Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm

Well today is the day I finally show you my new look living and dining rooms. YAY! I've been working on these rooms for the past few months (and thinking about it even longer), and I do believe they are finished. About time huh? But apparently all good things come to those who wait, or something like that, and I am SO happy with the results!

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Thea Chairs / Art Display Coffee Table / Distressed Foliage Rug
You can have a look here to see my original moodboards and plans that I worked on in conjunction with a fab in-house West Elm designer. Such a great (and free) service you should check out. There's literally no obligation to buy, but trust me, you will want to!

So what's changed in the rooms? Well, almost everything!


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New Radiators:

The old rusted radiators have been replaced with lovely new ones from soak.com. They're perfect for this space because they're modern but quiet, and blend in nicely, but are also good-looking and I no longer feel the need to hide them in photos. Bonus!

They're the Flat Panel Vertical Radiators, quite modern, but are also a nice contrast in traditional spaces. I've replaced the radiator in the hall with one of their Colosseum radiators, and you'll see that once I've painted and added some artwork to that area. A woman's work is never done!

Their radiators are great really value, so definitely take a look at their range when you're next in the market.


 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog


New Wallpaper:

I changed the much darker wallpaper on the backs of the shelves, for a grasscloth effect one from Zoffany. It's called Wild Silk, and I chose the Linen colour. Just one roll of wallpaper can have such a big impact on the backs of shelves, adding so much interest and depth. And this one is the perfect backdrop to my bits and pieces, with it's texture it's interesting and draws the eye in, but it doesn't take away from what's on the shelves.

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New Colour:

Gone is the pink which I did truly love, but I was really craving a calmer, softer look in here, and something lighter and brighter.

In this case I wanted a pale neutral, but not bright white or grey. So many colours that I loved in theory, looked grey in our north facing dining room. I really struggled until I had a colour consultation with the very lovely Helen Shaw of Shaw Paints, who are the UK distributors of Benjamin Moore paint.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Metal Framed Oversize Round Mirror in Brass

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Industrial Outline Table Lamp

I'm going to write another post about my chat with her it in the next few weeks because it was super helpful for me, and I'm sure it will be to anyone else who is struggling to find exactly the right paint colour too.

The colour I ended up choosing is called Navajo White. It's got a good dose of yellow in it, making it a creamy white with a touch of beige. A fabulous light neutral if you're after something that's not white or light grey, and as I found out, off-whites are actually really tricky!

The Benjamin Moore paint was really lovely to use (it's only been available in the UK since September last year). I've used the same colour on the walls, woodwork, coving and ceilings - I used the Regal Select in Matt Finish on the walls, the Regal Select in Eggshell Finish on the woodwork, and I went for the Aura Semi-Gloss on the coving and ceilings. Inside the bookshelves in the dining room, I've used the Advance Satin which is a tougher option for woodwork.

The colour works beautifully with the parquet, and together they set an elegant, grown-up base for the furniture, artwork and accessories.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

New Floor:

As I said in my post yesterday about my Amtico floor installation, I've always believed in the transformative power of paint, and that flooring sets the tone. Big time.

The parquet really does add an air of elegance that I've always wanted and just couldn't get with my previous flooring, and I adore it.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Oswald Tufted Slipper Chair

New Furniture & Accessories:

I was going to say that of all the beautiful things from West Elm in these rooms, that the Thea chairs residing in the bay window are my favourites. And they might be, but I also adore the table, the huge brass framed, mirror, the sofa, the coffee table... and the lamps, cushions and rug! Truth is, I love it all, and every time I walk into these rooms the combination of everything makes me smile. So maybe I don't have a favourite after all.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

I love a coffee table with a shelf for display, meaning the top can be kept relatively clear, and it's such a nice change having a round one too - no corners for small boys to bump into.

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog
Sloane Sofa / Textured Silk Fringe Cushions
Apparently cats aren't interested in leather, and so far so good, Cleo has not really been on the lovely new Sloane sofa much. Fingers crossed she stays uninterested and that she doesn't take in interest in the Thea chairs either!

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

 Dream Living & Dining Room Reveal with West Elm - French For Pineapple Blog

I'm particularly happy that for the first time in the ten years we've lived in this house, the dining room actually works. The table shape and size is just right for this tricky space with so many doors, and it's already been used so much more than ever before. It's no longer a storage room and thoroughfare, but a gorgeous space that I want to be in.

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Silhouette Oval Dining Table

The oversized brass framed mirror is such a statement piece and is just made for the wall above the sideboard in the dining room. We've moved our spot print to the wall opposite and it's reflected in the mirror now which I love.

So there you go - two more rooms done and dusted. I intend to relax and enjoy them for the rest of the summer, before getting to work on my next projects!

This post is in collaboration with West Elm. Thanks so much for your support in helping me transform these rooms! 

And to my other fabulous sponsors too - Amtico for the floor of dreams, Benjamin Moore UK for the beautiful paint, soak.com for the lovely radiators, and Zoffany for that fab wallpaper.

I really hope you like the new look! Let me know what your favourite thing is in the comments below...


Master Bedroom Makeover: The Greige Edition

I'm sure I've said before, that the term 'Master Bedroom' in a normal, non-palatial home, totally cracks me up, hence the reason I can't resist using the term. But yes, it's just my bedroom. Nothing 'Master' about it, except that it's a little bit bigger than Edie's bedroom and has built-in wardrobes, so does that count?

In my dreams, it will be a proper Master Bedroom one day, with a slight re-jig of bedrooms, with a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite ala Kate Watson-Smyth's bedroom. One day.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

But in the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy its latest look. Gone is the saturated pink, the darkest off-black and whatever it was before then (sage green?), and here is the May 2018 version. All greige and neutral, and well, I hope, Boutique Hotel-esque. At least what my version of a Boutique Hotel is.

Now first, let me say a thing or two in defence of greige and beige, which have dreadfully bad names these days (but not for long, I might add!). These colours have become synonymous with boring and bland, and understandably so, as for years they have been in the wrong hands, and have had the life and soul sucked out of them.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

They have fallen in with the likes of Magnolia, and this really should not have happened. Because far from being safe and boring, they are actually magical colours (and pretty damn hard to get right too), that don't shout, but play a special role in a room whilst letting the other pieces take centre stage. Yet they're not boring, they're warm and welcoming. Not many colours can lay claim to that, so think about it next time, before you outright dismiss them as I have in the past. And it's not only me that's of this opinion: these colours were super popular at Milan Design Week last month, so, you know, expect to see a whole lot more of these warm neutrals over the next few years.

The colour I have chosen (and yes, after MUCH deliberation), is Donkey Ride by Earthborn Paints. The same colour as Edie's bedroom, which is in fact, breaking one of my own cardinal rules, but I loved it so much in there, that I just couldn't help myself.

It's a gorgeous neutral, and I can't recommend it highly enough. My bedroom is south-facing, and Edie's is north-facing, so it looks quite different in each room, but consistently lovely.

Also gone in here are the painted floorboards, replaced with this beautiful Light Taupe carpet from Cormar Carpets. Although it's been in for six months now, I swear it still makes me happy every single day. Plush carpet in bedrooms, brings a whole other layer of luxury that hard flooring just can not do. It's in the kids rooms too, and on the stairs, landings and back hallway. You can read more about that here - it really has transformed these parts of the house.

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In warmer countries, I probably wouldn't opt for carpet in the bedrooms, but here in the UK, I will take all the comfort and warmth on offer thanks, so my vote is for carpet all the way!

In my quest for a Boutique Hotel-esque bedroom, a wall of floor to ceiling velvet curtains were non-negotiable. So a happy arrangement with the absolutely fabulous Drop It Modern last year, resulted in these beauties coming into my world. They sat perfectly folded in their boxes rather shamefully for MONTHS as fear of getting the whole curtain track thing wrong, apparently paralysed me. See here for more about my fears and how the wonderful Shading Specialists eventually came to my rescue and hung them for me. To say I'm pleased with them is an understatement. They are GORGEOUS, and again add another layer of luxury to the room (and do a much better job of making the room nice and dark that our old Roman Blinds did too!). They are THE perfect shade of taupe, and tone in perfectly with both the wall colour and my DIY headboard (which, for the record, I'm still very much in love with!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

The Albany Biba table lamps from House of Fraser (which sadly now appear to be sold out, but the floor lamp version is still available) are a brilliant addition. I needed something a little bit chunkier that their predecessors so that they held their own against the marbled backdrop and didn't disappear, and these are the perfect addition. I adore these Clarissa ones too, also Biba at House of Fraser, which are gorgeous (and currently on sale!). And I have to say the Leopard, Heron and Palm ones have caught my eye too. Did you know I have a thing for lamps?! I know, who'd have guessed?

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Linen bedding, is a firm favourite, and this my Soak & Sleep blush 100% Pure French Linen in blush (gifted a while back, but on our bed more often than not!), mixed in with a few other existing pieces.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Despite this room now being 'finished' (Ha! Is there actually any such thing!?), there are a few things I'd like to change. The round Ikea mirror isn't really doing it for me. I'd like something a bit bigger, perhaps with a brass frame, and in my dreams that bigger round mirror would be flanked with wall lights. And come to think of it, as lovely as the vintage chest of drawers is, I'd love to replace them with something that requires less of a push and a shove to open and close again! I know, never satisfied...

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

The charcoal Agnes throw from Christy (also gifted), is actually meant for the TV Room, but I may have borrowed it for the bedroom. It's such beautiful quality, and I'm pretty sure it will make many appearances around the house. And as you can see, Cleo approves.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Ed also loves the room, as do I. It makes me happy and feels calm and uncluttered, and those things are pretty important to me these days. Now onto the living and dining rooms...

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, House of Fraser, Shading Specialists, Drop It Modern and Earthborn Paints.




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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Baxter's Bedroom Reveal

Hello! And welcome to my second last blog post of 2017!

I thought it would be nice to have non-Christmas related post to bid the year farewell (tomorrow's doesn't count because it's about COCKTAILS!), and I'm SO excited to finally share this room with you today, because even though it's quite tiny, a whole lotta love and effort has gone into it (albeit intermittently!) over the last few months.

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When I laid eyes on the Desert Llama wallpaper in Cactus from Drop It Modern, I knew it had to go in Baxter’s room. Thankfully he agreed, at least he did once he decided that he wasn’t actually scared of the Llamas. Cue me saying lots of things like ‘Llamas’ aren’t scary, look how friendly and smiley they are!’ and other similar leading statements. I mean how can a Llama with tassels around its neck be anything other than friendly, right?!

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Baxter’s ceiling is low and where the wall and ceiling meets is less than perfect, so I was concerned about getting a clean line for the wallpaper, which is why I decided to set the wallpaper within moulded panels that were just smaller than the walls, and compliment the wallpaper with Milk Jug, the most stunning Aqua from Earthborn Paints.

I gave the room the full colour wash treatment, again getting around the wonky wall/ceiling area which would have become more apparent with a white ceiling meeting a strong colour, by painting it all the same colour, ceiling and woodwork included.

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I’m so happy with the result of the walls, and I just adore the effect of the matching roman blind - the fabric was colour-matched printed to the same scale as the wallpaper.

The lovely Cormar Sensation carpet in Light Taupe was continued into Baxter’s room from the hallway, making it much more cosy than the previous old carpet (or the temporary white painted, full of holes floorboards that he had for a few months between old and new carpet). This warm neutral goes with everything and lets the wall colour sing, whilst being as soft as can be, with a beautiful velvety sheen.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I’ve loaned him my Moroccan wedding style blanket - he's claimed it as his own now, and it really does work well in there, and the gorgeous Cactus cushion sent to me from Bluebell Grey fits in so perfectly too.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

His black spotlight style lamp is from Made, and the floor bookcase is actually an Ikea wall shelf used on its side. It holds a really good amount of books so that they're front facing and low to the ground for him to browse through and select, without taking up any wallspace, and can be moved around to suit.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

The chest of drawers, also from Ikea is the perfect fit for the space, offering maximum storage space for clothes and toys. It’s the Tarva (a right pain in the behind to build considering it's not the cheapest) which comes in raw pine ready to paint. I was initially going to paint it black, but decided it might be too heavy and overwhelming in this small room, so I went for Earthborns Trumpet - a beautiful inky navy with purple tones, and put a finishing coat on it to give it a slight sheen, deepen the colour a bit and protect it from the wear and tear it will no doubt be subjected to in here.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I repurposed the brass knobs from the old kitchen, though I may have other plans for handles in the new year.

The light fitting used to be in our bedroom and works brilliantly in here with his subtle dessert theme (I say ‘theme’, in truth I hate themed rooms - this is about as 'themey' as I get!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

And that's about it. I’ve kept everything else very simple because there’s enough going on with the wallpaper and colour. Baxter now spends a huge amount of time in there playing - has has such a brilliant imagination, and I hope his bedroom inspires and becomes a backdrop to so many more adventures.

It’s now a welcoming and cosy room, he loves it, and so do I. Result!

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, Earthborn Paints and Drop It Modern.

A Little Dude's Bedroom [The Moodboard]

Work is yet to commence on Edie's Drama Tween bedroom, though it's imminent, and I have promised that BOTH kids rooms will be done, so I thought I'd share my plans for Baxters bedroom today. The rooms will probably happen in tandem, to create the most house chaos possible. Because that's just how I roll.

Baxter has a small and slightly awkward bedroom at the back of the house. His ceiling is low, and it slopes even lower on one side. But it's cosy, and it has the best view of the garden, and I actually love his little room.

At the moment it's painted in a rather full on blue, which I like, but when I told him he could have some fun wallpaper like his sister, he got so excited that I now have to go through with it. Ha! Me and my big mouth.

If you follow me on Instagram, specifically my stories, you may recall that I ripped up his old lilac carpet a few months back and painted his less than perfect floorboards white. This is a temporary measure, as I do plan to replace the carpet on the stairs, back hall and landing, and take it into both the kids bedrooms and our bedroom. Eventually. Meantime, his wonky floorboards are mostly covered with a seagrass rug, layered with lovely but a bit small, geometric grey and white rug from Plantation Rug Company, so these will remain for now.

French For Pineapple Blog - A Little Dude's Bedroom Makeover. The Moodboard featuring Desert Llama wallpaper by Drop It Modern


There's no scope to change the layout - his white bunk beds and white wardrobe only just fit along one wall (the side with the lower ceiling). The position of his door and window mean there's no other option - it's tight in there. His clothing and general storage is an issue, so his very small chest of Ikea Rast drawers need to go, and will be replaced with something much more substantial that can house both clothes and some toys.

The Tom Dixon pendant that I got for a total steal on ebay is not right in his room, so we're replacing it with the Sinnerlig bamboo pendant from Ikea that used to be in our bedroom. I adore that pendant, and it's big scale. It will be hung over the new chest of drawers, and alongside the gorgeous Desert Llama wallpaper from Drop It Modern, sets the feel of the room.

I don't normally go for overtly 'kiddie' wallpaper, but this one has really captured my heart. It's so fun and different. I'm planning to use an aqua on the woodwork to tie in with the wallpaper, and to keep the room fun, whilst all the rest of the furniture, and accessories will be black, white and neutrals, really letting the walls shine.

I'm excited about this makeover (when am I not?!), and I might have to have a sleepover on the top bunk once it's done so I can fully appreciate my hard work!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram stories, because work on both rooms will start as soon as possible.