So here’s the thing, I bought a blush cushion cover in Ikea a good 4 months ago, simply because it was the most perfect shade of blush anyone could wish for (not too pink, not too dark) and it was a bargain £3! I wasn’t sure I needed another cushion in my life but I vowed to put it to use in some yet to be decided way.
monstera leaf and tree from Ikea
When I say I have a love, hate relationship, it’s more that I love plants and they hate me. Greenery in my home makes me burst with happiness and I’m sure there’s a correlation between the growing amount of green life in the flat and the amount I enjoy being there. I’ve had many specimens joining the family over the years but sadly I can’t think of more than a handful that have actually survived over a year and that’s probably being generous. Too much water and too little water, I’ve gone both ways, even killing cacti on a regular basis and my lowest point was leading the hardy spider plant to it’s demise. It was long and painful for the poor thing, which in practise looked like no water for approximately 9 months if you fancy giving it a whirl yourself. Even when I’ve attempted to be really diligent and made sure I’d looked up everything a plant type needs, something’s managed to go wrong.
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.
Our studio workspace is without doubt the most revolutionary addition to our lives since moving. Ever since I quite my job and started my business full time I’ve been working from the dining room table. I’m sure there are many out there that can empathise with this newbie struggle, although when I was doing it I felt like I was the only one who didn’t have a lovely designated workspace, or even just a desk!! In our old teeny or shall we say ‘cosy’ flat, we had to make the choice between a dining table or a desk for me. There honestly wasn’t room for both and with us really valuing having people into our home for meals, it wasn’t really a choice.
I’m soaking in some Monday mirror inspiration as I’m currently feeling compelled to fill my home with more of them. Unfortunately I don’t really have any wall space left, having successfully covered every inch of spare white! Having said that I’ve been looking to sub one in the place of our bedroom mirror, a very generous wedding gift that is stunning but no longer goes with anything in our home. I’ll ponder that one.
Happy middle of the week! As promised I’m bringing you the Ikea hack I talked about in my bedroom update and all you bargain babes out there are going to love it. I found this Ikea side table going for £9.00 and was immediately captivated. Looking at it in the before it really doesn’t look like anything to write home about but I do love taking something that’s as cheap as chips and making it look a little lovelier.
We are using them as bedside tables but you can equally just use as them side tables as pictured above.
I was a teeny bit worried that when I put these side tables together they’d literally sway from side to side and fall apart when the bedside lamp was placed on top but I was pleasantly surprised. If you tighten the screws properly it’s not at all flimsy although mistaking one for a stool would be a step too far for survival so don’t try that at home.
Believe it or not I’d never actually used wood stain before but I love it! Like my love affair with spray paint, I now want to stain everything in our flat! Hmmm….and breath….activate self control. I used Rosewood but you can pick whichever shade suits your room. There’s usually tester squares in the shop so you can see each tone properly before buying.
Today spells the last of this weeks ‘Affordable Home Tips’ in association with Keep Moat. Each day I brought you simple and inexpensive DIY projects to liven up your home, often using things you already have. Today is the simplest of the bunch! This statement cushion doesn’t involve any sewing and can be whipped up in less than an half an hour. If you have any plain cushion covers that need a revamp then this is the DIY for you. There’s even a free printable template to get you started.