Living in limbo land

I’ll hold my hands up. I’m starting to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed with waiting to move into our new home. I’m trying to work and focus while surrounded by boxes and mess and it’s getting to me. I think if I had a regular 9-5 job where I could just check out and focus on something else away from the house for most of the day I’d find it easier. We have been given a new move day but this won’t be confirmed until later this week so I’m in limbo, not knowing whether to crack on with getting the rest of our lives packed into cardboard boxes or just to wait. I don’t know about you but when I’m about to move I just check out of our house mentally and I’m already thinking about the new one. I find motivating myself to stay on top of jobs like thorough cleaning and tidying a bit of a battle. I’m fully aware that this is reeks of first world problems and all that but alas it’s how I feel!

In an attempt to pull myself out of this I want to focus on the fun we’ve had in this house and the bits of it that I’m going to miss. We moved into to this house when our eldest was just a toddler so we’ve been here for about seven years. It’s the only home she remembers and is the only home that our youngest has ever known.

When we bought it there was nothing wrong with it structurally, but it just wasn’t to our taste at all decor wise. Due to me being a student at the time, and my husband just starting out with his business we didn’t have money to spend to do the things we wanted to do. All our pennies had gone on the deposit with nothing left for renovating. This meant having to put up with the house just not being very ‘us’ and I’ll admit while being at home with my youngest I really got fed up with it!

The living room and dining room space were the first that we properly renovated back in 2014, the rooms needed completely replastering, the carpet ripping up and well, everything, changing! I have very few photos of what it used to look like, purely because I hated it that much I tried so hard not to take many photos in there!

One of my favourite changes – getting rid of the smelly wee stained carpet and replacing it with grey laminate flooring.

We also had shutters put in  our bay window the following year, 2015. We love the shutters so much that we are having them fitted in the front downstairs window of our new home.

Our living room and dining room makeover

Freshening up our living space

Last year we finally had the horrible small bathroom renovated, and where there once was brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles now it’s got beautiful white subway tiles with grey grout and a fantastic shower.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

Renovating Our Small Bathroom

It’s weird, I finally feel that we are making our stamp on this house only to move out of it! You might wonder why we’re moving at all, but the main reason is desire for a set aside office room and a fourth bedroom that can be a permanent guest bedroom. We live far away from all our family and a lot of friends so having space to properly host them is so exciting for me. I can’t wait to properly host and entertain in our new home, I love having people to stay and having a proper guest room makes this so much easier.

With it being a new build we can really make the house our own, but without having to live in a house that decorated in someone else’s taste. This home is a blank canvas for us, and as fan of white walls anyway it feels more me than any home we’ve ever been in. I’ve already started blogging some of my plans for the new house, like the shared workspace, and no doubt there will be many more to follow.

Even just writing this post has helped my anxiety and stress levels, though it probably helps that I’m sat in a cafe not at my desk that’s surrounded my big brown boxes!

Now, fingers crossed I can stay level headed this week ready for our much hoped for move early next week!

 

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Creating a workspace that works for me

Very soon we’ll be moving into our brand new home, as it’s a new build it’s a completely blank canvas of white walls and grey carpet. One of the reasons we choose this specific house was the extra room it had downstairs that would be big enough to be a shared office and stock room as well as a music room, giving the mister space for his instruments as well as room to play them. As with most interior projects Pinterest has been my starting point to get inspiration on how to make sure that it’s a workspace that works.

As I mentioned the room will have a dual use so it will need to work for both my husband and I and not feel crowded. We need to be clever in planning out the room and create plenty of storage. I love the fact that with it being at the front of the house it is full of natural light. We’re having shutters fitted like the ones in the bay window of our current house, but they won’t come for another couple of months yet. Of course at first we’ll have a very make shift workspace cobbled together with bits from our old house but I’ve got lots of ideas and plans to make the most of the space.

Obviously I’m keeping the white walls, the main colour palette for this room will be similar to the rest of the house being grey, black and natural wood and neutral tones. It will feature the industrial storage racks from Cox and Cox that I shared recently here.

Workspace inspiration

FYI if you want to lose hours of your day staring and scrolling through beautiful interiors photos then you must visit Trendenser.se

As you can see from the workspace photos that I’ve shared I’m looking at having a long desk running from wall to wall with storage shelves above it. The opposite wall will be for the instruments including seating. I really want this room to be a creative workspace that works for me and for my husband who will be sharing it with me. Obviously I won’t compromise on style either! Here are just a few workspace accessories on my wishlist..

Get the look

 

Elsie Dove Grey Desk Lamp – Homebase £24.99

Knagglig pin box – Ikea £5

Large peg board – This Modern Life £65

Seagrass basket – Ikea £9

Cult Living office chair – Cult UK £189

Flap analogue clock – Habitat £150

Hello wall hook – This Modern Life £38

When we’re in the house it will take time to get the room the way we want it. It will need to be functional for me as a space to keep stock and pack orders from my kids accessories business as well as a space to blog and work from. It will be great to have this as a shared office space with my husband too who also runs his own business. I can’t wait to get started on it and share our progress.

If you’d like some more inspiration then check out my Pinterest board –

 

What do you think of my ideas?

Got any hints and tips or ‘must haves’ to share?

 

 

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Industrial Inspired Storage by Cox & Cox

industrial inspired storage homeware trend

Recently I shared my ever growing love for industrial inspired interiors and I’m carrying on with this theme and bringing a couple of gorgeous Cox & Cox homeware accessories to your attention. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’m moving house in the next couple of weeks so any new homeware additions have to work in our new space. We’re moving into a brand new home with white walls and grey carpet so it’s perfect for us and a blank canvas style wise. 

As I mentioned the lovely people over at Cox & Cox have asked me to show case a couple of their products, now if you don’t know Cox & Cox then you need to. The homeware collection is beautifully curated and I have a wish list longer than a very long thing and often lose hours browsing their site. Tying in with the industrial theme I’ve chosen two wire wall racks, one of which I featured in my previous post.

At the moment these are both in my dining room but in our new home they will be going in the office / music room. Here’s how I’ve styled them,

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

Wire wall rack – £70

 

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Wire Magazine Rack – £30

This wall rack will be used in my work space as an inbox for mail and ongoing projects and courses that I’m doing. It can also be in the living space styled with magazines, like I have currently.

To take the edge of their stark colour and edges I like to style these with plants and pastel colours to soften them and make them more inkeeping with a family home.

You can see more Industrial Interiors Inspiration on my Pinterest board –

 

How would you style these?

Another question?

 

 

 

I received these Cox & Cox products for this feature, as always all view are my own

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My Dress Moments

With the summer fast approaching we know that wedding season will soon be upon us. This can cue a mass panic when it comes to choosing the right outfit, and let’s face it, it won’t just be one, but many. Not to mention all the summer parties and even Graduation ceremonies. Personally I’ve got four wedding invites already! The lovely people at Marks and Spencer have come to my rescue and asked me to choose dresses from their new summer range for those all important summer events.

 

Wedding

Floral Print Prom Dress

One of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe is a vintage 1950s prom dress, so I when I spotted this floral print prom dress in the same shape I knew I had to have it. The nipped in waist and high neck halter are so flattering and with the billowing skirt it is such a comfortable and stylish dress. I’m often drawn to dark colours, that just aren’t really suitable for a summer wedding, but the fact that this has a floral print makes it so on trend and perfect for a special summer event. I styled the dress with nude peep toe court shoes as I didn’t want anything to take away from the dress.

 

Graduation

Striped Slip Dress with belt

This dress was a bit of a gamble for me, it’s a straight cut and I’m petite and curvy but the detail at the back hooked me and I was desperate to give it a try. I like that it’s a formal dress but also fashion forward and not too traditional. I enjoy finding something a little different for formal events and I think this dress fits that brief. It feels so soft and I love that it has pockets – something I think all dresses and skirts should have!

 

 

Summer Party


Cold Shoulder Swing Dress (blue)

For a summer garden party you cannot go wrong with this kind of dress, it’s comfortable and stylish and the colour is beautiful! It is so versatile and can be dressed up for a more formal party but also teamed with flats for a relaxed beach party. I particularly like the cold shoulder detail and the flattering sleeves that cover the tops of my arms. I can imagine wearing this dress a lot in the summer and I’m really tempted to go and buy it in another colour. For my garden party look I teamed it with M&S gold mules and a straw basket bag. It would look great with a wide brimmed straw hat too.

I was really impressed by the range of summer dresses at M&S, I must admit that I often buy clothes for my children there but rarely for myself. There is so much choice online and it’s so easy to get it delivered to your local store. Top tip – it’s worth trying a few different sizes as I discovered that I needed to size down on all my dresses. 

Have you got any summer events that you need to shop for?

What kind of dress do you prefer?

 

You can see these dresses and those chosen by a few other bloggers over on featured on M&S Dress Moments 

 

Photos by Hannah (Teacups and Pearls)

A huge thanks to Bartle Hall for letting us shoot the dresses in their gorgeous hotel and wedding venue.

This post is written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer

 

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Industrial Inspired Interiors

See what I did there? Like my alliteration? Industrial Inspired Interiors, I just couldn’t help myself. Seriously though I’ve been looking for ideas for our new home and fallen in love with the industrial inspired furniture and accessories that I’ve seen and keep coming back to. Whether it’s flicking through a magazine, or wandering through Homesense my love just keeps on growing! I’ve even got a Pinterest board up and running, so you know it’s serious.

My interior decor taste has changed so much over the years, from shabby chic, to minimalism it’s always evolving. Starting afresh with a new build and it’s white walls and clean lines is so exciting. My husband has to keep reminding me that we’re not chucking away everything and starting again. I’m just itching to get in and figure out what to do with the space. Industrial inspired furniture will definitely feature, probably most in the dining room and living space.

I’ve had a trawl over the internet and put together a few ideas.

DINING SPACE

I’d really like to get benches for our dining table and I’m on the look out for a industrial style table that also extends. Our kitchen it white and grey (obvs) and I think dark grey and wood will work really well with it. I don’t want the space to become too white and clinical which is the fear when you go down the minimal route. I like the clean lines but also want it to feel like a relaxed family space for hosting too.

Both Next and Made.com have got some great options for dining sets. I like these benches but I think I’d prefer a chunkier look (expert technical term right there..!).

 

I still haven’t found a set that ticks all my boxes, but as I said at the beginning we won’t be buying everything new straight away so I’ve got plenty of time to look.

 

HALLWAY

Made.com had some fantastic industrial inspired pieces and honestly I’ve lost hours on that site. We’ve got a small hallway so I need to storage to be functional but not to big and cumbersome. I love the hall way stands that have hanging space and shoe storage.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Wire basket – H&M

Layne Hall Stand – Made.com

Hanging Pendant Light – Violet and Percy

Industrial Luggage Rack – Cox & Cox

Wire Magazine Rack – Cox & Cox

There are so many industrial inspired smaller homewares, like lighting and storage. I’ve even spotted a couple of bar stools that would work really well for our breakfast bar.

What are your thoughts on this trend?

Spotted any must haves?

 

 

Find more inspiration and shop the style via my Pinterest board

 

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The enamel pin badge trend – I’m obsessed!

When I get on board with a trend it can often lead into obsession and this is definitely the case with enamel pins. I’ve had my eye on them for a while now, but have only just starting buying them. It’s only taken a few pins to fall into the enamel pin badge trend, hook, line, and sinker! Honestly, there is an enamel pin badge for any occasion, feeling or cause. I’ve trawled Etsy and Pinterest to bring you my stand out favourites and I also want to share with you my little collection and how and where I wear them.

These are just a few I have my eye on at the moment,

Feminist and Proud – Punky Pins | I’m Really A Mermaid – I Love Crafty

Readers Gonna Read – Literary Emporium | Feminist With A To-Do List – Word for Word

Mama Bear – Land and Furrow | Ella the Envelope – Nutmeg and Arlo

We’re The Weirdos Mister – Punky Pins | Less Whine More Wine – Veronica Dearly

The great thing about them is they don’t cost the earth, the ones I have range in price between £5 and £10 pounds, with most coming in at the £6 mark.

Of course this little round up doesn’t even include the ones I already own..

The astute among you might notice the Harry Potter reference of the Swish & Flick pin above. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, well my whole little family are really, so much so that my eldest girl wanted this one for herself as soon as she spotted it!

As you can see, I wear mine on my dungarees, the lapels of my leather style jacket and my over sized coats. I have also worn them on clutch bags when I’ve gone on a night out. The only thing I will say is make sure the back of the pin is secure as I have lost a couple through the back falling off and then of course losing the pin. You can wear a bunch of them on one jacket or wear them individually, it’s totally up to you!

The kids don’t need to miss out on this trend, there’s some cute ones they can have too –

My girls wear their’s on dungarees or denim jackets.

Feeling the love for enamel pins too? Head on over to my Pinterest boards for more ideas as well as some badges and patches thrown in for good measure.

What do you think?

Have you embraced the enamel pin badge trend?

 

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Copper ombre hair, my new favourite for 2017

Up until last year I’ve always had my natural hair colour, and then when I spotted some greys I started dying it a slightly darker brown. I’ve had many, many hair styles and lengths over the years but never experimented with colour. Then last year I dared to get blonde on the ends, and then pastel pink! The pink didn’t last long unfortunately and I found myself wondering what to do next. My hairdresser mentioned copper ombre to me and after a browse on Pinterest and a few weeks of deliberation I decided to give it a go.

These are the styles I spotted on Pinterest and sent over to my hair dresser..

 You can see my full Pinterest board below, honestly how did we do anything before Pinterest came along?

Of course I had some nerves when the day of the change came around but I knew I was in good hands and let my hair dresser do her thing.

Here’s my hair before with the blonde ends

and after

Unfortunately the colour doesn’t last long and I’ve already had to have one top up, I am so happy with the colour though and I’m really pleased I decided to go for it. As you can see it’s more of a red than a copper but that’s because I’ve just had my top up colour and we all know it won’t look this bright after it’s been washed! I’ll be sure to add in some photos after I’ve washed it so you can see the copper.

I’m so pleased that my lovely hair dresser suggested this change as it feels more me than the blonde bits ever did. The copper really warms up my brown hair and suits my complexion – thankfully! I’ve had to up the bronzer, but that’s no bother thanks to one of my Christmas presents, Hoola by Benefit (which I love). 

What do you think?

Do you have any tips or even ‘must have’ products for protecting your colour?

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Copper homeware accessories, the big trend for 2017

I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with copper, from my hair colour to my homeware, it’s a big trend for 2017 in my eyes. Add copper to my love of blush pink, grey and yellow and you’ve pretty much got the decor style of my house right now. I love finding little accessories to update my rooms and copper is my metal and colour of choice right now. 

In my living room I’ve got a copper tray from H&M Home, on my Annie Sloaned side table, along with a copper lamp from Homebase and a few candles, and of course the ever present mini cactus!

I’m going to share with you some of my favourite copper homeware accessories from the highstreet and Etsy.

Highstreet

You can pick up so many copper items in highstreet stores, from kitchen ware to magazine racks!

ZARA HOME

Zara have a lot of copper inspired homeware at the moment, these are just two of my favourites from their range.

Decorative tray with aluminium handles – £25.99

Copper glass plate – £11.99

H&M

My copper tray is from H&M and I love picking up some homeware pieces from them when I do an online order. This is on my list for sure..

Magazine rack -£11.99

NEXT

I love the print on these tea towels by Next.

copper homeware

Tea towel set – £10

If I want to find something a little different I always head on over to Etsy. As much as I love a highstreet bargain it’s good to support smaller businesses, so here are a few of my Etsy favourites.

 

ETSY

 

Add a bit of industrial styling to your home with this copper iPad stand by Copper and Solder (£30)

 

I love these little concrete and copper plant pots perfect for a mini succulent and cacti. These are by Pasinga and are £20.50 for a set of three.

I love both these copper wall lights, the first is by Copper Wick (£45) and the copper ceiling rose and light is from Spark and Bell (£36)

I love these hexagonal shelves by Faodail Woodworks (£25) they are made from reclaimed wood that is applied with a deep Ebony stain to the outside and face edges, with the inside edges painted with copper coloured paint.

 

Find more copper themed interior inspiration ideas on my Pinterest board

 

What do you think of the copper homewares trend?

Let me know in a comment below or chat to me on social media

 

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Introducing Ovi and Reu – boutique gift boxes for new mums

Boutique Gift Boxes for New Mums by Ovi and Reu
I get approached by a lot of brands and PRs that would like to collaborate with me or send me things to review. With running a couple of businesses of my own alongside this job (not to mention having kids too) I have to be really selective with the people I work with and the campaigns I take on. Sometimes a little gem appears in my inbox, that I just can’t resist and an email from the new company Ovi and Reu was just that. Ovi and Reu make up and send out gift boxes that you can order as presents for new mums (or anyone you’d think would like one), and as a small business set up by two fellow mums and a grandma I knew I wanted to support them.

You can choose between four boxes, The Coastal Gift Collection, The Expectant Gift Collection, The Country Gift Collection  and The Parisian – which is the one that I picked. The beauty of these gift boxes is that they are letter box friendly so no need for the postman to be knocking on your door, or even more annoyingly, having to take a trip to the depot because you weren’t home when they tried to deliver it. I was super excited when my box hit my hallway floor..

Inside the Parisian Gift Collection

Make Up Bag from Miesje Chafer (choose one of 5 designs)
The most amazing selection of on-trend fabrics make these handmade make up bags the perfect addition to this mum’s look.

Decaff Coffee from The Bristol Coffee Company
It may not have the kick but it certainly packs a flavour punch. True Parisians (and all coffee-addicts) will thank you heartily for thinking of this.

Notebook from Studio Sarah
Perfect for jotting down all of baby’s new routines or recording those precious moments in style.

Grey Spotty Peg People from Little Bird Designs
These gorgeous little mum and baby figurines will provide the perfect adornment to a cosmopolitan mum’s boudoir.

Baby Milestone Cards from Amy’s Avenue
Help her to celebrate and record every baby milestone with these fabulous monochrome milestone cards.

Red Lipstick in ‘Red Carpet’ or ‘Some Like it Hot’ from Sara Hill 
What true Parisian woman could be without a slick of ruby red for that pout? We love this brand for all their British credentials but also their undeniably European je ne sais quoi…

‘Loved’ Nursery Print from Rabbit and Sons 
Your lovely message will appear on the reverse of this nursery print from super-cool design house Rabbit and Sons.

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ovi and reu

Obviously as a mum of two school age children with no plans of having babies, I don’t have much need for baby milestone cards, but I do have a very pregnant sister in law who I think will love them, so they shall be heading her way. I can definitely make use of the red lipstick however!

I really enjoy sneak peeks and behind the scenes pictures and videos from brands so when I spotted  this video that Ovi and Reu shared on their Facebook page of how they pack the boxes, I thought it would be fun to share it!

Do head on over to their webside – Ovi and Reu – and take a look! I’ll also be chatting to the three ladies behind it in a MumBoss feature in a couple of months, so do keep an eye out for it.

Huge thanks to Team Ovi and Reu for sending me the Parisian box to review.

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Freshening up our living space for the new year

We’re mid way through January, the Christmas decorations and the tree are down, the New Year has properly started. I don’t know about you but the house always seems a little bare when all things festive have gone. This inspires me to have a little freshen up of our living space, whether it’s moving furniture around, buying some new accessories or having a clear out, or all of the above! I thought I’d share with you some of the little changes that I’ve made for the New Year to our open plan living and dining room. If you missed my post about our living room and dining room renovation you can read it here.

With the fairylights and Christmas ornaments gone I’ve had a play around with the shelves and moved a lot of books from our Welsh dresser. I regularly switch things around on these shelves but I love that each picture and keepsake has meaning and memories for us.

Of course this time of year you can’t beat fresh flowers to brighten up your home. I love having vases of daffodils scattered through out our home. This is so simple (and cheap) and never fails to make me smile.

I love the new addition of this lamp* by my favourite chair. It definitely helps when I’m cosied up in the evenings reading a book.

I picked up this little candle stick, if that’s the right term, candle holder maybe, in Tiger for a bargain price of £2. I might just have to pop in for a couple more.

pink copper interiors style

More fresh flowers! With hyacinths you have the added bonus of a beautiful fragrance that fills your home. As you can see my love for copper accessories hasn’t wavered in 2017, in face I think I love them even more!

pink and copper interior style

office space

I’ve moved out of my messy office space this week as I have loads of work and no space to do it in! I know that the office/stockroom/exercise space/dumping ground needs a big clear out but I just don’t have the time to do it properly at the moment. Hopefully when the busyness of January quietens down I can set aside some time to turn the room around. For now, however, I’ve stolen my children’s homework area.

We invested in a new bookcase recently, I say invested, it wasn’t a particularly expensive purchase as it’s an IKEA bookcase, that being said I love it and couldn’t wait to fill it with our books when we’d finished putting it up.

I like to have inspiring phrases and quotes around the house and this year I’ve gone for ‘say yes to new adventures’. I think this is a year of change for us and change can be fun and exciting but also a little scary, so this is a great reminder to take the adventure!

 

So with a few little changes our living space feels fresher and no longer bare. It’s amazing what some flowers, plants and a change around can do.

Do you make changes to your rooms in the new year?

 

 

 

*Thanks to Litecraft for sending us the lamp featured in our living room

 

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