Now that I have finished the major part of decorating and all the furniture is back in place I thought I would give you a quick look around my bedroom!
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I’m pretty pleased with how this room is turning out though I would like to get some pictures up on the wall at some point (I have some framed postcards that were my Grandma’s which would be perfect on the wall!) and I want to paint the cornicing an antique gold. Aside from that the only other things I would like to do is to sort my wardrobe and clothing cupboard out. I need to pack away my winter clothes and find a way of prganising my t-shirts, jumpers and trousers in a better way…
I have been wanting to do another “Look Around My Home” room tour for a while (you can see my living room post here) but I felt, at the time, that none of my rooms were quite how I wanted them to be. When I scheduled this post into my blog calendar, I was hoping that my bedroom would be ready to show you all, but, in the last few weeks I have moved my room around and am thinking about re-decorating it as the colour on the walls currently, is not my favorite. Instead of postponing this post though, I have chosen to share with you all my bathroom which I’m super happy with right now!
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As you can see my bathroom has a duck theme with blue and yellow accessories. I really love the little drawer unit which is handy to keep all my bathroom essentials in along with any spare bath products. I love that I can display my collections of sea glass, shells and pebbles on top. This room is really bright and fun and always makes me smile!
Since Pantone revealed their Colour of the Year on the 6th December 2018, I have been waiting for an influx of all things “Living Coral” coloured, or at least coral, but there have not been too many of those items to be seen in places selling home interior items. Today I am looking at what the current home interior trends are for spring and there doesn’t seem to be a coral object amongst them.
Marble effect items seem to still be going strong, this trend has been around since 2016 and is showing no sign of stopping. You can get pretty much anything with a marble effect finish, from notebooks and stationery items to side tables and bedding though I have noticed a move from the grey and white marble effect into other colours such as pink and blue. I don’t think this trend will be going away soon.
Houseplants seem to be fairly popular this year, from tiny succulents and cacti to bigger, more leafy plants like the Cheese Plant (Monstera) and even the humble spider plant is seeing some love again. Houseplants (especially succulents and cacti) can be really easy to care for, they just need some water and light and to be kept out of drafts – the are labels that come with them often give some really good care tips and are worth checking out before purchasing. Houseplants add something to a room’s atmosphere that you just can’t get through an ornament or object and I’m not really sure how to explain that feeling, but its a good feeling. They add interest to an area, bring nature indoors and help to keep the air in the room fresh as well. I like having houseplants in the kitchen, on the windowsill near the sink, in my living room, on book cases and coffee tables, and I like plants in the bathroom too.
Terrazo is making a comeback in all sorts of ways. Terrazo is a speckled composite material which was created around the 16th Century and was a type of palazzo flooring made of glass, marble and stone chips set into polished concrete. This kind of material can be found in pots, kitchen accessories and the print can even be found on notebooks, desk accessories and even on wallpaper. While it does remind me of flooring in public areas (like museums, train stations and toilets) I think it is an interesting pattern and is more eye-catching than the grey, industrial trend of the plain concrete look that came before it.
Ombre is no longer an effect saved for hair, it’s now making its way into our homes and onto home furnishings and there are some really lovely pieces around to add a pop of colour. There are beautiful curtains, vases, cushions and candles that make adding this trend to your home really easy.
The geometric trend still seems to be on the rise, from coffee cups shaped geometrically, to tables with geometric legs, lamp stands and wallpapers, it seems that this trend won’t be going anywhere soon. I love that the geometric trend can be utilised over so many products both 2D and 3D and comes in so many colours so you can be sure to get something to match and update your decor style or go all out and refresh your style completely.
I don’t think we can ever escape pink, but this time around we are not seeing girly, princess or even Barbie pink. This year is all about the dusty, vintage pink which oozes a kind of glamour reminiscent of the 50’s and is very much a grown up, sophisticated colour. The pinks found in Michelle Keegans Home range fit this trend really well as the range is not just the perfect shade of vintage pink but it mixes in metallic prints, different types of fabrics and interesting finishings like tassels and stud details.
Textures are being reintroduced to our homes, this time through the addition of fabrics like velvet and suede, satin and wool. Go into any store that sells soft furnishings and you will find an array of different textiles on offer. I love adding interest with cushions and love the velvet and long faux fur ones available in Matalan. Cushions are a really easy and cheap way of testing out a trend before adding bigger pieces to the room.
I’ve been seeing a lot of textile wall art which seemed to start at some point last year with macrame wall hangings being sold in many high street stores. This year people are embracing different types of materials woven together to create tactile wall art that is interesting and can add warmth to the room. I love to browse etsy for this sort of thing as there are so many different styles and types of material used and you are guaranteed to have a one-off piece that no one else has.
Monochrome has never really been out of fashion, it’s always seemed to be there in the background but I think that this season we will be bringing it into our homes in a bigger way. Monochrome has always been seen to be very chic and a touch Parisian with black and white stripes featuring on so many different items. This season there will be an array of different items available in black and white stripe, polka dot and even different patterns and prints such as animal prints like dalmatian and zebra. I am loving this Habitat footstool in a monochrome pattern which also ties nicely with the texture trend too.
Tropical prints are another trend that started creeping in last year and is set to continue to grow this year. It seems that everywhere you look there is a tropical print on something! I really like Asda’s Palm Print duvet set which really hits the nail on the head with the tropical trend.
Walls are starting to make more of a statement now and there is a shift back towards wallpaper with big prints making bold statements this season, think floral, tropical, bright, big patterns and you won’t go far wrong.
Painted walls are still fashionable too though there is a move from greys to brighter colours like mustard yellow, brown/tan, Dulux Colour of the year is Spiced Honey and is a perfect choice but pair it with other colours like deep navy blue for an on-trend look. We see darker colours coming in to play and they are perfect to team with the brass and textile trend, just make sure any accessories you add are lighter and you will find that they make your accessories really stand out. Consider deep greens, denim blue such as Farrow and Ball – De Nimes, teal and even deep plum tones. On the other end of the spectrum are muted vintage colours, think dusty pinks, chocolate and sage greens and neutral colours like mushroom, nude pinks and light tan which would be perfect with chunky woolen accessories, vintage inspired prints, shabby chic furniture and hints of velvet.
Which interiors trends are you loving this season?
Since starting this blog I have worked on my posts, sat on the floor in my living room, using the coffee table as my desk which has worked fairly well but hasn’t been ideal as I found myself getting distracted by things around me, the tv, noticing that something in the house needed doing…you name it and I was there! I am a master procrastinator. Plus the floor was cold and I needed coffee…lol!
I decided that I needed a proper space to work from, one that meant I didn’t constantly get distracted or have to tidy away when I had friends and family coming over. I had a space at the top of the stairs that was home to my Hoover and other junk and wasn’t being well utilised, and if I’m honest, was a bit of an eye sore which I really disliked as everyone who came to the house and used my toilet (I have one and its upstairs) could see, and I knew a desk would fit perfectly there! And so, my little “office” space was born!
I’m really happy with it as you can see from my super happy, smiley, blogger face! Lol! I feel like I am more productive tucked away up here, its warmer, quiet, there are fewer distractions, and silly as it may sound, I actually feel like I now have a purpose!
I still have a few tweaks to make and there are a couple of things I’d like to add to the space – one being a wall planner, antoer being a chalk board/whiteboard/cork board combination but these things can be added as and when, but for now this space is perfect!
What do you think of my “office” space? Where do you blog?
It’s no surprise to tell you how much I love candles, there is something lovely about lighting a candle, whether scented or not, that can add so much to any day. I love how candles can create an ambience and atmosphere, create a cozy atmosphere on cold days, add a sense of occasion to any meal, fill the home with lovely scent, create an aura of intimacy, and add light to different areas.
But candles aren’t the only source of alternative lighting that is available for creating atmosphere and ambience and this blog post will show you some other forms of alternate lighting that I love.
First up is salt lamps. I know there has been a lot of hype over the past year or so regarding their health benefits but for me I just really like the light that they give off when on. I currently have 2 that I use regularly, one in my bedroom and one in my living room. The light they give off is a soft, calming almost fire like tone which creates a lovely warming, cozy atmosphere. It is a soft sort of light, really diffused and not overly bright, though I find I can read by the one in the bedroom which is perfect for me as having a light that is too bright can make me more awake than sleepy.
Next up is lamps. Lamps are really good at adding directional light where you need it most, whether it’s a desk lamp, table lamp or floor lamp, they are great for brightening up certain areas or using to highlight certain aspects that you want people to notice. I have several different types of lamp and use them for different things. My anglepoise lamp is perfect for when I am working on something – usually an art project or when I’m at my laptop of an evening and working on my blog. I like that you can direct the lamp in almost any way so that the light is in the right place for whatever you are working on. I have my side lamp (the dinosaur one) which is on a timer because it gets quite dark here of an afternoon and sometimes I don’t really notice how dark it is if I’ve been absorbed in doing something. I have the lamp behind my cuddle chair which I really only use for reading or if guests are round and its a bit dim in the room. It creates a really nice cozy atmosphere and makes the cuddle chair even more appealing and comfy looking than normal (if that’s possible!)
And lastly, novelty lights. All sorts of lights are in this category – fairy lights, word lights, a fish bubble lamp, this category is just about adding fun elements really rather than being proper light sources. However, these lights can create a good atmosphere regardless of how they are used.
I have fairy lights in my bedroom around the alcove that my bed sits in, I don’t really use them (they are battery operated and eat batteries like no tomorrow) but they are nice to have on once in a while and create a really lovely, magical vibe. I also have fairy lights in my garden, they are solar-powered and I use them to light the steps and handrail at night, there is something really lovely about sitting in the garden on a warm summers night and seeing the lights twinkling away, plus they are a safety feature too!
I have word lights, they spell the word JOY and, though they are supposed to be Christmas lights, I’m considering leaving them up for the year as I really like how sparkly and fun they are. They add light to my shelving unit which in turn brings people’s attention to it and the items on it, and being a black unit, sometimes people don’t notice the things I have on display there. Plus they always make me smile, even on the dullest day.
And lastly, the fish bubble lamp. I can remember these being a bit “trendy” back in the 90’s and always wanting one but never being able to have one so when I saw one on sale locally I decided to buy it. There is something really soothing about watching this lamp and I’m not sure if it’s the bubbles, watching the plastic fish bobbing up and down or the lights cycle through a spectrum of colour but it really does help me to calm down and relax!
Decorating the table for Christmas dinner is one of the last things I do decorating wise and today on the blog I’m going to share with you how I decorate my table for the day.
I took these photos a few days ago, Sam came round for Christmas dinner as he will be spending the day with his family and I will be with mine. We decided to have our own Christmas dinner celebration before the day itself… our “Merry Not Christmas” celebration.
This is the view of my dining table from the living room.
As there were only 2 of us eating Christmas dinner I chose to seat us opposite each other, the big space between us would be utilised with dishes of veg and the condiments.
I chose to decorate the table with my glittered deer ornaments, a cute little Christmas tree from Asda, pompom fairy lights, tiny baubles and these lovely vintage glass mushroom and pine cone decorations that were given to me by my Mum.
I used old beer bottles as candle holders either side of the deer and Christmas tree.
The crockery and cutlery are from Asda and I really love how festive they look together.
For our dinner I cooked roast parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, mashed potato, sprouts, stuffing and a mediterranean nut roast which I served with gravy and mint sauce. For dessert we had toffee pecan roulade.
I like to have a check list of things that I run through around a week before the big day – it gives me time to re-assess what needs doing, what has been done and anything that may have been overlooked.
Here’s how my list normally looks
Presents and Cards
All cards written and sent (the last day for UK mail to be sent in time for Christmas is 18/12/18)
Presents bought (list names)
Wrapped (cross through names)
Presents still to buy (List Names and items next to names)
Check if you need more paper, sellotape or tags
All decorations put up
Clean and mop floors
Hoover – especially under the tree (live or fake, both shed!)
Damp wipe surfaces and dust
Tidy all main rooms guests will use
Keep sink and kitchen sides clean and clear
Make sure there are crackers for the table
Check candles and candle holders if you are using candles as part of the table decoration
Check that you have a lighter or matches that work!
Create a Christmas song playlist – I use Spotify.
Food and Drink
Run through menu and write a list of items needed (regardless of whether you think you have them!)
Go through list and check items you have got and cross off what you already have
Check drink levels – wines, spirits, beer, pop, juice, non alcoholic drinks (buy more if needed)
Check party food (crisps, nuts, nibbles, cheese, crackers, chocolates and buy if needed)
Make sure you have basic food (salad, bread, butter, soup, beans etc, again buy if needed)
Check toilet roll supply
Washing Up Liquid
If you have a pet, make sure you have enough food for them
Stock up on batteries
If I think of any more then I will be sure to add them to this list!
My style can be described as being bright, fun, non-traditionalist, hippy and boho, and my Christmas decorations really embrace my style. I’m not a huge fan of tinsel or traditional Christmas decorations, though I do add elements of the traditional into my decor.
I have Christmas trees, fairy lights and stags,but not in traditional colourways, I prefer white or black trees, my stag decorations are bright pink and glittery, instead of tinsel I choose bead ropes, marabou feathers and pom-pom trim. I have really bright baubles on my black tree and have chosen little dinosaurs to hang from my other, scroll down to see the photos that I have taken of my non-traditionalist, seasonal decor!
I didn’t want to hang my wreath on the front door because, well, its Wales and it rains! Not just that but I really didn’t want to get him all dirty either. I hung my wreath on the next available door – the door to my downstairs living room.
Joy lights which I have placed on the shelving unit opposite the door to my living room. This is the first thing people see when coming into my home.
My small tree that I have decorated with multi-colour fairy lights, pom-pom trim, marabou feather trim and tiny plastic dinosaurs!
Here’s a close up of the dinosaurs!
My second tree which is decorated with beaded ropes and baubles.
A close up of one of the decorations on my black Christmas tree – my initial!
Pink stars, green stars and purple stars also adorn the tree.
Skull and Crossbone upcycled tree which I’m thinking of having as my table piece for Christmas dinner.
My pink glitter stags, my mini Christmas Tree and its pom-pom decorations (which are also lights!) on my back windowsill.
Here’s a close up of one of the stags! I’m really liking the effect the rain on the window has!
And lastly, my santa card peg fairy light garland.
How have you decorated your house for christmas? Do you have a theme or colour palette that you use?
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I’ve decided to add to my blog “A Look Around My Home” posts, essentially photo room tours, partly to share with you what my rooms look like and how I style them but also to serve as reminders to me. I like to move things around, add things and take things away so sharing these posts will be a little reminder for me in months to come, how my room looked at certain points in time.
Today I am sharing photos of my living room. I hope you will like them!
This is the full view of my window sill. I received the hanging which I use as a curtain for my birthday last year, you can find similar on Amazon .
I bought the Unicorn Ring Holder and the votive candles (part of a set) from Asda. Unfortunately the Unicorn Ring Holder no longer seems to be in stock but you can buy similar here. The votive candle came as part of a set of 2 along with a reed diffuser which smells absolutely divine – really fruity, from Asda.
I bought this little fellow about 20 years ago when I was on holiday in Devon from a cute gift shop.
The Incense Burner was purchased in a local shop and the Tea Light holder was a Birthday gift from a friend a few years ago.
I bought the Moroccan Tea Light Holder in my local TK Maxx. I can’t find the item on their website but you may find similar in store!
My Coffee Table was a bargain find from FaceBook Marketplace and was free to whoever collected it! I’d been searching for one like it for what seemed like an age and is now one of my favorite possessions! I can’t remember where I got the Hurricane lamp from but use it every now and again as a vase. At the moment I like using it to hold a chunky church candle.
These coasters were a Christmas present a few years ago from my brother, Richard. They never cease to make me smile!
I bought my tv stand from Argos and was using it previously in my bedroom to store clothes in. I moved it downstairs after my neighbour gifted me her spare tv when I moved in. It currently houses a few ornaments and my classic (original) Sony Playstation and games.
I’ve had my sheep skull since I was in college doing an Art A Level (back in 1998) when I used him in several drawing lessons. I named him Bob and painted him silver several years ago. The Dragon is made from Welsh coal and was a present from my brother Richard.
I bought the terrarium (complete with a fake succulent) in Asda, they don’t seem to stock it on their site anymore but you may be lucky to find one in store. The little frog was a present from a friend when she was on holiday, it opens up and can hold really small things. The tortoise is made from Tigers Eye, it was a gift for a birthday many years ago.
I love this vignette of the corner of my room! The chest is from my friend who runs RoofRack Ragamuffinsa local shop here in Pontypool. The table lamp was upcycled by me (I added the dinosaur fringe). The dinosaur planters were a gift from my Mum and were purchased in Morrisons supermarket. The little table is a find from Facebook Marketplace. The plant and pot came from Wilkinsons.
Here’s a close up of the little table, I bought it from a lady on Facebook Marketplace, it holds a handful of gemstone chippings, a plastic duck and a customised My Little Pony which I’m in the middle of decorating.
These wood carvings were made by a friend and I bought them at festivals I have been to. They are called Lenny (the big one) and Pigwig (the smaller one). The lamp is filled with water and when switched on a light shines up through the water and cycles through different colours, it produces bubbles and little plastic fish bob up and down.
This is where I like to sit and read my books. The cuddle chair is from Facebook Marketplace. The floor lamp I upcycled myself. (You can read about that here) The bookcase came from Ikea.
The camel mobile was bought at a museum in London on a trip there years ago.
On the top of the bookcase is a pyramid shelving unit that I painted gold. It is filled with small nick-nacks.
Next to the pyramid shelves are 2 jars, one contains tiny bird skulls that I found and used in art classes for drawing and painting skills.
The other glass jar contains a Sea Anemone Skeleton that I found on a beach when I was on holiday a few years ago.
This shelf holds items that I inherited when my Grandma died. I have no idea of the origins of the decorated bottles or the puffins. The little tortoise is a holder, when you lift off the shell there is a place to keep small items.
The next shelf down is home to my Horse and Carriage that my Granddad bought back from one of his trips abroad. The oil burner was a gift from my manager when I worked in a pub and the skull was a present from my Dad a few years ago (it’s a money-box).
I’ve collected feathers for years and have chosen to display some of them in a pink candle holder on my shelf.
This is where my “books to read” reside along with my filofax and other bits and bobs necessary for everyday life that I tend to lose! The Buddah ornament is a backflow incense burner that I bought a while ago from Amazon. (You can find backflow incense burners here) The bottom shelf (which you can just see…) holds books and the rest of my planners and diaries.
This artwork is something I created on my Foundation Art Degree. I have placed it onto the chimney breast and placed a shelving unit below it as the chimney is not used anymore and the fire-place has been blocked up.
The small glass photocube was a present from my workmates when I left my last job.
My Mum bought me the Llama mug to use as a plant holder. It’s currently housing a silly dinosaur pencil!
The votive candle holders (S & R) came from Asda and stand for Suzi and Roxy! The squishie animals came from Wish.
I can’t remember where I bought this little box from, its been in my possession for longer than I can remember. It currently keeps incense cones safe!
I had this troll figure (and the other one shown lower down in this post) as a Birthday present when trolls were all the rage first time around (in the late ’80s!) I’m surprised that I still have both of them given that many of my things from then have got lost over the years!
I love this pair and their cute faces! They are salt and pepper shakers that I bought for a uni art project several years ago. I have never used them for the purpose they were made for but as ornaments to have out on my shelves!
This was bought years ago from a charity shop! I use it to keep Roxy’s pocket-money safe!
Another of my ’80’s childhood toys that has survived many moves!
The salt lamp was a Birthday gift a few years ago. I bought the side unit and drawers from Argos to use as side tables as I didn’t have any. I have one for each side of my sofa and are perfect for putting a lamp on and holding a coffee cup. They are also perfect for hiding paperwork and magazines!
The sofa is a new addition to my living room. I did have a sofabed in the space (you can see it here) but decided to move that to my spare room. I found this (and another one) exactly the same on Facebook Marketplace for £15 for the pair! The bolster cushions and covers are from Amazon (you can find similar covers here ) The rabbit cushion was a Christmas present.
The anglepoise lamp on the other side of my sofa was given to me by my brother Richard when I moved in. I’ve seen similar in several different stores including Argos and Ikea.
The wall clock is one of my favorite things! My friend gave me it a few years ago and I couldn’t decide where to place it. When I moved in here I knew that I would put it on the wall space behind my sofa!
This picture of my niece and nephew was printed by Saal Digital. If you want similar then there are several places you can upload your own images from to be turned into wall pictures!
I’ve had my disco ball for years and years and previously had nowhere to hang it. I’ve hung it in front of my room divider curtains.
One of my room divider curtains. I wrote a post about them here.