Tuesday, 20 January 2015

China Renovation Project | Lifestyle & Travel

As some of you may have seen from my Instagram images, not only am I moving to China in a couple of months, but we're taking on a renovation project for our apartment. The apartment hasn't been decorated or updated since it was built, I think around the 60's. The only thing that was upgraded was a western style toilet for me when I went out in 2013. 

It's a really big project for us, especially as we're trying to project manage whilst we're in different countries, dealing with the time difference and lack of materials will be a challenge. I'm actually writing this post in retrospect as a few things have already changed in the apartment.

As you will see from the images there is a lot of work to do, and not just purely aesthetic too, there is some structural work. It's an extremely dark apartment so  a well needed injection of white will help.

So here goes, this will be a long image post.

This is currently the living room with a balcony. It will become our bedroom with a walk in wardrobe on the left wall. The balcony will be our reading room, and hopefully my video room for when I start vlogging my China lifestyle. The colour scheme will be light, with medium wooden floors and a white tiled and painted balcony.

This bedroom is next to the current living room. This will be our living room. The colour scheme again will be white with medium wood flooring. 

As you can see our 'bathroom' is tiny. There isn't a lot we can do about this apart from move the door and wall forward a couple of inches; I'll take any extra space! The toilet and radiator will remain the same and in the same place however, we will be having a smaller space saving porcelain sink so we can have a bigger shower. I'm hoping to have a chrome double shower, one with a drench head and the other with a small hose and head. What isn't shown above the shower is the water tank, but this wil be moved into the kitchen so we have a lot more space. I was hoping to have white metro tiles but unfortunately it's hard to source things in China (and to get the labour to actually fit them - long story) but it doesn't look that way. I think we've settled for large pure white tiles, yet again difficult to source as everything tends to be marble finish. I'm hoping the flooring will be white floorboard style tiles.

This is the hallway/main entrance. As you can see there is very little light so everything will be minimal and white. The same colour scheme and floorboards as the other rooms. We'll mainly be using this room for display purposes, and for hanging coats and shoes, etc.

This bedroom will remain a bedroom, and is opposite the current living room. A plain white colour scheme and medium wooden flooring will finish this off. This will be Dexter's room so will have an injection of colour and personality there.

The kitchen has caused no end of problems for us already. Trying to source the right tiles and not being able to, labourers refusing to tile just one wall, and not being able to get a sink with a dish drainer to name a few. However, I think we have overcome a few problems. Both the kitchen and the balcony (used for cooking) will be completely tiled with large white tiles. Our units will be two colours, magenta pink glitter on the bottom and white on the top, along with  white granite worktops. It looks like we'll have to have a single white porcelain sink as the labourer won't fit a double sink into a small two-door base unit (this will be going where the current sink is). I have high hopes that this will work out ok, although we're having a lot of trouble. The wall between the balcony and the kitchen will be knocked down, and a bi-folding door placed there. 

As you can see there are a lot of things to be done, and I'll be keeping you updated with mood boards and wish lists. Also, MIL will be updating us with photos, albeit not very good, but a general idea.


  1. Such a challenge from the sound of things but you'll do it! I'm looking forward to seeing the end results :)
    I still can't believe you're moving out there! I'm extremely envious, Sarah and I will no doubt be doing this in the near future xx


    1. You guys really should, it's a much better lifestyle out there ladies x

  2. That sounds like an exciting (and scary!) adventure! I haven't visited China in years, but I still remember it being a fun experience. Can't wait to see what you do with the apartment. :)

    1. Thanks lovely! No doubt it will have changed a lot since you were there :) x

  3. The best of luck with your rennovations!
    I can't wait to see the pictures when it's finished :D


  4. Wow, congratulations on moving to China, what an amazing experience :) the apartment looks lovely and I bet you will have fun making it your own. Good luck for your move!
    I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin and GFC. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo


  5. Wow, it certainly sounds like a lot of work to be done although I don't know anything about renovating houses so I'm taking your word for it - I hopeit goes well. The new decor and design sound really lovely, I look forward to an update! Hope everything is going well and 2015 has been a bit easier than your 2014. Really sorry to hear about your grandmother. XXX