It’s that time of year when we spring clean our houses and our lives. Cutting out any rubbish and gloominess and paving the way for a brighter few months. The sudden burst of motivation that a little bit of sunshine and a few daffodils brings is staggering! So if you’ve caught the springtime bug and are looking to update your interiors, it’s worth knowing where it’s worth investing your cash. So if you’re struggling to decide between buying a new rug or fixing those radiators, this guide will help you get your priorities straight- and help you splash your cash on the right things!
A question in most of our minds: how do you design a kitchen that is fit for family living but can impress your guests at any party occasion? Naturally. Well, I love entertaining and having small get-togethers and everything always ends up in the kitchen! A kitchen is often the heart of a home, not just parties, as a place where all the family gather together. So, how can we achieve a family space by day and the perfect party venue by night?
My buddies over at Victoria Retail Park, you know, basically my favourite place to shop for homeware have been in touch with some awesome picks for S/S17 homeware trends! You’ll know I love tropical interiors from my last post all about interior design and I love all of the shops at Victoria Retail Park, I did a mini home haul when we moved into the flat we’re in now. You can check that out here if you fancy. Check out these amazing pieces from some of the 14 retailers that stock lifestyle and homeware. Victoria Retail Park is open 7 days a week, with most stores open until 8pm, which is great for after work shopping.
Have you ever gone out and seen decor in a bar or restaurant that you’ve thought would suit your own home? Well, if you have, why stop one with just one piece of decor — why not give your home a revamp and renovation inspired by the interior you’ve seen.
Give your kitchen a revamp by giving it a bistro and restaurant-style makeover. You could start by giving your kitchen a black and white colour scheme. Turn your walls white and then bring in cabinets, counter tops, and titles that all provide black accents. You should also adorn your counter tops with marble surfaces, in order to give your bistro kitchen that all important ‘expensive’ look, even when it wasn’t necessarily that expensive to create. All of this, however, should sit on top of typical café flooring. You could pick from an array of styles, such as hardwood or white tiles. What instantly screams ‘bistro’, however, is black and white flooring. Do black and white squares not conjure up images of restaurants and kitchens in Paris to you? Well, you can step into Paris every time you step into your kitchen by following these tips.
This is my favourite tip for almost any room in a home that needs a little update! Adding faux or fresh plants and flowers really lift any room. And, as a bonus, you can get creative with your plant pots. By adding some materials like copper and silver-coloured plant pots you can really add some Scandi-cool vibes to your kitchen. I love cacti, succulents, and spider plants! 2. Fresh Utensils & Appliances Scour homeware websites and supermarkets for discounted and sale home appliances or just invest in a fresh toaster and kettle set and you’ll be surprised what £100 worth of new gadgets can do to a kitchen. Forget about that expensive renovation and just focus on small additions and remember to keep them clean. Everything looks better after a good clean, too! Plus, if you’ve got some manky wooden spoons and a melted spatula sitting in a jar next to your stove then it’s bound to look a bit naff, pick some new new spoons for a couple of pounds next time you’re in a homeware store and your whole kitchen will be instantly lifted! 3. Upgrade Your Metallics Something small that can really lift a kitchen is the addition of some new metallic elements as they’re super shiny and will make your entire kitchen look like new! The easiest way to do this is to upgrade your cupboard handles if they’re metal and also your kitchen taps! You can pick up some new taps for between £100-175 from an online store such as Superbath who stock affordable and quality brands like Grohe. For a couple of weeks saving (and a few lew cocktails on a Friday night), you could have a super swish new kitchen taps and a fresh looking sink! Once you’ve scrubbed up your sink with some metal cleaner and added some sparkle, it’ll be as good as new. Obviously, if you know a kitchen fitter or a plumber that will do you some mates rates on the fitting that would save you, even more, pennies! This is a sponsored post from Superbath but all ideas and opinions are my own. Image Source
In any home, storage is so important. Having enough of it is the only way for you to stay organised, and keep a tidy and nice-looking house. Tidying is super important to me, I even have it on a line in my Daily Habits for my Buller Journal! I don’t necessarily do a deep clean every day, that would be crazy, but I do have a little tidy up every day.
New year, new you, right? If one of your goals for this year is to be more organised them I’ve got a few tips for you. These are based on skincare and beauty because it’s one of the things that I hate to be disorganised because it’s so hard to find the eyeliner or moisturise sample you want in a massive dark makeup bag, isn’t it? Obviously, these tips can transfer to whatever you want to organise! For me, it’s my kitchen cupboards next. If someone could buy me a spice rack, I’d love you forever.
I’ve always thought that mismatched, crazy Christmas trees have so much more personality that perfect decorated, stuck to a colour theme trees. This post is short and sweet today but I just had to share the cutest Harrods Christmas decorations that I’ve added to my tree this year. I mean, how cute is Hugh the bear in ornament form? I’m also 100% obsessed with the sparkly tartan beauty and the purple, ivory and gold tear drop shaped bauble.
Winter is well and truly here and our minimalist bedroom can feel a little ‘cold’ as we haven’t quite finished our decorating and styling in there. I’ve taken the opportunity to have a little online shop around and pick some pieces that I’d like to add!
First up, the Miss Etoile Closed Eyes Cushion is super cute and would add some personality to the room. Some more personality-adders are prints and we don’t have any yet up in our room. This Wimbledon Print and Michelle Collins Mountain Print, both from John Lewis are so pretty, I love the colours.
Interior design and decorating my home is one of my favourite things to spend money on. Of course, I love beauty and shopping for clothes but you’ll probably more likely see me buying a fresh and fancy cushion than a new blusher!
I picked up this Homebase Chrome Ball Floor Lamp the other week to add yet another light source into my living area in the flat. We already have a large black and chrome oversized lamp in the opposite corner and usually just have the two of them on and this gives a really nice light to the room as opposed to having the ‘big’ light on. For just under £30 I thought this pretty Homebase number was super good value and it looks much more expensive than it actually is. I love a bargain! It’s sitting pretty next to my minimalist frame wall and my plant stand which usually houses fresh flowers (when I remember to buy them!).