Getting the baby’s nursery ready has been both fun and terrifying. On the one hand, I’ve loved scouring baby shops in search of Scandi inspired homeware. Monochrome decor and cute Arctic toys. But on the other, seeing it all there -in what was our spare room- really brought it home. Our baby is nearly there. And for someone so tiny, she requires a lot of stuff.
It’s been 6 months since we finished our renovation. I started writing about the work we had done earlier in the year, but stopped short of finishing all the rooms. In all honesty, I had to take some time off from the subject. The renovation took months. And we were still working on it over Christmas! The subsequent cleanup took months too and by the end of it, I was just glad for it to be done. Months later, I’m enjoying the house so much. The plaster dust and mess is a distant memory. Whilst our bedroom was one of the easiest rooms we did -we didn’t plaster or knock anything down- the improvement is dramatic. And it’s one of my favourite spaces in the house.
Our bathroom was actually completely redone a year ago, but whilst renovating the rest of the house we made some changes to it which finish it off. The bathroom is one of my favourite rooms, I love nothing more than hiding from the world in a hot bath with my phone propped up behind the tap, streaming the Real Housewives of somewhere or other.
There’s absolutely no consistency between the rooms in my house when it comes to themes or a common kind of style. We have taken some inspiration from Scandinavian decor but the kitchen is I guess modern and our bathroom is mostly Victorian, just because I felt like it at the time. I have no idea if other people are organised enough to choose a consistent style, but I’m a big fan of cramming in inspiration from all over the place.
The living room has to be my favourite room in the house, it is after all where we spend most of our time so I like it to be cosy and perfect for chilling.
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.
My life has been totally consumed by the renovation work we’re having done on our house; I’ve been doing my washing-up in the bathroom sink, my laundry at my Mum’s and my idea of a good Friday night has become looking at tile options or swatching paint.
It’s so exciting to see it all coming together but realistically Pinterest-worthy photos are a long way off.
To further complicate matters, in the middle of this I discovered I had a kidney stone, queue lots of hospital visits and weeks of feeling rubbish meaning poor Aaron has been left tackling the wall paper removal -a job which comes only slightly before renal colic in my list of least favourite things- on his own.
I haven’t felt much like blogging but every day something in the house changes and so I’ve been taking photos and thought it would be fun to share them and document the process on my blog.
After seemingly months of planning our kitchen renovation is finally underway and I’m beyond excited, albeit slightly less excited about the month of chaos and trying to cook without a working kitchen.
We had a good idea of what we wanted but as always, I turned to Pinterest for examples and inspiration. These are some of the Pins I’ve found along the way which best show the style we’ve chosen.
Despite my blog name, the cats scarcely get a mention on my blog. I’m aware this post is quite specific and so won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s something we’ve put a lot of work into and I often wished I could have read other’s experiences whilst we were going through the process.
People have varying opinions on wether to keep cats inside or not. The benefits are that they’re safer from hazards like the road or theft, but are also unable to damage other gardens or kill wildlife. The obvious downside is that cats belong outside and wouldn’t have access to a natural place to play and do cat things like sharpen their claws.
Personally I wouldn’t feel comfortable keeping a cat inside, but have lost many cats throughout my life to the road and worry endlessly about all of the above. I first heard about Katzecure when a friend had it installed in her garden. I had heard about cat proofing for gardens before but they are usually made from deer fencing and make the garden look like a prison. Katzecure stood out for miles because not only did it keep cats contained in a way which was safe to them, but it looked really sympathetic to the garden … And it actually works (well, eventually).
My idea about sharing ‘life lately’ posts didn’t really work. If I do them too often, it would be boring; Work and house stuff * 2348234234 … But if I leave them few and far between as I have been, there’s too much to fit into one post. I think from now on I’ll just post about things I’ve been up to if I feel like it, although if you want a more realtime account (spoiler alert: It’s not particularly exciting) of what I’m up to you can follow me on Snapchat.
We’re doing a lot of work on our home currently and decided to make some changes to the outside too. In addition to decking parts of the garden we’ve built raised beds on our lawn for plants. The past few weekends we’ve been putting the garden off as the weather has either been rubbish or so nice we decided to sack it off and escape to the beach, so this weekend despite the rain we had to get on with it. I took my camera out with me to document what we did and the garden at this time of year.