This room has a door leading into the house from a side entrance and is a laundry room too. It initially had folding slide doors, which were a nightmare as they kept getting in the way, defeating the purpose of a side door! I didn't touch this room initially as wasn't sure what to do with it, it is quite narrow and also houses the boiler. I kept wondering whether to knock down the wall and pinch some space from the downstairs loo, but liked the size of that room, so didn't want to change it. Then I just decided to make the most of the space by making it work, through putting in as many storage options as possible into the small space at the same time as giving it a boot room style makeover. I created extra storage by extending the coat hooks across the full length of the room and the shelving above goes all the way across too and over the door. The mini bench with an opening top houses plenty of the kids shoes, umbrellas and bags.
After the old frame and tiles were taken out, we started with the floor. I found these beautiful tiles at The Cement Tile Shop.
Next the new unit frames were built on one side a large cupboard to conceal the boiler and a unit to house the washing machine, tumble dryer, storage and sink. The other side is tongue and grove with coat hooks along the entire wall with shelves above and a small bench for additional storage.
Once all was in place it had a base coat applied and then was painted in Little Greene Basalt Blue (a black toned blue) I love a matt finish, so I went for the Matt Emulsion, which on its own would mark up terribly, but with a coat of Decorators Varnish (dead matt finish) retains the matt look and doesn't mark up at all.
I found the wall tiles at Tops Tiles. They are slightly mottled in appearance which I love and I decided to go for a Herringbone design for the wall above the counter top, finished with dark grey grouting.
and then for the little details...
The cast iron brackets were an Ebay find and I used old scaffolding boards with a varnish on top for the shelves. The hooks are by Jim Lawrence and the hanging lights I found at OIive and Fox. Round door knobs are by Buster and Punch and the long ones are from Simply Door Handles and finally the tap is from Olif.
We initially painted this room an off white when we moved in, but over time it was crying out for colour, however I wanted something light. After painting a few items pink around the house, I managed to convince my husband pink was the best option, as its colourful, warm and light, everything we wanted this room to be.
The above photo is by Rockmystyle from our house tour
Below is how the room looked when we bought the house, along with the colour change, we had wood flooring put down, new radiators and we also widening the chimney breast, could be positioned in front of it.
Farrow and Ball Pink Ground on the walls and Hague Blue on the chest.
I also decided to revamp the dull brownish chest we already had in the room, we painted it blue and added new brass handles.
It has transformed the room into a warm inviting space that I would love to hang out in, if I had the time... I never felt that way when it was more neutral. This colour gives off such a comforting cosy feel!
I have got a little carried away with Christmas decor this year, my four year old daughter is so excited by Christmas, its not hard to get caught up in all the excitement too, though I do love a bit of festive decor, so any excuse really...
The wreath is up on our newly blushed door, I am so happy I went for this pink in the end, it adds such a nice warmth to the entrance hall. I made this wreath from scratch with moss and wire as a base and built it up from there. It is quite simple this year, usually I add ribbon dried oranges etc
With an 18 week old puppy and a 2 year old in the house, the christmas tree needed to be in a room that could be shut off. It is usually always in this room, so instead I got a branch from the garden and hung it from the ceiling with some pretty baubles and snowflakes. I have had so many compliments on this and as it is unreachable no damage can be done!
I really struggled to find a garland that would go up the full length of the stairs, so had to use three in the end, luckily I got a good black Friday deal on these and any excuse to get honeycomb balls out, I had these already and love the colour pop against the black bannisters...
This style wreath was a first for me, I love all the scandi style ones that are out there at the moment, so decided to make my own and a few extra as Christmas gifts too. This is made out of preserved flowers and foliage, so should last a few years. Its always so nice to get back into a bit of floristry with my www.harpersbloom.co.uk this time of year! I set up Harpers Bloom a few years ago, but it has been taking a bit of a back seat lately, as my focus has been on interiors.
and finally the tree, which unfortunately has already had a few casualties! All glass has had to moved a fair bit higher up...
The blue room is starting to look festive and full of sparkle, just waiting for the tree... I couldn't resist putting these beautiful illuminated boubles, trees, stars and hearts out a few days early this year, to get us all in into the Christmas spirit. There is nothing more magical than lighting for children at Christmas, my daughter and sons little faces when they saw these...
I have always loved decorating mirrors, as the reflection doubles up your decor giving a striking layered effect especially when ilumintated. The picture below only has one heart and two trees, but it gives the illusion of six.
These Christmas shapes from one.world are all battery operated, which is amazing, no wires in sight. Last year I had a couple of similar stars that needed a socket and it was a nightmare trying to find a place to hang them without the endless lead making a prominent feature.
Now to get that fire roaring and think about the rest of the house and the Christmas tree, which has to be in this room too, so it can be shut off now and then from the puppy and my 20 month toddler, who would both have a field day if they got their hands on it! The rest of the decor in this house will need to have height.
I love the month of December and the warmth and cosiness it brings to all interiors you can't beat a bit of sparkle...
Already 20 months old! My son needed something a bit more vibrant in his very neutral nursery. I found this gorgeous map of the world wall paper on a Pinterest search and decided it would look perfect on the wall next to his yellow door (the only colour in the room pre wallpaper...) His nursery has a loose animal theme too, so this final touch has brought it all together. However a new bed might be in order soon, as he is starting to show interest in climbing out of his cot, so perhaps not quite the final touch...
I found this wall paper at muralswallpaper.co.uk and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball Babouche
The star and moon wall stickers had to be moved from this wall across to the wall bellow, amazingly they stuck on really well second time round!
He is delighted with his new wall paper and we now have to go through all the animals and their relative noises each morning and night!
It all started with a little sample pot of Calamine... I have since painted the bench in our hallway, the dolls house and our entire bedroom pink. To be fair my pink obsession started in our first house 9 years ago, when I painted the entire downstairs loo in a bright luminous pink, since then the tone has definitely calmed down a bit. I love a pink accent around the house, though I might have to put my paint brush down for a bit whilst my husband gets over the bedroom! I also love painting the inside of doors a nice bright colour, when we moved made the inside of the downstairs loo door pink and my daughter insisted on the same in her room, so lets throw in two pink doors to the list above and thats not counting cushions, throws and accessories!
The bedroom has just been painted in the beautiful dusky warm pink called Pink Ground
This bench used to be a dull grey colour, its the first thing you see on entering the house and I think that it looks so much better in this gorgeous Calamine colour
My daughters door in Nancy Blushes, we have the same colour on the back of our door to the downstairs loo.
The dolls house, so much better in Calamine to is previous dull beige tone. I got all the colours from Farrow and Ball, a massive fan...
From the left:
We left the grey carpet on these stairs for quite some time, while I debated whether to continue the runner that we had put down on the first set. In the end we decided to have a go at painting them first, if this didn't work the runner could then take over... This is not the case and the painted stairs are here to stay!
I matched the paint as close as I could to the runner on stairs 1, this ended up being Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone and then the base is Antique White by Eico. I debated having a similar pattern to stairs 1, but realised this would be too fiddly, so went for something simpler. We have had them like this for six months now and I am delighted to say that they haven't chipped, in fact these stairs are much lower maintenance than the one with a runner.
We are lucky to have two sets of separate stairs in our house. So I decided to go for a bit of a different look on each one. The first set were covered in grey carpet, when we ripped it out we discovered that they were painted red! and who ever was in charge of carpet glue had left some messages on the stairs with it! After a few months I decided to do the second set but instead of continuing the runner it was painted (see next blog for Stairs - Two)
The base of the stairs were painted in Farrow and Ball Wimborne White and then we went for a beautiful Roger Oates runner to go all the way up. We recently painted the bannisters in Farrow and Ball Black & Blue. I love the contrast this has made to the hallway, topped off with some new moulding throughout to create a panelling effect.
From the top left:
We inherited a sea of yellow/brown tiles with a matching sink unit, blinds and tiles... This room needed a serious makeover.
I decided to keep the unit and give it a bit of an up-cycle with a new marble top, handles and a lick of paint, saving the frame and sink bowl. We moved the new toilet across to the other wall and put down marble herringbone tiles on the floor, a lick of paint later, pink door and some fun accessories, et voila...
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