At the time I also took pictures of our guest bathroom as it used to be, and, of course, I then accidentally deleted these, which means I have no ‘before’ photographs to show you. So imagine that it was completely white and very plain.
Our guest bathroom is small (like most guest toilets), got fairly high ceilings and therefore was feeling rather clinical and soulless. My objective was to create a cosier and bolder space where people would actually enjoy spending time (I leave it there).
So how does it looks like now?
As you can see I went for a dark colour on one of the walls to make a bit of a statement but also warm up the space. In this case, I picked Dulux Teal Tension, which, even though is a very dark teal colour, is also quite a warm colour.
For the decor and art, I went for a brass and gold theme as it works very well with teal and really warm up the space.
On the wall I have a scratching map my parents got me for Christmas a few years back, which I yet have to scratch because I find it too pretty all in gold.
Finally, I left leaned against the wall a little bit of entertainment for our guest with an original cover of The Saturday Evening Post, from March 1948, found in a flea market in the US and with the famous The Gossips drawing by Norman Rockwell.
Around the toilet you will find the necessary toilet rolls stand, brush and bin from Ikea.
The heated towel rail couldn’t be more conventional and on it I usually have this towel bought in Berlin.
Finally, on the other side of the room, you will find the teeny tiny sink and mirror cabinet.
On the sink I have have one of my favourite Petit Marseillais hand soap. I love its traditional soap smell and recommend you get one if you are in France anytime soon!
Finally, above the sink is a small mirror cabinet bought at Argos and on top of it a big candle from Bath and BodyWorks with the perfect ‘clean bathroom’ scent. Unfortunately. they don’t seem to have the candle anymore but they still do have the plug-in scent version.
Aaaaaand, that’s it! A guest bathroom is a small space so be creative and have fun!
Our house being a new build, we luckily had very little work to do in the kitchen. The style the developer fitted is modern and white, which I don’t love but don’t mind either. It is bright and not too much of a statement in our open plan living space.
We however had a few challenges to address, 1) the lack of storage, 2) creating an informal dining area where Andrew and I can casually have our meals without having to set our big dining table, and 3) keeping the kitchen area contained in a fully open plan space.
You will see below that when we moved in, all we had was that kitchen corner. Not bad, but knowing that one of the cabinets is the dish-washer and an other one is the boiler, we ended up with a lot less storage than it first seems.
So how did we styled the kitchen to add extra storage and a sitting area? Ready for a kitchen tour? Let’s go!
One of the first thing we bought for the kitchen was an island unit. It fits perfectly in the middle of the kitchen, it helps balance the area and extends the kitchen away from the corner while maximising and optimising the space we have.
The island is the Stenstorp from Ikea, and probably one of the best things we have ever bought for this house! Not only does it provides us with a dining area, but it also offers plenty of storage hidden away at the back, this is where all our pots and pans live without being a sore for the eyes.
I got the metallic industrial stools from Lakeland Furniture, in the medium-height size (unfortunately they are not available anymore but you can find similar ones here). It is good to note that the Ikea island is fairly low, so you need medium-height sits as the regular bar stools’ height doesn’t leave space for your legs to fit under the counter top.
On the right of the island we have some additional kitchen cupboards. We got those installed as we were lacking closed storage and this area was just a wasted space. We could have installed a small sideboard, but making the investment and having real cabinets fitted gave us a pantry and baking tools storage, while tying the space together with uniform design.
On top of those additional cupboards we have some basic ingredients such as sugar and coffee, stored in jars from Flying Tiger. I also left on display my old Bialetti coffee maker from my student-years and my French press from Bodum. Being a coffee addict I find those aesthetically pleasing enough to use them as decoration.
Now let’s turn around and have a look at the kitchen that was fitted in the first place. We made sure to match the island and the new cupboards with the white cabinets and wood counter top that were already there, so from afar you would never be able to tell what was there when we moved in and what wasn’t.
On the left we have our sink, and dishwasher, with light bulbs pendant lights. We were very lucky the developer had decent taste and fitted these! There are definitely lights I would have picked myself.
This is also where our De’Longhi kettle and toaster live. I love the vintage style, the texture and colour of these. Unfortunately this is an old collection, but De’Longhi has an other similar kettle and toaster.
I also purchased a fancy looking hand soap from the Galeries Lafayette in France, the smell is absolutely divine so make sure you grab one next time you visit ‘douce France’!
Then we have the hob area which is very conventional. Our appliances are all from Bosch and they work just fine. Our backsplash is made of pastel teal subway tiles.
On the right we have our WMF knife block. I absolutely love WMF for kitchen stuff! All our pots are from there too, and everything they do is excellent quality. It is pricey but it will last you a good while! We also have our basic condiments next to the hob, nothing special here, just the regular olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Finally, the most used, and the most important area of the kitchen, the cat dining space. Even for his area I didn’t want to compromise on style, so his food is stored in a fancy Orla Kiely canister. His food bowls and his feeding mat are simple, grey and from Pets At Home.
That’s it folks! The kitchen tour is over! I hope you like what I have done with the space and if you made it here, well done! That was one long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered everything. Until next time!
We have an unnecessary amount of toilets in our new place. For two adults and one cat we have a total of three toilets. We literally could go to the bathroom all at the same time!
It is however very convenient when we are hosting! I have to say that a guest toilet gives me the luxury not to have to worry about tidying the bathroom we use daily, which is nice when there is another ten things to prepare before our guests arrive.
Our guest toilet is under the stair case, the space is compact and the decor very ‘beige’. I always think of the guest toilets as a place where you can get a little wild with interior decoration. It is such a small space that if you think you made a mistake with the colour on the wall you can always fix it pretty quickly!
One thing I new straight away is that I wanted to go for a dark and rich colour. Below are a few sources of inspiration I selected on Pinterest to jazz up our guest toilet and make it a short but nice experience for our guests!
Coming soon, the results of a couple of hours of painting! Which colour do you think I went for?
You would think that decorating a hall wouldn’t take that long, right? Coat hanger, shoes storage, boom, done! Well, I wish it would have been the case. We had made very good progress back in January after I completed our black wall. We had furniture, the room was painted, and then… We spent MONTHS looking for the right mirror. Yep, we have been delayed by a bloody mirror…
But not any mirror, an hexagonal mirror. I developed an obsession for a six-sided piece after watching Kate La Vie dreamy house tour. This West Elm mirror was EVERYTHING. I needed it in my life ASAP. And because I am a very lucky person West Elm decided to discontinue it in the UK just when I was about to place my order. Great. Guess what though, it then came back on their website at a significantly higher price… How could I justified paying north of £200 for it? Well I couldn’t, so I went on a six-months hunt to find a cheaper yet as good looking alternative, which I finally did!
Enough talking about first world problems though, and welcome to the first room you will see when entering our house!
I really wanted a Nordic vibe for this room. It rains a lot in London and temperatures are never really high, so I want to feel like I am entering a warm cocoon when I go through the door.
When you first pass the door, you will find this beautiful Heal’s storage bench where all our shoes live. It is pricey but we wanted something organic yet modern which we could also sit on.
Our house has close to no storage so we needed something big to fit all our footwear, and only something like a blanket box could do. I styled it with an Ikea sheepskin to bring that Nordic cosy vibe to the room. It’s all about the hygge people!
On the right you will find an Ikea black board, where all our mess, such as vouchers and Japan cheesy pictures, live. The magnetic pen pot is from Flying Tiger.
Move forward into the space and here it is! The (not hexagonal but octagonal) MIRROR! Isn’t it beautiful? It lives on a black-brown Ikea chest of drawers with so much storage that even my pyjamas are in there!
I found this mirror at Maison du Monde, it isn’t brass like the West Elm one, but it is a lot cheaper! Plus, I can always sand the wood frame and paint it brass if I fancy it.
I have a bad news though… Maison du Monde seems to have now discontinued it too! It’s a geometry curse!
I kept the accessorises on the chest of drawer to a minimal as I want to make sure we always have space to drop a bag or some groceries on it with knocking something over.
The weather in London really hasn’t been great lately, so instead of spending our time outside picnicking, as one should in summer, we have been busy inside with interior decorating.
Our corridor/entrance hall is almost ready for its big reveal so now is a good time to share with you my sources of inspiration to make that dark and narrow space as pleasant as it can be. You will see in the picture below that I am aiming to make it a bright, nordic-inspired, functional space with a couple of big statements.
As always I am relying on the good old Pinterest for interior design inspiration and I keep my boards up to date so feel free to have a little look there for even more #inspo!
Next to the window I added a touch of greenery with an aloe vera plant, which is supposed to help clear the air. The planter is from Antropologie (old collection – similar here).
We also found a vintage luggage for the top of the wardrobe during our weekend in Norfolk. 40 quid at a flea market, a real bargain! I use it to store my wedding dress.
Finally, next to the wardrobe, I hanged these two prints I bought at the V&A five years ago. The frames are costumed made by David Mitchell Picture Frames Limited in Lewisham. If you have anything to frame and live in London, I really recommend them! They have a lot of choice all at a very decent price!
Overall this redesign has been a success! So much so that we even got a permanent tenant who feels very much at home in this bedroom!
Our outdoor space is TINY (never trust real-estate agent pictures!).
I wouldn’t even call it a garden, it is more of a courtyard. As you can see below, it was very bare and red bricks ‘overdose’ when we moved in.
It is also in the shade most of the day, so I didn’t want to aim for a garden and end up with a plant cemetery. I therefore tried to create a space reflecting our indoor space, some sort of outdoor dining-room.
But before the big reveal, as usual, find below the images I used as inspiration to create a modern courtyard!