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.*

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.

I’m Sarah and I love reality TV!

I’m Sarah and I love reality TV! I watch it all the time, I have so many different reality TV series set up to record on my Sky box that it drives my hubby mad. Sunday and Monday nights are the best nights for filling up my planner for the week! OLED Televisions Panasonic  have asked me to talk about what I’m watching this spring so I thought you might like to see all of the reality TV shows that I watch.

I love reality TV

I love reality TV

TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Sam and Billie Faiers the Mummy Dairies, Fern McCann First time Mum are the main UK ones that I watch. Then TLC has some fantastic viewing, The Little Couple, Counting On, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Small people Big World, 7 little Johnston’s, Sister Wife’s, these are the main ones that I always ensure I have scheduled to record. Not forgetting Keeping up with the Kardashians on E.

These are by not the only ones I watch, if I’m looking for something to watch there is always some reality show that I will watch.

My sister likes a reality show as well, but she doesn’t watch as many as me. Actually I don’t know anyone who watches half of the ones that I do. I like to see what is happening in other people’s lives, I laugh along with them, follow them on social media and I have been known to cry while watching. I think its because you are watching real people who are letting you into their lives. Knowing what they are going through is real, good things, not so good things, awful things and things you wouldn’t wish on anyone, these people want to share what they are going through with you.

Reality TV has been something I have watched for years and whenever I get time to watch the TV without the children or the Hubby it’s my go too. I do also love a Hallmark film, easy watching always a happy ending, especially around Christmas! I love a Christmas film.

New to Game of Thrones

The whole world is now talking about Game of Thrones, and I will be honest up until a week ago I hadn’t watched a single episode. My brother and sister-in-law have been watching since the very beginning and love it, but they love a good box set. So when my sister and her partner said I should watch it, I though why not! Well that was a week ago and I have just started to watch season 4, not forgetting that we are still in the process of renovating our forever home. I have been busy! But I cannot wait to get caught up to see who takes the Iron Throne!

What are you watching at the moment? Are you a Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky or Virgin watcher? We have Netflix, which I have only used to watch the Crown and a couple of films and then I use Prime for films and my Hubby watches the Grand Tour, the rest is all on Sky.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*