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Beautiful wooden blinds from Make My Blinds

Finding curtains and blinds for our new house hasn’t been easy. Partly because I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted and partly because I’m so indecisive about things I just couldn’t choose something. I knew that I wanted wooden blinds for our bedroom and possibly for the bathroom. When Make My Blinds got in touch to ask me if they could send me out some for the new house, I was over the moon.

Did you know what wooden blinds come a whole range of colours, with tapes, without tapes, different coloured tapes, wooden, faux wood not forgetting the different widths they come in. There really is a lot to think about. Make My Blinds have fully customisable blinds up to 260cm wide for the faux wood and 240cm for the real wood, perfect for almost all windows.

Make My Blinds offer a free sample service, which for someone like me is perfect. I was about to select a range of different colours, tapes and both the wooden and faux wood. I ordered a collection of different samples and they arrived within a couple of days, it’s amazing how many different shades of white there is. I read that the faux wood is better for bathrooms, because they are 100% waterproof so they are perfect for all the water and moisture in the bathrooms.

Choosing my blinds from Make My Blinds

After a lot of wondering which would be better in our bedroom and which in the bathroom, I decided on Editions Angel White with Lilly Tape for the bedroom and Editions Brilliant White with Lilly Tapes for the bathroom.

After I placed the order it took about 10 days for them to be made and delivered, then took us about another month to have the bedroom ready to put the blinds up. In fact, the bedroom is still not finished, I was really hoping that I would now have wardrobes build in and no boxes all over the house. However, it’s very difficult to get hold of a joiner to come round to give quotes. I just hope it’s all in place before Christmas, which sounds so far away but it’s already July.

make my blinds in packaging

Installing the blinds was easy for my Hubby who was tasked with the job, the instructions were simple to follow for him. Not sure I could have got them up, but he did an fabulous job. And you know what they look fabulous, I love them in our bedroom they look just as I had imagined them to. I cannot wait to see what they look like in the bathroom.

I have started to leave them down, but turned to open and from the outside of the house they look really eye catching, I like looking up to see the wooden slats. You can choose which way your slats are angled, up or down, then open closed or completely up. 

My only criticism is that they are by no means a black out blind, sounds obvious I know, but when the sun comes up in the morning it really does shine though, not completely but the room becomes very light, great on school day, not so wonderful on the weekend. However, we have had the bedroom blind up about a month now and we are starting to get used to how light the bedroom is each morning.

I know a lot of people choose to place curtains in front of their wooden blinds. I have chosen not too, I actually like the look of my blinds sitting within the window frame. We have actually sat them towards the from of the window recess so I can pop some items behind the blinds without catching them when they are put up and down. 

Although we have also got bathroom blinds, we have not got them up yet. Very annoyingly we have not only had issues getting the bathroom fitted, but once it was fitted and painted then all of the painted started peel from the walls. Even though we prepped all of the walls correctly and used bathroom paint, I have no idea why but now we have got to remove it all and start the painting again.

I’m so pleased with my blinds, they look fabulous, they are easy to put up and down. They are also reasonably prices, not cheap which as we all know isn’t the best thing but they are also not the most expensive. The finish on these are really high quality, even my Hubby mentioned how well made they are and he is very picky about these things. He really likes how they are finished across the top with an extra slat, it really sets the tone for the quality of them.

Pop over to the lovely Rachel Bustin’s blog, she has spoken about interior ideas for a small home, a great little read if you are looking for ideas.

*Thank you so much Make My Blinds for sending me these gorgeous blinds for our forever home, I love them.*

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.

Our forever home – small bathroom planning

We now have the keys to our forever home, although at this stage we do not plan to move in for a couple of months. I’m so excited to start work on the house, our first job is the bathroom.

The current Bathroom

1950's-council-house-bathroom

The current bathroom small, and good 30 years old and is a beige colour with as equally beige tiles and flotex carpets, it’s also the only bathroom in the house. Although there is a downstairs toilet in the outhouse, but as you can imagine it’s freezing cold out there. Hence with two children the importance of getting the bathroom completed before we move in.

For a long time I have had my heart set on having a roll top bath, with duck egg coloured tiles that I had fallen in love with during our hotel stay at Eynsham Hall. However, after a plumber arrived last week to give a a quote for fitting the bathroom, he came up with a few issues for us to have a free standing roll top.

In my head the bath would have a shower over the top, however it just wouldn’t work with height of the walls, the bath sitting that bit higher from the floor and then the water issues from having a shower over the bath, with children and getting the floor wet. Not forgetting that it really is a small space. After a lengthy discussion about all of the possibilities for getting having a roll top, we decided to go for a more traditional bath, then have an exposed shower and shower screen. Which really isn’t what I wanted, but sometimes it’s about being practical rather than just the aesthetics, and believe me I’m all about the aesthetics. To fit in the shower we are going to have a very small stud wall built for all of the shower pipes to sit behind, it will also save cutting into the solid interior walls.

I spent hours online looking for the a bathroom suite, it was really difficult to choose something, because I really wanted to roll top. However we found that Soak had a more traditional looking standard bath, as so many are more modern looking, with either rounded edges or more squared, both of which are perfect if that’ what you are looking for.

Choosing the floor tiles

small-bathroom-planning-tiles

After deciding not to go with a roll top bath, it then changed my thoughts about the decor and the tiles. We had always wanted to have a patterned floor tile. I thought it would be paler shades but when we started to look at floor tiles, it changed my mind. We visited the local floor tile places, then I ordered a few different samples online from a couple of different companies. I will be honest I wasn’t really looking at the prices more at the pattern and the colours. So I of course fell in love with some of the more expensive ones.

When the samples arrived, it was easy for us to choose our favourite, from an online tile company called Porcelain Superstore. We choose the Maison Belle, which is a traditional patterned tile which a navy floral pattern and I love it. It stood out from everything else we had seen. They cost £40.50 per square metre. We decided to go with a white metro tile for the walls also from Porcelain Superstore at £15 per square metre. We did order a few different metro style tiles, in different sizes to make sure we order just what we wanted.

maison-belle-tiles

I just love the navy and white together, all of the walls will be white, with a navy bath panel. I think it will be Hague Blue from Farrow and Ball, but we need to buy some samples to double check. Then I have ordered a heated towel radiator which will have some new navy bath towels on it. Then I’m hoping to find an industrial style light and then add a splash of rose gold and pink, with the accessories and a large round mirror above the radiator. I spotted some lovely bits in dunelm but so far I haven’t found quite the right mirror or a light fitting that I love. So if you have any ideas of where I can get some bits from, please let me know.

So, we have now ordered the bathroom suite, ordered the tiles and we are now waiting for the plumber to get back to us with a quote to fit it. I cannot wait for it all to arrive later this week.

Keep popping back, as I will be posting lots more about our home renovations.

 

*We have paid for the bathroom and tiles*