DIY Abstract Art

I’m a HUGE fan of Mad Men, so much so, that I have visions of turning my study into a replica of Don Draper’s office.

What’s a key feature of any Sterling Cooper office space (apart from the endless supply of alcohol)? Abstract art. Continue reading “DIY Abstract Art”


The Bathroom: Creating a Relaxing Space

The bathroom. My favourite room in the house. Partly because it’s the one room where I’m guaranteed a bit of quiet time (even if I have to pretend to be on the loo), but also because time in the tub is one of the few moments throughout the day when my mind isn’t switched on to work, how messy the kitchen is, or whatever challenge the little one has presented me with most recently.

I’ve most recently added a bit of personality to the walls, courtesy of these lovely Martha and Hepsie bird-themed prints. Is there any better time to have a tiny penguin reassure you that everything is going to be ok than when you’re relaxing in the tub? I think not.

Decorating Diaries

I’ve had a bit of a blogging holiday for a few weeks, after finding myself caught up in the busy world of homeownership.

This is a world where any extra pennies (of which there are few) are spent on paint brushes and picture hooks, and at any given moment I can be found staring blankly at a half finished room with paint in my hair. If I’m not doing that, I’m browsing online for the wallpaper that’s ‘the one’, and discovering there’s a whole world of lampshades and doorknobs I never knew existed. All this, paired with becoming increasingly pregnant (24 weeks and counting), has left little time or energy to write, and whilst in my mind’s eye I can envision every room immaculately decorated, the end is still far from in sight.

Even though we moved into our home four months ago now, work to make it our own has only just begun, due to some essential electrical work that had to be carried out first (watch out for my post on lessons I’ve learnt as a first time buyer).

In an attempt to stop neglecting my blog, I thought I’d share a few updates as I go. The first I wanted to share is this fabulous wall sticker I purchased last week, which we’ve put in what will be the nursery for our soon-to-be-born little lady.


Easy to put up, although a little fiddly, we were ridiculously happy with how this turned out. It’s completely transformed and livened up the otherwise very white walls of what’s currently our spare room. At only £10 in the sale from Mamas and Papas, it’s worth every penny. This, with the Scion little fox wallpaper we’ve chosen for the chimney breast wall, creates a whimsical woodland theme for baby (fingers crossed she doesn’t develop a fear of woodland creatures).


You may think the wallpaper is an unusual choice for a baby girl’s room, but I’ve never been one for anything pink and girly, and wanted the room to reflect our personalities and taste. I think this will add a splash of colour and fun, without being too ‘girly’, and should see us through a good few years. I got this from as it was slightly cheaper than other retailers (e.g. John Lewis), and because I also ordered our living room wallpaper I qualified for free delivery. The great thing about this is it’s ‘paste the wall’, which I would thoroughly recommend for any first time wallpaperers.

Still some ‘finishing touches’ to go (furniture and a carpet the key missing items here!) but decorating this room has shown me that a complete transformation can be pretty easy and inexpensive, with a little patience of course.



I Heart NY

So, as I mentioned in my last post, it’s been a bit quiet here recently due to a number of reasons, one of which being a week-long work trip to the US of A (alright for some, eh?), and then spending the following week recovering from a combination of jet lag and exhaustion, whilst still working 9-5. Now that I’ve had time to think, let me tell you a bit about my trip….

The work part took me to Baltimore for 4 days, which although was a lot of fun and a very productive few days in the office, I won’t bore you with the details as I saw very little of Baltimore itself (unless you count a rather crazy taxi journey from the station which involved more u-turns than I care to remember).

I was lucky enough to squeeze in a couple of tourist days around work, the first being in Washington D.C. I saw the White House (of course), and what felt like hundreds of Starbucks stores (there really s one on every corner) but have to say I was more impressed by my visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I only wish I’d had more time to explore this more thoroughly, and check out all the other museums in the area as well, as if the Natural History Museum is anything to go by they could have certainly filled a week on their own.

As a reward for my hard work, I headed to New York City at the end of the week, armed with some spending money, but unfortunately not an umbrella. Luckily I was travelling with my manager who I get along well with and have similar interests to, so there was no arguing over where to see (or would where to shop be more accurate?) on our whistle-stop tour of the city.

Arriving in NYC late after a severely delayed train journey, we quickly dried off in the hotel from the downpour we got caught in on the way from Penn station, but didn’t let that dampen our enthusiasm for taking in the city. With inappropriate footwear, a light jacket, and only a beret to protect me from the elements, we followed the bright lights to Times Square and soon forgot about our wet feet and numb hands.

The following morning we headed back to Times Square and hit a few shops on the way, my favourite new find being ‘Loft’ ( which I’d never actually come across before. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to go back and purchase the couple of things I had my eye on, but after browsing online I feel I’ll soon be rectifying that!

We filled our afternoon with a stroll down Madison Avenue, secretly hoping to be transported back to 1965 and bump into Don Draper or Peggy Olsen, but no luck on that front I’m afraid. We headed off down 5th Avenue instead, and found ourselves in Banana Republic for more time that we should have given our few hours remaining. (In my next post I’m planning to tell you all about my purchases from the store).

A bit more aimless wandering and a quick trip to Macy’s and JC Penney later, and it was time to head back to the station and travel to Newark for our flight home. It only took a few hours, but I definitely fell a little bit in love with NY while I was there, although after a hectic and tiring week was happy to be heading home.

Thanks for having me America, maybe I’ll be back one day!

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