A walk around Hardwick Hall gardens

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Ma and I vitited Hardwick Hall yesterday. It took us ages to pick somewhere to go (we're an indecisive pair) but we finally settled on Hardwick - it's not too far, it's easy to get to, and it's not expensive (especially not for me - I have a trusty NT membership!) We'd been before and loved it but that was about 2 years ago so we were due another trip.

We arrived at around 11, enjoyed some doorstep toast and jam for brunch in the cafe, and then began our walk around the house gardens. We didn't pay to get into the house this time - we wanted to save money and also make the most of the sun because it was forecast to absolutely chuck it down in the afternoon (oh, and it really did, we timed it well).

It was surprisingly quiet for the school holidays. I was glad of it, to be honest(!) we must've picked the best day to go.

Redecorating... the nursery

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

And lastly, we have the nursery, the final room of my Redecorating series! I went with a very calm neutral colour scheme with this room so it can work with any gender. The muted shade of minty blue that runs throughout this room is my favourite thing about it; the contemporary wallpaper is just the right amount of fussy, and the striped chair matches perfectly with the more traditional-style furniture.

Putting this room together, I fell in love with Marks & Spencer's Hastings furniture range. That ivory is dreamy. I don't think it's a popular furniture colour (I hardly ever see it around) but it's so stunning. It's got that modern country cottage vibe that I love.

However, not wanting to overdo the ivory (there's a limit), I added a dash of natural wood tones through the rope storage basket and chair legs. Stops the room looking too pale and blah.

Hope you've enjoyed this series, and I hope you enjoy having a little shop around.


New furniture!

Monday, 14 August 2017


This may sound mundane to some of you, but I recently bought a 70s chest of drawers off Gumtree and I have never been so thrilled about a piece of furniture in my life.

I've been looking to replace my decrepit Argos drawers for months. They pretty much fell apart - the ball bearing runners had been broken for years and I kept finding tiny metal balls on my carpet because the bearings were just falling apart every time I opened a drawer. It got to the point where the runners didn't work at all and I was practically wrenching drawers open and kicking them shut. Oh, and the base in one of the drawers (not even holding anything heavy) just... collapsed. For the fun of it.

I mean... I wasn't expecting my Argos drawers to last decades, but I was still disappointed.

I'd spent hours upon hours scouring eBay for a new chest of drawers that would fit in this awkward space. Everything I found was way too wide or way too thin. There was nothing in between.

Until... I went on Gumtree for the very first time and found this beautiful teak wooden chest of drawers with pretty much the exact measurements I wanted (give or take a centimetres). It was bloody spot on, and it was only 25 minutes away so I was able to pick up two days after seeing it.

And although it doesn't 'fit in' with my other white, clean, minimal furniture pieces, I kind of love that. It stands out and adds some warmth to the room. I had the idea to sand and paint it when I first saw it, but now I love the teak wood. It's a 70s piece and I feel like painting it would take the charm away from it, so it's keeping its striking colour for the foreseeable future.

It also has no ball bearing runners whatsoever. Old school style.

P.S. Notice how the cotton pads magically fill themselves up in the second photo? 😂


Redecorating... the bedroom

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Here I am with the long awaited bedroom. I wanted to keep the best 'til last but we still have the nursery to go, so it's more like the best 'til second last. I just couldn't wait any longer, the bedroom is the one room I was absolutely buzzing to do.

For this room I took a little inspiration from the living room with those warm mustard and green shades. I stumbled upon this wacky Orla Kiely wallpaper and just had to use it. It was hard to work into the room because it's so bold and the colours are so unique (annoyingly so!!), but I think I managed it. This room took a lot of work just getting the colours to work together to be honest; I couldn't really add any more patterns because I didn't want anything to clash with the wallpaper. With a busy wallpaper like this it's best to let it do all the talking and have plain furnishings to highlight it. The only other pattern I can spot is the very understated criss-cross/chevron pattern on the throw.

I really like the subtle pops of black in this room like in the hairpin legs of the side table and the dial of the alarm clock. Sometimes loads of beige and pale wood shades can be a bit flat and wishy-washy so I figured I'd add some black to break it up.

Hope you like this room, it's unusual and quirky but I kinda love it.


Showcase: hair clips, claws & slides

Monday, 7 August 2017


Times like this I wish my hair was long enough so I could wear hair accessories like these. I have some small tortoiseshell hair claws I use to pin my hair back when it needs cutting but that's about as exciting as my hair accessory collection gets. You can't do a great deal with a bob, unfortunately.

However, I do appreciate the practicality of the humble hair clip (grip, slide, claw etc.) I love the few minimal open-frame clips and slides I've featured here, they're understated and simple which I quite like, but they can easily take a straightforward bun or pinned back look to the next level. 

Putting this post together made me want to grow my hair out just a little bit...! Whoops.

So here we go, another showcase! Enjoy.


Redecorating... the dining room

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Here is part five! Today I bring you the dining room.

I didn't know what to do with this room at first, I just picked out a nice dining table and went from there. I initially wanted some pops of colour but I seem to have gone quite neutral instead with lots of greys and browns. I really love the mixture of textures in this room - the wood, slate, stainless steel, and linen work well together to give the room some oomph.

If you want to stick to a neutral colour palette without the room looking too drab and flat, textures will add a little more dimension. So will mixing patterns if that's more your bag.

I think a pop of mustard or teal would go well in this room if you wanted to jazz it up a bit. I'd suggest adding some colour through seat cushions, tableware, or curtains. I like the pale cream and grey together though, it's versatile and allows you more freedom when it comes to decorating.

So there you go, have fun shopping!

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