The Landing: Baby Steps

Well it’s only taken 17 months but we’ve finally added something to the landing.

Or the hallway I should say. Last you saw the landing it looked like this. I’d painted it white and put a few frames up. And then it stayed like that. For a long time. I stated in my home decor plans for 2018 that I had some prints and frames standing by to put up and I finally got around to it this week. It also helped that Topher and I finally spent the Debenhams vouchers we got for our wedding and got this frame.* Big thanks for our photographer Nikki Cooper for sending us some actual prints along with our wedding photo filled USB stick. That really got our bums in gear as that prompted us to go and find a frame to put them in.

landing - gallery wall

So we finally have photos of ourselves in the house. Yay! I love the way this frame looks.

Then I finally got up some more prints we had as well as one of the wedding photographs that we loved but was in portrait so it wouldn’t fit in the main frame.

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I like how it’s growing but I feel like we definitely need a better balance of prints and photographs. I may also swap out the gold and silver frames for black and white ones. I like the idea of having nice bright prints that have a more muted frame. I just used those ones because I had them on hand. And they definitely don’t fit the prints they have inside them!

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We also received this awesome key holder from Topher’s auntie and uncle as a wedding present so I finally got that up too. How awesome does it look?

landing - keyholder

I guess the next step is to get some more photos printed. We’ve got loads to choose from since next year it will be a decade that Topher and I have been together. Fingers crossed it won’t take 17 months this time!

Check out what the landing originally looked like when we moved in.

Are you slow to make changes like this too?

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March in Photos – Family, Friends and Food

Hello April and hello Spring.

I thought since I’ve been a bit MIA recently, especially with the “My Week” posts that I’d do a little catchup. I only posted six times during March and they were mainly travel posts so here are all the in between bits.

March in Photos - blue sky

Mental Health

It’s been all over the place this month. One minute I’m feeling fine and getting stuff done and the next I can’t get out of bed. The clocks changed which I’m hoping is going to improve my mood generally and those down points will get fewer and far between. I’ve been beating myself up less about not being active though so that’s a positive.

Friends & Family

We saw our friends a few times this month which was nice – a board game night at Claire and Steve’s, a birthday party for Topher’s mum and a leaving party for our other friends who are off to live in Japan for a year. Topher and I also babysat our friend’s 7 month old baby for a few hours which was a learning experience! Big respect to all the parents. The most I’d come into contact with a small human prior to this was holding one for about 30 seconds so it was interesting.

March in Photos - articulate

My parents came to stay with us too which saw the usual flurry of activity of food and doing bits around the house. Which brings me to…

Home

We have a new bed in the guest room. The king size one we had in there before was uncomfortable and was probably about as old as I am. I always felt bad for our guests having to sleep on it but now I don’t have to. My parents gave us their old guest room bed which is only a double so there is SO much more space in the room now. You can actually walk around the bed. Of course this meant new bedding was needed. This Mexican inspired rainbow cat bedding is from Asda a few months ago. How cute is it?! Sombrero kitties for the win.

March in Photos - new bed

March in Photos -rainbow bedding

We also finally replaced our old cat tree which has been on it’s last legs for a long time now. This new one is amazing. It’s from Amazon* and is super tall. Perfect for our big cats. I actually adapted it slightly by not putting on the hammocks as Pickles especially is far too big for them and they’ll just break! Plus it just means more uninterrupted climbing for them both.

March in Photos - cat tree

Car fun

And speaking of new things I got a new car. Well, new to me anyway. It’s an automatic and has a few more bells and whistles than my old car so I’m pretty excited about it. I’m going to be selling my Clio this month once it’s finished being fixed after it got rear ended in February so hopefully I can rest easy with car stuff for awhile. Now please can all the bad drivers stay away from my new car so I can drive in peace?

Films

Topher and I really need to get to the cinema more this month as we only went once during March. We saw Game Night which I really enjoyed. It’s been so long since I saw a comedy at the cinema where I was laughing out loud the whole way through. Definitely recommend.

Food

I didn’t cook anything new this month as I wasn’t up to it but we did go out for two meals. The first was Bem Brasil with my parents which was nice. I didn’t take any photos as a) I was too busy eating meat and b) who wants to look at pictures of slivers of meat on a plate? The second place we went was just Topher and I to Wasabi in Chinatown. We’ve been before but we were really craving Japanese food so we nipped in before the leaving party at the weekend.

I bloody love ramen.

March in Photos - ramen

Easter came and went

Topher and I had only planned on having one egg each but we ended up with 2 each as his family got us some. Oh well, more chocolate for us. Now that that’s all over, I’m going to try and get back to my healthy eating. I’m not feeling particularly comfortable at the moment with my weight as it’s close to my heaviest so that’s gotta go. Back to the happy weight please.

March in Photos - easter

And finally, the cats

They’ve been their usual adorable selves. Pickles is being better at night as there was a point where he would keep us up for half of it. I put it down to the clocks changing. Luna has been extra cuddly recently – climbing on both our chests and attacking our faces with head bops – especially to Topher. She purrs super loud and is so intense it’s funny. Pickles has also found some toys to play with on his own which is great. Half of them were under the bed when we got the new one! We play with them both but it’s nice that they can amuse themselves too when we’re busy. Luna has always been fine with that but Pickles used to be extra work. So yay for that.

March in Photos - Pickles

As for April, I hope to get out to a car boot if it ever stops raining, get my decluttering on and get this blog back up to regular scheduling amongst other goals. Wish me luck!

How was your March?

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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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Upgrading The Aesthetic Of Your Home Benefits You More Than You Think

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We all love our homes. But how often do we adapt them to suit our current tastes? We might find ourselves to be the type of person who often changes what we want and what we enjoy quite often, meaning that a large investment in a complete redecoration can seem financially unfeasible compared to how often you feel accustomed to changing it. Not only that, but the effort we must go to for a complete makeover can be a demotivating factor in itself.

Upgrading the aesthetic of your home benefits you more than you think however. This is worthy of examination, especially if you haven’t taken the plunge for some time. Not only does redecorating help you feel fresh and new in your home, but an updated space helps lend you fresh perspective on your living environment and as such your living tastes. We are connected with our environment more than we realise from day-to-day, so it’s important to treat it with the same respect we do our bodies. Not only can upgrading a room help you gain a new lease on life, but it may help you feel more motivated to upgrade the other variables in your living situation to more profoundly suit you.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

New Colours

You’d be surprised at how different a room can look with a new fresh paint, or new furniture set all themed around a select look. It may help the light play in the room in a much more attractive way, to such an extent that the room seems bigger. Even in the depths of winter where you hope to stay cosy and warm, light colours can help a room flourish. Not only this, but colours have proven to provoke emotions when we’re exposed to them, meaning spending plenty of time in a drab and dark environment can make you feel the same way. Consider a new lick of paint, it might just work the wonders you crave.

 

Start Small

No one ever said that redecorating a room should be undertaken all at once. The beauty of home decoration is that it can proceed at your own pace, the pace you are most comfortable with. Starting small such as purchasing a white gloss extending dining table, a new leather sofa, or a large mirror to help double the size of your room from a perspective standpoint can all be large and worthwhile additions that don’t break the bank to begin with. Implementing these new features can help you think along the lines of future improvement. You never know, one item may help click into place the aesthetic you were unsure about going for in the first instance. It’s always worth a try.

 

Sell Unnecessary Items

Everyone has plenty of junk around the house, and just like mental cobwebs, these can become stifling and oppressive. Never be afraid to throw out or sell old items to fund your new redecoration. Doing so can help you shed years of fatigue from your home and mind. See, not all decoration is simple home improvement. Cleaning yourself out this way can help you ‘reset,’ much like a spring clean does. You’ll also be growing a handy reserve of funding that gives you the opportunity to upgrade further.

 

With these tips, you’re sure to experience a resurgence in your home life and general energy.

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