Before we moved into the house, we had a clear vision of what we wanted it to look like. One thing we wanted more than anything was for the rooms to flow really well and compliment each other and have a similar colour scheme throughout.

As the house is south facing, the living room often feels dark; the sun and best light is on the back of the house so to completely brighten it up we decided to paint the whole room white. If you have ever bought an old property you will know that they come with there fair share of problems. Before we moved into the house we had to get some work done so some areas of the living room were freshly plastered and unfortunately the work wasn’t finished to the best standard, so had to be sorted before we could even start. The rest of the walls were painted in a standard cream/magnolia with the focal point being some reflective blue wall paper which was… lovely! (You can see a ‘before’ picture down below)  Painting the walls was a huge effort – not to mention it was the first time I had decorated a room, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out. By no means is it perfect but I’m ok with that. The ceiling also still needs to be painted but I’m not in a rush to do it just yet.

The white walls really helps to reflect the light around the room and the grey chimney wall breaks up the white and adds a focal point to the room. I really don’t like the fireplace but its something we are going to have to work with until we can replace it. The dream would to have a black ornate one that would fit with the property a lot better. It will do for now and is the perfect place to put some candles and bits and pieces.

In terms of furniture there isn’t much in here at the moment. The tv stand and shelf are from Ikea in a white gloss as we thought this would also be good to reflect light around the room. The main focus of the room is this big sofa from Sofology. Although it only has two cushions the sofa is a 4-seater with a chaise lounge so is a good size for when we have guests too. We have a black and brass floor lamp from and we also have a couple of side tables on the way from the same place which we ordered in January but they haven’t even been dispatched yet.

For what we have achieved in 2 months, I’m really happy with the result. There’s still some things to do – mirror above the fire, picture wall and to add some more greenery but at least it’s starting to feel like home now. If you want any more details about anything you see let me know in the comments! I hope to do some more interior posts in the future, is that something you would be interested in seeing?


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5 Things | Travel Planning


So it’s officially Spring, and with three trips already booked for this year it’s time to come out of hibernation and start planning those impending trips away. I like to try and be as organised as I can to avoid that helpless tourist look and so that I don’t waste anytime whilst I am there. With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my best travel tips for when booking and planning a trip.

1. Check your passport. 

It’s important to check the expiry date on your passport as some country’s require a certain period of time left on your passport to enter the country. Requiring a new passport can also be a lengthy process so take this into consideration when booking a trip. The same goes for visa restrictions and vaccinations. The more remote the destination, the more chances you will need some sort of vaccination.

2. Set yourself a budget. 

I admit it, this is one of my downfalls. I used to have a buy now, worry later attitude when it came to planning a trip, however I have set myself clear, realistic budgets this year in hoping to squeeze in as many breaks away as I can. In short, budget and stick to it.

3. Shop around.

Package holidays are always an option if you’re looking for a quick break but if you are looking to create your own unique trip its a good idea to shop around. Airline prices can dramatically fluctuate. Sign up to airline and hotel mailing lists, or follow on social media. When an airline announces its summer or winter timetable, the quicker you book, the cheaper the seats tend to be. You could also book accommodation through AirBnB, it tends to be a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel .

4. Research. 

It’s important to do your research before you arrive. Tailor your trip to suit you. Create a destination inspiration board over on Pinterest, like my one below, to pin all the things you want to see and do, and for places to eat or stay. Use it as your personal travel guide!

If you prefer a travel guide in book form, I would recommend the Wallpaper City Guides by Phaidon. They are full of useful information, are beautifully presented and are a great reference for discovering new places.

5. Insurance, Travel Money & Phone.

– You should always travel with insurance. It’s that simple.

– When changing currency don’t order on a whim, wait until you can find the best rate.The exchange rate changes daily and it also varies on where you purchase it from. Or if you don’t like the idea of carrying a lot of money I would recommend speaking to your bank about the cheapest and safest way to use a credit or debit card abroad. Halifax offer the fixed rate ‘Clarity Card’ which will not incur those transaction fees on any international purchases. Also make sure your bank is aware that you will be leaving the country as they tend to put a hold on your card for any suspicious transactions.

– If you plan on using your mobile (cell) phone abroad, make sure you know what charges you will incur. It’s never fun realising you have been charged £20 to upload one photo to instagram.

Travel can be stressful, the key is organisation. What are your key travel tips?

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