Friday, 6 February 2015

Modern Rugs Room Challenge...

A little while ago I was sent a lovely rug as part of a blogger challenge. The challenge being, how best to incorporate it into a stylish decor within the home. Well, we all know I love a home design challenge and so I eagerly got thinking where best to have the rug. It is a stunning rug, a lovely vibrant red, with a low cut shaggy pile, and with mixed textures that give it both a silky and soft feel.

There was one room that I thought it would be perfect for and would look great in. One of the attic bedrooms and that 8 year old Master P resides in, is also the room we use when sleepovers take place as the room has two beds in it that can be made into a full length size. Master P normally has his funky Cath Kidston 'Boats' bed linen on his bed. However it is so quick and easy to recreate a different look by just changing some accesories. The Cath Kidston wallpaper goes well with a boyish style, but I think it also looks just as good with more feminine accessories. 

I had a little play, (with Master P's consent) and as I thought, the rug looked lovely and it can stay put as the rug goes really well with his room. It is a perfect colour match to the red lighthouse's in the Cath Kidston 'Boats' wallpaper. As it is nearing valentine's, I couldn't help but give the room a temporary rosy, love theme.

Do come in..

The white laminate flooring certainly gives the room a light, bright look, but I was of the thinking the red rug would create some lovely warmth.

And the other side of the room...

Can you tell I am somewhat of an Ikea Rosali fan :) So in the rug went, and as the rug is a slim size (80x150cm) I thought it would look best central and vertical to the room.

Of course I had to include some pretty valentine's accessories and Home Bargains as usual has come up trumps offering some gorgeous items this valentines. I fell in love with the retro 'Be Mine' bunting. 

And I HAD to have this sign...

The paper heart bunting just fell into my basket too.

As did this lovely bunting sticker set, a bargain at less than a pound.

To create a rosy glow, I also picked up a red valentines heart candle...

And flowers, there has to be flowers.

I'm really happy with how the rug has been incorporated and as for Master P, he won't admit it, but I secretly think he quite likes it too. Of course the flowers shall have to be swapped back over to his 'Boats' soon, and the girly accessories back to my room but for now its his/our little valentine's room. 


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cath Kidston Sales Spree...

We all know I am a big fan of bargain hunting and shopping, I always like a little mooch around the sales. and just after Christmas, the first place I wanted to have a little browse was Cath Kidston. I wanted to see if there were any bargains to be had. I also wanted to see if they had a certain something that I had fallen in love with, after seeing it online. 

Father Christmas left Master Poppins a delightful pair of cosy 'London Buses' Pajamas. I love them, what good taste Father Christmas has. 

I spied something in the sale, that I thought a lovely addition to the pj's and imagined how smart my little 8 year old would look. It was the matching 'London Buses' dressing gown and it was a great sale price so made that decision a little easier that I had to have it for him. 

He loves wearing it. He also has the little matching bed socks and so looks super cosy at bedtime. 

 I couldn't leave the drawstring washbag behind could I ;)

This was the item I fell in love with online. Yes it's 'London Buses' again...(can you tell I quite like this print) 

The jacquard skirt is so comfy with the elasticated waist and fits perfectly, its a lovely length on me neither too long or short, but just on the knee. The jacquard fabric is a nice quality and it was a bargain at £15, as it was originally £40. I'd been holding out on getting this skirt for a while so I'm glad I waited and got it for such a fantastic price. 

I also tried on their 'Stop Thief' printed skirt in a very similar style.

I may have had another 'fall in love' experience and the 'Clocks' jacquard skirt as well. It has such a lovely vintage appeal, again at £15 rather than it's original £40, so I snapped it up. 

Back to the 'Stop Thief' comic style print, and although I love it, thought perhaps a little too child like for me to actually wear, but I couldn't resist these sale bargains. 

Master P loves his new Backpack.

And he has something safe to keep his pennies in.

And me too.

 Miss Poppins is fast building up her collection of cosmetics so she'll always find a use for the 'Stop Thief' cosmetic bag. 

Hmmmm, I am getting to rather like this print too. This cute barrel drawstring bag is perfect for swim days, and although doesn't have a waterproof lining, one quick air after its been used and it's back good to go. 

Whilst at the till point paying for my haul, I noticed these pretty hamper boxes behind the till, They looked so pretty, and super prices at half price.  

I purchased 3 different sizes and thought they would be perfect for storage to keep all those bits and pieces in. The teen in the house has already bagged the medium sized one for all her hair bows and accessories. 

I thought I'd better make a run for it before I spied something else I 'just had to have'. The Cath Kidston sales are super lovely, and I spent a long while just browsing before making my purchases. Everything I ended up buying was a sale purchase so I had saved a pretty penny or two. However those saved pennies, could so easily be spent again as I have just spied these. 

*I AM IN LOVE* (yes, again)

Cath Kidston have collaborated with Gola and I just adore these 'Harrier' style patchwork spot trainers. A definate for my wish list. If you want a nose you can find them here but please make sure you leave me a size 5 ;) 


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Bedroom Inspiration...

I know it sometimes feels like winter's only just begun, but I like to think every day that goes by is a day closer to spring, and when I myself have a little 'spring' in my step. As the days get lighter, I enjoy a little decluttering and perhaps purchase one or two new pretties for the home. I am feeling very inspired and am especially eager to get finishing the bedroom makeover, and I can't help but look for accessories to pretty it all up. 

It took forever to finally decide on a wallpaper for behind the bed, and I came to the conclusion the very floral wallpaper designs I was considering were perhaps a bit too girly after all. I looked for some further inspiration and I soon found a lovely Paris themed wallpaper in a light dove grey/silver. I thought would coordinate well with some soft pink and white accessories, perfect for a Parisian theme. 

I think the room would look lovely with a pretty mirror or two, and there's some great inspiration on offer for me at Homebase.                                                   
(Image courtesy of Homebase)

(Image courtesy of Homebase)

(Image courtesy of Homebase) 

I especially like this pretty venetian wall mirror and think it would look perfect against the Parisian wallpaper. I am aiming to create a very soft, subtle palette but want to add interest with texture and so think the etched detail on this mirror a good choice.   

(Image courtesy of Homebase)

Actually, I may have already started a teeny, weeny little stash of spring purchases... but shhhh don't tell ;)

A 'Mary Poppins' bedroom wouldn't be complete without a little pink, and I want a pretty pink to coordinate with the silver of the wallpaper. As these paper pom poms are already hanging in the corner of the bedroom, I was thinking to use this soft pink as my inspiration colour wise. I think little hints of this soft pink next to silver and white accessories, would still create a feminine feel without being too girly.

I already have two of these little lamps, that I have added a bit of lace edging, for next to the bed.

 I have also found some great bedroom inspiration over on pinterest.

So lots to keep me busy and inspired, now to get that wallpaper paste out... :))


Disclosure: Post in collaboration with Homebase, all words and opinions my own. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Pretty Christmas Gifts...

Hello lovelies :) 

Although I am somewhat playing catch up in blogland, I thought, if like me you enjoy nosing at other people's pretties, then you may like a 'nose' at some of the lovely gifts Santa and others left me under the Christmas tree.

We all know Christmas is not just about the presents, but they do make a lovely and welcome addition to Christmas day don't they. So without further ado here are some of the lovely, special gifts from loved ones and of course, Santa himself ;) I love them. 

I thought I'd start with a big one. 

Oh my, I just love my mum who knows me so well, and always, always picks the perfect gifts for me. On a visit to my home a while ago, she could see our fire surround had a 'half painted' look to it - (due to running out of paint) and not a good look by the way. She discreetly asked what colour I had used, and I replied Annie Sloan "Old White". Now I do love to use AS paint - though it has to be said, occasionally on some pieces of furniture it and I do not get along, but mostly we do. However it is in my opinion quite pricey, especially for a thrifty person like myself who likes to spend her pennies in the wisest, thriftiest way possible. I was more inclined to live with a half painted fire surround and work myself up to going on a little Annie Sloan spree some time soon and after I'd saved some pennies up. 

Well, I was over the moon unwrapping these little beauties.  

Yay that surround can now get finished.

I am a big fan of Mark Jacobs 'Daisy' perfume and was delighted to unwrap this scent that I don't have for my 'Daisy' collection. Again from the lady that knows me so well.

The bottle is gorgeous.

Sticking with a Daisy style theme, this lovely necklace was worn as soon as I opened it. I love it :)

As was my (floral) Christmas jumper and I couldn't wait to get cosy in it. 

Of course, there had to be a little Cath Kidston surprise ;)

I'm quite well known in my little family for seeing little pretties before Christmas and giving a little hint here or there. I fell in love with this 'candy floss' pink raggy bath mat and hoped santa would be kind :) 
He was. It's the prettiest thing, perhaps too pretty for wet just got out of the bath feet to be stamping on. The raggy texture is just the loveliest thing to run your hands over.

 And its perfect for my our pink, girly bathroom.

Being a wordy person who loves inspirational quotes and sayings dotted around the home, I especially loved this East of India flag, perfect for next to my bed.

And for the kitchen diner.

Being someone who rarely wears foundation these days and if so, only for special occasions, have found this Maybelline one the most suitable for my skin type. It has a lovely silky soft feel to it and gives a lovely glowy look. I'd run out a long while ago and thought nothing of it. It was a nice surprise to get a nice new bottle. (Extra gold star for the husband remembering the exact colour shade) 

These had been on my wish list for a while and although I have a pink pair that I have had for a number of years, I find this brand has a certain shelf life and my pink ones were definitely past their sell by date. I pondered and pondered about what colour to go for and being a colour person thought it had to be a big bright colour. However my practical side won and even though not a 'fashion' boot per say many fashionistas can be seen wearing them about town as well as the muddy fields. As I like to wear mine about town too, I thought black gloss a good choice and would go with everything. A lovely treat from Santa.

I love pretty scents and these Morris & Co scented drawer liners smell delicious, too nice to be hidden away so am thinking of other plans for them. 

Being a Downton Abbey fan, I love this set of 3 signature soaps. Just lovely. 

These cosy boots were bit of a bargain, so Santa tells me...

I love notebooks, and this was a lovely sparkly number along with a pretty pen.

I indeed had some gorgeous gifts. 

Oh I have to share the present we got for Miss. Poppins, our ever growing up teenager. Buying for her was proving a challenge as ideally I didn't want to be buying items beyond her years but also knew she probably was a bit too old for play dough. She loves her music and singing, and enjoys uploading various songs on her ipod/iphone. She had mentioned she fancied some sort of music system that could play music in her bedroom. 

I saw the perfect, drool worthy, delicious thing, and I thought she'd love it. I know I do, I really do. 

Its a lovely Emma Bridgewater radio, in the Sampler hearts print, and perfect as it has a dock to pop her ipod/iphone in and listen to her music. It has DAB radio and an alarm clock feature. I have to say the dock is a good quality one judging by the music we can hear blaring out of her room. 

Isn't it pretty.

Do you think she'll share?

No, I thought not either. *sad face

It can be hard buying for teenagers, but this got the thumbs up and was a reasonable price too as a pre-Christmas offer.

I hope you have enjoyed your little moochy at my prezzies. Family, friends and Santa himself have truly spoilt me and I love everything. Please feel free to leave a little comment if you would like to know where anything came from, I'll get back to you asap. 

I have it on trust from Santa he'll know, well, he knows everything, doesn't he...