Tag Archive | home decor

A Bathroom Fit For a King


Here at Planet Elldrew we are 3, or so, years behind an almost entire renovation of what was then our new house. After purchase we changed everything except the bathroom as its current simple style fitted in with our overall design plans, so it just needed a fresh lick of paint at the time.

For the house’s 3rd birthday, and a little treat to ourselves, we decided to finally freshen up that main bathroom. Bathrooms and kitchens are never easy to get right – we spent so much time creating a stylish kitchen that worked with our limited space that we wanted something contemporary for the bathroom, that maintained the masculine aesthetics we have running throughout the rest of the house…the focal point being to create a room that wouldn’t date too quickly (or that we’d become bored of within a week)!

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An English High Tea, Fit for a Princess

Here at Planet Elldrew we never need much of an excuse to throw a party, so Mama Elldrew’s spring birthday was in fact the perfect excuse.


With a rather cold and grey winter behind us and spring having sprung in a typically English “sprung a leak” rainy kind of a way, we wanted to make a tea party that was bright, cheery and also reflected Elldrew’s style and taste (centred around the birthday girl of course!).

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Happy Renovation Anniversary!

We can’t believe it’s been virtually a year since we completed our house renovations (it took that long to get over it)! So we thought we’d pull together a quick ‘before’ & ‘after’ picture blog to show the transformation (more for us so that in 10 years time we can look back and remember it all, but also for our international friends who have not yet had the chance to visit).

dining _elldrew

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Acid Rain

We recently mentioned that we had commissioned a large format piece of art from artist and graphic designer Lene Bladbjerg, after spotting her talents at Spitalfields markets. Elldrew are happy to reveal ‘Acid Rain’, which is proudly being displayed in our lounge room.

acid rain

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Kitchen Renovation Kapers

Completed Kitchen

redesigned kitchen

Elldrew hate to say it, but truth be told, after 3 months of decision making, 4 months construction, and another 3 months to do “finishing touches”, we’re a little bit over talking about renovations. For the best part of a year our lives have been dominated by the search for and creation of our ideal home…and we love it! We love coming home every night to the finished result, but it was a labour of love. Nevertheless, not only did we want to show off a little of what we’ve done, hopefully we can provide some helpful handy hints for anyone else embarking on such a project (do ask away if we can be of help with any supplier details, etc).

We will start this series with one of our favourite rooms, the kitchen.

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Made To [Not] Measure

So we have to say that last night the final blind (the missing piece of the renovation puzzle) arrived but half the size of the actual window! We and blind person not sure how it happened, so we are just going to have to wait a little bit longer till we can say we have officially finished renovations (for now anyway…the outside decking proposal is definitely on hold until 2014 earliest, giving us enough time to put the past months well and truly behind us).

And possibly down to timing, but phone holding over 100 renovation pics decided to die suddenly causing all data to be lost (stupidly not backed-up properly) so at least we wont be able to bore you with too many progress photos.

But there is some good news. We have finally taken photos of the new kitchen and will be sharing these very soon.

We Ain’t Been Snoozing…

…We’ve been snagging!

So we know it’s been awhile since we posted an update on the renovations, 2012 to be exact. Now that the sun is beginning to shine with the sniff of Spring in the air, and not to mention the final bit of snagging has been completed in the last week, Elldrew are planning to post some before and after pics soon.  Watch this renovated space!

Grand Designs: Week Seven


Week 7 and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. With the week of Week 8 booked off from work for snagging and furniture deliveries, and although the builders seem to be approximately 1 week behind, we are positive that by the end of Week 8 we may have a house back…fingers crossed anyway! Week 7 has seen patchy, plastery walls and scuffed and cracked woodwork transformed into glossy painted surfaces. Our nagging doubts about colour have been resolved, and, having gone through 53 paint samples, we’re really pleased with the final choice.

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