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Choosing our skirting boards

When we decided to buy our 1950’s forever home, we knew it needed a bit of love. It hadn’t really had much work done on it, so we wanted to replace the bathroom, strip the wall paper from the children’s bedrooms and get them ready to move in. However when we got the keys and started to look at the house a bit more it wasn’t just the bathroom and a bit of paint.

The bedrooms only had one plug socket in them, so we needed an electrician in to do that, which then meant the rooms would need skimming by a plasterer. We decided that we may as well get the electrician in to add more plugs to all of the bedrooms, so we only had to get the plasterer in once for upstairs. One job just rolls into another.

For the electrician to add more sockets we needed to remove some of the skirting boards, but for the plasterer we needed to remove all of the skirting boards. With that comes the need to buy all new skirting boards, the small paint job in the bedrooms became costly quite quickly.

Choosing skirting boards

I then set about looking at options for skirting board, I really didn’t know that there are so many options for skirting boards. Different styles, different heights, different finishes. It’s quite a minefield of skirting boards.

The Skirting Board Shop online have a great selection, some more ornate styles that would suit a Georgian style home, or someone wanting something more traditional. I loved them, but in all honesty I don’t think they would fit with the style of house and also all I could think about was how much dust they would hold in the pretty groves.

choosing skirting boards

They also had some quite modern styles, with a thin line running through. I really liked this, I could see them within my brother in laws cool modern home, but not for me.

choosing skirting boards

In the end we choose something that was quite similar to what was already in place. It’s quite simple, with no curvy bits that will collect the dust, we also went for one that is already primed. We had spoken about having wooden skirting but both felt that we would look better going for the more standard white skirting boards. I felt we would need to change the doors if we had wooden skirting boards. We measured the heights and thought the 94mm chamfered and rounded style would suit the room best.

They height of skirting boards varies from only 44mm up to 194mm. I really like a couple of other styles but they didn’t come in the middle size.

I cannot wait to see what they will look like when they have been completed. It’s all very exciting.

 

*Thank you Skirting Board Shop for sending me lovely skirting boards for our forever home.*

Your Summer Home Is Just Around The Corner

Well, summer is just around the corner… we know that for sure. As the weather starts to get warmer, we can’t help but dream of those summer months, and all of the time we want to spend relaxing in the sun, being with friends and family, and just generally having fun. But as for your home, that might be a while away before it’s ready for the summer, simply because it’s coming around quicker than we thought. As the weather was warmer this winter, it has as well made it so much warmer for the beginning of this year that we have had already. So since this is being sprung upon us quiet quickly, it might be that you’re going to have to sort your summer home asap. Just a few tweaks here and there, and you could have you home ready in no time. We’ve got a few things that we can suggest, that would turn your home into the perfect summer home that you need. So take a few minutes to have a read of the tips below, and see how much they help you!

Your Summer Home

Making It Fresh & Summery

The first thing that you want to do, is get rid of anything that’s going to bring that summer vibe away. For a lot of you, it will be the colours that your home is using, and the accessories that you have. So let’s think about your bedroom as an example, because there is no worse feeling that getting home on a boiling hot day, to go into a boiling hot room that’s dark and not inviting. So to summer it up, you need to think about changing a few things. You could start simply, and change your duvet and bedding to something that’s light in both colour, and weight. You could then think about changing your furniture colour to white, and lightning up the room by giving the walls some fresh paint. If you have quite a dark room at the minute, say through using the colour grey, the contrast with the white furniture, and perhaps changing your blinds and curtains to white, will help to lift the colour of the room a little bit!

The Perfect Garden

The perfect garden definitely does exist. It has to be one that you’re literally so excited to get into at the end of the day, when the summer air is still warm. But swapping things around in your garden can get expensive, so you might want to check out websites such as Alice’s Garden, to see what garden furniture you can get. The furniture is going to the main relaxation source in your garden, so you want to make sure that’s large, padded, and ready for a great summer. Getting a good BBQ is also essential. Cooking out of the little trays each time is rubbish. If you want that true BBQ flavour and cooking, you’re going to have to invest in a proper outdoor style grill, which will no doubt cook up a storm!

Lighting our home with lights from the Socket Store

Recently the Socket Store spotted that we are renovating our forever home, and offered to supply us with some lighting. I couldn’t wait to start looking at what they had to offer and boy do they have a wide range to choose from.

Master Bedroom

To start with I was looking at ideas for just for the master bedroom, I wanted something a bit different. But that was as far as I had got thinking about lighting for this room. I begin by looking at the big round globe style lights, which I love, but just didn’t think they would quite work, plus they really were quite big. I then looked at the brass ones, the cooper ones, the wooden styles and then the glass. By the time I had been through all of the categories I had filled up my basket with a few different options.

I loved the globe, the dome shaped glass and then the bobbled glass . It was quite difficult for me to choose just one, plus at this stage the room is still having the wall paper stripped. In the end I choose the lovely bobbled glass one, Roisin Glass and polished chrome, I thought it was a bit different and will look amazing in our bedroom.

My daughter’s bedroom

 

As I was looking through everything the socket store has to offer I quickly found light fittings for my daughter’s bedroom. My 5 year old has asked for a pink bedroom, which honestly wasn’t quite the look I was hoping for. However, she is the one who will have to sleep in there. When I spotted the Gaia polished chrome and glass pendant, I know it was the one for her. It’s an iridescent star shaped light fitting, which I thought would be perfect for my unicorn lovely 5 year old.

My son’s bedroom

My son is almost 10 and we are going for a slightly more teenage room for him, greys, navy and a splash of mustard if I can sneak it in. I found a navy lamp shade and matching desk lamp, both will be look great in his grey bedroom. The Kealan soft matt dark blue pendant, is quite large, but I think it will add an extra feature to his room when in place. The Kealan range also comes a various different colours, I also liked the pale pink desk lamp for the daughters bedroom.

Not only does the Socket Store have a wide range of lighting options, they also have a collection of plug sockets, light switches, bathroom lights and some gorgeous outdoor lights. If I had an outdoor light I would have ordered a couple of those as well.

I cannot wait to show you all how these light fittings look when I have completed the bedrooms and show you all how it all comes together.

Thank you Socket Store for offering to send me lots of gorgeous light fittings for our forever home.