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.