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style-pinkI’ve always loved watching interior design programs on tv, inspired by the transformation of a standard house into a beautiful dream home. I often wondered whether I would be brave enough to do a ‘grand designs’ of my own and actually design and build my own dream house, hmmm perhaps if money were no object!

Back in the real world, we’ve just embarked on our own project ‘ Dream House’ and have purchased an Edwardian property from around 1910, that is very much in need of renovation. It is a beautiful house with a wonderful homely feel, it just hasn’t been touched in about 60 years or more! Think old 70’s carpets and curtains, embossed wallpaper, oh and lots of spiders webs and spiders.

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Viewing the house – carpet had to go, curtains had to go, fireplace had to go…

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Our lovely retro bathroom ;)

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Out dated pine kitchen

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Beautiful large garden

When we viewed the property I fell in love. It had all the lovely proportions of a period house, high ceilings, bay windows, large skirting boards, stained glass, wooden floors (albeit hidden under dusty old carpets) and I knew it had the potential to be a wonderful family home. The garden was a great size, perfect for our expanding family to enjoy plenty of outdoor fun. So we took the plunge. Many might have thought us mad (we know you did and still may do!), moving from a perfectly finished new build to a old rundown property that requires so much work but we just knew it was meant to be our home.

We’ve been here for about 3 weeks now and it feels great, we settled in right away, well as soon as we did a thorough clean, ripped up the dusty old carpets and moved our furniture over. We’ve started painting the kitchen cupboards in Annie Sloan Old White and we are busy rewiring before the real decoration starts. It’s a long road ahead of us to get the house to the finished state but we’ve so many ideas and exciting plans for our new home.

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Sprucing up the kitchen cupboards with Annie Sloan paint

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Adding our furniture makes it feel like home already

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View to the lounge – we’ve exposed the tiles and wooden floor. Now the pelmet and curtains need to come down!

The goal is to uncover or restore the beautiful original features of this Edwardian property while transforming it into a house suitable for a modern family. We love the old tiled floor, but want to set it against a crisp white backdrop so that it really gets a chance to shine. The wooden floors will all be sanded back to create practical beautiful flooring. We will open up the light in the rooms by getting rid of the heavy drapes and installing roman blinds in the large bay windows. The walls will be stripped of their wallpaper, newly plastered and freshly painted. We plan to add a log burner into the main fireplace of the house for a practical and modern addition, the smaller bedroom fireplaces will be lovingly restored. In the longer term we want to add a lovely extension to the back of the house where our kitchen / diner / family room will be and maybe eventually tackle a loft conversion in our large roof space.

Decoration will be fresh, homely and practical. I’m a big fan of light, bright spaces, wood and beautiful detail as well as a touch of fun so no doubt there will be splashes of colour and some nice quirky touches. I’m constantly gathering inpiration on my pinterest board and am so excited to get going. First stop Littlelish’s nature inspired bedroom (at her request) and the nursery for our new arrival.

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Dream hallway – our plans for a light, bright hallway (image via Pinterest)

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A fresh, modern bathroom (image via Pinterest)

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A stylish, elegant lounge (image via Pinterest)

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Follow my inspirations over on Pinterest and the transformation as it happens over on Instagram!

Follow ♥ Lish Concepts ♥’s board Lish ♥ House renovation on Pinterest.

Wish us luck, we may need it! x

This post is written in collaboration with Direct Blinds

2012-05-18_1337360428  I have been loving the Indian summer but as October fast appoaches, does the rain? Who knows? Today’s guest post is all about our wonderful British weather with some great tips on how you can plan a day out with unreliable weather.

Some people hate the British weather whilst others appreciate its diversity. Whatever side of the pitch you’re on, one thing is for sure; the weather affects what we do, and we almost always have to plan a day out around it.

So, here’s how to plan a day out with unreliable weather.

1. Prior to your day out, keep an eye on the weather forecasts

This goes without saying, but in order to plan a day out, you’re going to have to pay attention to weather forecasts. These often determine weekends away at the seaside or an early rise to drive down to London for some shopping. The Met Office have a good website for checking up on the weather, but you could always go old-school and watch the news every night. There are also a range of great smartphone and tablet apps to download if you’re technologically savvy.

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2. Look out of the window on the day

Weather forecasts are useful, but they’re also unreliable. Whilst the Met Office do their best to offer accurate predictions it’s well-known that they’re often wrong. So, on the day of your trip, look out of your window; what are the clouds like? Is it windier than predicted? When you’re on your way, you should also note the weather. Doing this will ensure that you’re trip doesn’t get off to a grim start, such as the scenario where you park up in a field only for hail stones to blast the paint work off your pride and joy.

3. Pack for the worst

If you’re travelling in summer, pack a rain jacket. If you’re travelling in winter, pack a shovel and some food. If you’re travelling in autumn, pack a pair of walking boots. You should always wear appropriate clothing for where you are going but we recommend packing extras which will be vital in a worst case scenario. There’s nothing worse than having to push a car from a muddy track in sandals or having nothing to eat in the case of a blizzard. If you drive a fuel-guzzling car and know that you’re going out in places devoid of life, pack a jerry can with some spare fuel. Good trousers like these wrinkle free trousers from Cotton Traders and match them with a checked fleeced lined jacket– good jacket will go a long way to ensuring a pleasant trip.2012-07-17_1342568277

4. Always know where you’re going

The weather can take a turn for the worse at any time. Adverse weather leads to traffic collisions and roads being closed due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s a good idea to always pack a map, or a satellite navigation system, so that you know where you are going and more importantly where to go in case something happens. If you’re packing a GPS system ensure that you have your cable and charger; you’d be surprised how many people’s GPS systems die half way through a journey.

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