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An EXCITING announcement and other updates

I know it’s been over 2 months since my last blog update and a  lot of people have been asking why the long halt. Well, my lovelies there’s a good reason for that and we have exciting news! druuuummm roll!

We are delighted to announce that come April 2018 we will no longer be a family of 3, WE WILL BE A FAMILY OF 4! We are super excited especially Joseph who is super eager to be a big brother and we all truly feel very blessed.

 

Hence I have not been updating my blog as unfortunately with this pregnancy I was having really bad morning sickness which included regular bouts of heartburn and acid reflux…..Absolutely horrid stuff. As soon as I hit my second trimester I got diagnosed with pregnancy induced sciatica which is no fun either. I have been such a hot mess and sometimes I found myself wishing why the heck I am not one of those women who just bloom beautifully during pregnancy. So yeah it has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride trying to save my leftover energy to look after my boy, our home whilst trying to be able to go to work at the same time. But hey, the baby is growing and kicking and that’s the most important thing.

We have not been idle with our house makeover either (well I have, Christopher has been doing most of the manual hard work. – but I am still in charge of Style and Design! ha!)

In my last blog post (Summer’s over and we are back on track with full steam ahead), I mentioned about the work being done in Joseph’s bedroom. As soon as Christopher finished prepping and painting Joseph’s room we moved on to doing up the master bedroom and the third bedroom which will be the nursery.

Master bedroom:

Christopher and I decided that we want a feature wall in our bedroom and we definitely wanted to go bold! And currently, I am such a sucker for blues, specially blue-grey colour hues in combination with whites and dash of pinks. (and add here and there brass and woods).  So when I found out about Dulux’ 2017 colour of the year I felt like the luckiest girl as it is exactly the colour I have been looking for! And I got doubly lucky when Christopher said that he loves the colour too.

Dulux – Denim Drift and some inspiration pictures:

 

 

 

Here’s my lovely husband who unfailingly works so hard to make all my design vision come true. Every time I see how much hard work he is putting into making our house a home I really can’t help but think what I did to deserve such an amazing husband. (ha! sorry cheesy galore alert!)

 

I also managed to convince Chris to paint our old IKEA Hemnes pine bed in light grey to give it a fresher look and also to match it better with the feature wall. We used Dulux Polished Pebble grey. The grey is so subtle and soft I absolutely love it:

 

Nursery:

As for the nursery, it has been painted in Dulux Timeless white, the same colour as the living areas downstairs as we currently do not know the gender of the baby. Once we know it will be easy to accessorize and to add some pops of colours into the room.  The 20 weeks scan is this Friday so we can’t wait to find out whether the baby will be a girl or a boy. What do you guys think!? A BOY? or A GIRL?

 

 

 

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Which one, which one? Major RUG distress!

Now that we have finished decorating the living areas down stairs, it is time to design and accessorise! WOAHO!!! Exciting times! (I am so excited and I just can’t hide it! lalalala! )

In order for a room to have that “WOW” effect, you need to have a focal point right!? And you can use that focal point in working your way around accessorising and decorating your room. As we do not have a focal wall I have decided to place the focal point on the floor to anchor everything together. That’s when the big “RUG” comes in. Choosing the right rug is not easy, it is either you “make it” or “break it”. Plus I do not want to get this wrong as rugs can be ridiculously expensive.

As I can’t quite decide which pattern I like the most, YOU my dear readers might be able to help me out.

Below are mood boards I have created depicting how the rug will look like with pieces of furniture we have at home.

Rug A:

 

 

 

Rug B:

 

 

 

Rug C:

 

 

 

Rug D:

 

 

 

Rug E:

 

 

 

Let me know your thoughts, ideas and opinion!

The rug I will choose will of course be featured in a special “ROOM REVEAL” blog post.

So help me out dear friends by commenting down below. 🙂

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Interiors and Mood boards

Heeeello sunshine! The weatherman is quite generous with Bristol today. The city is actually basking under the heat of the sun. When the sun is out the world is such a different place, a better place so it seems….On my way to work this morning everyone that I walked passed were so friendly and smiley and even took the time to say “good morning”. As they say a simple smile and a friendly hello goes a long way….

On that note because I feel happy, this is the perfect opportunity to write about styles, lovely colours and mood boards.

Let us start with Pinterest….

I love Pinterest!! It’s the absolute heaven for collecting, organising and sharing different ideas no matter how outlandish they may be….and yes it works perfectly for me as it is currently my go to website to collate creative interior design and ideas which I can hopefully turn into reality within the humble walls of the house we have recently purchased.

The only downside and dilemma I have is that everytime I discover, “like” and “pin” a picture perfect styled space on pinterest, I can’t help but wonder: “HOW IN THE WORLD WILL I BE ABLE TO TRANSLATE THIS PARTICULAR STYLE IN MY OWN HOME? (….Heck I am just a mere mortal! Ha!) Also thoughts about the room size, budget, etc….come flooding in and it can be overwhelming! Also let’s be honest it’s not just the style and aesthetics I need to worry about, I need to think about functionality and comfort, BUDGET and how well everything will keep especially when having a little cheeky boy running riot in the house. (Ok, ok he is not that crazy…Just a typical little 🐒)

So within the design concept I need to somehow “MASH UP” Family – Functionality – Comfort and Style althogether.

Now how do I define and sum up my style?:

I do not want it too minimalist or streamlined, nor too boho or too shabby chicy ( I don’t really want to follow just one particular style trend)

Hmmm…I suppose I would say “Classic Contemporary” with a bit of “Scandi”, a dash of “Glam” and “Country beach house” elements to it. (Gah! that sounds intense – yup I have just mutated into an interior design nerd…After reading tons of design books and even going so far as to asking Chris to teach me how to use the AutoCAD…Which was a major fail as I simply cannot get into his structural engineering brain 😫)

I would like the house to be BRIGHT, CLEAN and COLLECTED! I would like it to be beautiful and yet approachable.

Let’s start with the colour palettes I have chosen. I absolutely adore BLUE and hues of blue! Back drop will always be neutral colours such as white, off-white and grey, with pops of colours as seen below. And I am in love with little bits of gold accents too 🙂 (ahhhh blues and golds go so well together. Of course it will be done in a very subtle and classy way) And to ground everything warm wood might also be a good idea (…Think: drift woods and wooden trays…)

And here goes my first try on digital mood boards….

Living/Dining/Kitchen:

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HP_DiningKitchen

Hallway/Mudroom:

HP_Hallway

Bedroom:

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What do you guys think? Do those mood boards translate the style I have described earlier? Which room is your favourite? Which one needs improvement? So dear friends do help me out, I am more than open for new ideas and suggestions.