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Always dreaming about that perfect home, and trying to make my current flat as good as can be. Posts about dream interiors, home decor finds and anything home related. Want to work with me on a post? Email me!

flamingo gifts | new in

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orla kiely flower mug

sass and belle moroccan tile coasters

all items ℅ flamingo gifts

ahh, a cuppa is extra nice in the winter, isn’t it? as well as filling a need for thirst, the warmth and comfort it gives is like a little hug. i mostly drink green tea, but there have been times past when i’ve popped a dash of brandy in (to ‘normal’ milkless tea) for a little christmas treat. add in some honey and you’ve basically got a hot toddy!

i’m the kind of person that believes the cup or mug (or glass) you drink from makes a huge difference to your enjoyment and experience. this orla kiely mug is not only enjoyable to me because it’s orla kiely print and i love orla kiely, but it’s bone china too and i swear tea is best from bone china.

also handy to avoid ruining your surfaces are some good coasters. i have some fantastic ones from block that i use every day, but it’s nice to have a bit of change, so these sass & belle ones will now come in handy ..and they look cute too!

poison tin and pill box

umbra storage box - brooches

umbra storage box

talk about coming in handy, the rest of these items are super useful too!

the poison pocket box would be perfect for business cards, little loose bits that you can’t fit in your purse but don’t want floating about your bag, or, what i’m currently using it for, stashing the £ that i’m saving for a new laptop. which feels like a time that will never come, but that’s a different story.

the pill box – conveniently in the shape of a pill – will probably become a permanent fixture in my bag as i always need to carry various tablets with me ..antihistamines, painkillers and more. it doesn’t have separate compartments but i just pop in a tiny bit of tissue to separate them. at least now i don’t have to worry about forgetting and carrying clunky boxes.

perhaps the most useful of all is the umbra storage box, which can be used for a multitude of things. i think it was originally made for make up storage, but for me (despite having a lot of lipstick) it’s come in more useful to store extra pens, brooches and general stationery items like scissors and my mini stapler. it has a handy compartment underneath too for even more storage. it’s now on my chest of drawers which house all my other art supplies.

flamingo have SO many things in their shop, and it would be a fantastic place to get some christmas and birthday presents for your friends and loved ones. i warn you though, it will be hard to choose!

affordable statement pieces for your home

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gold star lamp

star lamp ℅ graham & brown

sometimes, you really want a room to have that wow factor when you or a guest walks in, but having a limited budget kind of puts a dampener on that idea! i thought i’d compile a short list of items (and some tips) to add a bit of POW to your rooms without breaking the bank. all items cost less than £100, and would go with different types of decor.

some ideas:

– look out for sales and discount codes. signing up to newsletters often gets you 10% off your first purchase.
– look in charity and secondhand shops as well as places like ebay and gumtree.
– re-use and repurpose something you already own.
– statement doesn’t necessarily mean a big item. if your decor is minimal, you could opt for one fancy or more decadent looking piece to bring a focus to your room.

do you prefer your rooms to be a mixture of items with no particular focus, or do you prefer something a bit more simple, with statement pieces to add some wow?

mini bedroom makeover

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side table and mirror - bedroom makeover

i was sent vouchers for the purpose of this post.

it’s amazing how just a few new things can make such a huge difference to how a room looks, isn’t it? plus a sunny day helps too! some time ago we decided to use our small dark spare room as our main room, as we found the street lights and traffic noise from the front room meant we weren’t getting the best sleep we could. of course it’s a fab room for working in as it’s by far the lightest room in the flat, but come bed time you want somewhere dark and quiet. or, well, we do.

because it’d been a spare room for so long, we’d not really done much to it other than put one of my bookshelves in there and use the extra space for letting clothes dry when it’s raining outside. glamourous, i know. thanks to homebase i had the opportunity to perk it up a bit, and it’s definitely a nicer room to be in. i still want a nice rug and some thick curtains, but it’s a lot better than it was!

side table with plant and books

selection of art and illustration books

triangle pattern bed set - bedroom makeover

succulent plants

i think the two things that make the main difference (in terms of making it feel lighter and bigger) are the mirror and bed set. the mirror is almost opposite the window, so it reflects the light coming in, and because the duvet cover is mostly white that reflects some of the light too. we only have two bed sets so having another was my main reason for getting it though! another thing that made it feel instantly better was bringing some plants and i can’t for the life of me think why i’d not done so before. i have plenty so no harm in spreading them about right? plants make everything better.

i absolutely love the side table, and so glad i got that rather than a bedside table, but saying that i might actually move it and put it by my bed instead of the plastic-y thing i have there now. the mid century feel is totally to my tastes and an affordable way to bring a bit of retro into the home.

framed vintage marie france cover

marimekko wallpaper lined baskets

this cute french marie claire cover was begging to be looked at so i got a frame for it and put it atop a stack of magazines that have my work in. i also got a couple of baskets to put ‘clutter’ in – stuff like my inhaler, sellotape …things that are useful to have to have to hand but look messy just laying about. i cut into a marimekko wallpaper sample to pop inside to make it a little nicer too (secured with spray adhesive). easiest DIY ever! i did want to spray paint the baskets a different colour but decided i like them white.

how would you make over your room if you had the chance? would you make it look brighter, add a statement piece or use some smaller bits to perk it up?