Spare Room Renovation

Spare Room Renovation

If you keep up with my Instagram page, then you’ll have seen that our spare room renovation finally came together at the beginning of this week. It has been a looonnnggg time coming, and I’m just so pleased it’s done now!

When it comes to spending money, you’ll find no-one more against the idea than me. I love to save save save and never (ever) spend spend spend. So doing up a whole room seemed like a daunting task. But, one morning on my way to work (after a terrible night’s sleep) I was slightly grumpy and asked myself what is the point in driving all this way and earning money, if I can’t spend a bit of it every once in a while? Walking to work I rang Euan and told him I’d decided it was time to do the spare room up.

The next thing he knew, we were in Ikea (I’m talking a matter of days later) picking bed frames and mirrors…

The Spare Room – Before & After

In September 2016 we moved from our parents’ houses into our first home, both together and as individuals. Being perhaps slightly naive, or maybe our circumstances have just changed, we didn’t like the idea of a spare room. Thinking we’d get full use out of 3 functioning living spaces (lol) we set-up our second bedroom as an office, and our third bedroom as a second living room (with a sofa bed just in case people happened to stay over). It soon dawned on us that perhaps a guest bedroom would be more appealing after all…

So here is a ‘before & after’ of our guest bedroom…!

Before

After

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Products Used

Below is a link to all the items we purchased for our new & improved room! All completely affordable (and mostly from Ikea).

Bed Frame (don’t forget to order bed slats – ha!).

Side Tables

Lamp bases

Lampshades

Mirror (not pictured – it’s to the side)

Bedding

Cushions

Boxes

All-in-all, the renovation cost us around ¬£300 and I couldn’t be happier!

*We paid for all items listed (apart from the boxes which I had already) and this post is not sponsored in any way. Just sharing the love* I haven’t listed the decor bits & pictures because they were all in the house already and I don’t know where most of them are from!

I hope you enjoyed this home interiors post. Whilst you’re here, why not take a look at our engagement shoot pics!

Interior Design with The Empty Box Co!

Interior Design with The Empty Box Co!

Okay so if you read my ‘what I’m up to‘ blog series earlier in the year, you’ll know all about The Empty Box Company. (If not, give it a read. This post will make more sense). I did some marketing work on interior design a couple of months ago, and this was the initial blog post I wrote. I ended up re-writing it, but kept the original text (I always do – habit!). And instead of letting it sit on my computer totally unloved and forgotten (small violins, please), I thought I’d share it on here instead! Enjoy…

Blog Post for The Empty Box Company – Interior Design

It’s not just all ‘weddings’ here at The Empty Box Company. We also love interior design. So much so that all our product papers are in actual fact interior design papers from British interior design companies. Yes, really!

A beautiful box (or two) really can transform a room, and finish off an interior design project to perfection. Don’t believe me? Keep reading, you’ll be sure to change your mind…

Interior Design – What actually is it?

According to Wikipedia, interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space.

In other words, it’s making a room look it’s best and therefore sparking joy (Marie Kondo reference there – if you know, you know). Decorating your home can have an enormous impact on your mood, happiness, and love for the space you live in. And the most annoying part is often you don’t realise how much happier a space can be until you decorate it! Our advice? Just.Do.It. There’s always a reason (or 45) to prioritise other things over decorating your home, but sometimes you’ve just got to take the plunge!

Top Tips to Easily Transform Your Home

Having a bit of an interior re-vamp doesn’t always need to be an enormous undertaking. Here are some top tips to easily transform your home…

  1. A lick of paint is sometimes all you need. Are you guilty of considering buying an entire room’s worth of new furniture purely because your current furniture doesn’t match your interior vision? Why not consider matching your interior vision to the furniture you already have? Natural coloured wooden furniture goes amazingly with shades of green or burgundy, black furniture works wonderfully with pinks & greys, and white furniture looks visionary with blues & purples.  
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2. House plants & free-standing lamps are your best friends. Areas that are too small for furniture but look empty without something filling the space can be resolved by a house plant (real or fake!) or a free-standing lamp.  

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3. Empty Box Company boxes are beautiful and practical. Our huge range of boxes work wonderfully as home decor accessories, and being empty they double up as handy storage too. From adding an extra dimension to your display shelf, to a stack of hat boxes sat perfectly in your living room, we’ve got a box for all interior eventualities. Want to know the best part? You can even have bespoke boxes made in your very own wallpaper so your room & decor match perfectly. Read more about our bespoke service here.  

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Interior Design on Youtube

Because we just love interior design so much, we’ve created a little Youtube video to help visualise what you could do with your home using The Empty Box Company. Here it is!

Disclaimer

I technically got paid to write this post, because I wrote it during my working day (which I got paid for…). However I was not paid or obligated in any way to share it on here. Simply sharing because I wrote it and didn’t want it to go to waste ūüôā

Kitchen Project

Kitchen Project

Next up, the kitchen! We knew before we even moved in that we wanted to re-do the kitchen. Anyone who’s been in a similar situation will know that kitchen refits are¬†not¬†cheap. So our plan was always ‘how can we make it better?’. The tiles were dark and horrible, and the worktop was a nice colour but – again¬† – dark. We wanted to brighten the place up!

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We decided the easiest way was to replace the tiles. Not the cheapest option ever but certainly cheaper than a whole new kitchen! The colours had to either be quite neutral, or along the same lines of the living room. I thought about a combination of different shades of blues, greys, and whites, as a mosaic.

I searched online, and we went into show rooms, and found plenty of tiles we liked.¬†But nothing was quite right. We went back and forth from a farmhouse-y style, to ultra modern, but something wasn’t fitting. It suddenly dawned on me that the problem wasn’t with the tiles, it was with the kitchen. We wanted tiles that were crisp, fresh, and stylish, but they didn’t match the colour of the units. And actually, the colour it all was now didn’t at all match what we had done in the living room. So, new units? Not quite! Euan’s dad had recently got into upscaling furniture, and gave Euan the idea of¬†painting¬†the cupboards & units. So, Annie Sloan paint in hand, he got to work.

It totally transformed the room, and was exactly what we needed. It was bright, fresh, and new, and worked well with the living room space. The only problem was now the tiles looked even worse than they did before. We spoke about doing the tiles, but the job just seemed huge. There was even talk of re-plastering the wall. Um, no thank you!

Inspired by the painting of the cupboards, I researched whether painting tiles is a ‘thing’. It is, so that’s what I did.

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Euan did the cupboards, I did the tiles. Teamwork at it’s best! Between the two projects, the whole space was like new. Everything now looks¬†so¬†much better, and exactly how we wanted it to. I never thought I’d have a grey and white kitchen, but for this room in this flat it works perfectly.

 

The Finished Kitchen

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Take a look at the living room blog post,¬†and don’t forget to find me on youtube.

Living Room Refurb

Living Room Refurb

Anyone who is familiar with my instagram accounts will know that Euan & I bought and moved into our first home together back in 2016 (omg, how was it so long ago?!). Anyway, our flat was a total blank canvas (cream walls, cream carpet, etc) which was absolutely perfect. We could move in straight away, be perfectly happy, and then put our own stamp on it as we went along.

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It took us a whole year of waiting to finally get our flat, which meant we (I) had had plenty of time to buy lots of lovely things for our new home. The curtains were already there and, massively coincidentally, matched our (hand-me-down Laura Ashley) sofas perfectly! My much coveted Welsh dresser was my 21st birthday present from my parents, and the infamous painting of squiggles was a 21st birthday present from Euan (I am a very lucky young lady).

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It feels so weird looking back at these pictures as the room has changed so much! I never realised how much I loved home decor & interiors until I had my own home, but then again, why would I?!

First thing on the list was to clean the carpets and buy a rug. Naturally as the months went on we accumulated decor items and cushions (I never stop needing decor items and cushions, whatever Euan might think…).

our own stamp lila bailey blog post¬†Above is a picture from Christmas 2016. We hadn’t done any decorating just yet, but I had planned what I wanted. A Union Jack rug was on the agenda for the living room, but this fluffy rug was a Christmas present for my office which got put into the lounge until further notice…

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I knew I wanted to stick to blue & white, so we went for a striped feature wall on the longest side. The wallpaper is the Ralph Lauren Mapleton Stripe Wallpaper, Porcelain (I will link it below) and we matched the blue on the other wall to the thin stripe to blend it all together well.

Below is a picture of the finished living room (Union Jack rug and all) from Christmas 2017. I haven’t managed to take a pic this side of Christmas (aka minus the Christmas decs), but you get the idea!

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We also updated our kitchen… Stayed tuned for a post on that soon!

 

Links

Ralph Lauren Wallpaper

Stack of Boxes

Union Jack Rug

Turquoise Fluffy Rug

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