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12 February 2012

Weekend house makeovers

Today is going to be a 'two blog posts' kind of day because I'm so excited to show you the work we've done on the house this weekend (do the scroll after this post if you want to read my Jenny Craig two week round up).

For those of you that are new to my blog, I bought our house with my boyfriend last March.  The only way we were able to afford a three-bedroom house in a nice area was by buying one that was stuck in a 70's timewarp.  Since then we've been living in a house full of textured wallpaper, built in wardrobes and pine cladding, slowly bringing our house back to the 21st century one step at a time! The spare bedroom began its life with bright blue textured wallpaper and a brown carpet.  It was absolutely disgusting - I wish I'd taken a photo so you could see what a transformation it's really been! A few days after moving in we stripped the wallpaper and painted it white, and not long afterwards Tom laid laminate floor.  Since then it's had a bed in, a chest of drawers full of clothes and a daub of blue paint where I started planning a colour scheme.


Recently I spotted this Sanderson wallpaper and knew it would be perfect to bring the room together.  So today we hung the wallpaper, put up some pictures and put the various items I'd been collecting to 'dress the room' in place.  Drum roll please.... tada!



We've also done loads of work on the lounge - I haven't got a 'before' photo, but we've tried to make it more homely by adding a new sofa, dismantling a huge, ugly Ikea TV bookcase and replacing it with a coffee table. It's so cosy now, it's just a lovely place to sit and snuggle up with a good book!


I'm so pleased the house is beginning to come together now.  It just shows what you can achieve in a weekend - and do you remember my previous post where we redecorated the spare room in three days (it's now the master bedroom because we loved it so much!


And here's what it looks like now...



It's so nice to feel like you've really achieved something of a weekend!

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41 comments:

  1. Beautiful house! I wish you and your boyfriend all the best for your future. This post makes me want to work hard towards owning my own home one day with my husband ( since boyfriends really aren't accepted openly in Pakistan haha ).

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    1. Thankyou! It is such an amazing feeling owning your own house and being able to put your own stamp on it, I do feel so lucky! xx

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  2. Your rooms look lovely :) I was thinking a lot the other day (mainly from wishful thinking whilst ogling Not On The High Street's home department) about the day I get to actually decorate my own home and make it fancy - I can't wait. In the meantime I'll have to stick to weekly 'organising' of my flat and moving the odd picture around! x

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    1. Thankyou Milly :) It is so much fun being able to decorate your own place, it does make me feel like a boring grown up that I spend all my money on house-y bits nowadays though! I love Not On The High Street, I have quite a big wishlist on there!xxx

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  3. Wow! You're doing an excellent job of redecorating! Love the wallpaper you've chosen :) x

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    1. Thanks Emma :) I spent a lot of time looking at wallpapers before I found this one, my other half had a strict 'no flowers' rule so this one fit the bill!xxx

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  4. Wow, your house is my dream! You decorate so beautifully - totally my style. Would love to see more posts on your finds, hauls, way to do things on a budget etc? Great post, hope you had a lovely weekend! xx

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    1. Thanks so much Lorin. I would definitely love to do posts like that; I do everything on a budget as we don't have much money left over for house-y bits once we've paid the bills so I can definitely share some tips for that! Hope you had a lovely weekend too xxx

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  5. so beautiful! i love that wallpaper and the all white room!

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    1. Thanks Kaelah! Means a lot to get your stamp of approval as your places always look so lovely! xxx

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  6. It looks great! I really like your makeover posts! :) X

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    1. Thankyou! I love that people enjoy reading them as I'm much better at making over rooms than I am things like nail art and make up tutorials, haha! xxx

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  7. wow it looks beautiful! Great job!

    xx

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    1. Thankyou! It feels so worth all the slog this weekend as it's looking so lovely! xxx

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  8. Looks great! I love the wallpaper! I love how just changing one wall makes such an impact. I'm moving this year myself so I love seeing how people transform their space. Such inspiration.

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    1. It's the first time I've ever done wallpapering but I think it's going to be everywhere in the house now as it was so easy and it's made such an impact! xxx

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  9. Bright blue walls and brown carpet....I really worry about some people! Every room looks gorgeous, they all have a real homely feel to them. You've done a splendid job :) x

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    1. Ugh, I know, it was truly terrible, our bedroom had this MDF built in cupboards and drawers suite too with spotlights above the bed, the whole house was just grim! Thankyou though, homely is definitely what we've gone for, no place like home after all!xxx

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  10. Looking amazingly lush mate!! Really love a bold wallpaper, this looks great. So agree that changing a room is such a nice achievement xxx

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    1. Thanks Gem, love how lovely your flat looks so I'm chuffed you like my little interior design attempts! It feels like such a nice achievement to have finished a room in just a weekend. Beats being lazy in bed all day! (Well, sometimes!) xxx

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  11. Your spare bedroom is gorgeous. Just simple and lovely! Such a cute boat cushion :)

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    1. Thankyou! I bought the cushion off eBay and love it, it helps bring the room together!xxx

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  12. Rosie your house is looking brilliant!! I love what you've done, and I love that wallpaper it's gorgeous!! You make me so excited to be able to get my own place and go crazy with the decorating!!

    L x

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    1. Thanks Laura! You need to pop round for a cuppa sometime so I can give you the full tour, haha! It is so exciting being able to go crazy with the decorating, so nice being able to put your own stamp on a place!xxx

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  13. Wow! Looks lovely, you have done a great job!
    x

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  14. That looks absolutely lovely! :) You really have achieved so much! X

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    1. Thankyou! It is a really nice feeling to know we've done so much this weekend! (Lazy weekend next weekend, haha!) xxx

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  15. This looks great, you've achieved so much and you really should be so proud of yourself! xx

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    1. Thanks Courtney :) I am definitely chuffed at how much we've done and it's nice to see it looking so lovely!xxx

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  16. You are making me want to give up my tenancy in this student flat and get my own space more than ever. The bedroom looks gorgeous and I adore the wallpaper you chose xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  17. Wow, lots done, and your room as well as the guest room looks lovely. The house we live in, when we moved in, in 97, it was actually horrific. Woodchip wallpaper... EVERYWHERE! Thankfully, fifteen years later, it's the best place we've lived. I'm going to miss my suite upstairs...

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  18. I love the wallpaper in your bedrom, and also the patchwork quilt. I think it's great that you are putting your own stamp on the house.

    xx

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  19. I absolutely loooove the second bedroom... White is really the perfect color for a bedroom!

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  20. Ahhh I absolutely love this post! Love before and afters :) Your house is looking lovely! Maybe one day I'll pay a cheeky visit ;) haha.

    Hope you're well sweetie. Miss you lots xxx

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  21. Wow you have been so productive. Each room is beautiful, simple and homely. I love your master bedroom and the patchwork throw on the bed in your spare room is gorgeous.
    Katie x

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  22. Beautiful house, you have great taste! Love the white duvet& wardrobe. Would love to read any budget tips you might have. X

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  23. The wall paper is divine! so different. Also your bedroom is so gorgeously pure looking! (does that sound creepy? I dont mean it to be!)
    x

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  24. Wow that looks amazing -you've done such a good job Love the patchwork and the little nautical pillow especially - it's all about the details!x

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  25. I love it all, I want to move in! The wallpaper is particularly gorgeous x

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  26. Looks GREAT! Especially the patterned wall. What fun.

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