“Time flies” – that’s the motto that is etched in Latin on the top of my grandfather clock, or latest upcycling project, and in this case I really was having fun. This has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve done so far, and I owe it all to Art is Beauty Blog.
A few months ago I created a list of date night ideas for me and my husband. I promised I’d report back on all of the best ones and to kick us off I’m starting with something simple: a Make Your Own Pizza At Home night…
There’s something about kneading your own dough, getting covered in flour and listening to the calming rhythms of Italian music that’s incredibly romantic. The sun shining through into the kitchen whilst doing so was a bonus!
Eventually I will get round to telling you all about our honeymoon in New York last Christmas – we took so many photos so that’s going to be an epic piece that needs much consideration! But for now, as you may know, our focus is on finding a new house, and putting together some decorating ideas for when we get there. My latest mood board brings back all the memories of our once in a life time trip, with a New York Loft style for our bedroom.
If you take a look on Pinterest you’ll see this style has been done many times over. With industrial chic becoming increasingly popular, there’s plenty of inspiration out there. I love the industrial theme but my worry is that it could look too masculine, or a bit cold – for a bedroom.
So for our New York loft look I want to introduce a bit of colour.
As readers of the blog will know, I can’t quite resist the chance to upcycle something old into something unique and new. Today comes a very simple, yet very effective project using a box of old ribbons and a tatty old lampshade.
It’s so simple in fact – I don’t even have step by step pictures to show you – by the time I’d started experimenting with my ribbons, I was left with an end product. So let me try my best to talk you through it instead.
As some of you will already know from my previous post, hubby and I are looking to move house. I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do when finding a new home is to buy a few new bits and bobs to help put your own stamp on your new place.
I absolutely love the retro vintage interiors trend at the moment. So much so that I’m planning to incorporate it into our new home (whenever we find it!) I always like to theme my home decor, but something that I’ve struggled with in the past is bringing it all together as a whole. I tend to do a different theme in each room, with no correlation from one room to the next. With the new house I’m hoping to try something new, and try to bring all of the rooms together under one running theme. They’ll still have their unique colour schemes and own looks about them, but I’m going to try and have something that ties them all together. Challenge, set!
One of the easiest ways I find for decorating a new room is to create a mood board. It just helps to have all of your ideas together in one place so you can see if they’re really going to work together. So this morning (whilst I’m sniffling away in bed with a cold), I’ve made a start on two rooms.
I usually prefer to save my soup recipes for the winter months, but with the weather being less than average in the UK in the last week, I figured there’d be no better way to warm up than with a bowl of warming soup and a baguette of crusty bread and butter.
So tonight I turned to one of my trusted old favourites – a delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup – a recipe I had originally found in a supermarket magazine.
Well first off, Happy Easter – I hope you’re doing something nice (or if you’re looking at this in Easters of the future, I hope you have something nice planned!)
This Easter I really wanted to make a cake that was a bit of fun and a bit unusual – I didn’t want to do the typical Chocolate Mini Eggs cake. I had a look on Pinterest for some inspiration and I found this Chocolate Bunny Tree Trunk Cake concept. There were a couple of sites I saw that had done it before, like Juniper Cakery, but I couldn’t find a complete recipe that I wanted to use, so I kind of merged a couple.
After getting completely hooked on Kirsty Allsopp’s Fill Your House for Free (if you’ve never seen it, I strongly suggest that you make yourself a cuppa and find it on All4,) I went on the look out for cheap unloved furniture.
I found a tonne of great places where people were practically (and actually) giving away perfectly decent furniture. It’s scary to think some of this stuff could end up in landfill and be lost forever! I wonder how many buried treasures of this kind there really are in the UK…