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#BEDN ~ Home Sweet Home

It’s almost time for our four year anniversary in our little home and boy have we done a lot of work to it! Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Damp course
  • Replastered some walls (seriously, our house is where artex comes to die!)
  • Replaced 3 windows
  • Decorated 5 rooms & the hallway
  • Sanded & painted 1 floor
  • Carpeted 1 room and the stairs
  • Repaired the roof once
  • Installed a wood burning stove
  • Given the garden a complete overhaul

Wow. It doesn’t sound like much when you put it like that, but there has been plenty of blood, sweat, tears & swears shed over this place! And we’re not even finished *sigh*

One room that is finished is my study.


Fireplace Before


Fireplace AfterBefore

Study BeforeAfter

Study AfterI’d still like to change the curtains as we bought those for the first house we lived in together and I hate them now. I’m thinking of getting a blind so light isn’t restricted at the sides of the window. That would be the only change I’d make in my study now.

Here are a few things we’ve got left to do:

  • Replace 2 windows
  • Redecorate our bedroom (We did this room first when we moved in. We made some bad decorative choices!)
  • Improve storage in the spare room
  • Plant up the garden
  • Add curtains to the new window/back window

And if we had all the money, extend the back of the house, move the bathroom and add a loft room. Or move. If we had all the money, we’d move to where we’d never have lift a paintbrush ever again!

Creating a Picture Gallery in your Home

It’s not until you look in a photo album that you realise how many great pictures you have that you don’t display. I found some old family ones and had a few prints and things lying around and decided to create a picture gallery in my study. I bought frames from a charity shop, as they were in great condition and way cheaper than brand new ones. When you’re buying a lot, it’s much cheaper to by second hand ones. For me, I wanted old frames that had a bit of a ‘used’ look because that’s what suits the style of my study. My OH did all the hammering – he’s got a better eye for this kind of thing, as I’m a bit challenged when it comes to spatial awareness!

photo gallery


home gallery

embroidery galleryI had a definite space that I wanted to put the pictures in, as well as a vague idea of how to display them, but when push came to shove it wasn’t going to work and we had to go back to the drawing board. This is the design we came up, as I want to be able to add a few other pictures in the future. We decided to keep the embroidery hoops separate and put them on the same wall as the sampler as I’ve got a few other hoops that are a work in progress and will join them at some point.

I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s nice adding some personal touches to the room with these pictures. And yes, that’s a very young me wearing a burgundy dress. Cute eh?!

Recent Retro Buys

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but I’ve become obsessed with all things butterfly. I’ve been on the look for prints to hang in my study as well so if I can combine the two, then so much the better. I’ve also been looking out for different storage jars & containers that will be useful. Here’s what I’ve found so far.


I found this print at Lassco & knew I had to have it. It’s not very often I’m that decisive when it comes to artwork but I knew that this would look great in my room. The colours are so bright and look great against the plain frame.

ButterfliesI couldn’t believe it when I saw this in a vintage shop in Towcester. Not only were the butterflies in great condition but it was only £32, which is incredible! I know the frame isn’t up to much, but the colours of the butterflies are so bright and it was a real bargain.


Blue Stripe Blue dotI’m so pleased that the colours on the wings are still so bright. Beautiful! Both of these will form part of display that I’m planning in my study, along with some other prints and some old family photographs – I just need to get some frames together, decide on an arrangement & get them up!

My latest buy is this gorgeous retro storage jar from Winter’s Moon. I saw a picture of it on Facebook & knew it would be great for storing my teabags in, as my old one has seen better days. As soon as it was listed in the shop, I ordered it! It’s perfect! The colours are really bright & it suits the vintage feel of our kitchen. I really like getting individual bits & bobs for our house and am on a bit of a mission with this at the moment.

Pink Jar

I’m always on the look out for different things to add to our home. Even though we’ve been here for three years, it’s a long way off being ‘done’. Whether we’re out at a vintage shop or I’m shopping online, I’m always keen to find somewhere new to look for things. If you know of any great places to shop, let me know!

Tuesday Treat – Magpie

Well, who would have a thought that a week later the sun would still be shining?! How great is the weather we’re enjoying in the UK? Long may it last too! But as much as I’m enjoying it, I’ve found something extra special for my Tuesday Treat this week: Magpie. I’ve only recently discovered them but I am so pleased I have!


You will be familiar with some of their other designs as they work with different people including Mini Modern. But that’s not all! Not only do they design and work with amazingly creative companies, but all the products are vegan and ethically sourced.

I love the Woof! range the most, mainly because it’s got Percy the Dachshund on it & looks a lot like little Poppy. How very cute! I love the A to Z range too. The lettering and colours are just awesome! I would love to have the C notebook & I am thinking about adding it to my notebook collection. The only trouble is that I want all the products in all the designs! I’d love them to start doing butterflies too, as my butterfly obsession is growing & think they’d make an excellent addition to my collection.