Living room before makeover

I started a living room and kitchen makeover waaaay back in January. Whilst most of the big stuff was done by February, after a few crazy DIY weekend sessions, everything started to drag after that due to delays in furniture deliveries, which meant I couldn’t pull the whole room together until last month. However, it is finally done and I love it, which is the main thing. The flat as a whole feels so much more cohesive and fresh now and even more importantly, the room works so much better on a practical level, which makes Jules very happy.

Today, I just wanted to remind you of what the room was like ‘before’ and show you a few snaps mid-decorating and then I will share the full room reveal later on this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

Before

What I didn’t like:

– I didn’t buy any of the furniture for this room; it was all stuff from my previous flat. Therefore, it never felt like it quite fitted and a few of the pieces were too big for this space.

– I got tired of the mish-mash style and craved simplicity and a calmer vibe.

– The teal blue loveseat blocked out too much light from the south facing floor to ceiling window, which always felt a bit criminal.

– From a practical point of view the room did not work. The sofa was too small for all of us (including Otto) to sit on together comfortably (I like to lie out). The rug was being destroyed by Otto as it is so thin and delicate and it showed up his hair really badly. Also, the position of the dining table didn’t quite work because ¬†I would sit at one end and Jules would sit in the middle and because we weren’t directly facing each other it wasn’t very conducive to chatting or lingering after eating.

– There was very little storage.

What I sold:

– Teal loveseat

– Sofa

– G-plan sideboard

– Hanging pendants

– Wall mirror

– Lloyd Loom chair

– Large ceramic table lamp

– Retro yellow table lamp

– Gave back my mum’s school trunk to her and kept the kilim rug for the future when I have a house big enough for a dog-free room ūüėČ

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During decorating

I packed Jules and Otto off for a week to stay with his mum so that I could paint the living room, kitchen and re-paint the floors white (they were pale grey). Big clumsy dogs and paint don’t mix very well so I had to get it all done before they came back.¬†By this point I had sold most of the furniture, which made it so much easier on a practical level, but once I had cleared out the remaining few bits I had a blank canvas to get started on the paint job.

After attending the preview for the nine new Farrow & Ball colours¬†I fell in love with Peignoir and decided that it would be the perfect colour for the living room. I have to say, after using quite a few different brands of paint, that using Farrow & Ball paint is a completely different league. The ease with which if goes onto the walls and how smoothly it dries is something else. I really believe it is worth every penny, especially if, like me, you do the decorating yourself. I only had to do two coats and even Jules was pleasantly surprised at how professional the finish was when he returned (I am a bit notorious for rushing jobs like these so he was anxious that I wasn’t going to do a good job of it!).

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Normally, I would have started by ‘cutting in’ but for some very good reason, which escapes me right now, I had to start by rollering the walls. It all worked out well in the end though. These are terrible snaps that I kept on sending Jules as he was anxious about Peignoir being too pink. It is very grey a lot of the time so he really likes the colour.

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Once I had finished the walls I re-painted the floors white as grey floors with Peignoir felt a bit muddy and crisp white woodwork and floors helps to keep it feeling fresh and modern.

So, I will be back later on this week with the final reveal of the room and the new furniture and accessories that I have chosen for this space. The week after that I’ll show you the kitchen makeover, which goes off the living room to the right (as you can see in that picture above).

Katy x

Win a living room makeover

*This giveaway has now closed *

The winner is Lucy who was nominated by her husband, Anthony (all the heart eyes!). My romantic side got the better of me when I picked the winner – congrats, Lucy!

I know I go on a bit about my room makeovers but it’s only because I get so excited about making a space feel like new, either with relatively small touches or much bigger changes. My living room makeover is very nearly done (still waiting for a couple of new pieces of furniture) and it has made my home feel like new. I am beyond excited about the fact that I can now offer YOU a living room makeover with the lovely folks over at DFS. Eeeek!

DFS Zinc sofa | Mid-century style | Win a living room makeover | French Connection sofas | Apartment Apothecary

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we would like you to nominate an inspirational woman in your life (whether it be your best friend, partner, sister, daughter, mother, neighbour) for the chance to win a new look for their living room. I have chosen four collections of furniture from DFS that I love (GIVE ME THAT PINK SOFA NOW!) and it was ridiculously difficult to choose just four – gutted I couldn’t include¬†this sofa¬†too. The lucky winner can select the collection that they like best as well as sending me a few snaps of their living room and I will help them place the new furniture and suggest ways to make the whole room look better. Once the makeover is complete I will then post some photos of the new look room here on my blog.

Are you as excited as I am yet?! Check out the amazing sofas available at DFS – one of these could be yours…

Pink velvet Bailey sofa from DFS | Win a living room makeover | Apartment Apothecary

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Monocrome sophistication

I love the clean lines of this sofa designed by French Connection and the touches of black in the legs and cushions bring an air of sophistication. The bronze table frame adds a bit of glamour – I feel the need to be on that sofa right now drinking a cocktail!

DFS Quartz sofa | Mid-century style | Win a living room makeover | French Connection sofas | Apartment Apothecary

1. Quartz chaise sofa in grey (size and shape of sofa your choice)  2. Swirl rug in charcoal 3. Opaque lamp table

Pink dream

This literally is my pink dream and I hope it is yours too! I’m imagining us all in a cottage somewhere with this beautiful Bailey sofa, footstool and an open fire – I mean, what else would one need in life?¬†Keep this furniture fresh and modern with crisp white walls or soft greys, neutral flooring and dots of bolder colour from vases filled with flowers. Heaven.

Pink velvet Bailey sofa from DFS | Win a living room makeover | Apartment Apothecary

1. Bailey velvet sofa in dusty pink 2. Bailey velvet small footstool  in dusty pink 3. Blackford rug in sterling.

Mid century modern

Retro lovers out there this chaise sofa with mid-century style legs would be the perfect addition to your home. Combine it with pops of bold mustard, orange, green or blue and an original teak sideboard would finish off the look brilliantly.

DFS Zinc sofa | Mid-century style | Win a living room makeover | French Connection sofas | Apartment Apothecary

1. Eiffel armchair in white 2. Zinc chaise sofa in grey with light legs (size and shape of sofa your choice) 3. Trio nest of tables 4. Wall rug in gold.

Coastal whites

For those of us who like to escape into white tranquility I have chosen this beautifully simple Slate sofa and armchair. I’m imagining¬†a coastal feel in this room with lots of white, raw wood, neutral ceramics and wild flowers. You could also add an accent colour to lift the look – perhaps blue to add to the coastal feel.

DFS Slate sofa | White on white | Win a living room makeover | French connection sofas | Apartment Apothecary

1. Slate armchair in white 2. Slate two seater sofa in white 3. Swirl rug in bleach 4. Cabrilo lamp table

To enter

Decide who you would like to nominate (or ask someone to nominate you) and leave a comment on this post telling me why that woman is an inspiration to you and why you would like them to win a room makeover. I will choose the winner on March 22nd and announce it here on my blog. The winner will need to send me a few pics of their living room ‘before’ and ‘after’ because we all know how much I love those!

I can not wait to hear about the special women in your lives and good luck.

Katy x

*Thank you to DFS for collaborating on this fun project.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH.

 

T&C’s
– Competition closes on March 22nd at midday.
– Open to residents of mainland UK only.
– The winner agrees to sending me pictures of their living room so that I can give them advice on ways to improve the room. They also agree to sending me a few snaps of the living room once the furniture has been delivered and the room makeover is complete.
-This prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value; No cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered.
– One nomination per person.

Furniture makeover

As you know, last year I embarked on transforming our guest room into a home office and I wanted it to be a bright, motivating space with white walls, floors and furniture to allow the light to bounce around the room. Over the last year I have loved this space but I woke up last Saturday morning and had an intense desire to start adding more pastel colours to my home to make it feel more cohesive as my bedroom and office have a lot of pastels (I warn you, I can feel a whole sitting room makeover coming on – be gone dark colours!).

I decided to start the process by adding a bit of colour to my home office with a quick and easy paint project. There is one corner of my office that has never felt quite right. It feels lifeless and cold with no definition. Here is how it looked before…

I wanted to paint the drawers a pastel colour to bring a bit of warmth to this corner but I couldn’t decide between a dusty pastel pink, blue, green or grey (all these colours thread throughout the office and bedroom at the moment – watch out sitting room, they are coming for you!). I used Dulux’s free¬†Vizualizer app to help me make my colour decision. ¬†¬†As I’ve said before, it can be so difficult to picture the end result when you are decorating so this app is a brilliant tool to help you feel more confident to make colour decisions. All you have to do is hold your phone up in front of the piece of furniture or wall that you want to paint and pick from their huge range of colours and the app will virtually paint the wall/furniture with the colour you choose. You can then save the image and share it directly. I don’t know about you, but I always like to get a bit of feedback from friends. I quickly realised that pink gave the most warmth and tied in well with the bits and bobs that I have on the shelves. I tried out a few different pinks with the app and finally settled on Dulux’s Pink Nevada 6 that is a soft pastel pink – not too sugary.

The app even told me where my nearest Dulux stockist was so I popped to the hardware store and bought a tin of the paint in satinwood and I was confident enough, after using the app, to buy a tin without getting loads of paint samples. This saved loads of time and faffing and didn’t consume my whole weekend.

And here is what this corner of my home office looks like now; much warmer and more cohesive as the pink of the drawers pulls all of the pink around it together. It is now much more of a feature than it was before. Pretty in pink!

I used this vase, flowers and book as colour inspiration and the app also allowed me to colour match the vase to the nearest Dulux shade of pink, which was incredibly helpful as I love this colour.

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Dulux Visualizer App | Painted drawers | Home office | Quick makeover | Pastel pink furniture

I’m really pleased with how bringing more colour into this room has worked out and the process was made so much easier using the Dulux Visualizer app. You can download the app here.

What do you think (please don’t say you like the ‘before’ better than the ‘after’ – ha!)?

Katy x

Kitchen makeover mood board

It wouldn’t be the start of a new season if I wasn’t embarking on yet another room makeover in my home. I did a kitchen re-style¬†in the spring, which made me happier with how my kitchen feels, but I have always known that it was only a matter of time before I had to make more drastic changes as the current workshop and units are just not to my taste, although perfectly inoffensive and only five years old. I just want my kitchen to feel more ‘me’ and less generic.

The main obstacle with this makeover is going to be the fact that I¬†won’t be able to do everything myself (namely fitting a new worktop), unlike the other rooms I have transformed, and it is going to cost a lot more. Therefore, it may take longer as I won’t have complete control and be able to blitz it over a weekend.

I want to give you a taste of what I am hoping for from the makeover…

Kitchen makeover mood board | Neutral kitchen | White kitchen | Apartment Apothecary

Products: 1. Mr & Mrs Teapot by Sue Pyrke from Such & Such 2. House of Rym hand towel from The Future Kept 3. Le Creuset cast iron collection in ‘Cotton’ from Houseology 4. Dipped terracotta cups from Decorator’s Notebook 5. Kitchen design by Kitchens Plus. Images: Top right – @may_be_may on Instagram Top left – Black Creet M&T Co. Middle right – Le Dansla blog

I want to keep the room very neutral: white, greys, wood, marble, ceramics. I want it to be a modern kitchen but soften the hard edges with lots of wooden chopping boards, handmade ceramics, linens, a few vintage pieces and different textures. I’m going to remove our current door handles and try my hand at making some DIY leather handles (top right image) and we are going to replace our laminate worktop with a real wooden one. I want more space to display my ceramics collection and new additions to the kitchen like the gorgeous Le Creuset collection in ‘Cotton’, so I am going to remove some overhead cupboards and add open shelving (more on that in another post).

Lots to do and lots of persuading Jules to give up a weekend or two, which is why it may take some time. What do you think about a neutral colour scheme? Do you prefer loads of colour in your kitchen?

Katy x

P.S. Don’t forget you can buy some of my favourite products from my favourite shops directly from my blog (see the full collection here). Here’s a selection that you might well see in my new kitchen…

*Written in collaboration with Kitchens Plus.

Bedroom makeover

Another season, another room makeover! This time I wanted to tackle my bedroom but it’s not so much a makeover, as more of a spruce up and de-clutter. To me, my bedroom was feeling heavy, dark and full of stuff and it was the last room in our flat that I would want to spend time in so it was time to rip up the carpet and get out my trusty Farrow and Ball floor paint. Here is what it looked like a couple of months ago…

Before

This was the only room in the flat that still had carpet, so that was the main job. Other than that, I didn’t really want to change the furniture, but try to lift the space and make it feel fresher and more cohesive.

Bedroom makeover 'before' shot | Apartment Apothecary

I hated the carpet and how much light it absorbed.

Bedroom makeover 'before' shot | Apartment Apothecary

This area felt cluttered and messy.

After

And here are the changes I made:

1. Painted the MDF boards under the carpet with Farrow and Ball All White floor paint (find out how I did it here). I also used Farrow and Ball’s wood floor primer and undercoat, which makes all the big difference to the quality of the finish and how long it will last.

2. Gorgeous new Lazy Linen bundle and a dusty pink linen Scrunch cushion from Loaf.

3. Hung a beautiful brass Bloomingville hanging flower pot holder from Out There Interiors, inspired by Urban Jungle Bloggers.

4. New bedside lamp from Occa-Home.

5. Painted the wardrobes white.

6. De-cluttered the top of the wardrobes as they had become a storage dumping ground and moved more plants up there.

7. New jute rug from Heal’s.

8. Completely cleared my dressing table and all the pictures around it, which feels soooo much better.

9. Sheep skin rug and House Doctor vase from Holly’s House.

10. House Doctor jug vase and Bloomingville pink vase from Royal Design.

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A new bedside lamp from Occa-Home lifts my antique bedside table and the colour works perfectly with the other greys and pinks. The basket is from Tea and Kate and the House of Rym throw is from The Future Kept.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

Once you’ve had linen sheets you will NEVER go back! This Lazy Linen from Loaf is so wonderful to sleep in and updates my Coco bed. The pink Scruch cushion also ties in with other pinks dotted round the room.

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Love this new Rose-Grey Earth vase from Holly’s House.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

The top of my wardrobes that I bought for £40 from eBay when I first moved into the flat had become a dumping ground for storing extra bedlinen, duvets, winter clothes etc. I had a really good clear out and sold lots of stuff so I could move more plants up there.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I am in love with this brass planter from Out There Interiors and it works perfectly in this room, especially with the wardrobe plants. I repainted the wardrobes white (they were a pale mint) as new build flats have no such things as alcoves so wardrobes stick out like a sore thumb. Painting them the same as the wall colour helps to make them look less imposing.

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I have a large succulent, a wonderful smelling Jasmine and Aloe Vera plants on the wardrobe. The greens really help to break up all of the white in the room.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I love this old mirror that used to hang in a restaurant my parents owned and the contrast with the white works really well.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I decided to clear the dressing table and put all of my lotions and potions into the two top drawers. I added vases for flowers so I won’t be tempted to mess it all up again.

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In love with this pink Lilac.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I have been inspired by Urban Jungle Bloggers to have more and more plants throughout my home and it really does make such a difference.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I stayed at the Shoreditch Hotel recently and I couldn’t find the hair dryer. Eventually I found it in a market basket hanging on the wall. I’ve stolen that idea here and that’s where I now keep my hairdryer, brush and straighteners.This is also a good way to hide all of the ugly cables.

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The white floor makes all the difference in this room as the light from the floor to ceiling window can travel around the room, rather than being absorbed by the heavy carpet. However, we did want a rug to tie the room together and this round Linie rug from Heal’s is perfect.

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I kept my grandmother’s chair in this room but moved it away from the window as it was blocking too much light.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

Jules insisted on having a sheep skin rug on his side of the bed so he didn’t step out of bed onto hard floor and this one is from the wonderful Holly’s House. Although, Otto kind of thinks it’s his now.

Bedroom makeover | Apartment Apothecary

I know it’s not a radical makeover in the same way as my office or hallway, but this room now feels so much better, which is the most important thing. I know it may look very bare to some, but I love the simplicity of having so few things in this room, especially as it is where we sleep. Over time, I will add more artwork and I’m sure other bits and bobs will creep back in and there are still a few things I need like a lamp shade for the main overhead light. For now, I’m really enjoying how bright and uplifting it feels, especially with all this sun that has been streaming in and bouncing around the new white floor (my favourite thing about the room!). I hope you like it.

Katy x

P.S. You can buy a lot of the lovely items I have chosen for my bedroom right here…

*This post was written in collaboration with Farrow and Ball.