Our Renovation: Kitchen Before vs. Now

We are finally nearing the end of our full house renovation journey (hallelujah!), so it seems like a good time to start posting some renovation updates! Our kitchen was probably the room in the worst condition when we bought the place. The oven wasn’t working, the washing machine was in THE most awkward position you could ever imagine (tucked away behind the fridge, so you couldn’t actually fully open the door), and there were clear signs of well meaning but poorly executed owner DIY.

Excuse the dust, grime, and floor cover over the kitchen floor in the photos. The building work in the house hasn’t completely finished yet, so we will remove all the protectors and get the entire house professionally cleaned once everything in the house is done. But the photos below will give you an idea of the style of our kitchen.



So there you have it. A pretty drastic change! There are still bits to be filled, sanded, and tidied up, but it’s almost there. I don’t actually have proper photos of the other side of the kitchen yet, but we’re making a kitchen banquette. We had a corner bench with storage made which arrived last week, and it’s both gorgeous and practical. I can’t wait to get seat cushions for it, and a round table to go with it!

There are lots more updates to come on the rest of the house, so watch this space! This renovation has been a long and crazy journey, but one brilliant part is that Dan and I have got to stay in lots of different houses around London, so we’ve explored super cool areas that we would have never thought of spending time in. We’ve lived in Kings Cross, Leyton, Bow, Orpington and Wapping and it has actually been a blast! For every cloud, there’s definitely a silver lining.

It has also made us think about what we will do with our house once we’ve finished. While I am excited to make this house a home, we have toyed with the idea of renting the whole thing out, or letting it out on AirBnb as we live pretty centrally in a very popular location. Let’s see. All I know is that once it’s done, I will just sit in front of our open fire (YES WE HAVE A WORKING OPEN FIRE!!) and just be still. For hours, maybe days, possibly weeks. I can’t wait to just be still.

Read This Before You Start Your Renovation!

Welcome Home with Eve Sleep

– in collaboration with Eve Sleep –

Embarking on a renovation journey can definitely throw your routine into a state of flux! We packed our bags and hauled all of our possessions from our flat to our new, shabby but much loved home. Wandering around the drab rooms of a pre-renovation house, before a single drop of paint has touched the walls, can leave you thinking: what now?  (* in my best Kevin Hart voice *)

I don’t think I’ve ever adulted this hard in my life, this is full throttle, maximum capacity,  grown up level type stuff. So here are 4 top tips for surviving a renovation project!

1. Ensure that you get a good night’s sleep

When we first moved into our house, we were making do with the sofa bed that we kept from our old flat. Our boxes were scattered all around the house and we weren’t sleeping well. Throughout your renovation journey, please ensure that you are getting a good night’s sleep. It will make the world of difference to your mood and your productivity, even though builders may be traipsing in and our of your home.

We partnered with Eve to help transform our sleep, and we totally upgraded our sleeping situation with our Eve original mattress bundle. The mattress bundle comes with the original foam mattress, 2 memory foam pillows, the 4.5 tog duvet and a mattress protector. It is essentially a one stop shop for all your bed needs, making the process quick and easy. Our bed has been transformed into a cosy haven amongst the chaos of our renovation, promising a beautiful night’s sleep.

Call me weird but I got very excited about the Eve mattress bundle after my first night on it, so I started googling and quickly realised that there are thousands of other weirdly excited people on TrustPilot who love it too.

P.S. Eve are currently giving you the chance to win your mortgage for a year! …Yes girl. I’ve entered. I guess I have to tell you that you can enter it too, here.

Oh and before I go on to point number 2, Eve have also made a moving checklist that I read and totally realised there’s a bunch of stuff I haven’t done. Save yourself the headache and download it now.

2. Get. Help.

A renovation project is a whole load of admin. Somebody’s got to find the best builders in the area, schedule for them to come to your house to give quotes, review those quotes, finalise the building work schedule with the builders, oversee planning permission applications, check the architect’s drawings, keep on top of payments, regularly check the builders’ work and…………………wow I totally zoned out just writing that, imagine doing it!

Thankfully, my rockstar mum is helping me with all things admin. She can administrate and adult simultaneously, with her eyes closed, and she also loves property which is a bonus! So get someone like my mum in your corner to relieve you of your renovation duties so you can go back to being a free spirited young adult without a care, or renovation related stress, in the world.

3. Start with the things that will add the most value to your house

We have finalised the plan for our renovation! We will be starting with a loft conversion (which will add one master bedroom, an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe), then we will focus on doing a full side return extension and completing the kitchen. Lastly, we will refurbish the rest of the house. The loft and kitchen extensions add the most value to the house, so we have prioritised them just in case the pennies in our piggy bank shrivel up and we’re left with a half finished home (it happens, you guys!).

4. Minimise the disruption to your routine

Renovations can take up to a year or two! You don’t want your renovation to completely obliterate your routine and cause you to hate your home for the duration of the project. Therefore, do try and have a room that is protected from the carnage of the building works at each stage of the project. Call it an escape room, a haven, a bomb shelter…call it what you may, but it will help preserve your sanity while the building work is going on. We intend to do the loft first and hibernate in there while the rest of the house descends into a glorious state of disarray.

This blog post is in collaboration with Eve Sleep, but all of the opinions I shared above are truly my own <3