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So you have just picked up your keys to your new home to be, It’s one of the best rental apartments you’ve come across. But it still has that ‘just rented’ feel. The only problem is that most landlords have restrictions on how much you can alter. Redecorating is out of the question, and if you mark the walls, you may lose your deposit. So how do you decorate a rented apartment?

You can’t paint, and so you need to be creative. In place of wallpaper and paint think about wrapping paper and fabric. Decorative wrapping paper can be applied to small wall areas or in between shelves. The small sheets will add a little colour without being overpowering. If you’re afraid of marking the walls, then use something like Command Strips. They won’t leave a mark and are easy to remove. Fabric can be used in a similar way. Or do a dramatic feature wall using a tapestry, or even washi tape. Which doesn’t mark walls, but always do a tester first…just incase.


If your walls are painted with no raised patterns, then think about applying wall stickers. These vinyl wall decorations will adhere to your wall without glues or pastes. You can rub them on and then remove them when you’re ready to leave. You can buy similar stickers for kitchen and bathroom tiles.


We used these removal dots for Archer’s nursery and command strips to hang his gallery wall! This allowed us to make his room a little special without loosing our deposit!

Now to washi tape. It’s a renters best friend! The colour and patterns are endless, and I haven’t had any problems so far removing it. You can use it to spruce up your kitchen..

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You could re-create this style kitchen using washi tape on the cupboards! Look at all the colour!

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Or use it to create stripes in the bathroom??


Use it in your bedroom, or anywhere in your house really to frame pictures for your walls..


Or just spruce up boring doors in your home!

I love washi tape and the possibilities are endless, you can even use it to spruce up old furniture or make some art on a canvas…this is an essential item for your tool box!

For further design inspiration read this article and this one.


5 Alternative Christmas trees ideas

It’s the 1st of December, Christmas is officially on its way to us, and we are on our way out today to get our Christmas tree. This time last year we were packing up our house in Essex, and I was spending most of the time with my head in a toilet bowl with morning sickness. What a difference a year makes. Now we live in Bedford and instead of being sick constantly, I’m generally just covered in baby sick! But one thing is for sure. I am stupidly excited about Christmas this year, especially with it being Archer’s first one!

Now I am a real Christmas tree girl through and through. I grew up with the excitement of trip out with my dad to get the tree and  that fresh pine smell filling our living room at Christmas. So there’s no doubt in my mind that me and Richard will keep that tradition going strong and get real tree this year. But they aren’t for everyone. If you’re not a fan of pine needles everywhere, or the price tag that comes with a real tree, a fake one seem to be the alternative. Until now. Until the world of creatives embarked on a new a way to symbolise the Christmas tree…without actually having a tree! These are my top 5 favourite alternative Christmas trees. To be honest even I wouldn’t mind having some of these in my living room.


 A lovely wall hanging paired with decorations, I think this is a super sweet way to show the Christmas tree spirit in your house, without the need of a tree. This is especially great if you just don’t have the room for a tree.

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I love the fact that there is still the structure of the tree, and let’s be honest the presents fit rather perfectly under this tree..and no pine needles everywhere!

alternative-frame-christmas-treeMoco Choco.

Another similar structure, but this screams girly elegance to me? Maybe a great idea for a dorm or a single girls apartment! I love the fairy lights and what looks like to be a cranberry garland? Very sweet!

handmade-painted-driftwood-christmas-treeMoco Choco.

Another wall hanging. A simple crisp tree outline. I love the painted sticks with this one.

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And lastly..possibly my favourite out of them all. I love how simple this is. Such a great idea but it’s so effective too! Plus I am loving the dogs party hat in the corner too!

I will post a picture of our tree once it’s up and decorated..happy tree decorating all!

How to spruce up boring rental bathrooms

So my house is now finally reasonably clean, I have dropped off half a car load of things to the charity shop, and it’s just the few upcycle projects, and hanging up mini gallery walls that needs doing really. Which is good because I am struggling. I love the sun and how warm it is, but I’m not going to lie at 36 weeks the heat isn’t your friend, and pair that with frequent tightenings, which are a joy, I am pretty uncomfortable..

But to my bathrooms. I have one upstairs and a toilet downstairs..both have their issues. The upstairs is kind of boring..now I know bathrooms don’t exactly need to be thrilling but I think especially for when you have a bath and try to relax, you want somewhere that can add to that. The problem with the downstairs toilet is it’s windowless so dark gloomy and a death room for plants..So I have been looking at some good cheap renters fixes for your bathrooms, or for homeowners who don’t have the extra cash to remodel their bathrooms.



Accessories can be a god send in bathrooms. Cute glass bottles for your bubble bath, and a  vase and candles can help achieve a spa like space, and detract from hideous fixtures that are out of your budget or control.




I am loving the flamingo muriel, and although this isn’t budget or landlord friendly, unless you have a super laid back landlord, adding art work to your bathroom can create a sense of space and can really set a room and doesn’t have to be expensive. Create your own artworks, use photographs or check out these free printable artworks here, and whack them in a charity shop or old frame which can be spruced up with a lick of paint..



I love the idea of doing this, especially in our dark and gloomy downstairs toilet. I could even get some shiny metallic pieces which might add some light? Who knows. You can use washi tape to put up your gallery wall which is renter friendly instead of using nails…which can be a painful process putting up and taking down, plus landlords aren’t always in love with the idea of nails..


If space is an issue and getting a unit isn’t an option, having an old ladder like this is such an awesome way to display your towels, and I love the pictures casually on the floor. Making this a centre feature will add some style to your bathroom. If your bathroom bears a horrid outdated pattern or colour, adding a feature like this with towels that will compliment the bathroom, or bold patterned towels that will detract is a good way to get around that bathroom decor you just hate.



If you have room, getting a cabinet can add a lot to your bathroom. See our newly upcycled bathroom cabinet here. Upcycling it in a bold colour will make it a good distraction from horrid fixtures..Plus is great for storage.



Make your jewellery an art piece in your bathroom. Double use as a great storage for your pieces and it’s an eye catching centre piece for your bathroom. Adding texture,colour and sparkly loveliness. You can get these great renters tabs which come with hooks. So instead of hammering in a nail, get these clear hooks which will also give the illusion of floating jewellery too.




Bold statement colour scheme. This is what I am thinking  for my bathroom. Black and gold statement colour pieces give a chic and elegant look to a bathroom. Easy to do on a budget with some gold spray paint, black paint, and a printer to get some beautiful black and white photos. Sorted. Rummage your local charity shops for some interesting glass bottles to store your toiletries and make-up too.

And last but not least, when your bathroom is just pass the point of anything, turn it into a tropical paradise.




Amazing right? Anyway I am now off to try and transform my bathrooms! Wish me luck!

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Etsy Picks for Nursery Art 1

Ok so a great way to add some fun to your nursery, especially if you rent and can’t decorate is putting up a gallery wall. The colour and shapes will stimulate your little one and make your nursery a cute place to be. I am planning to do this, and slowly building up a title collection.

Etsy picks for nursery gallery wall for babies


1.Geometric Gazelle Print, Etsy.  2. Lollipop Print, Etsy.  3. Cactus Print, Etsy.  4.Giraffe Print, Etsy.

5.Geometric Mountains Print, Etsy.  6.Nightime Print, Etsy.  7. Smiley Pear Print, Etsy.  8. People In The Rain Print, Etsy.

9. Beaker Print, Etsy.


Because we aren’t going to find out the sex I wanted to look at neutral art works, I also like the idea that a lot of these artworks can last til they are a bit older too! Or let’s be honest…most of them would look awesome all over the house…