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Mila's bed makeover

Mila’s bedroom makeover

Bedroom makeover part 2: Following Mila’s desk makeover, I have now tackled the other side of her room to ensure her bed would be warm and comfortable for wintertime and feels a bit more luxurious. As you may remember, a few months ago, we installed double-glazing in most of the house, which has made our home a lot warmer, cosier and secure. Unlike the other three bedrooms in our home in France, Mila’s room is exposed north, which means it is the room that sees the least amount of sun. The fact that there is also a tank of water in the ground just outside the house probably doesn’t help as I suspect the humidity travels from the ground to the walls. I think we will need to drain the water but that’s a job we will tackle when Steve is back from London. Since Mila didn’t want to move out of her room, I focused on the inside to make her bedroom cosy, warm and comfortable. The first thing I did, was getting her a new …

Le weekend in bed

Le weekend

It has been a good week but I’m glad it’s the weekend… I put a few styling Xmas shots for clients to bed. I also got nominated again by Vuelio as UK Top Ten Interior Design Blogs (happy dance 1) and  Mila’s desk area makeover got featured on Babyccino (happy dance 2). This weekend will be all about stocking up on lemons for my seasonal detox (let me know if you have any questions about it), chilling out, surfing, re-charging my batteries ahead of next week. I’m planning to tackle Mila’s bed makeover and I’m hoping to be able to make her a new headboard out of plywood. For those interested, the light fitting is the Tolemeo by Artemide and our bed linen is the white King size from the Brisa collection by Made. I’m going to change them now as Plum just got sick on it while I was finishing off this blog post. What are you up to this weekend!?

Childen's bedroom makeover

Mila’s desk area makeover

Last time, we decorated Mila’s room in our holiday home in France, was shortly after we purchased the house and refurbished it at the speed of the light to rent it over Summer. Mila was two years old. We fitted a sisal carpet on the floor to hide the uneven concrete floor, painted the walls in white and added two single beds as the house is rented out to other families during the summer and caters for 8 people + a baby. If you click on the second image here when the house was featured in Boligdrom magazine in 2014 and Grand Designs in 2008, you will see that we turned the front and back of a vintage French iron bed into two headboards for each single bed. Fast forward 10 years, Mila is now a 12 year old pre-teens, well into surfing, skating and all of the above is gone. Her room is still in need of a serious makeover and I’m planning at some point, to paint one of her walls in light …

Fresh look in our dining room BEFORE & AFTER

Our dining room renovations Part 1

And just like that…Summer was gone. We moved back into our home after a whole Summer away and I’m now looking at the house with fresh eyes to see how to finish our dining renovations and what projects we can (budget permitting) tackle. For now, let me show you what we did recently in the lounge and dining area rather than focusing on what need to be done

Our Tylko shelving + discount code

Our new Tylko shelving

As you may have seen on my Instagram, we have recently gone through some refurbishment works in our home in France, taking the old and ugly fireplace down, re-plastered the walls and added beautiful, modern shelving from Tylko to increase storage. The former has been quite messy and dusty but I’m really pleased we did it. It has completely modernised and opened up the place and the Tylko shelves are the perfect final touch to our lounge.

Stylish bedroom update with a new print

Our bedroom Spring update in France

As soon as I recovered from the low blood pressure that hit me recently and let me with very little energy for three weeks, I tackled all the things I wanted to do during Mila‘s school holidays. After spending quite a bit of time in bed resting, I wanted to give our bedroom a new, fresh look for Spring so I finally unpacked the new stonewashed linen in pure white I got during my last trip in London. You can’t beat white for a fresh look, can you!!?

bedroom concrete floor

New polished floor in our home in France

Following my last post on the renovations of our holiday home in France, here is a sneak-peek of the new floor in one of the bedrooms. I’m totally in love with it. Our builders took away the sisal floor we had laid down ten years ago, applied a new layer of concrete, polished it and paint it with hard-wearing floor paint. The walls are getting a new coat of pure white paint too. This option was a third of the cost of a polished concrete floor and still looks fantastic. We will see over time if it is hard wearing… You can select the colour of the floor you want so we opted for a soft grey (similar to our resin floor in London) to contrast gently with the walls painted in pure white and keep a feel-good holiday vibe. Mila’s room is being done too and I will share more photos once we’ve made progress in both rooms… For those renovating houses in France, here is what we used: To prepare the floor, we used Ragréage fibre forte épaisseur, …

How to get the effortless look in the bedroom

Real life bedroom

Real life bedroom or How to achieve the effortless look in the bedroom after a certain someone came for a cuddle and used our bed as a practice for her gymnastic competition next week…Yet I wouldn’t change a thing because one day, she will think it’s totally uncool to come and give us a cuddle. Have a great weekend SHOP THE STORY: