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2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Well 2016 was hectic to say the least, I can honestly say it’s been one of the hardest years of my life. But there have been some pretty big highlights too. Firstly our little guy Archer turned 1 in July, this was pretty amazing, not just because me and Richard have managed to keep another human being alive for a whole year, but just because it’s crazy how fast the year has gone and how much he’s learning every day.

archer-cake-smashThis is from the mini cake smash we did for his first 1st birthday, even looking at this picture and him now, in the last 5 months he changed so much..I mean he’s got like a full on mullet now for one..

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Next up we brought a house, which was a super big step and one that we completely under estimated. Turns out our house is a money pit, due to the previous owners but we are getting there slowly, so far we have finished Archer’s bedroom…every other room is like a third done. Let’s just say next year is going to be one filled with tons of DIY.

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I did some super fun posts this year too, like our day out at the lavender farm.

 

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We also did a couple of fun DIY’s like this confetti frame. 

I had planned lots more fun posts this year, but not going to make up excuses, having a baby is hard work, especially with no family near by and a partner who works shift patterns, but I’m slowly getting the hang of this parenting malarkey and so next year will be epic!

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Another highlight was that we postponed our wedding this year to next year due to way too many big life events happening and not being organised at all. But we did find and book our venue, see a sneak preview here. So we will be getting married next year in November! eekk

 

I feel like the blog has really suffered this year, I did a lot more sponsored content then my own, which sucks really because, I don’t do this blog to make money, I do it as an outlet to be creative, which strangely enough I havent been much this year..so this year is going to be radicalised…and all will be revealed in my New Year’s post.

 

Until then.

Have a Happy New year, and thanks to all of you who keep coming back to read my mumble jumble x

 

 

 

 

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A CARTER SANDERS CHRISTMAS

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My god was Christmas hectic this year, we face what every other couple seems to face, how to split your time between the family and the in-laws. What makes ours a little difficult is the fact that neither family live near us or near each other. Mines are over 2 hours away and Richard’s are just under the 2 hours. Cue an excellent idea from yours truly to host the Boxing day Sander’s Christmas to cut out at least 1 day of travelling.

You see we have a system in place with all of my siblings, where we alternate between the families who we see on Christmas day and Boxing day. This year we were at my parents, so we then decided to host the Sanders at ours..

Note that at the time of offering, we didn’t have a table or a flooring. So the last couple of months have been tiring to say the least. Another thing I should mention, is that both families are rather large. This year including all grandkids and siblings…and my gran, we sat 17 people for Christmas dinner…yup! So hectic, we had to borrow 3 long tables to put in the living room because the dinning room can’t house everyone. This is 11 adults and 6 grandkids ranging from 2 weeks ( tiny Molly the new addition) to the twins who are 4 1/2.  Crazy! I’d put a pic up, but my camera died, and alas I don’t have any pics from the Carter xmas…so sad I know.

Moving on to the Sanders Christmas, so because we were hosting, I obviously wanted to go that extra mile….so I did a fancy table scape, and wanted to do guests packages (though richard said that was a bit much) but I still had my table plan..

christmas-dinner-table-setting-interior-stylingI wanted to keep with a blue and gold theme, with some greenery added in. Annoyingly I brought some fresh eucalyptus and foliage for the table, but left it back with the Carter’s, so I did a bit of foraging, aka quick pit stop at the co op and used some misletoe, minus the berries. Wasn’t quite the impact I was going for, but it balanced off the gold and blue nicely.

So I’ll do a quick round-up of where we got our stuff from. I originally got a 4 set gold cutlery from Next, but it was rather expensive, then I came across another set which consisted of 6 sets, for less, from Argos. Though I’ve just looked at it’s now £35..was £20 when I got it. But the Argos ones can go in the dishwasher, the Next can’t. Both set’s are super pretty though. The plates were a big investment, but it’s rather nice having matching plates, and enough to feed a small army. Our plates were from Habitat. The table runner was in a sale in Sainsburys for £2…bargain I know and the 2 gold candle sticks were from Wilkinsons and cost £3…bargain. I used plain white napkins, and had a few table gifts..and that was it.

caligraphy-table-names-dinner-plate-setting-interior-stylistSo we managed to create a booth which could sit 10 adults comfortably, and we had the babies in the corner. We had 12 guests in total, so not quite as hectic as the Carter’s but pretty close.  My future brother-in-law is super savvy at calligraphy, so I got him to do some place cards for the day..check out his instagram here..

christmas-tree-decorations-baby-christmas-bubblesBut overall we had a very lovely Christmas with both families, we were all spoilt, and are now recovering from eating our weight in turkey…no rest for the wicked as plans for exciting shoots are already in plaec for next year..

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas x

 

 



WARSAW, POLAND; OUR MINI TRIP AWAY

So it’s taken me forever to do this post, because well Christmas happened, and the run up to Christmas was super crazy. Cue illness, nightmare toddler and trying to build a booth to seat 10 people for our second Christmas with Richards family on Boxing day. So time escaped me, but I’m super excited to tell you about our mini trip to Warsaw.

So we just went for two days and it was completely baby free..but being in a different country was super difficult..I missed my little guy so much, but it was nice to have some time to ourselves, because you kind of forget your life before kids…like going out past 7pm and not worrying if you both get completely wasted or sleep in past 7am.

So Richard planned the whole thing, I know crazy romantic and a complete surprise to me, and thanks to his friend from work, we were able to stay at her mum’s  apartment while she was over here (which was amazing) and were given some tips of where to go etc..

So it was freezing..but if your thinking of visiting Poland, I’d highly recommend Warsaw, and going at Christmas was truly magical, there were just lights everywhere.

So here is what we did, first off we went to Old Town, where there was a mini Christmas market, and little stores. So this little area is truly beautiful, if you’re looking for instagrammable places, here is one for your list. The buildings were just beautiful and quaint and lots of different colours, and me and Richard both remarked how clean Poland was…like I honestly didn’t really see any rubbish on the floor or anything like that. Was just a lovely little place to have a wonder.

In Old Town there’s a building next to a church, where you can pay 5 S which is about a £1 to climb up a lot of steps…to get to a viewing deck. This is worth it, my legs were shaking by the end, but I’d do it again in a heart beat for the view!

 

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This is the view, isn’t it just incredible totally worth me having burning thighs for the rest of the day..some serious house goals right there…love the little skinny pink one.

couple-mini-break-child-free-cheap-poland-warsawStandard selfie from above..FYI it was seriously freezing..so if you go around December pack some layers people!

After we walked around Old Town, we then decided to walk to the Palace of Culture. Which took us about an hour or so (with lots of stopping in shops). This is a must. They have a viewing deck which is 30 floors up…and don’t panic there’s a lift. It’s a little more expensive being 25 s each, but that’s still only about £5. We timed this one carefully, as I wanted to get up there to catch the golden hour, (just before sunset) and to get some night photos too. Luckily there’s a lovely coffee shop at the top where you can stop for a bite to eat while you wait for the sun to go down to take your second loop of the viewing deck for some night pics. This is a must to truly get a sense of house beautiful Warsaw is.

museum-of-kulture-poland-warsaw-mini-break-cheap-viewing-deck-must-see-touristCatching the golden hour, how beautiful is this, you can just about see the sheer amount of pink in the buildings…I was in love!

 

museum-of-culture-30-floors-up-viewing-deck-mini-escape-cheap-trip-poland-warsawTaken from a different side, showing the city at night, take it from me, make this a must stop if you plan to go to Warsaw, and go up about 40 mins before sunset to capture some beautiful landscapes.

Also as a side note, the decor inside the Palace of Culture is very pink and super modern and amazing..

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museum-of-culture-christmas-warsaw-poland-travel-mini-escape-cheapThe impressive building from the outside, am a bit in love with that green, and you can get an idea of how pretty their Christmas lights are.

 

Back to the pretty buildings, there was so much pink everywhere…I had a theory that maybe they mixed the colours of the flag white and red…but Richards friend Klaudia ,whose mums apartment we were staying in..says the pink doesn’t mean anything…but still stupidly pretty. Here are some serious house goals..

 

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poland-warsaw-pretty-houses-interior-designJust look at the blue hues with the gold detail…I mean I was crushing hard over some of these buildings.

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pretty-buildings-beautiful-architecture-landscape-mini-break-cheap-poland-warsawOld town was just full of quaint little buildings and alley ways leading to hidden treasures, could have spent another day there exploring.

 

So after we did the Palace of Culture, we got a tram back to Old Town to eat some perogies (amazing) and to take in all the pretty Christmas lights, including their huge Christmas tree below. Now reagrding transport they have trams and the metro and it was about 22s (about £4) for a 24hour ticket, which would start from your first journey, so if you got the ticket at 11am, it would last til 11 am the next day. Plus the system was pretty simple too.

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Look at that tree! So many lights so much glitter…kind of puts our Trafalgar one to shame a little…well especially this year..

perogis-poland-warsaw-must-eat-amazing-old-town We ended our last evening eating our weight in perogies (from a vendor cooked in front of us)  then made our way home, stoping to pick up some more perogies to cook back at the apartment. Which was a minimalistic decor dream…with some serious bathroom goals

just look at this tub.

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Crazy stuff! So that was our trip, it was beautiful, cold and crazy colourful. We walked til my hip literally hurt from the cold as if I had become 80 years old, and I brought some rather unusual keepsakes…a pink wooden horse we have called Jeremy and some fluffy boots for Arch..it’s a place I’d love to return too, maybe when slightly warmer so we could take Arch, but definitely put this one on your bucket list guys.

Tomorrow i’ll do a little Christmas update, hope you all had a lovely Christmas though!



HOW TO EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR DECOR ON A BUDGET

Ok so let’s be honest we all love the idea of painting our room a bright colour, or trying out that new trend, but when you don’t have an endless budget to spend on your decor, how can you update it or experiment with your style without it costing a fortune. Also not to mention what if you hate how it looks? We are currently in the middle of trying to renovate a house on a shoe string budget. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to achieve my dream home without spending a fortune or dampening the quality..which pretty much equals to the renovation taken ages and a hell of a lot of elbow grease doing the jobs that would be so much easier, quicker but obviously more expensive to contract out. Note that we aren’t stupid and we have hired plumbers, electricians etc…ain’t noboday can DIY that shit themselves…believe I know due to the idiot previous owners. Moving on.

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Your home should be a reflection of who you are. But decorating can be overwhelming, and it’s very easy to pick the safe option. Especially when it comes to colour. Painting a wall can be nerve-wracking, especially if your choosing a colour outside your comfort zone, it’s costly, there’s a;ways a chance you might not like it, and so forth. What I will say to you, is that if your going to bite the bullet, but end up hating it, give it a couple of months to really see if you like the paint colour. Worst comes to worse, I say you can never go wrong with white, it’s clean, a blank canvas,, plus you can then add colour in accessories. But if painting the walls just proves too much, take a look at removable wallpaper, which is super cute, semi permanent, and adds colour subtly. I love this wall paper above, kid of want to put it in my laundry cupboard..


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Ok so a great way to update your decor, or to do your own take on that new trend is DIY. Even if you’re not crafty, some DIY’s are stupidly easy to do and they can really make an effect in your home decor..pom poms for example, so easy to make, you can literally buy a little device like this one here, which is super helpful, and you add colour to your home decor for hardly anything.


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DIY feature wall can be done so easily on a budget, if you’re looking to use a range of colours (id say 3 colours is a good combo) sample pots are a good way to go, lots of colours, cheap, and you won’t have a ton of paint left over.


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You can spruce up your old items by upcycling them. Love the metallic theme but not the price tag, by some gold spray paint and have some fun with it. Charity shop buys can be made to look amazing with a lick of paint and some tlc.

You can look into interior design services if you’re looking for something drastic but worried you can’t pull it off, though this isn’t overly budget friendly.

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How super cute is this? I love the idea of having pom pom art on the wall.

The above are some more fun budget DIYS for your home decor, these are so fun, so take a few risks and try something a bit different. You might just end up creating a unique and  wonderful place to live.

 

 

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OFF ON A MINI CHILDFREE ADVENTURE

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So next week me and Richard are off to Poland for a couple of days minus Arch. It was a surprise from Richard to me for our 5 year anniversary/Christmas..to say I’m excited is an understatement. Though I know I’m going to miss Arch crazy amounts. I miss him when he’s been with the grandparents for a day, so being out the country is going to be a big step…but I’m so looking forward to spending some time with Richard and exploring a new city!

So we are off to Warsaw, and super lucky that a friend of Richards is letting us stay at their place, saving us a bunch of money, which will probably be spent at the Christmas market!

Something you forget when you have kids, is the idea of both parents leaving the house after 7…we don’t have family near by, and I feel Arch is a little young to be left with a babysitter, which means most evenings me and Richard stay in…so just the idea of going out in the evenings, eating out past 6…walking and exploring..I seriosuly can not wait! If any of you have any advice or suggestions drop me an email. I know we are pretty close to Old Town Market Place , and I’ve done quite a bit of pinning to find some good spots, but any recommendations welcome.

My next mission is to pack for both of us, for 2 days, in a cold country, with no checked in luggage..so pretty much in 2 back packs..

 

wish me luck!



20 GIFTS UNDER £20 FOR KIDS

We have done the men, and we have done the women. Now for the most important our tiny humans. Here is our gift guide for kids. 20 ideas for under £20…I love doing kids gift guide, products for children nowadays are so stylish. Like I’d wear some kids clothes if they did them in bigger sizes you know!

 

Hopefully these will fill you with some ideas.

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  1. Make your own penguin kit, Not on the Highstreet, £16.99   2. Moon light, Trouva, £11.50   3. Kitty pencil case, Trouva, £20.00   4. Unicorn Head printable DIY, Etsy, £8.79  5. Frida Kahlo little people big dreams book, Trouva, £9.99   6.Lucie Kaas Bordfolk egg cups, Trouva, £12.95                   7. Princess surprise cone gift box, Trouva, £12.99   8. Cactus print, Trouva, £10.00  9. Baby sheepskin booties, Trouva, £20.00  10. Chalkboard colour in t-shirt, Not on the highstreet, £20.00   11. Scratch mittens, Etsy, £5.70  12. Flatout Frankie little roar head, Trouva, £18.00  13. Shark bait fizzy sweets, Trouva, £7.45  14. Days of the week hair clips, Trouva, £4.50  15.  Personalised childs baking kit, Not on the Highstreet, £13.50          16. 3 toy race cars with personalised cotton bag, Not on the Highstreet, £14.99  17. Wooden dinosaur, Trouva, £11.95  18. Carpenter’s belt with wooden tools, Trouva, £12.99  19. Personalised water bottle, Etsy, £9.00  20. Reindeer backpack, Trouva, £16.50

Such cute stuff! this is my last gift guide, but stay tuned for some fun last-minute Christmas DIY gifts, and fun wrapping paper too!



20 GIFTS UNDER £20 FOR HIM

Ok so our next installment of our gift ideas concentrates on the men in your life. I find I end up getting Richard the same thing when it comes to birthday’s and Christmas. Food, cooking bits or Lego. Sometimes the poor guys get given socks, chocolates and games year after year..which they probably love, but if your on the look out for something different then take a look at our gift guide below! Want to find a gift for your female friends, take a look at our other gift guide here.

 

20-gifts-under-20-for-him-trouva-etsy-not-on-the-highstreet-blog-christmas-gift-ideas1.  Men’s Society bar of soap, Trouva, £13.00   2. “Not drinking enough” Brown embossed hip flask, Trouva, £17.00   3. Low and Slow BBQ pork crackling, Not on the Highstreet, £15.99   4. Guitar pick wallet, Not on the Highstreet, £18.50   5. Tequila & Lime bath salt shots, Not on the Highstreet, £12.95    6. Aandersson Shapes mug Agnes, Trouva, £18.00   7. Beer bread mix, Not on the Highstreet, £6.95   8. Penguin Feet slippers, Etsy, £17.80       9. L:A Bruket coriander & black pepper hand cream, Trouva, £17.00   10. Make your own chorizo sausage kit, Not on the Highstreet, £14.50   11. Men’s personalised canvas beard bag, Not on the Highstreet, £9.95   12. Tequila Mockingbird, Cocktails with a literary twist book, Trouva, £9.99  13. Dwight Schrute t-shirt, Etsy, £8.99  14. Smartphone projector, Not on the Highstreet, £19.95  15. Moustache grooming kit, Not on the Highstreet, £20                16. Gourmet popcorn seasonings, Etsy, £11.32   17. Sock subscription, Not on the Highstreet, £ 17.97   18. Breaking Bad Heisenberg’s candy, Etsy, £3.99   19. Beardy mugs set, Trouva, £20   20. Mrs White’s Beard oil with Kentish hops, Trouva, £20

 

Hopefully this gift guide fills you with some inspiration, or at least introduces you to some awesome designers!

Not long to go til Christmas…yayaya

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TRYING TO GET MORE SLEEP

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Now yes I know that I have a 17 month old so sleep is pretty come and go anyway, but the last few months I just havent been sleeping great. So while I’m trying to design our bedroom, I’ve been looking into ways how the decor can help, here’s what I found.

If the environment of your room isn’t particularly peaceful, then it won’t be a good place for you to relax and sleep in. You might think that painting the walls in dark colours will help create a warm, cosy space but they might actually help to keep you awake more. Dark red and purple are colours of passion, emotion and intensity – instead go for paler shades like pastel blue and green. Make sure your room is a comfortable environment – if you have wooden floors or worn carpets, add soft rugs for you to push your toes into first thing in the morning. You could also put some soft throw pillows on your bed.

The Way You Use Your Bedroom

If your bedroom doubles up as an office space then that right there – that’s probably the issue that’s keeping you awake at night….whoops? hello writing blog post constantly sat in bed.  Though once my office is done I’ll have somewhere separate to the house to do work. We need to make sure that we associate our bedrooms with sleeping and with peacefulness. If you can see your desk and your unfinished projects out of the corner of your eye, you’ll just start feeling worried about how much work you have to do the following day, instead of focusing on resting…or in my case all that plus a mountain of clothes.

The bed.

If your bed is uncomfortable, there’s no chance you’re going to be able to get a decent night’s sleep right? I mean it makes sense. Though our mattress is quite comfortable but maybe new pillows and duvet might help. I often get a  sore neck and upper back, so maybe it’s time for new pillows.

 

The lights

I’ve read that if there are any electronic devices in your room,  you should cover up their lights. Even if your TV is off, there might just be a little red light on it that indicates it’s on standby, and if your phone is charging in the corner then it might be lighting up every now and then. These lights can keep you awake by distracting you out of the corner of your eye – the same goes for your digital clock, if you have one. It’s better to try not to look at the clock as you’re trying to sleep or if you wake up in the middle of the night. Getting back to sleep will be easier if you’re not frustrated that you only have half an hour before you have to get up – you should be focusing on the sleep itself rather than the time you have to do it in. No more phones got it.

Furniture

For all you need to know about an eco-friendly mattress, click here. Regarding the bed, I’m considering getting a kingsize. Which arch making a regualr appearance in ours, having a little more space might help the sleep process. Take a look at your local antiques shops for a cosy chair or rocking chair, maybe ill try to get Arch asleep again in that, then have the bed just for ma and richard.

Your Living Habits

A tidy space leads to a tidy mind, and if you can see clutter around you then it will bother you and keep you awake. Well this sums me up. Our room is horrific at the moment. I think it’s time to declutter and to get rid of some things. I need to bring some zen into our bedroom.

Sleep time ritual.

I’m going to start doing yoga again…stretch out my muscles and find an inner calm me thinks…wish me luck

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DESIGN REBEL

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I was always a little different at school, dressed a little quirkier (is that a word?!) anyway listened to different music and generally enjoyed being a slight rebel when it came to my choices in fashion. The same goes with my decor. I’m kind of used to being that person in a friend group who has the slightly bizarre decor choices. But after we brought a house, and I could really go to town, I shied away for a weird reason.

What about when we go to sell?

When thinking up decor ideas, I started to tame it down when it came to the execution. Purely because I was worried that when we decided to sell, it might make it difficult. To which point Richard pretty much said who cares?

He’s totally right. I’ve lost myself since finishing uni, I went from being surrounded by creative like-minded people, where my dress sense didn’t get a second glance but a hey five, to a small town in Essex where grey was the boldest colour worn. I’ve totally lost my style, which hasn’t been helped since becoming a mum. But that’s a post for another day. So i decided not to lose my decor taste either! So the mood board above is just a snippet of my house goals, as you can see it’s bright, it clashes but in my eyes its amazing!

So here’s to being a decor rebel, not following any particular trend, but a pinch from all, and to decorating our houses to make us happy, not a future buyer 10 years down the line.

I mean let’s be honest I was not thrilled with the decor especially the many shades of brown tiles in the bathroom, but that didnt put me off buying. Because in my mind I pictured all the potential of the house, which a future buyer would/should do.

So I’ve gone with my heart, and we are decorating the house slowly, but to our own taste with some easy DIY hacks too. Which will all be shown on the blog soon, but i’ll give you a sneak peek to a few today!

So on my rather long list of big things that need tackling, a couple of the main areas for me, are our shades of brown bathroom and our front garden. Which is just stones. Such a pain with a pram. I need something like resin bound paving, just as a strip so I can get pram out with ease..also I love the idea of just having a bunch f lavender and a climber up the front door (which is super ugly so needs something doing to it). Picture a lovely cottage-esq style printed on mid terrace house!

Ok so one of our biggest decor decisions was our living room floor. We decided on doing this way before we were even considering buying a house, and thankfully we went through with, it was a massive labour of love, but it looks amazing, here’s a sneak preview of our blue floor!

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We will do a post on how you can do it too, as we built the whole floor from scratch! And it cost us like a 1/3 of the price getting hardwood flooring would have cost. Once the living room is done and dressed ill do a tour post too! But I’m so happy with how it came out, though photographs just don’t show how bright the blue is, I’ll keep trying to get a good picture for you guys!

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So I showed you a glimpse of our living room bookcase but here it is again, which is full of storage, but let’s be honest you can never have enough storage, so we are trying to find fun ways to add storage but in a decorative sense too. Yes this means I’ve contemplated wall papering cupboards and putting in thick wood shelves…everything can be made to look good no matter what! I also love the idea of doing a big hexagon wall piece for upstairs in the hallway, somewhere we can display family photos, and of course plants. I secretly love looking at unique storage solutions.

 

So like I said above, even when it comes to storage and cupboards, i’m a big believer in maximizing the potential, and the aesthetic. Which why the amount of time I’ve spent designing this next room might surprise you. Our hallway. As you can see in the below picture, we decided on a bold washi tape pattern for the walls. Now we have also picked some tiles, which to my dismay don’t overly go with the crosses on the wall, but I have my ways and there are always ways to make it work. Also decor is like fashion. Do it with confidence and you can pull anything off. I’m hoping to be able to show the hallway sometime in the new year, if it’s finished by that time of course.

 

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Could not post a cute picture of Arch, this was a few months back when he stood up for the first time. Now he’s climbing on everything and trying to run!

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So here’s a snippet of our wall, this is pretty easy to do if you don’t care too much about precision. As you can see ours aren’t perfect, but it’s so effective I don’t think it really matters.

 

We were super lucky that our house acme with an outhouse. Now we had the idea of this aways being my office, but it did cross my mind to make it into a spare bedroom with an en-suite. That idea didn’t last long because I decided an office was better use, plus we have a spare room, so why would we need another..also the price..bathrooms are expensive! So my office is still a working project, but picture salmon pink storage, bright coloured artworks, streamers confetti and maybe a feature wall…I can’t wait til it’s finished.

 

 



BEDROOM IDEAS

I think it’s pretty standard that when you move into a new place, be it rented or owned, the bedroom is often the last room to get done.  Our house is slowly coming together, though our bedroom looks like a mini laundrette. I’ve already come to terms that doing up the house is going to be a loooong project. We are coming to the end of our small budget, and we haven’t even touched the horrid brown upstairs bathroom, so it’s going to be a good year or two saving up to do that..so I know the house won’t be done anytime soon. But I’d like to get our bedroom done within the next few months or so because it’s super important to have a relaxing place to sleep..

So for each room I’ve done a mood board, and as I reveal the rooms when they get done  I’ll go over our inspo and crap like that! But I’m kind of stumped when it comes to our bedroom. I’ve tried to keep a sort of theme through the house regarding colour and style. With muted white walls I’ve paired white and bare wood with bright accents. I’d say our style is rather modern with an eccentric twist…yeah let’s go with that.

But with our bedroom I want warm, cozy and personal.. so I’ve been trailing my favourite Pinterest for some ideas.

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I’m not going to say function is more important than style, don’t worry! Actually, I’m going to imply the exact opposite. Your style is an option, so it’s probably the thing that you feel most passionate about. Let’s face it – it’s hard to get that lovely home “hygge” feeling off something that you must have.

So by getting the functional side of the room out-of-the-way, you’re free to focus on the decor. Make sure your bed is of good quality. If you’re not currently sleeping comfortably, then do something about it and have a peruse of a Tempur bed and mattress guide. If you’re a parent – it goes without saying that you’re always exhausted, so go for something super comfy to help yourself out.

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Lighting is important in the bedroom. We are lucky to have a large window, so during the day we have lots of lovely natural lighting, but for the evening, we currently have the worst blue light which came with the house. I want something similar to this above. A light fixture which gives off lots of light. Pair it with a dimmer to control the amount of light, and you can set the tone for whatever evening.

We also plan to either add table lamps on bedside tables or sconces, for just a little extra light by the bed for reading, blogging or trying to find Archers dummy when he’s in with us…so like every night..

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We are super lucky that upstairs, under the carpet, are wooden floorboards which apart from one giant chip board section (thank you past owner) they are in good condition. So I’m thinking I might white stain the wooden boards for our room then get a rug to cover the flooring a little to make it a little more cosy. I love the room above with all the natural light, wooden features and giant rug.

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So I’m kind of in love with this bedroom, especially the over half pink wall. I’m considering doing something similar but not having a clean-cut line, maybe a blended in blurred line instead? Also I see lots of throws, pillows and cosy accessories in my bedroom future!

One thing that’s already sorted, just needs to be framed, is our feature picture for above our bed. I took a bunch of seascapes while we were away in Devon, and I’ve had one printed large-scale which is so pretty and relaxing. Perfect for our bedroom sanctuary. I also have lots of personal family photos spotted about too!

Here’s to be hopefully get a lovely bedroom sanctuary soon!

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