(Pictures at the bottom of the post)
Many of you who read the blog will be aware that I absolutely love interiors and interior decor; probably as much as I love fashion. Many months ago, I wrote a blog post titled ‘Home Refurbishment Diary: The Start of the Renovations of my New Home’. We moved home last year and being the interiors junkie that I am, this was a dream project to feed my passion and create a new home space for me and my family.
Now, many months later, the home is taking shape and I have learned so many lessons along the way. Experience is the greatest educator and my knowledge of many real-life practicalities such as builders, space and budget have increased exponentially. Like fashion, I am a firm believer that gorgeous interiors must also be practical; each item in a house should serve a purpose and enhance the lives of the people who live there.
Many parts of the house are still in the process of coming together – be it physical work or interior decor. However, I am glad to say that there are parts that are almost finished and I am now in a position to share them with you. I am very excited to share two small areas of the house that are more or less complete for now anyway:
The Hallway: This is the hallway that connects the kitchen to the living room. No structural work was required here but I wanted to achieve maximum storage as it is an extension of the kitchen. The two doors to the side didn’t present many opportunities as they contain the boiler and electrics within. Buying a large sideboard was the ideal solution to housing our glassware and bottles collection. It also provided an opportunity to display some of our favourite items; the vivid cow picture is a lithograph we bought during our stay in Mumbai by a Czech artist who used to spend half the year in India. The lacquered paper mache box is a treasure from Vietnam and perfect for holding my ‘to do and to buy’ lists. The Japanese whiskey display is a homage to our love for all things Japanese and more accurately to my husband who is a Whisky enthusiast and his knowledge of the subject is extensive. I loved the idea of black leather handles and knobs and have added these to the doors in the area to get a cohesive effect. One day, I would like to replace the doors into the hallway with glass doors and install wooden blinds in the window but that’s for another time.
The Ensuite Bathroom: This is the ensuite bathroom to the master bedroom, and I have included a ‘before picture’ of the area as well. We decided to divide the area of the old bathroom into a walk-in closet (I hope to show pictures in a later post) and a smaller ensuite. As the area has no natural light – I decided to create a comforting sanctuary working with the artificial light available. I love the raw cement look of the wall tiles and I fell in love with the floor tiles when I visited Topps Tiles. Therefore, I decided to pair these tiles together and I love the look they achieve in unison. I am also an ‘always cold’ person so I wanted to include both underfloor heating and a large radiator so that I could be warm, and have warm towels. I decided to go all out and buy a large grey/black radiator that would serve as a statement piece. This gorgeous radiator allows the towels to be warmed on the protruding parts and heats up that bathroom like a Swedish Sauna!
I am a huge fan of Crittal style doors and I have seen many a Pinterest picture with gorgeous bathrooms with similar doors. Unfortunately, anywhere I enquired about these doors responded with an eye-watering price that was way out of my budget. I finally found someone to make this custom size Crittall style shower door, but I still had to blow my allocated budget. I have realized that it is only worth blowing your pre-set budget if you really have your heart set on something and in this case, it was worth it. The other item that has proved its worth is the LED lit, time-display, antifog, blue tooth mirror. The light is excellent and the speakers are powerful. It is wonderful to listen to music when you are having a shower – until the mirror tells you what time it is!
As there is no natural ventilation in this bathroom – we decided to install two extraction fans (one over the shower and one over the toilet) and this has proved to be a wise decision. I was determined to build maximum storage (both hidden and in view) into this bathroom and the storage on top of the toilet that extends to the ceiling is a handy feature. Combining this with the open shelf storage as well as the under sink storage – I think I have rammed in just about as much storage as possible into a relatively small bathroom. I do wish there had been the option of a bigger sink but given that we wanted to devote maximum space to the shower enclosure (which we achieved), this was the optimal configuration for the bathroom fittings. This entire space was designed by me to suit my taste, budget and practical needs, and we are very pleased with the results.
Overall, I have learned that there is no substitute for preparation when it comes to creating a space in your house that is to your preferences. I firmly believe that our home surroundings and internal decor has a huge impact on our mood and our ability to fully relax and enjoy our personal time. I love nothing more than to look at real-life examples of home decor; so I hope you enjoyed this peek into my personal decor and design choices in these areas.
I am happy to discuss interior projects and design at any time so please feel free to contact me if you are looking to or in the process of designing your own personal space. Have a great week and thank you so much for visiting Isha’s Verdict.
Bluetooth Wall Mirror – Wayfair (Hudson Reed)
Bathroom Wall Tiles – Topps Tiles (Tekno)
Bathroom Floor tiles – Topps Tiles (Slumber)
Black Leather Door Handle – Amazon (Paja Ascot)