Monday, 23 May 2011

I've moved!

Sort of!

We're expecting our first baby so I thought I would document the whole process here. I'd like to thank all of you who kindly followed my progress here ... I'll be giving updates of where we are with the house (frantically finishing off projects), my nursery inspiration and transformation, my obsession with beautiful children's products and a whole lot more at the new blog.

Thanks again!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

a new year and another ikea wishlist

Has it really been that long? We redecorated the living/dining room shortly after the arrival of our new sofa and chair. Found the perfect green wallpaper, attempted to hang it ourselves, gave up and hired a decorator! We purchased and painstakingly (thanks to my many errors when reading the instructions) assembled the expedit TV unit, which fits lovely into our alcove ... even though I had that moment of panic that it wouldn't fit, despite taking many measurements. We took a break for Christmas, in which we had most of our family across the threshold. And Mark started a fantastic new job.

It feels like I am just about getting my motivation to renovate the house back ... still to do is the kitchen, we mended and have made do up to now but it is still driving me mad! And on the list of 'things to do' are the bathroom and one of our guest bedrooms (not that we have a grand mansion with 8 guest rooms, we have 2 but we did the other one just over a year ago).

About ikea then ... I was a meeting for most of the day, but thankfully the venue was right around the corner from ikea. I thought it would be rude not to go and have a look. And judging by all the new things, it must have been around the same time as my last post that I was last there! With this in mind, I thought it was the best opportunity to update my (ever growing) ikea wishlist.

I immediately fell in love with the olunda alphabet picture, the structure is really good with some of the letters being raised from the background. Now where to hang?

The PS Sticka blanket would be a welcome addition to our room as it is still very cold here! It is photographed beautifully at doorsixteen. Another favourite was the edland bedroom series, in particular the dressing table. I love the classic shape updated with a matt grey finish.And now to the not so new, I would love one or two of the ung drill frames for our room.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

vivienne westwood for walls

Cole & Son has teamed up with the very eccentric British designer to release a wonderful collection of wallpaper! The familiar prints are here, from the squiggle synonymous with her pirate collection to the iconic VW bleached union jack. My personal favourite is Magnolia (shown at the bottom).

Prices are around £55 a roll ... now to find an empty wall!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

one year in

The 26th September was our first wedding anniversary. I can't believe how quickly the year has gone, it feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was excitedly getting ready to walk down the isle to say 'I do' to Mark (activities this year were slightly different as we awaited the arrival of our new sofas, more to come soon).

He really set the standards for anniversaries ahead by secretively arranging for our wedding florist to deliver an arrangement just like my bouquet. Major bonus points!

Mark, thank you for the past year, it has really been amazing and I look forward to many more to come.

Monday, 14 September 2009

on the way ...

Decision made on the sofa ... we have just ordered this vienna sofa in mulberry. I love the styling of it, a slight nod to Florence Knoll just like the leather karlstad that we looked at. We decided on fabric as it is slightly more resilient to cat claws!I love the contrast with green, and as we will be redecorating the living room I am now on the hunt for a lovely green wallpaper to go with it ...

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Two posts in one day ... I love this original artwork by jennysbakeshop via Etsy. Having a cupcake sounds much better than carrying on!


There is a distinct chill in the air ... and our heating has broken. Our brief summer has ended and autumn is here! I love autumn, the beautiful colours make up for the fact that the days are getting much shorter. With the lack of heat in mind I have added this welsh blanket by Jane Beck to my wishlist (which seems to grow longer and longer by the week). This would look fantastic in our bedroom don't you think?

And finally, we have made a decision about the sofa and should be able to give an update with lovely pics very soon! For now I'll get back to waiting patiently for the engineer who promises to fix our boiler ...