Readers, I feel that I need to tell you to sit down. Today I have a brilliant house tour to share with you from a seriously stylish individual. Kimberly has literally transformed her home, on a shoestring, into a completely unique reflection of her style. I really hope you enjoy looking around as much as I did when I stumbled across her blog Swoon Worthy.
Take it away Kimberly!
Hello, I’m Kimberly (aka Redlilocks) from Swoon Worthy! I was incredibly excited when Rebecca asked if I would care to show my Edwardian home on her fabulous blog. Florence Finds has quickly become a firm favourite so I’m really honoured to be in such excellent company! Why don’t you come out from the cold wet Manchester weather, let me take your coat and I’ll put on the kettle!
As much as it’s a total cliche, home for me is definitely where my heart is. As much as I love to travel, I love coming home surrounded by the things that truly reflect me and my other half. We moved into the house in July 2010 and it’s been a labour of love with everything done on the cheap (lots of eBay purchases, lots of crafts and “upcycling”, lots of sweat and tears doing it all ourselves). There’s still loads and loads to be done.
Our first task shortly after moving in was sorting out the living room. The floors were unfinished (The previous owners having taken the carpet!) so we replaced a portion of the floorboards, and sanded and stained until they came up shining. We also painted and wallpapered. The velvet chesterfield sofa was something I’d wanted for years and it was a bit of a splurge but it’s probably one of my most favourite things in the house.
Here’s the before…
And the after…
The kitchen was our next big project (so big, we aren’t actually done yet!) but over the last year, we’ve ripped out the false ceiling, replaced lighting, plastered, painted, tiled, installed underfloor heating and an extractor fan and laid slate flooring. I’m getting tired just typing that out.
Here’s the before…
Total cost so far has been £1400 so we’ve saved loads doing absolutely everything ourselves. Of course, if we’d had someone come in and do it for us, it would have cost us 5 times that amount but would most definintely be done by now! Alas, I do think we’ve had more satisfaction by creating and executing it all ourselves and my other half has learned some new skills in plastering, flooring and electrics and I’ve learned how to tile!
Still to do? Butcher block counter tops and the risers under the cupboards. We’re close though!
On to the dining room and at the moment, probably one of my favourite rooms as we’ve spent so little money and I really think it’s starting to come together.
Here’s the before…
And how it looks today.
The faux bamboo dining chairs, vintage sideboard and barcart were all eBay finds which have been brought back to life with a bit of white paint and the eclectic gallery wall (a work in progress) was to distract from the television that my other half insisted on. I have to admit, I rather like having a telly in the dining room as we end up using this room probably more than any other in the house.
Aside from the chairs, I’m especially in love with my barcart which cost me £30 and just needed a refresh with some white spray paint (instead of a really rather terrible green faux marble effect)…
We’ll be tackling those terrible looking floors this year and at some point, I’ll like to replace the light fixture but I’m happy with the progress so far.
We’ve also done work on the master bedroom, the guest bedroom and the bathroom but I thought I’ll just leave ya with one last room – my dressing room – partly because it makes me happy every time I walk in there and partly because I don’t want to outstay my welcome here! 😉
It’s essentially the box room in the house but I quickly claimed it as my own to store my ever growing collection of clothing, shoes and accessories. It’s gone from this…
… with the addition of a new chest of drawers (again, thank you eBay) painted a lovely pale turquoise…
And the addition of lots of gold including a great big stand out mirror and the carpeting ripped out….this is what it looks like today.
Still loads to do here including wallpaper, some new shelving units and perhaps a new leopard-print rug.
It was absolutely lovely for you to stop by and I do hope you enjoyed our little tour!
Thank you again Rebecca for having me! Of course, if you would like to follow along with the rest of the progress, please come visit me on my blog, Swoon Worthy – it would be great to see you there!
No! Thank you Kimberly!
I’m not going to blather on as I’m pretty sure you guys are going to have a lot to say about this particular renovation yourselves.
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