Good morning and happy Sunday! Today is set to be a scorcher so it’s the perfect weather to get out in the garden and cool off with a few G&T’s. I promised that I would write another blog post once our living space was finished and I am so excited to say that it is. *Contains pr products
As mentioned in the first part of this series of blogs, I love a mixture of modern interiors and more rustic/farmhouse. Our house is extremely modern in its architecture and so I was always mindful of this when picking pieces for our home.
The main thing that is different in the room is that we now have curtains! Hallelujah! I can’t believe how much the curtains really do bring it all together and make it feel more cosy and homely. If you head on over to my Instagram, you can see more snaps of the curtains. We got them made to measure in a gorgeous heavy linen fabric in a pencil pleat style and we love them so much. Other bits and bobs which I have purchased are some new tea towels from H&M Home. Now, I love my William Morris tea towels but there’s something about a classic stripe that just always looks so great in a kitchen.
I picked up a few new vases from a local antique barn (best places ever!) and I worked with Fy! and Sophie Allport on a few finishing touches. This print is from Fy! and the gorgeous ‘Home Grown’ range apron and mug are from the fabulous Sophie Allport – you can find discount codes on my Instagram page. *Bunch of peonies from Haute Florist (PR)
It is so lovely to have a finished living space. Now to tackle the master bedroom…
Good morning and happy Wednesday everybody. I am currently on my Easter holidays and have been enjoying the time off. These breaks always give me a couple of hours to really focus on my blog and I thought I would do a post sharing some of my favourite home bits for spring.
I am loving soft furnishings for spring. These beautiful cushions are some of my favourites at the moment. From left to right – the ‘Harrop’ from The Cotswold Company, the ‘French Striped’ from Cox & Cox and this gorgeous lemon print from Zara Home.
Terracotta pots are a must for spring and I have seen a real demand for these over on Instagram. The English Potted Plant Company do the best pots so if you are looking for beautifully potted plants in rustic pots, you need to check them out. I bought one of these pots from their Etsy page and then Julia reached out to me to work with her on her subscription boxes. (All photographs taken from their Etsy page).
Wicker is another thing I absolutely adore all year round. It looks so great in the spring and the summer in your home. For storage or for plants, they just give your home that rustic feel. I have a wicker basket in the middle of my dining table and it is a beautiful focal point for the room. I also recently picked up a wicker magazine basket. From left to right – Habitat at Argos, Next and West Elm.
Birdie Fortescue is a recent find and one I just can’t get enough of for spring and summer! I really love the prints and the colours for this season and there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from to make your own tablescapes with. I definitely have a few items on my wish list!
I hope that you all have a lovely day. I’m off to make coffee number three!
Good morning everyone and happy Easter weekend! I have been meaning to update my blog for a while now but the life of a full time primary school teacher is pretty hectic so I have finally found some time to write a blog post for you all.
Over on my Instagram I know I have a mixture of followers – some who prefer my style content and others who like the home interiors posts. If you fall into the home styling category, then this one is for you. This blog post is part of a series as not all of the rooms in our home are quite finished yet so make sure you hit the ‘follow’ button on my home page to keep up to date with blog posts.
The story behind my first home is pretty simple really. I moved in with Mr RV last year during lockdown, never moved out and decided to buy half of his house (we also adopted a cat which wasn’t in the plan but we love him!) Our home is in a great location in Cheltenham and the space is just about big enough for the both of us at the moment. I wrote a blog post all about buying my first home which you can read here. Styling our home has been a process and to be honest, I have made some pretty big mistakes a long the way – bad furniture choices, decorating a room at a time rather than thinking about the whole home and many wall art mishaps. Finally, I can say that our home works and we both love it.
My interior style can be described as farmhouse/rustic meets modern. We live in an extremely modern home with bifold doors into our garden and high ceilings in our open plan kitchen, dining and living room. I get asked all the time about our home and what it is like. It is all on one level and we have two bedrooms, one bathroom, one toilet room and an open plan kitchen/diner/living space. Our garden is south facing and is a decent size.
I have always loved country interiors but I never felt confident about styling a modern space in that way. I lust over beautiful country homes – the fabrics, the furniture and the accessories. I didn’t want to decorate in a completely modern way. In the pictures above you can see our finished living space. William Morris had to of course feature somewhere in our home and in a subtle way. Our table and chairs were actually something Mr RV bought before we became joint home owners but we love this Scandinavian design mixed with country style accessories.
The sofas were a big decision and one knew we had to make. We only had one sofa before and we wanted to be able to seat guests and enjoy people’s company that wasn’t around a dining table. Accessorizing the sofas took a while too with choosing the correct colour palette. I stumbled across the dark green cushions in Homesense one day, got my sofa swatch out and took the plunge. The striped cushions are from Vinegar Hill and we have a few other scatter cushions in other green tones on the smaller sofas. The rug was also a lucky Homesense buy. We knew we didn’t want something too bright and colourful and when we saw this we took it home – no measuring was involved! Like I said, a lucky find. Finally, the TV unit was from Argos and the step stool is IKEA.
The smaller details are the ones that I have made numerous mistakes with. It brings me so much joy to finally know this space is finished with regards to decorating. Touches of terracotta from Burford Garden Centre, H&M Home and The English Potted Plant Company give the space that more rustic look alongside the rattan and the wicker trays. House plants, prints (the bee print is from Annie Dornin-Smith), interiors books and candles also make the space warmer and make it feel more lived in. I have been adding in touches of blue in ceramics recently – a decision I was a little hesitant about doing but I love it.
What am I waiting for? There a few things left for this space like a vintage blue ceramic fruit bowl to replace a gold wired basket which will live on our worktops & a beautiful botanical print and frame from Etsy. Eventually we want to get perfect fit venetian blinds on our windows to finish the space completely.
And that is it – the living room/dining room/kitchen reveal! Like I said, this blog post is part of a series so the next one will be the bedroom reveal.
If you have any questions about any of the items above just leave a comment or head on over to my Instagram where all items are tagged.
Good evening guys! It has been a little while since I wrote a blog post but so so many of you over on my Instagram requested to know what my Pinterest handle was so I thought I would also share it over on here.
This is a little snapshot of what my account is looking like at the moment. I am currently in the process of pinning new ideas for spring – style and home interiors. I have also started to pin some bits and bobs which I plan on using when we move to a new home. This is not anytime soon but it’s nice to explore colours, fabrics and furnishings to see what would work well together in another space.
My next blog post will be my monthly favourites so keep your eye out for that towards the end of February.
Good evening everyone and I hope that you are all well. I can’t believe we are in February already! That means we are step closer to spring and I have already started thinking about styling my home for the spring season.
I thought I would write a blog post with some ideas, show you guys some pieces I have bought and also share some which are on my wish list.
If there is one thing that I will always have in my home throughout spring and summer, it is a beautiful bunch of flowers. I am quite fortunate that after my 30th birthday last week my house is full of gorgeous bouquets
For me, having fresh flowers around the home is about bringing the outside in. This was a gorgeous bunch from my partner for my 30th which I added more greenery to. (Don’t mind the zebra doorstop!) I am quite specific with the colours I inject into my home but these purple tones are just so pretty and perfect for spring.
A tip for creating your own spring bouquet is to just buy lots of different types of flower – I like to buy tulips, gypsophila, lepidium, eryngium, chamelaucium and eucalyptus. I would then decide on my arrangement and create my own spring bouquet. It does require some faffing and make sure you have a good vase or two in the house! I prefer vases where you can’t see the stems, like the one above in the picture.
Over the past year or so I have really found a love for plants and gardening. That has definitely translated into what I like in a bunch of flowers.
During the winter period, I like to burn festive candles and use wintry oils in my diffuser for that cosy, Christmassy vibe. Picking the right scent each year to fill my home for spring and summer is a really fun task. One of the best things I bought was an oil diffuser. I found mine on Amazon and there are plenty to choose from.
These two oils are a couple of my favourites right now – elderberry and fig leaf and peony and blush rose. Both of these were from Sainsburys. I also find a lot of my oils online. Sometimes the name of the oil is better than the actual scent but like I said, it’s fun and with a bit of trial and error you can have your home smelling like spring in no time.
Candles are another thing I like to fill my home with all year round. This one is by a company called Interlude and is part of a subscription gift for my birthday (thank you Alice!) It smells absolutely divine! In the spring, I like cotton and linen scents, florals like roses and lilies and also aromatherapy candles.
A couple of candles on my wish list are from a company called Skandinavisk. I had some candles from this brand before and they were so gorgeous. I am currently trying not to fill my shopping basket to the brim with all of their fantastic products.
I have always wanted my own front door to put up seasonal wreaths. When the house purchase completed in January, I was already thinking about my spring wreath. After asking for some ideas on where to find one over on my Instagram, I was kindly gifted this faux wreath from Petalhead Flowers.
I am in love with it and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I love the greenery with a touch of lavender – perfect for the spring. I will hang it on a hessian bow just for that extra rustic, country feel. I feel so grateful that this was sent as a gift and I can’t wait to hang it on my front door.
Seasonal wreaths can really inject that extra zhuzh into your home – even if it is only something on the exterior. Seeing my wreath on my front door every day instantly lifts my mood. A spring and summer wreath is certainly something to try if you like a winter wreath.
Changing over your throws, blankets, tea towels (yes, tea towels!) and cushions in the spring might seem like a waste of time. However, it can really make a huge difference. I put away our big furry blankets and I get out the lighter and softer throws. I have bought a couple of terracotta pots and invested in some indoor plants. I change our tea towels, our bed spread and even some of our cushion covers. I am really loving H&M home and Vinegar Hill at the moment. I am also a huge fan of some smaller interiors companies like The White Lighthouse, Ivy and Bee and Wild Mabel Home. There are some really gorgeous pieces on these websites which will help you style up your home for spring. I have my eye on a few bits!
I really hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has given you some inspiration on how to style up your home for spring.
Good morning guys. I hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! I am currently sat in bed with a cup of tea and I thought I would write a little update on my life blog post.
As you know, the mortgage meeting went very well and I will be a joint owner with Mr RV in no time. It has been such an exciting process for me as I have never been a home owner before! In my previous relationship, I lived with ex fiancée in his house before moving to Munich where we rented. Before I met Mr RV I had no other option but to move in with my parents whilst I found my feet again. We used to do just weekends and the odd weekday but when lockdown happened, it seemed right to stay put.
Our little home is a bungalow and is a very modern design. The photograph below shows a snapshot of what it is like right now with current furniture, the holes in the wall where we want to hide cables from view and the bifold door out into the garden. It is also a mess at the moment but who doesn’t love a good before and after!
We have ordered two sofas for the living space in a gorgeous neutral colour, a tripod Scandinavian style lamp for to the right of where the TV will be and a new TV unit. Our kitchen table and chairs are very Scandi so we went for the same theme in the living room furniture with similar legs.
The plan for the art work is to take down all of it! Poor Mr RV! We are going to put the 3 big posters into the spare room/study and create a focus wall. We are then going to get some natural frames and neutral prints up in the living space. We want more muted tones throughout. Our plants will all have pots by the end of the day, again I ordered these in muted tones. We have started to replace bits and bobs in the kitchen with more natural wood than dark wood and we have more of that coming today.
We are going to go rug shopping once the sofas arrive and find a beautiful, big neutral rug to tie the room together. We have seen some we like but we are keeping our eyes peeled.
You can’t see the huge pine bookcase we have in the room but we are going to get rid of that and instead, one of the sofas will be put against that wall. We would like to have more art in the room that storage. We will buy some lidded baskets to pop under the TV unit for bits like DVDs and just clutter.
So those are our plans guys. I am excited to share the process with you and to also get you involved perhaps with picking one of the pieces of art we will have in our living space. So exciting!
Head on over to my Instagram to see the big reveal and all of the changes that we have made.