I’m floored…

I’m floored…

Today I’m talking floors. Beautiful, wonderful, floors. Now, flooring is not only important, it’s expensive and choosing the right flooring can be complex. You have to think about the room (what floors are typically used in this room – you wouldn’t want to install carpet in a kitchen), how people use the room (wear and tear – is this a heavy traffic area), the style (are you re-flooring your kitchen and installing shaker cabinets or sleek, white, modern glossy, cabinets), heating (is there underfloor heating in the mix). Anymore, simply choosing a neutral carpet doesn’t cut the mustard. Lord, I wish it did! Sometimes I think we’re so spoiled it makes it difficult to choose anything, let alone the RIGHT thing. Don’t even get me started on door knobs…

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Cooking up a disaster

Cooking up a disaster

In my previous post, I shared some pictures of the kitchen as it was being installed and highlighted a few of the issues we faced. This post I’m going to share a few hard-learned lessons that came out of this disaster. Some of these things will seem blindingly obvious, but when you’re six months into a build and the builder you’re working with is making excuses, it’s easy to trust them at their word. I’m here to set the record straight so let’s not waste any time, shall we? 

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Go on, put your feet up

So… I think the ONLY thing I’ve learned through this entire process is that building a home is really expensive! Even little plastic storage boxes are expensive. We’re running up a nice and hefty credit card bill at the moment and it freaking sucks. At the same time, there are just things that we still need. When we moved in together several years ago neither of us brought a lot of furniture with us and we’ve held off buying anything substantial, knowing we would need to furnish the house in its entirety.

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Objects of desire

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I’ve been a busy bunny, looking to fill the house with odds and ends now that we’re FINALLY getting to decorate. And I can’t, for the life of me, stay serious. It’s not in my nature. So why should my house be serious?! Instead… I’m bringing in the whimsy! I’ve included the links below, in case you want to ditch your serious side as well!

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Whatcha got cooking?

Whatcha got cooking?

In my post regarding some of the plaster corrections we had made, I shared a few snaps of the kitchen. This post is all about that kitchen though, so get ready!

We were recommended this kitchen company by our builders and were assured that we would be overjoyed with the end result. We went to a few other providers for quotes (Ridgeons, B&Q, Howdens), but we liked the cabinets Parker Rose supplied and tentatively decided we would go with them.

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Dealing with disappointment

Dealing with disappointment

I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty real so far. I’ve expressed my frustrations, pointed out where things have gone wrong, and talked about what I’ve learned. Yet up to this point, I’ve not really let rip how disappointing so much of this build has been. Nobody likes a complainer, right?

That said, I think it’s important to talk about disappointment. Learning how to deal with setbacks in a healthy manner is fundamental when going through any sort of renovation process. Why you ask? Because every project is going to come with compromises and if you can’t find a way to move on, those compromises will eat away at you and ruin what should be an exciting time. Further to this, working with people is challenging. Everyone has their own vision for what you should be doing, how you should be spending your money, how you should design the space. What is intended as well-meaning advice, can quickly become incredibly frustrating when nobody stops and listens to what YOU actually want.

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Small Console-ation

While it might sound strange, one of the spaces I’m most excited about designing is the entryway to our home! While not for everyone and sometimes overlooked, I think the entryway should make a statement. We’ve picked some Victorian-style tiles, we’re prepping the Stiffkey blue for the walls, we’ve chosen the new skirtings, and we’re looking at a lovely kilim runner. Now, all we need is a sleek little console table (and the curio’s to go on top). I honestly can’t wait until Mr Perfect has somewhere to put his keys that isn’t “the first place I see”. 

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