Our dining room has had a little bit of a makeover over the past month or so, we’ve been busy! Check out the horrific white box that it was before. It definitely doesn’t help that we have a white table at the moment and the carpet was almost white. This clinical box with grubby flooring is now a pretty glam, dark and dangerous dining room that I am loving.
Ahhhh, Leeds. I love this place! I mentioned in my first post when we originally explored it how much I enjoyed the city. I love how it feels fairly clean, (for a big city!), the shopping is awesome, there’s tonnes of places to eat and drink – from the chains that we all know and love if you need something to rely on to awesome independent places that you can discover and love forever.
A super quick interiors based post this weekend, babes. Can we just talk about this gorgeous chair in the main image? These Oyster chairs are less than £80 and they’re from Sue Ryder online. I’m getting straight to the point. Yep, the charity shop. These guys are upping their game and ‘charity’ is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think Sue Ryder. I walk past the Nottingham branch every day, twice a day, on my way to and from work and seriously, it has some awesome window styling and their stock is always on point.
When it comes to cute prints for my home and buying cards for birthdays and other occasions to give to my bestest I always love to grab them from independent artists, illustrators and all round creative amazing people that are just doing their thing and making incredible goods!
I wanted to share a small selection of some that I love on Instagram and some I’ve bought from in the past so can vouch for their amazing quality. Leave me more recommendations for cute Etsy shops and illustrators in the comments, I always love to discover newbies.
Podcasts are something that I’m either super into at one time or I don’t listen to for ages! It usually depends on what’s happening to whether I’m on a listening spree or not. If I’m travelling a lot, on trains or in the car or even when I’m on holiday just relaxing, I listen much more and I remember how much I love them. I’ve discovered a few new favourites and a series that I love has just come back so I wanted to share!
1. Ian Stirling – Not Ready to Adult Yet
Someone thought it was totally OK to give us a mortgage (here’s looking at you Natwest, no going back now) – so we bought a house! Hence why things have been a little thin on the ground and sporadic over the past few weeks – it gets a bit stressful, dunnit?
Now we’re in thanks to the in-laws of dreams and a lot of hard work and there’s not a cardboard box in sight after two and a half days of unpacking and sorting out. There’s something to be done in every room and it’s going to be at least a year, if not longer until everything is exactly how we want it to be, let’s not talk about the kitchen, but we’ll get there. So, here’s introducing a new section of proper interiors onto the blog. I’ve always loved interiors but living in rented flats and houses really limits you to basically changing your sheets and hanging a few prints if you’re handy with the Polyfilla so I’m really looking forward to finally being able to decorate like a grown up.
If you know me well you’ll know that I’m definitely more National Trust than night clubs and it’s been this way for a little while! We absolutely love the National Trust as you might have read in my post a few weeks ago about our first trip to Calke Abbey – we try to go at least once a month but recently because the weather’s been so gorgeous we’ve been getting out to a few every month which is awesome.
Just in case you don’t follow me on Instagram I’ll fill you in on my life lately. My Sunday brunch was a little different last weekend. Whereas it’s normally telly and a veggie sausage sandwich that I kick start my day with, last weekend was more about giving something back to the community that I’m actually about to move into.
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I’m still obsessed with Refinery 29 money diaries and I totally want to be on one. Life goals right there.
I asked on my Instagram stories whether people would rather read what I spend in a week or what I eat in a week and it was a huge percentage towards spend so basically you are all as nosy as I am and I’m totally OK with that. I thought I’d kick this off in June and start from a Saturday where I’m more likely to actually spend something! Grab a cuppa and have a lil’ read.