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.

  • Honestly I love a good hallway because it’s practically the first thing you see when you walk into a home and having everything tidied and looking swish can make you feel so good when you walk in the door after a long day. I really like how you’ve decorated, the grey looks so sophisticated.

    Much love for the doorknobs as well, can’t believe you managed to hold onto them for so long

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

    • Amy

      It’s so true, I underestimated what a difference it would make. Thanks Mel!

      We did actually put them up at the time, although without the rest of the stuff being decorated they just looked a bit out of place and half done haha.

  • Yiotou_La

    I love to have photos on the wall too and I created an arrangement of white and black frames I found on Ikea for nothing and I put photos of our greatest memories. Makes me so happy when I see it every day!!! Cannot wait to see more of this renovation Amy, you did an amazing job! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Amy

      That sounds so nice! Thank you 🙂 x

  • Nadia

    I am in LOVE with your hallway, girl!! The wall & the flooring are so beautiful! *heart eyes emoji* all over the place. Well done!!! Like you said, hallway often ends up neglected but it’s actually the first space we come into when we get home. Great post & fab renovation job!!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • Amy

      Ah thanks Nadia! x

  • I love the colour palette here! It is so chic and perfect with a cozy feel 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/oscar-de-la-renta-monochrome.html

    • Amy

      Thank you Heather! x

  • Bernadette
    • Amy

      Thank you! x

  • This looks really beautiful, I love the colour scheme! The doorknobs are so pretty too, even if they are a bit slippery! x

    Sick Chick Chic

    • Amy

      Thanks so much <3

  • This is gorgeous, you have such amazing taste. The tiles look great I had never seen that style before and I love the carpet. Have a great day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Amy

      Thanks Gemma! Hope you’re having a good day <3

  • Your house looks gorgeous, I love the door handles you’ve picked out and the colour of the wall looks lovely.

    Lauren x
    http://www.huggled.co.uk/

    • Amy

      Thanks Lauren <3

  • Waow this looks stunning! You have very similar tastes to me with the grey walls and clutter free look! This is beautiful! 🙂 xx

    Rach | http://doublejointedgirlandherdog.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      Thanks Rach <3

  • It looks fantastic, very minimal and chic – we have a similar grey colour in our living room and I love it! xx

    Sophie
    abeautifulride.co.uk

    • Amy

      Thanks Sophie! I love grey tones <3

  • This looks lush! Love the multi-photo frame thing. It does my head in when hallways and landings are way too cluttered with pictures and mirrors and hanging things because every time you slam the front door they shake. But then I also hate completely bare walls, so you’ve made the perfect compromise I guess!

    • Amy

      Thank you! I agree, I’m somewhere in the middle too haha.

  • Your tiles are so beautiful and the carpet on your stairs looks SO soft xx

    • Amy

      Thanks Gemma! I’m so glad it got ruined in the plastering so we could get the nice new one haha x