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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

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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

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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.

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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*

My home, my lighting style

My regular readers will know that we are planning to move home soon, fingers crossed it will be at some point this year. As always I am dreaming about how our forever home will look, what colour themes I want to use in different rooms and the same with lighting. I do have some nice lampshades and light fittings in our current home, however I do not want to take them with us. So I have started to look at the lighting design trends for 2019.

I’m not always into the latest trends and styles in both my fashion sense and my home, I generally look at what I like and how it would fit into my home. So seeing some of this years trends has really made me think more about my interior style. Festive lights have out together their very own lighting design trends for 2019.

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Living room

I have seen lots of homes this year have dark navy walls, it seems to be popular with lots of interior designers. They then add blush, gold and copper shades along with dark wood furniture, and it looks fabulous all together. I really love this look and would love to have it in the living room, long with some tinted glass ceiling lights and geometric shaped table lamps in the gold and copper shades. I may even add an Edison bulb to give that extra bit of warmth to the room.

Kitchen

It’s a difficult one for me, as I have no idea how I want the kitchen to look. The only thing I do know is that I would love to have a country feel and have a large dining table or island that seat 8-10 people. Then have three lights hanging down over the table with an industrial look. It would appear the industrial light style is really popular this year.

The bathroom

The bathroom is one room I have spent a lot of time thinking about, since we stayed in at the beautiful Eynsham Hall last year. The en-suit bathroom in the hotel I have been thinking about since, pale green shades, with traditional white bathroom suit, roll top bath and a splash of industrial lighting. I loved it. I would love to have this style in our new bathroom. At the very least we would like a patterned tiled floor, with some industrial lighting.

Our daughter bedroom

Our daughter has just turned 5, as like almost all little girls she has a love of unicorns and mermaids, so she is wanting something that has space for her collection. I was thinking pale green, baby pink and then adding flashes of unicorns throughout. I have found most lovely unicorn night lights and even some LED string lights that we can add to her room. She will be in love.

Our son’s bedroom

Our son is almost 10, how that happened I have no idea. For his new bedroom I would love him to have something that will grow with him into the teenage years. So I am thinking grey, white and navy with star theme. Not little boy room starts but big bold stars, on the walls and then using the current trend of astronomy designs for the lighting. I want to design him a room that he will love and so will his friends.

Our bedroom

For our bedroom, I am hoping for a luxurious feel, with pale grey walls, crisp white bedding and then blush velvet lampshades and a chair sat in the corner. I love vintage furniture so I am hoping to source a dressing table and mirror set to finish the room off. My friends daughter is very talented at watercolour and she painted me a water bouquet that is full of colour that I want to hang in the bedroom and it will give us a base to work with.

I’m sure that when we find our forever home my ideas will change numerous times, but for now this will give you an insight into what styles I am thinking about.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

 

Beautiful floors using engineered wood

I really feel like 2019 is going to be our year. We just about in the right position to buy our forever home. It’s something I have spoken about a lot, I have big plans for our forever home. My head and my Pinterest is packed full of ideas, some clearly would be out of our budget and other are something I would like to work towards.

Forever home dreaming……

I am one of those crazy people who looks at kitchens, bathrooms and flooring without even having somewhere for it to go. Just dreaming about how it will all work together. My Hubby thinks I’m crazy but loves me for it!

Beautiful floors using engineered wood

In our first home, we had wooden style flooring put in throughout the living room and hall way, it also went down in our bedroom and we loved it. However, in the house we currently live in there is a cheap vinyl throughout the hall way, kitchen and family room, which we hate but haven’t bothered to get changed knowing that we won’t be there for too long. There is carpet throughout the rest of the house, and I love carpet but it has to be a high quality one.

In our forever home we would like to have wood flooring put in, throughout the downstairs, although maybe not the kitchen, but never say never. Not only do we have children but there is also two very naughty cocker spaniels living in our house.  With muddy children and wet dogs, solid real wood flooring wouldn’t be the best option and it does not fair too well with excess moisture.

It has got me thinking about engineered flooring, which looks just like real wood flooring, yet is designed to withstand moisture prone areas of the home. Engineered flooring is made with a plywood core, making each plank stable and yet gives flexibility too.

From personal experience with engineered flooring, it does not mark or dent as easily as solid wood flooring. I was always worried about wearing heals in my parents’ home with their solid wood floors because each step would mark the floor, I never had that issue with on my engineered floors. Thank goodness, every girl loves a pair of heels.

Engineered Oak Floors

I actually love the engineered oak floors, I love the traditional feel of oak flooring, it also has a grain to the surface so it feels and looks real. I think it would work perfectly well with the many ideas I have for our forever home. Reading about engineered flooring, if we did choose the engineered oak floor we could save at least 20% of the cost of solid flooring. It would also save a lot of worry from the children or the dogs damaging it.

One thing I also love about engineered flooring is you can find so many different shades, textures and finishes, so whatever you are looking for you will be able to find the perfect flooring for you. Parador Engineered wooden flooring, have various different styles, maple wood, beech wood, cherry wood, walnut not forgetting that you can get various different sized planks, brushed finished. It’s amazing what you can get by choosing the engineered flooring.

Oak Engineered oak wood flooring is a popular option for its traditional, timeless appeal. The signature close grain structure of oak breathes a life of its own making it a classic choice. Engineered oak floors are 20% cheaper than solid oak. Once your engineered wood floor is installed, you won’t be able to tell it apart from solid wood.

Do you think you would have engineered wooden floors in your home? I cannot wait to find our forever home and get started on the interior.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*