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

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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

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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,

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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?

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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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Renovating our small bathroom

We moved into our current house about six years ago and knew that the small family bathroom would need updating and renovating but just didn’t have the budget for it then. We put up with it and saved our pennies in the hope that one day we’d get our dream bathroom. I hated staring at the brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles, they didn’t reflect my taste and I would feel embarrassed when people went in there! It sounds silly really but I desperately wanted to change it and make it feel like ours. Earlier this year we finally got the funds together and starting renovating our small bathroom.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see, it was in desperate need of some love. We may have got rid of the brown wallpaper, but that wasn’t enough to make it look the way I wanted.

I’d spent years dreaming and pinning ideas on Pinterest, I was desperate for a clean bright look and knew that subway tiles would have to feature.

Not only were we getting it re-tiled we also redesigned the whole layout to create more space. Before, we struggled to get more than one person in there at the same time which made bathtime and bedtime with small children very interesting, as you can probably imagine! We ended up turning the bath around and moving both the toilet and the sink. It was a pain but now it’s all done it was so worth it. 

We ripped everything out, with the help of friends and then went on holiday while the builders went in and got on with renovating our small bathroom.

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This is what we came home to,

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

A lick of paint and some accessories later and here we have it..

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see we’ve kept it simple with white walls and white subway tiles. The floor is tiled with slate tiles and I’ve tied in the grey theme with our towels and accessories.

All we need now is a new blind and a mirror for above the sink. When they’re in, do keep an eye out for my next bathroom post – Styling a Small Bathroom, which will be up very soon.

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Styling the perfect guest bedroom

We’re currently looking at moving house, and near the top of my list when we’re house hunting is an extra bedroom so we can have a room that’s permanently set up as a guest bedroom. We live far away from family and have lots of friends scattered around the country so I would love to have a room for them to stay in when they visited rather than them having to sleep on the sofa or on a blow up mattress in my office! I’m always looking at guest bedroom decor inspiration for when I’m ready to get styling the perfect guest bedroom.

I really like a fresh and neutral colour palate and will be leaning towards white and greys. This works well and can be adapted for anyone that comes to stay. I love the clean lines of a Scandi style space and the greys of Nordic styling but also want a luxe feel so lots of throws and texture too. 

This room is beautifully laid out, they have really kept the guest in mind with making sure there are towels, spare blankets and even a pair of slippers!

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Image from tatertots and jello – top tips for creating the perfect guest room

This is beautifully styled bed by The White Company, I love the blankets and co-ordinating cushions. It’s really simple but elegant styling.

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Hanbury Collection by The White Company

I think it’s important to have bedside tables or units if there is the space for them. Perfect for bedside lamps, books and even fresh flowers.

 

I love being clever with storage and keeping in mind the aesthetics when picking pieces out. This wooden ladder shelf unit is great for towels, toiletries, reading material and even a few little pot plants!

 

See my Guest Bedroom Pinterest board for more inspiration on styling the perfect guest bedrom

Follow Coffeeworksleep’s board Guest bedroom on Pinterest.

 

 

On a practical note, having a dedicated guest room doesn’t have to mean that you’ve got less storage. If you get a larger sized ottoman  bed you can use the bed as storage as well. It’s really handy for things like spare linens, towels and even out of season clothes all in vacuum packed storage bags. You can be clever with storage without having to compromise the style. On the subject of storage make sure that you have somewhere for guests to put their luggage, if there’s space for drawers/a wardrobe make it clear they can utilise them.

When the styling and practicality is down you need to think of what else to add in the room to make your guests as comfortable and looked after as possible. When there’s been a long journey the best thing is being met with a ready made relaxing guest bedroom.

I’ve pored over those Pinterest tutorials on how to be the best host and read those posts listing the essentials your guest room needs (I know, I’m such a goon). It all pays off though, here are some of the ideas I’ve collated for my perfect guest bedroom.

ESSENTIALS

Freshly made bed with guest towels, obviously

Extra blankets and pillows

Scented candles and matches

Bedside lamps

Bin

Fresh flowers

Clock

Wifi code

Accessible power sockets

Toiletries – a great idea I read somewhere mentioned having a basket of mini samples of things like shampoo, body wash etc.

Things to read, books, magazines, etc

If you’ve got kids staying in the room as well then think about anything else that might be useful, a few toys, or books for example

 

What have I missed? Can you think of more?

Do you like the style of my guest bedroom?

 

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Kids colourful bedroom ideas from George at Asda

I haven’t done a home style interiors post for a while and putting this one together has reminded me how much I really miss doing them so I’ll definitely be writing more from now on. I enjoy styling rooms and have had fun over the years with the girls bedrooms. I love splashes of colour, so kids colourful bedrooms are a must in my book!

My five year old and I have put together a moodboard of kids colourful bedroom ideas for her room. My two have switched and chopped and changed bedrooms over the years and in all honesty E has had no say in the way her room currently looks. It’s all things I’ve chosen or her sister chose before she moved into her own room. The basic colour palate is fine, and hey with white walls you can pretty much do anything colour wise. E is a huge colour lover so we’ve kept this in mind while picking out bedroom accessories and furniture from George at Asda.

Kids colourful bedroom ideas

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1. Kids Daisy Beanbag Seat – Yellow // 2. Shopkins bean bag // 3. Seahorse cushion // 4. Pink bean bag chair

5. Seahorse rug // 6. Russian dolls throw // 7. Colour change rabbit light  // 8. Drake desk

9. Mermaid fitted sheet // 10. Webster bed – yellow // 11. Shopkins Cookie cushion // 12. Finley desk chair

 

As you can see it’s quite an eclectic, colourful mix what with seahorses and Shopkins! We’re not fans of matchy-matchy bedrooms and unlike my children I don’t like to theme their rooms solely on a cartoon character. I know how quickly their tastes change and I’m not prepared to re-decorate on their every whim! However, it’s a great compromise to pick up a few homeware accessories of their current favourite to add in and George at Asda have loads to choose from.

kids colourful bedroom ideas

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Little corners of my home in May

I love adding little touches to my home, they don’t have to be expensive homewares or fancy gadgets but something little that gives a new feel to a room. I’ve done a few projects in our living room and dining room, like repainting the dining room chairs and table as well as the side table in the living room. This month I couldn’t face another big job like that so I’ve made some little vases, plant pots and tea light holders. Well, I haven’t ‘made’ them, I’ve just upcycled them. Is that still an ‘in phrase’ in home decor, who knows, I’ll just go with it.

I gathered some jars and glass tea light holders from around the house and armed with my new chalk paint spray  headed out into the garden.

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I’m not a fantastic DIYer or a particularly creative or patient one. If there’s a project that involves lots of long winded stages then I’m just not going to do it, no matter how pretty it looks on Pinterest! This chalk paint spray, however, could not be easier to use and it dries crazy quickly. From start to finish these took just over half an hour. Perfect.

I’ve dotted them around in our downstairs living space, some are vases, some tealight holders and others are plant pots.

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Our back garden is full of bluebells and forget-me-nots. I know that some consider the tiny blue flowers to be a weed but I absolutely adore them and having a little flower pot vase is the perfect excuse for me to bring some inside.

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You know me and my succulent and cactus obsession so it’s no surprise to see two little pots with these beauties in them!
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I’m so pleased with how well they’ve turned out. I really love the chalky matte finish that they have. I’ve used spray paints on things before but they’ve always had a shiny finish. All in all the spray was so easy to use and much better for a project like this than having to faff around with paint and paint brushes.

The vases just need a spray coat of Pinty Plus water based varnish, so that they can be washed without damaging the paint.

Now that I know how easy it is to use I’ve got my eye on what I can use it on next. Our poor weather worn outdoors dining set, or the old metal chair my dad passed on to us or even the TV unit, decisions, decisions. I’ll definitely be choosing at least one of these for next months project so don’t forget to check back.

What do you think

Would you give this chalk paint spray at try?

What would you upcycle with it?

 

 

I’m a Pinty Plus Ambassador and will be sent chalk paint sprays to try out and share with you each month. As always all views are my own. You can view the whole range here – Novasol Spray UK

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