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One Seven Studio Personalised Print Review & Giveaway

One Seven Studio Personalised Print Review & Giveaway

As you know, I try to support local independent brands as often as I can. You’ll often find me at farmers markets picking up local produce, pottering around in little boutique shops searching for the perfect gifts and I’d much prefer to grab lunch at […]

Our day out at the Volks Weald Festival & Penshurst Place

Our day out at the Volks Weald Festival & Penshurst Place

We had the loveliest family day out yesterday at the Volks Weald festival and getting lost in the Maize maze at the hosting venue, Penshurst Place. I had never been to a car show before, nor to Penshurst Place so it was all a bit new […]

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

It has been almost 10 months since we moved into our little house on the High Street and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has flown. As you know if you’re a frequent visitor here, I found out I was pregnant just five days after we moved in and while we managed to add some personal touches here and there downstairs, our main focus was on our bedroom and the nursery in time for our little girl to arrive. Living Room Inspo

Now that she’s here, my focus has turned to our two main living spaces – the lounge & the garden – and so over the Summer I’m hoping to turn those from drab & dreary to bold & colourful. First on my list is the lounge and I’ve been busy scanning the shops online for ways to simply brighten up the most used room in the house!

We rent our home and so we are fairly restricted on what we can and can’t do when it comes to decorating, but that doesn’t mean we can’t accessorize and often that can make more of a difference than you might think. I’m opting for quite bold & bright colours and I am a sucker for geometric prints at the moment too. As we continue to make our house a home for our little family it’s important that it and its contents are protected and so we’ve been looking at ways to best insure it with a little help from chill.ie too.

Storage is something we really need more of in our living room now that Florence is here. Babies come with a LOT of stuff and each day our living room floor becomes a sea of baby paraphernalia, not to mention dog toys and other junk we tend to accumulate throughout the day. We already have one of these Form Storage Units from B&Q and we’re going to get another one with some of their bright coloured MIXXIT Storage boxes which fit perfectly inside. We’ll be able to easily put all of Florence’s toys & changing bits away and out of sight when they’re not being used.

Like most rented homes, the flooring here is a pretty drab brown carpet all the way through. In a bid to make it all a bit more exciting and welcoming I’d really like to add a large geometric rug like this one from Benuta. The creams & earthy colours will mean it won’t clash too much with the existing carpet and are still bright enough for the look I want to achieve. Plus a rug is much easier to clean than a carpet which is an added bonus when you have a dog & a newborn!

Cushions & throws can make such a difference to the feel of a room and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and patterns. Etsy is a great place to find handmade cushion covers from independent brands and you can often request custom designs too. I’ve got my eye on this one from Pebble Blossom Designs and would likely pair it with some block colour cushions from Next. Throws and blankets make a fab addition to your lounge and can revive a tired sofa super easily. This Alexandria throw from Wayfair looks super snuggly and I really like the bright blue chevron print.  I’d also like to add some curtains and possibly a bean bag or knitted pouffe for some extra seating.

Little extras like ornaments, vases & clocks can work wonders in bringing everything together in a room and again I’m looking to Wayfair for these. And who could resist this retro telephone from Red Candy?

 

Do you have any top tips for making your house feel more like home?

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Top Tips for Shopping the Sales

Top Tips for Shopping the Sales

It’s that time of year when the shops are filled with sales and if you’ve seen my latest fashion haul on my YouTube channel you’ll see I just cannot resist bagging a bargain when it comes to my wardrobe.. and Florence’s for that matter. Sometimes […]

Excuse the mess…

Excuse the mess…

Since Florence was born our house appears to have become the site of a mothercare explosion. There is rarely a day that goes by that my living room floor is not covered in toys, nappies, muslins & baby clothes. Our bedroom is the same, as […]

This time last year

This time last year

Today is quite a big milestone for me. This day, an entire year ago marked the beginning of a whirlwind series of events that changed my life. There were times there when it seemed all of my immediate hopes for the future had been pulled from under me.

This time last year I was down in theatre.  I’d been poorly for a number of months, my periods had become irregular, I was getting excruciating pain in my abdomen. I had been in hospital for just shy of a week while they ruled out appendicitis & an ectopic pregnancy and finally told me what I’d told them months ago – I had two cysts on my ovary. They needed to remove them.

We’d been trying for a baby for over a year, more seriously in the last six months and we’d had no joy. Being a Mum was all I ever really wanted. I remember saying to the surgeon as he introduced himself ‘please don’t take my ovaries away’. The truth was, there was no guarantee.

Thankfully, four hours later I was taken back to the ward with my ovaries in tact and the two benign cysts removed.

This time last year I was working for a well known car company, Sean & I were living at home with my Mum & sister and were busy saving money ready to move out by Christmas. Little did I know I’d be fired from my job for taking my prescribed sick leave as certificated by the doctors 2 weeks later.  It was then that I hit rock bottom. There was no way we would be able to afford to move and having a baby while still living at home was hardly practical. All of my plans were going to have to be put on hold.

After taking a month to do some freelance social media work for a friend, I was offered a marketing role at our local shopping center. It was part time and half the salary I had been on before, but it meant that I was back out there and we were able to move out in September. Five days after we moved in, I found out I was pregnant.

A year to the day later and here I am, sitting here in our home with my baby girl cuddled up on my lap and a whole lot of faith in the universe. Someone somewhere up there has got my back. If you’d told me we’d be here and blessed with the things we have today back then, I’d have laughed in your face. Actually, probably punched you in the face for being so bloody stupid. But the last year, my last year just goes to show that even when it seems like everything has gone to pot, things can change for the better as quickly as they changed for the worse.

Right now I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.Florence Ivy  14062017

 

Weekly Meal Plan #1

Weekly Meal Plan #1

I wrote last week about how we’ve reduced our food bill by over 50% and since I’ve had a few requests for an example of our meal plans. Meal planning has really helped us cut the amount we spend on food over the last few […]

6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

Now that I’m on maternity leave and about to take a bit of a cut on my income we have had to really cut down our outgoings ahead of our little one’s arrival and a big part of our budgeting consisted of reducing our food […]