As you know, this house has been freezing cold ever since we moved in.  We have lived under blankets and hot water bottles for months and my one goal of the year is to install the fire in the living room.  The novelty of the house will soon wear off if we have to go through the bitter coldness for a second winter.

To try and make it a tiny bit warmer we had put films up over the windows to keep the cold out and while it didn’t look very pretty it seemed to help.  It was therefore very exciting to come home the other day and see that The Boyfriend had made the bold decision to tear them down.  With the blinds open I was reminded just how much I had liked the living room when we first looked round – over the last few months I have just started to see it as the coldest room EVER!

Once we replace the fire (and fireplace), put in some curtains and install a new, insulated carpet this room could actually be nice and cosy.

IMG_0870 IMG_0871While I was taking the photos I realised I haven’t put any photos of the kitchen on here.  It isn’t anything very exciting at the moment (and there is no storage what so ever) but it is more than adequate for now.



About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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