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Sunday, 1 February 2015

I'm sorry if you're getting bored of the interior posts by now, but this is pretty much my life right now. I can't remember the last time I made a big splurge on clothes or make-up, 'cause if I do have any extra money, I'm buying homewares. I feel like I only have a couple more pieces to buy, a gallery wall to create, and then I'll be all done and can move onto room tours!

One of my favourite new pieces are the wall planters; I've been after something similar for a while but wasn't immediately sold when I found these at a vintage place. I'm so glad I decided to buy them though 'cause I love how they look with little ivy's in. The rattan planter was from the same place for a measly £4, although it does need a slightly bigger plant for it!

I finally got the vintage mirror I bought a few months ago hung too, it's not in the best of condition but I love the design, and of course it's teak so a must have for me. I had a gift voucher for Made so treated myself to another faux mohair throw. Fluffy blankets are my favourites in terms of aesthetics and comfort, but unless you like pretty much everything you own to be covered in fluff, it's probably not for you. I also finally got some white bedding off Ebay, I was a little worried they'd discolour easily but they're really good quality and I go to bed feeling like I'm in a hotel every night.

What do you think of my new buys?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

I am the first to admit that I hate Winter. I hate snow, I hate freezing cold days, I hate feeling so stuffy in coats and scarves, I hate how dark it is, I just hate it! It only has the one saving grace for me, and that's that I can spend all my evenings in, on the sofa with a good series playing on Netflix. So here's some of my winter evening essentials.

- Candles. Lots and lots of candles.
- Soft, fluffy pyjamas.
- TV or a good film.
- Hot chocolates.
- A good skincare routine.
- Cushions and blankets on the sofa.
- Comfort food.
- Nail polishes.
- Books.
- Lush bubble bars.

What are some of your winter evening essentials?

Thursday, 29 January 2015

I love sleep. It's my second ever favourite thing, after food, obviously. One of the best feelings in the world is waking up from a really good night's sleep, but sadly not everyone experiences this, and it definitely hasn't always been that way for me either. Time 4 Sleep found that a Sunday night is one of the most stressful nights of the week, with many of us experiencing anxiety about going to work, school or college the next day, and hence our sleep suffers. So to help, here's some of my best tips for getting a good night's rest.

Switch It Off:
I'm guilty of this, but I'm always reading we should switch off our tvs, phones and laptops for at least an hour before bedtime. Personally I've been known to fall asleep checking Instagram with my phone in my hand, but if you are struggling to get to sleep, switch it all off and read a book instead.

Drink Up:
A sure fire way to get my relaxed before bed is a hot drink. If I'm being healthy then it's usually a green or peppermint tea, but the occasional hot chocolate works wonders too.

Use Pillow Sprays:
I can't exactly testament to this one quite yet, but I've heard nothing but great results from using a relaxing spray on the pillow to help people drift off. Some good ones are from This Works or Blended Therapies.

Talk It Through:
When I was suffering with anxiety one of the things I really struggled with was sleep. I was in a bad relationship at the time and living with people I didn't really like, so I didn't feel like I could talk to anyone about it, resulting in still being awake at 4am feeling awful about having to get up the next day. It's an old cliche but a problem shared is a problem halved, and you'll never recover from having anxious feelings by letting it all build up inside you.

Make It A Place To Enjoy:
One of the reasons I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed is that I love my bedroom. I invest in good quality bedding, comfortable pillows, candles, and fairy lights to create a really lovely environment to go to sleep in. Remember to keep it clean and tidy too, and of course blow out the candles before you nod off!

What are your tips for getting a good sleep?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

I wish I had the capabilities to see everything I love for a house and buy it all there and then, but sadly it's just not possible for me. I know there's quite a few people out there in the same situation too, so I thought I'd give my tips on how to decorate on a budget.

Know When To Spend:
I'm a firm believer in being thrifty around the house, but there's certain situations when you just should spend a little extra. Paint, for example; I've used cheaper options from B&M in the past, only for it to wear away a lot quicker or having to do so many coats you end up spending more anyway, which is especially true if you're going for all white walls like me. The same is with areas like laminate flooring; if you make the investment it will last a lot longer, rather than chipping away or fading. Save the money by roping in friends and family to help you paint and lay the flooring.

Mix Second Hand With New:
I was lucky enough to be able to borrow or be given money to buy myself a few new items of furniture, such as a couple of new sofas, but the most of my furniture has been bought second hand. By raiding the charity shops and vintage fairs, I've managed to find most of my furniture for £20 and under, despite it probably being worth quite a lot more. I think my home has a pretty good mix of the two, and it makes for a more interesting home too!

Recycle & Reuse:
I love a good afternoon getting crafty with items, as you may have guessed from my latest copper updates post. There is A LOT of junk out there, especially if you like perusing around the charity shops and car boots like I do, but if you keep an open mind, anything can be turned into something more your style with a quick lick of paint or altering. It's also incredibly easy to whip up a few cushions or some curtains if you have some nice material, although having a sewing machine may be a little easier.

Use Freecycle:
Freecycle is a fantastic website where people can list stuff they basically just want to get rid of, so it's all free. I've used this myself to get rid of old items, and a quick "thank you" and make sure you keep to the times you planned to collect, as well as being polite, and you can usually transform a room for free. I've given away paint, furniture and electrical items, so it's a good idea to keep your group bookmarked and check it daily if you're in need of a certain thing.

Buy Plants:
If you don't have the money for little decorations or bits and bobs, add a few plants. Get to a nursery or Wilkinson's and you can add a great amount of colour and interest by just buying a few plants. I'm a great advocate of this, I have a plant on pretty much every surface in my home.

Take It Slow:
Probably the most important point of all is to take it slow. Don't blow all your budget every month because you're getting a little impatient with how your home is looking, because we've all been there. If you've moved into an unfurnished place, it will take some time to get it how you like it, and sadly that's just the way it is! Don't rush into it, and that way you can plan exactly how you'd like it, spend some time researching everything and get it spot on.

What are your tips for decorating on a budget?