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Bomo Bump: Baby Diary

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JUNE 2017 18-21 Weeks 

Ooh I have grown this month I am getting a proper bump now and in the UK heatwave it has become slightly uncomfortable. I am not complaining as I love my bump but it is and making how a bit of extra weight can make such a difference! I have been using my stretchmarks creams to help the skin and I thought I had one stretchmark but so far so good. I think because I have been slightly bigger in the past my skin as some stretch to it. My main food love at the moment is tartare sauce could literally have it with everything fish finger sandwiches especially!

20 weeks (Baby Center App)

So I am now 21 weeks over the hump of the bump so to speak 19 weeks to go and 14 weeks left in work! Haha! I never expected to get this far which I know sounds funny but I never did think I would be pregnant or carry my own baby so it is a small miracle. 

Last weekend I felt the baby kick for the first time which is an amazing feeling! We were at the Manchester Day Parade in the 30 degree heat (crazy) to see my Dad in the parade and there was so much drumming when the drummers stopped in front of me the baby just started moving and kicking and I felt it properly for the first time. I haven’t felt any of the usual delicate ‘flutters’ the movements I have felt are full on prods and I love them all! 

Daddy the Magician in the Manchester Day Parade

Also in other news we have bought a pram! Nobody tells you how expensive the pram is going to be! It cost more then my wedding dress which up until now apart from the kitchen is the most expensive thing I’ve owned. Oh the pram though is so clever. We have bought a Silver Cross Pioneer in the Henley colour pack. It is a blue grey colour with brown handles. (Neutral for boys and girls). I was recommended the Silver Cross prams by my friend who already has two beautiful boys. They are very sturdy but very nice looking and are so flexible. 

You buy the main ‘chassis’ (I think that is how you spell it) and then that fits the main seat which can move position from lying down to sitting up as baby grows and it fits the car seat as well so you can pop from the car straight out for smaller journeys. I like that they come with all the accessories like the matching nappy bag, rain cover  and colour pack and they also have a cup holder for your Costa. Because yes I will be one of those Mums. We also liked the pioneer for its multi terrain wheels as we like to get out and about and will be doing with the baby. It’s so exciting it really is. When we bought the pram however we quickly realised our beloved Citreon C1 is too small for the baby so we need a nice sensible family car at some point before November. 

Silver Cross Pioneer in Henley

The other items I have for the baby is a Christening gown from my husbands side of the family. It is a handmade Brussels lace gown that we think dates from 1900. I wanted it as I will be baptising my baby as I am Catholic (shock horror) and my husbands Grandfather and we think his Great Grandma were christened in this gown so it is a proper family dress. The initials of the babies christened in the dress are embroidered in the collar of the gown which I think is so special and we will be adding our baby’s initials to the dress. My Mum has managed to clean up the dress and fix it and it’s really beautiful. I have a shawl that I was given on my wedding day made by my Aunty which we will also use. I just need bootees and and a bonnet. And obviously a bib! 

The dress all cleaned up!

Ah 26th June we have had our anomaly scan today. Baby is happy and healthy and is all the right measurements. Baby was a bit awakward as it was lying on its front. We also found out that baby is a…….Boy! So excited we have his name all picked out and it feels so nice to know how to refer to him! Can’t wait to meet our little boy. Love him so much. 

5 Step Spa Routine 

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5 Step Spa Routine 

I am an advocate for me time. I love my busy life but sometimes I just need a break and some space just to be me without my phone, my job, my commute and the other stresses of my life. I like to make myself feel like a ‘human’ and more like myself. Now I am having a baby I feel this is even more important. So my favourite way of doing this is to have a bath and treat myself to a ‘spa-like’ evening and it makes me feel 100 times better. Here is my 5 Step Spa Evening:

1) Run a Bubbly Bath

Ooh I do love a bath. It just makes me relax and feel cosy. I like to light candles, warm towels on the radiator and have a gorgeous bath bomb or cream to soak in. This particular evening I used The Experimenter from Lush. It has popping candy and a sweet vanilla scent and the colours are amazing. It is also full of glitter which makes your bath water sparkle.

2) Remove Makeup, Cleanse and Mask it

I really enjoy putting on makeup but I love taking it off just as much. It just feels good to remove the day and have fresh clean skin. You should always take your makeup off before getting in the bath! (It’s just common sense all the water and steam with nowhere to go will just clog your pores.) I took my makeup off using my Una Brennan Face Oil and cleansed with Lush Ultrabland. I like to use face masks as well to really feel pampered and give my skin a treat or a treatment for problems. This night I had a free sample of an Nspa Mum to Be mask that I was given as a gift. It was a deep cleansing mud mask and it was really lovely and creamy. Once the mask is on get in the bath! (I always put my mask on before I get in the bath so I can see in the mirror. I have had an unfortunate event once with a warming clay mask in the eye….not pleasant!)

3) Hair Care

Once in the tub I like to lie back and relax. I usually have a glass of water to sip to keep hydrated and I read a book. I am practised at holding books now out of the water, I do know this can be bad for the book, but you know, it’s my book and they are all loved. Once the Mask has done it’s work I remove with cool water to refresh my face and start on hair care. I always shampoo twice, simply because my hairdresser told me to. I used John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Moisturising Shampoo. I love the smell and it looks after my coloured hair. To follow, if I am having a spa night I like to use a hair treatment as well. For this night I chose Lee Stafford For Hair That Only Grows to a Certain Length hair treatment. It’s a protein base product that moisturises hair and soothes the scalp to help your hair grow longer. I like the way my hair feels after this very smooth, strong and conditioned.  I left this on for 10 minutes whilst I relaxed again in my bath before the strenuous hair rinsing began. Once I’d rinsed the product out I finished with the John Freida Brilliant Brunette Moisturising conditioner. This locks in the products and makes my hair shiny.

4) The Working Part

Now with every spa evening there is always a working section. This is the part where I have to make the effort. So whilst my hair is conditioning I shave my legs, and other areas and wash using a shower gel and my loofah puff thing. I like to use this to exfoliate and I use my loofah everyday as my skin is so dry. I like to use my favourite shower gel which is the Original Dove Shower Cream. It smells really floral and feminine and leaves your skin very soft. This is the boring but necessary section of any bath it can be dull but once you are out of the bathroom you will be grateful for the effort. This is followed with copious rinsing to get rid of any excess product in my hair. Once I am ready to get out the tub I like to stand under the shower to rinse off any excess oils from the bath as this cleans the skin and is also very refreshing. Then it’s out of the tub and on with one of the nice big towels I’ve been warming on the radiator. 

5) The Finale

After a bath your skin has been sat in water which can be drying. Your pores will have opened as well so now these need to be closed and your skin cared for. To finish my face I used the Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanicals Rosewater Toner which is very nice and floral. And I put on a large amount of the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream. (Very long titles!) My face felt clean and fresh and plumped up. For the rest of my skin my favourite moisturiser is the E45 Intense Recovery Body Lotion. This is fragrance free, and after all the perfumes in the bath is a relief, this creams soaks in quickly and leaves my skin nice and soft. The final touch was another Mum to Be product from Nspa this a is a Moisturising Bump Butter as I am trying (probably uselessly) to fight any stretch marks from the pregnancy so this went on my bump, lower back and hips. It might not work but it’s a lovely body butter.

6) Bonus Step: nails and digits 

OK ok so I know I said 5 steps and sometimes these alone are enough. But whilst my hair was drying I repainted my finger and toe nails in the Rimmel Gel Effect Nail varnish in Shameless Selfie and moisturised my hands and feet using a gorgeous Roger & Gallet Hand and Nail Balm in Shea Butter and Fig which I got in a set for my birthday. 

So now I feel like me again, calm, relaxed and squeaky clean ready to face the world the next day. I love a spa night and I will do this a few times a month to really feel good about myself. I really believe everyone deserves some time to themsrlves to psmper or to just spend a few hours away ftom the stress of lufe doing what the hell you want. Its food for your soul.

Bomo Bump: Maternity Capsule Wardrobe 

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So I am over the moon to be having a baby in November. It’s been a long 4 years whilst we tried to get pregnant and its finally happened. Being pregnant is a wonderful thing but it changes so much in your body so quickly that it’s been a bit overwhelming at times. At the time we went away I was 17 weeks and I’d started to show and I needed to rethink my wardrobe to dress the bump.

 I love clothes and I like to feel good in clothes so just because I am pregnant does not mean I will now give up on wearing nice stylish clothes that make me feel good. A few people have now told me that I shouldnt spend/waste money on maternity clothes. But 9 months is a long time to wear the same jeans and 3 tops that fit over and over again. So I have bought some new stuff. Not all of it is maternity some of it is just oversized as that trend is on fire right now so it will last a very long time after Baby Bomo is born. 

Here is my capsule wardrobe for a weekend away visiting family. 

Day 1:

Today we travelled so I knew we were going to be in a car a lot of the day. I chose my really comfy and soft H&M skinny Mama jeans in grey. They have a soft over the bump sock that keeps everything in place but the look of a good skinny jean. On the top I wore a white vest also from H&M these are long line vests which you need whilst pregnant to cover the bump and they are so useful. Over the top I wore a blue and white striped shirt. This is also from H&M (sorry I had a H&M haul recently!) I like it because it reminds me of men’s pyjamas from the fifties which is wierd but I like it. It’s a very light shirt and its oversized. Today I tied it in the middle at my waist but you could leave it open and as bump gets bigger it will give the extra space I need. On my feet I wore my Kurt Geiger sparkly diamanté sandals because I felt like I needed a touch of glamour. Bag wise I used my new Cath Kidston over the body bag. This was a present for my birthday it’s pink which I love and it encourages me to pack less stuff which is what I need! Jacket wise I have a cropped denim jacket which I am wearing with everything at the moment also from H&M.  

Day 2:

Day 2 was so sunny and warm. So luckily I had packed for different weather conditions. I chose a Maternity dress also from H&M it has a navy blue background with pink flowers in a ditzy print. It’s so feminine and pretty but also incredibly comfortable and breathable. On top of this I wore a bright Raspberry pink Cardigan from M&S. I love the thin knit cardigans from M&S I have a few different colours and I wear them with everything as they are so versatile. On my feet I wore some grey suede pumps from New Look as we were going to be walking about that day and I took my Cath Kidston over the body bag and some fifties inspired cool sunnies from Next. I felt very pretty and floaty all day. 

Day 2: evening

In the evening it had cooled and begun to rain. We were popping out for some tea at the pub. I wore my grey skinny Mama jeans as mentioned earlier with a navy and white striped breton style tshirt again with the bright pink cardigan. Underneath I wore the same white vest to make sure my bump was covered. I wore my sparkly Kurt Geiger  sandals to keep the look pretty and my Cath Kidston bag. So it was a good recycled outfit of the previous two, good capsuling.

Day 3:

Day 3 is Bank Holiday Monday. It was a casual day and although it was warm it was not sunny. We were travelling home in the afternoon as well so I needed something comfy again. I wore a cream and blue tunic dress from H&M this is a very flexible item and can be worn lots of different ways. The fabric is really soft and it drapes really well. Today I wore it over leggings from Sainsburys with my grey suede pumps. I wore my denim jacket and took my pink Cath Kidston bag of course.

Spare:

Because I was packing for a chilled weekend away but with changing weather there was a spare item left over that I brought to go with my other Outfits just in case. A blue and white spotty dress that can be dressed up or down as it can be worn bardot style. This would be nice with the pink Cardigan or the jacket. 

For weekends away it is always good to be clever with your packing and pack enough variety of clothes for weather changes in the UK as well as enough variety to keep you feeling good. But the smart bit is to pack clothes with a similar colour pallette so that you can be flexible with the combinations. My colour pallette this weekend was blue, white and grey with pink key pieces that can be mixed and matched for different occasions. Whilst being pregnant I think this is even more important as I don’t want to be lugging too much stuff around. I really enjoyed my new clothes and feeling pregnant but also still feeling and dressing like myself.

Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

So my skin and I have a love hate relationship. Since I’ve been more aware and taken better care of my skin it has got a lot less awkward but it still punishes me with breakouts whenever I have an event or an important weekend ahead. I was told recently that my skin was more dry then combination so I have been trying to battle this now instead of the combination only. Does anyone else have conflicting skin messages like me? I don’t seem to know my skin type. Anyway I have been using some of these products for a while and I have got a routine down. It may seem like a lot of steps but actually once you get a routine down it can be very speedy. 

Morning

I start with using my beloved Ultrabland by Lush. I was recently bought a Clarins skincare set and threw my Ultrabland aside only to breakout in spots and a rash so I apologised to my Ultrabland slapped it back on and got my skin back under control. Ultrabland is just a beautiful balm cleanser with a blend of beeswax and rose extract. It cares for my skin and keeps it moisturised and under control. I apply this like a cream and wipe off with damp cotton wool pads then pat dry.

Ultrabland

For toner I am currently using a Clarins toner. It is a sample size and has extracts of Chamomile. I like it as it is not drying (unlike their sample cleanser) and its smells like a spa. It’s just lovely I brush this on with a cotton wool pad and enjoy the scent. I am not loyal to a toner as I have not found one I love but I do like to use one to remove and left over cleanser and close pores, this is my current month toner and as you can see I am running out.

Clarins Toner

Serum, I use a small amount of the Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Serum. I like this because I like the gel like texture of this Serum it’s light on my skin and it helps keeps fine lines at bay and smooths dry areas. I only use a small amount as it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for exfoliation but my skin is too sensitive to use large amounts of this.

Nivea Q10 Serum

For moisturiser I currently use two. I have the Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising day cream. I like this because it has natural extracts of argan oil and aloe vera and is light but very hydrating. I don’t have a separate eye cream as I have never found one that makes a difference to my eyes. (The only thing that makes a difference to my eyes is lots of sleep and water.) But I put an extra layer of this around my nose and eyes. Since becoming pregnant I have developed a rash around my nose and moisturising daily is the only way to control it. Sometimes I also have to use an E45 cream on my nose as it’s so sore. Being pregnant does wierd things to your skin. 

Nivea Day Cream

I also use a tinted moisturiser also by Nivea. (I’m a Nivea girl) I like this to wear under my current Porefessional Makeup and it keeps my skin moisturised all day whilst evening out my skin tone. I sometimes layer the moisturisers or will use this solely and will add the normal Nivea moisturiser just around my eyes and nose it depends on what the skin God’s have provided me with that day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

And that is me ready to put on makeup and face the day. My skin feels soft and supple all day and I feel protected from the sun and pollution. 

Evening

I enjoy putting on makeup and I also enjoy taking it off. My go to makeup remover is a gorgeous vitamin C infused orange scented oil by Una Brennan the Superfacialist. I just rub this straight into my skin and it melts away makeup. I wash it off with warm water and pat dry. It’s quick and simple but the orange scent of the oil makes it feel luxurious. I have rebought this oil a few times and as you can see from the picture I will need to again!

To cleanse and tone I will use the same Ultrabland balm cleanser by Lush and whatever toner I am using. There are no mysteries here.

Once my face is cleansed and toned I apply a nice thick layer of Night moisturiser. I am using the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream again with extracts of argan oil and aloe vera. I just love it it keeps my skin hydrated over night and it feels plumped up the next morning. I dont feel the need for an eye cream here either with this moisturiser. Nivea really do have great products and are great value for money. 

Nivea Regenerating Night cream

Some evenings after I have cleansed I will use a face mask. I am not loyal to a particular brand here either but I do like the fresh face masks from Lush, especially the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries, the spot clearing Magnaminty and the bright blue exfoliating Don’t Look at Me. (Not all at the same time of course). But I have also recently been trying the L’Oréal Pure Clay mattifying mask recently which is great your skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but I am not keen on the scent. My other favourite clay mask is The Sanctuary self heating clay mask this clears your skin and I like the heating feeling. I will buy a facemask to combat whatever skin issue I am facing that week and I will put on a face mask about three times a week. This keeps my skin balanced.

L’Oréal Pure Clay mask

So that is my skin care routine. It’s not for everyone mine is very heavy on creams and moisture but it works for me. I like to do it and I have seen a difference. I do like to try new products so if anyone has any suggestions do let me know.

May Favourites 

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May Favourites 

I love May. May is my birthday month so we normally have lots of lovely things planned. Expect lots of Birthday Presents in this list as I have been spoilt this year!

1) Wearing: Paris Dressing Gown 

I have seen this dressing gown everywhere as of late and every time I go on and on about how much I love it. So eventually my Mum bought it for me from the Country Living Magazine Show we went to in April. It’s made by One Hundred Stars and is a very light dressing gown perfect for the warmer months. I love the colours pink and Tiffany blue colours and the vintage map of Paris that has been hand printed onto the fabric. I feel glamorous and vintage when I wear this and I just love it. You can get it online and in lots of little boutique shops.

One Hundred Stars Dressing Gown

2) Using: Benefit Porefessional Makeup

I went hunting for a new foundation this month as the Clinique foundation I was using was so heavy on my skin and I was leaving my face behind on other people and clothing. So I went to Benefit as it is always my first choice for makeup. I didn’t like their Oxygen Wow foundation so I was dubious but I was shown their brand new Porefessional Makeup. It comes in a tube with a hidden sponge applicator on the bottom and a press me button on the other end. It is so clever and I love clever makeup. You can wear it alone or on top of another foundation. I wear it on top of a tinted moisturiser and my skin looks smooth, glowy and poreless. It’s not a full coverage look so on blemish days I use concealer and powder. And they only have a few shades as its not a typical foundation. But I really love this as it is so light and as I am having a baby my skin is so sensitive at the moment and this doesn’t irritate me or clog pores. Great purchase. 

Porefessional Makeup

3) Smelling: White Tea by Elizabeth Arden

For my birthday my husband got me a new perfume. I had smelt it in Debenhams the week before and I must have mentioned it to him. (Shameless hint). Its such a lovely light perfume for spring/summer. It has scents of White Tea, Italian Mandarin, Sea Breeze and Turkish Rose. It’s beautiful and so fresh. I love the simple white bottle as well perfect for my desire for things to be uncomplicated at the moment. And I spray it liberally everywhere.

Elizabeth Arden White Tea

4) Eating: Weetos

OK ok I know chocolate cereal is bad. I know this and I have a friend at work who tells me everyday how bad it is to eat Weetos but I am obsessed. I don’t know if it’s a baby craving or if it’s because I have denied myself this kind of food for the last 3 years and I am now relaxing my diet but I can’t get enough. I love them and they are my guilty pleasure. Also whilst suffering with Morning/Evening sickness these are the only things I could happily keep down. While I can I will eat Weetos.

Weetos!

5) Packing: Cath Kidston Tropical Print Over the Shoulder Bag

For my birthday my sister bought me an over the shoulder bag. Now I usually avoid these and prefer the larger throw it all in huge bag but as I want things to be simpler and lighter I wanted a smaller bag. I don’t usually shop in Cath Kidston either it’s not really my thing but my sister loves it and I have to say this fabric pattern with the tropical birds is more me then the other fabrics Cath likes. I like the pastel pink colour and I like the magnet closing on the bag as it’s easy to get things in and out. The strap is also adjustable and it encourages me to carry less stuff so it’s a winner. 

Cath Kidston Bag

6) Reading: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier 

I have never read Daphne Du Maurier before. I have heard of her and I know she was a famous author in the thirties to the fifties. My grandma loved reading and she was a fan of this particular author and novel. I like reading books I know my Grandma also read as it makes me feel closer to my family as both my Grandmas died when I was so young. read the blurb for this book and I had to buy it. It follows a man named Philip Ashley who has been brought up by his cousin Ambrose. They own a large estate in Cornwall and life is quiet and pleasant apart from his cousin having to travel abroad for health reasons in the winter. One such winter Ambrose travels to Italy which is where he meets Rachel a distant relative in Florence. Ambrose, an eternal bachelor, marries Rachel and then suspiciously dies of a brain fever. Philip is encouraged to invite Rachel to stay at the house where he also succumbs to her charms. However there are too many strange occurrences and mysteries around this women and Philip foolish in love makes some mistakes. Such a great romantic mystery thriller and it kept my guessing till the end. I loved it and quickly downloaded her other novels. This is also coming out soon as a film with Rachel Weisz so you know it has to be good!

My Cousin Rachel

I hope you enjoyed my favourites this month. I’ve been writing these lists for nearly a year now and they are a great way for me to keep track of my month.

Pray for Manchester 

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Pray for Manchester 

This week and atrocity happened in Manchester. A city I love. 22 people have been senselessly and brutally murdered by a terrorist at the Manchester Arena after seeing one of their favourite artists or just being there to pick up their children. It has been horrible and really emotional this week to see the young people of Manchester murdered this way. I can’t get my head around it and the city itself has been such a wierd place after it. The armed police and the military are comforting to see but also very scary and I’ve been relieved to go home and see my family every evening.

I went to pay my respects this week and laid flowers in St Anne’s Square and I also went to the 1 minute silence there too. It was amazing to see everyone in the city come together like they have done and be unired against terrorism. More needs to be done to protect our children and people in the future from terrorism and I know that I won’t forget what happened at the arena on the 23rd May. I’m still praying for Manchester. 

Flowers in St Anne’s Square

Manchester

Flood Update: House Tour

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Flood Update: House Tour

Finally we have moved home! It’s been an incredibly stressful, downright awful and at times truly heartbreaking 5 months but now that is behind us and we are home again! Through some excessive hardwork and money saving we have been able to upgrade our house and I love it! So I thought I would take you on a little tour MTV cribs style…well sort of.

Entrance Hallway

The water stretched through to here so we had the floor redone. It was odd as I had to put the Welcome Mat on the insurance damage list. So we have a new ‘Cat Welcome Mat’ and I have a mirror. I don’t like hanging coats here as I like it to be open and easy to enter the house. The flooring downstairs starts here and its painted in Jasmine White.

Hallway

The lounge

So I was happy with my living room when the house flooded. I felt like it had literally just been done so it was pretty tough seeing it in such a mess. We managed to save the armchair, the TV and stand and the Marseilles Wallpaper in the alcoves which I love. The floor was replaced by the insurance company and we had a wooden laminate in a lighter shade put throughout. The walls were repainted in the same colour which is Fog by B&Q Colours. We replaced my beloved turquoise sofa, with the French Connection Zinc Sofa by DFS in blue with matching foot rest and its so comfy! We also managed to replace the big seventies shag pile rug that was completely ruined by the water as it soaked it all up. We found the exact same one on sale in Ikea lucky lucky. We then bought some box shelving units in white as I like to display our books and ornaments. I’ve added some cool little random bits and pieces like a Jam Jar light from a local scandinavian inspired shop and a Mango Wood End Table by John Lewis with copper legs. My living room is now back to its usual beautiful self and its lovely.

DFS Zinc sofa

The Kitchen

The kitchen has been the most stressful room and the room most damaged by the water. We decided that as the bottom units of the kitchen were wrecked, that as we had some money saved up we would replace and upgrade the whole kitchen. We looked at a few different stores and in the end we settled on the Bodbyn Kitchen from Ikea. It’s in off white with an oak laminate wooden work top. What I liked about Ikea was that as we have quite high ceilings I could get kitchen units that stretched nearly all the way to the top giving us extra storage and making the most of the space. I wanted a country style kitchen and this was perfect. All the appliances are built in, something I just wanted as it looks neat. We also managed to also squeeze in a mini dishwasher. My favourite part is the large Belfast sink with the black antique tap it adds to the country feel. The floor from the living room was taken through to here to add flow to the house and keep it spacious. To finish the walls my husband spent a long time tiling them in a sage green metro tile from B&Q which keeps the look up to date. The walls were painted in Dulux Jasmine White with accent walls in a Dulux green called Overtly Olive. And I put back our favourite frame wall in here to add personality. We bought a table and chairs to fit the room also from Ikea and it was worth all the stress as it’s now beautiful and much more usable.

Kitchen

Frame Wall

The Porch

The porch was the first place the water came in, through vents the previous owner had added for their tumble dryer. It was also a bit of a forgotten space after the water hit. I had it retiled in an Italian terracotta tile from Wickes which sets off the green in the kitchen and the woodwork of the porch. It has had a fresh coat of paint of white paint and the vents filled in. It’s looking a thousand times better and is water tight. We use it to store gardening supplies.

The Porch

The Cellar

I hate the cellar it is just not a place for me I find cellars creepy and stay out of them but it still needed a lot of work. It had to have the water and mud pumped out before it could dry. It was completely professionally cleaned and repainted with masonry paint. We use the Cellar like a garage and it is my husbands domain for his tools and lawn mower etc. We plan to get metal shelves to store everything off the floor and add some shelves to keep other items. ( I have no picture here because it’s creepy!)

The Stairs and landing

Whilst the house was a wreck we had plasterers in. Particularly for the kitchen walls but we also had them skim the artex ceilings on the landing. It looks nice and smooth now but the plaster made a huge mess. I paid extra for the insurance company to Decorate the walls and ceiling in the same Jasmine White from the kitchen. I have managed to save the original postcard wallpaper and the shell light fitting from the plasterer too. As part of the insurance we had the landing recarpeted in a cream carpet which is in all the bedrooms upstairs and its a lovely fluffy carpet. 

The Bathroom

The bathroom was not affected by the flood but it was affected by the workmen using it to clean brushes and plasterer equipment. Tut Tut. So this had to be deep cleaned and to add to the brightness of the house the floor was replaced by a limestone effect lino which is a similar shade to the carpet. I do love my bathroom and I missed it whilst I was away. It has the best bath and a huge window so it’s nice and bright. We had the old victorian window replaced with a single frosted pane so it’s even lighter still. Whilst the house was empty we had all the windows replaced throughout the house. I bought bright blue towels from John Lewis to add colour to the room.

Spot the Lush haul!

The Master Bedroom

Oh my bedroom. It has to be my favourite room. I wanted the bedroom to be calming so it’s white and a pale blue. We repainted the walls in Jasmine White to match the rest of the house and as I find the seaside so relaxing and refreshing it has a bit of a seaside theme. I have wallpaper on the back wall of boats and fishermen and some harbour art work. As well as some gorgeous travel posters of Northumberland, my favourite place, bar home. I have my beloved Versailles dressing table from Dunhelm Mill in here and Ikea wardrobes in a white. We had the carpet redone in the same cream as the landing and its just so spacious and calm. I really missed it when we had to move out for a while.


The Little Room

This is our spare room. It is soon to have an exciting purpose as our baby’s room. It has been a rollercoaster of a pregnancy made so much better by being able to come home. A truly wonderful thing to be having my first baby. But for now this room is closed for renovation! ( also because it is full of stuff I haven’t sorted yet!)

Closed for renovation

If we go back downstairs we have the garden.  My husband is a great gardener and the garden is looking lovely. Once we have some sunshine it’s a great space to be and the cat’s favourite place.

Garden

So there you go that was my MatV Cribs-esque house tour of the work we have done. I hope you enjoyed it if you made it to this part of the blog I salute you as this is a particularly long post. I can’t describe to you how hard it’s been being away from home to be back now is just amazing and as we have a new little one on the way life is good right now. A woman’s home is her castle and mine is definitely that.