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As I'm typing, we're on the Day 12 (the final day!) of the bathroom renovation! The electrician is currently wiring in the new ceiling lights and underfloor heating and by 6:00pm tonight, the silicone will be dry and I can have a shower! You have no idea how much this pleases me after two weeks of getting inventive with a flannel and washing up bowl.

With work finished we can set about moving back in and I have the very important task of faffing with interior details to look forward to. Which is surely the best part of any renovation right? In a few weeks time I'll show you the finished result here but meanwhile, I thought I'd share the initial ideas and and our bathroom renovation mood board. And it all began with an oak bath tidy *... because why wouldn't it?

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We knew straight away that we wanted to go from a light to dark bathroom. Having carried out some extensive research for dark bathrooms on Pinterest and saved a few images that fitted the bill, we began to fall in love with grey and black with wood accents. Hence the bath tidy being purchased way back in July so that we could see the tones we wanted to work with.

It feels like a drastic change to go from light to dark in any room but once I saw the tiles against the bath rack I knew we'd made the right decision. Our tiles were kindly gifted by Topps Tiles and we choose Regal Coal Matt for the floor and Stormstone Shadow for the walls. I think the wood tones are an essential for adding in some warmth and a natural feel otherwise it risks looking a bit too cold.

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I have a couple of plant ideas in my head too when it comes to the detail faffing stage. Although I’ll have to set myself the challenge of taking care of them properly and not just killing them off outright. Wish me luck - my horticultural track record is not the best.

I’m planning on displaying a few aesthetically pleasing beauty products and toiletries (read: monochrome) and the rest will get hidden away in the cupboards. As a starter for ten, I have some product kindly gifted from Institut Esthederm * a while ago and have been saving two of those for the new bathroom. Although I've almost used up the Intensive Hyaluronic Cream * as it's been the perfect night treatment to combat the harsher winter elements.

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I've wanted to try some Le Labo * product for ages (oh the power of Instagram!), and so bought their Hinoki Hand Soap * a few months back, again squirrelling it away for now. The rubber soap dish from White Black Grey was a fab buy and looks great on the bath rack. And the marble soap bar came from a florist in Bude called Bleujen, purchased on our summer holiday in Cornwall in 2017. I'm glad I saved all of this until now and am becoming quite impressed with my product hoarding tendencies.

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As always, I can't compose any kind of flat lay without Biscuit feeling the need to take part - if you look closely at these photos you’ll see the odd dog hair adorning the tiles here and there. Seeing as she toned nicely with the bathroom hues, I thought I'd include pictorial evidence of what it's like trying to take photos with an inquisitive Labrador around!