Thursday, 31 July 2014

Inside my home...

 

As you may know if you've read my previous posts, last month I bought my own house along with my boyfriend - it's pretty much all I've been talking about on my blog recently! So, I thought I'd share some images of how it is looking so far after just receiving all of my furniture (with the sofa being the last to arrive). Sitting on a bean bag chair for the last 4 weeks has been fun though!

There's still quite a bit of work to do, such as working on the garden, getting a dining table, buying mirrors, paintwork, etc. But overall, it was in pretty good condition luckily. The lounge and main bedrooms are my two favourites. The rooms are all described and pictured below.


The Living room






As mentioned, the living room is one of my favourites as it's just so cosy, with french doors leading to the garden and a staircase in the room which I love. I've gone for a pale cream, grey and red colour scheme, with dark wood featured. The dining table will go behind the sofa, and I'm looking for a small dark wooden one, with 4 chairs - possibly one then extends due to the space. The sofa and chair are both huge, so it doesn't leave too much space for the table. I'd also like an extra large feature mirror on the wallpapered wall, towards the dining end of the room - this should open it up. I'm thinking of a shabby chic style frame in cream.


The Garden



The garden is small, but just the right size for us really. We have painted the shed and have a few plants/flowers now, and we just now need to work on the grass and also possibly paint the fence up a bit in order to brighten it up. The previous owners didn't seem to spend much time working on the garden at all!


The Kitchen




The Kitchen has a red and cream theme, and we have a lovely handmade shelf to put up in there too, which has hooks to hang pretty things on! This room looks out onto the front garden, and there's also a storage cupboard and toilet close by.


The main bedroom





I've gone for quite a calming theme in this room. After researching how to match my personality to my bedroom, I thought purple would be the best colour to go for, and I've used both a lighter and darker shade. I think this works really well with the grey shade of the wooden furniture. I particularly love the curtains; the material feels really luxurious, and although they were expensive they're definitely worth the price. I'm still not sure of the wallpaper in here - at first I really wanted to get rid of it, but now I think it quite works.


The guest bedroom



The guest bedroom has a very feminine feel, with dark wood furnishings, including a dressing table and wardrobe. These were given as a gift, and work great within the room. Again, I'm not a huge wallpaper fan - the wallpaper throughout the house was added by the previous owners, but it does add some colour to the room for now. Eventually we will go through all the rooms to re-decorate, but at the moment it doesn't bother me too much!

The main bathroom

I definitely think the bathroom could use a decorate. I'd like to have tiles on the floor eventually, in a lighter colour such as cream, in order to brighten up the room. I'll also be going for a sea theme in here, with shells, sandy colours, along with turquoise sea colours.

As you can see, there's still a lot of work to do, but we have plenty of years ahead of us to get this done! We've made a huge difference since we moved in, and all the hard work has paid off as it now feels like a real home, and it's a great feeling knowing that we own it too.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Recipe: Beetroot, ham and coriander summer salad


I've started having this salad a lot for lunch, as an alternative to sandwiches in order to stay healthy and get my 5 a day. I absolutely love beetroot and coriander, so it's the perfect salad for me, and it doesn't feel like a boring salad!

Ingredients:

- Beetroot chutney. I used a homemade chutney, but have to admit my mum makes this for me - it's so delicious. The recipe is below for this particular chutney (my favourite one that I've tried).
- Ham, cut into chunks.
- Fresh coriander, chopped.
- Half a red and yellow pepper, chopped.
- 1/4 Cucumber, chopped into chunks.
- Iceberg lettuce, chopped.

Method:

Lay the lettuce along the bottom of a bowl, and then add cucumber chunks, sprinkle over peppers and ham, then add the coriander and beetroot. It is pretty much just mixing the ingredients together, but I find that this arrangement is most aesthetically pleasing.

For the beetroot chutney (mums recipe)-

This recipe will make around 6 jars of beetroot chutney.

Ingredients:

- 3lb beetroot
- 1.5lb cooking apples
- 0.5lb sugar
- 2 onions
- 1 pint vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- juice of 1 lemon

Method:

1. Boil beetroot until tender then peel.
2. When cool, cut into small pieces.
3. Mince onions and apples together, then boil for 20 minutes with vinegar, sugar, salt and lemon.
4. Once boiled, add beetroot and boil for a further 20 minutes.
5. Cool and then put into jam jars.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

How to match your decor to your personality



As I've just moved into my new house, I've been looking into colour schemes and styles for my bedroom. I really want to make sure that I make the right choice, as different colours and themes of rooms create different moods, and I want it to match my personality. Here are some of my idea's to help you make the right choice when it comes to picking your bedroom.

First personality: The Extrovert! 
 Extroverts are constantly seeking an outlet for their energy and creativity and this is perfectly captured in this youthful and vibrant, yet comfortable and stylish bedroom.
 Bright colours like the orange and yellow or hot pink & black contrast well and they are beautifully offset by the off-white floor and white rug and ceiling.



RUG: (Having too much of the bright colour overhead and underfoot could cramp the appearance of the room, making it seem small and poorly proportioned.) I think this simple rug made by Tesco is attractive enough to balance out the effect.

BEDROOM STORAGE UNIT: The most is made of the available space in the bedroom, by using open plan bedroom storage units. This Ikea bedroom storage unit has this extra edge that being fitted to the wall, it uses up very little, if any, floor space.

BRIGHT DUVETS: Bright duvets are my personal favorite. Choose two or three sets of bright bedding in colours that make you feel good and mix and match them every time you change your sheets to refresh and enliven your dÈcor scheme. You can use a hot pink and black duvet cover like this to brighten up your bedroom. I found this one online at YorkshireLinen.  Finish the bedroom look by adding proofs of your artistry and creativity, such as musical instruments, sketches that you have completed or simply adding pictures and ornaments that appeal to you.

Second Personality: The Introvert
Given to deep thought and usually having a love of reading and other similarly quiet yet cerebral activities, the introvert craves a peaceful haven for a bedroom. Opt for cool colours in harmonising shades with strong touches of neutrals and earth tones.
The room pictured is saving from ëbeige-nessí by the addition of duck egg blue curtains and a pastel pink lamp shade, gentle pops of colour that lift the dÈcor out of drab and into fab!


LAMP: Lamps really make an impact when you are decorating. This lamp is in-sync with what the introverts are looking for, comfort & peace.  It is an Affordable Lightning lamp.

VINTAGE CABINET:This vintage cabinet from Scara manga Shop has storage and adds calmness in the room.

VELVET CHAIR: The Velvet Chair Company can help you complete the look by this purple velvet chair.

Third Personality: Molly in the Middle! 
This bedroom is perfectly poised between colourful exhibitionism and quiet restraint, offering both colourful beauty and charming relaxation. The bright pops of crimson add interest and liveliness to the dÈcor while the pale wood and cream bedding infuse the room with a sense of peace. 
 This look can be created by:


FLOWERS: Flowers are perfect to charm you up if you are in between extroverts and introverts and just want to live life as it is. I am self indulgent with Pro Flower's red roses.

CABINET & RUG: Way Fair has rugs and cabinets which can be supportive of this look.

These three ideas should give you some idea of how to go about achieving your dream bedroom, and how to fill the room with just the right amount of colour, ëbusy-nessí and depth to satisfy your inner interior designer. As I'm still in the process of choosing mine, I will do a post on what I have chosen as soon as I get everything set up. Some of my other idea's for bedrooms can be found in another post of mine here. I am somewhere in the middle of these personalities, so I think I will be finding a balance with a bold colour and softer shades - at the moment I am thinking of a deep, bold purple contrasting a soft, pastel grey (this could be in the furniture). I think now is the time for me to make my choice, and stick with it!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Shopping for an occasion


It's the Summer, meaning that there are a lot of great occasions taking place in the sun, such as weddings, parties, proms, homecomings, balls, etc. Unfortunately I have no weddings to attend this year. Last year, however, one of my best friends got married and I was a bridesmaid, which was a great experience and a lovely day. I just love weddings! I do have some Summer parties coming up this year to look forward to, and so I've been looking online for some new dresses so I've picked a few of my favourites below - now I just have to pick which to buy!



Lipsy and ASOS are great places to start when looking for party dresses. I particularly love ASOS, as it has such a wide range of brands, from low budget to high end, so it's great to have a browse. This dress is one of my favourites at the minute, and is £58 so not badly priced, especially if you have been saving to buy an outfit for a particular occasion. I love the structured cut and contrasting shapes created, with a simple approach. It would be great for a Summer wedding along with a fascinator, but equally as good for a party, or even a holiday dress.






I have recently come across the website, Dresswe (http://www.dresswe.com/), which has a range of great clothing including evening wear, prom dresses as well as wedding dresses, so it's perfect if you are shopping for an occasion. If you haven't already, it's worth visiting the site to find Dresswe cheap, special occasion dress hot sales - there's so much choice and so many sales, so I'd definitely recommend it.



Missguided have some great discount dresses - another site that I would definitely recommend. It is very similar to boohoo.com, with a lot of choice if you're looking for a discount.

Along with a great dress, I also need some heels. These two are some of my favourites that I have seen so far, with the first pair being from Missguided, and the second pair from Dresswe.



Now it's time for the part that I'm worst at: decisions. Deciding what to buy can be very challenging, so maybe I'll just have to buy a few and then decide which to wear!