within them that I like.
The hallway might seem like a boring place to start but weirdly it’s one of the biggest transformations. They were quite neglected previously but now tie everything together, it’s truly the details which I think make the biggest difference.
The internet, phone line and random cables all come into the house via the hallway which resulted in very messy skirting which always bugged me. As we replastered the room we took the opportunity to replace the skirting completely, using clever rebate skirting from MDF Skirting World which boxed in the cables behind it.
We painted the hallways a dark grey so they match and compliment the other rooms in the house. As the floor is a high traffic area, we replaced the old laminate with porcelain tiles which look like hardwood. As with all rooms, we completely replastered -I’m still shuddering thinking about the mess- and replaced all plugs and light switches.
We got all of our tiles from Manderin Stone and picking them out was my favourite thing about the whole renovation, that shop is my dream.
The carpet on the stairs fell victim to the plastering mess but I’m secretly glad as I love the new grey carpet. It’s accidentally the same colour as Hekla who disappears whenever he sits on it.
I got these glass doorknobs from a Laura Ashley sale a few years back and adore them, although they’re a nightmare if you’ve just moisturised. I’ve been trapped in the bathroom for a few minutes many a time after forgetting that fact.
To match the doorknobs I found this hexagon crystal lampshade in Next which I love against the dark grey of the walls.
I’m not a fan of having photos on the walls and since plastering I’ve become even more reluctant, so wanted to find the perfect way of displaying some wedding photos without having loads of frames. This frame is from the White Company and houses 52 photos, the idea I think being you could have a photo for every day of the year like a 365 project. Whilst that’s a cute idea, I used it to show our special day by printing 52 photos which showed it from start to finish.
The hallways being decorated and all clutter hidden makes the house feel so much more complete, which makes it one of my favourite transformations from our renovation.