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Bright idea

Bright idea

The worst thing about Ikea has to be the hour you spend hour struggling to fit your eight flatpack pieces of furniture into your hatchback. But this lamp will sit on your lap, so it’s a perfect treat to sneak onto your trolley without fear of recrimination in the carpark. It comes in blue, green,...

Garden results revealed!

After weeding through a record number of votes (sorry),  we can finally start plotting how to turn our grubby little garden into an urban retreat. It seems Eco- inspired is the way to go, so send us any green ideas from your fertile minds to help us along. And check back this weekend for your chance...
Beautiful botanicals on a budget

Beautiful botanicals on a budget

Well, the budget was tight for this room, but we got there. By using our imagination (and reusing plenty of bits and bobs lying around the place), we turned our tiny study into a botanical bolt hole. Tell me what you think! (And scroll to the end for a breakdown of our costs.)    ...
Hack attack!

Hack attack!

I finally got around to emailing Jules at Ikea Hackers the other day with a picture of our Edland bedside table turned chic bathroom cabinet. I heart Ikea Hackers, and regularly raid it for ideas. To check it out (and see our guest post!), click here.
It's only natural

It’s only natural

While Obama and Mitt were arguing up a storm last night, I called time on our own furious debate here on renoVoter. I got busy counting the votes (well, my computer did) and there was one clear winner: forget those space and safari schemes, our study is going to be a botanic bolthole. I’ve already cracked...
The outdoor space race

The outdoor space race

Winter is fast approaching in the South West. Every second day brings gallons of rain, which is inspiring me to curl up with a good book, finish our house faster than ever. Particularly the parts of it that may be underwater soon. So, with that in mind, it’s time to air your opinions, renoVoters, and...
A super market

A super market

In between sanding and painting and plastering and scraping, husband and I recently found the time for a trip to French market Les Puces. On the outskirts of Paris, this massive market stretches across seven hectares and has literally thousands of stalls, with goods ranging from fine art to secondhand DVDs.   We were there...
Dreaming up a study scheme

Dreaming up a study scheme

  It may have been awhile between renoVotes, but we’re finally ready to go again after six weeks escaping reality in America. Next up for the renoVotion treatment is our study, a space measuring a grand total of 6ft by 8ft. Husband and I have chosen our top three ideas for decor – which one do...
Got some front

Got some front

Despite husband’s hankering to use his yellow paint again, our front door is now dark grey, thanks to the latest renoVote. And it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. Saying that, I might just be feeling ecstatic that the horrible red-wood door is a thing of the past. In a rare example...
Just peachy

Just peachy

Well, our swift and simple makeover at No 1 has almost come to an end. Having finished the four main rooms (kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and lounge), we only had to overhaul the second bedroom and utility room to get one step closer to a much-needed rental income.       Luckily for us, neither...
Sofa so good

Sofa so good

    When it came to overhauling the living room at No 1, there was no time to lounge around (I’m here all week). Due to “running out of money” constraints, we left the fireplace surround where it was, opting to paint the tiles rather than rip them out. This time I learnt from my...
Pie oh pie

Pie oh pie

  Pretty Things isn’t really the place for a food review, but I’m popping Pie Sisters in Georgetown, Washington, on Renovoter as much for its design as for its deliciousness. With its industrial chic interior (husband and I love us some bare bricks), blackboards, use of typography and reclaimed wooden bars, it’s a great place...