Small Bathroom Makeover : Final Reveal

Small Bathroom inspiration

So after all this time, I am finally able to reveal my new bathroom…HURRAH!! We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has changed our lives. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to how you feel about your home. This is the only room in our flat for which we have chosen every single detail. It is exactly how we wanted it, and we love it! But for you to get a real feel for how much better it is now, I think you really need to see before and after pics together. I’m so used to the new bathroom now that I had kind of forgotten just how bad it was, so when I saw the before pics again they kind of took my breath away, and not in a good way! Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. (Some of the images have a nifty little slider on them so you can see before and after in one image so just drag it back and forth). Read More…

Review : Recycling Bins from Joseph Joseph

joseph joseph stack recycling binsI have a confession to make, I really quite like recycling! How sad is that? Ever since the local council introduced a recycling scheme in our area I have become really quite committed to the cause. Occasionally, I attempt to ignore the rules, like putting an empty toilet roll into the bathroom bin, which is full of non-recyclable waste. It works for about three minutes before I’m consumed with guilt and have to fish it out and relocate it to the cardboard and paper bin. And I’m forever finding recyclable stuff in our kitchen bin that my husband couldn’t be bothered to put in the right bin. So totally and utterly annoying because I can’t just leave it there, I have to put it into the correct bin because I’m anal like that. The only problem with the recycling system is that it takes up quite a fair bit of space for all the separate recycling bins required to follow the rules. Here in the South Hams, we have a large grey bin for non-recyclable waste, a large brown bin for food and garden waste, a blue plastic sack for card and paper and a clear plastic sack for plastic and tin cans. And we have to take glass to a local bottle bank. We keep our two bins in the garden and the two sacks in our porch area outside the front door until they are full and then we take them to the garden too. So every time we have a bit of paper or cardboard to dispose of we have to take it outside to throw it away. So I can kind of understand why my husband doesn’t stick rigidly to the rules all of the time as it’s a bit of a pain to take rubbish outside each time even if it is only a few metres away. We often end up with a little pile by the front door waiting to be sorted into the correct bags outside. Not really ideal. In fact, quite infuriating. But there is no way we could fit three separate recycling bins in our already overcrowded little kitchen…or is there?

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Why and How to Choose a Corner Sofa

Lazy Time Corner Sofa from Camerich

Lazytime Corner Sofa from Camerich

You may remember the post that I wrote recently about our new sofa. It’s a simple sofa bed that fits our current lifestyle and doesn’t take up too much space. However, we don’t expect this to be our forever sofa. It’s perfect right now with two tiny kids as we rarely get the opportunity to lounge around and relax and the option to transform it into a bed makes it very useful for any guests who want to visit us. But when it comes to thinking about our ultimate forever sofa, I’ve got my heart set on a corner sofa. There is something so luxurious and indulgent about corner sofas and I always find myself swooning over rooms that feature them. So today I wanted to share with you my tips and advice on why you should choose a corner sofa and how you can go about choosing the perfect one for you, your family and your home. Read More…

Kids’ Bedroom Inspiration from Dulux

Paint manufacturer Dulux recently launched a kids' bedroom campaign to encourage parents to involve their children in the creative process when decorating their bedrooms. The result of the campaign was six creative designs for a child's bedroom that not only look fantastic but that aren't really even that difficult to create.

It’s never easy to find kids’ bedroom inspiration that is creative yet achievable. However, Dulux recently launched a kids’ bedroom campaign to encourage parents to involve their children in the creative process when decorating their bedrooms. For this campaign, Dulux teamed up with Channel 4’s Secret Life of Five Year olds Dr Sam Wass, who is also a leading Child Psychologist. The result of the campaign was six wonderful designs for a child’s bedroom that not only look fantastic but that aren’t really even that difficult to create. I think these designs are brilliant so I wanted to share them with you. Read More…

My Small Bathroom Makeover Update

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

So I thought it was about time that I posted an update on my small bathroom makeover for you guys. It’s come on really great and I’m so excited to show you our progress. (Apologies for the poor quality photos and the mess). It’s not quite finished yet so you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the final reveal I’m afraid. We’ve had the plumber in to remove all our old sanitaryware and fit the new stuff and the tiler has been round to tile the walls and floor, so we’re getting there. We just need to fit the bath panel, the extractor fan, a mirror and put up some shelves now and then we’ll be able to fully appreciate our spanking new bathroom…I can’t wait! Read More…

Brabantia’s 30 Day #LoveNature Challenge

Brabantia wall fix clothes dryer

You may remember a little while ago I wrote a post about the joys of drying washing outdoors after I was lucky enough to receive a selection of beautiful laundry products from Brabantia. Well as the weather gets warmer and (touch wood) less wet, it’s finally time to start getting the washing out on the line again. And it couldn’t come too soon for me. Matylda has just started potty training and while she’s done amazingly well so far and surprised us all, there are still the odd little accidents to contend with and consequently a few more changes of clothes. This has coincided with Milly starting on her baby-led weaning journey and the inevitably yukky nappies that this entails. Having said that she’s always been a master at pooping and almost always manages to squirt it up her back and out of her nappy. So combine that with a number of sick incidents every day and I end up changing her clothes about four times a day. You can imagine how much washing I have to do right? So being able to stick it all on the line is a godsend and means my house isn’t full of laundry draped everywhere. It also helps save some pennies as I don’t have the tumble dryer running constantly. Read More…

Bruno Mattress : The Ultimate Sleep Experience

Bruno Mattress delivered in a box

Have you guys noticed that there seems to be a real revolution going on in the world of mattresses? Mattress shopping used to be a really confusing, arduous and not particularly exciting task. There were far too many things to take into consideration for a start, such as mattress firmness, type, materials and price. The purchasing process would often involve visiting a retailer and doing the embarrassing bed hop while you awkwardly attempt to lie on mattress after mattress trying to deduce in a few short minutes whether this mattress would be the one to help you get a good night’s sleep. Well this no longer has to be the case due to a number of new companies that are transforming the mattress market. One such company is Bruno, a German start-up that has successfully been supplying mattresses to the German, French, Austrian and Dutch markets since 2014. Founded by Felix Baer and Andreas Bauer, Bruno Mattress has now launched in the UK and is hoping to win over the hearts of British consumers too. Read More…

Designer Pet Beds for National Pet Month

Cozy Designer Pet Bed from the Knit collection by Curver - image credit to Daniel LailahAs this month (April) is National Pet Month, I thought it would be apt to share a couple of pet related products that I’ve come across recently. You may remember a while ago I wrote a ‘Lust List’ post featuring a variety of design-led products for pets that are not only practical but that look great in our homes. Well today’s products could definitely make their way on to that list. Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month offers the nation a chance to celebrate the wonderful impact pets have on our lives. And apparently we take our love of our pets very seriously. A recent study of 2,000 pet owners commissioned by Panasonic Smart Home found that one in five pet owners actually prefer their pet to their partner. More than a third of respondents claimed that they prefer quality time with their furry companion over time spent with most of their friends. Moreover, three in four British pets are spoilt according to the results of the survey. Well, if you’re a design loving pet owner, these next few products could be right up your street and I’m sure your pet would feel pretty spoilt too.  Read More…

Concrete Accessories from I Like Beton

I Like Beton Concrete Plant Pot

The concrete trend in interiors has been a pretty slow burner. Products made from concrete first started to appear a good few years ago but it wasn’t until recently that the trend really caught on with companies starting to produce all kinds of concrete accessories for the home. I’ve been pinning some of my favourite concrete products for some time now and you can take a look at what has caught my eye over on my Concrete Trend Pinterest board. The latest brand to pique my interest is a small Polish company called I Like Beton. All the products are hand-cast and hand processed in Poland with a strong focus on simplicity and usability. Their portfolio currently consists of concrete bowls and lamps, but will soon expand to include chairs, plant pots and clocks. All the products not only look really great but each one is completely unique and not to mention highly durable. As you can see from the images, these concrete accessories look great in contemporary home interiors and this utilitarian material can actually look really quite elegant. What do you guys think? Are you fans of concrete accessories?

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Home Improvements : My Kitchen Makeover

The Kitchen Collection HD Laurel Hex Multi Porcelain Tile by British Ceramic Tile

I think this might be my dream kitchen. It features The Kitchen Collection HD Laurel Hex Multi Porcelain Tiles from British ceramic Tile

So in my last post I told you guys all about my planned bathroom makeover which is due to start in just under two weeks…I’m so freakin’ excited I might just explode! But today I wanted to share another exciting project with you as we are also doing a kitchen makeover, YAY!! I can’t even begin to tell you how badly it needs a revamp, it makes me shudder every time I go into the kitchen. You see, as I’ve explained before here, the guy who owned our flat before us fancied himself as a bit of a property developer, but almost everything he did here sucks!! The kitchen itself was brand new but the workmanship is just appalling and so shoddy. The kitchen floor tiles are all uneven and when we first moved in we were constantly tripping up on them. The wall tiles have been applied using dabs of adhesive here and there so they are all uneven too and he didn’t use spacers either. He replaced the light fitting and did an awful job there, it looks really messy. It really is just shocking and I can’t wait to remove all trace of his not-so-handy-work with our kitchen makeover!  Read More…

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