Thanks to our friend Tomek, our great, contemporary sofa bed from John Lewis made it upstairs. I let the boys do the hard work of dragging it up the stairs.
The sofa looked a bit bare, so we went bargain hunting today, and got three stylish cushions in Dunelm Mill, which complete the look perfectly. The Cassette Tapes cushions were only £5.99 each, and the one in a middle was only £3.99.
I strongly believe one should never pay over £10 for a cushion.
Have you ever needed to choose a new floor?! That was a difficult task and an expensive one as well. So far the most expensive purchased we have made.
We knew we wanted to go for a wooden floor in all four rooms, but little we knew that the choice of flooring is that vast. The choice was:
Real wood versus engineered wood
Type of wood: oak versus bamboo
Shade: dark, medium, light
Type of finish: oiled, lacquered or unfinished
Installation: tonque-and-groove versus click-lock planks
Not to mention thickness and width, underlay… and obviously COST
Would you feel overwhelmed? I was.
I’ve done some research (Check Which or Housetohome for more info), and we decided to approach our local flooring company, which was recommended by a neighbour – Country Flooring. We decided against approaching a standard DIY store as we required lots of advice and were hoping for a better deal (you are more likely to negotiate a price deal with a small business).
At the end we went for the Calista Oiled Engineered Wood flooring, which was fitted (yes, we had it installed) on Timermate Excel underlay with Oak Veneered Scotia and solid oak door bars and rad rose. The installers did our two bedrooms upstairs, which were painted and ready to go. They will do the remaining two reception rooms when we finish redecorating them (hopefully in the next 2-3 months).
Why we went for the engineered wood at the end? Price was a big factor in our decision (£37 per sq m instead of £45plus per sq m) as well as its resistance to changes caused by a room’s temperature.
Installation tip: make sure that you think through how you want to have it done. We had a bespoke unit, and initially we instructed the workmen to lay the floor around it, but it didn’t look good, so they need to fix it. Argh!