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. 

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

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

This is a collaborative post 

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.

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 

We love: House by John Lewis


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Today I braved the start of the Christmas shopping and headed to the shops to see what they had on offer. I don't really tend to do my present shopping in big retail stores, preferring to support local business's or online boutiques, but it's nice to go and have a look and see all the pretty things on offer. But whilst in John Lewis a few items caught my eye, all from the House collection. The colours, designs and style are exactly my taste, and every new item I saw I cooed and lusted over them! The prices are pretty reasonable for most of the items, and I generally feel that John Lewis products are usually pretty great quality. There are so many items I've added to my wish list, but here are just a few! So you know if anyone wants to buy me any for Christmas I wouldn't be disappointed! 

Items from clockwise:

Bowls // Wire wastepaper basket // Throw // Coffee Table // Mug // Wallpaper 

This isn't a sponsored post, I really do love them! 

We love: House by John Lewis


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Today I braved the start of the Christmas shopping and headed to the shops to see what they had on offer. I don't really tend to do my present shopping in big retail stores, preferring to support local business's or online boutiques, but it's nice to go and have a look and see all the pretty things on offer. But whilst in John Lewis a few items caught my eye, all from the House collection. The colours, designs and style are exactly my taste, and every new item I saw I cooed and lusted over them! The prices are pretty reasonable for most of the items, and I generally feel that John Lewis products are usually pretty great quality. There are so many items I've added to my wish list, but here are just a few! So you know if anyone wants to buy me any for Christmas I wouldn't be disappointed! 

Items from clockwise:

Bowls // Wire wastepaper basket // Throw // Coffee Table // Mug // Wallpaper 

This isn't a sponsored post, I really do love them! 

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