You may have noticed there has been quite a theme with some of my posts recently, I’m determinedly making our house a home one room at a time. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones and just an extreme form of ‘nesting’ but recently I’m just loving making little changes and improvements to the house to really make it somewhere that I love to be. One of my favourite ways to add character and personality to a room is by introducing prints and wall art to the space. Our whole house is painted white which I love as it is very airy and bright but I also love colour and pattern so I’ve been using wall art to introduce this all around the house. Continue reading “Adding Character To The Children’s Bedrooms With Posterlounge & A Giveaway”
I’ve written many, many posts now on the subject of making our rented house, our home. Everyone who rents will know the struggle of not wanting to spend too much money on a property that isn’t yours but also desperately wanting to put your stamp on it. We’re lucky in that we are able to decorate our house however we wish, but that does also make it harder to resist the temptation of splashing the cash to make it ‘ours’. The best way I have found to not waste money on decorating a rental property is to keep the walls simple and neutral and to create the personality with accessories. It’s all in the details. Continue reading “Making Our House, Our Home | Lounge Details”
At nearly 36 weeks pregnant, my nesting urges have totally taken over. All I want to do is clean, tidy and generally just make sure that my house is ready for a brand new baby boy to arrive in around a month’s time. Call me middle aged but I’m a sucker for new cleaning products and gadgets to make household chores easier. So you can only imagine my excitement when I received the Miele Blizzard CX1 Parquet Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner to review. I’d been struggling with our ancient vacuum cleaner for so long and I hadn’t realised quite how badly I needed an upgrade until I tried the Miele Blizzard CX1 out. I suddenly realised how heavy our old one vacuum was and quite how basic the settings were compared to this new machine. As a mum of a toddler I spend a lot of time dragging the vacuum around and so I’m not exaggerating when I say that the Miele Blizzard CX1 has totally changed my everyday life for the better. Continue reading “Miele Blizzard CX1 Parquet Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner Review”
We’ve lived in many houses over the years and so I’m well acquainted with some of the problems that houses can develop as they get older. Once you’ve bought your home (as we hope to within the next few years!) you aren’t going to want to sell up simply because your house has lost it’s sparkle, not to mention that it would be hard to sell in those circumstances too! So, before you consider moving somewhere new, you might want to try giving your current home another chance. Perhaps it just needs a new look. After all, if you have space in your home then you have the potential for change. You just need to rethink the design of your household and make some improvements in a practical sense. What your home needs is a new vibe, and hopefully this post will help you achieve that!
I’ve spoken briefly on here before about how we have been gradually modernising our house, but today I thought I would talk in more detail about how we have achieved that without breaking that bank. We don’t own our house and so all of the changes we have made have been as low cost as possible as ultimately we are trying to save for our own property not spend money on this one. I’m sure there are lots of people in the same situation as us so I thought I would share some the ways that we have modernised our home on a budget. I’m also planning a whole post on our lounge makeover so keep your eyes peeled for that!
As we countdown the months and weeks to baby number two, it’s dawning on me more and more that Darcie will soon be ‘the big girl’ of the family. I want to do lots of things for her around the time of Ernie Bump’s arrival that will make her feel special and hopefully ease the transition from only child to older sibling. One of the things I was keen to do was to update her bedroom so it’s less of a nursery and more of a toddler room. She has clear interests, likes and dislikes now and so I love the thought of her having a bedroom that is ‘her’s’ and full of things that she likes. The transformation is nowhere near complete but these are just some of the things we have added or changed so far.
Storage solutions are one of those things that I never paid any attention to before having children. There was just always enough storage for my possessions and if there wasn’t I would have a clear out or shove some stuff up into the loft. However since becoming a mum, I’ve noticed that a common go to topic of conversation is ‘oh my goodness, where am I supposed to store all of this stuff?!’ So, I’m clearly not alone in feeling like there is just never enough room to accommodate all of the paraphernalia that comes with having a child. Continue reading “Storage Solutions for Families”
As an avid Instagram and Pinterest user I am constantly looking through images of picture perfect homes. I love following interiors accounts and lusting over beautiful houses and dreamy decor. I’m always dreaming of the day when I have my own house and we can chuck every last penny we have into making it our perfect family home. For now, a girl can only dream! I love looking through wishlists of home furnishings and interiors and so I thought I would share my own. Less of a look into my home and more of a look into my mind and the house I dream of having one day. So, in an ideal world, what would my forever home look like? Continue reading “If I Owned My Own Home”
When we moved into our current home I loved so many things about it; the layout, the garden, the space in the lounge. There was just one problem, the decor! Luckily we have been able to change the decor to suit our own tastes which we have been doing, slowly but surely, since we moved in. The worst room by far was definitely our bedroom. Orange carpet, orange curtains, badly fitted wardrobes, do I really need to say more? The wardrobes were the first to go, which then revealed a ceiling that needed to be plastered and a carpet that definitely needed changing.
One fresh new ceiling, one lovely grey carpet, three glorious white walls and one simple grey wall later and it was finally starting to feel more like our bedroom and less like something the eighties had left behind. Continue reading “Finishing Touches With Desenio”
I know that some of my family and friends that have known me for a long time will be laughing even reading the title of this post. I used to be the Queen of Clutter. Seriously, I couldn’t throw anything away. I loved to hold onto things for sentimental value and ‘but I’ll probably use it int he future’ but it got to the point of sheer ridiculousness and I would find myself rummaging through shoe boxes of wristbands and ticket stubs trying to remember why I had held onto it all in the first place. We’ve moved four times in four years and each time we move I find myself cursing all the clutter than I have to move from one attic to the next. A couple of moves ago I decided enough was enough, it was time to get ruthless and I haven’t looked back ever since. Having Darcie and starting a family made me realise what the most important things in life are, and holding onto a lifetimes worth of junk really wasn’t adding any value to my life. I’ve extended this ruthlessness to many different areas of my life and house now and the result has been that I can now focus more on the people and things that are actually important. I’d recommend this type of detox to anyone so here are some of the things that I do to live a less cluttered life. Continue reading “How to Live a Less Cluttered Life”