Last week I had the chance to go to Grand Designs Live and hear from Kevin McCloud himself, along with his panel of experts over breakfast. After gushing slightly that Kevin was only metres away we got down to hearing more about the pursuit of eco-conscious design for the home. It was really interesting to hear the panel share their reasons why they felt it of upmost importance to build greener houses or take measures to make our existing homes more eco-friendly. It’s something I don’t think a great deal about usually and probably shrug off responsibility, excusing us because we rent but it was crazy to even hear how much money you can save on your energy bills in the long run from making changes!
I’ve been gradually revealing our new flat to you guys as we’ve conquered each room one by one. The last room to the party is our guest bedroom which is still a huge novelty. We’ve never had a guest room since being married, always living in one bed flats. This meant we couldn’t really offer people somewhere to stay unless they were keen to embrace the blow up mattress on the living room floor and those more open minded of our friends and family certainly did.
It’s been such a treat thinking through how to make this space welcoming to our potential guests and I even went a bit wild and added some colour into the space. By colour, we’re still only talking muted green and a dusty pink but that’s about my threshold in my own home. We’ve already had three lots of people to stay and make use of this room and it’s been so nice for them to have their own space and somewhere comfortable to rest their head, particularly for our friends visiting from Texas who were with us for a whole week.
I actually prefer this room to ours in terms of the windows, light and views but we decided to keep our bedroom on the ground floor, away from our studio workspace. That way we can keep that work / life separation we were after and an added joy is the bathroom is opposite our bedroom, perfect for my pregnant bladder and all those pesky trips to the toilet in the night. Anyway, bladders aside it’s been nice for guests to have a space to themselves upstairs, so we’re not all on top of each other. In fact my 4 month old nephew slept peacefully up in our guest bedroom while my brother and sister in law partied away downstairs at Nick’s 30th last Friday.
I don’t know about you but Christmas usually brings with it an array of gift boxes in all manner of sizes and shapes. This year was no exception, even receiving this pretty hexagon one and thought it was too nice to throw away. Of course I felt a DIY brewing. I’m loving the cork trend at the moment and so decided to play into that, remembering this super nifty self adhesive cork from a previous project. You can use any size or shape box you fancy but if you like the hexagon vibe, I’ve linked to a place you can get hold of one below.Read more
What’s your Christmas style? Mine seems to evolve year on year. When we were first married we spent some of our John Lewis vouchers on stocking up on tree decorations, prepared months in advance to deck the halls! At that time we opted for a traditional Scandi assortment of red and white with lots of wooden decorations and garlands strewn around the house, thinking it was classic and had longevity. It was sweet but three years down the line I wondered why an earth I was bringing red into my home when I would never, I repeat never at any other point in the year. Unless it’s a red lip I’m usually not a fan of the colour and so feeling liberated to cut this typically festive shade out of our home, I starting making my own monochrome decorations with splashes of gold and felt much more at peace.
I’ve noticed that recently a lot of my DIY projects seem to be veering towards organisation. Perhaps it’s an conscious attempt to stop things spiralling into chaos or perhaps I’m developing more of an appreciation for things being ordered.
I have one of those ‘odd and ends’ shops near me. The kind that sells everything from tools to candles to crockery to bubble machines and everything in between. I always seem to go in looking for something completely random and walk out with something even more obscure. Last time I spied a wire dish drying rack which sounds incredibly dull but with my relentless ‘DIY hat’ on, thought it would be perfect for storing notes and papers for my desk. Cue the balsa wood and you’re smugly laughing your way to a desk that’s spick and span.
Let’s liven up Monday with a DIY for your home shall we? If you read my blog regularly you may remember I did a post on the botanical trend back in Autumn. I had been out foraging for greenery which is less unusual than I’d like to admit and found some fern leaves. I took them home a rekindled the art of flower pressing with the help of my husband’s brick size books of theology. Sad to say that’s the most use I’ve personally had out of them but they certainly did the trick. Then the story goes, I totally forgot about them until one day my memory jolted and proclaimed, ‘I must make coasters’. A revolutionary statement if ever you heard one. It bothered me slightly that I was a DIY blogger and had never used resin in a single project I’d executed. I was intrigued by the stuff and settled in this as the perfect project to flex some new DIY muscles.
All photos by Chris Snook
I’m very excited to have our flat featured on Houzz UK today! I love a good home tour myself, mainly because I’m nosey when it comes to interiors. I get great thrills going through the key hole and filling up on some interiors inspiration! I’m that creepy person that peers into peoples front rooms when they have the light on at night. In fact we’ve spent 5 days staying in an AirBnb across the road (madness) while our bathroom was finally seen to and I spent most of the time imagining what I would do to the flat if I lived there. Obviously a very productive use of my time but I did lots of work too, I promise.
I feel like December has been 90% about Christmas styling, not that I’m complaining in the slightest. My Styling The Seasons post for December is light and bright with warm pops of colour and fresh sprigs of rosemary. I steered clear of anything dimly lit and cosy because that doesn’t actually suit the tone of my month thus far. It’s been a month of massive blessings and answers to prayer for me and so many other’s I know, whether that’s been birth’s, engagements, new jobs or good health and somehow that’s made the month seem lighter and brighter.