Interior Design

Paintings – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

Welcome everyone to the final post in our five-part mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home. It’s been a while since we last met for inexpensive decor in this post, so let’s begin this week with a look at Paintings for the thrifty home. For many years I have said to friends “I don’t think I get art”. Paintings I mean. Oils especially. I don’t look at a painting and share that far off thoughtful look others have. Often I cannot fathom why particular paintings qualify as amazing art at all. Perhaps my art gene was replaced with the faffing one, who knows. Over the years though, I have collected paintings and prints that in time have grown to reflect my personal style. So I thought today I’d share with you a part of my ‘painting’ collection. I’m all set up ready; a private viewing if you like. So perhaps we should make a start…

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Faffing, the art of and another favourite pass-time in my world

Faffing: to spend your time doing a lot of things that are not important instead of the things that you should be doing. Mmm… not usual for me to contradict the formidable Cambridge Dictionary however on this occasion I must. Faffing: time well spent moving ones precious pretties around to create pleasing focal points of interest. Happy with that?  Me too. Rather like last weeks post Decorating Belle – a thoroughly enjoyable pass-time, faffing is a very happy way for me to spend time. Occasionally I get to spend a few uninterrupted hours faffing. Mostly faffing fits in around cleaning and household jobs and even more occasionally I get up very early and spend an entire morning faffing, just like I did on Saturday whilst the rest of the house was still fast asleep…

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Decorating Belle – a thoroughly enjoyable pass-time

Decorating Belle is one of my most favourite pass times. Ok let’s rework that sentence; decorating anywhere is the best way to spend time to me, decorating Belle is magical. I have a penchant for baby pink and soft blue in particular, so it’s been fairly simple to migrate decoration from around the home to Belles, creating a cosy workplace. Yet one year on I’m seeing way too many lovely interiors on my Instagram feed focusing on white alone and whilst I was never a huge fan years back, I’m fast becoming one now. Since I’m keen for our new home to be predominantly white with tones of grey, it seemed sensible (and thrifty) to me to use excess home decor in decorating the Shepherds Hut. I thought today I’d show you how Belle’s looking now that I’ve ‘settled in’. So if you’ve got your coffee handy, we could go now…

welcome sign e1510130509952 225x300 - Decorating Belle - a thoroughly enjoyable pass-time

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Renovate and Build – One step closer and a look back in time

Everyone, I have exciting news to share. This week we have received planning permission to build and renovate our new home. I have rewritten this introduction so many times in a bid to convey my excitement yet nothing works. It’s a huge understatement to say we are excited however, it will just have to do. We are now set to renovate extensively and build the home we have spent so many years dreaming of, in a spot we never dared think we would. Since we received this news, I have woken each morning with such a feeling in my tummy which is akin only to how I feel, each and every Christmas morning. We have so much to do to get ready for the build and renovation early next year. Before then however, I’d like to take you on a little trip back in time…

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Flowers – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

This week is the fourth part in our mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home and today we are looking at Flowers. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will know by now, I am a thrifty person by nature. I get it from my Grandmother I think, she of the ‘make do and mend’ era. I recall a weekly shopping exercise would involve my Nan walking up and down the local high street, to save a few pence on her washing powder. Thankfully for us of the ‘internet’ era, we are spared that way of shopping. Although there is no doubt that the ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves’ mantra taught me many a valuable lesson. Not least the ability to look at everything in a different light before I throw it away. And I apply this mantra to flowers too…

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