The Floor Plan (And What I’d Do …

The Floor Plan (And What I’d Do If It Were Mine)

I’ve drawn up a floor plan for the last few houses we’ve lived in, usually before we’ve moved in. They’re great for getting an idea of what will fit and how layouts might work before you start shifting furniture around. You can accurately measure square footage this way, and it’s interesting to see how different houses really compare. Our current home is about 1100 square feet (102 square meters). For comparison, our previous rental was 880 sq ft, and I… View Post

A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: …

A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: Turning the Kids’ Shared Bedroom into a Boy’s Room

I’ve made a few updates to the kids’ room I made over last Spring. We had them sharing the space for a year or so, but now we’ve moved the wee one into her own room and this room is inhabited solely by our seven-year-old son. It didn’t take much to make it his rather than theirs. The first thing was to move one of the beds out. That wall felt really unbalanced once it was gone, but moving the bookcase… View Post

A New Concrete Desk Lamp from Frontal Factory

A New Concrete Desk Lamp from Frontal Factory

I promised one more post about my new work space, because I need to talk about the concrete desk lamp from Frontal Factory. I spotted this concrete and brass beauty at Design Junction. It belongs to a series called Form Follows Function. I got in touch with the designer behind Frontal Factory, Mehmet Birtane, to see if there was any way I could get my hands on one. My concrete desk lamp was one of a very limited number. Fortunately, though,… View Post

2016 in Review

2016 in Review

Happy (slightly belated) New Year! 2016 was the first full year for six years, that we haven’t moved house. We stayed put the entire year. That, on it’s own, makes me very happy indeed. It meant I was able to invest a lot more time and energy into making our little London abode our own. I completed two room makeovers, both for the One Room Challenge. The first, our shared kids room, has had the most hits of all the posts… View Post

Low-Key Christmas Decorating

Low-Key Christmas Decorating

I stick with simple when it comes to Christmas decorating. I use the same stuff every year, and generally only add to it when I can find pretty things in the sales after Christmas. Tree decorating is a whole family affair, so it’s full of cardboard and craft paper creations. It’s even got tinsel on it, at the kids’ request. There are bits with loads of baubles clumped together and other bits that are rather sparse, and the beads are… View Post

How to DIY a Waney/Live Edge Desk

How to DIY a Waney/Live Edge Desk

Our bedroom has built-in cabinets either side of a Velux window. They’re handy for storage, but they were a catch-all for clutter. I felt like they were crying out to be better utilised. I wanted to add a big piece of wood to the top and turn it into a desk and vanity area, ideally with a live edge (also called a waney edge), where the natural edge of the wood slab isn’t squared off. Naively, I thought it would be… View Post

ORC Week 6 | Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal

ORC Week 6 | Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal

Our neutral master bedroom makeover is finished, on time and everything! This last week has been crazy but it all came together, and I love how the room turned out. To recap, we rent a little three story house in London, and our bedroom is on the top floor. It’s a lovely light-filled space, and I wanted to keep it bright and neutral but bring in lots of layers and texture. You can check out all the progress posts here:… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 5: Refinished Mid-century Night Stands …

One Room Challenge Week 5: Refinished Mid-century Night Stands for Our Master Bedroom

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 (here!) / Reveal / Bonus: Desk Good news, everyone: I finally got the wood for my live-edge desk! It’s definitely been the biggest hassle of our whole One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover, but I think it’s going to be totally worth it. I’ve still got to sand and finish it, but there is at least a chance now that I will… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 4: More Master Bedroom Progress (…

One Room Challenge Week 4: More Master Bedroom Progress (But Not Enough!)

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 (here!) / Week 5 / Reveal / Bonus: Desk My plan for this week was to show off my newly painted bedside cabinets, and/or my new live edge desk, but neither of those are happening. Womp womp. I should have been able to go and pick up the wood for the desk by now, being currently on day 12 of the company’s 7-10 day window… View Post

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