Traditional, timeless and exceptionally elegant, there’s no denying the beauty and charm of a shaker-style kitchen. This decor theme is all about simplicity and practicality, combining a number of key features to create a cooking space that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. To learn how you can achieve this classic look in your home, keep reading!
If you’ve kept up with me on Instagram recently you’ll probably know that we’ve upped and moved to a new home. This has been a bit of a whirlwind move because things move so quickly in the rental market we had to get in there as soon as we found a place that we liked in our perfect location.
We sorted absolutely everything in just over a week. On a Friday we found out that we could move in the following Friday and we were completely unpacked by Saturday evening around 7pm. A lot of people that we’ve told have been surprised how quickly everything has got sorted but I think it’s simply being efficient. If people still have things in boxes after a week of moving into a new house I wonder what they’ve been doing? If decorating is involved, fair enough but if it’s a ready-to-move-in place, why waste time?
I’ve called this the ‘Part 1’ haul on purpose because there’s absolutely zero point in calling it the only one because it almost definitely won’t be the last mini haul that I’ll be doing for our new flat.
At the weekend I headed to Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, Nottingham and had a little browse. I didn’t realise that there were so many great shops for homeware haulin’ over there! There’s Next, B&M, TKMaxx, Argos, M&S Food, Boots and B&Q just to name a few places that are great for shopping for homeware and lifestyle. By lifestyle, I definitely mean crisps from M&S and makeup from Boots that I probably don’t need. But, if you’re in need of a shopping spree or a little retail therapy and don’t fancy attacking town then I’d head down to Victoria Retail Park if homeware is your thing.
I know we’re only in August but soon it’ll be September and then all of our lovely-ish weather goes to pot and it’s hot-water bottle temperatures again! This being said I’ve been having a think about new duvet covers and adding some warmth back into our interiors.
I’m all kinds of obsessed with Orla Kiely, always have been! I just love her prints so much. Usually her style of interiors doesn’t fit in with our bedroom aesthetic which is always super monochrome. She normally uses loads of colour but I discovered this Orla Kiely Grey Tiny Stem Duvet Cover Set and I was 100% sold.
I love discovering new apps and fresh ways of shopping and it doesn’t get fresher than Octer at the moment! This cool little app (and website!) lets you shop from a massive selection of stores from Zalando to FarFetch and pretty much everywhere you can think of in between and compare prices and products to see where you can get the best deal. You can save any items that you like the look of, just like on ASOS.
The summer time can be a busy time for the old social life because it’s just so much nicer to get out and do things but it’s also important to find time to relax. I also find that I like to work out a lot more in the summer months because it’s lighter, brighter and obviously a lot warmer. But, this means I’m definitely a lot more interested in trying to chill out and rest up if I’ve been killing it in the gym when temperatures rise!
Unless you’re lucky enough to get on a Channel 4 George Clarke programme it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a fresh architect to re-design your house for free. This is the dream of course but even on those programmes you have to use your own budget for your renovation or home improvements and it almost always ends up being half the budget again on top! Here are 6 ways to save a little money on those all important home improvements.
Are you expecting guests over at the weekend? If so, you might be thinking how to transform your spare bedroom so that they can feel comfortable throughout their stay with you. It’s easy to turn your guest room into a fantastic home-from-home for your friends, especially if you start to think like a hotel owner. You’ll be able to think of thoughtful finishing touches that can really wow your friends. Here are five ways you can turn your home into hotel-style accommodation for your friends.
The rustic trend has been around for a while now and still continues to be as popular as ever. This is primarily due to its strong emphasis on recycling materials. Many homeowners like the idea that they are helping the environment by repurposing and recycling. Plus the unique qualities of old metal and wood add interest into their rooms, while often costing very little. So if you’re interested in creating a rustic vibe in your own home, don’t be tempted to buy everything from a store. Here are some fabulous home decor projects that can help you create a rustic theme almost instantly.
This is by no means a photography masterclass. I’m constantly working on my photography and feel like it’s improved but I know I’ve definitely got a long way to go with it. One thing I’ve learnt along my blogging journey, if you could call it that, is the fact that props are everything. We may not all be blessed with gorgeous apartments, marble kitchen work surfaces, and amazing light all the time but you can fake it ’til you make it with the addition of some seriously good props.