Renovating – It’s in the Details

Renovating our house - a room with no furniture, stripped back to brickwork ready to renovate

We have just started renovating the upstairs of our house and we have spent the majority of our time focusing on colour palettes and vision boards, but now it is time to get focused on the nitty gritty details. After all, unless we get the details right our renovation project will look half finished. I have never shopped for skirting boards, architraves, doors, windows or radiators before, but now I am fully immersed in the details.

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Choosing a Theme for a Boy’s Bedroom

Theme for a Boy's Bedroom - DecoWall World Map wall sticker with animals, transport, landmarks and flags on it.

We moved into our new house 6 months ago and have grand plans for it. Our first priority is J’s bedroom. The window needs replacing, the radiator needs to be modernised, the wallpaper needs to be stripped and the laminate flooring removed. We will be left with a blank canvas and we want to get it right. We have looked at the best boy’s beds on the market and we have been going back and forth trying to choose a theme for a boy’s bedroom that we are all happy with and one which will last without needing to be redecorated in a couple of years time.

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Best Boy’s Beds

Best Boys Beds - This cabin bed has steps rather than a ladder up to it perfect for younger children. It also has 3 drawers and lots of shelving. The white will lighten the room.

When we moved to our new house 6 months ago one of our key criteria was a bigger room for J. His previous bedroom wasn’t a box room but we expect that once he gets older he will want to spend more time in it and we decided we wanted him to have a bit more space to grow into. We found what we were looking for and more as J has a playroom too, so we have even more options for his play space that we had planned. Our whole house needs to be renovated and J’s bedroom is our first priority. I have been trawling the Internet to try and find design inspiration for layout, colour schemes, beds, theme ideas and furniture and am slowly pulling ideas together. If you would like to see more check out my Pinterest board Where Children Sleep, Play, learn, Grow & Explore.

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Turkey Burgers – egg free, no breadcrumbs

Turkey burger cooked and placed on a bun. Home made chips and salad on plate

On a wet, cold and miserable Sunday afternoon I asked hubby what he wanted for dinner. He replied, “A juicy burger.” Excellent! That I could do. I had some turkey mince in the fridge that needed to be eaten up or frozen, so I could use it to make home made turkey burgers. I think hubby may have been a little sceptical about the fact that my offered turkey burgers were healthy equivalents of what he had in mind, but he was happy to go with me anyway.

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Free From Easter Nests

Cornflake Easter Nests with Jelly Baby Chicks on top

My memories of Easter include lots of chocolate – Easter egg hunts around the garden; those yummy caramel filled eggs with the bright pink foil wrappers that you can no longer buy; Cadbury’s Creme eggs that were considerably larger than they are now; mini eggs by the bagful (I may have had a slight obsession with these). When travelling in Australia in my twenties I even asked my mum to send over some British made Easter eggs (if anyone has been to Australia you will know why). Sadly though none of these memories are possible to replicate. My life long intolerance of dairy which meant that by my teens I could only eat the little eggs went into overdrive after J was born and I can no longer tolerate any dairy at all. J can not tolerate dairy either, so we have to look at alternatives and have a Free From Easter instead.

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