Tuesday, 31 July 2018



I guess it's safe to say that this summer has been so far a memorably hot one. I know everyone isn't a fan of the heatwave, but we have fully embraced it. I've always loved hot weather, although 30+ degrees Celsius sometimes feels a little too much when you live in London. 

Having a garden has really made the heatwave more bearable for us, especially now that the girls are on school holidays. I'm so happy we installed a timber decking in our garden few years ago. We definitely spend more time in our garden than in any other room at the moment, so I've made sure that it's fully furnished too. Our Alexander Francis garden dining room set is now 3 years old but luckily it still looks brand new. Functional dining room table and some additional seating is a 'must' if you want to turn your garden area into a second living room.

A good sized
paddling pool has been a godsend in this weather too (especially with the kids). I bought ours from Amazon two years ago and although it takes ages to fill (and sadly deflates a lot quicker than I had expected), it's been worth it. I know it won't last forever, but I'm ok with that considering the price. I guess the most important thing is that my girls absolutely love it. They can easily spend an entire day in and out of the pool so it does provide hours of endless entertainment for them (and obviously for me too!). It's the ideal height for our (almost) 3 year old and big enough for some smaller beach inflatables too. The best part is that it's big enough for adults too, so I've ended up using it few times myself when it has been unbearably hot. You'll definitely need to invest in an electric air pump though. This pump from Rantizon has done the job for us. Our giant swan inflatable is by Sunny Life. Isn't it cute? I think I'm more obsessed with it than my girls.. Who says you need a real swimming pool for quirky inflatables, eh?!

Our lovely neighbour gave us some gorgeous hydrangeas from their garden. I adore blue hydrangeas but sadly they only lasted few days in the vase. I've given up buying roses too in this heat. The only flowers that seem to survive in this weather are carnations. PS. I obviously keep the flowers indoors in this heat. I do not recommend placing any flowers in direct sunlight, unless it's for a brief photo opportunity which is of course a perfectly acceptable exception.

Air conditioning is not exactly common in the UK in residential homes. Annoyingly cooling down our home has been a real struggle in the last few months. Don't get me wrong, I do love the hot weather but it's challenging at times. It doesn't help that we live in an old house I guess. I try to keep the windows open during the day (although apparently you should close them to keep the heat out). I need the fresh air, so I can't imagine ever doing that. Usually I just drop the blinds down to block the sunlight. We also bought a very stylish fan from Dyson few years ago and it's been so useful recently. We also have a slightly larger version of it our TV room. My husband uses them all the time as he cannot stand the heat.   

Do you love the heat or have you had enough? Leave a comment or let me know on twitter!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018



I have some pretty cool news! Our home is now featured on Amara.com. It felt like too good to be true when Amara asked me if I'd like to be featured on their Home Inspiration page. I've been a massive fan of Amara for years now, so obviously it was no brainer really. My house tour is now live on their website (see it here) and since it's summer the emphasis was on summer/garden living. Of course I also had to feature our brand spanking new marble & monochrome bathroom there. I'm still pretty obsessed with the makeover in case you haven't noticed.

It's always so much fun to style and photograph new products for clients. The first product I bought from Amara was my Chilewich lace runner which is now almost 5 years old. It wasn't cheap, but it still looks brand new and it's such a statement piece which is why I never regretted the splurge. A by Amara (which is Amara's very own brand) has also recently impressed me. I styled some new products from this range as well and must say that the quality/price ratio is excellent.

I really hope you enjoy my Summer Home Tour on Amara.com and don't forget that you can also shop all the products on the Home Inspiration page. Just click on the images and the product list will appear. So easy and simple!

Go to my Home Tour HERE!

*This post is in collaboration with Amara. 


Tuesday, 10 July 2018


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?


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?


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

Ceramic Tiles
Matt Porcelain Floor Tiles
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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