Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nearly finished

I am so excited as our new bathroom is nearly finished!  For those of you who didn't see it before we started here is a reminder.  The photo on the left is before work started and on the right is the end of Day 1.

Day 1

I was amazed at how much the plumber got done on the first day.  All the old fittings were gone, the new loo was in, the new bath and one wall tiled.  The tiles are called Etrusco and are a nice natural stone sort of shade.  We were in a real dilemma about which way to have the tiles but opted for the brick style.  I'm really glad we choose this as I think it looks good!

Day 2

On Day 2, they bricked up the old window and put up a new inner wall.  The electrician had also been along and taken out all the dodgy old light fittings.

Day 3

The tiling had all been finished by the end of Day 3 and the shower and new vanity unit and sink fitted.  We choose all the bathroom fittings from a local store and were really pleased with the price and quality.  The toilet doesn't look too space age either as so many of them seem to these days. (Oh dear, I sound old!!)

 Day 4

Oh, doesn't that look good!  The bath is slightly wider than a standard bath and it just seems so spacious, I love it!  As does our little boy.  He seems really little in the big new bath.

Day 5

Nearly finished... the plasterer has finished the ceiling and walls so the only job left to do on Monday is the electrician to fit the new spotlights.  We painted a couple of sample patches on the walls but have yet to decide on Putty or Almond. (Homebase, budget did not allow me to look at Farrow & Ball unfortunately!)  We have ordered flooring to come in next couple of weeks which will finish it off nicely. 

It really doesn't seem like the same room, its an incredible transformation and I am delighted with everything. 
Look out for the finished result coming soon...


Monday, 17 January 2011

New bathroom countdown has begun...

Inspirational bathroom!

I have been dreaming of our new bathroom for 6 months now and I can't believe we have had to wait this long! Anyway, next Monday the plumber will be here ripping out the old bathroom.  Hurrah!

The yellow tiles, cracked sink, trickly shower, puddles of water on the floor will all be gone and I can't wait to see our shiny new white suite in place. 

I have yet to decide on the paint colour for the walls and I think I will wait until the tiles are all finished and then do some tester patches.  I have my farrow & ball paint chart at the ready!

Watch this space for the new bathroom which I hope to bring you at the end of next week.


Monday, 10 January 2011

Time to get organised

It's that time of year when I want to get myself organised! I need a new diary and have been browsing online to find a lovely one.  I  always think I will use a diary much more than I ever do.  Last year I discovered Organised Mum who sell a whole range of stationery items to get you organised.  This year I have my eye on these goodies.

The Pocket Life Book  is essentially a diary but has a section for shopping list and meal ideas which is great.  We regularly write a shopping list and plan what to eat every day, go shopping, throw away the list and then wonder what wonderful creations we had decided to cook for the rest of the week!  This year it is even in my favourite colour combo of turquoise and pink. Fab!

This is a Budget Book in which you can keep track of monthly expenses and there is a pocket every month to keep all your receipts in.  For me, this is great news as I quite often want to keep receipts for things I have bought but never quite know where to keep them all.  Ta da, problem solved.

Finally, for my big sis, a meal planner and shopping list which you can put up on your fridge.  I bought her one of these last year as a treat and she loved it so she has asked for another one this year.  The shopping list section is split into sections such as dairy, bakery, household, drinks etc.  A great help when you are in the supermarket.

Check out their website for loads of other fab stuff.  Organised Mum

Have a nice day, I'm off to get organised!


Friday, 7 January 2011


One of my favourite flowers are tulips and I love this time of year as you can start to buy them again.  They do a wonderful job of freshening up your house after all the fuss and clutter of Christmas.

I found this gorgeous Greengate range from Winter 2010 online today and I'm not usually one to go for purpley interior things but I love it!  I am sensing a new look for our new kitchen! A great excuse to treat myself to some lovely new tea towels, apron etc etc!  Plus, it goes so well with the sagey green colour I already want.

I am a huge fan of Greengate and when their new catalogue used to arrive at work we would all just gasp and sigh over it and wish we lived in Greengate world!  Oh well, we can dream!