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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Valentines Day, You’re Tacky and I Love You

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Ah, Valentines Day – queen of the kitsch, silly holidays! Arriving into town with a flurry of candy hearts, clumsy poetry and this year, Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special on Netflix (yes, it’s A Thing and yes, I am so watching it this week), it all sounds too corny to be true. And yet it is, which is why I kind of love it.

I’ve never been a believer in spending a ton of money on Valentines Day – though the amount of emails I get advertising the ‘perfect’ gift would have you think otherwise! That being said, I do like to mark the occasion by dressing in theme (too easy!), eating chocolate and enjoying it as the harmless fun I’m sure it is intended to be.

I also think it’s a good excuse to celebrate LOVE, because it sure feels like the one thing we could all do with a bit more of nowadays. Whether it’s loving a partner, your posse or yourself – taking the time to appreciate each other is so important, on February 14th and every other day.

Last year, I threw a Galentines Day get-together for some of my best girls and had an awesome time. And on Saturday, Gary and I had our portraits drawn by the lovely Claire Barclay as part of her Valentines pop-up! We’ve always wanted a cheesy, family portrait-style picture so we jumped at the chance of having Claire illustrate us. It was great to do something a little bit different and we now have a cute keepsake to put up in the flat.

The truth is, there are no strict rules about what you SHOULD do. Everyone has their own take on Valentines Day and that’s what makes it so great! If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are a few of my favourite ways to celebrate love – no matter who your Valentine may be…

...if your Valentine is your partner: Cook a meal at home together (and if you cheat and buy an M&S ready meal, then you can always just put it in the oven together!). If the meal turns out amazing then you’ll feel so smug as you settle down to watch Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special later. And, if it doesn’t work out so well, then you’ll have something to laugh about as you decide which takeaway to call (though if your M&S ready meal turns into a disaster that’s  kind of disturbing…). Trust me, the sweet potato pancake fiasco of 2015 is still a running joke in our flat!

…if your Valentine is your best friend: Make a scrapbook of your favourite memories together. Better yet, go to brunch and talk about your favourite moments over eggs and coffee and put together your shortlist from there. From holidays, to song lyrics, secret nicknames and beyond. What’s included in yours?

…if your Valentine is yourself: Plan a day that is just for you and do whatever makes you happy. Book a manicure, take a nap, watch your favourite movie or get dressed up in your most fabulous outfit. You might do all of the above or none of the above! Like I said before, there aren’t any rules, so be kind to yourself and have fun.

I hope that you set aside some time to feel the love this week and enjoy Valentines Day in all its glitter-covered, tacky glory. Oh, and if you happen to see Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special, let me know what you think!

Who is your Valentine this year? Tell me some of your favourite ways to spread the love!

With sequinned hearts and cupid-shaped cookies…

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3 Ways to Organise Your Life this Year

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I have to admit, typing a title with the words ‘ways to organise your life’ makes me feel like there should be a little fanfare at the start of this post, or at least a loud whistle – as though I’m a wise old teacher about to gather you all round to impart some special knowledge.

No pressure then, eh?

Keeping ourselves organised is nothing new, but sometimes we start the year with the best intentions only to find that by March a few things tend to fall away a bit (or at least, I know I do) . Before we know it, we’re right back where we started!

I thought it might be helpful to share a few ways that I like to keep on top of things, in case you’re setting yourself goals (well, it IS January!) for the year and need a helping hand to stick to them…

  1. Invest in a diary and be sure to use it! Call it a planner, a diary, a journal, an electronic agenda app or just a notebook – whatever name it goes by, this little baby is my number one, can’t-live-without-it organisational tool. When I was a kid, I had a furry Dalmatian-patterned Filofax and it was one of my favourite possessions. Granted, I didn’t have THAT MUCH to plan in it (unless you count ‘going to the caravan’ and ‘Dad’s birthday’) but still! There are endless styles of planner available from all kinds of brands, but my current favourite is the Ban.do agenda, as I loved using it last year and have recently treated myself to a new one to kick-start 2017 (pictured above). Bonus tip: take fifteen minutes and mark in important events for the entire year so they don’t sneak up on you later…
  2. Get on board with meal planning. Food is such a big part of life, yet when I think about how little time I spend thinking about what to eat I feel a little bit embarrassed (who’s that at 5pm cruising the M&S aisles on an empty stomach about to make a silly dinner choice? Oh, yeah – it’s THIS GAL). So I’ve come to realise that with some slight preparation in advance, my meals for the week will be sorted so that I don’t even need to think about it later. Winning! Depending on what you like, you could make a big batch of something at the weekend and incorporate that into your meals for the week. Making the plan really doesn’t take long. Then it’s just a case of buying and preparing the food so that you’re ready for the week ahead. Bonus tip: this is especially helpful if you’re switching up your diet and trying to eat more or less of a certain thing – incorporate this goal into your planning.
  3. De-clutter your day-to-day. De-cluttering is such a wide-ranging topic that it’s perhaps best to be more specific here! When I say the day-to-day, what I mean is, the meaningless messages that take up your time and energy every single day. Unsubscribe from those newsletters, catalogues and email updates that – let’s face it – you delete without opening anyway. That daily email that you get from a company you bought a sweater from one time five years ago? Buh-bye. By all means stay signed up to anything that is of value, but be brutally honest with the rest! You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it will feel and the best part? Making more room for all of the stuff that you enjoy! Bonus tip: for anything you DO decide to stay subscribed to, make a sub-folder in your inbox to keep them in check.

I hope that you achieve everything that you set out to do this year, and that one or two (or perhaps all!) of these tips help you get to where you want to be! And if you have any must-do’s to share when it comes to ways to organise your life, please let me know in the comments below…

Let’s do this, team!

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