Home Decor Plans 2018

Next month marks two years since Topher and I moved into our first house. Since then we’ve come a long way in decorating but there’s still lots of things left to do. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Guest bedroom

My Office

The Landing

Kitchen Nook

And here’s my plans for 2018:

Living Room

I made a lot of progress with the living room last year but it’s far from done. Which is why I haven’t shown it on the blog yet. If you’re interested in the in between shot, let me know, but otherwise I’m just going to wait until it’s done to show it off.

Here’s the before shots. Since then we’ve gotten laminate wood flooring which matches the kitchen, new sofas, new TV table and storage chest and I painted the walls grey. We’ve got all the base stuff done – it’s just finishing touches left.

The main problem is the walls. The light grey I had in mind did not translate onto the wall. I did everything right – I got a couple of samples and did big patches on the wall. One was way too dark and the other one looked perfect. The only thing was that as I was painting all the walls, I noticed that it looked blue. There’s a blue tinge to it. Nice but not what I was after. That and the fact that the room gets super dark did not help. So as a solution I think I’m going to paint two accent walls white to bring some light in. And possibly a mirror.

Once the walls are sorted, we can finally get some stuff up on the walls. Both Topher and I want to frame our nerdy maps and do a mini gallery wall in one corner – maybe even across two walls like this picture below:

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As well as the frames, we also want to get a shelf up somewhere to display a few things. I know, basic blogger but I don’t care. Since we don’t have a fireplace, we’re left without a mantlepiece to display anything. Not so bad day to day but when it comes to putting up cards at Christmas & birthdays, we’re left in a bit of a bind.

 

Kitchen

Topher and I have a lot of mugs. A shit tonne of mugs. We use them all too. At the moment we put the small ones on a mug tree and the big ones in a cupboard. They take up too much space and we need a solution. Luckily, I think I have one. I got the inspiration from one of those weekly newsletters and there was a picture of a pegboard. There’s a perfectly sized spot above our kettle that doesn’t have a cupboard so that’s where we’re going to put one. Currently we hang our calendar there but it can go somewhere else. It’s just wasted space.

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Of course it would be silly to put up something like that when you still need to paint the walls. Topher wants to paint it a colour but I’m not so sure. The kitchen counters and cupboards don’t really allow for much craziness. I think we’ll just paint it white but if we do include some colour then it will just be in the kitchen nook area of the room. Luckily the room gets a shit load of light during the summer – seriously it’s like a greenhouse in there. Perfect for drying clothes! So we can get away with a bit of colour maybe. We shall see. My first priority is the living room.

 

Master Bedroom

The main thing I have to do in this room is paint it. The question is, what colour? Topher and I can’t decide and I’m not doing a thing until we do. It’s a small room so it can’t be anything too overpowering. I like the idea of darker colours but I think the room is too small. We could just paint it white but I don’t know. If you have any ideas – let me know! You can see what our bedroom looks like in the link below.

And those floating shelves? They did not work. Bad, bad decision. Our walls are just not strong enough to handle them. Topher’s went down straight away (cheers Pickles) and the one on my side is hanging by a thread. I’m afraid to put a cup of tea on it so it’s useless. I do still want shelves there but they need to have supports. So that’s what we’re going to do this year – get some proper shelves.

 

Other little things we have in the works

  • Need to continue our gallery wall on the landing – we’ve got a load of frames & prints ready to go, just need to get the hammer and nails out.
  • The guest room bed is super old and uncomfortable (sorry guests!) but luckily my parents are giving us their old (but newer than ours) guest bed. It’s a double so there will be more space in the guest room in future. The current one is a king. And we’ll be getting new bed side tables that match the rest of the room.
  • The garden is getting some TLC this summer.

What are your home decor plans for 2018?

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How to Bring the Outdoors Into Your Home

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Bringing the outside, into your home is a great interior design choice, and can have so many other positive effects on your life. There are loads of way you can take interior design inspiration from nature, and the great outdoors, and use it in your home. You can do this by introducing plants, using certain patterns or textures, or even Using actual pieces from the outdoors to create that effect.

There is loads of inspiration online, so whatever you style, or whatever you want to utilise, there will be loads of inspiration online for you to use. Read on to find out how you can use this to create great effects in your home, and bring the outdoors into your home. There are so many cases of this improving your home environment, and people feeling more positive and relaxed, just because of how they design their home. What have you got to lose? Considering your interior design choices can have such a positive effects on both you and your loved ones. Read on to find out how you can use the outdoors in your home, it is much easier than you think.

 

The Forest

The forest is an amazing place, and it is super easy and simple to bring this element of nature into your home. This can be done in lots of ways, the most simplest being using wood. This can be anything from wooden floorboards, to give a rustic look to your home, or even using wooden furniture can have the same effect. The older the wooden furniture, the better the look, but be careful how natural material deteriorate over time. Most modern products, like Corndell furniture are super durable and greta to have around the home, but keep this in mind when thinking about purchasing vintage pieces!

 

Plants

Plants are a great thing to have about the home, not only to create more oxygen for you to breath in, but can be useful. Why not consider keeping some potted herbs in the kitchen, which can also be a fresh and flavoursome addition to your cooking in the evening. Just keep them on your kitchen window sill, and water them occasionally, and you will have a great addition to your cooking. There are also loads of kind of plants which thrive specifically in the home, so whatever your preference there is a plant out there for you. If you want something low maintenance there are always cacti which will thrive when the heating on, and you can forget about watering the for a month or two. They can be a great addition to any desk, and hopefully will help your be productive when at it!

Whatever your current interior design style, bringing the outside inside is simple an easy thing to do. You can do anything from bringing wood, or natural textures into your home, or even introduce plants as well. Whatever kind of plants you want, whether colourful or low maintenance, there is plenty of choice out there for you.

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5 Ways To Create Space In A Small Room

It doesn’t take long for a small space to feel cramped. It can be hard to decorate a small room, let alone making it feel more open and spacious. Thanks to the internet, people have been able to come up with some great ideas for transforming their small spaces and making them feel bigger.

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Got a space you’d like to transform? Here are five ways you can create space in a small room.

 

1. Find as much light as you can

Small rooms can feel dark, particularly if there’s a lack of natural light coming in. Small rooms mean less space for windows, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create light in a smaller space. Start by painting your room a light shade – white and pale greys are very popular at the moment. You can add some colour through your home accessories, but having plenty of light areas will create the illusion of space. Instead of using warm light bulbs, opt for those that mimic daylight instead – it will make your room feel much brighter.

 

2. Choose your furniture wisely

The furniture you choose can make all the difference to how your room looks. If you pick pieces that are too large, you’re soon going to find your room cramped. Be clever with your living room furniture pieces. Items that have some space underneath for storage or will fit in the corners of your room will maximise your floor space and give you a much neater looking room. Try not to pick fussy patterns and go for block colours instead.

 

3. Create zones

You can help create more space in your home by creating ‘zones’ that give different parts of your living space a different purpose. If you have a home office, for example, make sure that’s one zone in your living area. You can have zones for storage, zones for things that you like to do such as reading and anything else that will help to keep your home organised. Having zones will help improve your layout and make it easier to keep rooms clutter-free.

 

4. Use shelving

Shelving is a useful tool in small rooms, helping to move things off the floor and making the most of wall space instead. Design your shelving so that you can put storage boxes and other items on them (think lamps and other home accessories), they can be a real space saver and affordable addition to your home.

 

5. Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirrors are ideal for making rooms appear larger than they are, so if you want an easy way of creating space, then you should add some mirrors to your walls. Big wall or leaning mirrors have a better effect than small mirrors, and you can pick up some great bargains online if you know where to look.

 

Creating space in a small room isn’t easy, but if you’re clever about it, you can drastically turn things around. This living room mood board has some great ideas for stylish living room decor that you can adapt to fit the size of your room. They say that the best things come in small packages, so learn to make the most of your smaller living space.

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Finding the Perfect Gift with Notonthehighstreet.com

When I was a kid, Christmas was all about getting presents – pretty typical right? I’d start the day tearing open the small packages in my stocking, continue with the gifts under the tree and then spend the rest of the day playing with my new toys.

These days it’s a whole different story.

My favourite part about Christmas now is spending time with my family and also giving them gifts. I love the whole process of thinking hard about what my loved ones would like and picking something out that they’d actually use. Gone are the days of picking something that’s just ‘nice’ from the gift section in any high street store. A good thing considering that those things barely get used.

That’s when notonthehighstreet.com comes in. I’ve bought Christmas (and birthday) presents from them for the last few years and they’ve always gone down a treat. I love that they offer something different and more often than not, allow you to customise the item with your special someone’s name or even a little private joke between the two of you.

So when they got in touch to invite me to take part in their Christmas campaign of finding the perfect gift for a special someone, I couldn’t say no.

It wasn’t difficult to pick the receiver of my gifts. My husband Topher has been by my side for well over 8 years now and as of July this year we finally tied the knot. Since it’s our first Christmas as a married couple I wanted to find the perfect gift.

I chose two items from notonthehighstreet.com and I can’t wait for him to open them on Christmas Day. But of course as my readers, you get a sneak peek! Topher, if you’re reading this – why are you reading this? I told you not to, so stop reading….now.

Here’s what I got him:

Personalised Leather ‘Day You Became My…’ Keyring*

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It’s crazy but even though we bought our house almost two years ago, Topher’s keys are still bare. No keyrings whatsoever. It’s therefore not surprising that he’s always losing them around the house. I think having a nice keyring will make them a little more visible and it brings a little bit of home with you wherever you go. Plus, bare keys just seem so temporary if that makes any sense.

The great thing about this keyring is that it’s leather so it’s hard wearing and also that it’s flat. Topher has had bulky keyrings in the past that weren’t particularly practical since he tends to keep them in his back pocket! Ouch.

I loved the fact that this keyring celebrates a special day. So of course I had to put our wedding date on it (so he will never forget our anniversary – smart thinking right?).

And of course I had to add a cheeky message on the back. We’re always joking that we’re stuck with each other so this seemed fitting. I hope he likes it!

Personalised Solid Copper Photo Print*

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Another funny fact about Topher and I – we don’t have any photos up of family, friends or even ourselves around the house. It’s on the cards but we just haven’t got round to it yet. They need printing out and framing etc. and it will get done…eventually.

That being said, I thought this gift would be a good start. This photo print comes in either copper, brass or stainless steel and allows you to personalise both the front and also add a message to the bottom. I decided to just personalise the front and put our wedding date again since it’s our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. And here’s the photo I chose:

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The photo was an easy one to pick. It is definitely my favourite photo of us on the day and it was the one we chose to use on our thank you cards. I know Topher loves this photo as much as I do. We look so happy!

Hopefully having this print around will give us the push to finally get some photos of our loved ones and our memories up around the house in 2018.

So fingers crossed I’ve knocked another Christmas gifting session out of the park!

I can’t thank notonthehighstreet.com enough for these gifts. I’m definitely another step closer to having my Christmas shopping done.

How about you? What do you look for in the perfect gift for your loved ones?

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Getting your Home Cozy for Winter with Direct Blinds

Whenever I thought of shutters in the past, what always came to mind was either rustic English cottages or the cobbled streets of small European towns lined with shuttered windows. If that’s what you thought too then read on, I’m about to change your mind.

When we bought and moved into our first house together back in March 2016, Topher and I were relieved to find that the previous owners had left blinds on all the windows in the house. One less job for us to deal with (and pay for) right away! Now that we’ve been in here almost two years however, the plain windows feel a little, well, plain! You definitely can’t describe them as cozy!

One way to get your house cozy is to invest in some window to floor curtains. Unfortunately for us that was never an option as our cats love to climb them! So what’s another way to make your windows help your home feel more cozy? Enter Direct Blinds and their wooden shutters.

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I never thought that shutters could look both contemporary and rustic at the same time but Direct Blinds have made it possible. The muted colours are ideal for fitting into any colour scheme, whether you’re a fan of all the colours or prefer a more neutral palette. They also come in both full height and cafe style if you want to let a little light in.

And they’re not just for winter – shutters are ideal for keeping the light out on those bright weekend mornings where you really don’t fancy being woken up at 5am. Or if you have kids and want them in bed at a decent time!

But back to winter (how cold is it by the way? I’m sitting in my dressing gown over my clothes as I write this!) – shutters allow you to forget that it’s dark outside at 4pm. And I’m all for that. If you find yourself getting a bit down about the lack of sunlight, creating a cozy haven in your home can be a great way to cheer yourself up.

A bit of cozy inspiration for you:

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Other ways to get your house cozy for winter:

  • Fairy lights (a bloggers best friend)
  • All of the throws and blankets
  • Light a fire if you have one
  • If you don’t have a fire, light some candles instead (and be safe!)
  • Bake something or make mulled wine on the stove – the heat and smells will make everything better.

Having a look at Direct Blinds‘ website has really changed my mind about shutters. How about you?

Post in collaboration with Direct Blinds. All words and opinions are my own.

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