The first week at home

It's been just over a week since we've been home from hospital and we're still trying to get our heads around this new routine. Seven weeks of going to and from the hospital, leaving Rohan behind every time became our new normal. We missed that babymoon time of not leaving the house, or even the bed for days just getting to know our new arrival. Yes we got to sleep uninterrupted in the night, well apart from me waking up to express in the middle of the night, but we spent long days at the hospital getting home to pick Theo up, and often taking him back to the hospital with us. It passed in a bit of a blur, but at the time was our new normal.

Now we have to learn a completely new normal, filled with less sleep and a lot more to organise. So even though Rohan was off oxygen and any breathing help for over a week before we left hospital, they felt that because of a sleep study that he had done, that he would need to be back on it for when we got home. This meant the nasal canulas went back in and we had air tanks delivered to our house. He also has a sats monitor to be attached to constantly, as well as a portable one for when we go out the house. He still has his NG feeding tube and with that comes all the syringes, tubes and testing equipment needed to feed him this way. We also try to feed him a little orally with a bottle, which he does take, but that means sterilising too. He is fed on a 3 hourly schedule which we have to work all our outings around. I am also still expressing breast milk, which I am supposed to do about 3 hourly also. He also has medication he needs twice a day. Add that all to various health professionals visiting us at home, deliveries of supplies and equipment, phone calls for appointments and visits back to hospital, it's fair to say we've not had a quiet week. On top of all that it's been our first week back at home properly, so we needed to do some serious sorting out, washing, food shopping and cleaning, as well as you know wanting to go places with our new baby, the school run and entertaining Theo. Oh and our boiler broke, and my car was due an MOT and service. 


 I honestly don't feel as though we've stopped, and I can't say we've been trying to be busy, it has just happened that way. But this is now our life. Luckily Rohan is such a relaxed baby who sleeps a fair amount meaning we can actually get a few things done, but it leaves little time for actually settling in and bonding properly as a family. We're still going through and processing the news about Rohans diagnosis, and on days like today I just feel it's all too much. I didn't sign up for any of this, and I wish more than anything that this wasn't our life. Because as nice as it is not to be in hospital, as it was all that I longed for, being home is hard.

Whilst we were in hospital we were surrounded by other sick children and people going through the same thing, we were in some sort of bubble where feeding tubes and beeping monitors were normal. Now that we are out in the real world we are surrounded by people living 'normal' lives with their healthy children. It's a constant reminder that Rohan is sick, and that the way we have to do things is different. Every parent you see with their new baby, breastfeeding, holding without tubes and wires, changing nappies without leg casts in the way is like a huge blow to the chest. I know I shouldn't be comparing our situation to other peoples, but in reality that's all I want. Just the normal process of adjusting to a new baby, without all this extra we have to contend with. And the fact is I know it doesn't end here. Even though some of the things can be fixed, like his feet, and hopefully eventually he can be stable and not on oxygen 24/7 and be off his feeding tube, this isn't the end. We don't know what Rohans needs are going to be as he grows up, but we know he is more than likely going to have additional needs. We don't know if he can hear properly, we don't know if he will be able to speak, we don't know when he will crawl or walk, or how well. We don't know if he will be able to feed himself, we don't know when he'll be able to potty train, we don't know if he will need heart surgery or any other surgery. It's all a massive unknown, and that isn't even going into any learning difficulties he is likely to have. 

It breaks my heart that I have to write all of this, like a big long list of worries and problems. That I can't even enjoy my baby without this massive feeling of wishing he was different. Then I feel guilty for feeling like that. But this is the way it is, this is our life and however much I just wish someone would turn around and say, hang on actually we made a mistake, he doesn't have this syndrome and he's perfectly fine, I know that's never ever going to happen. Sometimes I want to wake up in the morning and find it was all a dream, that we don't actually have to live this life in the end. 

I know he is unique, and special, and may give us things we never thought, but given the choice between that and a healthy child I know what I would pick. I feel guilty that Theo's life is going to be altered by however Rohan is going to be and his needs and I hope that he never feels as though we don't have time for him or his needs as we deal with all of this. And I feel guilty for looking at Rohan and seeing symptoms and a syndrome instead of my child. I feel guilty that I don't feel as strong a bond, that I wish he was different and I feel guilty for putting these thoughts down and sharing them with the world. Can you tell that I'm having a wobble? Tomorrow or in a few days perhaps I'll be able to look on the brightside again and be a little more positive, but this is how I feel right now. I didn't even intend to write all of this, but it just sort of came out as I tapped on the keyboard. I'm finding it hard to talk to people about it in real life, especially friends and family. It's easier to get it out this way, or to talk to people who know how some of it feels, so I'm sorry if I'm not replying to messages or wanting to chat. I know the love and support is there and for now that's enough.

The first week at home

It's been just over a week since we've been home from hospital and we're still trying to get our heads around this new routine. Seven weeks of going to and from the hospital, leaving Rohan behind every time became our new normal. We missed that babymoon time of not leaving the house, or even the bed for days just getting to know our new arrival. Yes we got to sleep uninterrupted in the night, well apart from me waking up to express in the middle of the night, but we spent long days at the hospital getting home to pick Theo up, and often taking him back to the hospital with us. It passed in a bit of a blur, but at the time was our new normal.

Now we have to learn a completely new normal, filled with less sleep and a lot more to organise. So even though Rohan was off oxygen and any breathing help for over a week before we left hospital, they felt that because of a sleep study that he had done, that he would need to be back on it for when we got home. This meant the nasal canulas went back in and we had air tanks delivered to our house. He also has a sats monitor to be attached to constantly, as well as a portable one for when we go out the house. He still has his NG feeding tube and with that comes all the syringes, tubes and testing equipment needed to feed him this way. We also try to feed him a little orally with a bottle, which he does take, but that means sterilising too. He is fed on a 3 hourly schedule which we have to work all our outings around. I am also still expressing breast milk, which I am supposed to do about 3 hourly also. He also has medication he needs twice a day. Add that all to various health professionals visiting us at home, deliveries of supplies and equipment, phone calls for appointments and visits back to hospital, it's fair to say we've not had a quiet week. On top of all that it's been our first week back at home properly, so we needed to do some serious sorting out, washing, food shopping and cleaning, as well as you know wanting to go places with our new baby, the school run and entertaining Theo. Oh and our boiler broke, and my car was due an MOT and service. 


 I honestly don't feel as though we've stopped, and I can't say we've been trying to be busy, it has just happened that way. But this is now our life. Luckily Rohan is such a relaxed baby who sleeps a fair amount meaning we can actually get a few things done, but it leaves little time for actually settling in and bonding properly as a family. We're still going through and processing the news about Rohans diagnosis, and on days like today I just feel it's all too much. I didn't sign up for any of this, and I wish more than anything that this wasn't our life. Because as nice as it is not to be in hospital, as it was all that I longed for, being home is hard.

Whilst we were in hospital we were surrounded by other sick children and people going through the same thing, we were in some sort of bubble where feeding tubes and beeping monitors were normal. Now that we are out in the real world we are surrounded by people living 'normal' lives with their healthy children. It's a constant reminder that Rohan is sick, and that the way we have to do things is different. Every parent you see with their new baby, breastfeeding, holding without tubes and wires, changing nappies without leg casts in the way is like a huge blow to the chest. I know I shouldn't be comparing our situation to other peoples, but in reality that's all I want. Just the normal process of adjusting to a new baby, without all this extra we have to contend with. And the fact is I know it doesn't end here. Even though some of the things can be fixed, like his feet, and hopefully eventually he can be stable and not on oxygen 24/7 and be off his feeding tube, this isn't the end. We don't know what Rohans needs are going to be as he grows up, but we know he is more than likely going to have additional needs. We don't know if he can hear properly, we don't know if he will be able to speak, we don't know when he will crawl or walk, or how well. We don't know if he will be able to feed himself, we don't know when he'll be able to potty train, we don't know if he will need heart surgery or any other surgery. It's all a massive unknown, and that isn't even going into any learning difficulties he is likely to have. 

It breaks my heart that I have to write all of this, like a big long list of worries and problems. That I can't even enjoy my baby without this massive feeling of wishing he was different. Then I feel guilty for feeling like that. But this is the way it is, this is our life and however much I just wish someone would turn around and say, hang on actually we made a mistake, he doesn't have this syndrome and he's perfectly fine, I know that's never ever going to happen. Sometimes I want to wake up in the morning and find it was all a dream, that we don't actually have to live this life in the end. 

I know he is unique, and special, and may give us things we never thought, but given the choice between that and a healthy child I know what I would pick. I feel guilty that Theo's life is going to be altered by however Rohan is going to be and his needs and I hope that he never feels as though we don't have time for him or his needs as we deal with all of this. And I feel guilty for looking at Rohan and seeing symptoms and a syndrome instead of my child. I feel guilty that I don't feel as strong a bond, that I wish he was different and I feel guilty for putting these thoughts down and sharing them with the world. Can you tell that I'm having a wobble? Tomorrow or in a few days perhaps I'll be able to look on the brightside again and be a little more positive, but this is how I feel right now. I didn't even intend to write all of this, but it just sort of came out as I tapped on the keyboard. I'm finding it hard to talk to people about it in real life, especially friends and family. It's easier to get it out this way, or to talk to people who know how some of it feels, so I'm sorry if I'm not replying to messages or wanting to chat. I know the love and support is there and for now that's enough.

Recently around here

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So as some of you may have seen we announced some rather lovely news that I've been keeping quiet for the past few months. But before I go into all that I thought I'd share just a few glimpses into what we've been up to lately.

 With me not feeling so great we have tended not to venture too far from but luckily the sun has made an appearance quite regularly and we've been trying to spruce up our garden and spend our weekends there. I love how in the summer the garden adds a whole extra room to your home, being able to eat outside and of course have the space to play. The garden in our house is pretty big, the biggest we've had so far, and even though it was left to go a bit wild we've been attempting to tame it since we moved in. I'd like to say it's getting there, but it's just a never ending job! We'll work on it one weekend and have it looking a little more under control, but a week or two of rain and sun later and it's back to it's wild state!

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But we've been enjoying it all the same with bbq's and afternoons in the paddling pool. We decided to upgrade a few of Theo's outdoor toys, as so far we have been extremely lucky to inherit all our garden toys from very kind neighbours, but were nearing the end of their life! We decided to get a bigger trampoline (and my god its big!) as well as a large paddling pool, with enough room for two or three to play in - and luckily before the heatwave struck and everywhere promptly sold out! So whilst it may not be that nice out today, we're looking forward to more lazy days in the garden soon. 

Anyway here's a little video of our time in the garden!



This post was written in collaboration with #asdaoutdoors

Recently around here

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So as some of you may have seen we announced some rather lovely news that I've been keeping quiet for the past few months. But before I go into all that I thought I'd share just a few glimpses into what we've been up to lately.

 With me not feeling so great we have tended not to venture too far from but luckily the sun has made an appearance quite regularly and we've been trying to spruce up our garden and spend our weekends there. I love how in the summer the garden adds a whole extra room to your home, being able to eat outside and of course have the space to play. The garden in our house is pretty big, the biggest we've had so far, and even though it was left to go a bit wild we've been attempting to tame it since we moved in. I'd like to say it's getting there, but it's just a never ending job! We'll work on it one weekend and have it looking a little more under control, but a week or two of rain and sun later and it's back to it's wild state!

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But we've been enjoying it all the same with bbq's and afternoons in the paddling pool. We decided to upgrade a few of Theo's outdoor toys, as so far we have been extremely lucky to inherit all our garden toys from very kind neighbours, but were nearing the end of their life! We decided to get a bigger trampoline (and my god its big!) as well as a large paddling pool, with enough room for two or three to play in - and luckily before the heatwave struck and everywhere promptly sold out! So whilst it may not be that nice out today, we're looking forward to more lazy days in the garden soon. 

Anyway here's a little video of our time in the garden!



This post was written in collaboration with #asdaoutdoors

Theo's house rules

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Since Theo's grown older he's become a lot more assertive about what he likes and doesn't like meaning we have to employ bargaining tools on a regular basis. I guess it comes with the age and becoming more self aware of his wants and needs, but his reasoning and rationality isn't really up to speed meaning there seem to be quite a few moments where his expectations and mine are wildly different!

I feel that since we moved and were lucky enough to buy our house we've felt a little more grown up, and Theo included! With owning our own house we've obviously had a lot more freedom with what we can do with the place and over the past 9 months or so have done a lot of work to the house. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to rip up carpets and get rid of wood chip wall paper, something we were dying to do in our rented places. I think and hope that Theo has enjoyed settling into the new house and putting his own little stamp on the place. But of course with all the exciting aspects of the a new house, there are also new set of house rules and since we painted the floors white taking your shoes off at the door is a great example of one!

But as important as it is to follow adult rules, they can be pretty boring, so I asked Theo what rules he would set if he could have his own house rules! He took a little encouragement as I don't think his true wild child imagination has kicked in yet, but in the end we came up with a few fun rules.

I took a little video of our conversation:


His first rule was to be able to wear his batman costume I made him all day for one day. This is something he requests quite often so we thought it was a pretty good rule to have! 

Second we talked about what he likes doing, and we decided that having a morning of silly
dancing (something that also happens regularly!) should be a great rule for our house! Sometimes I think it's way to easy to get caught up in boring adult stuff that we forget to let go for a while and just be a bit silly. It certainly helps us when we feel a bit wound up! 

Lastly Theo decided that he would like to eat chocolate spread for dinner! I'm not sure if I could let him eat just chocolate spread, but maybe a dinner of chocolate spread on toast one evening would be a bit of a treat! 

So there you have it, Theo's house rules! I'd love to hear if you have any fun house rules, or why not ask your children if they have any of their own! 

This post in collaboration with Principality Building Society's My House Rules campaign



Theo's house rules

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Since Theo's grown older he's become a lot more assertive about what he likes and doesn't like meaning we have to employ bargaining tools on a regular basis. I guess it comes with the age and becoming more self aware of his wants and needs, but his reasoning and rationality isn't really up to speed meaning there seem to be quite a few moments where his expectations and mine are wildly different!

I feel that since we moved and were lucky enough to buy our house we've felt a little more grown up, and Theo included! With owning our own house we've obviously had a lot more freedom with what we can do with the place and over the past 9 months or so have done a lot of work to the house. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to rip up carpets and get rid of wood chip wall paper, something we were dying to do in our rented places. I think and hope that Theo has enjoyed settling into the new house and putting his own little stamp on the place. But of course with all the exciting aspects of the a new house, there are also new set of house rules and since we painted the floors white taking your shoes off at the door is a great example of one!

But as important as it is to follow adult rules, they can be pretty boring, so I asked Theo what rules he would set if he could have his own house rules! He took a little encouragement as I don't think his true wild child imagination has kicked in yet, but in the end we came up with a few fun rules.

I took a little video of our conversation:


His first rule was to be able to wear his batman costume I made him all day for one day. This is something he requests quite often so we thought it was a pretty good rule to have! 

Second we talked about what he likes doing, and we decided that having a morning of silly
dancing (something that also happens regularly!) should be a great rule for our house! Sometimes I think it's way to easy to get caught up in boring adult stuff that we forget to let go for a while and just be a bit silly. It certainly helps us when we feel a bit wound up! 

Lastly Theo decided that he would like to eat chocolate spread for dinner! I'm not sure if I could let him eat just chocolate spread, but maybe a dinner of chocolate spread on toast one evening would be a bit of a treat! 

So there you have it, Theo's house rules! I'd love to hear if you have any fun house rules, or why not ask your children if they have any of their own! 

This post in collaboration with Principality Building Society's My House Rules campaign



A little living room tour

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I can't believe it's coming up to a year since we moved into our house, and I think it's safe to say that we've massively transformed the house and have done so much work! As always there's still a huge long list of things to do, but I do feel like we've made all the room liveable and pretty much sorted with just a few messy edges to finish off etc.

You may have seen over on the lovely Vicki from The Owl and the Accordion blog featuring my home but I thought I would show you a few completely unedited photos of our before too! So here we go:

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So we ripped up the carpet and exposed the floorboards hoping to just be able to sand them and leave them bare, but unfortunately they were covered in a thick wood stain which was super hard to get off as hard as Rob tried with a sander. So we decided to paint them white, a job which we've only just finished this easter! Of course the first thing to go was the horrible horrible yellow walls, and upon closer inspection the walls were in pretty bad condition too so we had them replastered before deciding to paint them pink. I do really love the pink, but recently I have been feeling like it is slightly too dark and am contemplating perhaps painting a few walls white or lightening up some walls to make it feel a bit airier. What do you think?!

So here are the after shots, well after shots taken in December (hence the start of the christmas decorations!) and we've changed bits here and there, and repainted the floor!

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Obviously we really want to change the fire place, but that would mean changing our whole heating system which we just cannot afford to do right now! One of the reasons I feel our room feels quite small (other than the fact it is a small room with lots in it!) is that our sofa and chair are quite dark which makes them appear to take up more space. I am always lusting over new sofas, but again we can't afford one. I would really love a grey sofa and feel it would lighten up the room and tie in really well with our colour scheme (other than it being my favourite colour!) But instead of buying a whole new sofa I started to think about just changing the covers of our exisiting one. I was shown this challenge and some transforamtions here and think it works really well! Here are a few examples:

before

Before

I may well be tempted to give it a go myself! 

This is a collaborative post

A little living room tour

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I can't believe it's coming up to a year since we moved into our house, and I think it's safe to say that we've massively transformed the house and have done so much work! As always there's still a huge long list of things to do, but I do feel like we've made all the room liveable and pretty much sorted with just a few messy edges to finish off etc.

You may have seen over on the lovely Vicki from The Owl and the Accordion blog featuring my home but I thought I would show you a few completely unedited photos of our before too! So here we go:

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So we ripped up the carpet and exposed the floorboards hoping to just be able to sand them and leave them bare, but unfortunately they were covered in a thick wood stain which was super hard to get off as hard as Rob tried with a sander. So we decided to paint them white, a job which we've only just finished this easter! Of course the first thing to go was the horrible horrible yellow walls, and upon closer inspection the walls were in pretty bad condition too so we had them replastered before deciding to paint them pink. I do really love the pink, but recently I have been feeling like it is slightly too dark and am contemplating perhaps painting a few walls white or lightening up some walls to make it feel a bit airier. What do you think?!

So here are the after shots, well after shots taken in December (hence the start of the christmas decorations!) and we've changed bits here and there, and repainted the floor!

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Obviously we really want to change the fire place, but that would mean changing our whole heating system which we just cannot afford to do right now! One of the reasons I feel our room feels quite small (other than the fact it is a small room with lots in it!) is that our sofa and chair are quite dark which makes them appear to take up more space. I am always lusting over new sofas, but again we can't afford one. I would really love a grey sofa and feel it would lighten up the room and tie in really well with our colour scheme (other than it being my favourite colour!) But instead of buying a whole new sofa I started to think about just changing the covers of our exisiting one. I was shown this challenge and some transforamtions here and think it works really well! Here are a few examples:

before

Before

I may well be tempted to give it a go myself! 

This is a collaborative post

New season homeware lusting: an ice cream palette

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So those of you who know me in person will know of my ever so slight obsession with the colour pink. I'm not sure when it crept in, but it did and I'm pretty sure it's here to stay FOREVS. When I was young I wasn't really a very girly girl (other than about a six months or so of my childhood where I refused to wear anything other than party dresses) and definitely as a teenager was a "punk rock chick" (that phrase makes me heave a little!) and the only pink I wore was a t-shirt saying "barbie sucks", cool I know. 

So anyway, now as an adult and as someone who is fully behind the whole gender neutral kids clothing thing, I have seem to have fallen for pink. Well maybe not just pink, but all pastels. And grey, can't forget grey. Give me mint, lilac, sky blue, peach, yellow and pistachio. I'll take them all, and if they resemble ice cream colours, even better! 

So I thought I'd put together a little list of all the wonderful ice cream inspired beauties floating around that have caught my eye. I WANT THEM ALL. 

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1- Sunjellies // 2 - The Whitepepper // 3 - Le Creuset // 4 - Smug // 5 - Kanken // 6 - MT tape // 7 - Frankie magazine //  8 - Scholten & Baijings via Smug // 9 - Hay // 10 - Kitchenaid

Lots of these products literally made me squeal when I found that they had made all my (materialistic) dreams come true and made items in my favourite shades, notably Sunjellies, Kanken and Le Creuset. The others are all classic and beautiful. Oh and The White Pepper, you never seem to fail me. Every season. I love you. 

New season homeware lusting: an ice cream palette

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So those of you who know me in person will know of my ever so slight obsession with the colour pink. I'm not sure when it crept in, but it did and I'm pretty sure it's here to stay FOREVS. When I was young I wasn't really a very girly girl (other than about a six months or so of my childhood where I refused to wear anything other than party dresses) and definitely as a teenager was a "punk rock chick" (that phrase makes me heave a little!) and the only pink I wore was a t-shirt saying "barbie sucks", cool I know. 

So anyway, now as an adult and as someone who is fully behind the whole gender neutral kids clothing thing, I have seem to have fallen for pink. Well maybe not just pink, but all pastels. And grey, can't forget grey. Give me mint, lilac, sky blue, peach, yellow and pistachio. I'll take them all, and if they resemble ice cream colours, even better! 

So I thought I'd put together a little list of all the wonderful ice cream inspired beauties floating around that have caught my eye. I WANT THEM ALL. 

ice cream colours


1- Sunjellies // 2 - The Whitepepper // 3 - Le Creuset // 4 - Smug // 5 - Kanken // 6 - MT tape // 7 - Frankie magazine //  8 - Scholten & Baijings via Smug // 9 - Hay // 10 - Kitchenaid

Lots of these products literally made me squeal when I found that they had made all my (materialistic) dreams come true and made items in my favourite shades, notably Sunjellies, Kanken and Le Creuset. The others are all classic and beautiful. Oh and The White Pepper, you never seem to fail me. Every season. I love you. 

Interior love: wooden floors

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I have an obsession with floors. There I said it. To me the flooring in a house is the first thing I notice, it would probably sway me and be a deciding factor when looking at a house to live in. In fact when we were looking at houses to buy we tested the floors to see if it would be possible to expose the floorboards. For me my dream house would contain perfect condition original oak flooring throughout, that would magically stay clean of course! 

When we bought our house we knew that the living room and the upstairs all had floor boards, but being covered in horrible carpet we had no idea what condition they were in. We were determined to rip the carpets up as soon as possible (like the day we got the keys...) as we were desperate to see what they were like! They were in good condition but had unfortunately been stained a horrible dark brown which even after several goes with a floor sander didn't really come off so we decided to paint them white. Now I'm a fan of white floor boards just as much as natural ones, and in fact I think it really helps to lighten up the room, especially as our living room is fairly dark. 

Our hallway was another matter though and we decided to go for laminate flooring as it was covered in old stained and ugly tiles! We looked into lots of different options from real hard wood flooring to lacquered engineered flooring and finally settled on white to match the rest of the floors. 

I'm always dreaming about what we can do next to our house, and our list of jobs is never ending. We've still got to paint half the living room floor I'm ashamed to admit! So of course I'm always looking to pinterest for inspiration. 

As you can see I love anything clean and simple, bright and natural. 

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This is a collaborative post 

Interior love: wooden floors

interior wooden flooring

I have an obsession with floors. There I said it. To me the flooring in a house is the first thing I notice, it would probably sway me and be a deciding factor when looking at a house to live in. In fact when we were looking at houses to buy we tested the floors to see if it would be possible to expose the floorboards. For me my dream house would contain perfect condition original oak flooring throughout, that would magically stay clean of course! 

When we bought our house we knew that the living room and the upstairs all had floor boards, but being covered in horrible carpet we had no idea what condition they were in. We were determined to rip the carpets up as soon as possible (like the day we got the keys...) as we were desperate to see what they were like! They were in good condition but had unfortunately been stained a horrible dark brown which even after several goes with a floor sander didn't really come off so we decided to paint them white. Now I'm a fan of white floor boards just as much as natural ones, and in fact I think it really helps to lighten up the room, especially as our living room is fairly dark. 

Our hallway was another matter though and we decided to go for laminate flooring as it was covered in old stained and ugly tiles! We looked into lots of different options from real hard wood flooring to lacquered engineered flooring and finally settled on white to match the rest of the floors. 

I'm always dreaming about what we can do next to our house, and our list of jobs is never ending. We've still got to paint half the living room floor I'm ashamed to admit! So of course I'm always looking to pinterest for inspiration. 

As you can see I love anything clean and simple, bright and natural. 

Follow Abigail's board Home sweet home  on Pinterest.
Follow Abigail Oliver's board Home sweet home on Pinterest.



interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooring
interior wooden flooringAll images via Pinterest

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The house plant appreciation society

 All images via pinterest

So with Christmas over it seems inevitable that we start looking forward to Spring, I know I do anyway. I do love this time, waiting and hoping for the brighter days and longer evenings, feeling the sun start to warm your face and coax all the flowers and trees out of hibernation ready to bloom. 

So because of this feeling, generally liking having greenery around and having our own home to finally decorate how we want I have become a little bit obsessed with house plants and flowers and have of course been looking towards pinterest for the ever growing source of inspiration. (Seriously what did we do before it?!) 

I've started a new board to go with my obsession, which happens to link closely with my obsession with shelving too! 

Follow Abigail's board House plant love on Pinterest.

Follow Abigail's board Shelf lust on Pinterest.

The house plant appreciation society

 All images via pinterest

So with Christmas over it seems inevitable that we start looking forward to Spring, I know I do anyway. I do love this time, waiting and hoping for the brighter days and longer evenings, feeling the sun start to warm your face and coax all the flowers and trees out of hibernation ready to bloom. 

So because of this feeling, generally liking having greenery around and having our own home to finally decorate how we want I have become a little bit obsessed with house plants and flowers and have of course been looking towards pinterest for the ever growing source of inspiration. (Seriously what did we do before it?!) 

I've started a new board to go with my obsession, which happens to link closely with my obsession with shelving too! 

Follow Abigail's board House plant love on Pinterest.

Follow Abigail's board Shelf lust on Pinterest.

Getting ready for christmas



So as the festive season is very nearly upon us...who am I kidding it's here already isn't it?! But anyway, as of today it is officially December, so the decorations and the glitter can finally be released all over the place.

I'm actually really excited this year, and despite some of the ugly side of consumerism splashing itself about already (I'm looking at you "black friday"). I've really enjoyed thinking about presents that I want to gift to my family this year. Its given me an excuse to visit some new local shops such as the delightful Papersmiths in Bristol, and to make lists and pin pretty things to boards on pinterest (no change there then). I've shared with you some gift ideas, and will probably be throwing a few more your way in the next few weeks! 

But the real reason I'm excited is because we are spending Christmas in our own home for the first time. It's been an exciting journey these past few months, and I really feel like our house is coming together now and what a better excuse to show it off, than to have people come and celebrate with us in it. I hope our home will be cosy and welcoming this winter! We're getting a Christmas tree delivered tomorrow and I can't wait for it to arrive so we can begin to decorate the house. Then it will officially feel like Christmas. Theo's not letting me forget that I've promised he can finally have a chocolate coin once the tree goes up, since I reasoned with him in the supermarket, and I can't wait to bust out our collection of Lindt Christmas chocolate to share with our friends and family (even though I've got my eye on this bear to eat in secret!)

My sister is journeying all the way from Barcelona, with partner and pup in tow to celebrate Christmas with us, and we're making a quick dash East to visit friends and family on my birthday (the 23rd folks!). Then hopefully a visit from my other sister for New year celebrations. I can't wait! One day dear sisters we will celebrate the day all in one place, miss you. 


Have you all made your Christmas plans yet? Do you end up travelling round the country or are you staying put this year?


Top image found here and the second found in our family photo albums.

Getting ready for christmas



So as the festive season is very nearly upon us...who am I kidding it's here already isn't it?! But anyway, as of today it is officially December, so the decorations and the glitter can finally be released all over the place.

I'm actually really excited this year, and despite some of the ugly side of consumerism splashing itself about already (I'm looking at you "black friday"). I've really enjoyed thinking about presents that I want to gift to my family this year. Its given me an excuse to visit some new local shops such as the delightful Papersmiths in Bristol, and to make lists and pin pretty things to boards on pinterest (no change there then). I've shared with you some gift ideas, and will probably be throwing a few more your way in the next few weeks! 

But the real reason I'm excited is because we are spending Christmas in our own home for the first time. It's been an exciting journey these past few months, and I really feel like our house is coming together now and what a better excuse to show it off, than to have people come and celebrate with us in it. I hope our home will be cosy and welcoming this winter! We're getting a Christmas tree delivered tomorrow and I can't wait for it to arrive so we can begin to decorate the house. Then it will officially feel like Christmas. Theo's not letting me forget that I've promised he can finally have a chocolate coin once the tree goes up, since I reasoned with him in the supermarket, and I can't wait to bust out our collection of Lindt Christmas chocolate to share with our friends and family (even though I've got my eye on this bear to eat in secret!)

My sister is journeying all the way from Barcelona, with partner and pup in tow to celebrate Christmas with us, and we're making a quick dash East to visit friends and family on my birthday (the 23rd folks!). Then hopefully a visit from my other sister for New year celebrations. I can't wait! One day dear sisters we will celebrate the day all in one place, miss you. 


Have you all made your Christmas plans yet? Do you end up travelling round the country or are you staying put this year?


Top image found here and the second found in our family photo albums.

Shelf life


So I may have mentioned quite a few times with all this house stuff about putting up shelves. I've become shelf obsessed. I feel like shelfs in a home are where you can show your personality, and tell a story of your life. My favourite ones contains favourite books, pictures, heirlooms, found objects, plants and collections. I love objects that tell stories, and I love the fact you can display those stories on your walls. 

I love clutter, but it has to be organised, when shelves become dumping grounds it really tends to wind me up! Everything has to have its place, but it doesn't have to be perfect! A little like organised clutter. I love that objects and style can change as the seasons come and go, as the family grows and changes and tastes develop. So basically I've got big plans for our shelves, they're coming along nicely, but I always love a bit of inspiration! 

So that's about it...just thought you needed to know about my shelf obsession. 

All of these images were found via pinterest 

Shelf life


So I may have mentioned quite a few times with all this house stuff about putting up shelves. I've become shelf obsessed. I feel like shelfs in a home are where you can show your personality, and tell a story of your life. My favourite ones contains favourite books, pictures, heirlooms, found objects, plants and collections. I love objects that tell stories, and I love the fact you can display those stories on your walls. 

I love clutter, but it has to be organised, when shelves become dumping grounds it really tends to wind me up! Everything has to have its place, but it doesn't have to be perfect! A little like organised clutter. I love that objects and style can change as the seasons come and go, as the family grows and changes and tastes develop. So basically I've got big plans for our shelves, they're coming along nicely, but I always love a bit of inspiration! 

So that's about it...just thought you needed to know about my shelf obsession. 

All of these images were found via pinterest 

A room tour : Theo's Bedroom

So I thought it about time that I shared a little of this house of ours. It's coming along nicely, most of the rooms are complete, except for things like pictures and a few shelves to put up but on the whole is looking a little more finished! 

I don't think we quite anticipated how long things would take, we got a little trigger happy pulling up carpets and gutting things out and not anticipating other problems, but that's all part of the fun of learning and the journey of buying your own home right? 

Theo's room was one the first we wanted to get liveable, for obvious reasons. His bedrooms have never been huge, so storage is always really important. We also lost some living space downstairs, meaning less space for his toys and things there, so the majority of his 'stuff' now resides in his bedroom. We managed to perfectly fit a cupboard and shelving unit from Ikea in the space, as well as investing in a new bed. His bed is high up meaning it creates a great space underneath. We've used it to create a cosy reading space (still needing to put the bookracks up!) fitting yet more storage underneath. Most of our furniture is from Ikea, except a chest of drawers hand made by Rob's dad. We've been lucky that most of it has magically fitted in, but it would be amazing to design purpose made storage for his bedroom. 

Here's a little glimpse of what it was like before, it wasn't in a too bad state, but the walls definitely need some attention at some point down the line! I'm always pinning inspiration, so check out my Theo's bedroom board too! 



In collaboration with Betta Living

A room tour : Theo's Bedroom

So I thought it about time that I shared a little of this house of ours. It's coming along nicely, most of the rooms are complete, except for things like pictures and a few shelves to put up but on the whole is looking a little more finished! 

I don't think we quite anticipated how long things would take, we got a little trigger happy pulling up carpets and gutting things out and not anticipating other problems, but that's all part of the fun of learning and the journey of buying your own home right? 

Theo's room was one the first we wanted to get liveable, for obvious reasons. His bedrooms have never been huge, so storage is always really important. We also lost some living space downstairs, meaning less space for his toys and things there, so the majority of his 'stuff' now resides in his bedroom. We managed to perfectly fit a cupboard and shelving unit from Ikea in the space, as well as investing in a new bed. His bed is high up meaning it creates a great space underneath. We've used it to create a cosy reading space (still needing to put the bookracks up!) fitting yet more storage underneath. Most of our furniture is from Ikea, except a chest of drawers hand made by Rob's dad. We've been lucky that most of it has magically fitted in, but it would be amazing to design purpose made storage for his bedroom. 

Here's a little glimpse of what it was like before, it wasn't in a too bad state, but the walls definitely need some attention at some point down the line! I'm always pinning inspiration, so check out my Theo's bedroom board too! 



In collaboration with Betta Living