Thursday, 25 September 2014

More Bathroom Pictures...

Hello everyone!

As promised, here are a couple more pictures from my bathroom makeover reveal (you can see the first post here).  The chest of drawers was a freebie from friends of my my parents - it was covered in dark brown paint!  I managed to get most of it off before painting it, and sanding it back to reveal the pine underneath.

I'm off to Spain with some friends for a girls weekend tomorrow, and I'm so looking forward to it!  I fully intend to sit by the pool and read a trashy novel!

In other news, I have managed finally to book a builder to come next week and start some work on my kitchen which is very exciting!  I hope to update you with some pictures next week.

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Bathroom Makeover

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

I'm so excited to share my bathroom makeover with you today.  It's taken a fair few months to get it to this stage, and lots of help and favours from my dad, and a friend who works for a heating engineering company.  So, here are the before pictures....
The thing that has made a massive difference was getting rid of the defunct boiler and the cupboard it was in, which has given me so much extra space.  My dad put down a new wooden floor for me as the old boards were in poor condition.  (I recycled the old boards by having a garden table made from them.)  I chose a traditional bath suite from www.bathstore.com, including a roll top bath that fits into the corner so I can have a shower over it.  I love the tongue and groove my dad put in for me - I mixed the soft grey from some colours I already had.  The mirror was of course a car boot fair find, and my beautiful Vernon Ward swan print sits very happily in there too.  I found some very old swan wallpaper in the bathroom which sadly I was unable to salvage, so I'm really happy to get some swan imagery back in there.
I have some more pictures which I will share with you this week!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Rustic Garden Chair and Hydrangeas

Hello everyone!

I took these snaps a few weeks ago, when I was in the garden cutting hydrangeas for my Styling The Seasons post.  I bought this wonderfully chippy and rustic garden chair from a car boot sale recently, and it sits perfectly on my summer house verandah.  My blooms looked so pretty in this old wire basket, I couldn't resist taking some pictures.

Today I'm looking forward to catching up with some house projects, taking some pictures to share with you, and I'm also having a chimney swept which I'm pretty excited about!  Although I'm reluctant to say goodbye to the warmer months, the idea of blankets, hot chocolates and an open fire give me very warm fuzzy feeling inside!

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are in the world!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely lazy sunday!

I just wanted to share a few of my favourite phone snapshots with you from the past couple of weeks.  It's been pretty busy here as I've had my parents up, which has been lovely - not only that, but my dad put some tongue and groove wood panels in my bathroom for me which is really exciting, as it's transformed it completely into a rather beautiful space.  I've spent this weekend painting it, so I hope to share some pictures with you soon.

I was up at silly o'clock this morning to go to a car boot fair, and I'm so glad I did as I found the most beautiful old Victorian metal baby cot.  I'm thinking of putting it in the summer house and piling it high with cushions, or maybe in the garden with plants in...watch this space!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Chair Renovation Project - Completed!

Hello everyone!

So, you may remember this chair that I shared with you a few weeks ago pre-renovation...(post here)


I'm so happy with the finished result!  I used a vintage French linen sheet to reupholster the chair in the end - its slightly slubby texture and pale stone colour, makes it perfect for this sort of project, plus I think it will be really hardwearing.  I used little black upholstery tacks which are really cheap, and easy to hammer into the frame, which I painted in French Grey by the Little Greene Paint Company.  Not only does it look beautiful, but I'm sat on this chair right now writing this post, and it's so comfortable.  Not bad for less than £40!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Styling The Seasons - September

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a fantastic start to September!

I was so excited when the lovely Katy at Apartment Apothecary asked me to take part in a new monthly blog series, called Styling The Seasons.  She has started this project along with Charlotte from Lotts and Lots blog, and the idea is to style any surface, according to what that month means to you and the way you decorate your home.  It's such a lovely idea, and it really made me take some time to think about how I was going to style my post.

So the focus for my post this month, are my hydrangeas, which I cut for drying every September.  It's a final, glorious, floral flourish, after a season of peonies, stocks and roses.  It fills my home with flowers, and also feels like I'm bringing a bit of the outside in, prolonging summer for just a little longer!  I use the water drying method, which is so easy - I cut long stalks, remove the leaves, and place in a vase of water until the water evaporates.  The flowers are dry in time for christmas, perfect for making a hydrangea wreath (you can see my tutorial guest post I did for Katy last year here). 
 Moving away from the sugary pastel hues of spring and summer, I've gone for muted pastel shades, which are echoed in some of my favourite vintage finds from the summer.   

I'm already thinking about how I'm going to style my shots for October - anyone can join in, just use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons on social media, and tag Katy and Charlotte in too.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 1 September 2014