our marble bathroom tour: before and after

Hello (English) / Amaharo (Kurundi) / Amadi (Efik) / Bawo ni (Yoruba) from our finished bathroom (sans styling)! When we reflect back on how our bathroom used to be and how it is now, it gives us joy! I’m so delighted to share a tour of our bathroom now and look back to where we started. The bathroom was one of the first places we completed renovating and was probably our biggest challenge as interior novices. For us, as stated in our video, the bathroom concept is all about sanctuary…
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house before tour: the bathroom + upstairs wc

Our bathroom before was a pretty functional space, expected of somewhere that had it’s last renovation pre 1970s. It had a pretty large tub, blue tiles which were quite dated but I kind of liked. However, the tiles were just on the perimeter of the bath and the sink. If it wasn’t for the lead pipes, we would have used it until we were able to renovate it. Back on the tiles, I did like the little tile soap tray! I think this bathroom could have been made bigger with…
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house before tour: the kitchen/ breakfast nook

Personally, the kitchen was odd. I guess the layout didn’t help, but the placement of the cabinets felt very disjointed. The kitchen certainly had this very functional utility feel to it. One thing I loved though was the little pantry room next to the sink and under the stairs, as well as the really high ceiling. Behind the cabinet is a fireplace. It’s a shame it is all boarded away. To the left of the fireplace housed a huge water tank. And, the floor was carpeted! A big no no.…
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house before tour: the upstairs bedrooms

Welcome to our bedrooms! We love love love the space. The ceiling on room number two! However, the ceiling of room number three wasn’t to my liking. The lighting configuration was odd. The pendants were all next to the window. That was one thing that was going to change, plus the removal of the tiled fire places, hopefully restored to something a bit more grander. Bedroom no 3 was clad with in units which covered the fireplace, making it significantly smaller. It also housed another boiler so, that needed to…
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house before tour: the playroom

On paper, this is the front room. Comes with a large bay window, a 1970s fireplace instead of a 1920s one but hey. I love the ceiling in this room so much. The floor had to go, because the carpet wasn’t to our taste. The two tonal cream and white paint wasn’t striking to us either. I do love the wall paper, very 1970s! The room is north facing hence quite dark so we had to think about lighting and paint colour. WeAlso had the option of opening up the…
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house before tour: the hallway & stairs

I loved the hallway for its width and height of ceilings. However, something felt dark and eerie about the space and we knew that it needed light. The electric heater by the end of the stairs was already posing a hazard especially with kids. Also carpet for us was a big no-no. Solving the lack of light problem for us was a priority when transforming this space. Breaking down the wall to the kitchen to create a semi open plan look and converting the 2 single doors leading to the…
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why did we choose the house we bought

We bought a family 3 bed in suburban London and we are trying our best to turn it into a comfortable family home, where the little ones can grow. The house was built in 1926, pebble dashed on the outside. Internal wise, it had some unique features, such as panelled ceilings. However, the decor seemed to have halted in the 1970s. It felt bigger and more spacious than all the properties we had seen during our house search. It had lovely bay and double fronted windows, 2 garages and a…
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