Tuesday, 10 July 2018

MAKE-OVER: NEW MARBLE & MONOCHROME BATHROOM



You have no idea how relieved and happy I am now that our never-ending bathroom renovation is finally finished. Honestly I thought we'd never get there. Our bathroom reno got delayed by a few months when our bathroom fitter broke his hand, but luckily it all turned out fine in the end. This make-over has felt like the hardest of them all. I think it's got a lot to do with the fact that I did all the designing, project managing, hiring and sourcing the materials myself. I knew that if this room would look like a mess, I'd only have myself to blame and nobody else. Luckily, I think it turnout great and I really hope you like it too.

Our downstairs bathroom wasn't really that bad to begin with. It was a pretty standard bathroom but it was totally lacking any wow factor for me. We installed real marble floor tiles when we moved in but it didn't take too long before you could see some wear and tear. It wasn't ideal to be honest and I knew that I'd like to renovate the bathroom entirely at some point.

Here's what our old bathroom used to look like..











We pretty much changed everything. I had always wanted a fully tiled marble bathroom with some striking matt black accessories. Obviously I was always going to go for a monochrome theme just like the rest of the house, right? Also, I figured if we were to ever sell this house and the next owner wasn't a monochrome fan, it would be quite easy for them to replace the black taps with chrome ones. Marble effect tiles are timeless and I'm yet to meet a person who doesn't like marble, so I thought it's a safe bet. But essentially I designed this bathroom for me and wanted it to be my dream bathroom and something that I will enjoy everyday. I was lucky that my husband had only two requests and that was to install a jacuzzi bath and a rain shower. I made sure that he liked the tiles and the appliances too of course. Luckily our taste is pretty similar though. I don't think neither of us could live with a pink bathroom (no offence to any pink bathroom owners out there!)

Are you ready for the after photos?







LAYOUT

Our downstairs bathroom isn't huge which meant that I didn't really have a lot of options to do anything drastic with the layout. We wanted to keep the bath (or to get a new one) and I knew it would take up most of the room. The old layout didn't work for me at all in terms of the aesthetics, so I decided to move the toilet next to the bath and the basin against the opposite wall. If you're planning to move plumbing around like I did, be prepared to pay a bit extra for that as it's a pretty time consuming job. I do think it was worth it as the black round mirror above the basin really makes a big difference, don't you think?





MARBLE EFFECT TILES

I always wanted a fully tiled marble bathroom but I wasn't going to repeat the mistakes I made with our bathroom mini make-over. To keep it short, we installed real marble tiles 5 years ago that started to deteriorate only after a year or so. It totally put me off real marble in the bathroom and I chose marble effect porcelain and ceramic tiles for this project in stead. I went for very realistic looking marble effect tiles by an Italian manufacturer called Pasta Blanca. Our bathroom fitter sourced the tiles directly from N&C Tiles and Bathrooms so we could get a trade discount. Gloss tiles can be dangerous when wet (especially if you have small children) so I chose matt marble effect porcelain tiles for the floor. I picked the glossy ceramic tiles for the walls so that we could maximise all the light that comes in. Our bathroom isn't huge so gloss tiles are great because they allow light to bounce around the room.

TAPS AND SHOWER HEAD 

Few years ago I saw the dreamiest black matt basin mixer tap on Pinterest and knew that if we ever decide to redo the downstairs bathroom, I will need this tap to go in it. It's funny, I kind of picked the tap for this room before the tiles which sounds a little crazy I know. I do think the mixer tap from Tre Mercati is the dreamiest tap out there but according to our fitter it wasn't exactly the easiest to install. But I have to say that is does look absolutely fabulous!
 



The bath mixer tap is also from Tre Mercati but I couldn't find a shower head from the same range (that would have been delivered on time) so I ordered a similar one from the MODE Spencer range. All the accessories are matt black so you wouldn't really notice they are not part of the same range. I do feel like the black accessories pull the look together. I did feel a little silly for blowing most of our budget on the accessories but I think it paid off in the end.

BATH

It was my husband idea to get a whirlpool bath and although I wasn't convinced first, I'm definitely a fan now. If you suffer from upper back pain like I do, you'll find the jacuzzi function a godsend. I've been using our jacuzzi bath twice a week since we had it installed which just goes to show it was a great idea in the end. I think the quality is ok, although I was a little surprised some of the chrome parts are actually plastic. I only use bath oils in the bath and also do a monthly cleaning cycle (I use non bio powder). Otherwise, I find it just as easy to maintain as a regular bath.

TOILET

I really wanted a space saving wall hung toilet for this bathroom but it wasn't possible because the wall it will be fixed onto is load baring. I ordered a compact toilet in stead and our builder also had to add a cistern to it which he luckily boxed up.

VANITY UNIT

Initially, I had ordered a different vanity unit from Soak but it arrived damaged so I had to get another one. I ended up going to our local bathroom store and buying almost an identical (except smaller) vanity unit. To be honest, I think it's a better size so I guess it was meant to be. I also really wanted a wall hung unit so that we could store things underneath it.

BUILT IN SHELVING

Storage was always a big question mark. Our old bathroom had very little room to store anything so I really wanted to create more storage space (which was tricky since this is the smallest room in our house). I thought one long built-in shelf above the bath would be practical and also make a great feature. Of course it also meant that the room would have to be slightly more narrow but  was happy to sacrifice few inches for this cool feature.



ADDITIONAL STORAGE

Of course I still needed more space to store all the products so I bought a black shower caddy from Umbra that just hangs off the shower head. I love that is required zero drilling and holes! I also fell in love with this ladder shelf from John Lewis as it really makes the room feel bigger and lighter. I had to get some small storage boxes so it wouldn't look messy and unorganised. Can you believe we have now more storage space than before which is amazing considering this is our family bathroom after all.


LIGHTING & MIRROR

I've been eyeing up this round mirror from Umbra for a while now and pretty much knew from day one that it would look great above a white gloss vanity unit. It's suitable for the bathroom as are the black wall lights from Dusk lighting, It was so hard to find nice black wall lights online. I wanted something quite contemporary and classy. Not too industrial if it makes sense. We installed a double dimmer switch so we could control the wall lights and the spot lights separately. Best decision ever!



ACCESSORIES

Accessorising the room has definitely been most fun. I felt the room needed a splash of colour as well as a bit of texture to soften the look a bit.

The Missoni Giacomo towels and the bath mat (gifted) were on my wish list from day one. I didn't want to use more than one pattern in the room and Missoni's famous chevron stripes just seemed perfect. I'm totally obsessed with this range. They are also the softest towels I have ever own.



Now we all know that every bathroom needs a good sized laundry basket, am I right? There is nothing more annoying than clothes on the floor which is why I was thrilled when Garden Trading  sent me this woven laundry basket (gifted). It's the perfect size (medium) for this little corner and it's also a lot bigger than it looks. I feel it really softens the look too and adds texture to this room. I also have this same basket in size extra large in my bedroom - that's how much I love them!


Garden Trading also gifted me this chic wire egg basket which I decided to use for cotton wool. It's such a perfect way to add a bit of industrial chic to our new bathroom.


This project wasn't easy but somehow we managed to make it work. I faced a lot of challenges along the way (mainly with our fitter who turned out to be pretty unreliable in the end) but I think I should write another blog post about that. This has felt like the hardest make-over of them all, probably because I decided to do everything myself. I wanted to test my design skills and heavily relied on my own instincts and Pinterest. Although, it was stressful at times, I loved every minute of it and I couldn't feel more proud now that I'm looking at the end result.

I really hope you enjoyed this transformation. I'd love to hear your bathroom renovation stories. Leave a comment below or let me know on Instagram!


PRODUCT LIST
Vanity Unit
Whirlpool Bath
Wall Mounted Basin Mixer

Tre Mercati Mixer Tap for Bath
City Space Toilet
MODE Spencer Shower Set
Woven Laundry Basket (gifted)
Wire Egg Basket (gifted)
Silver Tray (gifted)
Faux Flowers & succulent by Sainsbury's (not available online)
Jo Malone Special Edition Candle
Jo Malone Neroli & Basil Hans Wash
Black make-up mirror H&M (not available online)
Missoni Giacomo Towel Set (gifted)
Giacomo Bath Mat (gifted)
MADE.COM Metal Towel Ring
Umbra Round Mirror
Umbra Cubiko Shower Rack
Ladder Shelf
Rattan Basket
Aquanova Storage Basket Set (gifted)
Black Towel Rail
Marble effect tiles (similar)
Free Standing Toilet Roll Holder
Black Pedal Pin
Astro Wall Lights


* Some of the products in this post are gifted.
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Friday, 29 June 2018

I'M LAURA ASHLEY'S BLOGGER OF THE MONTH!



Just thought I'd share some happy news with you today.. I'm absolutely delighted and honoured that Laura Ashley has named me as their blogger crush this month. I've had the pleasure to work with Laura Ashley for a few years now and I absolutely adore their homeware range. I usually stick with their glamorous pieces to spice up our contemporary décor.

Head over to the Laura Ashley blog HERE to read my full interview!
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

INTERIOR INSPIRATION FROM IKOS DASSIA



I know it has been a little quiet on the blog lately, but I have a totally good reason (well, actually two) for it. First of all, our downstairs bathroom reno has been dragging for weeks now. It has been a rather painful project let me tell you. I'm happy to report though that we finally finished yesterday which is such a relief. I also holidayed in Greece with the family last month and although my plan was to unplug and relax, I ended up taking loads of photos of the pretty interiors in the hotel we were staying in.



We stayed on the beautiful island of Corfu in the brand new Ikos Dassia resort. The resort had only been open for 3 weeks but luckily everything was running pretty smoothly when we got there. The resort is absolutely stunning and there is literally interior inspiration everywhere. The resort consists of two separate buildings and we stayed at the Sky building. After reading some Trip Advisor reviews, I asked if we could be allocated to the Sky building and I'm so happy the management obliged. The views overlooking Albania were absolutely breathtaking from our sea view room. The grounds were beautiful too and it was a massive bonus that the hotel was by the beach.





Ok, let's talk about the interiors since it is the reason why I started writing this blog post in the first place. I'm not going to lie, the pretty interiors certainly influenced my decision when I was booking the hotel. Although, of course the gorgeous location was a massive selling point too! I absolutely adore the coastal vibe that is predominant throughout the hotel. They had put so much effort into little details it was unbelievable. There were lanterns, pouffes, beautiful vases and stunning rattan furniture dotted around the hotel. It literally felt like a second home thanks to all the beautiful accessories. I guess that's what they were going for since Ikos means 'home' in Greek after all!









Although they had opted for neutral walls and furniture, splashes of colour in cushions and art work added some interest to the decor. I mean, how amazing is this piece of art at the end of the lounge? 




It's pretty easy to see why coastal inspired interiors have become so popular recently, am I right? Coastal bohemian interiors are also more popular than ever this year and I personally love to combine the look with some minimalist Scandi accessories.

So, who else is loving all things coastal? Leave a comment below or let me know on Instagram!

SHOP THE LOOK!
5. WHITE DINING ROOM TABLE SET


PS. If anyone has any questions about this hotel or our stay, I'm happy to answer them. I would say that this resort is ideal for families, but they also have an adults only pool and bar if you fancy some much needed me-time. If you have any questions, just shoot me an email or leave a comment below. Oh, and if you do decide to go to Corfu, make sure to visit the restaurant Pomo d'Oro in Corfu Old Town. It's such a hidden gem!

For more information, check out Ikos Resorts.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

OUR HOME IS FEATURED IN YOUR HOME MAGAZINE

You may remember the interior magazine photo shoot that took place in our house in April. Well, the July issue is now out in the shops and of course I had to share the happy news with you. 

Our house is featured in all its glory on pages 80-85. It's a 6 page spread, definitely the most in-depth magazine interview I have done to this date. It was quite strange reading all the answers as I had already forgotten what I had said myself.  I do think it's an interesting read for anyone who is thinking about buying an older property and doing it up. Of course there's lots of interior inspo and tips there too!

My lovely girls are also in the feature. I have to say that the main photo is probably one of the nicest photos ever taken of 3 of us. It's almost impossible to get the 2 yo toddler to pose for the camera these days, so it was a miracle that we managed to get the shot in the end. 








The July issue is now out in the shops, so grab a copy if you can!

Also, a HUGE thank you to the lovely Maxine Brady from We Love Home Blog who styled the house to perfection, and also to the most patient photographer ever, David, who managed to get the girls to sit still.   


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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

HOW TO THROW A TROPICAL GARDEN PARTY

 






It seems that summer has finally arrived, which means it's the perfect time to start planning your summer party themes.

I'm thrilled to be a guest blogger over at the Party Delights Blog today, talking about how you can throw a tropical garden party in your own home with few simple accessories.

Head over to the Party Delights Blog HERE.

* Thank you Party Delights for sponsoring this post.
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