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Books and China – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

Good morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week enjoying what sunshine there was.  Today’s blog is the first in our new mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home and to begin, I’m focusing on books and china. I have a great deal of both which I love to use when I’m styling anywhere in my home. As we go through today’s post, keep in mind that you may not have exactly what I use.  What you will have though, is something very similar somewhere in your home. Something that after today’s inspirational post will have you looking at your own treasures in a different light.  So get yourself a drink, put your feet up and let’s get started shall we?
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A Front Garden Fairy Tale – how we let in much needed light

When we arrived at our new home back in December, the overgrown front garden reminded me of a passage from The Grimm Brothers fairy tale, Briar Rose...a large hedge of thorns (soon) grew round the palace, and every year it became higher and thicker; till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden, so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. Around our palace, ancient oak trees were silently blocking out much-needed natural light and we were sure there was a perimeter fence poking out from beneath the overgrown brambles and weeds.

Front of bungalow before any work e1502201858112 225x300 - A Front Garden Fairy Tale - how we let in much needed light

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Vintage, Pre-loved and Thrifty Decor in the Home

I’m very aware my blog’s tagline is …the story of a stylish renovation…and it occurs to me, one or two of you may be thinking where is this renovation then?  I have some exciting news to share with you.  Our submitted plans for the renovation have been acknowledged by the local council and a sign sits proudly out the front of our home telling anyone who cares to read it what we are up to. This feels a huge step in the right direction and our architect has worked very hard to put on paper that which was in two heads.  This includes from myself yet another dream I have had for a very long time… a log burning stove in our master en-suite bathroom. Cue much eye rolling.

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A Kitchen Makeover in time for Christmas

I remember viewing our potential new home with Mr M and the estate agent in a state of fuzz.  Rather like an old-fashioned sepia photograph, the visit was all a bit blurry and I was a little over excited. We had previously seen the dated bungalow and put in an offer but like so many others we’d viewed, we were outbid.  We were in our second rental property and we were desperate to find ‘The Right One’.

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An Easy Vintage Upcycle

Do you know what I mean when I say “I see my friends and family rolling their eyes and thinking what on earth is she going to do with that?!” Well it happens here often and it happened again recently on a mini break Mr M and I enjoyed together. I picked it up, he rolled his eyes and the assistant wrapped it quickly before I came to my senses. I’m not even sure the car had come to a halt at home, before the paint tins were out and I began the transformation. This week I’m talking about an easy DIY project anyone can do… if they have an old drawer hanging around. I’m going to show you how to turn this dreary vintage drawer into a centrepiece you will just love. And this week we have a lot of ideas and a lot of photos, so shall we get started?

Vintage wooden drawer 1 253x300 - An Easy Vintage Upcycle

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