Mid-century mood-lighting

When we started to think about the interior design of the space we went back and forth on our “style”. I’m a bit more traditional (I love a shaker kitchen) and Mr Perfect is more modern so compromising was essential. That said, one style we can agree on is Mid-century modern. I realise mid-century is very “in” at the moment and I’m keen to create a space that will be timeless, rather than needing updating with the trends du jour. I figured distinct pieces that nod to mid-century elements, dispersed throughout the house would be a good place to start. And the first purchase we were looking to make was for a “Sputnik” chandelier in our hallway.

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Swoon-worthy sofas

Swoon-worthy sofas

One of the things I am most excited about is having a sofa downstairs that I can curl up on when the weather is foul and the other half is out at the pub (not that he’s out that often, making me time all the more precious). But since we moved in three long years ago we’ve been living in our bedroom, which doesn’t exactly accommodate a sofa. Yes, we’ve spent 90% of our time in the bedroom and the other 10% in what was our kitchen. It’s a good thing we love each other, otherwise, I don’t think we would have lasted this long! And I digress…

Long before it was trendy, I wanted a velvet sofa. I didn’t know what colour I wanted or any of the specifics, but I knew I wanted something soft and luxurious I could sink into at the end of a long day. Living in Cambridge and commuting into London for works makes for a tiring week and downtime is precious to me. But while luxury was top of mind, so was the cost and let’s say I have champagne taste on a beer budget! Keen to start thinking about how we were going to design the space, I settled on a midnight blue and pulled together an inspiration board …

Once I started looking for actual sofas, I obviously fell in love with was this number one stunner (below) from the Conran Shop, but at a whopping £10,919 (when last I checked) it was well out of my league. Back to square one, right? But just look at those lines and those legs. Sleek, chic and everything I wanted a sofa to be.

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The corrections

In my previous post, I mentioned that the plastering had gone terribly awry. While I didn’t go into specifics, you’re in for a treat now. One of, if not the biggest issue was the new kitchen ceiling. As said, in an older building you expect some wobbly lines but in a brand new space to have a sloped ceiling is completely unacceptable.

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When measured, the kitchen ceiling was 2 inches out. So if you look at those wooden slats they are thicker towards the kitchen cabinets and they then thin out. This was to compensate for the slanted ceiling. It’s rather extraordinary in my opinion, that a new space could be so badly constructed. After the slats had been carefully measured, the end result was a new ceiling. Again. Continue reading “The corrections”

The big pink

After all of this demolition, it finally came time to start to put things back together. When I say finally, I mean FINALLY! When we embarked upon this journey we were told that the build would be finished by end of June, early July at the latest. By the time we started putting the plaster on the walls we were already at the end of July and I was at the end of my wits.

Going through this process is not for the faint of heart and you have to be ready for all manner of delays and excuses. There are going to be times when you wish you’d never bothered and then you’ll see the hard work start to come together. For me, I had a moment of pure happiness when I came home from work and saw fresh, pink plaster all over the house… But unfortunately, that moment was short-lived and this isn’t a happy post.

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Potty talk

Potty talk

One of the biggest elements of our build was refurbishing our teeny-tiny bog into something, well, not as tiny. It’s never going to win a bathroom of the year award or be featured in Architectural Digest, but we wanted it to at least be comfortable. And have a room that wasn’t covered in mould. Cause yeah, mouldy ceilings aren’t on most interior designers “top trends” lists. Unless I’m reading the wrong publications?

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What secrets lay beneath

As a result of all that stripping (oh la la!) we noticed that there were VERY large portions of original plaster “missing”. In fact, the plaster had broken down over time and it was only the chipboard wallpaper that was holding our walls together. Let this be a warning to those who stick their noses where they shouldn’t! So in addition to stripping wallpaper, my partner in crime also had to lug an inordinate amount of rubble to the skip, sat permanently in our front yard. You can see by looking at the photos, that we took everything back to the original brick work. It was a job indeed! SONY DSC Continue reading “What secrets lay beneath”

Look, mom! I’m an interior designer!

In my quest to design my new home (and life) to rival those images I see in magazines, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking through other design blogs and trying to learn from the pros. I recently read a post by Sophie Robinson about the process she goes through when designing a room/house/football stadium. I found it helpful how she started by building a colour palette and moving on from there so I’ve tried to emulate her approach below (almost to a Tee).

I’ve been thinking a lot about our living rooms and so starting with the easiest one first. The room with the blue velvet sofa (that’s sat in storage while we wait for the lazy builder to show up again).

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First mood board: The style and colour palette

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