Wouldn’t it be nice?


Say bye bye red carpet and hello to wooden floors.

The holidays are here and so the next project has started.   This is the biggest change we’ve made to the house as we’ve taking up the carpet in the hall, living and dining room.

There is lots to do aside from the flooring there will be new skirting boards and doors.  Needless to say we’ll be getting some help on the joinery front!  For now our job is to remove all the furniture so we can get the carpet out and be ready to start flooring next week.


Rip it up!


One year on

Well this post is a little late as we got the keys on 5th August last year. It was a whirlwind summer we got married on 7th July then we only had a week following our honeymoon to pack up and move. Then we had a week before school started.

This year has been fantastic. We love this house and whilst it takes some much time and work to decorate I wouldn’t change it. We’re slowly working our way through the house. So here’s where we are one year on.

First off through the front door there is the hall. It is still waiting for an update and definitely needs more storage!

Then the hallway leads into the living room.


Living room we’ve done walls but looking forward to getting the new flooring and sofas in place.


Dining room is looking a lot smarter with painted walls and new blind.


Kitchen with new flooring, dishwasher and red accessories to add some colour.


I love the long window above the sink.

Then upstairs first off the yellow bathroom.



Then the guestroom (also home to all my crafting stuff and Donald’s guitars!)

I setup the guitars and records cover frames as a present for Donald’s birthday so I couldn’t resist putting a birthday message in the frames.

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Finally Donald’s office (formerly my craft room).  Donald is working at home regularly now so we’re very grateful for all the storage space in this Ikea desk.

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Decisions, decisions

So dining room decorating is underway and it’s got me thinking of the overall look of the living/ dining room.  The red carpet and old sofas have served us well and saved us hassle of moving in more furniture but their time is up.  We’re thinking about engineered flooring and two new sofas but struggling to make up our minds what to get.

Option 1 –  Irvine sofa from Made (see here)

Option 2 – Reynolds sofa from M&S (see here)

Option 3 – Harris sofa from Made (see here)


Option 4: Genoa from Oakridge Direct (see here)

UPDATE July 18th: We’ve now ordered two Genoa 3 seater sofas in slate.  The plan is to have the sofas face to face with the coffee table in the middle with the fire at one end of the room and TV at the other. 

As for the other options we loved the retro look of the Harris but they only had one left in stock.  The Irvine was the very top of our budget and with blue we would have to change the colours of the curtains.  The Reynolds was a favourite of mine but Donald was not so keen on the shape of it.  So the Genoa was the best compromise plus it’s made in the UK.  It should be delivered within 4 weeks and then the living room can really begin to take shape.

New Dining Table


Well  I have to admit I wasn’t sure about buying and selling on Gumtree but the ease of getting this table has changed my mind.

Within a week of buying this lovely teak table our old table has been sold and collected.


The dining room is still a mix match but it will be next on the list to do when I get to the summer holidays!

To do list so far:

  • Strip the dreaded woodchip
  • Fill and sand any holes
  • Paint the walls to match the living room
  • Sort out the archway hopefully taking away the curved edges
  • Re-cover the dining room chairs
  • Add a blind
  • Find some storage solution for all those books!