My Master Bedroom Mood Board

It’s been awhile since I decorated one of the rooms in our house. I think my last project was the living room which still remains not entirely finished (but shhh). Right now I’ve got my sights set on Topher and I’s master bedroom.

Since the day we moved in our master bedroom has remained it’s dirty beige colour which our entire house was covered in and I hate it. We’ve made small improvements to the room such as putting in floating shelves, fairy lights, a wall mounted TV and one large art print. We even took the doors off our fitted wardrobe as it was a massive space saver. But otherwise the room has no solid theme.

So of course a lick of paint would be the main way to give our bedroom an upgrade. Topher and I have been umming and ahhing over which colour to paint it for literally years now.

Originally we saw the tree wallpaper in my mood board a few years ago while wandering through IKEA and both fell in love with it. Unfortunately after asking a member of staff about it, they told us it wasn’t actually from IKEA. It was just to decorate the house set ups they have.

So back at home I googled it and to my horror found it was a designer brand and super expensive. So we moved on and forgot about it quickly.

Fast forward to last weekend when for some reason I had the urge to google the wallpaper and bam, there it was on eBay for super cheap. The rest of the mood board for the bedroom fell together pretty quickly after that.

So, finally to the mood board

Because it’s quite a busy print, we’ll just have a statement wall (what is it with me and statement walls? Hello and hello) behind the bed with it and paint the rest of the walls white. A running theme upstairs in our house!

Our wardrobe isn’t going to remain open to the room as it just looks messy so my dad suggested putting some mirrored sliding doors in. It will look better and save on space. The old doors were fine but add them to a king size bed and a small bedroom and you’ve got a lot of space being taken up on Topher’s side of the bed.

Then all there would be to do would be adding in a lamp shade. Yes we do still have a bare bulb in there but it’s the last one in the house and it seemed silly to get something when we hadn’t decided on how to decorate yet.

Also our cacti fairy lights would need to get switched out for something plainer as they definitely wouldn’t go with the tree wallpaper.

I’m planning on painting the walls when we get the first bit of nice weather after we’re back from Japan. I’ll have to have the windows wide open and don’t want to freeze!

The wardrobe door will take the most planning so we’ll see how that pans out. Wish me luck!

Does the first sign of warm weather make you want to decorate your house too? Or is it just me?

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4 Things You’ll Want To Finish Every DIY Project

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If you have a lot of DIY going in your home, you are probably keen to make sure that you can do them right in every circumstance. Even if you only turn to DIY every now and then, you probably want to try and make sure that you can get it right, and tis means knowing exactly what it takes to finish every DIY project as smoothly and as effectively as you can. The truth is that there are a number of things you will want in order to be able to complete your upcoming DIY tasks, and that is what we are going to look at today. As long as you have considered the following, you should be able to finish any DIY project without any hassle, so make sure you’ve thought of these things.

 

The Tools

Without the right tools, it is practically impossible to make sure that you are finishing off your DIY projects, so this is the number one thing to think about. It is a good idea, in fact, to make sure that you stock up your home on the right tools, as if you don’t you won’t know what you need until the time comes around,and then it is often too late to get hold of exactly the right tools. However if you can go and get some of the tools that you are always likely to need now, then later on you will find it much easier to complete those projects in good time and with full effectiveness. There are a huge range of tools you might need to consider, ranging from cordless glue guns to the good old hammers and nails, and it’s absolutely worth going for one big shopto nurse that you have it all. Just having these things in the house will make you feel much more ready for any DIY project that might crop up in the future.

 

Time

You always need to try and be as patient as possible with any project that comes your way. You are always going to need a lot of time to complete projects, and it is better to bear that in mind than to pretend otherwise. Fortunately, as long as you prepare yourself in that way, you will be able to make sure that you are always going to complete your projects more effectively, and patience is one of the most vital things that you can possibly harbour as you hope to finish some DIY projects. With enough time, you can be sure of any project been completed, so this is actually one of the most important ingredients of all which you will need to consider. If you don’t think you have enough time for a particular project, you will need to try and find to create it, as otherwise you can’t expect your project to go well at all.


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Instructions

Whenever you are trying out something new, you will generally always want to make sure that you have the right instructions, so that you actually know what you are meant to be doing. Without that information, it will be much harder – and in some cases, impossible – to be able to finish the project in the right way. So the first thing you will need to do is always seek out some instruction on any project which you might be trying to complete, as without it you won’t be getting very far at all. It’s also important to make sure that you find instructions which you feel you can trust – and that is something which can itself be quite difficult to find. As long as you manage to, however it will make all the difference in the world, and make for a much easier project on the whole.

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Help

You might not always need help automatically, but it is also likely that there will be many times when you do need it. Bear that in mind, and be prepared to always go out of your way to try an find it – as long as you do find it, you will be able to make much more of the situation, and be able to ensure that the project gets completed much more easily and quickly. As long as you get that right, you can hope to complete your projects with more success too, and that is definitely something which we are going to aim for in every DIY project. As long as you have the right kind of help, you can be sure that it is going to go particularly well in the long run.

 

*This is a collaborative post

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Our Wedding DIY’s and Details

There were so many little wedding DIY’s and details that went into our day.

So today I’m going to give you a little inside look into what we did and where everything was from. Photos are a mix of our friends and also our photographer Nikki Cooper (you can tell which ones are her – they’re super good!).

So lets dive in! I already talked about my outfit during the main wedding post so now it’s Topher’s turn. His suit was from Moss Bros, as was the rest of the groomsmen’s suits. His little pin is the Rock n Roll Husband pin from Veronica Dearly (a collaboration with Rock n Roll Bride) and I have the matching Rock n Roll Wife one which I attached to my bouquet. The buttonhole I made myself.

Wedding DIY's - topher's suit

The buttonholes were the last DIY I did before the wedding and I had no clue what I was doing. I knew how I wanted them to look but I had no clue how to achieve it and mainly how they would be attached to the men’s jackets. I made the flowers and the dinosaurs I spray painted but then what to use for the main stem? Luckily this is where my dad stepped in and suggested using a safety pin.

I attached the flower stem to the bulky part of the pin by wrapping blue twine around it and securing with the glue gun. The dinosaurs were placed on top and also secured with the glue gun. And they held all day – score! The flowers were a little worse for wear by the end of the day but nothings perfect. They looked good for the photos and that’s all that matters.

Wedding DIY's - buttonholes

Topher really wanted some nerdy cufflinks so I scoured Etsy to find the perfect ones. He had a clear idea of what he wanted so I ended up finding an awesome cufflink shop called Showstopper Supplies who did a custom order for us. He wanted the eye of Sauron on one and the Deathly Hallows on the other one. To represent the two of us and our nerdy loves.

Wedding DIY's - cufflinks

So onto the bridesmaids & bouquets. I actually forgot to say my earrings are also from Etsy and you can’t see them but these are the girl’s hair clips which are also from Etsy. The dresses were a pain to find but we got them from eBay (all the way from China!) and then altered locally.

The bouquets were made by me. The main pink flowers in my bouquet were made using this tutorial and the blue ones and the bridesmaid bouquets used the middle section with just one layer of petals glued straight on. To make stems I just used pipe cleaners in green which worked pretty well. The pink flowers are tissue paper (Paperchase), the yellow middles are crepe paper (Hobbycraft) and the blue petals are actually napkins!

The main pink flowers are also what I made for the centrepieces and decor for the ceremony table and seating plan. To finish off the bouquets I just added ribbon that I found on Amazon.

Wedding DIY's - bouquets

To thank my bridesmaids and also give us something to use as handbags on the day, I purchased these little clutches from Oh Squirrel. They were so cute and I filled them with things I got from the pound shop for us to enjoy on the night before the wedding.

Wedding DIY's - bridesmaid bags

So, back to the flowers! These were all of the centre pieces. The flowers sat in light cream terracotta plant pots from IKEA. They were just under £3 each so not bad going! I’m really happy how they turned out. Thanks to my mum for cutting out all the petals for me! I kept getting them in the post from her which was pretty funny. And thanks to Claire’s mum and step-dad for helping me get all these (and everything else) to the venue – something tells me my little car wouldn’t have been able to handle them!

Wedding DIY's - centrepieces

As I mentioned before, the ceremony table also used the centrepiece flowers but I had to be a bit more inventive with how to display them. Luckily I spotted this garland in Hobbycraft. Since the flower stems were pipecleaners, it was all too easy to wrap them around the garland.

Wedding DIY's - ceremony table

The main decor in the rest of the room was definitely the streamers. Another buy on Amazon, I think they looked great. The venue even took the left overs and put them around the venue (like the stage and the balcony). They actually ended up dropping kind of low so the venue cut them down the middle after the meal and they rested against the white curtains at the side of the room and looked just as amazing. Good call Bowdon Rooms!

The same ribbon I used in the bouquets were also used on the chairs as you can see. Thanks to Claire and my mum for making them!

Wedding DIY's - room

Wedding DIY's - streamers

The seating plan was a combo of paper flowers and more ribbon. The actual grate is something I’ve had lying around my parents have had lying around for me for years. Look familiar? My dad printed out the table cards on his nice printed and I fixed them on with mini clothes pegs along with some polaroids of Topher and I.

We weren’t sure at first what to call our tables at first but then we decided on locations from nerdy films and programmes we both love.

Wedding DIY's - seating plan

The last little bits of ribbon were used on our cars. Since my parents have nice white BMWs, we decided to use those instead of wasting hundreds on wedding cars.

Wedding DIY's - car ribbons

So, onto the tables!

Wedding DIY's - table

The candles are from Primark and IKEA – we managed to find them in all 4 of our wedding colours. And the tea light holders are also from IKEA.

As I mentioned, we named the tables after locations in nerdy stuff and we added in a romantic quote from each. The frames were from Claire and Steve’s wedding (thanks guys!) so keep in mind if you have friends getting married not long before you that you can use each other’s stuff!

Wedding DIY's - table names

Now, the dinosaurs! People asked us a lot, why dinosaurs? We could only say, “Why not?” So as cool as they look, I had no idea how hard it would be to source the dinosaurs. Either kids aren’t playing with them anymore or they really are and are not willing to sell them. There were so many times when we considered changing them to something else but I’m glad we stuck to our guns. We managed them all in the end and though we might have had a table with some slightly much bigger dinosaurs, I don’t think anyone noticed.

So the plan was to have each table to have all the same coloured dinosaurs on it – I think it would have been just a bit too messy looking if we had just mixed them up. The spray paint was from Hobbycraft again (I lived there this year!) and I had my dad, Claire and Emma help me spray paint them. Then Topher and I tied the names to them in coloured twine.

Wedding DIY's - dinosaurs

Having been to so many weddings in the last 12 months, I’ve found that edible favours are always a winner so I thought long and hard about what to include. Having been to Blogtacular a month before the wedding, I stumbled across Honeywell Bakes who make the most amazing looking and tasting biscuits. How cute are these?

Wedding DIY's - favours

We finished the favours off with a sticker that had Topher’s and my names in Arabic. I think it’s safe to say the biscuits were a hit – not a single one was left behind!

Wedding DIY's - stickers

And finally, what’s a wedding without cake? Our wedding cake was made by the super talented Sarah from Pink Cocoa and it was perfect. It looked good and it certainly tasted good too. Since we served it as dessert and also with the evening buffet, there were only a few slices left to take home – it went down a treat. It was chocolate, vanilla and Butterbeer! I always dreamed of a drip cake and she even made our flowers out of sugar.

The cake topper was a combo of eBay and DIY. The Wall-e and Eve models are from eBay and the rest including their accessories and the bunting was made by me. The bunting is actually from hobby craft but I cut off all the little flags and added my own. I think it worked really well.

Wedding DIY's - cake

And that’s it – I think I covered everything!

Did you make anything yourself or plan on making anything yourself for your wedding?

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My Living Room – The Before Shot

As you know, I’m currently decorating my living room. Exciting times! So here are some photos of what it looked like before.

Living Room - main view

As you can see I have kind of started already with the bit of paint on the wall and the ripping of the wallpaper but apart from that, this was how the room looked.

There were 3 main things about the room we didn’t like.

The Light

As I mentioned in my living room inspiration post, the light fixture we currently have is terrible. It barely gives off any light so the room always feels a bit dingy and yellow.

The Floor

As much as I like carpet, with 2 cats and having long hair, it was always a nightmare to clean. So we’ve got in wood flooring! It’s already down and I love it so much.

The furniture/decor

For a room that we spend most of our time in, I’ve always felt very bleh about it. Everything was functional but I just didn’t like it. The sofa set is around 15 years old and has served its purpose for us. We can’t wait to get a corner sofa set and we’ve already picked it out.

Living room - wallpaper

As for the rest of the furniture, being renters and now first time homeowners, none of it matches. Plus, it all attracts clutter like the plague. Topher and I aren’t the tidiest of people and this furniture is not helping! So we’re getting rid of the dresser entirely and getting a TV unit that has a little more storage.

Eventually I also want to sort out the cupboard under the stairs so that there’s room for things like our bags that as you can see, we just dump in a pile behind the door at the moment. And we’re also looking to replace the cat tree as it is dying a slow death. Besides, Pickles especially needs something were he can stretch to scratch if that makes any sense.

living room - dresser

So at the moment the floor and the walls are done, it’s just all the furniture we need to sort out now. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to show the finished room by the end of the month!

Check out the rest of our makeovers around the house:

Snippets of Home

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing: The After Shot

My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

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My Week #48 – Paint Samples & Honeymoon Wardrobes

*Paint samples for living room *My Office

*Luna *Purty necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity

So it looks like operation living room is a go!

We unexpectedly came across a great deal with some flooring and the whole thing spiralled from there. Now that we’re both working enough hours it’s possible to decorate the living room a lot earlier than we hoped. Yay! We’ve picked out our wall colour (the one on the right) and we’ve picked out a sofa. So stay tuned for before and after photos to come next month.

Honeymoon wardrobe is also a go!

After realising that by the time I would want to get summery clothing for our honeymoon, there wouldn’t be any left in the shops, I started the hunt. Luckily I’ve got a lot of things covered but there’s some essentials that I need. I did a small shop yesterday at New Look and got tan sandals, sunglasses and leggings and I just got a dungaree dress from H&M which arrived today! I’ll do a post soon on my mini haul. It’s so nice to be able to shop again.

I lost half a pound at Slimming World.

I was hoping for more but to be honest I’m happy with losing something. After all it was easter weekend and I did indulge a little bit. Only half a pound away from my lowest weight at this group and 2 and a half pounds from my lowest weight ever at Slimming World. Hoping to smash one if not both targets this week.

And in other news…

my week #48 - fibre
It’s no secret that the internet at my house (and area) is so terrible that I’ve had to get rid of it all together but after a year of constantly checking the “when will I get fibre” page on Openreach’s website, we finally moved up a stage. So according to this, we should have fibre by the end of the year! Result!

It finally feels like things are starting to fall into place.

How was your week?

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