Wishlist!

Recently I had the joy of spending some of a Saturday afternoon with a beautiful friend of mine that I don’t get to see as often as I would like. After catching up over a Starbucks we decided to have a mooch around the shops, our setting was Whiteley a lovely little outdoor shopping centre just off the M27 in Hampshire. With a range of high street stores, coffee shops, restaurants, a cinema and free parking for 4 hours you can’t go wrong!

We haven’t shopped together for a LOOOOOOONG time and it was lovely to (for me) do some window shopping! However, it mean that I have ended up with a wish list as long as my arm of things that I want need to spend money (that I dont have) on!

So, I thought I would share with my current wish list, because it will continue to grow haha!

Recipe Book – Paperchase £6 – It’s perfect, it has space for the ingredients, the method and any notes you want to make, like its your partners favourite or if it was good to make when you had friends over!

Winter Coat – River Island £115 – I don’t need a winter coat, I need a transitional coat. BUT when I saw this my heart just skipped a beat it is BEAUTIFUL! However the price tag is slightly out of my league, that didn’t stop me trying it on & honestly if you need a new winter coat BUY IT.

Denim Pinafore – Topshop £36 – I have one similar from Primark in Black, but there is something about this one that I love and I feel its perfect for all seasons! I have never been a lover of Topshop as I have always felt too large for their clothes, but I would definitely consider making this purchase!

Chevron Leather Skirt – Marks & Spencer £27.50 – I love a skirt at winter, teamed up with tights boots and a nice top and this is perfect for that. I dont often shop at M&S for anything other than undies and good food, but perhaps I need to check them out more often!

It’s just a small list, but an expensive one! I doubt I will get any of these items – but a girl can dream right?

What have you got your eye on in the shops at the moment?

Emma xx

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A Secret Room

Most homeowners have a secret room, although its often called a loft/attic/basement etc. When we first started looking at houses this time last year, one came on the market that had boarded out their loft and it was turned into a walk in closet and the pictures looked great (you could only access it from the master bedroom). We joked and said we would change that to a cinema room & unfortunately it kind of stuck…..so when we really started to look last September we always had it in the back of our mind that we wanted a loft that we could change into a room.

Now, we are no where near being able to afford to fund a loft conversion and although we would love a cinema/TV room, we have both said about making it into a large master bedroom with en suite too. But, there is no harm in dreaming right?

 

"Here's to the ones who dream, as foolish as they may seem." // La La Land

So I have been doing some research on what we could do with our loft space and there are some fantastic idea’s out there….here are just a few…

How lovely would that be! Although there is a bit of work to do before then which is fine and we will figure it out although in the mean time I think it would be great to look at some practical ways to use our storage space up there. There are some great idea’s out there as to what you can do with your loft to improve and have practical storage space. It all depends what you are looking for and what you store in your loft as to what is right for you, but here are some ideas that I think we will adapt to our needs…

Well that was another small insight into our DIY adventures and our hopes for the loft!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xx

Our Shade Of Grey!

We always knew that our Front Room was going to be one of the first to be decorated as we found the brilliant white to be so clinical and unwelcoming. However, deciding on how we wanted it to look was proving to be something of a nightmare!

We brought a gorgeous black leather sofa from DFS back in November (my dad kindly modeling for us below) and it was delivered mid January, so its pretty much a big statement piece itself. We needed something that wouldn’t be too over powering with our sofa and also compliment it well.

After possibly 20 different paint samples, we narrowed our choices down to wanting Grey…..I kid you not, there are about 50 different shades of grey to choose from! We (me mainly as he was often at football) picked out 5 that we thought would go well in the room and not turn the room too dark. The 2 favourites were Chic Shadow and Goose Down by Dulux. We both felt that Chic Shadow was a bit too dark against the sofa, so decided Goose Down was our choice of colour. So with that in mind, we then just had to decide what to do with the Chimney Breast, do we have a painted feature wall or mirror what we have done in our bedroom and wallpaper? Here are some pictures we pinned on Pinterest for ideas….

It took us a while and when I say a while, I mean about 15 different wallpaper samples to finally find the one we liked. I am not sure what drew us to it or why we both liked it (ok for me it was that it had a touch of sparkle), but we both saw it at Homebase and said Yes, that’s the one. I don’t even think we brought it home to “hang” and see if we liked it, we just brought it there and then.

Once we had everything, we wasted no time and set to work one early Saturday morning. With a couple of issues with the wallpaper, we had everything done and finished and the front room put back together by the Monday evening! However, we soon realised that we needed to upgrade my TV Stand that I had brought with me as the style didn’t really go with the room and it didn’t match our nest of tables we had brought earlier in the year. Matt did some bargain hunting online and managed to get a new TV Stand half price at Debenhams! I am guessing you want to see the finished product?!

Well it’s semi finished, a bit like our bedroom! We want to get a nice big mirror for the chimney breast, a new lamp for behind the corner of the sofa as well as some pictures up on the wall. We are fussy and like to take our time over things to make sure we get the right stuff. However, I have been thinking recently about black and white photo’s in black frames will look quite nice behind the sofa.

Just like the bedroom, as soon as its 100% finished I will defiantly show it off to you all!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xxx

Pay Day Wishlist

This post was originally meant to be about the Seafood Festival at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth that Matt & I attended last Saturday. Unfortunately it wasn’t that good and 100% not blog worthy! However, whilst looking round the shops I really wished it was payday and I had some spare cash to spend…..

With just £15 to my name and just enough fuel to get me to and from work for the next 5 days when I wrote this, I decided I was going to do some dreaming about what to spend my money on next month!

So, everyone has bills to pay each month and savings (mine is for Canada next year) but after that most of us have a bit of money to play with. For me the amount of play money I have depends on how much I am saving that month and that all depends on how much I have dipped into my savings the month before hand haha!

But this payday, I have some plans and things I want to buy!

  • A new dress for Goodwood Races in August. The theme this year is navy and white – I am thinking a white dress, joined with a navy bag and shoes. Perhaps something like this one from New Look.

  •  Chrome Nail Polish by Sensationail. I really want the silver and cobalt blue one – I love how they look! A bargain for £6.99!

                        

  • Birthday Goodies for my best friend. Its her birthday towards the end of July and I always try to get something that she wants and a little something extra.

 

  • Plants for the garden. I love our garden BUT its crying out for some greenery and colour! I got some terracotta pots a month or so ago, so I just need to get something to go in in!

So only a few little treats, but sometimes that’s all you need to make you feel happy a few little splurges here and there dont hurt anyone! That reminds me, I think I will need to pick up some smellies too and maybe take Matt out for dinner or drinks one sunny evening too!

So what do you like to spend your fun money on? Is it spent on take outs and drinks out of an evening or perhaps a new wardrobe each month! Why not sound off in the comments below so we can all have a natter together!

Keep Smiling!

Emma

xxx

A Place Of Calm

I am probably not the first person that when moving in with their beloved had a certain idea as to how things were going to be decorated, but when it comes to reality you need to find a happy compromise. As you can see from previous posts, our first “project” was the bathroom and we love our bathroom – or shower room – now, its perfect for what we need and I sometimes forget that we ever had a bath in there!

BUT, before the bathroom was even done we had the wallpaper for our bedroom picked out and brought. The paint samples sat on our chest of drawers for weeks on end and nothing to get us going. Then the rain came……it hindered our house warming plans over the first Bank Holiday in May and Matt decided late Sunday afternoon that we were going to start decorating the bedroom.

With help from both sets of parents loaning us their DIY tools and knowledge, the bedroom was painted and back to normal by the Thursday (thank god we have a spare bed!). It was so nice to add a touch of colour to what was a brilliant white, clinical feeling room. We decided on Duck Egg Blue wallpaper, I am not sure if it was the colour or the pattern that drew our eyes, but it was quite possibly the first thing we have both agreed on instantly.

 

We are really lucky with our bedroom that we have a chimney breast to act as a focal point and we knew that we would have that wallpapered with our feature colour either side. It wasn’t until we went to buy our paint that we realised we had no clue what to do with the other walls. I knew that I didn’t want all the walls to be duck egg blue, but I didn’t want them to be a pure white or cream either. So, we had a look at what “off” white colours were on offer and went with a Moonlight shade. When you look at the walls initially they do look white, but a warm white, its only when you look at the skirting boards (painted by yours truly) and the walls together that you can see that they aren’t pure white.

 

Personally, I feel we have done really well to create a calm and peaceful bedroom. Its somewhere that feels naturally relaxing when you go in and there is no bright colours in your face when you wake up, its all feels very soothing. We are lucky that the front of our house is east facing so our bedroom only ever gets the natural light in the afternoon/evening, so our bedroom and lounge for that matter never get hot.

There are still a few finishing touches that we need to do to our room, I would like a nice round mirror on the wall next to my side of the bed so I have somewhere to do my make up & hair. We also agreed that we would like a collage of photo’s of just us on the chimney breast (although I might suggest that goes on the wall nearer to Matt). Thankfully the previous home owners left the light fitting unexpectidly so we dont need to change that, but we could do with some new lamps on our bedside tables (our current ones were only £5 from B&M).

Now all of these finishing touches seem pretty straight forward don’t they and could probably be done in 1 trip to either B&M, The Range or maybe even IKEA – however Matt and I are truly indecisive and like to make sure we consider all our options before committing to anything. Soooo the bedroom might be finished by Christmas haha! So although I can’t share with you the true finished product, this is as good as its going to get for a while!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xx

Bathrooms…..

Hello!

Sorry my blogging is a bit all over the show at the moment, I am very much enjoying being a home owner for the first time and everything that it encompasses! Our first few months (they have gone super quick!) hasn’t been without its problems, mainly as I know most people find, we had to get a new boiler! Thankfully it hasn’t put us too far behind with the projects we want to get done this year so we can have a year of rest and adventures in 2018!

Our first project this year was the bathroom, we haven’t been blessed with a big bathroom, but that wasn’t something on our wishlist. Neither of our parents homes have large bathrooms, so its never something we have been used to really. It had everything we needed and was fully tiled with large white tiles and lovely black sparkly floor tiles, but the one thing that was wrong was the size of the bath!

There was no chance of Matt getting in there for a bath, I tried twice, maybe 3 times to have a nice relaxing bath with some of my favourite bath bombs from LUSH, with no avail – I was too long! I have never had that problem before in my life! So, we used some money that we had been given when we moved in combined with our savings and decided we would strip the bath out and have just a shower unit.

I had 2 requests…..mosaic tiles and a rainfall shower. I managed to get one of my requests fully but the 2nd had to be compromised. But I really don’t care as the finished product is amazing – I have never been so excited about having a shower in all my life hahaha!

 

So I want to show you our finished product – here are a few pictures and I will share with you below where we purchased some of our bits, so you can recreate a similar look in your own home!

Not Much Has Changed Here, Just A New Unit To Store Some Bits!

 

Aaaaah! Our Beautiful New Shower Unit!

 

Gorgeous Tiles & Shower
Our Little Towel Rail!

Don’t you just love it! I am so pleased we managed to get our finishing touches this weekend and can start to make the finishing touches to the garden and make a start on the next room!

So where did we get our stuff from?

Our new unit I purchased (and put together) this weekend is from The Range, it cost £34.99 and has 1 shelve in there. It perfectly fits all our cleaning products and spare shower gel, toothpaste, spare toothbrushes and general bathroom necessities! Unfortunately I can’t find this on The Range website, but I am sure if you head to your local one they will have this one or something similar.

I love our toothbrush holder! Its from Asda and cost £7, its a lot heavier than it looks and I love the granite look that it has. Our Shower Caddy is also from Asda, its rust free which is great and came with 2 stickers so it can be attached to the wall. However, at the moment we aren’t fussed on having it on the wall. It was a bit expensive at £15, but as its rust free which is something we were really keen on, so worth the cost!

Our lovely shower is by a company called Mira, its a Mira Agile model which you can buy directly from Mira at £459.60 with a 5 year warranty. Our Shower tray is also from Mira, because of the size of the room ours its an unusual size, but its Resin Stone, so its strong and well made too!

Now, for our tiles! We had to get some new white tiles which don’t quite match, but I am hoping it isn’t glaringly obvious when you look at these photo’s. They were just basic tiles on offer, I think £10 for a pack of £10, we over brought so were able to take a pack back, which is always a bonus! Our grey mosaic tiles are not mosaic at all. Its a full size tile that is mosaic effect, its £15 for a pack of 10, its an ideal option for anyone who loves mosaics but not the hard work of tiling them! All our tiles were brought at Homebase and as I mentioned previously if you have a full unopened pack, you can return them and get your money back – so my advice would be buy more than what you need, just in case and return any unused packs!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed a little insight into our bathroom!

Love

Emma xx

Sweet On The Inside

Is it just me or are there Pineapples everywhere at the moment? It feels like every shop I go into and every time I have a browse through Pinterest, there they are. I wonder if this song that my nieces are obsessed with have anything do do with this new craze?

Whether you are looking to include them in your home decor, your wardrobe or perhaps a new item of jewelry you can pretty much pick anything up to suit your style. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Pineapples, well apart from when they make your tongue fuzzy – does anyone else get that? Or is it just me?

Well,  I have been sucked in to the Pineapple trend and have even thought about including some pineapple decor in my redecorating plans, if you are following me on Pinterest you will notice I have done a slight overhaul on my boards and have become a frequent home decor pinner recently.

I wondered how many of you have also thought about bringing this new trend into your homes and wardrobes and thought I would share with you some things I have found or even brought recently, I know that blogs are worldwide, so all of these items are UK based so may not be available overseas.

Sweet Smelling Home

I love nothing more than burning candles and creating a lovely fragranced home so it is no surprise that Partylite has been part of my shopping routine for many years now. Just before Christmas my cousin (who is a consultant) hosted a party for my mum and knowing that I was moving out soon I took a look in the book for things for my new home. I fell in love with the smell of Pineapple Sugarcane. Partylite describe this fragrance as

A Summer Fizz Of Lush Pineapple And Crisp White Coconut Meet Sun Ripened Peaches And Pink Papaya In A Heady Coastline Cocktail.

Image Courtesy Of http://www.partylite.com/

I brought the 3 wick jar when it was on offer, I think it only cost me £15 at the time, when we first moved in it was the only thing I would burn and everyone commented on how nice it was, as I am sure you can imagine I was gutted once I had burnt the lot in just over 4 weeks! I am definitely going to be ordering another Jar, they are just £19.95 for a jar which Partylite advise lasts between 24-45 hours. The one thing that has always frustrated me with Partylite is that you used to have to order at a party, but now you can buy online through your consultant. The cost is no different, there is just a charge for postage & packaging, but its £3.50 no matter how much you buy! So I am going to buying online through my consultants website, why not browse yourself – just click on this link!

Heart Of Gold

We were in Homebase the other week buying our new tiles for the bathroom (they are totally gorge by the way!) and decided to have a look round the wallpaper section, trying to find something to go in the Kitchen and I stumbled across some wall stickers. They were mainly for nurseries and kids rooms, but I spotted some lovely gold polka dots which I thought would go nicely in our smallest room (I want to claim that room as my closet – I have no chance), when my eyes spied some cute gold Pineapple stickers. I am not overly sure what I want to do with our spare room, but I thought they would go quite nicely with the furniture we have in there at the moment.

The pack costs £9.99 and for that you get 40 gold stickers, which should be just enough to cover a small wall, or perhaps get 2 boxes and create a border around the room. It works out a lot cheaper than buying actual wall paper and according the website they are easily re positional as well. I have been hunting through Pinterest for some inspiration as to how I can include these in my decor for the spare room and I love this idea.

Cherish Your Memories

I love my photos and I love nothing more than displaying them, I am yet to update my frames and get them up around the house but I have some things up my sleeve and just biding my time. I have a soft spot for black frames, but every so often I like to mix things up a bit and what a perfect way to this with this £10 Pineapple frame from Sass & Belle on asos. It’s perfect for the hallway or a teen bedroom, ideal for displaying your favourite picture of you and your loved one.

Wear It

Perhaps your looking for something a bit more subtle that you can mix up with your spring/summer wardrobe? I found this cute earring set on the Forever 21 website, 3 different stud sets for just £3! Perfect for that trip to the beach or cocktails with the girls.

Maybe a new charm for your bracelet? Hit up H Samuel to get your hands on this GORGEOUS Chamilla Pineapple charm for £45. I think is adorable and I know people that have added Chamilla Charms to their Pandora bracelets and vica versa, so why not!

Eat Me!

I love pineapple especially at our local Brazilian restaurant when they warm it with cinnamon its lovely. I have found these lovely sounded recipes on line that I thought you might want to try too!

The Beach House Kitchen’s Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Slices – how lovely do these look and if you were to use dark chocolate it would definately be a healthier snack.

The Stay At Home Chef has done wonders with this reciepe, Pineapple Pancakes with Coconut Syrup! I can just picture myself sat in our garden, the morning sun beating down on me whilst I sit eating a plateful of pancakes and a morning cocktail (why not – I am on holiday in my dream). I cant wait to try these!

Well, I hope I have given you all some inspiration as to how to bring some Pineapple sunshine into your cold wintery Febuary! I love the winter and definately prefer being cosy, but there is something inside me that just cant wait for the weather to get a little bit warmer!

Love

Emma