My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

It’s finally finished!

I am completely in love with my newly decorated office. Check out the before shot. What a difference right? With some new furniture and a fresh coat of paint, it feels like a completely different space.

office reveal complete

My first job was to cover up the previous shoddy paint job and get some colour on the walls. The colour, “Nordic Sky” turned out to be a little darker than I would of liked but overall I’m happy with the end result. My favourite part of the walls is of course the polka dot statement wall. I’ve been wanting one for years and now I’ve finally got one!

office reveal corner desk

As for the desk, I’ve been after a corner desk for awhile and this one bought on a whim from Amazon* turned out to be absolutely perfect for both the space and my needs. As you can see, it fits everything from my laptop, monitor and printer, right down to all my little bits and bobs I like to have at arms reach.

office reveal desk closeup

The hang and peg kit was a present at Christmas from Emma and I was so happy to finally get it up. Unfortunately I ran out of pegs so will have to get some more as I want to fill in the gaps. But for now it looks great.

office reveal photos

office reveal printer

Apart from the desk, the main feature of the room is the Ikea bookcase I waited weeks for. It was definitely worth the wait!

office reveal bookcase view

I’m so happy to be able to finally display all my knick naks including vintage cameras that used to belong to my grandad. I finally got to put up a jewellery holder I’ve had for 2 years and never used. At last!

office reveal bookcase top

Everything has a place now.

I’ve successfully decluttered the room to fit in only the essentials and things that have sentimental value. My mind feels so clear now that I know where everything is.

office reveal bookcase

And Luna likes it too!

office reveal luna

So what do you think? And how would you decorate your dream workspace?

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Living Room Inspiration – Mood Board

It’s no secret that I am not currently pleased with the way our living room looks.

It’s our favourite place to spend time in in the house, however it is by far the ugliest room. It’s currently a mis-match of our second hand furniture; the sofa from my parent’s house that has a tear in the cushion and gives me a back ache when I sit in it, the oak dresser that is just there for convenience, the stripy rug that I love but doesn’t really fit, the concrete coffee table that weighs a tonne and the tv unit that is just there for function.

Then there’s the dirty magnolia walls and the pièce de résistance that is the flowery wallpaper I hate.

Living room now

That’s going to be so satisfying when I rip it all down!

So to the topic of this post. Inspiration!

Topher and I both look forward to decorating this room and we’ve decided on our favourite colour of purple along with grey. We’re not sure which will be on the walls but it will be one of the two. Either way, once that’s been done the next thing to go will be the beige carpet.

Hardwood Floors

Being cat owners and also owners of our own hair, you can imagine that vacuuming is a laborious task that is a bane to our existence. Introducing hardwood floors will be the cure. Yes they get dirty and dusty but it’s so much easier to clean! The cat hair tends to get embedded in the carpet at the moment and Topher has to brush the floor with a lint brush to free it before vacuuming. So being able to just vacuum, sweep or mop will be amazing!


Another annoying feature of the room at the moment is the current lighting fixture. It’s one of those traditional three armed lights (kind of like this) with frosted glass. It’s absolutely useless. You turn on the light and you wonder why you did. You get barely any light from it. The lights point to the ceiling so any light just goes up there and because of the frosted glass, no light escapes out to the actual room.

I can’t wait to get a lighting fixture that actually lights up the room! Currently the room just feels really dim and dark all the time.


We’re planning on having a grey corner sofa which will definitely ease the arguments on who gets to stretch their legs out and we’ll also get a two seater snuggle chair so that we have room for guests. The two arm chairs we have at the moment just take up way too much room.

I also can’t wait to get a TV unit that hides cables away. Currently all ours are out on display which isn’t ideal when you’ve got curious cats about.

And speaking of the cats, we need to get a new cat tree. Part of their’s has broken and the rest is on it’s last legs so our eyes are peeled for a replacement.

Finger’s crossed we can save up for this room redecoration by the end of the year!

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My Office: The Before Shot (Goodbye Magnolia)

So this is a last look at my office before I decorate it. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this room since we moved in. For someone who works from home, having an inspiring office is something that’s really important to me. And it really isn’t at the moment!

My Office Before - The Before Shot

It’s a good size room but I haven’t been able to utilise it to it’s full potential because of my current furniture. As the case is with most new home owners in their twenties, our furniture is all second hand and used for function, not fashion.

My Office Before - my Desk

The desk was given to me by my dad last year when he got a new one and because my current desk was far too small. I’m now looking to get a corner desk as my desktop screen is far too close to my face! Not good for the eyes.

My Office Before -bookcases

The bookcase and other desk were bought as furniture for my Affleck’s shop a few years ago and the plastic drawers were bought for one of my student flats so though they all served a purpose at the time – they just don’t meet my needs these days. Plus, they’re not exactly easy on the eye!

My Office Before - Door

As you can see, I’ve got a lot of books, DVDs and paperwork so I need to get a substantial bookcase. I’ve got one picked out so hopefully it will be collected this week.

My Office Before - Floor

My biggest annoyance with this room is the wall sticker. I usually like inspirational quotes but I find having this on the wall super cheesy. Unfortunately when I tried to take it off when we first moved in, it started to take away the paint underneath. So begrudgingly I decided to wait until I decorated to remove it.

My Office Before - Wall Sticker

Plus as you may be able to see in the above photo – the room is really badly painted. The dirty cream colour has been splashed onto the ceiling in numerous places and you can see the paint brush marks particularly bad in the top corners of the room.

So my paint has been purchased and decorating will commence this week! I can’t wait to see what it looks like at the end.

Check out my vision board for the room. 

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Floating Shelves in the Master Bedroom

Our floating shelves are finally up! I had them three quarters done a few weeks ago but it turns out I hadn’t put them in very well. And the last shelf I put in a place where I needed to drill through wood to get it in. So thanks dad! Now they’re perfect.

Floating Shelves - bed

With our house being a new build, the rooms are a little on the small side. In our bedroom there was already a fitted wardrobe which left us room for a bed and a laundry basket. No chest of drawers. Not practical but not the end of the world either.

I decided the best solution was to get a bed which had storage underneath. Enter IKEA. We got the Malm bed which had two huge drawers underneath. After adding in those fabric separators, they were good to go for all our other clothing that would usually go in a chest of drawers.

The only problem with this plan is that the drawers take up the entire floor when opened which meant no room for bedside tables. So that’s where we came up with the floating shelf plan.

Floating shelves - my side

Floating shelves - his side

As you can see they’re not styled at all (sniggers) but we only just got them up and they’re more functional at this point. I don’t know if we’ll ever be those people who choose style over function.

Eventually once we’ve decided on colours, we’ll be painting this room too. And getting a lampshade! I’ve mentioned how much I hate the dirty beige colour that the entire house was painted in and so I can’t wait until it’s completely gone! We should have painted in here before adding the shelves but we have no idea what colour and we needed the shelves sooner.

Floating shelves - luna

Another small home improvement. Little by little we’re making this house a home and I love it more and more. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year that we’ve lived here.

See here for my other home improvement posts:

Snippets of Home

My Garden

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing – The After Shot

The Kitchen Nook Gallery Wall

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The Kitchen Nook Gallery Wall

So I was at odds today on what I should write about. I didn’t really think I had anything to say. But I remembered that I never showed you the beginnings of my gallery wall in the kitchen. It’s similar to the idea of the gallery wall I have on the landing but it’s more niche. I thought about waiting until we’ve painted to hang things but it’s going to be at least a year or two so we may as well enjoy the prints until then. This is just in the nook where we eat in the kitchen. Technically it’s a kitchen diner but I don’t think it’s big enough to call it that. So a nook it is.

Every print is going to be food related. Topher and I love a good pun and we’ve been collecting them for a year or two now. So far, all but two of them are from the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription I had last year. And I’ve actually got a few more though they’re proving more difficult to find frames for due to their odd shapes. The other two are from Paperchase.

A small tip for you by the way. Kids, always check the back of the picture frames when you purchase them from a pound shop. As it turned out, the three white ones (and also some that are on the landing) are not meant to be hung on the wall. They’re just for standing so there’s nowhere for them to hang on a nail – the back is completely flat. Oops.

That was easily fixed though. With the help of my trusty glue gun and some string, I made some DIY hangers so that there was something for a nail to catch onto. That and I removed the stands from the back so they would hang flat against the wall. Sorted.

So far we have the following:

Clockwise from left (the middle one is last):

  • I am a Unicorn (from Paperchase)
  • Let’s Taco ‘Bout It
  • You’re kind of a big dill
  • Complex Carbohydrates (literally a bunch of potatoes, bread etc saying stuff like What is my purpose? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life?) – from Paperchase
  • But first, coffee
  • Coffee cup surrounded by sayings like “I have a latte feelings” and “Words cannot espresso.
  • You are the pumpkin spice to my latte

They all make me smile every time I look at them.

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