A Look Around My Home – Kitchen

Today, I thought I would share a look around my kitchen as I have shared a look around other parts of my home previously (which you can find here) but not yet shared my kitchen at all.

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I’m pretty happy with this room so far but I still want to finish painting it green at some point!

What is your kitchen like?  Let me know in the comments!

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House Wish List

House Wishlist

This week marks a year of being in my own home and the time has really flown by, and while I have most things there are still things I wish for.  Today’s post is about the things on my wish list.

  • A wheelbarrow.  I’m not sure whether I will always want or even need one, but for sorting my garden out, and to make it easier to move dirt and stones around in the garden this is something that I think could come in useful for the moment.
  • Secateurs.  I’ve been borrowing my Mum’s pair and they have come in more than useful this past few months so I think that investing in my own pair would be really beneficial.
  • A good tin opener, does such a thing even exits though?  The one that I have seems to like skipping and sticking, mangling the can rather than being efficient and opening things with ease.
  • An ice cream scoop.  I honestly can not believe that I don’t own one yet!  I tend to use a large serving spoon which has sufficed until now.
  • New tea towels.  When I moved in I had loads but now I hardly have any and I don’t have the foggiest idea where they have all disappeared to!
  • A small wardrobe or cupboard for downstairs that I can hang coats in and store my mop, bucket, and hoover in.
  • A bookshelf for the spare room.  I have been looking for the perfect sized one to fit into the alcove for such a long time but can’t seem to find one that fits.
  • A Welsh dresser for my bathroom.  I have a space in the bathroom that is dead space and a Welsh dresser would be perfect to put there to store my towels and other bathroom bits in while being able to display my plants and other pretty things on.
  • Rugs.  I have been searching for the perfect rugs, both for downstairs and in the hallway, since I moved in, I have an idea of what I want but am still waiting to find the perfect ones.
  • Lawn mower and strimmer.  My friend currently comes and mows my lawn using his mower but having my own means that I can get out and cut the grass myself.  Having both a mower and strimmer would be the best option as my grass grows stupid fast so strimming before mowing would make things so much easier!

I think that everyone who has a home always has some item they want or need on their wishlist, what is on yours?  Let me know in the comments!

1 Year In My Home!!!!

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Today is a special day for me, I’m celebrating a whole year in my home!  I honestly can not believe that I have been here for a full 365 days.  I think that the biggest thing about today is that I have never lived fully alone before.  When I was a kid, I lived with my parents, then I moved in with my Grandma while I was in college, I then moved to Preston and lived in a student house before moving to a house share with another girl.  I was in Preston for a year before moving back to Wales and back to my Grandma’s house.  I then moved in with my boyfriend, when we split up I moved in with another friend and eventually with my last boyfriend.

Celebrating this first year in my own home is not just about marking an anniversary but celebrating a milestone in my life which has been really important in helping me to become who I am now.  I think that living on your own is an experience everyone should have, it can teach you so much about yourself, make you realize that you are a lot stronger than you could imagine, makes you a little more resilient and makes you a little more reliant on yourself.

So, today, it’s not just a celebration of living in my home for a year, but its a celebration f so much more!

House Plants

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House plants are an easy way to bring the outdoors in, they add a bit of life and interest to otherwise bare areas and can help to improve the air quality in the home.  There have also been reports, recently, that caring for house plants can help to lower stress levels, improve our mood and help with mental health.

I have several houseplants which have survived nearly a whole year, I’m quite proud of that as most plants I have had in the past have generally lasted a few weeks or months.  The trick, I have found is to assess what kind of environment the plants need, is it bright, sunny, warm spaces or do they prefer darker cooler spots?  Does the plant mind a draft or will they thrive in areas with little to no drafts?  Other things to consider are how easy the plant is to maintain, for example, does the plant need a lot of watering and caring for, or is it happy to be watered whenever?  Does the plant need regular dead-heading or de-leafing or some kind of pruning or can it just be left to do its thing?

I have learned over time that I am terrible when it comes to watering plants, I tend to forget when they have been watered which can lead to them being overwatered or not watering them enough.  I have also come to realize that I’m not the sort of person that wants to faff around with pruning, dead-heading or de-leafing, a simple routine of watering every now and again and dusting off the leaves occasionally is good for me!

Plants that I have found to be easy to care for are

Areca Fern (which I have in my bathroom) which was purchased in Wilkinsons around a year ago.

Dragon Plant (in my living room) bought from my local Wilkinsons store when I moved in last year.

Peace Lily (in my living room) which was given to me as a moving in present nearly a year ago.  This has only flowered once but I’m hoping that it will flower again at some point!

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Cactus and succulents (in my dining area).  I have had the cacti in the red bowl for 10 years and the succulents are around 3 years old.  I picked up the cacti in my local garden center and the succulents came from my local Tesco.

Avocado trees, which I grew from the stone, in my dining area window.  They are now around 4 years old.

Aloe Vera (which is thriving on my kitchen windowsill).  I bought this a few years ago from Ikea, it seemed like a healthy plant when I bought it but a week or so later it seemed to be dying, after a bit of TLC it has perked up and is now looking pretty healthy!

I am really pleased that all my plants seem to be doing well, and knowing that they can improve my overall mood and health is an added benefit.

What sort of houseplants do you have?  Let me know in the comments!

 

Garden Update

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If you have been following my blog for a while you may have seen me mention that I have been working on my garden.  Today I thought I would share with you what I have been doing in my garden and my plans for the future.

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When I moved into my home, nearly a full year ago now, the garden was so overgrown and the grass was taller than me (and I’m 5 foot 5 and a bit).  Luckily the housing association sent one of their maintenance people to cut the grass for me with industrial mowers and strimmers otherwise I’m not really sure how I would have managed.  Once the grass had been cut all I needed to do was to rake up all the cuttings and get rid of them.

 

It took 7 bin bags to get most of the cuttings off the lawn.  The grass was really patchy and dry but after a week or so it started to turn green again.

I didn’t do much with the garden in the first year but, since the weather has started to get warmer and drier I have been weeding and digging and getting it into some sort of shape.

I started by weeding and de-brambling the top of the garden which took me a few days and filled my green garden waste bin to the top!

I have also dug a flower bed at the bottom of my garden which is going to be a wildflower and lavender border.

It has been pretty hard work, all of the stones that you see have been dug out of the soil and at times, it seemed that every time I put shovel to soil it was coming into contact with a stone or paving slab or other garden waste.

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The good thing about finding so many stones, and large ones at that, is that I have enough to edge all the flower borders that I want to put in and even, probably, to make a stepping stone path.

At the top of the garden, in the large bed that I weeded and dug over I now have a hydrangea, rhubarb and a gooseberry bush planted.  I am planning on creating a compost heap, an area for growing my own veg and some other fruit bushes.

To the right of my garden, as I look up from my house, I am intending to dig a border to go right along the edge which will be planted with wildflowers, honeysuckle and rose bushes, sweet peas, and other scented flowers.  I have included a plan of how I want my garden to be like below!

My lawn is not particularly level and has a weird lump in the center of it which I am intending to attempt to flatten at some point by digging out and redistributing the soil over the whole garden.  The only problem with this is that I have no idea what is under the mound so I think I will need to dig a few tester holes to see what is below it first!

What is your garden like?  Id love to hear what sort of things you have in your garden, let me know in the comments!!!!

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Current Interior Trends – Summer

Current Interior Trends

Just like clothing trends change from season to season so do interior trends, today I am sharing a few trends that are set to become fairly big over the summer months.

  • Colour

Colours which are going to be popular in the summer are neons, the brighter the better!  These will pair well with colours such as grey, sand and lighter natural colours.

Another colour that is going to be fairly big this summer is sunset reds, pinks and oranges.  Again these tones will work well with neutrals and also neons.  One thing though, try not to clash your neons with any kind of pinky coloured walls, rather opt for pink and orange neons to mix and add pops of colour to give a more thoughtful effect.

  • Texture

Plain rustic wood which is left unfinished, added as furniture items (think tables and shelving) is perfect for a light, relaxed, casual summer vibe in the home.

Crochet texture is also something to consider adding through the addition of throws or cushion covers, think bohemian chic and you are well on the way to embracing this trend.

  • Shape

Spring was all abut geometric shapes with sharp edges but summer gives way to softer, more rounded shapes, think scallops on chairs, more natural forms and less sharp edges.

  • Fabric

Think tactile as far as fabrics go, whether it is curtains, rugs, cushion covers or upholstery, anything that looks or feels touchable.  Velvet is still a popular choice along with suede and other soft feel fabrics, however, rugs and mats can be made from seagrass or other natural fibres should be considered too.

  • Print

Tropical print is really having a moment right now, think accent walls with covered large green leafy printed wallpaper or windows accented with printed curtains.  Animal print has never really left us but is making big waves in the home this season, the easiest way to add this is with bedding, add a bit and see if it is something you like then add more.  Mixing animal prints can create a bold, statement area and is worth thinking about and experimenting with.

  • Accessories

Anything pearlescent or finished with a pearl effect will look lovely and add a summery, on-trend feel to the home.  Look for ornaments, vases,  picture frames, mirrors and other little accessories that you can easily incorporate into a room.  Silver, gold and rose gold, brass in the matte finish are also set to be big additions.

Anything that has an arts and crafts feels is also going to be pretty big this season, with vases, catch-all dishes, to homeware such as plates and mugs in ceramics with a hand made feel are perfect for this.

  • Look and feel

When thinking about pulling a room together take inspiration from 70’s Scandi style, the bohemian movement and anything that is light and airy.  Textures and fabrics can make a room, and having several different textures going on, in the same colour pallet is a simple way of creating a style.  Even if you don’t go full out on a style just switching things up here and there, adding elements that you like can bring about a different feel to space!

As with all trends, it is about finding things that you like and having fun with them!

Let me know what summer interior trends you are loving in the comments!!!

 

 

A Look Around My Home – Bedroom

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…

What do you think of my room so far?

A Look Around My Home – Bathroom

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!

How have you styled your bathroom?

Current Interior Trends – Spring

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Metals and metallic touches are not going away fast, although there is a shift from bright, shiny gold, silver and rose gold towards a more muted brass tone.  Little touches can be added to your existing interior by choosing simple objects like this floor lamp.  Though, there are lots of ways of incorporating brass finishes to your home from light switch covers, crockery drainers, bookends, pots for holding pens/makeup brushes and many more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Which interiors trends are you loving this season?