It’s been a while since I’ve done a home update. We moved into our flat a few months before Christmas, and since then we’ve slowly but surely been doing the place up. It’s not a huge place, and we bought it really as an investment property. I’ve been really conscious over design and choices to maximise the feeling of space. It’s taken a lot longer than we’d hoped, but mainly because when you buy a place you plough all your money into the purchase so you have to start the dull saving process again (and couple it with Christmas, Birthdays etc). And then not long after Mr London Mum went freelance, so we decided to go easy on the spending just to make sure we covered all our bills.
But we are getting there, and coming to the end of stage one of our home update. First of all we changed our windows and got some much-needed double glazing. We then removed the old kitchen and installed a new one by B&Q.
We decided on gloss white fronts with no handles, as they’re child friendly and wipe clean, with a thin wooden top. We did want a white top, but the wood one worked out cheaper and looks just as nice.
All our appliances are from Beko; who I’ve worked with previously, and they perfectly compliment the style we wanted- plus I managed to install my must needed dishwasher! I don’t care how small the kitchen is I’m not going to survive without a dishwasher!
I can not recommend Beko enough as a brand to get your appliances from. They have such a huge range that there is something affordable for everyone with a variety of sizes. Having a small kitchen meant I didn’t want large bulky space taking appliances. I particularly love their range cookers but it just wouldn’t have worked in our kitchen unfortunately 🙁
By removing the ‘island’ that split the room in half we’ve opened up the living space and made the room much more usable- although the baby gate that stretches across the middle of the room doesn’t quite show this to its best potential.
The grey laminate flooring just flows through the room and is great for hiding dirt and mess which can be picked up on other coloured flooring. Again that makes it pretty child friendly!
To increase that feeling of space, we’ve removed the banisters (we’re top floor maisonette) and we’ve bought some glass ready to slot into the space instead, so it brings in more light and gives the illusion of more space.
Once that’s been installed we’ll get the carpeting put on the stairs and pop a few tiles up in the kitchen and that’s more or less the main bulk of the work done in this room.
All that needs to happen after those last few pieces which will be done in the coming weeks, is the fun part. The dressing of the room.
Next on our purchase agenda is to get some blinds put in. With so many styles and fabrics when it comes to blinds, I think they make a great stylish accessory to a room. I’ve decided against curtains or shutters, because I think blinds have that great Scandinavian contemporary feel about them at the moment. I have to think carefully over what design I want though, because stage 3 of our home renovation will be renovating our loft space which will include some roof windows where I’ll need to purchase some Itzala blinds for our VELUX windows, and if I want the style of what were creating now to compliment our future project I need to carefully pick what I think would be most suitable.
Aside from the blinds we just have to decorate with pictures and add a few homely touches. Other than the bathroom that’ll mean we’ll have completed our entire living space. We’re not going to do the bathroom until we know where we’ll put a staircase in for the loft space- shame really because the bathroom is pretty grotesque!
The bedroom has been painted and the flooring recarpeted. With a nice new wardrobe and everything else getting moved out (bar the bed and the cot), nice new pieces brought in and again pictures hung onto the walls we are pretty much finished.
Stage 2 unfortunately is the garden. Maybe I’ll just keep the blinds shut so I don’t have to see it until next year!
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for an updated video walk through, I’ll of course post it up as a new post so you don’t miss it.