I’ve been meaning to take you on a little tour of our home for a while now, but we still haven’t actually completed everything since we moved, in January. These things take time, people! Even though we’re not quite at the finishing hurdle, things are looking good. We love that we have so much more space than our last place and although I do sorely miss our old balcony, my very own Hobbit dressing room, and the large hallway just about make up for it!
We live in a Victorian building, which is home to five flats. We’re on the top floor – I don’t think we’d ever live under someone because of the noise. With both of us being freelance and working from home it’s always better to be the noise maker! This is the first time I’ve lived in a home that has had an open-plan kitchen, and although it can sometimes be a bit of pain, it opens up the flat and creates lots of light. Before we moved in, our builder laid new wood floor throughout – I really love dark floors, so we opted for those once again.
We still need to get some blinds for the kitchen area, but the window is so massive, we simply haven’t quite got round to that scary task. We’re not overlooked, but I think it will add a nice touch of softness to the room once it’s done. It’s not cheap putting in blinds though, is it?!
Unfortunately, the new space wasn’t big enough to home our 1970s smoked glass table, but I managed to find an equally nice round table, and we just hung onto the chairs. We replaced all of the old radiators with Victorian-style ones, and I have to say it’s one of the best decisions we made. LOVE!
We’ve still got our 99p Ebay unit and had to purchase a new small table from Swoon Editions as there wasn’t really enough room to have the layout the same as our old pad with tables/units at either side of the sofa.
When we renovated, we replaced the countertop and tiles in the kitchen and added in extra cupboards, for our mugs and glass hoarding problem.
I created a little work area in the bedroom, but have never actually used it, so we’re eventually going to relocate that into one of the small side rooms that we have. I won’t be showing you those, as one is currently a utility room, and the other houses the cat litter and our junk. I told you it was work in progress! The aim in the bedroom is to add more art to the walls and replace the desk area with a cosy seating arrangement… For Fat Cat, no doubt.
We kept the bedside tables cheap and cheerful by purchasing Bekvam from Ikea and hacking them. Bargain.
Here’s the old bathroom, which we totally gutted…
… and here’s our new one. As you can see, we’re yet to finish the wallpapering. We ran out of paper and had to wait for a new roll, alas the builder had left by then, and I think Alex is a little scared to do it. I love wallpaper in bathrooms, and this one by Christian Lacroix cost a pretty penny, but it makes all the difference. Due the layout of the flat, the bathroom has two doors, which is a little odd.
It’s only a hallway, but this has to be one of my favourite parts of the house…
Alex uses the second bedroom as his studio. It’s the biggest room in the house, and I sent him in there with his very own wardrobe so I could have the dressing room (mostly) to myself.
There you have it. That’s my home, with more to be revealed as soon as we’ve finished it.
What do you think?
Until next time x