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book review / decorate with flowers by holly becker & leslie shewring

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book review / decorate with flowers
today i'm reviewing decorate with flowers by holly beckerleslie shewring. i actually won this book a while ago, but it was one i had wanted to buy at some point anyway as i love flowers, ideas and books. the perfect match, don't you think?

underneath the dustcover is a beautiful turquoise hardback, which, as a lover of turquoise i admire. also on the end-pages is a lovely watercolour pattern matching the one on the spine. i love little details like this!

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
the book is very well laid out, and well organised. it has chapters about different florals and scenarios they'd be best in, as well as little tips and DIYs for containers and ways to display. i love the moodboards throughout the book too, they really ...well, create a mood and have a good sense of colour that may help you find flowers that will really compliment your decor.

it feels like a lot of thought (and hard work) has been put into the look of this book, but unlike some other books this one doesn't fall on the content front! enough to keep you informed and inspired, but the kind of thing you can easily put down if you want to get started on one of the projects within.

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
whilst i feel decorate with flowers may appeal mostly to people who are into interiors and/or crafts, it's definitely worth looking into for a little floral inspiration and information. a book for beginners as well as those a little more immersed in the world of decor or flowers. if nothing else, it'll make you go into a little daydream about your perfect home and how you'd decorate it. or maybe that's just me.

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cable and cotton - cotton candy

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cable and cotton - cotton candy lights
besides the front room, our flat is quite dark. we don't get much light in the living room due to there being a house next door, and the kitchen has no windows, only the back door. also, because we live on a main road, it's quite a noisy place too. recently (and i don't know why we didn't do it before) we decided to start sleeping in the spare room.

oh my, so much quieter! but also the darkest room in the flat. because we don't really use it much, the only light in there is the ceiling one. that is until recently when these beauts from cable and cotton* came along. i've actually been a fan of cable and cotton for a few years now. i can't remember how i discovered them, but most likely through twitter - the place where i've found some fantastic businesses, big and small.

cable and cotton - cotton candy lights
i went with the cotton candy ones as i loved the pinks, purples and blues. it's so nice to have some soft lighting in there for the evenings when we sit in bed watching things on the laptop and they're just bright enough to read by too. i also like that they don't get hot like some lights do, though always best to be safe and not leave them on too long.

because you have to put these together to use them (super simple - just push the fairy lights into the holes in the balls) i like that you can then take them apart if you want to rearrange the order. gotta love when something is customisable like that, right? i will definitely be getting more in the future - probably a set with more lights - there's 20 here - as i feel they'd fill a space better. i really like the turkish delight ones!

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* these lights were sent for review - as always all words and opinions are my own!

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be the change you want to see

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be the change you want to see
paraphrased slightly from a gandi quote, which i believe in itself is paraphrased. (ive not done in depth research). i kind of prefer this one, though. i am totally not a person that relies on quotes to get herself by, rather i have a select few that are meaningful to me. this (paraphrased or not) is one of those.

anyway.

sometimes to 'be the change you want to see' can be a bit difficult because change takes time. sometimes it takes money too, and more often than not hard work is also required. but you have to be willing to change, and as long as you're okay with sometimes doing things little by little, then you will succeed if you really want to. to now quote hemingway - “it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ..because i feel realising that can help you towards change.

change can be just for you, it can be your community (blogging, friends, your local community) or it can be for the greater good - a bigger social change that you can help towards achieving.

i guess what sparked this is seeing so many people lately write about how the blogging world has changed. how they feel blogging 'isn't what it used to be' or that they feel there's too much content that's sponsored and the whole making money from blogging malarkey in general. that's a whole other matter though. i see people complaining, but so many seem so unwilling to be part of a change to make things better or even just to purely make themselves feel better about blogging.

don't be afraid to change what you blog about. if it doesn't feel right any more, perhaps take a break and re-evaluate. find new ways to make your content work for you. and if your passions change there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. things change. if you want to see more of something out there - more heartfelt written content, more unique product photography ...whatever it is. be the person to do it! nothing that iss worthwhile will ever come easily and if you work hard you will be putting what you want to see out there rather than contributing to something you don't feel happy about!

if you don't feel happy about what you see, be the change you want to see. be a leader. be courageous and be creative.

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