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  1. Water Softener For a long time I've wanted a water softener. I don't remember why I started to look at them! I think I'd read about how they can be really good for your hair, skin and appliances. Having gone through washing machines at a speedy rate, I wanted to try and stop that happening, I can't bear the thought of great big machines going into landfill every few years or less because they get so full of limescale they don't work, and it's cheaper to replace than it is to repair. ...
  2. Our new bedroom and ensuite We don't have enough photos of this room! We changed the plans slightly for this room to give us a bigger bathroom and then we decided to keep the bathroom open to the bedroom as the space just feels so lovely and big. I will write a proper post about this soon when I have some more time, but here is where we got everything: We made the bed using pureglue Plywood by Hanson Plywood Contact them for a price (*discounted - we bought A LOT!) Cork flooring by Colour Flooring £44/m (*discou...
  3. Our new living room This room still needs a fair bit of work! All of the record area cupboards are made from our old Besta units, with new doors added by us. The tall cupboards are Ikea kitchen units and we reused lots of our drawers internally. Plywood by Hanson Plywood Contact them for a price (discounted - we bought A LOT!) Ceiling lights Enamel Shades £48 (*discounted) Wall Cork flooring by Colour Flooring £44/m (discounted - again we bought a lot so we got a trade and volume discount) Sofa is Ikea -...
  4. Black, White, Grey & Yellow We've been banging on about monochrome and grey being perfect with yellow for a neutral nursery for ages... And it seems that Good Homes Magazine were listening (it's entirely possible they came to this revelation all by themselves of course, who knows!) Stylist Charlotte Love, who's work we adore, asked to borrow a few of our products for a Good Homes magazine shoot 'Cool For Kids' - and we absolutely love the result, featured in the February issue. Black, white and gre...
  5. Sammuel - White with bright colours This is our nursery at home, for our son Sammuel, born January 2011. We redecorated it whilst pregnant with our second child, who turned out to be a baby girl - Dixie Boo. The idea is for them to share the room for playing, nappy changes, getting dressed, and maybe even sleeping occasionally! You can read lots more about the makeover here, in our blog. We started with a moodboard. We already had the penguins wallpaper on two walls, so we worked from there, adding the products we love, and mak...
  6. Getting to know Wonder & Rah ‘My ultimate goal was to offer something fun and different in the world of nursery prints.’Getting to know Wonder and Rah… At This Modern Life we have always been passionate about supporting other small businesses, and are constantly on the lookout for new brands that match both our style and values. In March this year we were thrilled to welcome Wonder and Rah, a.k.a. Natalie Cardew, into the fold – it just so happens that she was a fan of our work and we were a fan of hers! De...
  7. Around the home with @Sharlene.Home Hello, I'm Sharlene from @Sharlene.Home and I'm so pleased to have been invited to show you round my home. I share my little two bedroomed house on the East coast of Scotland with my two mini red-heads; Ava (6) and Maisie (2). Home is where we come together as a family to wind down; eating, sleeping, resting, playing. So it's always been important to me that home is an enjoyable and comforting place. This is where my real passion falls, and I'd love to show you some kid-frien...
  8. Creative Storage Ideas January is the perfect time to think about de-cluttering your home; playroom, bedroom, hallway, kitchen - the potential is endless for post Christmas purging. At This Modern Life we have been getting organised in more ways than one! Storage and the need to organise is one thing but we want our storage to look beautiful as well as be practical in our modern lives. Instead of tidying kids toys in boring plastic boxes, we want to inspire you to store them in something pretty awesome that looks ...
  9. Creating a shared bedroom by Steph @chalkkidsblog We recently moved house and our two boys, Finlay (3) and Parker (1) now have a shared bedroom. I think there’s something lovely about siblings sharing a room when they’re young, especially for Parker who idolises his big brother. Over the last couple of months I’ve had a lot of fun decorating their new room. I decided to keep the actual space quite simple, allowing the furnishings and modern accessories we’ve picked up over the years to add character and charm. By using a neutral palette, it ...
  10. Our new kitchen So this is our new kitchen! I will write a lot more about this one day soon... I had several different ideas for the kitchen, but this is what we've ended up with and we love it. It wasn't quite finished when we filmed the reveal and it's still not (much like the rest of the house!) but it's almost there! We had a very small budget for the build, so we decided to make our kitchen doors ourselves and used Ikea carcasses. There are a few companies that will do this for you incl...
  11. This Modern Life does: Funkis Dollhouse We’re so excited so many of you loved the video of us decorating our Ferm Living Funkis Dollhouse! As promised, here is some more information on how we made it happen: our inspiration, the products we used, and what we made ourselves… Our original starting point was the dollhouse I created a couple of years ago with my sister, Sami. We previously decorated the Lundby dollhouse as a present for my daughter Dixie, and you can find the blog post for that project HERE. The Lundby dollhouse was...
  12. Our new dining room So here is our new dining space - I will write much more about it soon, but for now here is a list of where to source everything! * Some of our products were gifted or discounted - this is because I approached the companies and asked for a discount in exchange for some Instagram stories etc. I ONLY asked for products I wanted to use and didn't have any random companies approaching me for me to use their products. We had a teeny tiny budget and some of the finishes wouldn't ha...
  13. Spring Decorating Ideas Woohoo! Finally - Spring is officially approaching! And with the nicer weather we always fancy redecorating our homes - it must be something to do with the colours outside changing from gloomy grey to sunny blue and green - our interiors always seem to feel like they need a refresh in Spring. Whether it's a small DIY job like popping some shelves up, or a big job such as refitting your kitchen, it gives us a sense of achievement once we have completed the job! We want our homes to reflect...
  14. This Modern Life on BBC2 Your Home Made Perfect ♥︎ The time is nearly here for our TV debut 😂🙈Danny and I have been filming for a new BBC2 property show, and ours will air on 30th April at 8pm. Click here to go to iplayer, or you can of course watch it live when it airs on BBC2. You can read a bit more about our episode here. Danny and I have wanted to create a bigger home for quite a while (3 kids and 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom doesn't really work!) but we were stuck. This show sounded like the perfect solution for us, to help us come tog...
  15. Sammuel and Dixie's New Room - Part 1. The House Bed So after weeks of hard work, perseverance, some laughs and some tears(!) we've finally finished Sammuel and Dixie's new bedroom. We're really pleased with how it's turned out and the kids love it. Here's how we developed the initial concept and how the room took shape over the weeks. We started with an inspiration board on Pinterest. There are some really fabulous ideas out there and we love browsing Instagram, Pinterest and design blogs for interesting ideas. After ...
  16. Sammuel and Dixie's New Playroom The idea for our new play room was to create a space where the children had everything on hand to create, draw, paint, play, dance, read and be free! We wanted to display their creations and include all their toys but in a manageable and organised way so that it can easily be put away and remain a calm and tidy space. So we started with the storage - lots of storage! We dedicated one whole wall to it so we had space to put all the toys and plays things. We had a fairly severe toy cull...