20 August 2014

5 COMMON HOME DECOR THEMES


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Decorating your home can seem daunting at times – there is so much to do and consider! One of the best ways to start off is to pick a theme, and then base your purchases and other decisions off that. For some expert advice, specialist retailers like A-mart will be able to help you decide on what to include and perhaps even a colour scheme that will suit your taste. Before you even head into a store, here are five common home d├ęcor themes you might want to consider, use or modify.


Floral
A floral theme is cute and classic. Contrast light pastel colours with earthy greens, and add a rug or a wallpaper decal for some extra texture. This theme is perfect for bedrooms and lounge rooms, as floral quilts and throws are quite easy to find. You can even top it off with a vase full of fresh flowers if you want to bring some freshness to your room.

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19 August 2014

THE MAGIC OF JUST SO FESTIVAL 2014

The reality of home is sinking in as we look back at the magical weekend spent at Just So Festival, three days of pure wonderment are now over but the memories created are etched in our minds and will last a lifetime. F can't stop talking about the fun he had romping in the woods, watching beautiful and curious performances, digging for gold and darting through the mirror maze dressed as a fox. It's so hard to sum up the fantastic work that Rowan and Sarah have put into making this festival so amazing, and I can only hope these photos can offer you a tiny glimpse of how fab it actually was.

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18 August 2014

33/52

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

F: Always a happy camper, relaxing with his cup of hot milk.

We're back from Just So Festival after a most excellent weekend spent camping under the stars, laughing with friends and romping around outdoors in the most perfect place – I can't wait to share it with you all. I've spent the last week making handmade gifts, choosing prints for the walls, enjoying good food with friends and soaking up the last rays of summer as the holidays wind to a close.

Joining in with The 52 Project and Ordinary Moments.

15 August 2014

BEAUTIFUL FLOOR INSPIRATION





I have this thing about floors, where people might coo and aah over plush furnishings one of the first thing my eyes dart to is the floor beneath my feet. No matter where I am I can find beauty in the flooring below, whether it's a poured concrete floor on a staircase, parquet flooring in a hallway, tiles in a cafe, I love taking pics, pinning pics and making a mental notes of what looks good for future reference and when the day comes for me to lay my own.

In my previous flat I had old tattered floorboards with nail heads poking up and gaps between the boards, I longed for the comfort of a carpet, with a crawling babe it was what I craved the most and as much as I tried to cover the boards in rugs, F found a way to pour the contents of my purse through a crack or scrape his knee on a misplaced nail. So we moved to a flat with a sea of carpet, beige as far as the eye could see. F loved his new crawling space and the cosy underfoot in winter but to be honest I'm looking back at those floorboards with rose tinted glasses, the spills and pen scribbles of a toddler are a constant reminder as to why beige carpets are not the best idea.

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14 August 2014

LONDON FUN // A WEEKEND IN PICTURES



Last Friday we packed up the car, locked up the house and headed down the motorway, London bound, for a family get together to celebrate our niece turning the big ONE. F was super excited and pretty much chatted all the way there in the back of the car, while I slipped off my shoes and watched the rain clouds roll in.

After an impromptu stop off in Chiswick where I caught up with an old university friend, we took our weary selves to new Novotel hotel in Brentford, where we stayed free of charge courtesy of Paul's big bro. I was really impressed with the hotel, although there is no tube within walking distance, the hotel has a sleek contemporary design, great food, and a pool and gym to help you start the day fresh. F had a brilliant time exploring all the comforts of the hotel and taking a rest in the suspended chairs.

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12 August 2014

A CITY BREAK IN LIVERPOOL

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Moving around the country a lot, there have been so many cities in the UK that I've visited, whether it be Newcastle, London, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Leeds, Brighton and of course Bristol, I have had fun exploring cities, visiting friends and enjoying mini breaks. But as much as I love to travel abroad, I always love the novelty of feeling like a tourist in the UK.  

One place still on my list to visit is Liverpool, not only am I a bit of a Beatles fan but my love for art and architecture has secured my want for a weekend away in this cosmopolitan city. 

My top three places to visit are:

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MAKE YOUR OWN POM POM GARLAND


Last week F asked me to make him something for his room, something to give him happy dreams and to keep any bad dragons away. I have been meaning to make a dream catcher for a while now but as we had ten minutes to spare before heading out, I decided to make this super quick pom pom garland hoping it would do the trick. F picked out a few of his favourite sticks – we tend to have a stick pile in our house – and I got to work with some wool. A few pom pom's later and I was hammering the new good dream giver/pompom garland above his bed, F beaming at all the lovely new dreams he is going to have and me happy at how good it looks on the wall.

After sharing the snap on my Instagram feed, I had lots of lovely peeps get in touch asking how I made it so quickly, so I thought it would be fun to share and hopefully catch a glimpse of some of your creations.

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