Our Hallway

January 23rd, 2015, Posted in Home & Decor by Gavin | No Comments

Another year comes and goes but for Alex and I it’s project refurb with our house. 2015 will be our first whole year together in our new home. We hope to be achieving a lot to help make our home more comfortable. This year we hope to have the hallway/landing, bathroom, dining room and lounge completely finished. Anything else (namely the garden will be a bonus!).

 Our hallways is 99.99% done!

Our first area we focused on was the hallway/landing. We thought this would be a good place to start considering you enter and leave the house and get access to the other rooms within the house. So if we made this more suitable to our taste (basically freshen it up) it would make it feel more ‘homely’. It’s made such a difference and we’re please with the results considering we did a touchup. Thanks to Alex’s Sister (Jo) for helping us with the painting. We used paint from B&Q in their Colours range called Soft Almond. – I appreciate photos are hard to see the true colour, but it’s slightly warmer than magnolia. We then went for the refresh of using white gloss on the banisters and skirting board. This was the most messy and tedious job of all. Especially having to bring the banisters back to wood after 4-5 coats of  gloss.

We still have a couple of jobs left and that is to install carpets up the stairs and top of the landing area. (for the mean time we have an off cut of carpet for the landing). Also I want to get round to building my own bespoke coat hanger rail along the wall. – a job for the warmer months.

Here’s the before photos – November 2014

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and here’s the after photos

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hallway with laminate flooring, mirrors came from the range and the light fitting came from B&Q.

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As you can see the stairs is what is left for us to carpet. We’ll do this early this year.P1000179

View from the stairs.

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As you can see here that you’ll agree it looks a lot more brighter throughout. We also need sand down the banister hand rail and apply top coat to varnish it again.

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upstairs, you can see we installed a new radiator to the left, and also grabbed a free offcut of carpet to use a runner for the time being until we get it carpeted.

Stay tuned for updated to this page for when we get it carpeted. We’re also looking into getting the doors replaced so we haven’t spent the time to gloss these.

Hopefully in the next week we can show you the transformation of the bathroom that I’ve been working on.

Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2014, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

Sorry we haven’t done a post in  a little while. We have been busy with the decorating of the bathroom and hallway. We have a few finishing touches left to do of the hallway which includes putting up the blinds we have ordered. Hopefully we will put up a post soon so you can see how we have got on.

We have also been busy with Christmas. We enjoyed decorating our house for the first time, it has looked very festive. Unfortunately i was poorly on Christmas day, but Gavin enjoyed my portion of Christmas morning breakfast at his parents, then Christmas dinner at my parents. I saved mine for boxing day.

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We received some lovely gifts for Christmas, especially bits for the house which will come in useful such as bathroom scales and oven ware, we also received a  few decorative bits such as the tea light house and a decorative birdcage which is handmade. Below is some of the gifts we received.

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We hope you had a lovely Christmas too and received everything you asked for.

Christmas Cookies

November 16th, 2014, Posted in Life, Recipes by Alexandra | No Comments

I’m feeling really festive early this year. Maybe it’s because I can’t wait to put up our Christmas tree and decorate the house or because my sister and I have been crafty and making some bits for Christmas. Anyway I woke up this morning and decided to make some Christmas cookies and here they are below.IMG_5985.JPG

 Ingredients needed to make the cookies:

100g unsalted butter

100g caster sugar

100g plain flour

1 egg

1tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients needed to make the icing:

400g icing sugar

3-4tbsp water

2-3 drops food colouring

sprinkles if preferred

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
  4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
  6. Using biscuit cutters  cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
  9. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife. Set aside until the icing hardens. You can also add sprinkles to your biscuits to make them a little more festive.

 

I hope you enjoy!