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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AWJ in May: Florida, Sunshine and Bank Holiday Weekend

J playing on the beach in his swimwear with the sea in the background

This month is going to be hard to beat this year as it has been absolutely fabulous! We came out of a very long wet and cold winter to start May on a major high with a trip to Florida. We spent the majority of our holiday at the Disney Parks, but we did venture out to see some alligators in the wild, to visit the white sands of Siesta Key and to Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic Coast to try to see a space launch.

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The Ideal Home Show 2018 – My Experience

Since we moved house in December and plan to entirely renovate/redecorate our house, I thought that it was a great time to visit The Ideal Home Show for the first time. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but since it is linked to the Ideal Home Magazine which I buy to browse for ideas, I thought it would be similar. I had in mind – room sets, furnishings, wallpaper, paint suppliers, bifold doors, bathroom tiles, log burners, lighting, internal doors… Basically everything you may find in a house magazine.
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