Friday, 28 December 2012

Prepare to be floored

Please forgive the cheesy pun title, the Christmas period does funny things to my head. So, as I have mentioned before, the other week Mr Flatzilla got dragged around Homebase like a good little hostage to look at boring flat related paraphernalia including flooring.

While there is still hope that underneath the carpets in the flat there will be nice floorboards (I am an optimist at heart), we are preparing ourselves for the very real possibility that there will be chipboard, lino or worse. Being non-carpet dwellers, we'd really like wooden floors but as I have mentioned, cost is a big issue for us so we're going with laminate.

I've had laminate flooring from good old John Lewis that has lasted 15 years now and these days, you can get such a good selection and quality at fairly low prices that it seemed like the brainless solution to our flooring needs.

What we didn't bargain on is the very serious discussion that then took place in aisle 15 of Homebase. While we agree on most things, the colour of our future floor has become quite the bone of contention for our tiny flat. Mr Flatzilla likes the look of dark floors, while I am of a lighter disposition, favouring whites and bleached wood. With only 48sqm internally to our names, we have come to the agreement that perhaps a dark wood floor will have to be saved for property number two, somewhere down the line when we have more space and can afford actual proper wooden flooring, such is my despair at the prospect of scratching dark wood laminate.

So, standing in the aisles of Homebase, we proceeded to pull out all of the sample panels of the wood we liked, place them on the floor and then stood over them much to the amusement of passersby as we tried to imagine how they would look in our flat.

Of course, no actual decision was made as we would need to cart said aforementioned samples to the flat to test them out in the light but we gleaned quite a lot from our 20 minute sojourn to the flooring department. Namely, that picking laminate flooring is very, very tricky.

So, the above image shows the four that we've currently shortlisted, along with the colours that we're thinking about for our bijoux kitchen/living/dining room. Which do you prefer?

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

New day, new obsession

Another day off work, another day spent bumming around on interiors sites and pinterest. I've been coming back to this image of a pocket door for a while now as it would potentially solve several door/space issues that we face in our new flat plus I'm really into the grey/white/lime colour scheme of this kitchen.

I didn't actually know that they were called pocket doors (I just called them sliding doors), nor that there are several variations on the ways that they can be mounted (inside the wall, outside the wall etc) until recently but for today, several variations have become the latest addition to the Flatzilla pinterest board.

We have a very small budget for what is essentially quite a bit of work that needs doing (bathroom, kitchen, flooring, windows etc) so I'm putting this out there, has anyone ever installed a pocket door DIY-style? I've found kits online but I'm weary of ripping out chunks of wall ourselves.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Season's Greetings!

By the time you read this, you'll no doubt be drunk on wine, cheese and Turkey, probably feeling a little bit sick at the thought of how many calories you've consumed in the space of several short hours and watching some crappy film - I certainly am.

I am also obsessed by the sales. I am currently lying in our bedroom, obsessively scouring the online sales for dishwashers, TVs and fridges, like some self-flaggelating weirdo.

The reason I call myself a self-flaggelating weirdo is that despite our best efforts, we didn't manage to exchange and complete before Christmas. We didn't even manage to exchange. The whole situation is very frustrating as we'd hoped to start buying essentials like a new bathroom (old one needs complete gutting) in the Boxing Day sales. It is doubly torturous as for the third year running, I compiled our annual Boxing Day sales guide for the newspaper where I work and so have known for the last two weeks of every single discount going, yet I am unable to utilise most of them - except Topshop, there's always time for a little bit of Topshop.

Of course, we could buy some things like a new TV or pots and pans but there's a tiny bit of me that is superstitious about doing so, like it will stop the entire process going through. So instead, I find myself staring longingly at integrated dishwashers like a dieter stares at photos of cake and boring my poor boyfriend to the verge of tears with it all.

Poor Mr Flatzilla.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


We're still in contract-limbo hell. Will we ever exchange and complete before Christmas? Despite constant calls between all of the parties involved, we're yet to sign anything or even lay eyes on a bit of paper.

In the meantime, my eBay habits have changed somewhat drastically. Whereas previously they read something along the lines of 'Marc Jacobs, mascara, handbag', my most recently viewed items now lists tiles, chairs and extractor fans; my weekend reading has switched from Vogue and Grazia to the large stack of interiors mags that I constantly rip pages out of and wave at my boyfriend, much to his annoyance.

He has, however, started taking an interest in the constant barrage of flooring and kitchen cabinets that I have been boring him with for the last few weeks. And there have been some long discussions about what to do with our ridiculously weird bathroom.

Baby steps.