New house!

I can finally tell you. We have bought a house!

Yippee! We exchanged contracts yesterday. I didn’t want to say anything until we got to that point in case it all fell through. 

It’s a detached house with a great plot and lovely, private garden.

I am stupidly excited that it has a carport of all things! But I am thinking of entertaining the little one on rainy days.

It doesn’t have many period features like our last house which you can see here.

But it has great space and great potential. We are hoping that, in time, we can seriously renovate the kitchen, opening it up into the existing living room so that it’s easy to cook and keep an eye on little one.

I have been resisting the urge to shop while we have been renting but I am looking forward to finding a few new things as well as unpacking our boxes, currently sitting in a garage, to rediscover all our old bits and pieces.

I thought I would share some of the things I have had my eye on lately:

This lovely Tom Pigeon print, £50

  
Quite frankly, I’d have any of the cushions from Mon Pote – these are both under £30.

   
 
And have a look at these little beauties from Mench Living…this side table is £30 and the utensils are £24.

  
  
Have a good bank holiday weekend!

   
 

Nice or nasty?

I am hoping to have good news on the house front very, very soon. 

We have been renting since December and because it’s always been a temporary measure I have had to hold myself back and resist buying anything house related.

But now I am starting to turn my attention to what our (fingers and toes crossed) future home might look like and what we could do with it.

I spotted this little low sideboard which is from The Family Love Tree on Instagram earlier…

  
 …and immediately clicked on the heart icon. If you read my blog, you know I love a spot of colour. 

The Family Love Tree is Australia based so I started hatching a plan for a masking tape IKEA hack.

Here’s another photo:

  
I duly sent it to my sister for her thoughts who replied ‘maybe a bit much?’

So I thought I’d ask you lot. Is this nice or nasty?

The cactus 

The humble cactus is having a moment. A quick look on etsy and you’re offered cactus cushions, cactus prints, knitted cacti, cactus fabrics. Yes, yes – we get it already.

I’m of the school of thought that if something is having a ‘thing’, it probably means it’s already on the way out. So I tend not to invest heavily in big trends. You might be better off going for a cheaper item or, even better, something DIY?

Anyway, here are my favourite cacti:   

I think this screen print is rather cute and would brighten up a bathroom or a kitchen diner. It’s available at etsy which is always a good source of reasonably priced artwork. 

 I am sure you’re seeing a lot of these decorating hoops at the moment. And if you’re handy with a needle and thread, a DIY project is a good way to introduce a trend without spending too much. If you’d prefer someone else to get on with the handicraft, again just head to etsy. This particular one ships from California so just wach out for extra charges.

  
I don’t tend to covet wallpaper with a bang on trend as I worry it will date quickly. But you can always buy simple updates like tea towels. And if you find one you really like, frame them! Again, etsy! This time, a Leeds based artist.

 And finally for the tea towel lovers out there, here’s another one which is available at blogandbuysale which, by the way, is a good little place to find products made by independent artists and designers.

Let me know if you’ve indulged in the cactus trend!