Interiors & Renovations

When is the best time to renovate your house?

When is the best time to renovate your house?

Questions to ask yourself Two different approaches: pros and cons Our approach and some thoughts That’s a tough question I wish I had an answer for. The best time to renovate your house will depend on many variables and your own circumstances. There’s no...

My first DIY project: an Edinburgh press renovation

My first DIY project: an Edinburgh press renovation

It includes Process Result and transformation List of products This article includes affiliate links. For more information, read the full affiliate marketing disclosure.  With zero travelling on the foreseeable horizon, a small DIY project seemed like a good idea...

50 free technical English resources for home renovators

50 free technical English resources for home renovators

List of 50 free technical English resources Grouped by categories covering a wide range of topics Some glossaries and guides include illustrations    Our Edinburgh flat renovation may not start anytime soon, but it’s never too soon to work on building up my...

My biggest home decor pet peeves

My biggest home decor pet peeves

Everyone has pet peeves, and they can reveal as much about you as your homestyle. It’s incredible how simple and harmless things such as accessories, colours, materials and patterns can trigger strong negative emotions and feelings. One of the main reasons why I use...

Renovation lessons: 7 things that didn’t quite work

Renovation lessons: 7 things that didn’t quite work

After renovations, everything is new, nice and shiny. There are no more decisions to be made, so you can now relax a bit and enjoy your home. Soon, though, you start noticing the good and the bad of your renovation decisions. Based on my experience renovating a...

The linguistic challenges of renovating a house abroad

The linguistic challenges of renovating a house abroad

By the time we started renovating our Victorian end of terrace in Oxford, I’d been living in the UK for four years. I expected the full renovation project to be difficult for several reasons, but I certainly didn’t expect to face linguistic challenges. I’m a...

Transformation: from old outhouses to new extension

Transformation: from old outhouses to new extension

An example of how a small one-storey rear extension can transform the living space in a Victorian end of terrace home.Extensions, even small ones, can make a huge difference to small homes. Continuing my series on room transformations, today I’m sharing how we turned...

Room transformation: from old office and WC to new office

Room transformation: from old office and WC to new office

An example of downsizing when renovating a Victorian end of terrace  Renovating rooms usually means making them bigger and better, or at least better. You rarely renovate a room to intentionally make it smaller, but sometimes – especially in small houses –...

Room transformation: from old sitting room to new kitchen

Room transformation: from old sitting room to new kitchen

Swapping the living room and the kitchen was probably the best decision we took during our Victorian renovation.  After fully renovating our Victorian end of terrace in Oxford, not much was left of the original layout. An extension was added, a hallway was...

Victorian end of terrace renovation: layout plans, floor by floor

Victorian end of terrace renovation: layout plans, floor by floor

'After' and 'Before' layout comparisons Issues with the old layout Best things of the new layout    In this first post of a ‘Victorian end of terrace renovation’ series, I share our full renovation layout plans, floor by floor. Our Victorian end of terrace...

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