Five Things to Think About When Tackling Home Decor Projects

Redecorating is not a task that everyone looks forward to doing. DIY is something that many of us find a bit daunting.  After all, not everyone has the time, skills and cash needed to make a good job of redecorating. However, as you will see, with the right mindset and approach all of these perceived issues can actually be overcome.

Look for the easy option

The first thing you need to do is to always look for the easiest way to get the job done. You do not necessarily have to take the same approach as everyone else does. For example, to avoid having to get down on your hands and knees to repaint the skirting every time you redecorate just install some new ogee skirting board instead.

*collaborative post*

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Great British Food Festival

Almost 2 weeks ago I was invited to the Great British Food Festival at Castle Howard just outside of York. I’ve never been to a food festival before so I was quite excited as Castle Howard is only a stone’s throw from where we live.

On the 29th and 30th of July, Castle Howard played host to the festival and despite the weather not looking overly fantastic, the day stayed clear and dry. I took Bobby as my plus one of course as he’d have been pretty miffed if I hadn’t taken him to anything food related.

We were invited by the lovely people at Tastecard and after arriving, were shown to a tent set up exclusively for a bloggers challenge. As more bloggers arrived with their +1’s and we were all seated and offered a glass of bubbly (don’t worry I didn’t drink), it was time to hear about the challenge.

On the tables in front of us were a plate of cookies and lots of different items for decorating them like sprinkles and icing. We were tasked with decorating our cookies into a form of our favourite foods. I chose to design some small round cookies into doughnuts given its firm fixture as a pregnancy craving of late. Bobby got a lot more creative and turned a gingerbread man into a Mexican with a poncho and created a whole beach scene on his plate complete with a taco shaped cookie in the man’s hand.

Why all the effort you ask?

Well up for grabs was first prize of a £50 Pizza Express voucher, second prize was a Kenwood Spiralizer and third was a lifetime membership to Tastecard.

There were lots of great designs and I am pleased to say Bobby won 1st prize and took away the gift card with a smile on his face. I didn’t know he was so creative.

After this we were available to roam the festival and check out all the great stalls, food and activities they had going on. The smells from some of the stalls were fantastic and it was hard not to want something from all of them. We ended up getting something each from different stalls; Bob got a pulled pork sandwich from a Jack Daniels smoker train and I purchased an amazing chicken Quesadilla. We were both too greedy though and forgot to take photos but it was a big thumbs up from us both.

The festival had so many things to see and do, whilst I could waffle on, here are my snaps so you can see yourself.

As you can see, lots to enjoy and as the day progressed, the festival got busier and busier.

A huge thank you to Tastecard for inviting us along and for the fantastic prize which we will hopefully enjoy before Baby’s arrival.

Laura x

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Inspired Wallpaper with *Giveaway*

Having recently spent a whole week turning our office into a nursery, I have found myself either browsing websites online looking for inspiration or browsing the aisles of hardware stores to find something or other that we need.

There is only one room in our whole house that has a feature wall with wallpaper but it’s something I have pondered over when decorating the nursery or thinking about revamping a room in the house for the future.

Inspired Wallpaper is the official home of 3 great British wallpaper brands; Crown, Coloroll and Vymura.

Collectively these brands have been providing inspirational wall fashion for over 100 years and their designers are known for creating innovative products. When browsing the site, you can choose between searching by colour, room or even by style.

To celebrate finishing decorating, I have teamed up with Inspired Wallpaper to giveaway a £75 voucher to use on their site. This is UK only and the competition will last for 7 days via the Rafflecopter below. I will then draw a name at random and once contact has been made with the winner, Inspired Wallpaper will liaise with them directly to sort out the details. So happy entering and Good Luck!

Laura x

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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