It’s that time of year again where we bid a reluctant farewell to summer and welcome the warm cosy embrace of autumn. Last night we had thunder storms which meant it got dark real early. I’m not normally a fan of the long nights but I’ve changed the batteries in my candles and string lights. I lit every candle in the house and actually found time to sit and chill on the sofa with Sienna for an hour or so before bed. I must say after weeks on end of sitting in the garden all night it was really nice. I really was in my happy place.
Autumn to me is staying in, lighting candles, watching a series on Netflix and enjoying some family time!
Every year autumn is fast becoming by favourite season. I love the opportunity it brings to bust out your cost sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves.
The shops are full of Halloween deco’s already and I think we will be adding some new stuff to the decorations we already have. I hope to get some bits before the end of this month so that we can decorate from the beginning of October.
I will keep you posted on our shopping extravaganza once we have been.
Hope you are all staying safe. Here’s to enjoying some quality family time and cosy nights!
As was mentioned in my November post I was planning on giving my living room a refresh with a colour change!
Having decided I wanted a blush pink to tie in with all the other accessories in the room I had my heart set on a colour such as this which was made my Colour Courage. Unfortunately, my local diy store decided to stop stocking this brand just before I wanted it and I was more than a little disappointed when I realised.
I wasn’t about to give up there so I decided to have a chat with the girls on the counter where they mix the paint to what ever colour you desire. I explained what colour I was after and they were able to mix this but then I found one that was almost identical in their swatch range that I think I preferred to my original choice!
I already had a grey on my feature wall but I wanted to refresh that too and again they stopped stocking my original colour so I took the plunge and had both colours mixed. Because my daughter fancies herself a bit of a Picasso I decided to opt for a washable paint! Below is my before and after shots of the room.
The pink did take two coats but I turned this project around in a day and I am very surprised about how far the paint went! I still have half a tin of the 5L pink and practically a full stone of the 2.5L grey! So if I need any future touch ups it won’t be a dash to the store to get more made!
I would love to hear you thoughts on this room refresh!
Hope your all staying safe and have a lovely week!
I had a new carpet fitted in my bedroom over the weekend and with this being the only component left to modernise the room from the old lady style decor of the person I bought the house from I felt that I wanted my night stands to match the room but I didn’t want to buy new ones just yet. I decided that vinyl wrapping them would hide the ugly worn marks that they had and bring them in line with the new colour scheme of the room.
Here is how they turned out. The first one took a bit longer and as really ain’t a pro at this it did take some time to get them right. I am really pleased with the finish and it was the perfect project for a rainy day.
I started from the top and worked my way down the cabinet. The top drawer was the trickiest because of the frosted window in it but after some perseverance I got there in the end! The handles were removed to give a professional finish.
Here are some half way through pics showing the progress I was making. It may have been very slow progress but I was progress non the less! perseverance is key when it comes to vinyl wrapping. It really isn’t for those with a short temper.
Cheeky one down, one to go shot!
I was really pleased with the difference that a clean finish made. Almost makes them look like new.
I would love to know you thoughts on this upcycling project and I would like to hear about your projects.
There is a vast range of indoor plants that would look great in any style room. A few of my favourites are below:
If you have a tendency to kill every plant you have ever owned, like me, then these are for you. They are a very low maintenance plant and are ideal for the amateur gardener. They are fantastic at retaining water so they don’t need to be watered as often as most plants. They are best suited to window sills, shelves or tabletops and are a great addition to any room.
These plants come in a full range of different shapes, sizes and colours so I am sure that you will be able to find something that suits your room. All cacti have the ability to flower so if this is what you are going for then they would need to be watered regularly during growing season. Cacti can give your home the California touch which paired with modern, minimalistic décor.
There are a load more varieties of hard wearing plants that you could choose. Why not share you thoughts on what you would like to see in your home this coming year.
Scents are everywhere we go. Some we love and others we loathe. I am not sure if this is a personal thing or if everyone else experiences the same thing but I often get a whiff of something (not necessarily perfume or aftershave) and I am instantly whipped up into a day dream of what that particular smell reminds me of.
For example, fresh bread. Most people would think of your local supermarket or bakery when you think of this smell. Me, I think of a little village called Nelson which is situated in South Wales, UK. Nelson is a relatively close knit community set in the valleys of the welsh hills. In the heart of the village in a back lane, which if you didn’t know it was there you could completely miss it, is a small family bakery. On any given morning between the hours of 2-5am passing through the village you find yourself surrounded by the warm and comforting smell that is fresh baked bread. Just the though of this gives me a warm glow. I didn’t actually encounter this glorious early morning secret until I was about 16 years of age but ever since then, when ever I smell fresh bread I am right back there in the village.
Another scent that completely takes me away are those of perfumes worn by people I love and have loved. Having lost my mother when I was 17; her perfume is one of the most memorable. Chanel No5. When ever I smell this rich heavenly scent, I close my eyes and for that split second I have my mother back again. I drift off into a world of make believe imagining all the different things that we would be doing now that I have grown up and am not such a bitch any more. Alas, daydreaming is a much cherished past time of mine.
Finally, my favourite perfume is inspired by a childhood memory. It was Christmas day and I must have been around 5 years old when my parents got me a Tiny Tears doll. I was thrilled. she blinked, drank, cried and wee’d! She was my most favourite gift. I took her everywhere with me.
A few years back in was in a perfume shop looking for something new as I was bored of my old perfume. I saw it there on the shelf a slender bottle with what looked like an un-blossomed flower growing inside. I really caught my eye as it was different to all the others. I asked the assistant if I could smell this perfume to which she obliged. As soon as she passed me the little sheet of card she had doused in the scent I took a sniff and there is was. Christmas day when I was 5 years old and I opened the box to get out my nice shiny new doll, the smell was identical! I was blown away! I had had years of enjoyment with that doll and this scent reminded me of all those good times. It is for that reason and that reason alone that I still wear that scent to this day.
Without scents the world would be a very dull place. So when things are getting on top of you. take a moment, stop and breathe. You will find that even in the most stressful of situations a little scent can always brighten you day!