Monday, September 19, 2016

New Kitchen Tour!

The dream is real! We finally have our new kitchen. There are soon many things I want to share with you guys. It took loads of planning and two weeks of work, but it's a success. However, I'm afraid no good kitchen remodel is complete without a before picture. So if you want to see before scroll to the bottom where I hid the ugliness.



We chose our kitchen from Wickes (a British equivalent of home depot), the range is called Kendall cream. I picked the style because I felt it was classic and modern, yet still timeless. One of my decorating pet peeves is when people pick high trend items and they become very dated. In my opinion high gloss kitchens are the next avocado bathroom suites. Buyer Beware!- but all styles will age with time.

Initially I was torn between white and cream, because my favorite kitchen I have ever seen is Rachel Parcell's gorgeous white and marble kitchen from PinkPeonies.com. It is hands down the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Never the less, Wickes discontinued the white and the decision was made for us. The cream then influenced the design approach I wanted to take. It felt a bit more warm to me so I leaned more towards country chic and then added the high gloss tiles to add a more modern twist. Its very appropriate as we do live in Surrey.



The next really cool design feature we have in the kitchen is the high gloss white ceramic floor tiles. I repeated them as a backsplash around the wall as well. Most people use smaller tiles as backsplashes, but having smaller tiles means have more grout lines, which means more potential for dirt! Not only is it practical, but its also cost effective.


We found this amazing spice organizer on Amazon. I love the design because it lets you see all of your spices laid out, as well as being able to hold quite a lot of spices.


One of the more designer aspects of our kitchen was this pull out cabinet. Its not the most efficient use of space, but it is super convenient.


All of our appliances are Russell Hobbs classic range in chrome. The tea bag tin is Emma Bridge water and the adorable cookbook holder and the chicken oven mitt (below) is Laura Ashley.



Our before photo... yikes



xx
Leah
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dressing Room Desires

I can't believe I am about to say this, but the upstairs of our house is almost finished! It has been a long, hard, and grueling last 2 months renovating, but so worth it (kind of). As soon as Harry and I arrived back from our wedding planning trip to LA, we found a tenant for our flat and had to move out in a matter of days. We dumped all of our possessions in the downstairs of our new home and retreated to Harry's parents' house for two weeks, while we attempted to chip away at the DIY and painting. After two weeks we decided to move into our place, so we set up camp on our spare bed in the middle of our living room... YES, we had a full size bed in our living room! And it was only until this last Saturday that we got the bed moved into our bedroom upstairs. So there will be a bedroom post soon (hopefully).
Dressing Room Desires

Our new home has what British people like to call 3 bedrooms, but what I (as an American) like to call 2 bedrooms and a closet ;) so I thought I'd post some inspiration for my new dressing room. Blush and gold have always been my colors, since I was 13 years old and all of my cool friends loved red and black and Paul Frank, but I wanted a pink and gold Bat Mitzvah. Je ne regret rien! Anyway I can't wait to see how the final product turns out! 


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Duck Egg Guest Room

The renovations on the new house are going on as we speak! Its been a tough haul, lots of DIY and late nights, but I'm sure it will be worth it. We have some pretty cool new features that I can't wait to share with you guys.

The inspiration below is for the spare bedroom. Right now I'm not 100% sure we will keep it as a guest room permanently, but we will definitely have space for guests to sleep. I chose the Brusali bedroom suite from Ikea for all the furniture. I love the white clean look- matching furniture creates an upscale look. 

The most important thing I learned from this room, was to pick a boutique paint shop. The first time we attempted to paint a room a light blue color we chose one from the hardware shop and it turned out hideous. I always buy my paints from Laura Ashley now, so that even if I pick the wrong color it will still be a chic color! Also their pale duck egg paint and Josette wallpaper is my FAV.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Champagne Bedroom Inspiration

In honor of finally getting keys to the new house, I'm posting my first decor inspiration!

With so much going on all the time I find it so much easier to keep track of my thoughts and ideas by creating these little inspiration boards and a co-ordinating Pinterest board (follow me here!). Best of all, I can organize the actual products that are going in the room, in addition to color schemes etc.

The inspiration for the Champagne bedroom came from our gorgeous bed, which I already have in our current room (pictures don't do it justice). In our current bedroom, Harry and I struggled to decide a color we both wanted for the walls. I always knew I wanted pale pink/blush bedding, so it was a struggle find a color that matched, but was "manly" enough for a shared bedroom, so we settled on a pale green. However, the paint we ended up painting was much bluer and I am not a fan! SO, having learned my lesson I knew I wanted to stick with a lighter, neutral, color scheme as they are timeless, elegant, lighter, and make a room look bigger. I can't wait until we can finally get all of the paint and furniture into the actual room and see how it goes from inspiration to REALITY!
Champagne Bedroom Inspiration
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Tablescape!


I thought I would share my Spring Tablescape with you guys today! I had so much fun setting the table, it turned out gorgeous. I had been lusting after the Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny plates since they came out last year or, but these are a slightly different version I found at Marshalls in the U.S.! I was shocked to see them there and obviously lunged after the display to quickly grab every item there (even though I knew they would have to fly across the Atlantic in my suitcase). 

The tablecloth is a staple for every home that entertains- a cream damask Ralph Lauren with matching napkins. I don't keep real flowers in the house, because they bring in bugs (one of my many quirks), so anytime I can get to Michael's with a coupon I scoop up ample amounts of hydrangeas, just to pop a bit of color around the flat. 

The GORG pearl glass eggs and square wreath were great finds at TK Maxx, which I adore for all of their seasonal home decor, I just popped on a ribbon bow and VOILA! By keeping the color palate muted and simple, I was left with a chic table perfect for dining with friends and family.











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