Im never as happy as when I have a paint brush in my hand, dont bring me Jewellery bring me paint and we’ll be friends forever! It wasnt too long ago that my bathroom had been completely renovated but as is my character I bore of my surroundings quite often..much to my husbands despair. I decided to introduce some, ok a lot of grey into the bathroom, my Washstand, Fireplace, cupboards and doorway were given a makeover with Winter Grey by Rust-oleum, it immediatley brightened up the room and gave the whole space a new, fresh feel.
Ah the horror that is a teenage boys room, babies, pre schoolers little girls who love princesses, little boys who love dinosaurs are all relatively easy to decorate for. Teenage boys… not so much! They want Rappers pinned to their walls, movie posters, or some god awful mad graffiti that hurts your eyes!! But no matter how much he begged for biggie smalls or 2 pac , I convinced him that im sure we could come up with something that wouldnt de-value my home ;0) and something I know he could be proud of.
The hubby and I have made a decision to address a problem that im sure most people have, the mortgage! I can remember the day my letter came through from the bank declaring “Congratulations you’ve been approved” I was so so excited about owning my own home, In my head I had decorated and furnished the place long before the keys were in my hand, the day I collected my keys I had actual butterflies in my tummy, my god, we were going to move into our very own house, no landlord saying…No dogs, No decorating, I absolutely will turn up and spot check the house without any prior notice, No putting nails in the wall, oh and if any problem occurs with damp, leaks and lack of heating…then I will take my own sweet a** time in getting it fixed!!
Ive got a pink sofa!!! Well, it was only a matter of time wasnt it? and the great thing is, this isnt even a new sofa, its my old Ikea Ektorp given a fabulous velvet pink makeover, I was contacted by the lovely people over at Comfort Works to style their Pale Pink Velvet sofa cover, ermmm the words, Pink & Sofa in the same sentence?..hell yes! I may have spent way more time than I ought too just running my hands over the fabric, its so luxurious and soft and I couldnt wait to snuggle up on it. I had 2 options regarding fit, I could go with Skirted like my old sofa cover or the Snug fit, I went with Snug to show off the the shape of the sofa and give it a more modern look.
You may have noticed recently, especially if your following me on Instagram, that ive been filling my home with quite a lot of House Plants, all shapes and sizes and all different types of breeds, cacti, Aloe, palms..you name it. They are no doubt beautiful but that wasnt the only reason I bought them, I decided to conduct an experiment, I have Asthma and its been with me since I was a child, over the years it was mainly seasonal and it would generally only flair up during winter. However after the birth of my son 3 years ago it started to affect my daily life, if you are reading this and have Asthma then you will know what I mean when I say it can be quite restrictive, I don’t go anywhere without my inhaler, I have to use it everyday, my Asthma can even flair up while im sleeping, which trust me can be quite scary. So my big question is Can House Plants Help with Asthma??
Yes! Apartment Therapy, my Interior Bible, my go to site that ive been reading for years has featured my home this month and im ridiculously happy about it. Im sure this was evident by the jumping around I was doing when the email landed on my phone, I spilled hot tea down my top…but was totally worth it! Check out the write up here
Hands up, who’s excited for the Chelsea Flower Show! I watch it every year and I get so inspired by all the garden designs, I love gardening, I love getting my hands dirty and I love all the sounds that being in the garden brings too, the birds, bees, the occasional lawn mower in the garden of a house a few streets away, kids playing in paddling pools..the ice cream van! And not forgetting music
On Instagram I get asked this question a lot “how do you keep your house so clean with kids” The answer is..wet wipes, a bucket of white paint and a prayer. Now to give you an idea of what im faced with daily im gonna work with percentages 85% of the time my kids are amazing, well mannered, well behaved children, 15% of the time they are just plain Wild and im not even exaggerating
After my daughter saw the new wallpaper in Mummy and Daddys room she quickly decided that she would like some gold in her bedroom too and that it should be Polkadots! So yet again im breaking my no wallpaper rule, I had a search and found this fab Gold Polkadot design made by Graham and Brown, my daughter loves it and so do I. You can purchase it from Debenhams, much like the Geometric wallpaper in my bedroom it has a lovely sheen to it and kinda sparkles when the sunlight hits it. After I put the wallpaper up, I thought why stop there! So I sat down with Belle and asked her what art she would like in her room, she answered Baby Animals…We went online to one of my favourite websites Desenio and Picked out the cutest baby animals we could find and this is what we come up with.
Here is a sneak peek at what ive been upto, I absolutely fell in love with this gold geometric wallpaper by Graham and Brown which I bought from Next, I dont generally do wallpaper because my home is constantly evolving and stripping paper of walls is such a hassle, however I had to buy it, the design is so eye catching and the gold lines have a slight sheen to them so when daylight floods the room the paper really comes alive..truly beautiful!
I dont think there’s a wrong way to do a gallery wall, its pretty much just a collection of what you love placed together to create a feature, the wackier the better in my eyes, I wanted pops of colour and most of all fun, if a flamingo a pineapple, and a toucan hanging out together isn’t fun then I dont know what is…? Gallery walls don’t have to be restricted to just pictures, you can add far more interest by adding ornaments, plants, books, sculptures whatever, by putting up some ledges or shelves amongst your pictures you add depth and interest and it automatically draws the eye.
So ive been busy! My husband finally cracked and let me into ‘his room’ and to top it off he let me make all the decisions, its been fun! This room used to have a big bulky brown leather sofa in it which i disliked immensely, however my hubby said it was comfy so for a while it became untouchable.
So here it is, my boys bedroom makeover, the boys are age 6 and 2, so creating a space that wasn’t too baby themed and at the same time not to grown up was a little tricky and took a little more planning in order to please both boys, I wanted the room to have a Scandinavian feel, I went with a base of white with pops of grey but the room needed a wow feature, my wow came in the form of birch trees which was provided by PIXERSIZE.
This landscape of loveliness is the new addition to our home its from the fab people over at Rug House, I am an absolute sucker for a shaggy rug, the texture and pile adds a certain warmth to a room, it makes you want to lie on it in front of the fire…which in fact I have, its very comfortable. But first it must pass the toes test!
The life of a Butterfly is sadly a short one and though in life they grace us with their presence for only a short while The Curious Department, an Independent Interiors Brand and studio in London, find a way to preserve their beauty for ever more .The Curious Departments latest collection Metamorphosis showcases their fascination with Nature, the founders Chris and Ross design and produce limited edition art prints, hand crafted taxidermy Butterflies, fine bone china and decorative home accessories. The passion and dedication they both have for their brand is truly evident in the distinctive quality of their designs.The Butterfly above is a Purple Spotted Swallowtail and is only found in the Highlands of new Guinea, having something in my home that I would of likely otherwise never seen is pretty special. My kiddies are fascinated by it, so much so it prompted a little lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly…educational too!
In my house Teapots are not just for tea, ain’t it pretty! I thought id try my hand at dyeing some flowers, its a really simple process, all you need is food colouring and patience.
Fairytales, magic, princesses and fairies is what most little girls love and not just little girls, grown women with 4 children do too…ahem. When I was small I loved to get lost in fairytales ,but as much as I loved the stories I loved the houses and Castles too, who wouldn’t want to live in the 7 Dwarfs cottage! As we all know it was the imagination of many a gifted illustrator who created these magical abodes and surely they don’t really exist, do they? As it turns out, yes they do! Ive found the daydreamers alternative to the fairytale versions we all know and love.
I Love me a makeover! If I was to describe my home in one word I would say it was Cheery. All the white walls and pops of colour lift my spirit and make me smile, I want to live in a home where sad cant survive which is why I surround myself with as much colour and light as possible, Everybody needs a happy place don’t they?
You gotta love a shelfie! The above picture is of the open shelves I have in my kitchen, the first thing I decided when I started the makeover on my kitchen was which colours would I like to see in there? that was easy, i’m a pastel kinda girl so pinks, blues and pale green was top of the list with pops of red and of course polkadots, I cant lie polkadots make me happy!
I wanted my kitchen to have a sense of fun and be a place where I could cook and bake with the kids and dance away to the radio. I have figured out while renovating our house that I actually need colour around me, I’ve noticed that when I’m in dark surroundings I feel very uncomfortable, but put me in a light bright environment and my mood completely changes, my favourite colour is Pink ( I know,big shock right?) I read up a little on this and I came across something called Colour Psychology and did you know that studies have shown that Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies and alleviates anger and anxiety…..true story! If there was ever a reason to go Pink then that should be it!
Sometimes the little details make all the difference when you start designing a room, when my bathroom was finished I struggled to find any Towels I liked, I wanted something different from the norm and something that reflected my style, these gorgeous Star Towels are made exclusively for The Fine Cotton Company, they are unique, fun and very good quality and as you can see my favourite colours!