Tag Archives: interior design

Feb
15
2017

Top Man Cave Essentials

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man cave essentialsMen, we pretty much all love our gadgets, i know i do. When i was a student i had an obsession for hifi equipment and speakers and at one point i had a kick ass 5.1 surround sound system with full size speakers for the rear speakers, floor standing speakers for the fronts and a 200watt subwoofer. Having a movie night meant pulling out the speakers from the side of the living room and taking over the adjoining kitchen with the speakers and their trailing cables. Fast forward a few years and in our first home i have a slightly simpler system, the tv is hung on the wall ( i used to hate them being wall mounted straining your neck up) and I’ve got a stereo which stays put. On the days when Chantele would go out shopping, visiting or visit friends, id be able to make our house a temporary man cave with the volume up for movies, bass speaker on a few notches more and all of the window blinds closed and sit in my pyjamas for the day, pure bliss.

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Nov
28
2016

Durable Furniture for a Pet Friendly Home

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pet friendly furniture - leather sofa

If you have a dog the likelihood is you love him/her lots and spoil them rotten…or is that just us? Opie pretty much has free rein of the house and we have never stopped him sitting on the furniture or sleeping on the bed. This has meant we have needed to be quite careful about the type of furniture we have in our house as we would like our furniture and our home to last a while and still look great the majority of the time. Here are a few tips from one dog owner to another on how to keep your home pet friendly and looking great even when your furry friend rules the roost.

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Jul
14
2015

Thinking Ahead – Converting our attic space

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converting our attic spaceAlthough we haven’t long moved into the house, and we have no immediate plans to do any major renovation work we have still been dreaming of what we might do in the years to come. We love our little home and the area it is in so we hope we can stay put for a number of years, but when we finally start a family the space we have will be at a premium. It’s only a 2 bed house and currently the second bedroom is used as a crafting space and storage for all of our photography gear and newborn props.

Luckily we have a rather large attic space running the entire length of the house, which is just about tall enough to stand up in so the idea is to eventual turn this in to a workable storage/crafting space. The images above via Freshome.com are some great inspiration of what you can do with an attic, sadly mine isn’t quite as big as most of them, but the idea is the same! Continue reading

Jun
29
2015

Add a Personal Touch with Vignettes – Plus Oscar’s Boutique Giveaway!

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creating vignettes with oscars boutiqueI love the idea of little clusters of pretty stuff dotted around my home, or the technical term vignettes. When we moved into our house I knew I wanted to make it more personal, more us. Living in rented houses for 7 years, then back in my parents house for 18 months before we got our home I never felt like I could really make the space properly my own. But now that we have our own house, and we know we aren’t going to be moving anytime soon I feel like I can properly decorate and accessorise the place to really reflect me and Jon.

The house has still got a huge way to go in terms of decorating as we are just doing a bit at a time, I see no rush to get everything in place straight away, I would rather be selective about what we put in our home and take our time choosing and finding the perfect items. But the vignettes have started to take shape in the dining room on my awesome midcentury modern G-Plan Fresco sideboard. Continue reading

Jun
26
2015

Introducing Lorna Syson Designs

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lorna syson designs
A few weeks ago I blogged about my amazing new cushions from Lorna Syson designs, which I am ever so slightly besotted with. Lorna is an award winning British designer who’s designs are inspired by the countryside around her. She prides herself on creating quality items, sourcing the best materials and producing everything in the UK.
 
I got the chance to ask Lorna a few questions about her business, her style and…her dream party!
 

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Jun
24
2015

10 Inspirational Homes with House Plants

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House plants in hexagonal shelvesIve never been much of a green fingered person, and I hadn’t ever kept house plants until I moved into our new home in September, but I had always admired those who had beautiful blooms in their home. Our house mate when we were living in Cardiff had some beautiful huge Yukka type plants, which looked great in the window of our living room and just added a lovely bit of nature and life to our heavily electronic and cluttered house. 

I know have 2 beautiful orchids and a (struggling) red peace lily but I hope to add more to our home over time, next I am thinking some air plants or cacti, before I attempt something a bit bigger. I wrote a post a few weeks ago on how to look after an orchid and it got me thinking more about bringing nature indoors. So I started nosing at green fingered inspiration on Pintrest. Here are some of my favourite real homes with beautiful and impressive house plants, something for me to aspire to.   

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Jun
12
2015

Lorna Syson Designs – Mid-Century Modern Cushions adding a Pop of Colour to our Living Room

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Reviews_0014 We have been in the new house since September and for the majority of that time I have been looking for soft furnishings for our living room. It took me 3 months to find the perfect rug and I was still struggling to find cushions. The rug is purple and navy, and a lot of our furniture and touches in the house are mid-century modern style, so I was hoping to find some cushions that would work with that.

When designer Lorna Syson got in touch to ask if I would like to receive one of her new designs, and she said she had the perfect design to match our home interior I couldn’t wait for our new cushions to arrive in the post. Continue reading

Mar
21
2015

Warming Up Your Home With Rugs

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Rodgers of York Rugs

Rugs from Rodgers of York

I am a big fan of wooden floors, in fact it was one of the main things me and Jon looked for when we were searching for our first proper home. So when we found our perfect house, location/size/price wise, we were so lucky to also get solid oak floors throughout.

Wooden floors are easy to clean, can last a lifetime if looked after properly and look beautiful, but they have a few down sides, the main one being they can often feel cold and in turn make a room feel a little cold. That’s why when we started decorating the living room I knew we would need to add a pretty substantial sized rug to really make the room feel warmer and more homely. A contrast in textures and mixture of fabrics can add a huge amount of depth to a room and instantly add an element of cosiness. Rugs are one of the most effective ways of warming up your home. Continue reading

Sep
30
2014

The first fun job – Giant Chalkboard!

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Chalk Board Paint

Today would usually be the day for our monthly catch up, but seeing as we have only just started posting again since the move there isn’t really a lot to catch up on, so we will just crack on with the new house updates, and todays is something a bit fun! A giant chalkboard! Continue reading

Sep
28
2014

Rose tinted glasses – The new house to do list

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Two Hearts One Roof New HomeWhen you fall in love with something, you tend to see what you like first. Its always been the same, we walk into a house/flat I see plain walls, wood floor, SOLD.  It wasn’t quite like that this time. We spent more time working out dimensions, proportions and what needed doing. Surveys revealed minor work that was recommended but not in dire need right away and second and third visits allowed us to check out the property in more detail. We set a budget that we wanted to put aside for decorating and furniture and then came the “to do” and “we need” list. From moving several times we knew what we had stored away and what we needed but its always the little things that catch you, or you just miss them out of your first evaluation.  Continue reading