It’s no secret that I’ve been pretty dang terrible at blogging this year, but as I keep saying, I’ve had a fair bit going on… I know this house ‘thing’ is a marathon and not a sprint, but I don’t think I anticipated it would take this long to turn this place into somewhere that feels like home.
Last weekend was the first time since we’ve moved that I’ve felt genuinely comfortable with having guests come to stay, and that’s with the clutter that’s still overtaking the front room, the fact we have no dining table and not to mention the amount of recycling we have (seriously, no one ever tells you that you’ll suddenly amass more cardboard than you’ve seen in your life)!
It finally feels like we’re getting there though, you know? It’s not a chore to have downtime any more and we can have the odd evening where we’re not unpacking another box or moving stuff from one room to another because it ‘just looks better’.
With that being said, with our self-set deadline of the first weekend of August looming, we still have to paint the landing, living room, bathroom, front room, kitchen and hallway – but it’s all good because despite running out of steam, we’re feeling savvy having painted those first few rooms and we’re being a little less ambitious with colour for this next lot – feature walls are fun and all, getting painting done is far more satisfying.
TL; DR: I got a new bathroom cabinet, I put it up in my house, I’ve lost track of all time.
I was contacted just after we put in an offer on the house to write about bathroom lighting with the offer of a fancy bathroom cabinet mirror from Pebble Grey and here’s my full disclosure policy because a bathroom mirror is one of those things you don’t think about needing until you do and I was going to move house and I needed one so of course, I said yes. Plus, storage, I can’t stress enough how much I love storage and thinking we wouldn’t even have a bed at this point, I needed all the help I can get.
So when the cabinet landed on my desk after a couple of e-mail exchanges, I was pretty excited, I naïvely thought that it wouldn’t matter that I didn’t put it up in the flat because we’d be in our new house in a matter of weeks. Three months later… Obviously we’ve now lived here about 3 months and we’re only just settling in, so we only actually put up the cabinet a few weeks ago so this review has (some how) ended up being almost 6 months late. But I’m doing this and it’s a great cabinet and a great idea so I felt compelled to share anyway, despite the embarrassment.
Bathroom lights are usually pretty bright, in fact, I remember reading (back when for a period I was inexplicably obsessed with winding down in the evenings) that they can end up waking you up and making you more alert, a little annoying when it’s time to get ready for bed.
I was actually considering, once we’d bought our own place, that we’d either get super-low wattage lights or a dimmer switch but instead, this delightful LED battery mirror came up and I have to say, it lights up the bathroom like the moon and is great for staying relaxed after making the move from the living room to brushing my teeth.
Our little IKEA drill has been the best purchase, but these little piles of ex-wall don’t ever fail to stress me out.
The cabinet itself was very easy to put up but we’re very much DIY novices so it still took a good hour or so – which included the mild panic that Moon had over whether he’d hit a pipe or not, he didn’t, so yeah, easy peasy. I really like the way it looks and even though the light is a simple set of battery LEDs it looks pretty sleek, I’m so pleased.
I feel that the inside of the cabinet is a little bit of a let-down as mirror on the other side of the door is just stuck on rather than having a little more consideration – with that being said, I hardly open it as it’s mainly for our medicines and Moon’s man things.
Now we ‘actually’ live somewhere it’s been really satisfying to be able to invest in quality pieces rather than cheap but okay. The bathroom cabinet, while sponsored, is a great example of the kind of things that it’s worth investing in. Especially if all you need to wind down and get a better nights sleep is some nifty bathroom lighting and, considering the mirror the previous people had before was just that, it’s changed the whole feel of the bathroom and instantly made it 10x more functional.
Like I said, it’s sort of getting there, even our bathroom window is starting to look like home.
[*I was gifted this bathroom cabinet by Pebble Grey, in case I didn’t mention it enough, all views are my own]
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