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Our home renovations Part 1

These past few months, I mentioned several times that we were planning to renovate the bathroom which is a real eye-sore (you will see that I wasn’t joking in a few weeks). Unfortunately, we also had water damages just before last Summer. As we needed to take off the oak floorboards Steve and I had painfully glued twelve years ago, I thought it was time to make a few design changes to make the kitchen work better for us. So today, I’m going to take you through the first steps of this renovation project, what they involve and the mistakes I feel I made when I designed our kitchen twelve years ago. There will be also a small section about the renovations of our hallway which took place a few days later. THE KITCHEN RENOVATIONS Our previous kitchen was a single counter running against the wall and fitted with a SMEG hob, a SMEG oven and a dishwasher. The fridge was a large American stand-alone fridge (very similar to this one). We also had a vintage …

How to create a mood board for your home in 3 steps

How to create a mood board for your home in 3 steps

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Creating a mood board is one of the most exciting steps when re-designing or refurbishing a room. If you’ve gone through major renovations before, you know that while it is a creative project to start with, it can also be stressful as you rely on other people/tradesmen for the project to come together and one thing you can’t control is what others will do. We always hope to work with tradesmen who are professional, conscientious and who will deliver on time but sadly, it is not always the case. The trickiest thing is finding reliable and available tradesmen that can do the job on time and within budget AND nurture the relationships while they work for you (in case you need them in the future)…but let’s focus on the fun part of a project ;-) Why should you aim to create a mood board? A mood board is a great way to show your tradesmen what your vision is for the room rather than emailing them thousands of pictures from Pinterest. It will give you a better sense of …

Our bedroom update with natural accents

Our bedroom update with natural accents

Follow my blog with Bloglovin As you may have seen from the “Renovations highlights” on my Instagram profile, I’m currently working on the re-decoration of our home in France. The renovations will include four bedrooms & hallway makeovers, the complete refurbishments of the bathroom and kitchen and the creation of an outdoor shower so let’s start with a look at our master bedroom… Our bedroom: from a place to sleep to a place to really relax and wind down After ten years of having a beautiful feature wall in dark grey, I’m now planning on having a softer colour scheme to create a more relaxing, soothing atmosphere in sync with the beautiful beaches available around the Bay of Arcachon. To tell you the truth, the bedroom has never been a space of heaven for me in the past like it is for some people. It was mostly a place to sleep and I much preferred hanging out in the open-plan lounge or kitchen. Resting or remaining still was something I had always real trouble with until I sold …

Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

The Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

In what seems the longest Winter ever, I have decided to ignore the weather and focus on creating a Summery vibes in our home in France. As it happened, we received all our belongings from our home in London the day before I flew to London to work with Command Brand again. Facing the content of two houses fitting in one on my return, raised my stress level a bit but I’m slowly making my way through boxes and I’m planning to re-decorate the whole house one room at a time to accommodate the living requirements of our family. Spending two weeks in the house on holidays doesn’t require the same level of storage than living there the whole year. I’m also working from home now and so does Steve on Fridays so they are quite a few things we need to improve to make space work for us. The great thing is that I have received some of my favourite objects and furniture including my beloved Ghost sofa and this beautiful Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from awesome online …

Bedroom makeover

Mila’s bedroom makeover

Following Mila’s desk makeover, which many of you loved (thank you!) I have now tackled the rest of her bedroom makeover to ensure her bed would be warm and comfortable for wintertime and feels a bit more luxurious. As you may remember, a few months ago, we installed double-glazing in most of the house, which has made our home a lot warmer, cosier and secure. Unlike the other three bedrooms in our home in France, Mila’s room is exposed north, which means it is the room that sees the least amount of sun. Since Mila didn’t want to move out of her room, I focused on the inside to make her bedroom cosy, warm and comfortable. The first thing I did, was getting her a new all season wool duvet,  new wool pillows from Woolroom (which by the way, impressed me by their quality) and a new set of white bed linen in stonewashed linen. She has now two sets of bedlinen from Piglet in Bed (a soft pink and a pure white, which we both love) and the minimalist in …

Le weekend in bed

Le weekend

It has been a good week but I’m glad it’s the weekend… I put a few styling Xmas shots for clients to bed. I also got nominated again by Vuelio as UK Top Ten Interior Design Blogs (happy dance 1) and  Mila’s desk area makeover got featured on Babyccino (happy dance 2). This weekend will be all about stocking up on lemons for my seasonal detox (let me know if you have any questions about it), chilling out, surfing, re-charging my batteries ahead of next week. I’m planning to tackle Mila’s bed makeover and I’m hoping to be able to make her a new headboard out of plywood. For those interested, the light fitting is the Tolemeo by Artemide and our bed linen is the white King size from the Brisa collection by Made. I’m going to change them now as Plum just got sick on it while I was finishing off this blog post. What are you up to this weekend!?

Childen's bedroom makeover

Mila’s desk area makeover

Last time, we decorated Mila’s room in our holiday home in France, was shortly after we purchased the house and refurbished it at the speed of the light to rent it over Summer. Mila was two years old. We fitted a sisal carpet on the floor to hide the uneven concrete floor, painted the walls in white and added two single beds as the house is rented out to other families during the summer and caters for 8 people + a baby. If you click on the second image here when the house was featured in Boligdrom magazine in 2014 and Grand Designs in 2008, you will see that we turned the front and back of a vintage French iron bed into two headboards for every single bed. Fast forward 10 years, Mila is now a 12-year-old pre-teens, well into surfing, skating and all of the above is gone. Her room is still in need of a serious makeover and I’m planning at some point, to paint one of her walls in light grey, get …

Fresh look in our dining room BEFORE & AFTER

Our dining room renovations Part 1

And just like that…Summer was gone. We moved back into our home after a whole Summer away and I’m now looking at the house with fresh eyes to see how to finish our dining renovations and what projects we can (budget permitting) tackle. For now, let me show you what we did recently in the lounge and dining area rather than focusing on what need to be done