Kitchen update

Hi All,

Hope you had a great weekend soaking up the sun.

A quick note from me to show you how the kitchen transformation is progressing.

We managed to secure an excellent carpenter who was working very hard to make our dream kitchen come true (if you live in Essex, and looking for a carpenter, get in touch).

kitchen fitting day by day

We still need to paint the room and sort out the electrics, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel…

I’m going to start looking for a wooden extending round table, which I could restore.

What do you think of our new kitchen? Any advice about the wooden table?



Inspiring places: Houzz

I shared with you before my thoughts about Pinterest and Housetohome.

Another website that I absolutely adore is Houzz.

Houzz was created in 2009 by a couple struggling to describe their interior design vision to architects who were helping them renovate the house (More

Currently Houzz hosts around 1 million photos uploaded by design professional, so the quality of most is excellent.

The number of categories is vast. You can browse by room, style but also by product with a link to where you can buy it. Genius!

I was playing with their app yesterday, and loved it. You can apply the filter ‘MetroArea’, which selects the city the pictures are coming from. Great feature narrowing down the vast number of relevant results.

Also, you can create your own Ideabook for your next redecorating project.

Have a go, and let me know how you get on.


New Year, more DIY

Happy 2013 to All my Readers! Hopefully it’s going to be kind to us! Wishing you lots of great creative ideas and interior inspirations!

Our New Year’s resolution is to finish the house! I couldn’t be bothered this year to write any personal resolutions as I know I won’t have time for anything apart from redecorating and sourcing interiors. But you know what, I love it! And I love telling you all about it!

A quick round up of what we did in 2012:

  1. Installation of gas central heating
  2. New sash windows
  3. Master bedroom revamp
  4. Front garden and back courtyard sorted
  5. Office/guest bedroom restoration
  6. New floors upstairs
  7. New carpet in the hallway
  8. Living room repainted

living room round up

guest room round up
garden revamp

What else we’ve got left to do:
1. Finish living room
2. Repaint the main door
3. Second reception room/library
4. New floors downstairs
5. Utility room
6. Bathroom
7. And the kitchen
The last two are going to be the most expensive and will require lots of research.
As soon as we finish the heavy DIY, we’ll be able to focus on more pleasurable part: hanging frames, getting accessories and general interior styling. Can’t wait!
Wish us luck!

What are you planning to do in your home this year?


Five shades of grey

We want to transform one of the reception rooms into a library (we are both undeniably bookworms). Between us we probably have hundreds of books read and collected over the years, which are still unpacked as they are waiting for the shelves they can rest on.

We agreed that ‘the library room’, as we call it, is going to be S’s room, so he is going to design it. Thank God we’ve got a very similar taste.

The main colour of the room is going to be grey. But which shade to choose?!

The shortlist consists of five shades of grey.

The room’s general style is going to be a combination of a traditional Victorian Bibliotheque and a contemporary reading room.












For more images please check my Pinterest board.

Let me know what you think. Which shade of grey shall we go for?



Extreme DIY Part 2

I haven’t written anything for over a week. That’s bad!

We’ve been super busy with the house, work (yawn!), and trying to overcome a seasonal flu (mine wasn’t too bad, but S was stricken down by the MANFLU…You know what I’m talking about).

To cut a long story short, our extreme DIY task in pictures. Father and son bonding over the wall:)))

Extreme DIY Part 1

Hi All,

I’m not going to claim that I’ve done it, but I’m very proud of my Steve.

I told you that one of the walls in the living room was falling apart hence it needed to be replastered.

Before this can commence, someone, with much more stamina and strength than me, had to demolish the existing wall.

I quite like the look. It’s like a more hardcore version of shabby chic. ;)).


Part 2, hopefully, will happen next weekend.

Have you done any extreme DIY recently? Let me know.

You gotta love wallpaper stripping

We started redecorating our main living room. The first task was wallpaper stripping. Argh!

I must say, thanks to a wallpaper steamer, this task turned to be far less laborious than I thought at first. During 4 hour wallpaper workout (you can banish your bingo wings easily doing this), we had done a lot. It turned out that we would have to replaster one of the walls again (why nothing is simple in this house!).








On a steamer note, do not smoke indoors! The previous owners did, and look what we had to deal with. Grim!

Tip: Good idea is to wrap an old damp towel on a long handle floor brush to wipe it from the ceiling.

Any more tips about removing wallpaper? Please let me know.