Our Bathroom Renovation | Before & Renovation Plan

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I’ve previously shared some details on phase one of our house renovation and while we haven’t completely finished these rooms, we’ve decided we’re ready to tackle phase two. This phase will see most of the outsourced work that has to be done inside our house completed. Unfortunately right after we committed, coronavirus and lockdown struck. As lockdown has started easing, the workers are returning. So we’ll finally get our master bathroom plumbed and tiled.

My husband and I are tackling the painting and woodwork ourselves. Hence why we aren’t finished with phase one yet. It is time consuming, but makes our budget spread a little further and also means we have less contractors in our home.

I like comparing the before, after and plans for other people’s renovations and thought you would like to do the same. It will take some months for us to finish off this bathroom, so I fully anticipate some details changing.

Before I delve into our plan, please enjoy our bathroom before in all its glory. The listing photo shows the short curtains, cream bath and 80’s tiling beautifully. While we still don’t love the arch, we have a plan to hopefully make it work.

We aren’t changing much in the bathroom layout, so the two biggest changes besides all new everything is the freestanding tub and no tiles on the wall (except for the shower area). The walls will be painted in the same warm white as our kitchen and we plan on eventually adding some wood trims where it makes sense.

Hopefully once the arch has been beautifully smoothed and painted it will frame the freestanding tub and relate more to the rest of the bathroom. We’ve already replaced the old wood window frame with an aluminium frosted glass one, so there is no need to add curtains. We might consider some sort of window treatment in the future to add warmth.

The whole bathroom centered around the freestanding tub and beautiful matte gold tapware from Vado. We’re so happy that we managed to score both on sale at Victorian Side Bathrooms. We almost definitely would have skipped on these with the current exchange rate.

We’ll be running the 30×60 cm marble tiles from floor into the shower and up the shower walls. Sourcing the matte gold tile trim has proved to be one of the trickier parts, but it should arrive here shortly and will hopefully be beautiful.

We’ll add the vanity in its alcove at a later stage, but we’re leaning towards a reeded finish for the drawer fronts. Otherwise we’ll go with a trusty shaker style. We definitely haven’t given enough thought as to the counter top, but we have some marble off-cuts  from our kitchen that would be the most budget-friendly option. As mentioned, this definitely is not a One Room Challenge situation. I’m just looking forward to getting the mess over and one with. This bathroom will be a labour of love likely taking shape over months. W

Overall we want a bathroom that feels classic, soft and warm with a few contemporary touches. Hopefully in a year’s time we will have that!

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We bought a house! | Renovation & Design Plan

I’ve been absent from the blog for the majority of the year, but I’ve been itching to get back at it. Initially I had a lack of inspiration. Then in May we bought a house, which we hope will be our forever home, but it has ended up taking A LOT of our time. Now I have more than enough ideas to share, but feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day.

I want to preface this by saying that I know that we are incredibly fortunate to be in a position where we could purchase a property. I feel incredibly lucky and appreciate that this isn’t something within everyone’s means. In saying that it also wasn’t easy, we saved for several years and the bank still owns the majority of the house. We’ve also sold our old property privately. But if all goes according to plan, in twenty to thirty long years it will be ours and will be almost unrecognisable.

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Bathroom Makeover: Part One

I thought instead of sharing the horrifying before pictures, I’d start the post on a high with our inspiration. When we first moved in, our bathroom had few redeeming factors. Among these factors were the natural light from the window and an extractor fan. That was pretty much where it ended.

The cabinet featured a cherry laminate top and it was mouldy and the bath took up most of the room. I could barely reach the towel rail that stretched over the bath, toilet and behind the door. Entering the room was tricky to say the least. You kind of had to enter, walk into the only gap between the bath, toilet and cabinet to close the door whilst you’re turning. That small landing spot wasn’t even large enough for a full bath mat to lay flat. Safe to say a bathroom makeover was pretty high on our list!

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Wishlist & What I Have Been Loving

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By now you should know me as a very considerate shopper – I rarely make impulse buys – but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with a whole sea of things I’d like to home. This happenned to me on a recent visit to H&M, where I felt overwhelmed with things I want. I know it is not realistic for me to want them as I don’t need most of it, but as a nice theme evolved I thought I might as well share my beautiful wishlist with you! These would also make nice gifts, which is something to consider with wedding season approaching.

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Home Update

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Hello everyone, I feel like I haven’t given you a proper home update since I showed you my striped wall DIY way back. Since then things have been progressing a lot slower than I initially thought it would, so you really haven’t missed out on much.

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Home Fragrance

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My husband and I live in a small home with two indoor cats, and incase that doesn’t paint a clear enough picture I’ll also mention that we have two littertrays. Home fragrance is a big deal for us as the last thing we want is for people to walk in to our home and immediately smell the presence of our pets. So we have adopted a two-prong approach and make use of both a roomspray and reed diffusers. We try to steer clear of overly-sweet, cloying floral fragrances and instead we’ve chosen orange scented diffusers and a slightly sweet Sugared Almond room spray. That along with regularly cleaning and replacing their littertrays have for the most part kept our home smelling fresh. Do you have any tips on keeping your cat home a fresh home?

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The non-minimalist way to tidy up

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For months now I’ve been trying to organise my thoughts on minimalism in a blog post, because thanks to Mari Kondo ‘minimalism’ is trending and it got me thinking. I’ve never been a maximalist, but could also never commit to complete minimalism. I think I fit somewhere in the middle, like most people.

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Festive Home

DSC_2212Although our home is far from done and we still have a tone of decorating to do, I couldn’t resist indulging in a bit of festive decor for our home. Our home isn’t the biggest, so our Christmas touches are mostly restricted to our openplan dining/livingroom. It is also where we’ll be hosting a few Christmas parties so we’ve put out a few festive treats for our guests (but REALLY they’re for us). And I love the finished result! We’ve gone for a classic, metallic look that isn’t to over the top. Since our decor collection is quite small at the moment, there are definitely a few pieces (like a reef) that I would like to add, but maybe next year.

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Home Haul

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I mentioned a home haul a little earlier this month and I’m so happy to finally share with you a few things that have made our home a little more enjoyable these past few weeks. I do want to add a disclaimer, as we moved into our first home with only the bare essentials so we did have to buy almost everything that we needed brand new. Some of the stuff included were also gifts. So I don’t buy this much stuff on the regular!

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September Favourites

Time for another monthly favourites, this time only one day late (it is the small victories). I thought I’d once again corral together everything I’m looking forward to this month, with a few things of next month as I don’t know wheter I’ll have time to blog so close to my wedding!

The wedding is the main reason why my month will be filled with peonies, gold glitter and lots of tulle! I feel like I should break into song, “…these are a few of my favourite things.” But I’ll save your ears.

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