31 May 2015 76 comments

One Year On…


Today marks a year since we moved in to our forever home, and it’s been one hell of a year! I’m still surprised at how much we’ve done to this place, and I wanted to celebrate our hard work with a few before and after photos.

Most of these snaps you have seen before, but I thought I’d pop them all in one place so you can have a look through all at once. I’d also really recommend watching the below vlog, which was filmed a year ago – what a difference! I wish I had taken more photos of the flat all empty, but it looked pretty ugly ha!

The Living Room
This room has had a huge makeover, it went from being my least favourite room to my favourite – I just love this space! It went from being so yellow and old, to looking bright and fresh – and it’s not even a room we spent a lot of money on. I feel like this room really sums up Jordan and I, it’s fun, colourful, has quite a musical theme and is generally a lovely room to be in.
Before we even moved in, I painted the walls white – they were a magnolia shade – and then later on we worked on painting all the woodwork white. This made a huge difference, and it’s now so much brighter. Spending a bit of money on furniture and nice homeware also made a huge difference, and the only thing I plan to do in here is to remove the ceiling fan (wow, 80s) and replace it with a nice light fitting, sand down the floors, put a door on one of the cupboards and replace the gas fireplace with a cast iron one. Not huge jobs, but not exactly priorities right now either. Here’s my living room tour on YouTube, if you haven’t already seen.

[BEFORE] flat4
[AFTER] fla9

The Office
My  office has been quite easy to update, although you can see it was pretty gross. It did have white floors when we moved in, but they hadn’t been done well (there was a huge patch in the middle of the room that hadn’t been painted) and so we have painted them twice and we also painted the walls white too. You can see how the desk was, I think I was in denial at this point – there was no way my belongings were ever going to fit on such a small space. I have a double desk now, which works way better!
[BEFORE] flat1flat3
[AFTER] homeproj

The Bedroom
I think this is the room that has had the most work done to it – when we bought it, it had a huge crack in the plaster on one of the walls. We had to get it taken off and replastered, then painted. We also painted the floorboards white, as they were a hideous dark blue! Gah this room was just so disgusting, but we turned it around. I’m still not 100% happy with this room, but we’ll get there – we don’t spend a lot of time in here, as the living room and my office are where we usually are, so I feel like we don’t consider it as much of a decor priority.
Watch my room tour here for full details.

[BEFORE] flat2
[AFTER] GH728MSAW-y1rwdzQu4lC4rAAxg7wkUXTyXO3vGmeag

The Hallway
One of our most recent projects, the hallway had magnolia textured wallpaper and orange-y stained woodwork, it was hideous. We stripped the wallpaper, and then had the walls reskimmed and then we painted them and all the woodwork. It was a big job, and I remember being SO happy when it was all done. It’s still not perfect, but that’s because I need to have a big clear out. Once of these days it’ll be complete.

So that’s what we’ve worked on so far. Next come the big projects – including a complete kitchen and bathroom makeover, as well as sanding down the floors – after that I’ll take a break for a while! Or, y’know, start over again.

What do you think of the updates?

  • I absolutely adore those huge & bright windows. They really lighten up the room. :]

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  • You’ve achieved so much in a year, it looks super!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • Laura

    You’ve done such a great job! I can’t believe the difference, your taste for homeware is gorgeous. X

  • Valerie

    so crazy what you’ve done to the place, It looks amazing!

    x Valerie

  • I’m in love with your home! Can you be my interior designer? Pleaseeee! 🙂


  • Your home is incredible. #Goals

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

  • Your flat is simply stunning! Love what you’ve done with it.

  • emily couture

    Such a stunning flat 🙂

    emily xx


  • omggg your home is beautiful! all the hard work clearly has paid off! love the pics!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • I am an NYC high end residential architect currently working in London as an in-house architect for a very high end interior designer. I love your blog and if you need any advice/assistance on you bath and kitchen I would love to help! xx

  • WOW. You made a paradise out of that!


  • Your home is just gorgeous! It’s amazing the difference you’ve made to it in such a short space of time, you’ve really managed to put your own stamp on it. I love the difference in your living room in particular 🙂

    Jess xo

  • Beautiful transformation – and love the photos where a mouse has snuck in too haha x

  • I love your home posts. They are my favourite ones you do. I’m excited to see your kitchen and bathroom when they are done.

    Emma & The Beauty Blog

  • Your house has changed massively and looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I love all your home posts, as they give me so much inspiration. Lovely photography as well.

    Beth x

  • This is officially the house of dreams – white walls and floors, big windows and cute minimal details. Can’t wait to see the next stage but wow this is my house inspiration!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Wow you’ve made it really beautiful! Love all the Kate touches around 🙂

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • You’ve done an amazing job! You have the best taste when it comes to decor. I always look at your interiors posts when I need some inspiration!

    Kelsey | kelseybeauty.blogspot.com

  • I love how you guys have transformed your home – so beautiful and stylish! Definitely my home goals! xx


  • This is so gorgeous. It looks so bright and airy with all the white!

    Aisling | aisybee.

  • Those updates are absolutely amazing! Your place is gorgeous! Can you come design my forever home (in about 10-15 years)?

  • Kate, your home looks AMAZING. It’s such a beautiful mix of old, new and eclectic, it’s perfect. It’s very homey and a great mix of neutrals and bright pops of colour. Can you please come to my house and decorate it? Haha 🙂 Well done though, seriously. It’s beautiful!

    Brodie Jay

  • ninegrandstudent

    So, so, so jealous of your beautiful place! x

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  • Your apartment makes me seriously jealous – you’ve done such a beautiful job of renovation and decorating! I often think of your place when I’m trying to get inspiration to redo my room!

    Nabihah | thesundaywardrobe.blogspot.com

  • Amy Beachill

    Your apartment looks so beautiful! I wish I had such a flair for decorating!

    Amy | Lilac Lemon

  • Your home looks beautiful! I especially love your office space, so pretty!! 🙂

    Millie x | Millies Wardrobe

  • Zandra May

    You’ve both done a mighty fine job here! Love the style of your place x

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL

  • Mariana

    Wonderful place! Congratulations to you and Jordan for all the hard work! It is perfect.

  • Amazing job you did! I love it! Looks like straight up like from some sort of design catalog 🙂

    -L | The Nerdy Me

  • You’ve done an unbelievable job! When I’m not blogging (at daisyjeffery.com) I actually work as a Features Editor for one of the national homes magazines and I’d be really interested in hearing more about your before and after story. Feel free to drop me and email at daisygracejeffery@gmail.com if you’d be interested? x

  • Nicole

    Wow, your house is incredibly beautiful! I always think it’s amazing what you can achieve simply by painting the walls and floors white. I’d love to do this in my house but unfortunately its rented so I can’t change anything. I’m already dreaming of the day I move into my forever house and can decorate it exactly how I want it. You should be so proud of the space you’ve created, it really is incredible! 🙂
    Nicole xox

  • You’ve created such a beautiful and personal space, while everything is extremely minimal and clean, you’ve still managed to capture your personality and i’m slightly obsessed with the way that it’s all turned out!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  • You’ve done such a great job with your place! I love how open and spacious it looks because of how the white makes it bright and airy. The wooden floor is lovely! I’m currently hunting or some second hand wooden flooring as we have a mid century vibe going on and want the floor to be old and full of character. Lovely work!! xo


  • I LOVE getting to see what you guys have done to the place – you’ve done so much in a year! It seriously looks amazing, so fresh and stylish. I’m definitely pinning all of these after photos for decor inspiration! 🙂

    xo Mandy | A Girl, Obsessed

  • I absolutely adore your bedside table! x

  • You’ve done an absolutely amazing job! I can’t even imagine trying to tackle a project as large as this, but the outcome is well worth it. You should be proud of yourself!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

  • You’ve done such a great job of updating and cleaning up your home, the thought of doing it would have been incredibly daunting to me but you’ve made some fantastic improvements! I really love a lot of your framed prints, I recently added a gallery wall to my flat and I’m always on the look-out for nice artwork 🙂

    Hannah Simpson Writes

  • Kelly glen

    Your home looks absolutely amazing, it is just like a home you would see in an interior design magazine. You must be so proud of the transformation that you have achieved in such a short space of time. You should be so proud of all your hard work. If you ever want a career change perhaps you should be an interior designer, I think you would be very good at it.

  • Jade Barnes

    Such an inspiration! Your home is beautiful, every room flows with the same great energy and style!! Total transformation!! You should be so proud!

  • It’s incredible what you’ve done with the place, it really does show all you need is a big, bright space and you can create your dream home! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Ah such a dream flat, you are literally living the dream!

  • Your flat is absolutely beautiful, it’s like a dream!


  • Kimberly Punter

    I love your interior style! I’ve pinned a lot of them on my board so that I know where my inspiration came from, love the white (:

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    Seeing the difference is incredible. What a lick of paint and nice furniture can do!



  • Allison

    ugh I can’t wait till I’m in a space I can really make my own, the apartment I’m renting now I can’t make any changes to and it is so dark! I’ve picked up lots of lamps to brighten things up but it could really use new carpet and a fresh coat of paint

    Allison from Mercuteify

  • I have loved seeing the transformation of your home!


  • You’ve done the most incredible work on your house, it must be so inspiring to live in such a lovely place! If real estate ever becomes affordable in Melbourne again I’d love to do something similar…*sigh*

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • your home is so gorgeous, i can only wish to live someplace like this one day! x

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

  • V.

    Wow! Impressive transformation! It must’ve been quite the work, but it paid off. Your apartment looks gorgeous. Now I’m motivated to clean up again here too.

  • Ceri

    Absolutely love it! It’s looking so great, and it’s so interesting to see how far you’ve come. Congrats on everything you’ve achieved!

    October Eleven

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  • It looks lovely 🙂 I wish my house looked this nice!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • Your house is SO PRETTY!!

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

  • Lucy Birchall

    I’m moving to a new flat in a few weeks and your home has been a total inspiration for how I want the flat to look. I won’t be able to be too creative with it as I’m renting but still, decor/colours/furniture wise – you’ve given me some great ideas. I have no doubt I’ll keep coming back to this post over the next few months. I love the desk chairs and also the chest of drawers in the bedroom.

    She’s So Lucy

  • Wow you’ve got a really good eye for interior designs and it’s incredible what white paint can do to open up a space!

    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk / / x

  • Wow! You’ve done such an incredible job! Dream house definitely 🙂

  • Love all the changes that you’ve made! I love your style!


  • Absolutely incredible Kate! I really loved seeing all the before shots and what an amazing transformation you did. You have such an eye!

  • Beth Fell

    Such a lovely home! I love everything, dream home right there. Imagine blue wood work though, who would have thought someone would have liked that!?


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  • francesca.frith

    I cannot even deal with how perfect this is! Aaaaaah!



  • Your forever home is so beautiful. It’s especially inspiring to see the difference that you’ve made in over a year! x

    Ornella || euhnella

  • Sooooo can I take all of your furniture please? hahahah

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  • Rachel Ang

    Beautiful beautiful home!!!!

    Rachel x

  • What a beautiful home! I love how bright it is.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  • louise ❅

    This is stunning! I can’t wait to move out of a flatting situation and into an actual home I can paint and decorate the way I want!


  • You have a truly gorgeous home! Lovely photos. xxx
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  • WOW you’ve really done amazing interior decorating to the place 😀 Happy one year house-iversary 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • This seems like a lot of work but it was definitely worth it! Great job!



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  • Sarah | She Was a Day Tripper

    I love what you’ve done with the place! Hehe – absolutely beautiful. What a transformation. I know there’s so much work in it, but I really like the idea of buying somewhere that’s maybe seen better days to make it your own. It must be so satisfying!

    Sarah x
    She Was a Day Tripper

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  • Your flat looks so lovely! I think you’ve done a great job x

    Melanie Rose | Live Your Best Life Today

  • Wow! Never mind being an estate agent as you just mentioned in your 5 things: buying your first home post, you should be an interior designer, your home is stunning. Im swooning over the open spaces and clean lines with rose gold touches.
    Charl X

    Rose above the Thorns

  • Wow, you’ve done a great job! Everything looks so beautiful!

  • Jessica

    can you please tell me where you got those beautiful office chairs? those are exactly what I am looking for. pretty please with a cherry on top! 🙂