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Friday, 30 December 2016

Christmas Decorations 2016

I meant to get this up when we decorated at the beginning of December but I have no idea where time has gone this month. My Christmas theme was a mixture of golds & champagnes in the lounge with cuter reds & white throughout the hall. I had a large real tree in the lounge bought from B&Q that has dropped very little all through the month and is only just starting to look a bit droopy now. I paired it with lots of champagnes, golds & glitters from a mixture of places mostly B&Q for the more standard baubles then places like John Lewis & Home Sense for a few stand out decorations. 

I popped 5ft artificial tree at the top of the stairs covered in felt nordic & knitted decorations again from a variety of places I've collected over the years but mainly Sainsburys, B&Q and again Home Sense for this theme. We popped warm white icicle lights around the front porch/ conservatory. I honestly don't want to take these down I think our house will look so boring without the little twinkles on the drive up the road. 








Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Wrap 2016

Before the year is out I wanted to do a few post Christmas write ups so I have something to look back on next year. This year's Christmas wrap theme was ever so simple but I love brown kraft paper. This year I added some gold glitter sticky tape, brown tags and cork Merry Christmas badges. I also picked up the cutest little wooden snowflake stickers from Sainsbury's to finish off each present. 


Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas, Love The Bliglens

Marking one year in our first home & time to start celebrating our favorite time of the year. What better way to mark it than a post featuring our first and very own personalised Christmas cards. 

Merry Christmas 


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Kitchen Stool Upcycle & Transformation

We inherited the brownest stools ever to be made earlier this year. However brown they were they are incredibly sturdy and made by my Grandad many decades ago so it seemed fitting to give them a little uplift whilst adding extra seating in our kitchen. 

These were so simple to do I simply removed the pads from the base painted them all white. Using a pair of discounted curtains from B&Q I covered the existing seat pads securing in place with upholstery nails. They are absolutely perfect - the small size means they fit in the corner when not used neatly and discreetly but are really comfy additions for people to sit on when we have lots of people over. 


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

We are allotment owners!

We've got ourselves an allotment. It's horrendously unloved so here's a few before's while we try and dig out what we can before winter kicks in. 




Sunday, 4 December 2016

Re-rendering The Front Of Our House

I annoyingly didn't take any pictures close up of how bad the plaster was before but the rendering on the front of our home wasn't going to last another winter. Being the most expensive job we've planned & completed it took us over 6 months to find someone to do it and get the job going. The first image below is just from when we bought it - what you can't really see is the plaster flaking off the million holes all over it from where I can only imagine the previous owner had an extravagant Christmas light display at some point. 

I could have never imagined before starting this how many different types of render, primer & finishing compounds :$ you could buy for the outside of your house. After debating KRend, concrete boarding amongst others we opted for a good old fashioned sand & cement mix. We decided to ask for the scaffolding to be left up and painted it ourselves afterwards to save some pennies. We finished it in Sandtex Plymouth Grey. Massive lack of colour choice within the external paint market so it was inevitably going to be grey. I might have spent weeks picking which shade of grey but that's just normal behavior from me these days. 

The fear of heavy rain whilst the front of your house is exposed is huge but I'm glad we did it - finally the front of our house isn't letting us down and reflects what's inside a little more. 








Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Kitchen Snippets - November 2016

1. This marble utensil is just life. It was a crazily extravagant purchase but I had a 20% off code and a gift card so it was free right? If you want to be equally as ridiculous it can be found at Marks & Spencer for £35

2. I picked these up for £1 each in a clearance sale at Homebase. I have lots that say tea on them too - it's made me a little OCD about people having tea in mugs that say coffee on them and vice versa I love them. 

3. Just a little recording of the time my wine rack actually had lots of wine in it ;) 




Sunday, 27 November 2016

Pineapple Cilantro Yankee Candle

I came across this beautiful candle in my local Yankee shop and fell in love at first sniff. It's made it's way solidly into my top five candle scents. I'm sad I've discovered in the depths of Autumn but excited to bust this out again next Spring. It is a gorgeous very authentic pineapple scent which I can't recommend enough. 


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Ogilvy Ceiling Light - Made.com

For some reason all the light fittings in the bedrooms of this house aren't placed in the middle of the room they're neatly placed by the window :/ Without wanting too fill and move the fitting I was on the hunt for a light that that could fit into the existing socket but travel the length of the room a little too. In soft grey & copper it was no surprise the Ogilvy range from Made.com was on my wishlist. However this light just ticked all my lighting needs for our main bedroom. We now have a little feature light over the bed and the light is in the middle of the room so you can actually see into the wardrobe. 

None of my photo's can do this light justice as the layout of our room means you just can't get it all in shot properly (the curtain rail also needs to be changed). If you want to see if in all it's glory check out the product page on Made.com


Monday, 21 November 2016

A space to play dress up

I have a large 'collection' of make-up and beauty products so having a space to store them neatly was pretty high up on the list of needs for the house. I had simple requirements - lots of storage, simple & white. Turns out if you call a desk a dressing table it doubles in price. So I opted for a desk set up from Ikea that had more than enough storage for my many many face creams & cans of hairspray. Teaming it with a gold framed hexagonal mirror hung on the wall to optimise the space ties it into the rest of the house. A gold close up mirror & miniature bin is on my Christmas list to finish it off completely. 



Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Flamingo Feature Wall

So the 'you can literally do anything in there Georgina I don't care' left me with many months of deliberating over just how far I could take it. I started with this idea of having a full bird print all over the wall, toyed with peacocks & parrots, then fell in love with some beautiful Matthew Williamson papers too and the idea of having a gold wall came into play. However after realising we weren't sure on the long term plan for the room I went back to my first and cheapest love - The Flamingo

In a house full of blues & grey's it did seem like a fun room to stick a bit of coral in so we went with it. Only needing one roll this beautiful wall cost just £19. It was my first time wallpapering and the thick, foamy, textured nature of this paper made it a breeze. My dressing table and mirror are opposite this wall and no matter how cold it is on a Monday morning catching a glimpse of this wall in my mirror can't help but give you a smile. 

We're currently working on building in a single bed within this room and I literally can't wait to have friends stay in it. It's so so much fun. 

Second Moodboard. 

Final wall - Love. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Cupboard to Open Shelves Transformation

As mentioned before we won't be able to properly re-do our kitchen for a few years so I've been trying to think of ways that will make it feel fresh and light without costing the earth. I really didn't like these glass display cabinets at all - they narrow the entrance to the house at the back and were extremely dark and dated. I set about taking them down a month or so ago to find behind them a horrible display of wiring and holes in the wall. In the end the entire wall needed recovering and smoothing out so the little job turned into one that went over a few weekends leaving our entire kitchen in a mess. Eventually though we did get up some white shelves & brackets from B&Q and a little hanging rail from Ikea. I didn't realise quite how much storage the cupboards provided so I have had to add in some small metal shelves on the counter top for everyday glasses. I'm so happy with it - it freshens up the entire space and now gives us room to use the island properly removing all of the clutter we had on it. 


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Upcycling Grandad's Cabinet from 1950


This post doesn't need much text the up-cycling project below speaks for itself. I used Rustoleum chalk paint in Winter Grey all over the frame and a couple of Valspar testers on the drawers all finished with Rustoleum furniture wax. I'm so happy with the finish it's the perfect size to finish off the lounge and it fits in perfectly with the colours we already have. I was inspired by Oliver Bonas storage furniture to put this together but did so on a much cheaper budget. 


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Walnut to White - £36 Kitchen Cabinet Update

I hated the walnut kitchen this house came with from day one however when we costed up the kitchen of our dreams we quickly realised that was a few years down the line. The units & doors themselves were relatively new so we decided instead of just dealing with them and hating our kitchen a lick of paint could be an amazing plan. 

Using the V33 renovation paint for kitchen cupboards we took to painting all 12 doors with the paint. It did take a good 5 coats to get rid of the walnut and if I did it again I'd use a normal a primer to offset the dark tones of the wood before using this paint as the top coats. However for £36 and a days work it's been the biggest change we've done our entire kitchen is brighter and now something I can live with for many years. 




Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Most Perfect Of Lounge Lightshades.

A little post solely for my wonderful lampshade. I've had my eye on this for the last year or so but couldn't justify the price tag when we have so much else to pay for. However my little family came up trumps on my birthday this year and bought it for me. The Made Hue lampshade is the perfect size and finish for my lounge. It's the perfect last puzzle piece to my little grey & copper lounge.


Friday, 19 August 2016

What would Beyonce do?

I've made it my mission in the second half of this year to add photo's and art to our house that represents us completely. So it's not just a little house full of pretty things but a house that says something about us and has pieces throughout that can't help but make us smile. I've been trawling etsy & not on the high street for months trying to find the right pieces but didn't just want standard quotes adorning my walls. 

So I've been making my own. This frame was £2 from Ikea and I just photoshopped the quote onto a picture of peonies and magically I have the exact quote & style my dressing space needed. I love it. What better way to start a day than asking yourself 'what would Beyonce do?' every single morning?! 


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Garden Wall Clean Up


A little weekend project to clean up our garden walls has transformed the entrance to our outside space. We chose the B&Q Colours Masonry Paint in Oakwood Grey to give it a new lick of colour. We used a pressure washer to clean up most of the wall getting rid of moss & flaking old paint to have a smooth surface to paint. Once dry it only took a couple of coats to get a really good covering & finish.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Marble Topped Side Table Project

All of the side tables and coffee tables I love are from stores I can't afford and I've put off getting something I don't love until I can afford it. Time is passing though and that sad little wooden TV table has been acting as our side table and not fitting in with the lounge at all. 

I decided to paint the bottom of it white in a mid sheen satin paint and cover the top in DC Fix Sticky Vinyl. Again it's not a forever item but the entire project came too £13 (£8 table from the range, £5 vinyl from B&Q, paint spare from skirting boards). I'm so happy with it it's a great stand in for when I can finally finish my lounge with the perfect coffee table. 


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Dressing Room/ Spare Bedroom Mood Board

I've always had a little thing about coral. When I was 13 a good friend bought me a coral vest top from Topshop and I lived in it. Sometimes I used to wear it with a matching coral rara skirt haha quite the style statement. Anyways what I'm getting at is it's always a colour that's had a place in my heart. 

Now at the age of 26 I've been told I can decorate the third bedroom which is also my dressing room however I want. I quote 'you go wild Georgina I really don't mind what you do in there.' Que a room full of bright corals, golds and glitter. There might even by a flamingo or two thrown in for good measure. I haven't quite pinned down if I want a more tropical or Moroccan vibe yet but below is my current mood board on the wall. I'm building in a single bed too and I just want it to be the most fun place for people to stay. Imagine waking up in the morning to a wall of flamingo's or elephants - you couldn't not have a good day after that. 


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Hallway Lampshades

We painted our hallway a couple of months ago and couldn't find lampshades that went but didn't cost £100. We toyed around with the idea of getting a kind of nautical vibe in the lighting in the hall but nothing quite worked. Luckily we stumbled across these little bargains from Dunelm Mill for only £6.99 and that match perfectly. They are literally the same colours and tones as our entire hallway so happy with them. 


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

When Life Gives You Eagles - Paint Them Blue

A guy at Steve's work was going to take these stone eagles to the tip and Steve thought they would look great in our garden. I actually love them but I didn't just want two big stone eagles in the garden I thought they needed to be a little more fun than that. So I painted them blue. I painted the bodies in Summer Sky garden paint by Ronseal and then the bases in the same colour as our wall Oakwood masonry paint by Colours at B&Q. They may look a little odd but they've been there for a few weeks now and they haven't not made every single person who's come round smile. What happy little eagles they are. 




Sunday, 5 June 2016

Sofa of Dreams

Whilst we were waiting on a completion date for the house we spent ALOT of our Saturdays around all the sofa shops. It was so much harder than I thought it would be I found most sofa's so dated and really clumpy. Finally we found the French Connection range in DFS and fell in love with the Quartz range. We ordered the corner sofa in anthracite with the footstool in teal. I'm just looking for some teal cushions now to finish it off. I'm so happy with it. I am in love with a sofa. 


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Lounge Picture Shelf

I've had this shelf up for about 3 months and have spent more hour on not on the high street trying to find prints I like than I care to remember. We toyed around with having a quote up but nothing really worked for the lounge and the more we looked at ones we liked they became a little bit cringey the more we read them. In the end I looked up some geometric patterns on google and just edited in a blue that matches my footstool so they matched and printed them out myself. They're definitely not the final pieces I want in those frames but I think they work pretty nicely for now. It's nice to not have empty frames on the shelf that's for sure. I made the mirror myself using an off cut of bronze mirror and cut up mosaic tiles from B&Q superglued on. I'm so glad we chose a picture shelf and didn't hang them directly on the wall as I love that I can change them up whenever I get bored or add some smaller prints when I find some I love. 


Friday, 27 May 2016

£10 Second Bedroom 'for now' Transformation

We had no real intention of doing anything with the second bedroom this year but with a new bed being delivered our old one needed to be moved in and it seemed like an easier plan to paint it before putting all the furniture in. I picked up a tub of 'pistachio whip' by Dulux from B&Q for just £10 as the range it's in was being discontinued. One of my mum's friends gave us some curtains which helped lose the old lady chic the room previously had. It took ages to sand down the walls the previous owners must have just thrown tubs of paint at the walls as the amount of drip marks covering the room was unbelievable. It's definitely not a forever transformation but I'm happy we've been able to freshen it up and have it looking a little more presentable for guests before we properly rip out the sliding wardrobe doors and create something more us. 




Sunday, 10 April 2016

10th April 2015 - Weekend Achievements

This weekend has gone way too fast. We were hoping it was going to be sunnier than it has been as we'd planned an entire weekend of gardening activities. It did however rain most of yesterday so amongst sprinting to bring the mass of washing I tried to complete we also did all of the below little tasks. 
  1. My new Peony bush has been planted in the centre of the front lawn. We've had to put a little fence around it for now as apparently a circle of dirt in the middle of the lawn screams 'cats come and dig me' 
  2. the main job we wanted to complete this weekend was digging out all of the flower beds around the garden - unfortunately the sheer amount of it and the rain have stopped us from completing but this is a before picture to remember just how many weeds we actually have 
  3. My cocktail garden is finally starting to flourish! I've loved growing these so far and my lime basil is looking just perfectly green ready to be planted out next weekend. 
  4. Finally we hung our new bug hotel behind the vegetable patch. Bee's we are so ready for you.