The £1.50 Interiors Hack to Update Your Space

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There’s nothing like making a small change that results in a big impact, especially when it comes to home decor! Over the last week, we’ve been making a few updates around the flat – restyling rooms, adding some new plants, moving furniture around, that sort of thing – before Project Bathroom gets underway.

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We’ve seen first hand how big a difference these little updates can have, but there’s been one in particular that I just LOVE –  and apparently, so do you guys (after I posted a photo on Instagram last week, quite a few of you got in touch with questions and comments!). I thought it might be handy to talk about it in more detail today, so you can see just how inexpensive and simple it really is! How inexpensive? Um, how does £1.50 sound?

This is an easy interiors hack that can truly breathe new life into a room, and the best part is that you can switch it up as often as you like!

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Some of you might remember that the bookcase was previously lined with mint paper, making it stand out against our living room walls (previously grey, now peach!). Over the last month or two, we decided that we wanted to change the paper to something new, and hopefully bolder.

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After failing to find any wallpaper that was a good fit for our home style, we started looking at wrapping paper! I know it sounds crazy, and you certainly couldn’t do a whole room using it, but for the small space involved, it actually made a lot of sense.

Once we started looking at wrapping paper to line the bookcase, we suddenly had a lot more choice! It introduced more options in terms of patterns and colour palettes, and of course, the prices were much lower.

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I was in IKEA last week when I happened to spot this leopard patterned paper. As well as the colours being a perfect match for our home, I just loved the eye-catching print! It seemed too good to pass up, so I picked up two rolls at just £1.50 each and added them to my trolley. I couldn’t wait to let these leopards loose in the flat…

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So, here’s how we did it: 

1. We measured each space in between the shelves and cut the paper to fit (so much easier than taking the shelves out!).  As we were removing the old paper, we actually had some good templates to work from this time around!

2. After emptying the shelves, we fixed the paper to the walls using a non-permenant adhesive (blu-tack, pins or double-sided sticky tape work best). Like I said before, the beauty of this interiors hack is that you can change out the paper again and again, so there’s no point messing around with wallpaper paste unless you have to. Plus the paper is so light that it will stay up easily.

3. With the paper firmly in place, we re-arranged our shelves and admired our new backing paper!

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It really was as easy as that, and we ended up only needing one roll of paper to do the whole area.

Cheap, cheerful and bursting with colour, there’s nothing about this update I don’t love! Every time I walk into the living room it immediately catches my eye and seeing the jolly little leopards leaping around makes me grin. I’m already planning a few more upcoming projects in the flat, so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see what I’m using as inspiration.

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Do you have an interiors hack to share? If you could let an animal loose in YOUR living room, which would you choose?

Love,

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3 Ways To Refresh a Room

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It will come as no surprise to a lot of you guys that, in the last few years, I have become a complete and utter interiors nerd. There’s something about having our own space to style and reflect our personal tastes (not to mention, bringing those Pinterest dreams to life – am I right?!) that makes me just about as happy as a pig in muck!

Years ago, my mum said to me that your home is never truly ‘finished’ and it’s only now that I’m starting to see where she was coming from. Don’t get me wrong, we adored our living room before but, after taking the opportunity to update things a bit, we have fallen in love with it all over again.

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This got me thinking about what we did and why we did it and, on reflection, there are only a few simple actions you need to do to breathe life back into a room. These can vary depending on your DIY skills and your budget (how far do you want to take it?), and you could decide to do one, two or all of them!

Here are my top 3 ways to refresh a room…

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1. Switch up your floor

We couldn’t believe the difference that changing our floor made. The new colour and texture opens up the living room and makes it feel like a completely different space. It made us wonder why we left the old one down as long as we did!

Big spender? Try… Splurging on new flooring (or carpet, if you prefer that to hardwood). Take your time and think about what might compliment the other pieces you already have in the room.

On a budget? Why not… Treat yourself to a new rug! There are oodles of choices out there, depending on the colour, style and size you want to try out. TK Maxx, Urban Outfitters and IKEA are great places to start if you aren’t sure (and they won’t break the bank either!).

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2. Add a lick of paint

Experimenting with a bold new colour on your walls is an oh-so-easy way to make a room feel new again. We just love our new peach walls, especially on a sunny day. Walking into the room and seeing how bright it looks makes me so happy

Feeling bold? Go big… By painting the whole room! Take home a colour chart from your local DIY store, have a think about what would be a good fit and play with testers before committing. Remember, the very worst outcome is that you won’t love it – and if that happens you can just paint over it again!

In a creative mood? Experiment with… A statement wall. In our bedroom, we have a statement wall for a pop of colour while the other walls remain crisp and white. Meanwhile, our living room is decorated with a mint geometric door to bring a bit of pizazz to a simple cupboard.

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3. It’s all in the detail 

If floors and walls feel like too big a project right now, I hear you! An EVEN EASIER way to make a change to your home is to update small pieces like ornaments, soft furnishings and even plants.

Got lots of shelving and / or mantlepiece space to play with? Spend a bit of time rearranging things and adding one or two new pieces into the mix. Candles, cacti and even stacks of your favourite reads are inexpensive and add a burst of colour.

Prefer to keep cosy on the couch? Small scatter cushions and snuggly throws are an awesome way to add new patterns and texture to your favourite furniture. Just in time for hot chocolate & Netflix season (AKA Autumn!) too. Bliss…

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Whether you’ve got a room in mind that you want to update or, like me, can happily waffle about decor until the cows come home, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 3 ways to refresh a room!

Be sure to let me know if you try any of these out or if you have any fun tips for me to try.

Here’s to happy days at home…

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Living Room: An Interiors Update

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Following months (and months) of work being done around the flat, everything is now back in order – hurrah! While we were getting our Rainbow Palace renovated, we decided to make a few changes to our decor. These were things that we had planned to do eventually, but seeing as the walls and floor were being ripped out and started again from scratch anyway, we decided there was no time like the present to put our plans into action!

If you remember my original living room tour, or if you follow my home snaps on Instagram and Pinterest, you’ll be familiar with the colourful, mid-century modern style that we just adore. This is still very much the case, and the overall style of our interior remains true to that.

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So before we move on to the ‘after’, here’s a very quick look at what our living room was looking like mid-renovation…

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Pretty much a building site, eh? OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me show you around our refreshed living room!

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One of the first things that you might notice is the floor! We moved into the flat and it had a very cheap basic thin laminate that had a lot of chips in it. We had always wanted to upgrade the floor, so we went with a thicker deluxe laminate in white oiled oak.

The light shade of the wood instantly made the room feel bigger and airier somehow, and it compliments our furniture better than the old floor ever did. I couldn’t be happier with how the floor turned out, and we now have it in most of the rest of the flat too!

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Next up, let’s take a minute to talk about those peach walls! We very nearly went with a grey shade for the walls again, but there was something about a bright pop of peach that just felt right and we kept going back to it and looking at it (sometimes I do this with dresses and bags before I eventually buy them as well, how about you?).

When we made up our minds on the peach paint, we decided to keep the top half of the walls white so they were just freshened up with a new coat of white paint after the plastering work was complete. Did someone say peaches n’ cream?

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My favourite thing about the new wall colour is how much it gives all of our existing pieces a new lease of life. I mean, sure, we loved our mint accent door before…but against a peach wall? Swoon!

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Having the walls and floor completely redone was a big job, so rather than replace all of our furniture (which we still love anyway!), there a few smaller updates to keep things feeling new.

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New pink sofa cushions by H&M and smaller decorative scatter Dotty Sheep cushions by Ulster Weavers show a fun contrast of patterns and colours – proof that it is definitely OK to mix and match.

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Over on the armchair, you’ll see a new novelty cushion shaped like a cactus – I couldn’t resist picking it up the last time I was in Primark since it fits in so perfectly with our style! Primark have really upped their homeware game recently and I like to pop in regularly to have a nosey at their candles and prints.

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We’ve also switched up our living room plant for this plush new Areca potted palm. It reminds me of our trips to Florida and when the sunshine comes in the living room window I can (almost) pretend I’m somewhere exotic!

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Finally, we’ve taken advantage of having a completely blank canvas to reorganise our shelves and mantlepiece. There are a few new little knick-knacks and we’ve re-arranged things a bit to keep it interesting.

Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you’ve enjoyed this interiors update of our living room! There are more rooms to come so keep your eyes peeled for more tours of our home and decor.

Are you planning any home projects soon?

Peachy keen,

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