Thursday, May 17

Revamp Restyle Reveal: My TV Room!

It's here! It's REVEAL DAY!

If you're not a regular reader, and have come my way from my partner in Revamp Restyle Reveal shenanigans, the lovely Lisa Dawson, then welcome! I'm Bianca, and for the second season of Revamp Restyle Reveal, I took on my TV room. Why? Quite simply I was sick of the colour and was starting to find it a bit dreary, and wanted to go light and bright, while making much better use of the floor space, which we most definitely were not before.

The cables on the neon looked awful as did the cables hanging down from the TV on the angled wall, and it just looked messy and wrong.

You can have a bit more of a read about that and see my moodboard here. And here's a little reminder of what the room looked like just four weeks ago...

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

And here's what it looks like now! 

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

It's light and airy, but still feels welcoming and cosy thanks to not only the lighter wall colour which is a warm off-white (Marbles from Earthborn), but textured patterned wallpaper (Capas from Harlequin), a lovely Berber style rug and Collins sofa, both from Maisons du Monde, teamed with velvet cushions from Cotswold Company. The huge Catherine mirror above the sofa (also from Cotswold Company) throws even more light around the room, making it the happy space I was craving, and I can already see that we're all wanting to use the room more. Result!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

It's a long narrow room, and the layout before basically cut the room in half. It works so much better now, with the 55" Sony TV from ao.com, at one end, and the sofa at the other. In fact, it feels twice the size now that we're actually using the space properly. 

This will be a hard-working, multi-tasking room, that will be used for hanging out and watching TV, reading and listening to music, playing games, and I'll also use it as my office when I'm writing, as I tend to write on my laptop more and more these days, and I'm much more happy hanging out on a sofa than I am at a desk.

We have some Sony wireless headphones that Baxter is desperate to get his hands on, a Roxi Electric Jukebox, which is amazing and includes karaoke, worldwide radio, therapeutic audio (really love the idea of that for me!), music trivia game AND unlimited music for a year! Pretty impressive for such a small set-up, and needless to say, Baxter is also very excited to have a play with it this weekend! There's a Google Home Mini hiding there too, which has already done a great job of keeping me company on my many recent painting marathons. It's so cool to be able control the volume by voice when you're hands are covered in paint!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I'm super excited to have an Audio Technica turntable, and we've started to dust-off some of the five huge boxes of vinyl that have been living in the cellar for ten years. I've not figured out where to keep it all just yet, but it's on the list!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Just outside the room we have a Brother Business Smart Series printer and label printer, placed so that I can use them from both the laptop and the desktop computers. It's becoming really important to have a reliable printer with Edie's homework, and this one is particularly great for her photography, art and graphics homework as it can print both A4, and A3.

Moving back into the room, I pimped the existing sideboards (two side by side Besta cupboards from that Swedish Superstore!), by adding decorative moulding to echo the wall moulding, and painting it with Secret Room by Earthborn. I'm really happy with the result, and love the way it ties in with the green undertones of the wallpaper too.

A few pieces from Sainsbury's Home will keep me from having to run up and down the stairs for supplies whilst I'm working.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Flanking the TV on the sideboard are the stunning large Liquid lamps from David Hunt Lighting. They really are such a showstopper. The shades come separately, so you can choose from a lovely range of colours.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I love that you're no longer greeted with a low-slung TV and cables when you walk into the room, but rather a serene sight of a fiddle-leaf-fig in a new galvanised iron pot, and the gorgeous Colosseum radiators from soak.com. They make such a massive difference, and I love the optional extra legs on these, such a lovely detail.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Another great addition to the room is this Dyson air purifier and fan, as it's super hot in this loft room in the summer months, and it actually cools the room down within a minute. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I hope you like the new look in this room, and have enjoyed this season of Revamp Restyle Reveal as much as we've enjoyed sharing it all with you.

Here's a little video tour of my room!



Now please hop over and check out the gorgeous Kat from Rock n Roll Bride's room. She's a kindred spirit and took on her kitchen like I did last season! Then she'll point you in the direction of the next person on the hop, and there's also a list of links at the bottom of this post, so you don't miss any of the fabulous transformations.

A massive thanks to all the bloggers for taking part, and to our sponsors for supporting us! This post is in collaboration with...

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Wednesday, May 16

Amtico: Decsions to be made and I need your help!

I am super proud to announce that I'm working Amtico this year, and first up I have an insanely exciting dilemma that I need your help with!

Amtico are going to be installing flooring in my living, dining and hallway in three weeks time, and that means I need to choose the flooring by TOMORROW!


I've agonised (in the best possible way I might add!) over what to go for. I ended up with no less than twenty-seven samples, and I've whittled them down to the final four. Honestly, I'd be happy with any one of these, but that's why it's so hard to choose.

Flooring is not like paint that's so easily changed, making this a much bigger and more permanent decision. I'm quite flippant with paint choices, as I know I can change it relatively easily if I change my mind, and that I'll probably get bored and change it within a year regardless.



Not so with flooring! This needs to keep my attention, and my heart for years to come. So I decided that classic was the best way to go.

But then I realised that Amtico have so many classic options, that that decision didn't actually make my final choice any easier. Argh! I mean, what a lovely problem to have, and I've literally poured over samples for hours on end to get to this stage.

The design/colour is one decision that has to be made, but I also need to choose the laying pattern, and again, there are so many that I love, and there actually isn't a wrong choice, but I could really do with some help deciding. So, here are the contenders, and when you've read through my thought process, I'd love it if you could come over to my Instagram stories and take the polls to help me make a final decision...

For me, classic means the colour you might find in a Parisian apartment. A mid tone, and not too cool (grey), and not too warm (red). I do love cool grey flooring, but it felt too modern for our Victorian home, and therefore not the right choice. I also didn't want anything too warm, so the the redder tones, and the grey tones were eliminated. It's going to be a huge change from the white floor boards, and although I'm beyond thrilled to be seeing the back of them shortly, I'm aware that the rooms will feel a little darker, so I'm very mindful of not going too dark with my choice, but I don't want to go too pale either! Therefore the darkest and lightest options were also eliminated. This still left me with quite a few options, which went to the family panel, and we eventually managed to get down to the final four. PHEW. They are....

Amtico Signature Manor Oak: A warmer colour, with a lovely grain, shown here in the 'Pleat' laying pattern.



Amtico Signature Brushed Oak: A cooler tone without being grey, shown here in the 'Large Parquet' laying pattern.



Amtico Signature Cornish Oak: The palest option and probably the most traditional, shown here in the 'Large Parquet' laying pattern.


Amtico Signature Salted Oak: A slightly more rustic look, shown here in the 'Small Parquet' laying pattern.


The Laying Pattern

One thing I knew from the start is that I wouldn’t be going for standard planks. Not when presented with the opportunity to have my beloved parquet. Oh no siree. But which laying pattern? I've narrowed it down to my favourite four, but I absolutely love them all. They are Parquet (herringbone), Pleat (chevron), Arrow, and French Weave. 

Clockwise from top left: Parquet,  Pleat, Arrow, French Weave


Amtico Signature Manor Oak in Arrow Laying Pattern

Okay, so there are my options. I’d love it if you’d pop over to my Instagram Stories NOW and cast your votes for colour AND laying pattern! I need YOUR help, and the clock is ticking!

This post is in collaboration with Amtico.
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Friday, May 4

Shading Specialists: My Knights In Shining Armour

Looking back, there was a subconscious reason that my beautiful full length velvet curtains sat neatly wrapped in their boxes, for, well, MONTHS. I mean, why wouldn't I want to get them hung immediately? I was in denial, that's why. And actually slightly, okay, VERY terrified, that the purchase and subsequent DIY installation of a ceiling mounted curtain track for them, might lead to one of a few things:

A. The entire ceiling being ripped down upon us
B. A hospital visit as a result of the entire ceiling being ripped down upon us
C. The divorce court
D. All of the above

So I finally had that lightbulb moment, and realised I needed professional help, and Shading Specialists came to my rescue! Hooray!

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Image: Shading Specialists

Some
things are best left to the experts. I have a very specific mental list dedicated to this, and if you know me, you'll know that I'm very much a hands-on DIY person. Why get someone else to do something for you if you can do it yourself? Well, even I have to admit defeat sometimes, and curtain track installation has now been added to the aforementioned get the experts to do it list.

Aside from the ceiling falling down concern, I was also concerned I'd not measured the run accurately enough. I was concerned that the curtains would look odd with the forced protrusion due to the cornicing that I had no desire to remove. I was concerned in general. I'm a worrier, and an over-thinker, what can I say?

Graham from Shading Specialists who has been installing window coverings his entire working life, was my hero last week. He arrived (immediately following an emergency dental appointment no less) and was completely unperturbed by what greeted him. Big Brownie points. You know those tradespeople that make you feel stupid and point out all the things you 'should' have done, and do a lot of tutting and muttering under their breath as they set to work righting all your 'wrongs'? We've all met several of them in our time, right? Well Graham was most definitely NOT one of them. A gentleman through and through, even if he was thinking that I should have painted the cornicing, scraped the paint off the windows (or cleaned them for that matter), measured more accurately, been a little cleverer with my curtain order, he did not let on. In fact he even made me feel better about the fact that my curtains are a tad too long (ordered and received before the idea of carpet in the bedroom came along - doh). An absolute gem.

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Graham made the job that would have taken Ed and I ALL day and caused a huge amount of stress and remedial work, look so easy it was ridiculous. The curtain track - all four metres of it, was in fact the ideal and perfect length, and required no trimming down (Brownie points for me too, it turns out).

French For Pineapple Blog - Shading Specialists
Image: Shading Specialists

Shading Specialists had recommended a Silent Gliss Hand Operated Curtain Track (3840) as it can be mounted flush to the ceiling, and doesn't require any space for brackets behind it. It's also strong enough to take the weight of my lined velvet curtains, obviously. This track is often used for room dividing curtains as it looks the same from both sides, and blends seamlessly with the white ceiling. It's completely unobtrusive and you don't even notice it which is exactly what I wanted. Short of having a track inset into the ceiling which was not an option, this was definitely the best choice.

And did I mention that curtains are my new favourite thing? I've wanted floor to ceiling curtains for as long as I can remember, and last year, I decided that wall to wall ceiling mounted was the only way to go in our bedroom, as the built in wardrobe prevents any kind of wall mounted pole or track being fitted. They've changed our room dramatically, and it really does have that hotel luxe feel that I love. And no light shining right in my face anymore from the sides of our old (broken for years) Roman blinds.

French For Pineapple Blog - Shading Specialists
Image: Shading Specialists

Shading Specialists have been around for quite a while, having originally been founded in 1955. So they know a thing or two about window treatments, and in fact supply and install for all manner of residential and commercial design projects both in the UK and internationally. They can supply and/or fit pretty much everything under the window covering umbrella, from awnings, to vertical blinds, to shutters, curtains, tracks, poles and everything in between.

Oh so you want to see the results of Graham's work? Well, here's a peek, but you'll have to wait til next week for the full reveal of my luxe-look bedroom makeover, but let's just say I'm very happy indeed!

French For Pineapple Blog - Shading Specialists

French For Pineapple Blog - Shading Specialists


This post is in collaboration with Shading Specialists, who have just opened a new showroom in Watford, with an extensive sample and display range. Most importantly, they have the knowledge to help you make the right decision about your window coverings, which I very nearly didn't!

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