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Bathroom Inspiration & Our Wet Room Bathroom

Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt by Lush

It was going to be one of the last rooms on our list to renovate, but last week our shower started playing up and it looks like we’re going to need to rip out our wet room bathroom sooner than we thought!

When we first moved in, the bathroom was very clearly the most recently fitted and decorated room in the house. I wasn’t a huge fan of the wet room bathroom design and as time has gone on the room just look shabbier and dirtier. The floor that has been fitted has a very rough texture, presumably to avoid any slips on the floor, but it makes the room so hard to clean and stains really easily as well – so now the floor is kind of pink from my hair dye – oops!

Having said that, I can definitely see the appeal of having a wet room – even though I’m only 30 years old I struggle a lot around the house due to an ongoing issue with a weak muscle in my back. I have to avoid bending and leaning over as my back isn’t strong enough to maintain that position – causing problems if I ever drop something on the floor… which is a lot!!
With a wet room I never have to worry about stepping over a shower tray or getting laid down in a bath and not being able to get out… but I do miss having a bath so much!

Premier Bathrooms Haven Walk In Bath - Bathroom Inspiration and Our Wet Room Bathroom
Image courtesy of Premier Bathrooms

When Premier Bathrooms asked me to share their walk in baths and shower prices with you I spotted an answer to all my problems – a mini walk in bath! I was always a shower person until recently, but I discovered the amazing healing powers of a bath through a series of Lush bath product reviews and now I’m distraught without one. Not only do they help you relax your mind, but the heat and relaxation is great for my back muscles too.

Unfortunately our bathroom is too small to accommodate a full size bath, but these walk in baths come in all different shapes and sizes which is perfect for tiny bathrooms and the little door means I don’t have to struggle to get in and out on my own – there’s little more embarrassing than being 30 years old and needing help to get out of the bath when you’re wet and naked!!

So suddenly I’m excited about the idea of renovating our bathroom sooner than expected and maybe I will consider another wet room bathroom after all – as long as I can choose the style of floor myself! Here are some ideas I’ve got floating around my head for our new bathroom renovation:

Bathroom Inspiration and Our Wet Room Bathroom

1. Walk In Bath | Premier Bathrooms  //  2. Palm Leaf Shower Curtain | H&M
3. Jakarta Bath Towel | Bedeck Home  //  4. Macrame Hanging Planter | Knotty Knotty Macrame
5. Accessories | H&M

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Scrapbooking & A3 Prints w/ Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Printer

Epson Expression Photo XP-960

Oh I take waaaay too many photos that I never do anything with, so I am determined to finally get them out of the depths of their memory cards and dig them up from my hard drives and actually make a feature of them in my house as we get closer to decorating. You know what it’s like though, so many plans you never actually get round to, so I’m really thankful that Epson asked me if they could send me a Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Printer to try. How did you know, Epson?!

I already have an A3 office printer for my business which is a huge beast, so I was really surprised that the Epson XP-960 is quite compact for an A3 printer – it actually fits neatly on a shelf and all it’s extremities tuck away when it’s not being used.
It’s really easy to set up, especially with Mac as you don’t need to use the installation disc, you just download the driver from the Epson website. They also have an app for your smartphone which connects up over the same wifi connection your printer is set up on.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Review iPhone App

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Review

I want to use the printer for large prints to decorate my walls at home and also for making small prints and printing my Instagrams for scrapbooking. If you’re printing one photo, the Epson iPrint app is super easy. Just a quick click opens your photo library and another to select the paper size.

A3 paper is actually fed in one sheet at a time from the paper feed at the back of the printer. Flip out the cover and extend the paper feeder, but wait until you’re prompted on the LCD screen before you put the paper in. Load the paper print side up.

I used Epson Photo Paper Glossy and chose the ‘best’ setting for my print. You can select from a huge range of different papers so the printer knows how to best align with the product.

I used a photo I took on my DSLR that I had uploaded to Google Drive so I could access it on my phone. The print quality is absolutely excellent, I was seriously impressed for such a large print and it’s definitely good enough to frame and hang on the wall or give as a gift.

Best Printer for Photos

Scrapbooking wise I wanted to print multiple photos onto the same sheet so I could trim them down to go in my scrapbook. I found it frustrating that the iPrint app doesn’t let you do this, but there is an Epson Creative Print app that you can download to make a collage and you can even connect it directly to your Instagram account. That’s what I’m talking about Epson! Nice work.

Again the print quality is excellent for scrapbooking! Here are my top five tips for creating an awesome scrapbook using your photos:

// Use a guillotine to trim down your photos – they’re a bit more expensive that scissors, but so quick and easy to use to cut your straight lines!

// Prepare your layout before you glue anything down! If you’re really unsure, try using blu – tack and setting out each page before you commit to using your photos and craft supplies on a specific page. You can even buy photo corners that your pictures just slip into.

// Leave space for little notes that remind you of the moment you took the photo. You can get great papers to write on and glue in alongside your photo or you could use washi tape that can be written on too.

// You don’t just have to use photos, you can use clippings, beer mats, receipts and anything you’ve collected on your travels in your scrapbook to really bring it to life.

// Try making a scrapbook for each holiday you go on and line them up on a shelf at home, or even make a scrapbook of your time together with your partner as an anniversary present or a gift for your bestie on their birthday.

Printer for Scrapbooking and Crafts

I think the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Printer is a great choice for home photo printing and a great accessory for scrapbookers! You can currently get the printer on Amazon for £179.99 and there is also an A4 scanning function that I haven’t managed to try out yet.

Loves x xx

Epson XP-960 Review

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