Got a new bathroom you’re proud of? Why not “Share your Style”, just like Victoria Plum customer Laura. We chat bathroom ideas, inspiration and share some top tips for your renovation.
We love hearing the stories about your bathroom updates and home renovations. Not only do we enjoy seeing your progress, but it’s also a great way of showing others how to do it too!
I had a great chat with Victoria Plum customer Laura Lilley (@mrslilley17 on Instagram), where we discussed how one inspirational image on our website had a big influence on her bathroom remodel, and discovered Laura’s top tips and tricks for anyone wishing to give their bathroom an update too!
Loving life! Laura and husband James
Laura’s bathroom inspiration
Nicky Kingston (NK), Victoria Plum Stylist: “Hi Laura, thanks for taking time out to chat with me. So, where did this beautiful bathroom renovation take place?”
Laura Lilley (LL): “Hi! We’re based in Kenilworth, a beautiful little town in Warwickshire. We took a gamble and bought our bungalow after seeing the floor plan—it was a massive 170 square metres and, due to the state it was in, it was a more affordable house by the square metre.”
NK: “By the sounds of it, you were left with little choice but to carry out a thorough update throughout!”
LL: “Yes, the state of the house meant everything needed ripping out and replacing!”
Laura’s bathroom during and before renovation
NK: “It sounds so exciting, a full home renovation! How did you start to gather ideas for your project?”
LL: “I know it’s easier said than done but find a style you like and make a “mood board”. Save pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. Also, if you see something you like on an influencer’s page, ask questions like where they got things from, what colours they went for, etc. We also found inspiration on supplier websites, and found your image (see further down this article) when we were looking at baths, bath sizes and layouts.
NK: “Don't forget our bathroom ideas section! Big question: Are you and your husband’s interior styles the same? How did you get around that?”
LL: “Our styles are quite different. I was brought up with horses and lived on farms, so wooden floors and neutral tones were my preference. James was very much more modern-focussed. Due to this, we ended up with a modern rustic style—wooden doors and shelves, but with bold modern colours and furnishings. The hardest decision for us was choosing the bathroom tiles. We both wanted colour but had different style tastes. However, after trawling Instagram and Pinterest, we finally came to an agreement!”
Check out Laura’s completed bathroom design and the inspiration behind it
NK: “It sounds like a pretty big project, but totally worth it! Did you have any help with the renovation?”
LL: “We had builders, plumbers and electricians in to do the bits we couldn’t—but we ripped everything out and did lots of clearing. All of the drawing and amendments we did ourselves, as well as all of the decorating. We also replaced and insulated the loft (horrible job!!).”
NK: “This is obviously a big project, not your usual, simple “bathroom update”. How long did it all take?”
LL: “We bought the house in August 2019, then spent September to December drawing up plans, researching suppliers and ripping everything out ourselves. In January, our builders began doing the things we couldn’t, and we officially moved in during August 2020—exactly a year to the day since we started.”
More fabulous bathroom projects which Laura has worked on
NK: “This is a truly inspirational project! Do you have any final tips for future bathroom renovators?”
LL: “Go bold! If you need some form of motivation, this is it. Worst case, you can repaint or replace, but you won’t need to! Because, if you follow your gut instinct or choose your favourite colour, you’ll love it. Trust me!”
Time for a spot of relaxation, once the bathroom project was completed
Get Laura’s look
Want to get this look in your own bathroom? Laura used the following Victoria Plum products:
- Floor: Toledo Adora traditional matt wall and floor tile
- Wall: Metro Subway white bevelled gloss wall tile
Hungry for bathroom inspiration?
You’ll find many more inspirational customer bathrooms just like Laura’s right here at Victoria Plum. And, while you’re at it, why not follow us on Instagram and be the first to see beautiful bathroom ideas.
Got a bathroom you’re particularly proud of? Why not “Share your Style” with us? It’s really easy…simply click on the image below to find out how. Who knows…maybe the next blog post you read will be all about you!