Kitchen makeover

When we moved into our house, the kitchen needed completely ripping out. I would have liked to have been able to save the units and just update them, but they were in such a bad state that they had to be ripped out and thrown away. Some of them didn’t fit properly and half of […]

How to cleverly disguise ugly cables

Ever since we moved the TV to the other side of our living room, we have had cables trailing all along one wall from the socket in one corner of the room to the TV unit in another corner. Having two cables trailing along the floor looks messy, so we cable tied them together and […]

Garden progress

After laying turf on our back garden to create a lawn, and putting a border with plants at the rear of the garden, we still had a lot more work to do in order to improve the rest of the garden. We were fed up of looking at the ugly concrete slabs that made up [...]

How to make a small house feel bigger

  Our house is the first home my hubby and I bought together and I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that it's really small. We have just 2 rooms downstairs - the living room and the kitchen and that is it; there isn't even a hallway. Upstairs we have the master bedroom, a [...]

Transforming our back garden

When we got the keys to our house, similarly to every room inside our home, the back garden needed a lot of work doing to it. It was basically just patio and weeds – a lot of patio and a lot of weeds.  And nothing else. Nada. It all looked so grey and, well, lifeless. […]

How we updated our spare room

Just in case you need a reminder – here is the spare room pre-makeover, in desperate need of some TLC. And a good clean to boot. After a thorough clean, many coats of paint and some carpet later, the room basically became a dumping ground. Following a clear-out, it then became a home office for quite […]

Landing update

  I wish I had some photos of our landing when we first moved in to show you, but unfortunately I don’t seem to have any. I seem to recall that it was bright orange with no proper floor covering and I think all of the doors to the upstairs rooms were dark wood and […]

Bathroom progress

When we got the keys to our new house a few years ago, the bathroom was in need of a total re-fit. Let me remind you of how grim it was! Similarly to every other room in our house when we purchased it, there wasn’t a single thing in the bathroom that didn’t need replacing, from […]

The method that promises you will never have to declutter again

I had never heard of Marie Kondo until I happened to come across a mention of the KonMari method when looking for something completely irrelevant on the internet. I literally stumbled across it by pure chance and I’m so glad I did.    At first, when I was looking into who she was and what […]

Living room storage unit makeover

Our father-in-law kindly gave us an old unit he no longer wanted when we moved into our house. It had a few white paint marks on it and some minor dents and scratches to the laminate (at least that's what I think it is), so it was looking a little sad.    I didn't know [...]

Master bedroom progress

We have come a long way since the look our bedroom had when we got the keys to our house around 3 and a half years ago. And isn’t it a good job! We knew as soon as we saw the bedroom that everything would need replacing and redecorating. I think the only thing that […]

Our first home – the ‘before’ pictures

Back in 2011, Dan (my hubby) and I purchased our very first home. It was a small house but nevertheless a big and quite daunting, albeit exciting, project.  The house needed so much work doing to it; I don’t think we quite knew what we were getting ourselves into! It had been left empty for quite […]