Category: Home & Garden

Christmas 2016

Happy new year and all that guff. Yep, I’m glad all the festivities are over. You see, I’m not a massive fan of Christmas. There’s too much pressure, faff and fuss for just one day. Anyway, by the time the end of term came around, I was exhausted and just grateful for the two weeks break. My parting end of term gift? A cold! I was a sleepy, snotty, coughing mess for the first part of the holidays. Then Phil came down with something worse for the remainder of the holidays, meaning all we pretty much did was sleep and veg out, trying to rid Crafty Chai towers of the plague.

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But having a less than mediocre Christmas did get me thinking about what I want our Christmas next year to look like, colds and flu notwithstanding. One thing I realised is that I need to get my shit together for Christmas way earlier than I did. Not just buying presents, but organising decent card, festive treats and thinking about what we’d like to do during the festive season. Because while I enjoyed being lazy and binge watching the latest Netflix sensation, it’s not how I want to be spending all my time away from school. I realise that I was really tired and needed to spend some time recuperating but I also felt that I was wasting my two weeks off. Next year, I want to make sure that there’s time for vegging out, but also time spent seeing a few friends, going on some lovely walks and spending more time reading and crafting.

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In my head, next Christmas, I envisage a whole different picture. More fresh air, less time on the sofa. Trying out great, healthy plant based meals, less cheese and crackers. More time reading, less junk TV. Focus on the special things, make new traditions and plan lovely things. I want to make sure that the foodie treats we have are worth it, and just mindless eating. I want it to be something I enjoy and not regret. So I’ll be planning next Christmas with military precision, making sure that there’s time to enjoy it, without worrying that time is being wasted.

Prints for the bedroom

So we’ve almost finished redecorating the bedroom. It’s very nearly done, just a few little bits and pieces to add. Thank god. It feels like we’ve been doing it for ever, which is almost true and why we put it off for so long. In its previous incarnation as a hideous space, we only had one picture on the wall and it doesn’t really go with the new decor. (Plus Phil isn’t keen, so it’ll have to go in my room!) We need some prints on the wall. While this terrifies me, as it’ll mean putting holes in my beautiful newly plastered walls, they are pretty bare. I am like a magpie when it comes to pictures, without really thinking of the space they’re going into or the colours or just get anything remotely coastal so thought I should do a bit of research beforehand. Plus it was a good distraction from the hideousness that is Eurovision *rolls eyes*. All the prints can be found on Not on the High Street (love that site) and are a bit of a mixture.

Prints for the home

1. Seaside Ahoy! 2. White Elephant 3. Fox print
4. Naps are always a good idea 5. Bees of Britain 6. Blame it on the weatherman
7. Dog print 8. Hip Hip Hooray 9. Wonderful whales of the world

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I could buy all of these and more! They aren’t all blue and they aren’t all to do with coast, which is progress for me! I love the dog print, obviously, but think the whale and bee prints are also gorgeous. Even if we go with other prints for the bedroom, I would definitely like one or two (or all of them. Too much?!) for my home office.

Bedroom Inspiration – Scandi Style

This month is our six year anniversary of living in our house. After moving a ridiculous number of times in a short space of time, I worried that we’d never be in one place for too long. My aim was five years, as that’s the amount of time you need to be somewhere so you only have to give one address on any kind of forms. I thought I would be looking to move after this time, but I can’t really be bothered with all that yet. So we’re looking to carry on redecorating some more of the house this year.

We’re going to start with the bedroom, as it was the first room we decorated. We had a few days to do it before our things got moved in and it is hideous. This is no exaggeration. Take a look.

Decorating disasterRed wall in a bedroomSee, even Poppy can’t look at it. Do not ask me why we went for a feature wall and a red feature wall at that. It’s bloomin’ awful and took about four coats of paint to achieve. The ‘cream’ is painted straight onto the wood chip *shudders* wall paper that was there when we moved in. Both Phil and I have removed wood chip before so we both knew what a hideous job it would be and when we were moving in, we didn’t have time to do it then. Plus, it’s probably covering some awful walls. Not only that but the built in wardrobes are really badly built and they don’t even close properly. All in all it is a very uninspiring room. For years, I have poured over pins of beautiful, relaxing, opulent and luxurious bedrooms on Pinterest, so much so, I dedicated a board to them. Here are a few of my current favourites:

Style Files white bedroom

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Liz Marie Blog

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Decoholic

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Chocolate and creamz

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Judging by my Pinterest account, I seem to be drawn to plain walls, a mega comfy bed (not like the one we’ve got now) and a simple, clean room. We’ve got the simple room down to a T, but it’s the rest of it that needs a lot of attention. So here’s the plan:

  • Strip the hideous wallpaper.
  • Get in a plasterer to sort out the walls, including plastering over the red wall.
  • Buy an awesome floor to ceiling wardrobe, with room for everything we need, including drawers and someway of storing all my make up and jewelry. I don’t want any other furniture in the bedroom, other than the wardrobes, bed and bed side tables.
  • Paint the walls a light plain colour.
  • Finally get a full length mirror.
  • Get rid of the curtains and sort out some awesome blinds instead (need to be black out in order to stop Poppy rising at the crack of dawn in the summer)
  • New lampshade
  • New bed (in time)
  • Make it light, bright and lush with no freakin’ hideous red feature wall.

Hopefully, we’ll be making a start on this soon, with the bulk of the work taking place over the Easter holidays. I can’t wait, as this room has been annoying me since the time I tried to move my clothes into the wardrobe and found that the wardrobe was too small for my hangers. I’ve been hating it ever since. I’ll let you know how we get on and if we can be rid of that red wall!

The Garden in the Summer

It’s been just over a year since we completed our garden. We weren’t sure which plants would survive over winter, especially as we didn’t do anything to protect plants or cut back last autumn. Not all the plants made it. Some didn’t even make it to winter, so I’ve got a few replacement plants, including a¬†buddleja, which we had before we renovated the garden, but it had gone out of control so we got rid of it. However, since then, we’ve noticed that the birds missed it and it’s such a great plant for butterflies that when a friend offered a plant to me, I accepted. It’s growing really well and has flowers on it already. I moved a few plants, including the iris plants we bought, as they’d outgrown the space we planted them in last year.

Summer plants Garden in the summer Summer in the garden Poppy in the garden

We didn’t really know what plants to get for the garden when we planted it up last summer. I know we need to add more spring plants, as it took until May for most of the plants to flower. We didn’t get around to planting any bulbs last autumn, but I really want to make time for that this year. It felt that it took that garden ages to wake up from winter so spring bulbs are a must! I think there are a few plants that I’d still like to move, and more to buy next year. I’d like a row of alliums along the fence and maybe another few peony plants, because you can never have too many peonies!