I had hoped to get this styling the seasons post shot before I went away on holiday but that was beyond optimistic to put it mildly! Having said that it all worked out quite well as my holiday served as the inspiration for my styling this month. I made the most of the good light and styled up one of our built in shelves which doesn’t usually get much photo action as they can be a tad dark. We went to Egypt for 10 days which was just what I needed. Scorching sun, relaxation and a taste of the culture. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought I would thus be including a nod to the pyramids and a camel figurine in this post. We were in the Sanai desert so Ive incorporated this little desert plant friend in this fun cup I picked up from a charity shop. I’ve styled this up with a book as part of what I loved about being on holiday was having so much time to read! I have a renewed commitment to incorporating it into my lunch break before bed each day, instead of having my eyes glued to my phone. And then my sunnies are thrown in there for good measure because oh boy…there was enough sun to replenish my vitamin D reserves for the next year.I’m guessing all of you lovely readers probably have holidays booked particularly as we’ve now hit school holidays! That’s certainly what I start thinking about when July comes. I hope you all have a lovely time and find it just as rejuvenating as I did. I’d been functioning at 100 miles an hour, working way too much and not making enough time for relationships particular the most important one with my Husband. It’s been really good to take stock and realise how being obsessed with work totally clouds my brain and gives me tunnel vision. It’s unhealthy and I need for that to not sit right with me each day or at least listen when my husband tells me to slow down.I hope you enjoyed my little slice of Egypt. If you fancy joining in styling the seasons you can easily style a corner of your home and post it on your blog or twitter or instagram and useing #stylingtheseasons. Don’t forget to tag Katy and Charlotte who head up this whole concept. Then they can see your contributions.
OK, let’s talk about my sofa. No joke, it’s been bothering me for quite a while now, in all it’s brown and bulky glory! Whenever I walk into the living room each morning it offends my sleepy eyes without fail and I really have been longing for one that actually fits in with the rest of our aesthetic or at least doesn’t look like such an imposter. Don’t get me wrong, I was very thankful to inherit a free sofa when we got married and it’s withstood some serious wear and tear along with numerous spillages but try as I might I just can’t learn to love the deep brown colour and chunky style.
Prompted by Hive’s Coming Home campaign, I’ve once again been thinking about what I love coming home to. Last week I shared a recipe that always makes me want to run home and gobble it up. This week I was having a little ponder about what I love to come home to when I’ve been away for a longer period of time. When I go away somewhere warm, I actually never want to come home but there’s always that one niggling thing that doesn’t match up wherever you go away and that’s a good night’s sleep in your own bed! Other beds just never feel quite the same do they? Perhaps because you get so used to how squishy your mattress is. Even when I get to experience luxury (an infrequent occurrence) somewhere else, it’s still a little bit creepy to be sleeping in sheets that many a punter has been wrapped in!
I’m a big fan of coming home to my own bed. It’s not a pretty bed and the mattress is very old but it still calls out to me every time. Issue number one is beds generally reside in bedrooms and I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of our bedroom. A big part of that was because until recently it was always 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house. That may be a teeny exaggeration but unless it was Summer, you were hit with a frosty wall of cold each time you crossed the threshold. The problem was that the top window couldn’t shut tight and so that left a pesky draft chilling the whole room. Since having that sorted out the room has felt a lot more inviting. It is however still destined to be a slightly colder room and I generally wasn’t at all in love with the decor. It seemed sparse and uninviting.
Obviously there’s only so much you can do in a rented flat. My dream of stripping the carpets and wallpaper and painting the walls and floors white are exactly that, a dream. So I settled for a little bedroom update to add some smaller touches, hopefully making it a room I wanted to be in as much as my bed.
Thanks for joining me for DIY no 2 as part of Keep Moat’s ‘Affordable Home Tips’ project. Each day I’m sharing a new idea to spruce up your home on a budget. Today I bring you this cute woven planter off the back of the huge weaving trend that’s been filling our Pinterest feeds for the last 6 months or so. Why keep weaving flat? This is a mini planter but you could easily make larger versions with different colours and threads woven through. You could get really creative with this one!
Look at this little guy brightening up the shelf! I’m imagining a whole shelf of them in different colour combos. I wasn’t sure how well the wire would hold up but it seems to have worked really well and what I love about this DIY even more is that it involves so few materials and they’re all things you’d usually find at home!