Bathroom on a budget

Cherry

This post does mention previous collaborations items with Wickes, Hampton and Astley and Junique.

Our bathroom was dull and lacked personality when we moved in, not offensive but also not inspiring. It was a classic beige and white bathroom which just wasn’t me. We’d have loved to have installed a new bathroom but when we looked at the finances of it all we decided  and decided to update on a budget.

 

Bathroom before

Painting

Obviously, painting the walls is an easy thing to do to give your room a fresh new look. Also consider painting the cupboards, bath panels and vanity unit in a colour too.  You can use internal wood paint for this or paint such as Frenchic Alfresco paint.  I used Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue in our bathroom as I wanted a soft rich blue to inject some personality into our bathroom. Before installing our metro tiles, we also painted the old wall tiles with Ronseal tile paint which refreshed the room for about £20.

Ronseal tile paint on wall tiles

 

Wickes Metro Tiles

 

Mirrors and prints

People often forget to dress their bathroom, this can be a relatively cheap way to update your bathroom.  I bought a new mirror with a shelf to give a modern, industrial look and then covered the bathroom in Junique prints (gifted to me) which instantly dressed the room.

 

 

Accessories and vintage pieces

My wall cupboard cost me £20 from a charity shop and then I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and replaced the handle to a brass one.  Handles can easily be replaced to suit your look and to match your scheme.  The wall shelf is great way of storing towels and plants and I leave bags hanging on the door for further storage.    Our towel rail and toilet roll holder needed to reflect my vintage style and so I found them at a budget price on eBay.  By simply changing your toilet seat to black you give your bathroom a stylish twist and always invest in some good quality towels like this set from Hampton and Astley.

 

 

Tiling and flooring

If you can’t afford to retile or haven’t got the skill set, do consider vinyl sheet flooring or self adhesive tiles.  Our vinyl tile was from Feature Floors, as we wanted a modern patterned look and warm flooring under our feet.  Our Victorian home can be cold in Winter! We did eventually change the wall tile to a metro brick which we installed ourselves which was part of a collaboration with Wickes.

Taps

Replacing taps can help to make your room look more cohesive as they come in a range of styles and finishes.  We opted for a traditional style from The Cast Iron Bath Company to give a more vintage look.

 

I hope  you have found this blog post helpful and has given you some ideas to create an updated bathroom for less.

 

 

Room notes:

Wall colour – Purbeck Stone by Farrow and Ball.

Unit and bath panel colour – Oval Room Blue by Farrow and Ball.

Wall tiles – Metro tiles from Wickes.

Flooring – Feature Floors Sorzano Vinyl Self Adhesive Tiles 

Mirror and shelf – Rose and Grey

Straw bag from Joules

Prints by Junique

Taps – The Cast Iron Bath Company

Hanging planters – Nkuku 

Towels – Hampton and Astley

Tile Paint before retiling-  Ronseal tile paint

Accessories – Many items eBay, H&M for bathroom accessories including shower curtain and mat and plants from local garden centre,

 

Spring Gardening Tips

Cherry

During this blog I will explore Spring Gardening tips which will get your garden looking blooming gorgeous with a few simple steps.

Refresh your garden

This is always your first step after the Winter months as Winter will always have taken it’s toll on your outdoor space.  If you have decking, a patio or path always give them a good clean.  This is best using a pressure washer but if your budget doesn’t stretch to this there are plenty of cleaning fluids that help to lift the winter dirt too.

Clean your patio after Winter

 

Trim, maintain and reflect

This is when you look at your current garden and do what is necessary to keep them going.  After the winter months, I remove any dead leaves, cut bushes back for new growth, look at what worked well and then change the garden plants after reflecting if needed. Make sure you continue to dead head flowers through spring and summer to continue gorgeous growth.

Make sure you dead head your flowers so they can bloom.

 

Food and feed

If you already have plants that are well established and are returning this year it is always worth investing in the correct plant food.  Particularly for hydrangeas, roses and plants such as camellias.   If your garden lawn look well make sure you give it plenty of feed in spring to help it maintain it’s luscious looks.

Hydrangea

Zone

Look at your garden and reflect on how it worked last year.  Try and make sure you have a balance – Does it have somewhere that you can enjoy sitting outside? Have your children got a space to play? Where are you going to grow plants – pots, raised beds or borders?  It doesn’t matter what size your garden is you can still make it a space to relax and unwind.

Make sure you make a space in your garden to relax.

Plan and seed

You want to aim to have a mixture of plants growing through the seasons – whether you achieve this through changing your pots every season or putting a mixture of plants in your borders.  One of my favourite plants in our garden is our hydrangeas, they give such huge flower heads which remain through Summer into Autumn and then once you dry them you can enjoy them inside through the Winter months.  My top garden flowers are Clematis, Camellia, Hydrangea, Peony, Lupin,  Roses, Gladioli, Allium, Magnolia and Wisteria.

Clematis

Seating

So important, as this goes back to zoning.  Putting the right seating in an area can really transform a garden space. Let me share a picture of before (picture from before we moved in) and after in our garden.  This corner of our garden was the sunniest spot,  yet it  looked so unloved.  By putting, an arbour seat into the space we made a feature of this corner.  There are so many to choose from a bench, loungers, corner sofa, arbours and dining sets – make sure they are practical in the space and fulfil your brief as best as it can.

Our garden before we moved in.

 

Creating a statement with an Arbour seat transforms a space.

Colour

Using colour in your garden will really help make a statement and help to reflect your style.  My home is full of pastel shades, therefore this is reflected in my outdoor furniture.  I find Cuprinol and Frenchic Alfresco Paint great for transforming your outdoor space.

Our Arbour seat before it was painted.

Using paint on wooden fence panels and furniture to reflect your taste.

Vegetables

I can’t stress enough the satisfaction of growing your own food.  Whether you just try growing some herbs in pots for the first time or you want to try growing your own veg patch. There really is nothing better than eating something that you have grown from scratch.  My top tip for growing fruit and veg for the first time would be at least start with a seedling or plant as grown fruit and vegeatbles from seeds can be quite time consuming with low yields from failed attempts.  But maybe that’s  just me?

Lights

Lighting is really important and these days it is very easy achieve with the beauty of solar lights.  Do purchase a range of lights to create atmosphere and mood.  We have a range of lights in our garden from festoon, fairy and lanterns some with different effects.  The lights also help to zone the different parts of your garden.

Add a range of lights to decorate your garden.

Styling

This is the most important part of all, look at your garden and think if it reflects your style.  By a few extra touches, you can see add in your personality. These items are extra styling pieces such as cushions, outdoor rugs, ornaments, water features, mirrors and decorative stones.

Extend your decor style to your garden.

I hope you have found these Spring Garden Styling Tips useful.  Keep your eyes peeled on my instagram over the summer months for regularly updates on my garden space.

‘The Crown’ inspired look for your home using Frith Rugs

Cherry

This post has kindly been sponsored by Frith Rugs to create ‘The Crown’ inspired look for your home.

When considering what is needed to create ‘The Crown’ look in your home, I concluded that it is really important to create subtle floral layers within your room.  Frith Rugs kindly gifted me this beautiful Aubusson rug which has a stunning vintage look with intricate and delicately woven flowers.  The quality gives a luxurious opulent feel and screams fit for a queen or king!

 

To help create ‘The Crown’ look continue the floral look with floral cushions and lots of fresh flowers in the room.  In our living room, I have included a floral garland which I made in a base of oasis.  It helps to create a grand royal look!

Using vintage prints and pictures in your home will give a gorgeous vintage look and look great against your vintage inspired rug.  You can also add an other vintage items to your room that will give your room a timeless feel – furniture, glassware and general decorative items like the calendar shown in this picture.

When creating a regal look in your home be sure to host an afternoon tea party with a Victoria Sponge of course and lots of tea!  Always serve your tea party on pretty floral, bone china and drink out of a cup and saucer.  You will instantly feel more majestic!

 

Consider using fabrics to layer your room, against your base floral Frith rug as this will enhance your ‘The Crown’ look.  I do this by draping blankets over the furniture and also you could consider patterns or velvets for your sofa and curtains.

The wall colour of your room is also really important when creating a royal look, consider soft blues, pinks and whites which will compliment this timeless look.

As you can see from the picture below by putting my Frith Aubusson rug against these layers of rich floral items it creates a room fit for a queen or a king!

 

 

winter garland

How to create a Christmas Winter Garland for your Home

Cherry

A  Christmas Winter Garland is a great Christmas decoration for your home which is a very simple floral arrangement to do.  It creates a lovely focus point within a room and looks great above a wood burning stove.

All of the items I have used in my  winter garland have either been from the garden, my parents’ farm or my local floral wholesalers but I will link to suppliers online so you can create this in your home too.

You will need:

 

 

Steps for making your Christmas Winter Garland

First soak the blocks of oasis in a washing up bowl until the oasis has absorbed water throughout it. Now you can place the oasis in their trays ready to create your Christmas Winter Garland.

You can begin to dress the oasis with small branches of pine/conifers – this will act as your base layer for your Christmas Winter Garland. Simply press them into the oasis to fix them in place.

Now you add a layer of eucalyptus which I recommend crossing the eucalyptus over one another to give a rustic look to your Christmas Winter Garland. You can either use fresh eucalyptus, artifical or dried.

 

Once the greenery is in place, you now have reached the fun part…adding the decorative flowers and berries.  Place them randomly across your oasis and use your own personal choice for this.  I picked my berries from our garden and hedgerows at my parents’ farm.  There is a huge range of dried flowers that can be found at Rose and Grey which would work perfectly for a garland.  My personal favourite is adding some gypsophila to add some light into the garland.

When you have finished adding the decorative flowers weave a simple string of gold lights which can be turned on in the evening to create a warm ambience.  Your Christmas Winter Garland will sparkle over your roaring fire as your lights twinkle!

Enjoy your Christmas Winter Garland

Finally, relax, kick back and enjoy your beautiful Christmas Winter Garland in front of a roaring fire!  To prolong the life of your garland water the oasis regularly to prevent drying out.  For more tips on how to create your Christmas Winter Garland visit @dickson_vintage’s story highlights.

 

 

 

Renovating a kitchen on a budget

Cherry

This was our kitchen when we moved into our house it was very tired looking and was in desperate need of modernising.  We couldn’t afford to replace the kitchen so we started our mission to renovate it on a low budget. This article will share with you our kitchen renovating tips

1.Change the layout of your cupboards to accommodate new appliances and replace your worktops.

Appliances can really date a kitchen. In our kitchen we had an old white built in cooker so we removed this and replaced it with a classic range cooker and hood.  We removed the built in fridge as it doors opened into the kitchen door and by moving it gave us more kitchen space and made it more accessible.  We picked up a new ceramic sink and oak worktops on Ebay which were a fraction of the price of DIY stores saving us over a thousand pounds!  Wooden worktops give a fresh look and are very hygienic, use Danish oil to treat wooden worktops to keep them looking new.

2. Add feature lighting

In a kitchen it is essential to zone your lighting with a variety of different styles, for example pendant lighting over your table.  Jam Jar lights are a nice feature quirky feature in a kitchen which can be purchased from Lights.co.uk.

3. Changing the tiles and grouting

Our kitchen was covered in cream tiles with white grout which gave the room a dated look.  We purchased these white brick tiles (available in many DIY stores) but to give the room a fresher look we used grey grout.  Not only does it give the tiles a modern look but it hides the dirt and ageing process of the grout brilliantly! Grout does come in more shades than white, do consider grey and cream too to suit your colour scheme.

4. Paint the cupboards and replace kitchen cupboard handles

Our kitchen cupboards were tired, chipped and scratched and had very dated handles.  So we removed all the handles and wood filled the original drilled holes.  We wanted to keep the kitchen cream so we used Vintro Paint in Buckingham which is a chalk paint that is thicker than Annie Sloan paint therefore is better designed for painting kitchen cupboards.  The cupboards took 3 layers of paint and 3 layers of Annie Sloan lacquer to seal it.

Once the paint and lacquer had been finished the handles were replaced with some modern finger pull and shaker handles which are very fitting in our victorian home. A huge range of choice of kitchen handles can be found at Handles4doors.co.uk

5. Wallpaper

A feature piece of wallpaper such as this Sheep paper by Belynda Sharples creates a real talking point within a kitchen.  For a vast range of wallpapers visit I Want Wallpaper.co.uk.

6. Feature furniture

Here at Dickson Vintage we pride ourselves on creating unique bespoke furniture such as a stunning stencilled table or a beautiful Cath Kidston Kitchen shelf.  A statement piece of furniture can be a real talking point in your home.

7. Pictures and accessories

At Dotcomgiftshop there are a huge range of wall signs, this is one of our personal favourites which proudly hangs in our kitchen.  For all other kitchen essentials try the AGA Cookshop.

8. Sourcing good quality blinds and curtains

Sourcing handmade blinds on Ebay, Etsy or a local seamstress can save you hundreds rather than ordering from a big fabric selling shop.

Our final renovation results are pictured below which includes new appliances, sink, worktops, tiling, freshly painted cupboards and walls and more floor space due to change in layout all done on a tight budget. We are very pleased with the results!

Living room

Essential Living room items in key colours: Grey, Teal and Mustard

Cherry

This Autumn make sure you include three key colours to decorate your living room. These are Grey, Teal and Mustard Yellow.  You may choose to decorate your room top to toe in greys creating a homely feel by using a range of rich textures or you may choose to decorate with two or three colours using one as an accent colour, as shown with yellow above.

Whether you are someone who likes a minimalist approach to interior or opulent vintage detail, you will find something appropriate for your living room this season in the following shopping list:

1. Dixie Sofa £1395

Loaf

 

2. Blue & Grey Geo Stripe Throw £65

Oliver Bonas

 

3. Memory Balloon Lights £155.00

John Moncrieff Ltd.

 

4. John Lewis Croft Collection Ribbed Knit Cushion £25.

John Lewis

 

5. Ochre Velvet Cushion £19.50

Marks and Spencer

 

6.ROSKILDE Rug £59.

Ikea

 

7.  Sourced and painted to order vintage furniture starting from £50.

Dickson Vintage

 

8. Morris & Co Seaweed Wallpaper, Cobalt/Thyme £62 per roll.

John Lewis

 

9. Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath Paint from £4.25.

Farrow and Ball.

 

10. Grey Rattan Waste Paper Bin £20

Laura Ashley

 

11. Dylan Armchair £399.

Made

 

12. Hand knitted Pouffe £75.

Loaf

 

13. Industrial Metal Letter With LED Lights £25

Notonthehighstreet.com

 

14. Sanderson Dandelion Clocks Lined Eyelet Curtains, Aqua £100-180.

John Lewis

 

15. “Orchids” Silkscreen Print £240

Emma Hardicker

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Herefordshire

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