Friday, March 1

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3!

Today marks the launch of the third season of Revamp Restyle Reveal! And it's with much excitement and if I'm honest, relief that today our ten amazing DIY bloggers (if I do say so myself!), will start work on their RRR spaces.

A huge amount of planning goes into each season, we work away for months behind the scenes before we launch each season, so it's pretty satisfying to see all that work come to fruition!

We make sure that we have a fabulous group of bloggers with a wide range of styles so that there's something to inspire most tastes, and obviously it's important that they have a strong creative flair and that they're not afraid of a bit of DIY!

We have a really strong team this season! If you haven't already seen, this is who is with us...

I'll be turning what was Baxter's bedroom into a cosy study which will double as a guest room and I'm super excited to bring this vision to life!

I feel like the whole house is coming together and for this first time, it's feeling really cohesive throughout. Well at least it will when this room is finished. I'll be stripping the old wallpaper, and painting it a deep dark taupe, and ramping up the drama with lots of lamps to make this dingy room into an inviting cosy yet elegant space for me to work in by day, and by night for any overnight guests. Make sure you're following me on Instagram for story updates throughout the month.

Of course Revamp Restyle Reveal wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the support of our brilliant sponsors! This season we are so proud to have another incredible group...

West Elm (Headline Sponsor),, Style Library, Flokk, Dobbies, Sonos, Ca' Pietra, David Hunt Lighting, The Blind Shop,

Make sure you're following everyone to see their progress over the next four weeks. The finished rooms will be revealed on each bloggers blog at 11am on Tuesday 2nd of April! Don't worry, we'll remind you a 'few' times.

If you want to know more about Revamp Restyle Reveal and how it all works, Lisa has written a comprehensive post over on her blog here, including information about our blogger submission / selection process.

Right then, I'd better get a move on, that room isn't going to paint itself!


Tuesday, February 12

The Kids Room Plans [Yes, again!]

[Promotional Partnership with West Elm]

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that a LOT of changes are brewing in our house. And if you've been following me for any length of time, you'll know that I absolutely thrive on change, so I'm *pretty* excited about what's to come over the next few months!

When we did our loft conversion when I was pregnant with Baxter, it was always our intention for that floor to eventually be the kids zone. It's why we decided to break up the space into two bedrooms and a small bathroom, rather than one big space with an ensuite. Up until now, that floor of the house has been dreadfully underused to put it mildly. My last attempt to change that was by giving the TV room a lovely overhaul for Revamp Restyle Reveal, but even then we failed to use the room other than a handful of times.

Although moving the kids up there at this point in time was not the plan - I have only just finished both their bedrooms after all - it suddenly made sense. They're both old enough now to be what feels like much further away, and Edie in particular loves the privacy being up there brings, and as for Baxter, well he's the most laid-back child you could ever meet, and likes the idea of it, although I suspect he just wants to be near his sister. So, apparently it's time!

Of course they both seem to take after me, and so as soon as it was suggested, they wanted to move immediately. And who am I to argue - I love a change more than most! However, this has thrown the house into quite an extreme state of chaos, as I started selling and giving away a few pieces of furniture that wouldn't work in their new rooms possibly a few weeks prematurely, leaving Edie without much storage, and Baxter without a wardrobe or bed!

I'm slowly but surely bringing it back around, and by the end of next week, Edie's room will be 98% finished and all things going to plan, so will Baxter's.

So what are my plans?

Both kids want to go quite pared back. Edie wants her room to feel light and bright and to keep it quite simple and grown up, and Baxter hilariously wants to get rid of literally all his toys and just keep his books, his tablet and Cleo (our crazy cat) as his entertainment. He is the least materialistic child I've ever come across. Not that I would, but I could literally give away all his belongings and it wouldn't phase him one single bit.

Needless to say we've been having, and  will continue to have some huge clearouts! I think I'll be making several trips a week to the local charity shops over the coming month.

The Details...

Edie's room was already painted a lovely soft warm white called Marbles by Earthborn Paints, and thankfully I had just enough left over to paint the two end walls once I stripped the wallpaper. It's actually my favourite room in the house with such beautiful light, and really doesn't need much decorating to be honest, so we're keeping it super simple. We've kept the decorative moulding which just adds that bit of interest without being too rowdy. It's all that room needs. Other than some furniture obviously!

French For Pineapple Blog Kids Room Plans

She's been sleeping up there for a maybe two weeks now despite the lack of furniture (her drawers have gone, and her old wardrobe is too big), so just her bed and some new bedside tables have made the cut. On Thursday some beautiful new pieces from West Elm are arriving, and then she just needs some roman blinds and her room will be complete.

Baxter's room is a little more complex. It's the smallest bedroom in the house (not that he cares!), so I really wanted to be smart about making the most of the space. That meant going down the bespoke built-in route, which is neither cheap nor quick it turns out, but I know that it will not only look great, but will be a long-term investment that will work for him for many years to come.

He will have a raised platform bed, bringing the top height of his mattress to about 85cms (his window height). Under the base will be three simple cupboards with a single shelf inside for clothes (and if he wants to keep any toys - though he's adamant he doesn't!), and they will be about 40cms deep. So as not to waste any valuable space, there will be a hatch under the mattress to allow access to the back section which will be storage for things we don't need to access very often like boxes of paperwork and old photos / keepsakes etc.

French For Pineapple Blog Kids Room Plans

Continuing on from his bed, a shelf / desk the same height as the window will run right along the window wall, to the wall opposite his bed. How that is used now (probably just a book/display shelf), may differ from how it's used in future, and I may eventually get him a tall office chair so he can use it as a little desk with a view of the gardens below too. He really likes that idea and what will be his birdseye view from his yet to be built bed!

So that's the plan. This week I need to choose a paint colour and get his room painted before his new bed and desk/shelf are installed next week. And I've also decided to make a fabric covered pin board for him that will be on the wall next to his bed. I have some grand lighting plans too, but we'll see what the electrician says before I bother filling you in on all that!

More details to come on all the pieces in their rooms when I share the space with you, but I just wanted to give you an idea of the direction I'm taking before the big reveals in a few weeks time.

I hope you like their new room plans, I feel like they're more in-keeping with the rest of the house and actually with their personalities too. I keep referring to Baxter's room as his Gentleman's Den because it looks so grown up on the moodboard, but throw a star wars figurine or three, and a Batman clock into the mix, and I think it will be age-appropriate whilst being super easy to update too as his interests change.

And what's to become of the rooms they've now vacated I hear you ask? Well there are even more exciting plans on the horizon which I'll tell you about very soon!


Thursday, January 17

New Industrial [Howdens Kitchen Design Trends for 2019]

[This is a paid partnership with Howdens]

Making big design decisions for your kitchen can be daunting - the pressure to get it right is pretty immense as it's not like choosing a wall colour that can easily be changed if you decide it's not right - there are many decisions to be made from the colour and style of your cabinets, to the floor and work surfaces, right down the all important details like tap and handle finishes and styles.

Greenwich Super Matt Graphite

Howdens have created a kitchen trends book for 2019, featuring four trends - Solace, New Industrial, Vogue and Urban Wild. You can download it from the Howdens website and it's a fantastic guide to help you really hone in on your style and create a cohesive look that you'll love for years to come.

Fairford Charcoal

What I love about the New Industrial trend in particular is that it's quite dramatic but unlike traditional industrial looks, it's been really warmed up and softened with natural wood tones and warm metallics, which make a functional space inviting and cosy.

I love the Fairford Shaker style units as a base for this look in charcoal, with a wood grain finish. This look is all about moody colours and texture, so these are a great base from which to build your finished design.

1. Black Square Knob 2. Lyx Wall Light - Mullan Lighting 3. Hubsch Leather Hook Wall Mounted Shelf - Smallable 4. Lamona Black Granite Sink 5. Fairford Charcoal Cabinet Door 6. Solid Oak Block Worktop 7. Grey Chevron Laminate Flooring 8. White Marble Effect Worktop 9. Lamona Alvo Single Lever Tap in Brushed Brass 10. Emma Lacey Black Everyday Mug 11. Deco Handle Trays - West Elm

For worktops, think marble look or solid oak block (or why not opt for a mixture of the two!) to further enhance the look with more movement and texture, and to contrast against a darker base unit.

Open kitchen shelving is hugely popular, and for good reason - it helps the room to feel bigger whilst providing a place to display pretty pieces. Consider wooden shelves with tan leather brackets which tie in beautifully with this look, the rawness of the leather balances any hard edges whilst adding more texture. The trick is to keep the open shelves ordered and store less attractive pieces hidden away cupboards. Perfectly imperfect ceramics are both beautiful and practical to use and to display on open shelves.

Fairford Charcoal

Lighting is super important in kitchens - more so than any other room in the house. Good bright overhead lighting is essential for preparation and cooking, but come evenings when the cooking is done, kitchens often become more social spaces and it's a great idea to have secondary lighting on a separate circuit. Whether this is for pendant lights over an island or wall lights (or both), it's these lights that will provide a welcoming ambience and take the lighting from purely practical to atmospheric. Don't forget to make sure these lights are on a dimmer switch.

Greenwich Gloss Slate Grey

I particularly love wall lights in kitchens, as not only do they offer that all important ambience, but they elevate the space from plain to interesting, and lend an air of subtle glamour. I've put together a couple of favourites that all tie in beautifully with the New Industrial look.

1. Hector Medium Pleat Wall Light - Original BTC  2. Corrugated Glass Wall Sconce - French Connection  3. Lyx Adjustable Wall Light - Mullan Lighting   4. Matt Black Funnel Light - Dyke & Dean  5. Hyde Single Wall Light in Brass - David Hunt Lighting  6. Anglepoise Original 1227 Wall Light in Brass - The Conran Shop  7. Arc Wall Sconce - Spark & Bell  8. Smith Metal Wall Light - Maisons du Monde  9. Antique Brass Wall Light - Cox & Cox

For flooring I love a wood look in a kitchen, so the Rustic Chestnut Oak Fast Fit Flooring or the Grey Chevron Laminate Tile Flooring is perfect, but that said the Concrete laminate looks great with this look too and doesn't feel cold underfoot.

Burford Paintable

The key to really nailing this look is to limit the colour palette which keeps things from getting too busy, whilst adding plenty of mixed textures to stops it from being boring. Think moody soft blacks and charcoals, to deep muted greens and blues, then add in your choice of metallics to lift and enhance with their light reflective qualities. I'm a brass fan personally, but go with your heart and don't be afraid to mix metals too!

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