Whitney and Tim - Real Life Reno
Tim and I are well on our way to a whole house renovation. We purchased a rural property 4 years ago, and have slowly been updating each room. We used TileCloud products in our most recent renovation, the addition of an ensuite!
Byron Ivory on the floor
How would you describe your style?
Given our home is a an older farmhouse, we have re-introduced some rustic elements. I would say our home is a mix of rustic, modern and classic. We don't adhere to any particular style, we just pick piece we love, often natural materials, being wood, wicker, iron and stone...oh, and lots of white!
Talk us through the process you took in the planning stages of the renovation!
Pinterest has always proven handy when trying to collate ideas for any renovation. We also tend to start with a 'key piece', most likely second hand, and build the room around it! In this instance, the antique bath was the first piece we found, it sat in the garden shed for many months before we even began renovations.
Were there any delays? How long did the renovation take?
The bathroom renovation proved relatively smooth, there was a minor hiccup with the placement of the toilet waste... but all was well in the end. We like to start collecting bit and pieces in advance, so when it comes to starting the renovation, we have most materials on hand.
What was the most challenging part of the renovation? Did anything go wrong? How did you adapt?
The colour of the antique bath provided the biggest challenge. We started with the tub, and designed our bathroom around it. We looked at having it sprayed an alternative colour, but stuck with the original cream colouring. Given our love of white, this proved difficult to work with in terms of wall paint and tile choices. Having settled for nude and natural colourings to compliment the cream bath resulted in a classic finish that we couldn't be happier with!
Did you and Tim butt heads over the design at all?
Tim and I mostly share the same design aesthetic. We have been together for 14 years, so we understand what each other likes... he also understands when it's best to like what I like for argument's sake!
Were you juggling a career as well as overlooking the renovations?
We have a small earth moving business, so renovating was a weekend activity. I was also attempting to establish myself as an artist, so weekdays were spent painting in my studio. The kids have grown very use to spending their weekends with us, working on the house or garden.
Did you come into the TileCloud showroom to look around at tiles? Did you order samples?
Living in Rural NSW, we didn't have the opportunity to visit the TileCloud showroom, but taking advantage of the sample process worked well for us.
Why did you choose TileCloud / What did you enjoy best about the TileCloud experience?
The ease of being able to order the samples online was a WINNER, then to have the chosen tiles delivered to our door was great! I found the team very approachable, their assistance was much appreciated when a tile I had finally decided on was discontinued. They assisted me in sending out more samples, and recommending substitutions. I feel as though TileCloud has a great eye in selecting their stock, it can be often overwhelming entering a tile showroom, where the choices are seemingly endless. I feel as though TileCloud has refined their offering, there isn’t any tiles I don’t like.
You can follow Whitney on instagram: @whitneyspicer