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*

Making your Wedding standout with It’s Your Bottle

Gone are the days when you have a small flower arrangement in the middle of your wedding tables. Now it’s about making a statement with your tables, large flower arrangements, numerous bottles of wine, table numbers or names, beautiful gifts. More and more couples are looking for something a bit different for their big day.

It’s not only the tables that are changing, everything seems to be changing, from just asking people to be part of the wedding party. It’s now a gift and some people are even throwing parties just to ask people to be part of their day.

The gifts you give your wedding party has changed from cuff links and bracelets, to personalised bottles of wine, spa days, jewellery and so many other elaborate gifts.

Make your Wedding stand out

It’s Your Bottle offer personalised bottles of red, white, rose, and Prosecco that are perfect to use within your wedding. Rioja and Bordeaux for the red wines, Chardonnay and my favourite Sauvignon Blanc (which tastes amazing as I have been sent a lovely bottle to try out).

They offer a range of different personalisation. You can choose ‘will you be’ bottles, asking for your nearest and dearest to be your best man, usher, maid of honour or bridesmaid. I really like the idea of giving a bottle of someone’s favourite wine, it adds a splash of luxury and it’s something you can share while you celebrate…….

Personalised table wine

For your big day, have you thought about having personalised bottles of wine on the tables? Lots of venues now have a no corkage service, where the happy couple are able to supply their own alcohol. Which means having each bottle placed on the tabled personalised, will really make your day stand out. Many couples are using personalised bottles for the table name or number.

It’s You Bottle is also perfect for all of the thank you’s that you give out during the speeches, you might even want to give one to your hair dresser or makeup artist while getting ready.

Adding these little extras to you day, make it extra special. It’s the weddings that have something a little unique about them that people really remember.

It's you bottle wines

It’s Your Bottle are now leading the way as a personalised wine supplier, they want to provide a service that that is unique to each of their clients. It’s Your Bottle only use carefully selected and award winning wines, so you know that you will getting a lovely bottle of wine.

Choosing your bottle

At It’s Your Bottle they have so many different personalised labels to choose from, they are all designed by their in house design team. If you cannot quite find what you are looking for, then contact them and they will do their best to design just what you are looking for.

If you are wanting to make your bottle extra special then It’s Your Bottle have a couple of different gift box options. Both are wooden boxes, one with a sliding lid and a rope handle, the other is a hinged box with a satin finish. When you order one for your wine they come with kraft filling to protect the bottle but also makes it look lovely.

I really love these, plus the wine tastes fabulous. What do you think?

 

* Thank you It’s Your Bottle for sending me some lovely wine to try.*

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

Your plants need water, but not too much water. Heavy rain can make soil waterlogged and this can affect your plants’ ability to absorb air and minerals in the soil. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can guard your garden against the rain…

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

Use raised beds

Raising your beds above ground level can help with water drainage. It’s also a proven strategy against frost damage. Companies like Woodblocx sell raised bed kits to assemble – these are some of the easiest ways to build raised beds.

Create a runoff and drainage system

Another option could be to create a runoff and drainage system in which rainwater is diverted away from your plants. You could achieve this by making your beds sloped and by digging out channels to collect water and redirect it elsewhere. Make sure that you’re diverting the water somewhere appropriate (i.e. not your neighbour’s garden). You could even consider directing this water to your home’s drains.

Grow plants in pots

By growing plants in pots you can take them indoors in the event of heavy rainfall. Some pots may also have holes in the bottom that can provide drainage. You may not want to put all your plants in pots, but it could be a useful precaution when it comes to certain fragile plants.

Grow plants in a greenhouse

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

A greenhouse shelters your plants from elements including rain, frost and harsh wind. You’ll never have to worry about excessive rainfall again, however you will need to remember to occasionally water your plants manually yourself. There are lots of different types of greenhouse to choose from cheap and small kit greenhouses to expensive and large custom-built greenhouse buildings. These Eden greenhouses are a good middle ground for those that want quality but don’t want to pay too much. Always shop around to find the best prices.

Lay down mulch on your soil

Mulch can often help to soak up rain, which can in turn stop your soil from getting too soggy. Popular types of mulch include wood chippings, grass cuttings and hedge cuttings. Some people even use old newspapers as a form of mulch.

Temporarily cover up plants

If you’ve seen that heavy rainfall is forecasted, you could take the precaution of covering up certain plants that you think could be damaged. This could include using a tarpaulin or a cloche or a burlap bag. Just make sure to uncover these plants after the rain has subsided.

Pest-proof your plants

Rainfall can often bring all the pests out afterwards. Slugs and snails tend to come out after rainfall as a result of the earth being too soggy – these creatures will feast on your plants if you’re not careful. Spraying your plants with pesticide could be a way of deterring these creatures, however a more eco-friendly option could be to use household ingredients like garlic and rosemary to deter these bugs.