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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Veganuary in Glasgow: The Places to Check Out

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A new year gives everyone the chance to try new things and keep an open mind so, when the subject of Veganuary started popping up on my social media feeds about a month ago, I was happy to see that it had started to gather a lot of excitement. As a lot of you will know, I went meat-free nearly two years ago (check out my Veggie Diaries blog series for more on that!) and, even though I am not strictly vegan, a lot of the food that I eat is.

But what is Veganuary? By going vegan for the month of January (see what they did there?), a lot of people are challenging themselves to live a cruelty-free lifestyle and eat plant-based meals for the month. There are many reasons for people to try it out – it could be to see if they find any health or nutritional benefits, it could be to to reduce animal and environmental impacts, or it might be part of a wider new year’s resolution.

Whatever the reason. thousands of people have decided to give Veganuary a go and of course the main topic of conversation is food! Specifically, what to eat and where to eat.

The ‘what to eat’ part is easy, as thanks to countless cookbooks and Pinterest it really couldn’t be easier to pick out something to make at home. As for ‘where to eat’, there are actually a lot of places in Glasgow that cater to a vegan diet. In fact, we seem to be spoiled for choice these days! I thought that it might be handy to give you guys a quick shortlist of where to grab something yummy if you’re out on the town and sticking to your Veganuary challenge…

Saramago Cafe Bar at CCA

Where: Sauchiehall Street

Must-try dish: The beetroot & portobello mushroom bourguignon served with olive oil mash and french beans. Bon appetit! 

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Picnic

Where: Ingram Street

Must-try dish: The freshly-made salads, which can vary slightly from day to day but are always packed with tasty ingredients like miso courgette zoodles, carrot, pesto pasta and sesame. Like having a rainbow on your plate!

Stereo

Where: Renfield Lane

Must-try dish: It’s a tie! I highly recommend The Old Italian sandwich on foccacia AND the cashew & cauliflower cheese gnocchi.

Mono

Where: Kings Court

Must-try dish: For me, it really doesn’t get any better than the beetroot & kale pizza – the garlic ‘cheese’ swirled on top is super creamy and the sun-blushed tomatoes, dill, capers and red onion pack a punch.

These are just a few of the cafes and bars in Glasgow offering awesome vegan options – though I must admit that they are my current favourites! Whether you’re trying Veganuary on for size or if you just love good food, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy them.

What are some of your favourite meat-free meals? Are you trying anything new this January?

Here’s to new challenges and ALWAYS leaving room for dessert…

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(Both photos from my Instagram page)

 

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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