A Job Well Done..

After more researching, saving and organising, the living room has finally been completed. It initially started with some damp rising up one wall – it looked terrible and we knew we would quickly have to get it sorted.

During a couple of days off I used rated people to find a local tradesman, the guy did a quick and decent job (with us receiving a 20 year guarantee) until one of their tradesmen left with a piece of sound original architrave. We tried to get it back but unfortunately it had been skipped – when one DIY job is done, ten more come about.

We quickly painted it after plenty of consultation with which share of grey/charcoal to use where. We finally made a decision and we’ve really happy. Our dining table arrived and looks the part, I just need to decide on an accent colour to brighten and lift the grey.

My initial idea was turquoise but now I’m thinking about yellow however I know grey and yellow has been a ‘thing’. I don’t want it to look dated and over the top/obvious. Decisions, decisions.

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Sewing Rebel

Conservatory = done. 

Thanks to my wonderful mother, on Friday I finished the final stage of the conservatory decor and made my first ever cushion! 

I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable; watching her work, learning tips and surprisingly, lots of shortcuts! I never thought my mum was much of a rebel, but if Patrick, from the Great British Sewing Bee, saw her work he would be utterly appalled! 

So we measured out the fabric, used pins as our guide and started cutting! Gradually, as I cut along this imaginary line the pins got further and further away! Next we set up her vintage Singer machine, which I loved. So retro! Watching her expertly set up the machine reminded me of riding a bike, you never forget! 

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After a few failed attempts at attaching the zip in a straight line the sides were a breeze! When we came to putting the pillow in the cover we soon realised the lady on the market stall was right after all and you don’t need an 18 inch zip for an 18 inch cover! Using a bit of hand stitching and it looks like a thoroughly professional job. The pillows look great and I think it was tied the whole scheme nicely together.

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And now time to relax! Or more like start saving and planning for the next room.

Finishing Touches

We maybe there! Finally! What started off as a simple update to our conservatory, has turned out to cause no end of annoyance!

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Unfortunately the wicker chairs took a bit longer than I would have like,d due to the fact the fabric dye didn’t take very well. I was hoping for a strong lavender colour but as you can see it’s not taken very well. This is the result after 4 times! We will see how we find them but it may mean making our own covers from scratch. The frame was meant to be light grey, I find it more duck egg blue therefore I may end up changing my mind again and going back to white!  At least they look better than the original. Bit more shabby than chic!

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Later today my mum is coming over to make the throw pillow covers with the fabric I found. I’m excited to try out my sewing skills again!

 

Oh How I’ve Missed You

As a surprise birthday present, my boyfriend brought me a subscription for Ideal Home magazine a couple of years ago. I used to love the day when the latest copy would arrive on my doorstep restricting my access into the house. After a year, I decided to stop the subscription as our previous houses’ decor was complete.

Not long ago, however we moved house. Until now, I have enjoyed spending time in the house without thinking about decorating but my lovely family are now starting to question my laziness! With an indecisive and overwhelmed mind I have struggled to know where to start. So Ideal Home is back! I’ve started my subscription again, with the  first installment arriving over the weekend.

The magazine is always filled to the max with a range of fresh ideas, and sitting down to read it, with a cuppa this evening really helped me relax after a busy day at work. Hopefully, all these beautiful interiors will impressive my friends and family when I implement them throughout the house over the course of the year. Here are a few of my favorite:

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It’s Arrived!

Finally I’ve made a decision! After trailing the internet and local fabric shops, which resulted in finding a lot of uninspiring fabrics, I’m absolutely chuffed with what arrived this evening!

Recently I acquired two weaker chairs which are destined for our conservatory. The fabric is very faded but still of high quality, so the plan is to dye these and use new material to make some cushions.

Fingers crossed the dying process works but at £5.99 a packet it’s worth a try. This decision was made mainly due to the fact the only fabric I liked was £37.99! Luckily after a quick check on the internet I found it for £25. Understandably, this is ridiculous, but fingers crossed it will be the only expense for the whole room (except paint) and I think it will tie the whole room together.

I Just need to find some free time where I can borrow my mum’s sewing machine and have a go at putting into practise all that I learnt on a recent sewing day. Can’t wait to get started! Here is the beautiful fabric; it’s a Blendworth fabric.

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The Devil’s In The Detail

Recently, my evenings have involved a brilliant interior design programme called ‘The Great British Design Challenge’. At the end of a long day I looked forward to my fix of interior design in gorgeous properties, style ideas and craft inspiration. But unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and this week I have been at a bit of a loss as to what to fill my time with.

As a result my Pinterest viewing time has increased! However, eventually I stumbled upon an idea, using my new found inner interior designer; I made a mood board. I printed off all the pictures I liked of conservatory décor and collated them in a scrapbook style ready for when my ‘Project’ is finished. 

I’ve never been this organised before, is the devil in the detail or is this going to help save costs and make for a smooth renovation? Either way I can’t wait to get started, I’ve been inspired to get my paint brush out again!

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