MY NEW MORNING ROUTINE

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Ok, so I say routine, it’s been a couple of  weeks, but thinking positive and all that jazz. Archer’s new wake up time is 5, so my new wake up time is now 5. YAY. Seriosuly slowly killing me, but I am striving to get used to being an over-achiever morning person. I mean I found the 6am start a struggle. Let’s just hope it stops at 5am. Seriosuly is this kid even ours? Me and Richard could happily sleep in til 1..not very productive. But hey we are totaly sleep bunnies. And due to Richards shift work, and me being overly awesome/the stay at home mum, Im one up playing trains on the floor at 5 am.

Anyway, this isn’t just my new routine of getting up, I’ve also decided to try and make some use of the early morning rise. So me and Arch have started going out running. I find I need to do something otherwise I’d lay on the couch in a half slumber, which isn’t great for my energy levels, and it tends to lead to Arch sneakily covering him self in pen while I pathetically watch him with one eye closed. So yes we have started running. Well, a jog like jaunt with walking in between.

I got into running the summer before my last year of uni, and got to the point I was able to run for a good 40 mins at a nice pace. Since then I have tried to get back into. Cue a sprained ankle the following year, then cue pregnancy with a bunch of morning sickness next. I got out of running due to a super hectic 3rd year schedule and meeting Richard. I managed to gain a couple of stone in the first 6 months of being with Richard, due to large portions and generally being happy and comfortable. So anyway, back to my morning runs.

I’ve just finished my last run of this week, which was run for 90 seconds walk for 90 seconds x5. But the last run I did for 2 minutes just to see if I was able, as tomorrow its the big run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes. I’m following this program below, but I edited it a little. I started off with week 2 where I took the walk down by 1 minute, and with week 3 I took the walk time down by 90 seconds just to try and improve my recovery time. So I did run 1 minute walk 2 x5, then run 90 seconds walk 90 seconds x5.

So I’ve been running for a couple of weeks, and it’s quite a nice way to start my morning. Though pushing a pram while running is pretty tough. I finish with a  cool down, where I walk home and let Arch out of the pram so he can have a run around too. He seems to enjoy it. Plus there is no way I could run in the middle of the day…you all enjoying the heat wave!!??

Here is the program if you fancy giving it a go.

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How are you all handling this heat? I am not..the warm weather isn’t too bad, it’s all the flies that come in when you must have all your doors and windows wide open..nightmare. Anyway my plants are loving the heat, and I was in a rather floral mood hence today’s theme for my pattern Wednesday. Also I have started using Society 6, so if you like the look of any previous patterns take a look here where you can get them. Print form, framed prints and even a couple of bath mats ( hello egg print from last week).

 

Anyway enjoy, and here’s to the last hump of the week going fast. Tag your patterns at #wflovespattern

 

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SHOULD YOU HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?

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I get asked this question a lot by close friends, who either want me to help them with decor, or to know if an interior designer is worth hiring. Firstly, I am not an interior designer, I have a love for all things interiors, I love planning out a room (styling) and decorating the room, but interior designers go way above that. So let’s talk some deets.

An interior designer can be great if you really have no idea of how to put your ideas together, or if you renovating/building a home and literally have no idea where to start. A designer can help take your many wacky different ideas and come up with a cohesive plan for the layout, style and decor of your rooms. They can also liase with contractors/builders etc. on placement of certain features. This is where have a designer from the get go is a good idea.

But first things first. The most important thing to consider is your budget . Each designer will charge according to their experience, so if you are looking for designers who have been in the business for a few years, you should expect to pay quite a bit for their service. But getting someone who is just starting out, although they may be new, will be cheaper while they are building up their portfolio. But remember everyone has to start somewhere.  But you need to take into consideration how much the designer will costs, and the decorating budget too. The last thing you need is your finances going into the red!

If you have decided that an interior designer is the right choice, do your research. Each interior designer will have their own distinct style. Some designers might prefer to use furniture from Danetti and other modern brands, which use light colours and contemporary shapes. while other designers might prefer to create vintage-inspired rooms and source their furniture from flea markets or antique shops. To get a good idea of the look a potential designer will create for you, take a look at their portfolio to see the rooms they have styled in the past. I personally would love to use someone who can create an array of different looks and feels. This will show that they can take any brief and wow it.

Once the designer is picked and the date booked, why not go visit family or find an  alternative accommodation while they get to work. This way you won’t be bashing heads with carpenters/decorators/designers etc.

Think about your timeline. When I decorated my mother’s room it took me a good few days doing it on my own. You need to think about how long a renovation might take and if you have deadlines like the holidays or before someone comes to stay? If so, you need to let your interior designer know that they need to work to a tight timeline.

 

hopefully this might have helped a few questions you might have..hope everyone is enjoying the heatwave..im currently sat with my feet in a paddiling pool.

 

 



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Ok so I will give you one guess what I had for dinner yesterday that influenced my doodling this morning..Eggs eggs eggs. But on a serious note, poached eggs are one of my all time favourite foods. I have them at least twice a week I’d say. Probably more. Adding to my obsession of eggs with this pattern, it also features pink. A colour that has taken some major control over my life the last year, and many others. It’s the year of the pink that is for sure. But anyway. I hope everyone’s Wednesday goes quickly, it’s my Birthday tomorrow and I turn 28. So far my birthday plans include taking Archer to tumble tots and then a family day to the pool. Which I am pretty excited about. Can’t beat family time and here’s hoping there may be some cake too.

But I will keep you guys updated because obviously you’re dying to know how my Birthday will be spent..

 



FUN CRAFTS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS ENTERTAINED THIS SUMMER

There’s no better time than summer to get some awesome craft projects underway. The kids are off school, the weather is fine, and the days are long. But these aren’t just for the older kids, have fun with your little ones too. Arch loves doing little mini projects, and we have an array of pretty pictures and different crafts that we have done together. These are great too if it’s raining, or if you just aren’t feeling a mummy and toddler group. Also I’d recommend checking your local library, ours offer a craft day once a week, and during the holidays they do lots of fun themed crafts too..great for the little ones. Even if it only keeps Arch entertained for 10 minutes! Anyway on to the crafts.

I’ve collected a few things over the last few months in a box, crazily known as the craft box. Original I know. In the craft box we have felt, buttons,paints, paper, pom poms…and you get where I am going with this. I actually pick up bulk sets when the sales are on. Because let’s’ be honest I don’t think our little ones are going to care if the craft pack is ‘last seasons’. Obviously I keep tools like scissors, glue and spray adhesives out-of-the-way in a cupboard, and I use these when doing certain things..though Arch is just about getting the hang of glue.

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There’s nothing more summer-esque than building a den and playing outside all day, watching the stars at night and nothing is as tasty than a smore! Grab a sheet, a bunch of pillows and fill your day making daisy chains and going on nature hunts. The kids are sure to have fun!

 

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Next we have a fun DIY which is super colourful, fun to make and should last a fair bit of time too. DIY chalk for your kids to draw some masterpieces on pavement in your back garden or on your street. Fun to make and fun to use..plus how cute do these look..lolly pop shapes. This is also a fun activity for kids all ages and a great one for the little ones in helping them learn colours.

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Oh the wonders you can create with a cardboard box, how cute does this look? The possibilities are really endless!

 

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For the unicorn lovers in your life, this is super cute right and who knew you could create something like this from an old toilet roll. This is sure to keep the unicorn loves entertained!

 

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These are so cute right? Perfect for those sunny days! Also a great one to do with the little ones.

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This last one is great for the older kids, and helping them with their spelling. Plus its a fun activity finding the pebbles and painting them to look pretty!

 

So there you have it, just a few ideas to keep your kids entertained this summer! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!



KIDS DESIGN, SUPER CUTE THINGS FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES

I think it’s pretty safe to say that when you have kids, anything remotely cute you want to get them, I’m trying my hardest constantly not to over buy or spoil Archer. If I had endless money, there’s no doubt he would be dressed to the max in super cute outfits, and have every colourful book under the sun, but instead I buy rarely, and try to really support the small business community. I love Etsy and have come across some little shops recently that I thought I’d share…and I think I might start a dressing the little man post, because I know how difficult it can be finding colourful, bright and full of pattern clothes. boy’s sections are always so tiny right? Anyway. Moving on to some cute things I found which just show you how on point the world of product design is right now! Enjoy all. Everything will be linked below.

 

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  1. Two toned cup, Peek and Pack, €8.00,   2. Salvador Kokeshi, Peek and Pack, €35.00,   3. Make a face, Moon Picnic, £34.00,   4. Cardboard People, Moon Picnic, £16.50,   5. Giant ice cream, Moon Picnic, £18.90,   6. Paper city, Moon Picnic, £12.50,   Frida Kokeshi, Peek and Pack, €35.00,   Alphabet Pebbles, Moon Picnic, £16.00

 

So above are a couple of new shops for you to check out Peek and Pack and Moon Picnic. I just brought some magazines from Moon Picnic, and when they arrive I will instagram them…so excited! But both shops have items that are to die for, design genius and just adorably cute too!

Happy Friday all!



SMALL BATHROOM MOODBOARD

 

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Black tiles, Plant, Mirror, Toilet roll holder, Towels, Sink, Hexagon tiles.

I’m not ashamed to admit that this makeover has been 6 months in the making…and we are still only at the painting stage. We have had the tiles in our hallway for like 5 months, and that’s not even me exagerating..finding the time to do the never-ending list of things, just takes it time..but we are hoping to start tiling in the next month on so…going to block out a few days on the ever busy calendar. But here is a look out our moodboard for our downstairs bathroom.

We wanted a black and white themed bathroom, so that it toned down some of the colour which goes on in the rest of the house. Keeping the hardware white, and the tiles black and grey. I love white bathroom suites because it gives such a clean look to everything. Though I secretly dream of one day having a bright blue sink. We were on a tight budget so really shopped around for the hardware. We ended up going for the sink above, though it was about a £100 cheaper at the time. It’s quite big compared to our tiny space, but it takes over in a good way, and will go beautifully with the handmade pallet wood cabinet Richard is currently working on. We got our tap which is a waterfall one which is no longer available from Ikea. It was down from £70 to £17.. Bargain. It really is worth waiting and shopping around especially fi your budget is tight..we got the tap and sink about a month after we moved in and we have been here a year at the end of the month. So yes take your time to find perfect items.

We are going for a half black metro tile wall with white-painted walls above. Light shades are always a better choice  in my opinion with smaller bathrooms as it makes it a bit more open, but I love having a big contrast in the room. We are having to build a wooden frame to conceal some big pipes, which I think will adorn plenty of plants, giving a fresh feel and a nice spot of colour to contrast the black/white/ grey palette. I might go for some bold yellow accessories like hand towel and plant pots to add some punch in there too.

I reccomend not having a ton of clutter everywhere. This will ensure your bathroom looks as big as possible. Especially if like mine its a little closet sized one. I have simple architectural shapes with the wooden frame, simple cupboard and the white circle mirror above the sink. The texture will come from the plants and the tiles. I am in love with our floor tiles. I was a bit weary of pairing them with the black metro tiles, but I trust it will give a funky look to the bathroom.

Here are a few small bathrooms, #housegoals, that will give you guys a little more inspo for re-doing a tiny bathroom.

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Those tiles….love the contrast of the blue and white here..I spent ages trying to find really colourful tiles that were overly pricey..let’s just say it was difficult.

 

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A similar colour scheme to mine, I love the simple yet geometrical this bathroom is. So much going on pattern and grid wise, but yet it’s so calming.

 

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This resembles a pretty similar size to out bathroom, small and cosy. I love how they have used yellow and graphic artwork to break up the white and black colour scheme. I hope your bathroom get’s done soon..here’s hoping!

 

 



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With all that’s been going on in the world, I thought today my pattern should be one of colour and hope. So I simply did a rainbow. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Manchester and all affected by recent events.

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Totally been doing this for a month now! wooo.. I have to say it’s rather fun setting down some time either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to just create something, just trying to decide what to do with them all..maybe I’ll make prints or maybe cushion covers…that could be fun. ANyway i’ll stop waffling as I know this is meant to be a nice short and sweet post for your Wednesday blues..so this pattern literally took me like 5 minutes. A few clicks on Photoshop and an obsessive grid lover nature and above is what I came up with…I would love to do this pattern for my big bathroom upstairs….it would be so much fun no?? What do you guys think?

 

Anyway happy Wednesday everyone and remember to tag your patterns with #wflovespatten!



HOW TO DO A TRULY AWESOME GALLERY WALL ON A BUDGET

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Ok so I love filling my house with beautiful and textural things, and so I have many mini gallery walls up. I’ve been collecting artwork and little nik naks for years now and so have grown a rather half decent collection of odd things. Now I don’t own any originals ( I wish ) but the pieces we own, me and Richard have picked out because we like them. I think we would all love to be able afford a n original Jenny Saville or Nan Goldin piece, but let’s be honest, they are way out of our budget, and even for me spending a few hundred pounds on once piece isn’t really an option. But there are ways to fill your home with beautiful pieces. So today I am going to show you the start of one of my newest collections that will hopefully going in my hallways, its pink themed..as you may notice. Which wasn’t actually done on purpose, I guess I’m just drawn to that colour at the moment. But I will take you step by step of my process, so grab a cup of coffee and let’s get lost in overly pretty graphics and patterns.

Also I apologise for the photos, my camera is still broken (waiting on spare part) and so these are good old iphone pics!!

Ok let’s talk sources. You have Etsy, which is great for art pieces, and you can pick up some truly beautiful screen prints, drawings and prints for not a lot at all, take a look at my favourites on Etsy as I’m always favouriting prints and artworks.

Then you have your local charity shops and car boots, where you can pick up lots of different things. Maybe vintage scarves that might look cool in a frame, old postcards too always look awesome.

If your after artwork and you don’t mind spending that little bit more, check out sites like Artfinder as they have a variety of artists in every medium you can think of.

So those are my go to places, but I also like cards that you can get anywhere, nowadays the graphics and typography are so on point they are like little mini artworks themselves.

Right now let’s talk my new gallery wall plan.

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I’ll do it row by row and give you links to what I can, though I must mention a good amount are from A Beautiful mess when they had their 10 items for a $1 each, so I stocked up on cards and just decided most were too cute to use! But always check back on their shop as they are always doing lots of offers. Ok let’s get to the pink overload!

Row 1:  Today is your day, A Beautiful Mess, Geometric card, A Beautiful Mess, Pink and Green neon card, Etsy,  Screen Print, Etsy,

Row 2:  Bon voyage, A Beautiful Mess,  Have a nice day, A Beautiful Mess,  3 Stickers, Etsy, Hello postcard, A Beautiful Mess, 2 stickers that came free with an enamel pin I brought, Etsy,  Palm Tree Hotel Card, A Beautiful Mess.

Row 3: Good Morning Card, A Beautiful Mess,  Vagina Haircuts, Etsy,  World’s okayest morning person card, A Beautiful Mess, 2 badges from a carboot in Canada.

Row 4: Pink cube geometric card, Etsy, Badge vintage from carboot, Slay Mama, Etsy,  Palm Trees, A Beautiful Mess,  Spread eagle lady, Etsy.

I am loving all the pink hues and strong contrasting typography..eek so fun right?

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With the stickers, I think I will find some plain but maybe textured white card to stick them on and then frame. This would work really well with patches too on a piece of fabric like denim which gives a high contrast. Oooo maybe I should start a patch wall.

 

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I have a few ideas of how I am going to do the badges, once I have made up my mind I shall do a post on it..and on the final gallery wall too.

 

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But like I said you don’t have to spend a fortune, and there’s never a rush. This has taken me about 4 months to collect with the badges being in a box for about 4 years!! As I was just never sure what to do with them, it can take time. Have fun and go out hunting for some inspiring pieces!

 

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Another fun thing, is with some of the cards that came with bright envelopes I will probably use them as a little mount so there’s another pop of colour. All I need to do now is find frames. For this I will either look at Ikea or possibly hunt round some charity shops. I’d like them all to be white frames so that it’s not an overload of dark colours, so for this I will spray paint the frames white so they match..but this is a long project finding frames! There are always options to get things professionally framed but that can be quite expensive, especially with a collection of this size.

 

Happy Tuesday

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