OUR bathroom currently has an eighties vibe.
It’s old fashioned, it’s pink (yes, really) and thankfully it’s at least functional. But besides the huge bath we have which is wonderful (the previous owner was a very tall man!) there’s not much else I can say to sing its praises, try as I might.
Truth be told, it’s desperate to be redone. All of it. From scratch.
I LOVE a good piece of art. Or a pretty picture.
But let’s be honest, it’s not so easy finding stunning prints or art work that is both affordable and easy to frame.
Particularly, if you’re anything like me and have a wee penchant for gallery walls!
But folks, I think I may have actually found the answer thanks to the work of a Scandinavian company which has recently launched in the UK.
I‘VE never been one to make life easy.
Which is why when I was heavily pregnant with Elsie, I – together with my husband – decided it would be a really good idea to buy a house that needed tons of work doing on it.
A project home. Something we could both get our teeth into.
THE older I get, the more I find myself shunning neutrals in favour of colour.
Particularly when it comes to my home.
There’s just something about adding colour, which makes me happy, especially when it comes to accessories and the like.
OK so the weather may not exactly be playing ball right now, but we are now well and truly in spring!
Which when it comes to our homes, means one thing only, it’s time for a good ol’ ‘spring clean’ and a sort out.
I don’t know about you but I always think there’s something rather lovely and motivating about having a good tidy up. Getting organised. Throwing junk out. Renovating your decor.
(Or something like that).
But are you ready? And more importantly, is your home ready for the festive onslaught?
It might feel yonks away yet, but let’s face it, Christmas is almost upon us.
And so it’s time to get prepared.
I love this time of year – even if it does involve a lot of work – because, well, it’s just magical. Especially when you’re a mum I think.
And so, even though we aren’t even in December yet, I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas with the help of one of our favourite retailers, John Lewis.
Whether you’re feeling stressed out about the impending festivities or excited about what’s coming, here are some of my tips on how to prepare your home for Christmas.
And if you like the sound of them, please do have a nosey at my Pinterest board which I’ve also created which is full of inspiration to make your home feel extra festive this year and was my starting point for these ideas!
(Blanket: Avoca Silken Throw)
The nights are dark, the weather can be miserable and it’s only getting to get chillier, so embrace it! Christmas is the perfect time of year to make your home super cosy, for you and your guests.
Think, could your home do with a little extra warmth and comfort?
I know ours did.
I’ve treated our dining room to a new plush multi coloured rug, perfect for in front of our log fire as well as a luxury blanket to make sure both guests and us, feel warm and snug over the next few weeks.
(Rug: Scandi Rug)
Soft furnishings like thick curtains or faux fur cushions go a long way to making your home feel inviting at this time of year so if you need to up the cosy stakes, do it!
Your guests will love you for it.
The long dark nights are the perfect excuse to go wild with lighting. And at this time of year, really you can’t introduce enough to a room, I don’t think.
Our stunning shell table lamp is really helping to lighten up our evenings, together with our fairy lights. Don’t forget fairy lights can be used anywhere too!
Hung on a wall, draped across a mantelpiece or even popped inside a glass vase with flowers or pinecones. So pretty and so festive.
And of course, Christmas would not be Christmas without plenty of candles.
I love to group lots of glowing tea lights together all over the place at any time of year and I can’t wait to light our suitably scented Winter candle soon to help ramp up the festive feel.
Have you enough glasses to host a party? Could you do with some new crockery for Christmas Day? Have you a pretty enough dish to display your prize turkey on?!
If you’re planning on entertaining this Christmas (and let’s face it, who isn’t?!) don’t forget to have a nosey through your cupboards beforehand and check you’ve got everything you need.
Advance preparation equals an easy life! And nothing is more stressful than realising you haven’t got enough plates, cutlery or glasses for your excited guests.
This year I know I’m going to be having friends over for a many a festive champagne cocktail so I’ve gone and ordered these stunning cocktail glasses – a set of four different shaped glasses to suit all cocktail needs! I love this! – and a new mason jar style cocktail shaker.
Complete with some Pinterest recipe inspiration, these will be the perfect tools to help me serve a boozy tipple or two.
That ‘back to school’ feeling.
That feeling of change in the air, that fresh start boost we all need and the thought of exciting opportunities ahead.
So when the lovely people at Zazzle asked me if I’d like to treat myself to some ‘back to school’ or if you like ‘back to blogging’ goodies, well I snapped their hands off! (Kinda)
I took it as the perfect opportunity to give myself a kick up the ol’ bottom and sort my office out, once and for all. A job I’ve been putting off for far too long.
Because you see for the past few years, since Elsie’s arrival I have been without an office or even a ‘proper’ desk, making ‘do’ ( as you do) with our dining room table and my beloved Macbook Air.
Elsie needed a nursery and our spare room was too big and too full of junk from when we moved house yonks ago, so having a work area was popped way down the bottom of the list of home & DIY priorities.
But as time has whizzed by, I’ve missed having a dedicated ‘Kate’ zone and so I figured it was finally time to sort my desk out.
I ordered myself a whole bunch of fabulous stuff from Zazzle including some inspirational posters and prints for the wall as well as lots of stationary including personalised notebooks, a pack of sticky notes and a weekly planner note pad.
And then I got to work on everything else!
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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