The Room Alive Blog

  • Five-Minute Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover

    Last month I shared our play room reveal, and it still remains one of our favourite rooms in our home. I meant to share the Ikea Duktig Play kitchen DIY with you after so many lovely comments on Instagram and then a mountain of work landed on The Room Alive HQ, including  a trade show and launching a new stationery collection. All super exciting and now firmly launched, I can get back to my blogging duties to share this super easy DIY with you.

    When I say super easy, it really is! I have chosen a pink tiled splash back design and got it printed in an adhesive format at Nutmeg Wall Art. If you need a different colour or design they would be able to help too. Pink was the obvious choice here, and my four-year old was absolutely over the moon to see it and both of them love their updated play kitchen! 

  • Kitchen Reveal - How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards

    When we bought our first home, we had a brand new kitchen, new bathrooms, new carpets, new everything, that was the joy of moving into a new build. I loved our all glossy white kitchen with light worktops and high ceilings! Second time around three years later, we moved into our family home and although it was still relatively a 'newish' build being only nine years old at the time, it definitely showed signs of wear and all the dated choices in bathrooms and the kitchen. 

    I wanted to get the cupboards painted in the kitchen as soon as we moved in. The Mr wasn't keen on the idea and we had other rooms to focus on to be fair so I kept postponing it. 

    I continued to research though, and inspired by some of my favourite bloggers, after almost three years of living with orangey-oak cupboards, I took the plunge. 

  • Playroom Revamp on a Budget

    The play room revamp seemed to be one of the most refreshing and smooth revamps we have done at home over the last three years, especially since every room we have decorated here lately has taken such a long time (hello kitchen makeover which took three months!)

    The playroom is what would be the formal dining room in our home, but that would be a wasted space, with young kids and toys everywhere, the obvious choice for us was for it to become the playroom/games room.

    If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of the progress, but not yet the full before and after pictures. I'm sharing it all here, even if the before pictures make me cringe a little. 

  • Mother's Day Gift Guide

    It feels like it was only yesterday when we were celebrating New Year's Eve and facing the thought of a whole new year ahead, how are we in the middle of March already? 

    They say the older you get the quicker the years go by, and I am seeing that happen right before my eyes! 

    On the other hand, there are some great positives with that, one being that the summer will be here before we know it (and long may it last!) and that we also have a pretty special date to celebrate very soon... Mother's Day! 

  • Guest Bedroom Makeover with Charlotte Sweeting

    It is not everyday I get to collaborate with the Wallpaper Queen, so when Charlotte Sweeting used our wallpaper to decorate her guest bedroom makeover, it had to be documented here. Mainly because the transformation she completed was absolutely to die for, and *warning* will make you fall in love with her guest bedroom...

    If you are also addicted to looking at stunning interiors on Instagram, you will probably know who she is or at least have seen one of her gorgeous rooms. 

  • Five ways to be in control when you are a busy mum running a business

    Anyone in the creative field will usually find that their mind runs wild with so many new ideas and find it hard to tame it. Whenever a new idea sparks, my initial feeling is to drop everything else and spend all the time I got on bringing these ideas (some great, some crazy!) to life.
  • Kitchen Makeover: Moodboard


    This kitchen makeover has been the most anticipated and the longest in the planning at home.

    I have no idea how it has been already two and a half years since we moved in?! The first thing we did was to paint white over the lime-green walls we had inherited in the kitchen. Three times over and we banished the lime green for good!

    We made the kitchen useable but it wasn’t totally to our taste. With a strong dislike for dark oak kitchen units and dark tiles, flooring, worktop, the ‘dark on dark’ look never did it for me.

     

  • Discovering Cala Homes in Leonard Gate, Buckinghamshire

    There is nothing quite like the feeling of being the first owner of a new home, from sparkling new appliances to fluffy carpets, everything just feels that much more special and personal. I’ve been lucky enough to have moved into a new build before in our previous home, and I would do it all over again.

    Last week I was invited by the lovely team at Cala Homes to experience their show home in Leonard Gate, Grendon Underwood in Buckinghamshire and I could not wait to get there!

    I have to add that I have got some experience in looking around houses, new and old. When my husband and I were looking for our first place together, we were shown no less than thirty-two houses (yep, I still remember the exact number, slightly traumatic!) I was losing all the hope that we would ever find our perfect home. That included about five show homes, and it was one of those brand new homes that turned out to be the one for us at the time.

    Visiting The Pebworth by Cala Homes from their Light and Space collection brought back all the joy of moving into a brand new home (without actually having to do any of the hard work!)

    It is a four-bedroom detached home planned and built for busy family life, with every detail being well thought out and plenty of space for a family to spend time together as well as having their own space to express themselves.

    Beautifully designed by Emily Wakefield, senior Interior Designer for Claude Hooper Interiors, it is one of fourteen new homes in the privileged location between Bicester and Aylesbury and with stunning views. I wanted to move in straight away!

    The pictures will speak for themselves, and there are plenty of them so I hope you enjoy the tour, the styling is just beautiful…

    The Kitchen/Family room

    Don’t you love a clever space with plenty of scope for hosting a dinner party as well as kids activities and lounging about in a casual yet cosy room, made for socialising. I love how bright and light it is too.

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    The Sitting Room

    A more formal sitting area perfect for parents to wind down at the end of the day in front of the fire. It opens up to the garden as well, and wait until you see the views!

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    Cleverly placed curtains make the room look even bigger, and window coverings are also included in the new home finishings package with Cala Homes.

    The Dining Room

    Great space for entertaining! And for those that don’t use a dining room, this could become a study, a play room, a studio.

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    The Utility Room

    I didn’t get a photo of the room as a whole as I was too excited about this wallpaper… Look at those puppies! It was a really good size utility room for a family and obviously, the dog too…

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    The Bedrooms

    Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two with ensuite, plus a family bathroom. The master bedroom also has a generous dressing area with plenty of light - every girl’s dream.

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    Master Bedroom

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    Second Bedroom

    Second Bedroom

    Third bedroom, set up as a home office.

    Third bedroom, set up as a home office.

    Fourth Bedroom, styled as a dressing room for her

    Fourth Bedroom, styled as a dressing room for her

    Pretty Details in the fourth bedroom

    Pretty Details in the fourth bedroom

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    Bedroom Details

    Isn’t it gorgeous?

    There is also a garage and downstairs cloakroom which I didn’t get to photograph, and a generous landing and hallway. After the tour we were treated to a fab and super fun Christmas wreath workshop where I got to make my own wreath from scratch taught by the lovely (and super patient) girls at The Lily Pot (Instagram @the.lily.pot ) but that’s for another blog post coming soon! You can see my wreath here in the meantime.

    I hope you enjoyed the tour! As promised, here is the view…

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    *This post was sponsored by Cala Homes.

  • Christmas gift guide: for Interior Lovers

    One more for our Gift Guide Series, chances are that if you are reading this is because you into interiors and you wouldn’t mind getting a gift or two which end purpose is to decorate your home… We’ve got just the right thing!

    And by ‘the right thing’ I mean things that make you smile, fill your heart with joy every time you see them, and make your house feel even more like the home you love.

    Whether your ‘thing’ is wall art, plants or adding textures, have a look at my picks below as there is something for everyone.

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    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    2019 Stendig Calendar £60 (last few units available)

    Jamila Moroccan Rug £350

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion Blush/Navy Blue £39

    Artist Bruch Cushion Grey/Pink £39

    2019 Calendar Print from £10

    Luna Vase £29


    Our last orders to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December, this Tuesday to receive your orders in time.

    Check out also the other gift guides: Gifts under £20 and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • Christmas gift guide: gifts to go Big

    This is the second one of our Christmas gift guide series, and it is one for those not afraid to go BIG!

    Our range of furniture and rugs has grown over the last year, with the Jamila Moroccan rug and Brass Drinks Trolley being two of my best-sellers.

    If you are an interior lover like me you wouldn’t see anything wrong in getting a cosy armchair for an end of year treat, or a fluffy new rug for the winter ahead this time of the year. In fact, I have once got an armchair as a birthday gift and I loved it, it still holds a special place in my home!

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    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    Batari Rattan Chair £120

    Ayanda Armchair Midnight Blue Velvet £790

    Drinks Trolley Brass £325

    Jamila Moroccan Rug £350

    Velvet Brass Armchair £499

    Eva Embroidered Rug £285


    Our last orders for furniture and rugs to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December to receive your lovely orders in time.

    Look out also for the next gift guides coming out soon: Gifts under £20 and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • Christmas gift guide: £20 and under

    Each year I seem to be more into Christmas, the excitement seems to be getting bigger since i’ve had children, and I won’t lie, I like it.

    It is great to have this magical world to step into and take a break from reality, making their Christmas special and fun takes some effort (hello Insta-mums!) but the best part is that we are making memories together, whether it is baking together, opening advent calendar windows, counting down the sleeps or making a tradition of seeing Christmas light displays.

    With making memories becoming a priority and shopping becoming less of a Christmas ‘activity’, being able to shop conveniently from home is a must, especially at a time when we are also very conscious to support small businesses, shop ethically and make smart choices.

    I have put together a series of Christmas gift guides for you, starting with today’s gifts for £20 and under.

    There are ideas for stocking fillers, secret santa gifts and gorgeous treats for your loved ones.

    Christmas gift guides £20 and under

    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    Black Pom Pom Natural Seagrass Storage Basket £16

    Confetti Salt Water & Lily Candle £15

    Tassel Pencil Pouch £10

    Black Coconut & Amber Tin Candle £8.50

    Fierce Make-Up Bag with Gold Foil (can be personalised) £19

    Electric Pear Fig Concrete Candle £20

    Make a Wish Rose Champagne Candle £15

    Rose Gold Jewellery Holder Marble Base £14


    Our last orders to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December to receive your lovely orders in time.

    Look out also for the next gift guides coming out soon: Go Big This Christmas and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • Many ways to decorate with the Stendig Calendar

    This is the best time of the year arguably! Autumn is going strong, Christmas is starting to pop up everywhere and the excitement of the holiday season starts to take over. Shopping lists, anyone? (And only arguably because I’m a summer person and live for the beach, which I know doesn’t make any sense when I live in the UK, but I blame my British husband for that!)

    One of my favourite things to do this season is to decorate! Whether it is to make the home cosier for the winter ahead, put Christmas decorations up, or prepare for the new year, I’ve been pinning non-stop for inspiration for a few weeks now.

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    Last year the shop sold out of Stendig Calendars quite early on and I ended up being a little too disorganised to get my own, we also had family arriving to stay and lots of changes taking place that I felt like the new year arrived before I could prepare for it. This time, I’m getting ready though!

    I love seeing photos of such an iconic piece fitting into so many different styles and how it is so versatile to adapt to each individual home. If you’re thinking of getting a Stendig Calendar for yourself or as a gift, the options are endless. I have put together some inspiration and I am sharing my favourite ways of decorating with the Stendig Calendar on the images below…

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    With a touch of bohemian style

    With a touch of bohemian style

    The perfect monochrome scheme for the  Stendig Calendar

    The perfect monochrome scheme for the Stendig Calendar

    It brings the kitchen to life and breaks the dark wall nicely

    It brings the kitchen to life and breaks the dark wall nicely

    The perfect office accessory

    The perfect office accessory

    The industrial decor from UTRDecorating fits the Stendig Calendar style perfectly

    The industrial decor from UTRDecorating fits the Stendig Calendar style perfectly

    And who would’ve also thought it’s multi-functional? You may have noticed in a couple of the images above, past month pages rolled up and stored for something special…

    UTRDecorating shows how you can re-use each page as wrapping paper!

    UTRDecorating shows how you can re-use each page as wrapping paper!

    Isn’t this gift wrapped with a Stendig calendar page super cute? I want one of those under my Christmas tree…