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Renovation Progress: Hallway & Stairs

Hallway Renovation

A couple of months ago I shared a peek of our new house. We’ve done a few small projects since we moved in while we’re saving up for something a bit more exciting. The first thing we did was give our bedroom and my office a coat of paint over the existing wallpaper (just as a quick fix so we could fully move into those rooms) so really the largest project we’ve tackled so far is the hallway.

As you can see in the photo above, it was pretty grim so we wanted to strip it as soon as possible. The wallpaper was a sort of marble pattern with sky blue and white, but over the years it had gone kind of yellow in patches… and it never matched that crazy patterned carpet. What on earth were they thinking?

Hallway Renovation

We used a basic wallpaper stripper from B&Q and what we came to refer to as a ‘posh wallpaper scraper‘ from Argos, haha. It was a bit pricier than a traditional scraper, but it is razor thin and sharp making it great for scraping off wallpaper and paint… just be careful not to gouge the walls too much like I did!

Stripping the walls was so much harder than I was expecting. I’ve done it before over the years, but a combination of badly plastered walls, textured wallpaper and layers of old paper hidden underneath took us two full days with an army of helpers. We also struggled with the sheer height of the ceiling on the staircase, so we were buddying up holding ladders and trying not to fall off.

Hallway Renovation

Hallway Renovation

We were naively hoping the walls would be in a good condition underneath, which we kind of lucked out on with some of them, but unfortunately the entire landing needs re-plastering. Argh, expense!

So now, finally, we have completely bare walls and ceilings in the hall, up the stairs and along the landing and our next project is pulling up the carpet. We’ve had a peek underneath and we have beautiful wooden stairs hiding under there so we’re excited to expose those bad boys, but aside from that we have no real plans for decor. What to do! I’ve collected together a few ideas over on Pinterest though, that’s the most fun part so far!

How did you decorate your staircase? Please share your pictures and links in the comments below, I really need some inspiration!
Loves x xx

 

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Outfit Post: Fun Fifties Style Circle Skirt

Lindy Bop Outfit Post

Sales are a great chance to try a new brand or a new style and I did both with this amazing circle skirt from Lindy Bop, which was £15 in the sale. My friend, J, has told me about Lindy Bop a few times. We worked together at French Connection and she was one of the first gals I met and pretty much adopted me there and then as a newbie in store. J has always been ridiculously stylish so I’ve finally taken her advice with this outfit and one I’ve got coming up to share with you guys. I’m so pleased I’ve finally tried out Lindy Bop’s fun fifties style clothes. I couldn’t believe the quality for £15 and will happily pay full price next time.

How To Wear A Circle Skirt

Fifties Style Outfit Ideas

I ordered a size 14 skirt which ended up being a great fit. I’m a pretty standard size 14 on my bottom half, with quite a slim waist and the waistband was definitely created with my shape in mind. I teamed it up with a loose fitting t-shirt that slouches nicely when tucked in. I haven’t worn such a fancy skirt for a long, long time, but I had so much fun swishing about in it and I loved how it floated when I walked down stairs… of course I couldn’t resist some twirling either, look at the span in the second picture(!) it’s what skirt dreams are made of.

Circle Skirt Outfit Post

Handmade Sunflower Necklace

Orla Kiely Shoes by Clarks

There isn’t much left in the sale now unfortunately, but you still might be able to grab something. If not, keep your eye out for the next one or even save up some extra pennies for full price – it’s definitely worth it! Loves x xx

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Slouchy Tee | M&S (Similar*)  //  Circle Skirt | Lindy Bop
Sunflower Necklace | DamsonTree Pottery  //  Orla Kiely Shoes | c/o Clarks
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