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Why I’ve gone for Consistency with our Flooring

Pink Kids Room Desk Study Area Eames Chair Retro Scandi Floor

So here’s an admission. My name’s Lucy and I’m a Rightmove addict. Ahhh, it feels good to get that out. I trawl the homes looking at all the decor and how people have lovingly decorated and  dressed their rooms. This is also why I’ve gone for consistency with our own flooring.

One thing that particularly turns me on or off is the flooring and this is because when you see a gorgeous home that has different flooring in every room it feels really inconsistent and doesn’t flow. I don’t mean that every single room should look completely uniformed but I just feel it’s much more easy on the eye if it at least there is a running theme throughout ?

Wooden Scandi Floor Kids Room Neon Flamingo LightWooden Floors Quick-Step

This spurred me to choose the same Engineered Natural Oak Wood Quick -Step in for all of our bedrooms including B’s bedroom that I hadn’t showed you until now. A while ago I posted the main and guest bedroom but since then we have had a change around ( are we ever surprised by the amount of abandoned stuffed toys found during these times needing new homes )  and we feel really pleased with it…

Wooden Floor Built in Wardrobe Pink Bedroom

I know you shouldn’t decorate your home to please the next owners – but I do think it makes a bit of sense to consider what might sell your home in the future. How many times have you heard of owners ripping up nice carpet to expose the wooden floors ? Plus it just looks great for right now – which is the main objective.

Kids Den Blackboard wall music room Wooden Floors cosy inviting

Putting down this Quick-Step has made the room feel twice as big. As we’ve put in a new mirrored wardrobe this has also added light and makes the floor look like it goes on forever. But also if you slide back the doors you enter another little world beyond the dresses.

There is a ‘ secret room ‘ ( my sister said one day it will be called the boyfriend room and I said that’s when it will be bolted up haha ) that we’ve also had the Quick-Step laid in and it has transformed a tiny little space and it’s much more inviting now. Easy to wipe too with the chalk dust.

So now all 4 bedrooms are completed. Our room, M’s room, guest room and this one. We laid all of the floor boards the same way again to be formulaic. We’re very happy with the results. If you’re looking to change your flooring then I’d definitely recommend Quick-Step as an option.

To be honest, I’m amazed I even managed to photograph the room over the Summer Hols let alone write the post  – hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step – as always all opinions are my own.

Making a compact bedroom cosy and colourful

Blue room bedroom plates on wall guest room mid century

If you didn’t know already, we recently changed around our upstairs and decided that it would make sense to have our smallest room as the guest room. Bit of a no brainer really as it’s the least used space but deserved the same amount of love nevertheless. So how do you make a compact bedroom cosy and colourful ?

The views from the window are my favourite and although it’s more compact, it’s one of the nicest areas to sit and relax. It has a really calm feeling, especially in the early evening with the sunsets.

You’d laugh if you saw how different this room was a month or so ago. But as I like to keep the blog looking smartish I think I will leave it to your imagination. Let’s just say when it was my youngest daughter’s room, it was such more ermmm ‘ lived in ‘ …

Wooden Floor Bedroom Design Home Style Blue Plates WallWooden Flooring Bedroom Cosy Oak

The floor needs to be functional and inviting plus continuity in a home ( I will be talking more about this in an upcoming post soon ) so we opted for Quick-Step Wooden flooring in the same as the other bedrooms which is Natural Oak because we have been so happy with it. It’s very low maintenance and I do just love the look of it. Also it adds some more warmth to the room and is lovely to ease on to in the mornings.

The brilliant Master Installer Mark Hughes put the floor in again this time. He is such a good bloke and does a great job each time. I heartily recommend to you in the East of England.

Mood board bedroom colour inspiration wooden flooring style library fabric trims pink blue stripesI didn’t want to overly complicate the guest room with too much going on. This mood board kind of sums up overall what I had in my mind for it. Blues, pinks, wood, gold and a little dash of rainbow.

Blue walls bedroom inspiration white colour

Adding too many strong colours can absorb the light you are working with, making it feel smaller and dark but then just plain neutrals can make it stark. So I chose a blue by Little Greene called Brighton. It’s a really friendly, bright hue and reflects the natural light really nicely.

I had been looking for the right place to put up my plates by Sally Muir and think I found it.

Blue room blinds cosy guest room Fabric textiles trim blind blue pink

I am a big fan of the fabrics from Style Library and wanted something very simple at the window so used their Zoffany Bray in Arctic White which is 100 % linen so it feels amazing, but then also added some Harlequin trim in Lapis  and Raspberry at the base to define the blind and coordinate it with the other colours in the room. Style Library represent other brands like Scion, Anthology and Morris & Co. Their ranges are vast and beautiful.

Lampshade Bright pink blue room Brighton paint

We’ve had this fuschia pink shade with gold lining for a while and I love it so thought it would work with the trim and other shades. It’s silk and I think I will always find a home for it.

Armchair striped retro multi coloured interior home

Our trusted striped armchair has moved in here too and it faces the window. I think the room needed just an extra splash of pattern and it fits neatly in the corner. What do you think ?

Plates Gallery Wall Blue Bedroom Cushions Cosy Scandi

I’m excited about family and friends staying to see whether they enjoy the room. I hope they do.

Have a good week.

Lucy x

I was gifted the fabric and flooring. All opinions are my own.

Choosing the right bed for your kids room

Kids Bedroom furniture wooden day bed grey room Just recently I’ve talked about choosing the right furniture for a child’s bedroom, today it’s sourcing the right bed. From experience, before you know it, they’ve outgrown what you thought might see them through so it’s made me realise how essential it is to think ahead in to their near teenage years. I mean, I love a bit of DIY and altering colours but changing all the furniture can be costly and unnecessary.

A mistake that we have made and have ended up getting through several up to this point hence me really wanting to invest in their long term beds now and buy something that’ll hold it’s value as much as possible.

White Kids Day Bed Wooden Trundle Grey Room Calm Childrens Space

So, we went for the Nikki Day Bed from Cuckooland for both the girls’ rooms that allows friends to stay over with it’s trundle drawer underneath that you can pop an extra mattress in so it creates a really sociable aspect to the room as it can be used in the day as a sofa with lots of cushions and then a cosy bed at night. It also ensures lots of space as it doesn’t dominate the centre of the room. It’s wooden which was what we wanted. It’s well painted and sturdy. Pure white in colour was important so that we could make small changes over time  – white works with everything doesn’t it ? I do like it with this light grey wall.

It’s a room to hang out in. How long will we keep it tidy for ? :)

Gallery Wall Grey Room Kids Good Vibes Only Print Blue Cushions Calm Relaxing Space

You can also have some fun with the wall behind and coordinate some cushions ( these ones were made by Mae and the fabric is from Scion Fabrics at Style Library ) to make a really cosy little hub.

Teenager Beds ideas Cuckooland bedrooms
1. 4You Canopy Bed 2. Pino 3. New York Metal 4. Aurora 5. Lifetime Cool Semi Bunk

This was all perfect for our needs but I appreciate that every bedroom is different in one way or another so have chosen 5 more beds here from Cuckooland that will suit various sized and shaped spaces and of course different price points. I love with the four poster, the idea of fairy lights but you could also drape sheer fabric around it.It’s a single but comes as a double also. Classic metal beds look so good in most rooms with white cotton bedding or a bight and fun duvet cover.

With limited space like in Mae’s old room a high bed like the Lifetime one here is great as you can fit everything needed for studying during those longer high school nights.

I think all of these beds can be passed on to other family members afterwards and that’s what appeals to me.

Trundle Bed Cuckooland Wooden Bed Grey Room Inspiration Cosy calm

It took us a lot longer than planned ( and two skips later but that’s another story … ) to organise their new rooms but they are really happy with the new sleeping arrangements and we have already had the thumbs up from visiting friends.

I wish I’d had a trundle bed when I was school age – but did they even exist then or did we miss a trick ?

What are your thoughts on the new look ?

Lucy x

I received a discount when purchasing the beds. No payment other than that. As always – all opinions are my own. 

Creating a Functional Study Area with Teebooks

bookcase shelving tee books white

If you’ve had any peeks at my instagram stories recently then you’ll know that we’ve been doing up a few bedrooms. It was really important to us that we created a functional and quiet space for Mae to study now that she is getting a bit older. Well, we found the perfect desk for her but I am even more happy with her new bookcase shelves from TEE books.

Mae has always been a bit of a book worm and loves loads of different genres. before we had a bookcase that wasn’t visible so it was sometimes a case of out of sight out of mind, but now they’re up and you can’t fail to see every single title. I don’t think books should ever be hidden away.

bookcase shelves retro desk

What attracted me to TEEbooks initially were the clean minimalist lines of the shelving and how they make the books and their colours stand out so well. To be able to access them while you’re sitting at the desk or in bed is now much easier for her.

books shelves tee books

They’re super sturdy but light weigh at the same time which is pretty clever. They arrived extremely promptly from France in a compact package  – they were the first thing I wanted to sort out and put up after the desk went in. Mae loves them.

I tell you what is also fabulous – no more toe stubbing on floor bookcases and more room for everything else accumulated over the years.

tee books shelving white contemporary

We received 6 in total from TEEbooks so we put the other 2 up in another room where we needed some extra space being a smaller room. They’ve brightened up the corner no end.

bookcase shelves white room modern sleek design

You can also use them for plants  – well, I will anyway.

But TEEbooks have a vast selection of products including cd, vinyl, bathroom, kitchen, dvd shelving and some very cool wine racks. I really like their Tee light lamps too and wall wine racks. Very clever. They come in different sizes and you can buy single or multiples.

My mission is to cover my walls with them. Any excuse for more reading material and old records.

What do you think of the bookcase shelves ? Also – any recommendations for new authors ?

Lucy x

All images are my own.

I was sent these bookcase shelves by TEEbooks  – all opinions as always are my own.

Tips when Having your Furniture Upholstered

yellow chair retro 60s style home living room

There’s been a hint of Spring in the air these last few days here with blue skies and a few flowers emerging from the ground which always turns my mind to what I can change around in the house. What have I become a bit un – enamoured with ? What can I change to make a difference without always doing up the whole room. So I have put together a post with tips when having your furniture upholstered.

Being a textiles obsessive as you may know, I’m usually making new blinds or curtains and more often than not having a piece of furniture reupholstered. It can completely transform the look of a room and add a lovely fresh feel to get the inspiration flowing. This month I had one one of my favourite chairs covered in fabulous Riko Sunflower yellow fabric by Scion and it’s really cheered up the space.

When I’m looking at fabrics there are some factors I take in to consideration before choosing the right one. For this chair I considered lots of different textures and hues as I’d like to keep it covered in this fabric for some time. It has to work with our current colour scheme and some other palette changes that are on the way …

This list could be helpful for anything you might be considering. After all it can be a bit of a minefield with so many beautiful versatile colours and prints to choose from. I always feel slightly overwhelmed by choice and want to use them all .. hehe.

Cosy armchair yellow grey living room

Test of time.

If you want your lovingly covered piece to stay fabulous for as long as possible, it’s important to check the credentials ! You’ll want something strong and durable – and if you have pets and or kids then can it be cleaned easily ?

Naturally, thicker fabrics will stand the test of time better. So a woven material as opposed to a printed cotton for example.

This Scion fabric in particular is Polyester and cotton and is perfect for covering a chair.

teal cup and saucer sweetie and willow

Colour Schemes.

For a nice relaxed feel in the room then choose similar tones to what you are already working with. The rule for a harmonious look is 4 shades close together. For example blue, blue greens, green and yellow green. Or if you want a more energetic overall vibe then opposites like blue, red and yellow. Choose a predominant colour ( if you don’t have one already ) for your sofa or armchair and add accessories around that.

I have gone for just yellow for the armchair with grey accessories being the rug and throw – both from Wayfair. The room although is South facing still doesn’t get 100 % light all year round so I have decided after years of trying to brighten it, to embrace the light and so will be painting the room a subtle shade of grey too soon.

Pops of blue around add an extra bit of depth. This vintage style cup and saucer is from Sweetpea & Willow.

Yellow chair living room retro mid century style

Samples and measuring.

You should always be able to access samples especially if you’re looking to buy online. Usually they are free if you’re ordering up to about 5 but otherwise there’s a minimal charge for each. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do this before buying metres. Once a fabric is cut it is usually non returnable – so make sure you order enough too. The textures and colours in reality are sometimes different to how it appears. Going back to my first point about whether it’ll last – you’ll only be able to tell really if you’ve checked it out first hand.

Regarding patterned fabric – you will potentially need more to pattern match. Bear this in mind as you don’t want to be short so make sure you order enough.

cosy armchair yellow grey room retro mid century

Fire retardant ?

Before your furniture is upholstered, you can always check this to make sure the material is safe and fire retardant. All upholstery fabrics are produced to standard fire retardant regulations but they can be ‘FR ‘ treated to increase their safety if needed for say a hotel or restaurant. It’s a good idea to check with the company if you’re not sure on the levels needed for your project.

art & Hue print Southbac centre Royal festival hall

Mixing it up. Old and new.

Adding some fun, if it’s an old piece of furniture or it’ll be in a room full of contemporary things – then maybe shake things up and use a retro style print like this one form Art & Hue – they offer a choice of colours to suit your room with most of their pictures. Love their Pop Art. Do check them out.

If it’s vintage all the way so far in the room then maybe think to use a modern style print. It adds a totally different dynamic. Of course, there’s always good ol’ Pinterest if you want to see how this can work beautifully.

Hope this is helpful and that you like my newly upholstered armchair ?

One extra piece of extra advice is to ask for what is left over from the fabric if someone is upholstering for you. You can make cushions from it and it’s always handy to have the swatch if you need to colour match while you’re out shopping for other accessories.

Do you have anything that you’d love have upholstered soon ?

Lucy x

I was gifted the fabric, rug, throw, cup and saucer and unframed print. All opinions as ever are my own.