Taking advantage of the Garden

It’s been absolutely stunning weather of late and despite being 6 months pregnant, I’ve tried to take advantage of the nice weather and get in the garden. We are super lucky to have inherited a beautiful garden when we bought the house last year and have made sure we’ve kept up with maintenance as not to ruin the aesthetic.

Now we’re into summer time and spending more time in the garden with friends round the BBQ, it’s got me thinking about how to make the garden more of our own instead of inheriting it from someone else.

We’ve planted a lot of new flowers and moved some bulbs round to fit our liking and don’t worry those ball shrubs in the picture have grown back in volume and look beautiful.

We also inherited some garden furniture when we moved in which was fantastic as it was summer when we got the keys but now I think it’s time to start looking at new furniture that suits us a bit more.

I’ve used Fishpools before when browsing and buying homeware/garden accessories so immediately I thought about them when getting some inspiration. One of my favourite garden looks is Rattan furniture and they have a fantastic range of dining sets on offer; meaning plenty to choose from.

My 2 favourite sets that they do are:

Margarita Round Rattan table with 4 chairs in grey


Margarita Grey Rattan Sofa Dining Set with Ice Bucket

You can get bigger dining sets than these but as much as our garden is large with a big grass/plant area, the patio is not huge and we have a BBQ so we wouldn’t want anything that took up too much room.

As well as Rattan furniture dining sets, they also sell a range of garden accessories, lighting, daybeds, sun loungers and parasols. You can literally get everything you should need for your garden in one place.

Due to baby Moore arriving in 4 months time, the urge to spend money on the garden may have to take a backseat until next summer now but this site will be the first place I go to when planning to spend.

Laura x

(This has been a collaborative post with Fishpools, all content is my own as usual. The 2 photos of the dining sets have been taken directly from their website)

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Adding some colour to your kitchen

Nowadays Pinterest and TV shows are full of white or grey kitchen that look ultra sleek and modern but have virtually no personality in them. I admit that growing up, I dreamed of owning one of the kitchen’s in the TV adverts with all the hidden compartments and gadgets, but now I own a whole house; it’s not always achievable.

We are very lucky that our house isn’t dated and required virtually no work when we moved in. Our kitchen is neutral with cream cupboards and wood effect surfaces. Our hob, cooker and extractor fan are built-in so we had very few appliances to buy ourselves. What this did mean was trying to put our stamp on a home that was already in effect ok and this meant many a trip to the home stores to find the right kitchen accessories.

You can definitely go overboard with kitchen stuff though so before you start your “bottom drawer” as the parents referred to it, have a think about what you might actually need. Things like cutlery and tea towels should be top of the list before you stock pile on champagne toppers in different colours.

If you do find your dream home and think “this kitchen isn’t very me” then there are a number of ways to tackle the situation.

1. Rip it out and start again – can be expensive unless you know people who can help with this sort of thing.

2.Upgrade the cupboard doors or work surfaces – not as expensive but still a cost if you’ve just moved into your home.

3.Give it some wow factor with other upgrades such as appliances or coloured splashbacks.

I have always loved the shiny coloured acrylic splashbacks that you see in new build homes or even the likes that large furniture stores/DIY stores have on display in their show models. This is a great way of adding some wow factor or an injection of colour if you want to brighten a white kitchen.

As you can see from the photo above, this is a great way to brighten a grey/black/white kitchen, and even if red wasn’t your colour of choice, there’s so many more to choose from. Think yellow, violet, blue, green and black if you want a sleek splashback in your already sleek kitchen.

These are some simple tips to add some pizzazz to a kitchen based on my own findings. As mentioned before, our kitchen is in a pretty good condition but maybe it’s one for the future DIY list.

Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post, all content is my own*

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Making your home your own

We were super lucky when we bought our home 7 months ago as it came with made to measure blinds in every room and the owners left them there. It meant not having to measure up all the windows to buy blinds or curtains and everything already matched the colour scheme in the house which we loved anyway.

We have left everything as is since we moved in, in terms of colours on the walls etc but now it’s getting closer to Spring, we have started to think about switching it up. Now I’m pretty straight forward and know roughly what I want in each room and how I’d like to change the bathrooms, but the thing I struggle with is curtains and blinds (hence why I count myself lucky I didn’t need to do it 7 months ago).

I never feel inspired with curtains and absolutely hate big heavy patterned drapes which seem to be in every home shop you look in. I have decided the right choice for me if I change them is to go for solid block colours and have found myself venturing online to find the right colours and fabrics. Direct Blinds have a huge selection of curtains as well as all kinds of blinds including roller, blackout, venetian and wooden blinds. Here are a few of my favourites from their curtain selection for my Spring home revamp and a glimpse into putting my own stamp on our home.

Ambassador Faux Suede Barley – prices from £25.95

Ambassador Faux Suede New Grey – prices from £25.95

Panama Popular Grey – prices from £34.06

You can see I like a lot of grey or neutral tones and personally I think it’s easier to add accessories for vibrancy to a neutral room than have a lot of colour in one area. I will be updating you as we go to show our progress and hopefully it will make a big difference to the look and feel of our first home.


Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post, all content is my own and photos are direct from www.directblinds.co.uk*

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