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I don’t know what it is about May, but I always seem to have a longer-than-usual wishlist around this time of the year. Maybe it is the new stock that makes its way into the shops due to the change in seasons or perhaps its just simply the birthday mood that gets me. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely won’t be adding everything above to cart and checking out. For me, it’s more about the growing online wishlist. Knowing there is a safe spot where I can keep an eye on everything that has drawn my attention. Some of these items aren’t even perfect (I’m looking for a smaller purse and have already bought these PJs which are similar but better than the ones above).
I have to say, everything looks so much more pleasing when grouped together. I can also see a strong theme taking shape.
So tell me, am I the only weirdo that still ads things to wishlists to keep an eye on them? I feel like in today’s fast-paced world, people have definitely become less patient and expect to own an item they like within 48 hours since they first laid eyes on it. I also notice that I am becoming increasingly impatient and often have to remind myself that everything can’t happen at lightning speed. For me, there definitely is something more rewarding about waiting, “stalking” and carefuly considering before finally pulling the trigger and purchasing something.
About 95% of our home DIYs include or are solely comprised of paint. It is by far the cheapest and easiest way to transform a space! It also requires the least amount of skill, although patience definitely is a virtue (waiting for layers to dry is literally the worst!) I thought it would be fun to think of all the times Ryno and I have used paint to personalise our space. Not all projects have to be as big as our recent garage transformation witht the help of Prominent Paints. Some of these jobs could easily be completed in a weekend.
1. Blush Pink Wardrobe (Acrylic Paint)
Whilst we’d tackled our hideous 80’s wardrobes on the outside before we even moved in, the inside remained scarily brown for the first two years of our residence. I tried to cover it in gift wrap and pretend that it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t a big success and I was so happy to finally remove the torn paper when my husband gave in and said I could paint the inside blush pink. For this project I simply used a regular waterbased wall paint as I knew it wouldn’t get much wear. It turned out perfect and now I can enjoy my whole closet.
2. Coat Hook Stripes (Roof Paint)
This was one of our first home DIY’s I shared on the blog nearly two years ago and it is still going strong! It certainly makes a big impact and required minimal effort. The only challenge was to make sure that all the tape was straight before we started painting. Luckily one of us has a good eye
3. Gold Side Table (Spraypaint)
So actually this was a rusty cast iron bookshelf that lived in my grandmother’s foyer, but I saw its potential to become something resembling this (if you squint a
little lot). So I sprayed the sucker with my favourite gold spray paint in the garage on a rainy day, waited forever, sprayed it again and now it looks kinda good for something we scored for free. Also, it is the perfect height! I have no idea why most side tables are too low for you to comforably reach for a drink on it. Anyone has any idea why that is?
4. Drinks Cabinet (Chalk Paint)
Another piece of recycled furniture was this amazing TV cabinet (remember when box TV’s still need to go into a cabinet? Sooo 2000’s right!?). It was a lovely shade of mohaganey, which with our beloved (sarcasm) cherry wood floors was just way too much. So we decided to make it blend into the wall (and simultaneously visually reduce its weight) by painting it with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. Honestly though, whilst I loved the colour the texture of the paint wasn’t my favourite. Although I’ve heard if you attend one of the classes, they’ll tell you to add a little water to the paint and that it makes it so much easier to work with. If I could however do it all over again, I would have chosen a different paint in the same colour. The thick texture of the paint means that the brush strokes are all incredibly visible and I cursed more than I care to admitas the paint was drying too quickly meaning it pilled as I was working on the first coat.
5. Grey Desk (Roof Paint)
I painted this wooden desk in the same waterbased roof paint that I used for the stripes and our front door, but I do wish I’d gone to the added trouble of using a primer. From afar, this looks great, but up close you can see all the kitty scratches. The paint made the weathered wood feel smooth again and definitely makes this desk look and feel more like us.
I love scoring a bargain as much as the next person, nay probably more, as it leaves me with an incredible sense of achievement. Especially if it is an item I’ve been hunting for for a while. But when it comes to purchasing your whole wardrobe on a tight budget, it comes down to a little more than just scoring that elusive bargain. Below are my tried and tested steps to ending up with a closet you love.
I really like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, as it perfectly encapsulates the wardrobe philosophy I’ve had my whole life. Buying less clothing with the intent to wear it often just seems to make so much more sense to me than having a tonne of trendy items you’ll wear once. I also like having a smaller, more edited closet, as it makes it easier to get dressed in the mornings. So the whole capsule wardrobe trends makes me one happy chappy!
But the only thing that bugs me is that so many bloggers seem to promote this as justification for making crazy expensive designer purchases. Obviously that is their perogative and I do appreciate looking at a pretty designer bag, but it needs to be said that you can create a perfect capsule wardrobe on any budget. So if you’ve never done a capsule wardrobe or are just interested to see how I do mine on a strict budget, find out below.
Our favourite way to decompress after a long day has to be a serious couch session with whatever we’re currently watching. Over the years we’ve watched some spectacularly good (and some less so) series, and a good murder mystery rarely disappoints. So if you’re currently inbetween series, perhaps you’ll enjoy some of our favourites.
I love all things Italian, especially food. Crusty breads, warm pizzas and creamy pastas are just a few of many things that I dream about. Whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with a traditional carbonara, I love this lighter varient that was born when I combined two of my faves (alfredo and carbonara) with some fresh herbs. I think some of the best recipes can be born out of need. In this instance I simply didn’t have enough cream left over for a alfredo sauce and since then I’ve purposefully recreated this recipe a few times as we love the intense flavours and lighter sauce. If the raw egg in a traditional carbonara worries you, then read on to see how I make myself feel better about it.
I am so happy to bring you these pictures of our garage after it received a massive overhaul thanks to Prominent Paints. It is proof that a little bit of paint chosen in the right colours and formula can really transform a room! I was honestly ashamed to publish pictures of our garage before the makeover as it just wasn’t the best representation of our taste, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones that felt like that about our garage.
Valentine’s Day seems as good a reason as ever to celebrate some of my favourite (fruity) floral fragrances. There is just something about the warm weather and cheesy-romance of February that makes it seem a little more acceptable to love the feminine scents (although I wear them year round).
Whether you’re looking for a gift idea or, like me, just appreciate a little pink fragrance: here are my tried-and-tested favourites.
When we first moved into our 1980’s house my husband and I went with “quick wins” like replacing the green carpets and painting the rooms and trim throughout. This immediately made the home feel more us, but I feel like we haven’t made as much progress since. This is probably because the projects that are left are more time consuming and definitely not easy on the budget.
I’d never given much thought to my nightwear, but after I spotted a ridiculously expensive summer robe (R850!) that I couldn’t stop thinking about (it was a black and white floral with neon pink pompoms), I decided to go on the hunt for a more affordable robe. I love my Mr Price palm print gown as it features the same colours as the gown of my dreams (not pictured) and didn’t break the bank.
Whilst on my search I also found some really lovely pyjama sets and robes that unfortunately are not in my budget, but definitely worth it if you are feeling spendy. Because you know, treat yo self!
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Perfect for throwing on during cooler mornings, I love wearing mine to bed with a warm cuppa and a good read on a Sunday morning.
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In my opinion there are few things more classic and stylish than a matching set with contrasting piping. I’d like all three colour ways please! Best part, all are by local designers.
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Though I love the aforementioned classic pieces,the pretty patterned sets are what first caught my attention. I’ll take the one of the right (and left) please. Unfortunately these were only available on ASOS’s website, but Superbalist stocks some of the brands. So maybe we’ll get lucky!