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Making An Entrance

Welcome back, friends. Today I’m sharing the changes I made in the hallway.

Guess what colour it was when I moved in? Yep, magnolia.

The laminate flooring that was down wasn’t my cup of tea either.

This was replaced with the rest of the house. You can read about that Here.

The hall isn’t quite wide enough for a piece of furniture but I wanted to have a surface for dumping keys and mail when I come in. There is also a radiator slap bang in the middle of the wall, I did toy with the idea of changing it for a tall vertical one and moving it closer to the door, I did this in the kitchen to make room for a cabinet and it’s brilliant, so much heat from it in winter. In the end it was an unnecessary expense though and I decided against it. I went with a simple radiator cover in the end.

Not the most exciting design choice but does the job. Also hides the ugly radiator nicely, they are such a necessary evil!

I love that umbrella stand, the writing is Hungarian and I have no idea what it says but I love the colours and the size is perfect to sit beside the radiator cover. I keep my grandparents walking sticks and hats in it, along with a few umbrellas.

The hallway is where most of my family photos are and some sentimental mementos that I keep in a vintage printers tray.

Everything in here has special meaning to me. They’re either gifts or travel souvenirs.

I really like the little brass cross braces on the join of every section.

For the floor I found an amazing rug on eBay that isn’t in the best condition but it kind of adds to the charm.

The colours are amazing and I like the irregular shape. Where it’s faded in parts it has an ombré effect now. This is definitely one of my favourites. It’s very soft and difficult to keep in place, even with the use of a rug pad. Not a massive problem but a little irritating.

The mirror was from Graham and Green around 8 years ago, they still stock it. Click on the link and you’ll see they have it in two different sizes now.  It’s very, very heavy but with decent wall fixings it’s fine. I love seeing those black bannisters peeking out in the reflection.

The pretty frames hold old family postcards from trips abroad, the one at the bottom is actually made from cork, sent to me when I was a child from my grandparents on a trip to Portugal.

The scented candle you can just see poking out was from Dunelm, it smells amazing. It’s almost identical to some very expensive ones from Anthropologie.

The prayer plant, I’m not so good with the Latin names… is so easy to care for. The hall doesn’t get an amazing amount of light but on a bright day it’s quite light, enough to keep the plant happy. You can find similar at Perfect Plants.

The light fitting wasn’t my brightest moment (pun intended, sorry). It hangs a little too low and the door for the cupboard bashes in to it, fine because I know and don’t open the door that far but it’s difficult to remember to tell everyone who visits. I can’t imagine it’ll last forever. It’s also way too bright, even with the lowest wattage lamps in it. I think it’s days are numbered.

So pretty though….

The front door wouldn’t of been my first choice, it’s black on the outside, white inside. It is the same as all the other houses in the close though so I’m in no hurry to replace it. I did consider a more vibrant colour for the inside rather than the white but I’m undecided. With all the other doors being green I don’t want it to end up giving visitors a migraine with colour overload.

There’s a little spot hang your coat and the pups leads are usually here. I make a point of not over loading it though, it’s the first this game you see when you open the door and I don’t want it to look untidy.

The Hilda Ogden ducks are vintage and just a little fun addition.

There a gallery wall in progress on the stairs. I’ll share more of this once I’ve got my act together and finished it. The baby leopard is actually a small rug, a gift from my grandparents when I was a toddler, it was in all my childhood bedrooms and I loved it growing up. Anything with an animal on it and I was, and am, obsessed.

There’s some debate whether or not gallery walls have had their day. I’m not concerned if they’re not so popular now, I like them and I have another one in the living room, besides I have too many pictures that I like to much to hide away and not enough walls to display them separately!

Over all I’m pleased with how cheerful the hall looks when I get home and open the door. Some of my most favourite things are in the hallway and they’re the first thing I see when I get home. My family photos, my Grandfathers Barometer, my Grandmothers beautiful face smiling from the photos.

It’s so important that your home has a soul, not just generic art and feature wall wallpaper. Show your personality and your treasures. Worthless to anyone else but completely priceless and irreplaceable to you.

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Lights, camera...

Welcome!

Hi, welcome to my first ever blog post.  I hope we can get to know each other and I hope you enjoy it.

I moved house in December 2017, for the first couple of months I couldn’t really sink my teeth into it due to family commitments and Christmas being around the corner but I am making some real progress now.

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So, here she is in all her boring beige glory.  Not the most attractive facade but I think I can cheer it up, some plants and hanging baskets will go a long way.

The house had always been a rental property until the previous owners decided to sell.  I totally understand why someone renting for a while wouldn’t want to spend any money or effort to make changes. As a result it was very magnolia and beige.  My two least favourite colours.

I was originally looking for a period property with bags of character and original features, I was dreaming of cast iron fireplaces and ornate coving,  but after a year of trying to move,  sales falling through and feeling a little impatient I decided to go and view this one.  I added it to my list of viewings as a bit of a red herring but it had that ”home” feeling when I walked through the door.  Total opposite of what I thought I wanted.  It’s only 4 years old and is very energy efficient which also pleased me very much.

I viewed the house and thought, great, just a lick of paint.  Yeah right… Of course I want to change everything!

The main thing that bothered me was the lighting situation.  This is the main focus of this post.  We will get to everything eventually though, I promise!

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As you can see from the various angles, it’s a lovely, big, airy and bright room.  Much bigger than I was used to!

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As you can see we had a bulk head situation going on in the kitchen.  To me it looked like the lights you would find in a Travelodge hallway to lead you to your emergency exit… Not pretty.

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The dining area of the kitchen also had two pendant lights and I was pretty sure I wanted to convert these into one centrally placed light.

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I had been researching lighting options online for months before I moved, so many fixtures had caught my eye and it was a lot of fun decorating my virtual house before i’d moved in! such grand plans 🙂

In the end I fell for some really well priced lights from good old BHS I even managed to get them with a 20% off sale.30002368-01-Kolding-ball-pendant

I bought three of these babies to hang above the breakfast bar/peninsula.

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And two of these to replace the ”industrial” vibe that was going on in the kitchen. All from BHS.

I hired an electrician for this, I have to say, please don’t try to do this yourself.  Unless you’re an electrician 🙂

I also asked him to convert my two pendant lights in the dining area into one.

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Here, I hung a gorgeous brass and frosted glass, 6 light pendant from NEXT

 

The six cables that suspend the glass spheres do not hang level, if you want it to look like the stock NEXT picture above it takes quite some fiddling.  Luckily I was happy to have them looking a little more asymmetrical.

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As you can see I had this job done before I’d even unpacked a box.  Impatient, much…

I did do things a little backwards, It would of been far more sensible to paint everywhere before I started installing new lighting and having furniture delivered but that takes us back to my impatience 🙂 I know if you’re reading this you’ll understand!

I decided to go with all LED lamps in here as the pendants hang quite low and I didn’t want the heat from traditional or halogen bulbs.  Not to mention the savings in the long term on my energy bills, I also like the idea of not having to change them very often. I purchased these ones from B&Q I got the warm white ones to avoid that clinical blue tinge the older LED’s have and they give out a lovely warm glow.  They’re considerably more expensive but the savings in the long term far outweigh the initial outlay.

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This room is pretty finished now, I’ll cover the other areas and decor in future posts but you can see here how the lights turned out. I am thrilled with them.

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