Buying a House – Part 5: Renovating

Hi Lovelies! Hope you are well.

Been a while since I’ve written about our home story – to catch you up, it’s been 6 months that we have now been staying in our home, we have the most amazing neighbours (more like parents and always looking out for us two) and settling in has been quite the journey (mind you, we are still living out of boxes!)

Now comes the dreaded renovating part – when we bought the house we knew that we would definitely need to do some work – we have essentially no kitchen and the house is completely bare save for one cupboard in the main bedroom.

With this in mind we knew we could make the space our own and design it in a way that would work for us (rather than work with what the previous owners had left behind – some people do not know how to plan around a space).

Now this is not an easy (or the cheapest task) but we have come up with some awesome tips to make this process just a little bit easier (Read More below!)

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Home Design Inspiration – Master Bedroom

Hello Hello Hello!!!! So only two more weeks until the big move and Labeeq and I are dreaming up all our lovely design ideas for the house.

I have basically l i v e d on Pinterest these past few months. All the ideas!!! Eeeeek!

So I have just chosen some of my favourite ideas below – We both like lighter colours and more open spaces.

I really love minimal pieces and spaces (whereas Labeeq loves to fill up any space he can find – but he is trying haha).

Side Table - Minimal
We were thinking of having minimal bedside tables – to reduce clutter.

An accent wall to make the room pop.

Accent Wall

Copper Lamp
Loving them copper finishes! My brother is going to make these bedside lamps for us.

Kitten on bed

Bedside with Legs

Hanging Lamp

Plush Bedding
I am in love with plush bedding and many many maaaaany pillows! I just want to dive into my bed and never come out again.

Low Bed

Drawers Under Bed
Because the space is small, we need functional furniture — which is where under bed storage comes in. I like pieces that are multi-functional (like the desk we have is also a bookshelf.

Open Shelving and Hanging Space
Because I have come accustomed to having an open closet per se (in the form of rails), I love the idea of an open wardrobe. It ensures that all your clothes are always neat and tidy and also – it just looks so pretty — like a store (which means less buying!)

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Frocking Cotton: Rebranded

Hello Hello Lovelies! I hope you have been well… So, you’re probably wondering, “hey, why is this girl back on this blog? Did she not start a new blog recently?” Well then, this is true, but here are the facts…

So, Frocking Cotton was established in 2010 (back then known as Pretty Young Things) as a means of expressing my love for fashion, writing, books and animals.

I then rebranded about two years ago as Frocking Cotton, but with the same content. I felt that whilst I was passionate about the topics, it didn’t cover my love for events and my dreams and aspirations to become an event planner specialising in weddings.

This is when (within this year) I decided to start Everyday Dreaming. I wanted a space to write about and focus on events, with my personal interests as an aside. Initially, the idea was to have two blogs; Frocking Cotton and Everyday Dreaming, but, the time and maintenance proved to be too strenuous.

At this point, I still felt unfulfilled, like I wasn’t as passionate about blogging as I once was.

This leaves us here today…

I have now reinstated Frocking Cotton as my sole blog, however, with a twist on the content.

What can you expect from Frocking Cotton now?

You will find content relating to beauty and style, as well as topics about events, tips and tricks, DIY projects and what I have learnt about being in the industry.

Would you suggest running two blogs to anyone?

If you are someone who has two different topics, e.g. IT and Food, then you would probably have two different readerships and dynamics in terms of followers.

Having two blogs would work logistically whereas with myself, I have followers and readers interested in both topics (as they aren’t too far off from one another) and having one blog with the readership I have allows me to mix my professional and personal interests.

What does Frocking Cotton mean to you?

It is my creative outlet, my place of thoughts, ideas and inspiration.

I want it to be about quality products and services, what I stand for in my own life, as well as remaining authentic as I grow.

I appreciate the followers who have stood by my side, even as I try to find myself in this ever growing and crazingly (is that a word?) saturated industry.

Love always

Nuhaa

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Grey Bedroom Inspiration

Hello Hello! Hope you are all well! This Cape Town weather sure has me confused O.o It’s like storming one day and then humidity all the next day – like whaaaaaat???

So one of my favourite home inspirations so far has been the grey bedroom…

I love neutral colours in general, but I feel like your bedroom is your sanctuary, your happy place – so the colours and surroundings should be happy and warm.

Our room is fairly small at the moment (although that could also be due to the fact that we have a massive Queen Size bed in the middle of it) but I love the fact that everything I need is in there and nothing more.

We are also utilising clothing rails instead of cupboards, and I am slowly but surely replacing all my old hangers with really nice wooden ones (these are much more appealing to the eye, especially with an open plan room and cupboards.)

Here are my favourite grey bedroom inspirational looks (although, to be honest, my bedroom is not this tidy).

https://www.amara.com/luxpad/bedroom-decorating-ideas/
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Green Kitchen Inspiration

Hello hello lovelies! Hope you have been keeping well (and warm as the weather gets chillier here in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Today’s topic is that of green kitchens… now, I am not one for bright colours (especially in the home department) but I can across so many lovely ideas for dark green kitchens, that I just could not resist!!!

So my husband and I moved into our new (temporary) home – and although most homeowners won’t allow you to paint if you are renting, my lovely landlady has allowed us to do just that (can you see the wheels turning in my brain???)

I fell in L O V E with dark green kitchen ideas – It was something different and really striking.

I will be posting photos of each room – and the inspiration thereof – along with tips and tricks for making a small space appear larger.

I love that the dark green mixes perfectly with gold and copper (rose gold) as those are my favourite metals.

Dark Green Cabinets

 

Jade Green | House and Home

 

Green and Yellow | Apartment Therapy

 

Green Walls | AVVS

 

Green and Chalkboard | Laura Casey Interiors

What is your favourite colour for a kitchen space?

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