Realistic Renovations: Goals For The Year

Haha, bet you thought you’d seen the last of this segment!

After our sudden burst of excitement regarding the bathroom last year, we’ve plateau’d a little bit over the past few months as we had birthdays and Christmas and New Year then Elliot’s birthday and holidays.

Basically all we have left to do in the bathroom is buy a toilet roll holder, a cabinet and get a new light fitting as our current bug graveyard is slightly depressing.

BUT I’m getting twitchy fingers and am looking at the rest of the house with critical eyes, working out who the next victim will be…

We’ve only got a tiny house, so there aren’t that many rooms to deal with so it should be really easy!

Anyway. Here’s my ideas for the rest of the house. (I know I said the year in the title but that may be slightly idealistic but we’ll ignore that for now.)

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Elliot’s room needs painting and new curtains. The accessories of the room are all orange, so we need to think of a colour that will go well with orange. I have concluded that no colour goes with orange and I’m at a standstill as I am adamant that his bedroom will not resemble the inside of a pumpkin. I’ve bought jungle themed wall stickers and have been eyeing up these curtains to give everything a bit of a theme.

Our room needs a reshuffle. We have a MASSIVE almost walk-in wardrobe but it’s currently really badly organised. I’ve been dreaming about wardrobe compartments which shows a) I’m at a turning point in my life as I’m normally the untidiest person you’ll ever meet and b) I’m really fucking boring.

Honestly, a custom fitted wardrobe advert came on telly earlier and I sighed a sigh that’s normally reserved for when I imagine a Jake Gyllenhaal/Tom Holland sandwich with a Hayley filling.

I also really want to paint it pink. WAIT, REECE, HEAR ME OUT. I’m going for a more boudoir vibe than jumble sale, since I’m a grown woman who dreams about wardrobe compartments.

The landing/hall/front room/dining room are all the same – yellow and boring. It all needs painting to give it a new life, I’m thinking a neutral light grey with loads of frames. I’d also like loads of plants but I’ve already killed Elliot’s beanstalk from school that he brought home the other week so I won’t hold out much hope.

The kitchen *rubs hands together* will be the next biggest project. This will be hopefully started this summer, as we can live off BBQ’d Halloumi and chinese takeaway whilst my 90’s hellhole is being removed. I cannot wait to live in a Wickes show room, standing there cooking some lovely fresh meal that is definitely NOT oven chips whilst admiring mug storage. Just with more Star Wars themed accessories. BB8 biscuit tin, I’m looking at you.

I love talking and reading about interiors and I’m excited to get going with this whole renovations series again.

I’m currently preparing a bumper kitchen post, full of ideas and inspiration – both Pinterest and practical, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well.

Speak soon!


Realistic Renovations: ASOS Homeware

We’re back in the game, ladies and gents! I’m done with Christmas and birthdays and normal programming has resumed.

Which means I’ve got twitchy fingers and want to get started on the house again.

And when I say “get started on the house again” I mean…start shopping for decorative bits around the house whilst Reece does all the important work like tiling and painting and sawing etc.

So imagine my happiness when I see that ASOS have released a Homeware range.

It’s all stuff that is ~in fashion right about now, so there’s lots of pink and leopard print and macrame planters. Which luckily, is my jam!

Luckily for me and my budget, it’s also all quite reasonably priced so we’re not being unrealistic here.

I’m not about to sit here and tell you about the £25 toilet roll holder I saw online today. Hell no. We all know you can go to ASDA and buy one for about £9 maybe that will be perfectly fine.

ANYWAY. Enough about toilet roll holders. Let’s get onto the exciting bits.

ASOS Supply Bamboo Planter – £14

This is so cute! I think it’d look really good in my front room as I’m desperate to get some more greenery in there.

We’ve now got a big Ikea Kallax unit in our front room playing the part of bookshelf/toybox/holding all the photo frames we haven’t put up on the wall yet and I think that needs some fake plants on too.

But then I think everything needs more fake plants..

ASOS SUPPLY leopard and leaf double duvet – £35

This bedding is DREAMY. Leopard print AND florals?

I think it’d make a great statement if you were renting and were lacking in options of things to do with the walls/floors in your room. It’d also look great in a more luxe room, a bit like what they’ve done in the photo above with blush pink and that Farrow & Ball colour that everyone and their dog has used on Instagram.

(Although we’re on a budget so we’d go down to the Valspar stand and get them to colour match it for half the price – mwahaha!)

ASOS SUPPLY cheeky brush strokes tufted rug – £36

Just thought this rug looked mega cute.

And it’s really quite cheap too so if you’re renting a room at University or you’re really trying to decorate on a budget then this would be a great starting point. It’s amazing what rugs, blankets and statement cushions can do to an otherwise bland room.

ASOS SUPPLY Heart Shaped Basket – £18

Everyone always needs more baskets, right?

I think this would be so cute to store baby toys in. It could also be a cute stair basket (where you put all the shit that needs to go upstairs or downstairs and it looks better than a pile of rubbish stretching up the stairs) and would probably inspire me to actually take the washing upstairs if it was this cuuuuute!

ASOS SUPPLY pink pom pom bathmat – £16

Everything in this picture is really nice. LEOPARD PRINT TOWEL. PASTEL BASKET. BLUSH PINK POM POM BATHROOM MAT. I would just order it all but I can’t get away with any more towels – apparently we have enough?

This bathroom mat is really nice and looks like it’d be so soft when you’re soggy and cold after having a shower at 7am when it’s still dark outside. Plus it would make any manky old rented bathroom look a bit more chic~

I think this is only the first drop from ASOS with regards to their homeware so keep an eye on their website for the next bits to appear.

Let me know what you like the look of and if you’re going to pick anything up?

Realistic Renovations: The Bathroom Wishlist

Since I’m pretty useless with regards to actually working on the bathroom. (We did have a slight discussion about the other day which ended with me proclaiming “I CAN PLUMB! YOU PASS ME A SCREWDRIVER I CAN DO WHATEVER IS NEEDED IN THAT BATHROOM I’LL SHOW YOU!” I did not. I scraped a bit of wallpaper and made the tea and sandwiches.)

What I CAN do, however, is create elaborate wishlists of things I wish to put in the bathroom when it’s all finished because we all know that’s the exciting bit.

Before, in the brown, yellow and blue bathroom of doom we’d just bought random accessories that I liked. A copper bin and some black and white mats – nice on their own yet just added to the horror when mixed with the other colours that were already going on.

If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen my stories regarding bathrooms, and I’ve been trying out some different colour paint, I’m currently torn between a dark denim blue and a slightly-darker-than-duck-egg blue, so the copper bin will stand out like a sore thumb. And during the course of the works we’ve had enough sore thumbs (and fingers – the blood splattered on the wall next to my toilet still looks slightly ominous) so I think it’s time for some new accessories.

Mirrored Bathroom Cupboard

We never bothered to put a bathroom cabinet on the wall, because we knew it was all going to get done soon. Shame it actually took 18 months for us to get round to it. I’m so excited to have somewhere to put the toothpaste and my night cream other than …the floor.

Heated Towel Rail

Perfect for so many reasons, we never had anywhere proper to hang towels as we only had only two piddly little hooks before and one was for a hand towel and Elliot always claimed the other (and that was strictly for his use only). Also, having a heated towel rail allows me to indulge in one of life’s true joys: radiator pants in the morning. Amen.

Marble Tufted Bath Mat (80cm x 50cm)

Bathroom Mats

I actually went out and bought this today. I wanted marble flooring, after discussing we decided it wasn’t a winner. But marble bath mat is a whole new story, right?! I’m incredibly excited about this. Is that sad? I actually went out especially for this. Who am I? ALSO what makes it worse is I’m a bit gutted they didn’t have a matching one for the toilet, so I’m still on the hunt for the ~perfect pedestal mat.

Wilko Marble Effect Tumbler Image 1

Toothbrush Holder

Can you see the trend here? I also want a matching soap dish because I see myself as a lady who has a Lush bar of soap out in her lovely bathroom on a marble soap dish (albeit one from Wilko) but at the moment I’m just an woman looking at her Imperial Leather asking it not to leave horrible marks on her sink.

I’m also on the look out for a new toilet roll holder and a little rail for flannels to go next to the sink but they’re not very exciting and don’t always come in marble print so I lose interest quickly. But for now, this is it.

Realistic Renovations

I’ve become a tiny bit obsessed with renovations on Instagram. And when I say a tiny bit obsessed, I mean, it’s taken over Candy Crush in my list of “things to do when laying in bed at night.” The only problem I’m finding is that there’s a severe lack of houses relevant to my own.


We bought our house a year ago, and recently, I’ve been feeling a bit dejected as it’s not as exciting as anyone I follow on Instagram. I’ve been LOVING watching The Frugality‘s Instagram stories of her renovation (I never knew I’d find watching someone paint their hallway so much fun) but it’s not really something I can apply to my own house, unfortunately. It’s a ..cosy two bedroom terrace that was built in about 1992 and I don’t even HAVE  a hallway I can paint on Instagram stories.

However, swings and roundabouts, it’s my house and I love it even though its previous owners made some rather questionable choices. I mean, a blue bathroom suite may have been the fashion 20 years ago, I guess. I also really appreciated them painting the whole house and putting new carpets down everywhere a few years ago, but did you really have to pick yellow walls and brown carpet? I mean, really?

Anyway. Since I couldn’t find anywhere online that really showed a house like mine, a house that doesn’t have five bedrooms and a entrance room with a large staircase or an en-suite bathroom, I thought I’d make it myself with my new feature – Realistic Renovations. We’re doing our house up, our budget is on the smaller side and the work will be completely undertaken by my husband and his dad but I’m going to talk you through it anyway, as I know that’s something I’d enjoy to read or watch.

Updates will be on my Instagram story: hayleyldoyle and I’ll be posting on here regularly through the next few weeks..and maybe months..but I’d rather not wait that long for a working shower please!