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5 things I learned so far whilst renovating my bathroom.

Here’s my old bathroom again. Work is still progressing, and I’ll show you its current state at the end of this post.

I thought it may be fun to just document the 5 things I’ve learned so far whilst renovating my bathroom. I thought it would be a good resource for anyone considering a bathroom refurbishment.

1. Number of tiles

When ordering tiles, always account for wastage from tile cutting. I would advise ordering 10% extra.

2. Tile or stone colours

Always order a sample of the stone or tile that you are going to use in your bathroom.

I’m putting concrete basins in my bathroom and with the sample I received, I realised that the colours weren’t exactly the same as the photos I saw. It’s also important to realise that if you are using a natural stone, that variations in colours are to be expected.

Ordering samples can also allow you to put a mood board of all the colours and textures that you will be using in your bathroom together.

3. Positioning the bath furniture

If you like I, are an Instagram interiors addict, then it’s likely you would want to photograph your bathroom.

Make sure you plan out your bathroom, so you can take the best photos ( but obviously not compromising the function of the bathroom).

I don’t like photos of the toilet, so I’m trying to make sure it’s positioned in such a way that it is out of view. However, with my bathroom being so small, that may be a problem.

4. Create the illusion of space

If your bathroom is super small like mine, then you don’t want it to feel crammed.

A few things to create the illusion of space is to use floating furniture- such as a wall mount WC, floating vanity unit or bath tub on legs.

Mirrors can also create the illusion of space and make a space look lighter.

5. Finishing touches

Radiators come with valves and pipes, and most of these are in chrome.

If however, you are going for brass metalware or the on trend black taps, then you may want to consider plating the valves and pipes in the same colour.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my 5 tips on renovating my bathroom. I will be back during the course of the refurbishment to tell you more about the things that I’ve learned. renovating my bathroom I leave you with the ripped out look of my bathroom. It has progressed since this, and Samuel has been working very hard, but I’ll show you more photos in stages.

Mother’s Day in the UK is on Sunday 31st March this year, so I thought it would be fun to do a little round up of gift ideas.

Can you spot a few new things in my living space?

How cute is my new coral red plastic rug from my favourite store Pappelina?

This one is called Dana. Would be a lovely Mother’s day gift for your interiors loving mum don’t you think? You may have also spotted a lovely bottle of Prosecco next to my Swarovski glasses?

A bottle of Prosecco for mother’s day would be much appreciated! Says this mama. It’s not any ordinary bottle of Prosecco, but it’s Princess Prosecco. Let me explain a little more. Princess Prosecco are quality Prosecco imported from Italian vineyards, delivered straight to your door. Mothers Day gift ideas What’s cool is that in addition to getting a one off delivery or send as gift, you can also subscribe monthly.

Each month the Prosecco comes with an indulgence box with a theme based on the colour of the birthstone. Here’s what I got with my Prosecco – a miniature bottle of Gin with a recipe card for creating a Prosecco cocktail, a few sweet treats, a Flamingo luggage tag, an eyelash curler ( my daughter has already claimed it) and the surprise treat is a collection of Tincture household cleaner. That’s not the end.

Here are more Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Do you spot the treats? Let’s get closer. And closer.

Feast your eyes on my gorgeous A3 art print by Pea and Me. How fabulous are those colourful floral illustrations and the leopard print “Mother Hustler” words?

If I were you, I’d order one now for mum before they sell out. You spotted the Biscuiteers iced biscuits on my bedside table right? Another wonderful mother’s day gift.

If you quote LITTLEBIGBELL10 at checkout before March 31st 2019, then you get a 10% discount at Biscuiteers ( not including experiences or charity collection). So there you go. My Mother’s day gift ideas. Hope you like the recommendations. Wishing you all a wonderful week.

( All products mentioned were gifts).

I’ve just returned from Irish Whiskey maker METHOD AND MADNESS‘ Gin launch party in Cork, Ireland. It was a lovely diversion from my normal routine.

I’ve always wanted to see a distillery.

These buildings are part of Jameson’s distillery in Midleton. So here it is! METHOD AND MADNESS’ first Gin.

You may wonder where the name METHOD AND MADNESS came from.

It was actually inspired by the Shakespearean quote, ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.’

The “METHOD” represented the tradition and expertise grounded in the generations at the Midleton Distillery and “MADNESS” reflected the curiosity and intrigue of the next generation. Meet Mickey’s Belly, Ireland’s oldest gin still, and where the gin was being made. The new bottle and label were designed by the talented duo Matthew Bolger and Emelie Lidström of M&E design in Sweden.

I had the pleasure of meeting and dining with them during this trip.  I was told the stripes in the label represented METHOD and signified the continuity and consistency of the master distillers, whilst the marble art represented MADNESS, an analogy to the apprentice’s experimentation and innovation. We even got to do our own marble painting at the event.

Here’s my creation. What do you think? The yellow of the bottle label reflected the Irish gorse flower in the gin, whilst the black represented the black lemons.

The black lemons are in fact sun dried limes. ( as seen in the photo)

Emelie told me that the teal was a leafy, earthy tone, that has been amplified from nature.

There were raised patterns on the sides of the bottle too, giving it a fun texture to handle. I’m sure you’re wondering what the gin tasted like right?

Well, it’s an eclectic fusion of 16 botanicals led by black lemon and Irish gorse flower – imparting notes of citrus and spice with subtle earthy undertones.

It was absolutely delicious when paired with Poacher’s tonic water, large ice cubes and finished off with a twist of lemon rind. During this press trip, we stayed at the beautiful Castle Martyr resort.

Check out the beautiful grounds. Here’s what my bedroom looked like. I hear this hotel was once a boarding school. It must  be wonderful to be surrounded by the countryside. METHOD AND MADNESS Gin should be available in Ireland now, and at most airport retail shops from July 2019.

Finally, If you have a chance, do give it a try. It’s absolutely delightful.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Have a lovely day.

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