Our Garage Makeover: After | AD

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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.

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October Favourites: My upcoming wedding

wedding updateSomeone at work recently asked whether I’ll be sharing anything of my wedding on social media, only to realise that I have kept quiet without exactly intending to! Whilst I don’t want to share every last detail with everyone, I think there are a few things that might be of interest to some of you- whether you simply love weddings or are planning one yourself.

I have to confess, doing all of the planning yourself can at times become slightly overwhelming and stressful, but nothing that a cup of coffee and a good planning session can’t cure!

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Home Update: Our Entryway

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As most of you probably know by now, our home is properly tiny. Given that it is small, we have no entry hall to speak of. It is not really a space we miss, but we did feel it necessary to create a good first impression when you enter our house and we also needed to find somewhere to drop-off and pick up our coats, bags, shoes and keys before heading out.

So once we decided on the perfect spot – an odd corner in our open plan living room – we dove right in! Instead of buying an expensive coat hanger we decided to simply buy hooks at the hardware store and attach them to the wall. As this corner is part of our open plan living area it was important to keep it looking neat and somewhat decorative. So we decided to paint horizontal stripes in charcoal which ties in nicely with our front door.

Since these photos were taken we’ve been able to source more of the same brass hooks, so plan on adding more hooks on different levels. We love the idea of being able to swap out our winter coats for more seasonal items like beach bags and sun hats during the summer months.

A we mentioned previously we painted the dark wooden door charcoal. It contrasts nicely with the brass door handle. A patterned runner from Mr Price Home adds instant warmth and interest to the area. It is nice to have something washable that we aren’t too precious about as it does get messy.

This is currently one my favourite areas to fixate on as it is the closest to being “done”. I’ll keep you up to date on any other changes we make over the coming months.

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Cosy Day Essentials

DSC_8784 It is a funny time of the year for me to be talking about feeling cosy as we are supposed to be in the middle of summer. But we’ve been experiencing some colder evenings these last few days which has had me reach for my favourite winter essentials. I can’t think of a better time to talk about essentials for staying cosy than during the festive season when you feel all fuzzy inside. Feeling cosy is a complete sensory indulgence for me. I like to start off with a scented candle. Right now I’ve got a Cinnamon and Jasmine duo doing the trick. On nights where I feel completely drained, as I have often felt these past few days, I prefer to just unplug completely and head to bed with a few good magazines or a classic novel. I can’t stress enough how important good quality sheets and bedding is. I prefer a sateen finish, especially on my pillows but I also know a good many people like the cool touch of percale. Once you’ve found what works for you, it is worth investing in it (I like these bedding sets from Parachute Home as they cater for all preferences). My ultimate indulgence however is a cosy quite like a grey knit – be it in blanket or jumper form. Make it a cable knit and I’m sold! This is where you want to pay attention to what your knit is made of as Merino is preferable for that snug feel that doesn’t scratch. Never settle for anything less than cotton! A little Christmas music always elevates my mood and songs about snow always fit the bill! I like to finish this off with a good cappuccino to send me into sensory heaven!

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Colour Inspiration: Gold & Grey

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There can be no better city to inspire your interior colours than Paris, the City of Love. With oppulent gold and contrasting grey weathered buildings around every corner, Paris serves as the inspiration for my favourite home decor colours of the moment. Gold is back in vogue and I’ve always favoured grey. I think the colours offset each other nicely as the grey really grounds the gold which can be too overwhelming on its own.

I think the key to introducing this colour combination in your home is to limit your gold to accessories and hardware and to pay careful attention to the shade of gold . Place the focus firmly where you want it by eliminating all other colours from the room and rather play with different textures in the same colour scheme.

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