4 Textile Pieces To Switch Up In The Home

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Cushions. We now have decorative cushions in the bedroom. I know I’ve made it now because they actually go back on the bed in the morning. Shock right. They don’t sit on the floor (because let’s be honest who actually uses them) or even worse, they get demoted to the chair-drove. You know that chair in the bedroom? Yes I know you haven’t seen it in a while but it’s still there.

We’ve recently chosen a couple of cushions that I love and really go with our sage green colour scheme in the bedroom but I know I can swap these if I wanted a change or if we bought different bedding, which leads me nicely on to…

Bedding. If there’s one thing I love looking at when homeware shopping, it’s bedding. There’s just so many textures, colours and styles it’s sometimes hard to choose and I’ve seen them range anywhere between £15 and £100 (and probably higher) for a new set so it’s not like the options aren’t there if a shake up is what you want. I’ve found a new level with our set from IKEA because it has a zip close! How I got to nearly 30 years of age without seeing a zipped bedding set I’ll never know (buttons and press studs this far) but it’s a game changer in the speed and overall fiddly-ness. Yes that’s now a phrase.

Towels. In our bathroom we tend to stick with the white, beige and navy colour schemes but I’ve seen fuchsia, teal and purple in some bathrooms when a change up was required. New towels, potentially along with a new bath mat, can brighten up a bathroom instantly without a big budget. I tend to do this but with kitchen towels as I love seeing a kitchen towel with a fun print and we always seem to run out so that’s a reason for more if I ever heard one.

Curtains. This suggestion is likely the most expensive one of the bunch but can really be the feature of a room if your finding the paintwork a little bland. Sometimes in rented accommodation it can be a great way to add a bit of character or personal style or tie in other colours from the room. I have seen very expensive bespoke curtains to high street purchases, from heavy swags and tails to linen coverings again there are options to give a room a different look instead of repainting or stripping it back which can either be costly or time consuming.

Let me know if you’ve made any recent soft furnishing purchases for your home, I’d love to see them too!

We’re Upsizing!

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I can see the finished bedroom on the horizon. With the mattress now in situ, the new bedding washed, pillows purchased then rejected and moved to the living room, it really feels like we’re almost done. I am now very excited to finally sleep in the new bed as we have upsized from a double to kingsize.

A couple of things are still left to do (isn’t that always the case?) and time has really run away with me over the last week or so – I’ve also been busy with another DIY project. In the bedroom shelves need putting up and the radiator needs putting back on the wall but that really (!) won’t take too long.

My mum is making the blind which will be the final piece of the puzzle this weekend and then we will be moving back into the master bedroom. I have started to use the storage under the bed and put all of our clothes into the wardrobes – and thoroughly enjoyed having a clear out at the same time. I have used it as an opportunity to decide if I don’t want the item in the ‘new room’ then I can do without it at all. It really has served me well.

We have had a couple of mattress issues regarding delivery. I ordered from a well known brand and the mattress got lost on delivery and ended up in the wrong depot. A phone call to the delivery company said it was being returned to sender and that I should rearrange delivery with the seller. A phone call to the seller said it was being rerouted and should be with me soon. As it turned out the next day it was no longer making its way to us. It was in fact already heading back to the retailer for a refund and if I still wanted the product a new order would have to be placed, with a waiting time of another 4 weeks. As we *really* didn’t want to do this I went into a local store and ordered one for same day delivery. It couldn’t have been easier. Until. When the mattress arrived and due to COVID the delivery men could only leave it in the hallway. I tried and I tried (and realised I should have filmed it) but couldn’t get the mattress upstairs on my own and had to wait for my husband to come and lend a hand ie. do most of the lifting.

If you haven’t already seen my little update to see what the bedroom looks like so far check out my latest vlog. My sister was a huge help in getting the wardrobes in and the bed up as I was still in the early days post op and I was mainly task supervisor and tool locating. You know, the important jobs.

Now just imagine the same room with a mattress!

Bedroom Renovation: 3 Things I Would Have Done Differently

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If you weren’t aware, we have been renovating our bedroom for months. Since the end of last year to be exact. We needed the bedroom walls taking right back so we could have the room plastered and painted and even with all of the time to consider certain things, make changes and know exactly what I want there are still things o would change about the process. I thought I’d note a few down so I can remember what I would have done different, with the idea in mind that of course money is endless. As it’s not unfortunately we have had to make a couple of compromises. These aren’t big things and I am incredibly happy with how the bedroom has turned out however I realised 3 things that I would now do differently (Hi hindsight, how ya doing?)

1. Have fitted wardrobes. The alcoves are an awkward size and even the ‘fitted’ PAX system in IKEA didn’t come in the sizes we wanted. We arranged for a joiner to make us some fitted wardrobes but due to COVID delaying his other work that needed doing before ours I didn’t want to wait, it ha already been a couple of months and I wanted the house back to normal. It was then decided that we would have my old wardrobes from my parents house. This worked well for me as they were the style I wanted anyway and would have repurchased and well, they were free. (I mean I paid for them yeeeears ago but I wouldn’t be spending again.)

2. Have a decorator in. A professional would have had the room painted to perfection in two days and all I would have to have done is make the bed and display some candles. A pro would have included getting the skirting board and coving on and painted in the two days without us having to lift a finger. I’m estimating it would have cost around £300-£400 for the work but in some cases it’s worth having the job done in a reasonable time. As much as I love my family for helping and am forever grateful I’d rather them not have to do work when they could be relaxing or doing their own projects.

3. Chipped in for the plug sockets. The sockets either side of the bed have always stuck out and I’ve always disliked them but unfortunately I didn’t have time to chip them in further before the plasterers arrived and now the room is finished I wouldn’t dream of doing them and messing up the smooth walls. It’s a shame but luckily they will be covered by the bedside tables in this case. They will also look slightly better after having new covers (to include the USB option) put on.

This all being said I LOVE the new bedroom look and although there are some things I would have done differently they would either cost money (that I was unwilling to spend) or would have been too messy. The more that gets done in the house the more I realise where I want to out money and where I believe I can do the job myself or with help of course. For me it’s about weighing the options and seeing what comes out on top.

We are also nearly finished! The mattress arrives later this week. I got impatient and moved both bedside tables, even though we were technically using them in the back bedroom I could no longer wait and the window dressing is being altered from curtains to a blind #mumskills.

Is there anything you would change in your house after a DIY project? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @lorenjessica_

Bedroom Renovation: Update 2 and Wishlist

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We have a change of plan! What ever project went from start to finish without those words being uttered? Not one in our house that’s for sure. The bedroom renovation has been ongoing since the start of winter last year. It was a BIG job and then well, lockdown, so it has taken much longer than anticipated. But with a new month comes a new (finished) room.

There is still plenty that we need for the bedroom. Matching bedding is one of them. Because we have dusky sage green feature walls on both sides and then plain white walls I think going for white, creams and natural shades will make the room feel relaxed and comfortable. After a recent conversation with my mum we discussed how quality bedding, even when washed multiple times, can still stay in great condition. This is why I’m not worried about spending that little extra on a couple of good sets. We’re also slowly teaching Mia, at 5 years old, she’s not allowed on the new bed. It will be higher than our old one and with the change in room (back into the master bedroom) she will notice the difference and the change in rules. If not I guess I’ll have to get a throw!

As I mentioned it is a whole new bed we have had. That means we’re going to need a new mattress. The duvet came with the bed so no new one there and we recently purchased new pillows. The bed we’ve had is an ottoman style (to hold those extra sheets and throws I’ll be buying) and has sage green fabric finish. This will hopefully look great next to the sage feature wall although I haven’t actually seen these up close together yet as the bed is still in the packaging. Talk about leaving things until the last minute.

We already have bedside tables which I purchased from Ikea. I love the Hemnes range and wanted these bedside tables for months not knowing if they would fit but when I spotted them in bargain corner for £35 each I had to snap them up. Our previous bedroom was white and grey and I don’t think our grey lamps will look great against the green wall so new ones will have to be found sticking with the natural tones and nothing too big.

The wardrobe is one of the complications that has slowed the bedroom project from finishing. We were hoping to get fitted wardrobes in the alcoves of the room however due to the lockdown delay and the subsequent delays from this we had to change the plan – shock! I spent way too much time trying to pick a wardrobe but a conclusion was finally found in the form of my old wardrobe at my parents house. This saves us a good deal of money which always makes me happy during a DIY project.

Now all of the decisions have been made I can’t wait for it to now come to fruition. I’ll be taking plenty of images of the bedroom as it slowly starts coming together and I am sure I will find a couple more bits to add to the room so feel free to keep up to date over on Instagram @lorenjessica_ and say hello!

An image of me showing off the new bedroom colour scheme, green and white

Bedroom Renovation Update

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We have a bed! And by that I mean we have a bed base still packaged in the room, without a mattress. It is still very exciting though.

This room has been freshly plastered and painted and I love the green that we finally chose after much deliberation. I have so many ideas for rooms (I blame Pinterest) that the final say goes to my husband to choose between two ideas and/or colour schemes. Funnily enough the bed was purchased first after my parents spotted it in a store. What I can not wait to see is the ottoman storage that the bed has. We can never have too much storage in our house.

If you want to have a little taster of what it looks like just before the bed arrived check out my YouTube video.