Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Turning a Vegetable Bed into a Flower Bed

Last year we used the flower bed down the side of the garden for growing all of the courgettes. This year however we have an allotment so this side bed has taken a little thought to what we want to live here. I hate the wire fence that goes up the side of the garden but I do love the light it brings. We do want to create a little privacy too so decided on growing a selection of plants that will give as much coverage whilst looking beautiful all year round. 

We dug up the entire bed and removed all the weeds. We pressed down the soil then placed weed fabric on the top stapling it to the fence and border wood we've placed down. Placing in the rose bush & shrubs along the border and then covering in bark. 

I can't wait for the plants to really take hold - we've chosen different varieties that are all a mixture of greens & whites which will really look wonderful once grown. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Textured Cushions from M&S

I have a habit of picking up pretty cushions when there on sale and ended up with about 10 of them on my sofa about a month ago. I visited M&S when they were having a 20% off home event and just fell head over heels with these velvet navy cushions. They are the softest things I've ever felt. I also picked up this beautiful square waffle cushion to finish off our bed. 

Loving my sofa now with just three beautiful cushions on it. Everything looks so much neater now. And so much softer. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Preparing for the summer - pots & planters

Whilst our porch is home to all the seedlings not all of our pots the prettiest. However I have picked up some nice ones among all of the chaos for the plants that will find their forever homes in our house all summer long. I found Ikea to have the prettiest pots around for the best prices. The senap pots with saucers are an amazing price coming in at 2 or 3 pound with saucer. The satsuma plant stand is also a great buy to add a little space off of the window sill. I think it will make a nicer display of the pink pots out of season too with a little basil & rosemary ready for cooking in the cooler months.  

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Copper Kitchen Shelfie

With my wine glass rack up I've been able to sort out my open shelves a little more and make the copper accessories sit neatly on them now. I love a good shelfie and this is probably my favourite one yet. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Repainting the hallway

We've finally pulled some money together to re-carpet the stairs. I don't particularly like carpet so I knew choosing one wouldn't be easy. However finding one I like that coordinated with the mid-toned blue grey on my hallway walls is near impossible. What's the answer to that - ooo yeah standardly paint tester pots all over the wall and re-paint it. To be honest I've fallen out of love with the colour we chose for the hall anyways and I do wish we'd chosen something much fresher. So this is the current state of my hallway. Each time I walk past I'll be removing ones that don't quite work hoping to whittle it down to the final colour choice. If I'm completely honest some of the colours on the wall aren't in the running at all but the Valspar names made me giggle in the shop so they made it on the wall to add a little fun into choosing. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wine Glass Rack

I whole heartedly stole the idea for this wine glass rack from staring at my friend's adoringly during many a dinner party. When I decided I wanted my glasses on open shelves and ripped out the wall cabinets that were in their place I underestimated how many types of glasses I actually have. Having different glasses for white wine, red wine, prosecco, margarita & martini left me with little space to actually put the glasses we drink out of on a regular basis. 

This wine rack is the perfect solution. Hanging my glasses upside down means they don't collect dust which is perfect for their infrequent use. I picked this one up from the John Lewis website for £35

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Falling in love with a pressure washer.

It really hit me last month that I'm really quite old these days. It was end of year bonus month and I always make sure I treat myself to something I really want each year. Previously it's been an eye shadow palette I really wanted or the posh skin care range I haven't been able to justify before.

This year at the wise old age of 27 I treated myself to a Karcher pressure washer. I am in love. 

I've pressure washed everything I can although I'm saving the little patio at the back of the house for a really sunny day. The difference it makes it unbelievable this is without any chemicals just the water. I guess this post is really to remind my older self of the year I got old - because it's happened I'm officially delighted with my pressure washer.