Category Archives: Rock n Renovation

OMEDELBAR from IKEA: Gothic Meets Hollywood Glamour for your Home!

There are two great life lessons I’ve learnt since embarking on our renovation project: Everything will take 1716 times longer than you hoped it would, and IKEA is basically brilliant. OK so I knew the latter already, but when you have people coming around for your first attempt at hosting Christmas Eve and you realise that morning that you haven’t got enough chairs for everyone… Well let’s just say I thank those Swedish home gods everyday that they decided to open a branch in Reading.

The thing is about IKEA though… Yes it’s affordable, yes they have every homeware basic you might possibly need to buy and hell yes their meatballs are inexplicably delicious, but a lot of it is a bit to simple, design-wise for my eclectic tastes.

But this has all changed with the introduction of the brand new OMEDELBAR range. The collection is described as a hybrid between goth and Hollywood glamour and as you can probably imagine I am all about that!

Created in collaboration with Bea Åkerlund, one of Sweden’s most sought-after stylists and costume designers who’s worked with the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, this 35-piece limited-edition collection includes everything a fashionista needs to show off their finest clothes and accessories.

The range, which launches this month, includes a leopard print rug, lip-shaped cushions and a super cool clear glass top hat vase. There’s black and white striped curtains and matching wallpaper as well as a giant gold clock, a bowl that looks like a crown, black lampshades with gold lining and the coolest faux leather armchair I’ve ever seen! With it’s black, red, white and gold colour scheme, this collection is definitely aimed at us babes who like to be daring with our home decor.

This chair is just the living end! I was worried when I ordered it that it might be a little big, but no, it is literally the most perfectly sized occasional chair.

The faux leather black fabric makes it super pet hair friendly (I have Maine Coons, I gotta think about these things!) and the design is really fun and, in parts, unexpected. I adore the curved legs, the stud detail and the corseted back! And as soon as I saw this lips pillow I KNEW I had to have one to put on the chair. It comes in two sizes, and this is the smaller version. I mean, how bloomin’ cute!?

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Rock n Renovation: Quirky & Unique Homewares from Orchid Furniture

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After living in a too-small terraced house for over ten years, moving to our new place has been a revelation… in shopping! Before, our place was so tiny we couldn’t really physically fit anything else in, but now we have three reception rooms I’m loving searching out quirky and unique finds to eventually fill them with. While we’ve started buying some small pieces of furniture and decorative items, the house isn’t in anyway nearing being finished so a lot of the time I’m just researching, researching, researching!

I have a tendency to “buy now, think later” and then end up with lots of inexpensive pieces that I end up not liking really quickly (IKEA you’re great, but I don’t need to own everything you make!) This time I want to make sure we only purchase things we really love, that will last us a long time.

So today I thought it would be fun to share some of the things we’ve been swooning over (a couple we’ve acquired already!) from Orchid Furniture. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll already know that both Gareth and I are obsessed with all things Japanese, so when I discovered Orchid Furniture, that specialise in furniture, lighting and accessories from the Far East, I was intrigued. We don’t want our house to seem too ‘themed’ though, so our plan is to add a few choice pieces from their extensive collection, mixed with items of other styles that we also really like. Orchid have London and Hampshire stores and also sell online, delivering throughout the UK and overseas.

This rug was the first thing we ordered. We loved the neutral grey colour and the subtle pattern. It goes great in our living room and is super squishy and lovely. The cats sit on it almost permanently as most of the rest of the house is still wooden floors.

Marble, I love you, but I can’t really afford you. This stone-topped round table is a great dupe, and comes in cheaper than the real thing. It’s the perfect size for a plant, a cup of tea and a stack of magazines and sits beside our sofa.

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Rock n Renovation: The Sink Saga

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I hadn’t planned on talking about our bathrooms for a while. Although they both definitely need replacing at some point (the downstairs on is a delightful shade of avocado) they are were perfectly functional, and actually in much better shape than the one in our own place, despite their age. That was, until this week when I dropped a glass bottle in the sink in the upstairs bathroom and shattered the thing… No, not the tiny glass bottle of Primark room spray, THE ACTUAL FUCKING SINK. Ughhh, how is that even possible?

I took to Twitter to moan/ ask for advice and although people suggested using sealant in the interim until we were able to replace it, Gareth has informed me that the crack is probably too significant for that. The sucker literally goes ALL THE WAY THROUGH. FML.

So now we’re faced with two solutions: Find a replacement sink in the same shape/ style so we can simply remove the broken one and replace it without having to deal with moving taps/ re-plastering/ all that shit, OR move up our plans to rip out and completely re-do the bathroom.

Because the suite isn’t modern, we’ve struggled to find a simple replacement, in fact Gareth found one on a reclamation website and it was around £400. Shit.

I’ll be honest, we still haven’t totally decided what we’re going to do at this point but I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for procrastination and researching new bathroom ideas and share some of my inspiration with you! Every cloud right?

As you can see on the floorplan below, our upstairs bathroom is pretty sizable, but a bit of a funny shape. It has a step down, a sloped ceiling and the airing cupboard, although awesome for storage, is over-sized and could probably be used in a more efficient way. I think we’ll probably end up boxing the boiler in and putting in a proper shower (as this bathroom just has a bath at the moment).

In terms of style, we’re not totally sure what we want yet, but I’m pretty sure we’re not going to want a standard three-piece suite from B&Q. We both really like the idea of a proper retro looking bathroom, but modernised with bright colours (I’m not sure Gareth is totally on board with that last idea … yet). Seriously though, how freakin’ RAD would a pink or turquoise tiled bathroom be?


English Heritage Homes of Texas

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Rock n Renovation: Favourite Art Prints & My Gallery Wall Obsession

Our house renovation is in no way nearing any kind of finish line. The downstairs is still pretty much a building site, with the snug and dining room area both being used as dumping grounds until the work kicks off again (come on Gareth haha!) While the slow progress may have dampened my enthusiasm for buying furniture and wallpaper by the truckload, there is one thing I can do to make everything feel a bit prettier: Covering the walls in as much art as possible!

Whenever I post a new print on my Instagram I’m flooded with messages from people asking where I acquired it, so today I thought I’d share ALL my sources with you.

I’ve framed nearly every one in plain white frames from Wilko. I actually quite like the uniformity of having them in the same frames and they are so cheap. In terms of actually hanging them, Command Strips have been a lifesaver. They’re probably not the most cost effective way to do it (nails and a hammer would be approximately 1/100th of the price) but using them means when we come to paint the walls, in theory, we can take all the prints down without damaging the surface. I say “in theory” because a chunk of plaster did actually come off with one of the frames when I moved it the other day. But I blame our old shitty plaster and the fact I just pulled the frame off, rather than removing the strips in the way they tell you do, rather than the product itself.

Yes, the back of our living room door is mint green. An odd choice by the previous owners but I’m kinda living for it.

Anyway, here we go, these are all the prints I’ve collected recently!

Prince, David and George from Bold and Noble. I actually called some of these in for a photo shoot recently and I was overjoyed when Bold and Noble offered to send me some for keepsies. The pops of colour makes me so happy and who the hell wouldn’t want some of their favourite musicians on their wall?

Don’t tell the others, but pink George is totally my favourite.

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Rock n Renovation: How to Knock Through a Fireplace

Renovation pro tip: If you want to get your significant other to step up their DIY game then plan a photo shoot in your building site of a home as a matter of urgency!

A few months ago I booked a collaboration with a super cool wedding brand (more on this soon!) and had the idea to shoot some of their products in our house. At the time I figured that surely by November the rooms we wanted to shoot in would almost be finished… or could at least be passable for the purposes of some staged shots.

WELL my friends, any of you that have embarked on your own renovation project will know that this was potentially one of the most stupid and stress-inducing ideas I’ve ever had. A week before the shoot and we still had the old curtains (that came with the house and looked like they hadn’t been updated since 1987) up, no skirting boards, power sockets hanging off the walls and a whole heap of junk in the corner. Brilliant.

Luckily I am married to a man who works best under a very specific set of criteria – the foremost of these being A DEADLINE. I’m the kind of nerd who did her homework at least a week before it was due, Gareth’s the kind of infuriating bastard that would do his on the bus on the way to school and still get straight As. Give Gareth a hard and fast deadline and he shines…. Be it all at the last possible second.

So three days before the shoot, Gareth comes to me and says “Hey, wouldn’t the shoot look better if we had a fireplace in the room?“ “Er yes, yes it would”, I replied, not thinking he’d actually tackle such a massive task with just 72 hours to spare. But deadline-loving Gareth not only got on with it, he got the project done in record time… even if he was still painting the walls 30 minutes before the photo shoot crew were due to arrive.

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Rock n Renovation: Wallpaper, An Apologue

Wallpaper has become quite the divisive factor in the Rock n Roll Bride household. It began when we lived in our old place and I fell head over heels for a limited edition Cole & Son’s paper which was designed by Vivienne Westwood. At the time we definitely couldn’t afford it, I think it was about £80 a roll, and Gareth insisted we could find something similar for less than half the price. Fast forward through over 18 months of searching literally everywhere for something in any way similar (that we both also liked!) and Gareth finally admitted defeat and told me I could order it.

Of course, by then it was sold out EVERYWHERE and impossible to get hold of. I promised myself then and there that if I ever loved something as much as I loved that damn wallpaper I would buy now, think later and never live under such a shadow of regret ever again.

So here we are, in our new home, and although picking wallpapers is a long way off (we kinda need all our floors first, right?) I have started sneakily keeping my eye on what’s available. I came across Woodchip & Magnolia on Instagram (where else!?) and I am smitten!

Like most UK produced wallpaper, all their papers are designed, printed and manufactured in Lancashire. But what makes Woodchip & Magnolia really special is that they digitally print their designs themselves in their own studio on the Pennine Moors. Each roll is then individually and loving wrapped by hand. By choosing to take a more hands-on artisan approach, their papers have a really high quality feel. In short, they’re really, really special and there’s nothing mass-produced about them!

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples by Nina, who runs the company, and their Monstera Green wallpaper with the blush background is my everything. I’m already 99% sure this is the paper that we’ll be using in our downstairs bathroom when it’s converted.


Because everybody deserves the most fabulous wallpaper in their home, this week I am partnering with Woodchip & Magnolia to give one Rock n Roll Bride reader £225 to spend on their website. That could get you two rolls of their fabulous wallcoverings, or one amazing wall mural – perfect for making a major statement in the room of your choice!

All you have to do to enter is visit their website, choose the paper or mural you’d buy if you won and share a photo of it on Instagram. You must also follow both @rocknrollbride and @woodchipandmagnolia and use the hashtag #rocknwallpaper when you post. Finally, your account must be public for us to see and count your entry.

You have one week, until midnight on Saturday 4th November, to enter. Good luck everyone!

Ts & Cs

♥ Prize includes a £225 voucher for the winner to spend on the wallcovering or wall mural of their choice from
♥ Closing date for entries is 04/11/2017. The winner will chosen at random, contacted via Instagram after that date and emailed a voucher.
♥ Voucher expires on three months after it is issued and must be used before that date.
♥ Contest open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride, regardless of location, over the age of 18.
♥ UK or international shipping is included, however if the winner is outside of the UK they may need to pay customs charges to receive their prize.
♥ Additional voucher terms and conditions may apply.
♥ If for any reason the chosen winning wallpaper is unavailable, you will be made aware before placing your order. The voucher may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Woodchip & Magnolia’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ No purchase necessary.