This weekend my partner is on a 2 day course, leaving me and the dog with some quiet time. I’ve been working so hard this week on website updates, newsletters and blog posts that I really just wanted to do nothing- all day long. Except I’m not that good at doing nothing and ended up cleaning my entire bathroom from top to bottom. This then led to me cleaning the whole house!
My plan after all this was done was to sit down, watch a film and relax. Instead, here I am blogging once again. I guess this is how I relax as I love to spend time in my little office writing, whilst my english bull terrier snoozes at my feet.
A while back, I was having a similar day to today and decided to take some photos of our little home but I never got around to sharing them. So today I thought why not add them to the Lifestyle section on my blog? 🙂
This is is our first house together and although we’ve (I’ve) completely made it our (my) own, I think my taste has changed as of late. The more time I spend reading about mindset and speaking with the talented ladies in my mastermind group, the more I have been drawn to luxury interiors! Which really isn’t like me at all. I now have an entire Pinterest board full of inspiration for my dream home. You can take a look at it here.
Although this house is a far cry from anything on my Pinterest board, I love it. I adore it’s cuteness and the way the light pores in through the windows. As a photographer, light is the most important thing and having a light filled home is a must. As you can see on my Pinterest board, I dream of floor to ceiling windows and open plan space so as much light can flow in as possible.
Last weekend I did actually have a de-clutter as I tend to collect a lot of useless bits and pieces- my favourite being glass bottles! I don’t know what it is about them but I always think they may come in handy one day for something or other.
Most of our furniture was either handed to us by various family members or I raided the loft at my mums house for anything that was destined for a car boot sale. I went through a faze of painting everything with chalk paint which looked great- till the paint started chipping off. Note to anyone who wants to start doing this: even though it states on the tin you can paint over ANYTHING without having to prepare the wood first, this is NOT the case! Always prepare the wood first! I have learnt this the hard way.
I also regularly search online and in antique stores for any old bits of furniture. I become very attached to furniture and this chair in our bedroom came with another 2 seater one the exact same which is now in our garage as we ran out of space! One day I will think about re-upholstering it as my partner isn’t a fan of the orange colour. Come to think of it, neither am I.
I have a friend who designed toilet roll holders and had them made in China and shipped over in batches. She sells them on eBay but let me have one as a house warming present. I gave it another coat of paint and covered the front with some fabric. Pretty cute I think.
One of my favourite pieces of furniture we have is our bookcase which I had made and once again, I painted.
I always wanted one of those old school telephones and I was so excited when ours arrived. I got people to ring us just so I could use it! Excitement slowly turned to annoyance as we realised having a phone like this limits you to the number of things you can whilst you are on hold listening to some cheesy 80’s music. Whenever we need to make a call where we know we may be on hold for a while, we now make sure we have everything we need for the next 30 minutes or so!
I have an obsession with wooden crates and I use this one to hide unsightly wires. This crate now has a houseplant on top which looks great. You can use these crates as bedside tables- stacking magazines and books inside. Like this…
I brought 2 of these foot stools back from a friends yard and gave them a revamp. The other one lives in my office.
Our kitchen was my least favourite room in the house when we moved in as it’s very modern looking with black tiles and granite worktops. It just so happened to be my partners favourite room though!
I got given the BIGGEST country dining table which I somehow managed to squeeze into this small room, along with a corner cabinet that I also restored. I gathered chairs from various places- one I literally found, one was given to us and the other two I bought in an antique store. This side of the kitchen now matches the rest of the house.
Finally, my little office space! This space gets changed quite a bit as it’s a really small room and i’m constantly trying to find ways to make more space. I recently transformed an old office chair with some new fabric to replace this wooden one I was using.
This room also doubles up as my dressing room!
Overall, we managed to move into our first home without spending hundreds on furniture. I love to up cycle old pieces and give them a new home. Do you have any tips or advice on ways you have revamped your living space? I would love to hear about them! Feel free to leave a comment below.