House tour: back garden update

back garden before photos (4)

Do you fancy a little update on my house renovation and a look at how things are going with fixing up the back garden? I'll be honest: progress has been a little slow, what with having a baby three months ago and breaking off to do work inside the house over winter. My husband started on ...

Hallway renovation – before and after

Hallway renovation | Angel In The North

The hall, stairs and landing have been the last part of the house that we've renovated. For quite a few months, they've been the only areas to still show signs of the dodgy décor we were surrounded by when we moved in three years ago, much of it seeming to have been untouched since the house was built in the 1970s. I ...

Kitchen renovation on Bob Vila

Bob Vila screen shot

Just popping up a quick post to let you see our kitchen renovation featured on American home and DIY blog Bob Vila. The site editor asked me a few questions by email a few weeks ago, and the feature went live this week. Thanks and hello to the hundreds of Bob Vila readers who have popped over ...

Hallway inspiration

Hallway inspiration with patchwork tiles, wire shoe rack, wood bench

We're still on a bit of a go slow with the house renovation. My husband's been suffering with a bad back these last few weeks which is painful for him and frustrating for us both. There's not much still to do inside, but we expect the outside to be a monster of a job. We thought ...

New kitchen shelves

Ikea Veddinge grey kitchen with oak worktop and open shelves

After our hectic year last year, we're still on a bit of a go slow with the house renovation and seem to have little motivation for doing any DIY. But that doesn't mean there's been no progress, because the other day my lovely dad came round to fit some new shelves in the kitchen :) Because of awkward ...

Living room detail

Living room renovation: before and after

When it comes to home design that makes you happy, it's all about the detail. This is especially so for us, because as we renovate we're trying to keep the walls and floors relatively neutral because we plan on selling up and moving on in two or three years. So I wanted to show you some of the ...

Living room reveal!

Living room renovation: before and after

It's a pretty momentous occasion, because I'm about to show you the outcome of our renovation of the last major room in the house. The last. Major. Room. Having renovated the whole house in the last 18 months or so, it truly feels like a milestone. As you know when I've talked to you about the ...

Kitchen accessories

Kitchen accessories

Earlier in the week I shared our finished kitchen. Although I had a few reservations about choosing grey - mainly about whether it's a colour fad - I'm glad I dug my heels in and went for it. It's a fair responsibility because I knew my husband would be putting in hours and hours of work and I ...

Kitchen reveal!

Kitchen renovation reveal. Ikea Veddinge grey kitchen with wood worktop and white subway tiles

Renovating our kitchen has definitely been a labour of love. It's been seven months of labour, but we're completely in love with the outcome. As is invariably the case with DIY and renovation projects, it's all taken longer than anticipated. Our original estimated finish time was about two months ago, and although I'm calling this a ...

Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live 2014

As serial renovators we dream of building our own house one day. It's the next logical step for two people who rarely see a house that is already in perfect shape - inside or out - to be our ideal home (or at least one that's in budget). I'm constantly frustrated by the parodies of past architecture that ...