Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas at the turquoise door

The door
I like to create lots of Diys but more so around Christmas time, and this year was no exception! 
As it is the first Christmas in our first home I thought I would share some of the DIY ideas I do in my home over Christmas. The first being a wreath, I am lucky to have an amazing florist for an auntie so she came over to give me a little tutorial.
 We collected together some pretty things that could be included in the wreath , I knew I wanted to stick to silvers and blues to complement the door , it was pretty easy once we got started , using wires to twist holly and branches to the ring base before arranging the pretty decorations, finished off with a little ribbon to make a hook and finish with a bow! 
The perfect welcoming Christmas decoration.

The cards
Every year I make my own Christmas cards ( I think I take it a little too seriously).
This year I wanted to tie in with my metallic theme , so I collected together glitter, sequins, feathers and pom poms! 
I like to mix materials and techniques in my projects , I didnt want the feathers to be so obvious so I used metallic paint and printed the feathers for a dreamy subtle look , contrasting this with the cut foam glitter, holographic and iridescent oversized sequins and stitched zig zag lines to bring everything together.

The Tree
Again with the tree I wanted to mix lots of different textures/materials to create a mysical dreamy look. So I used vintage and new balbals and handmade pom poms in white a ice blue wool. I also used the feathers I had used for printing the cards for the tree by wrapping some metalic thread around the top with a little loop to hang on the tree.


Our living room is still slowly coming together so I didnt want to share the whole room but I am so happy with my little christmas DIY , I am especially in love with the tree its so dreamy and cosy, and the wreath makes me smile everytime I return home.
I hope you all have a lovely christmas! I would love to see your Christmas DIYS/interiors so comment below so I can check them out :)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

His and Hers DIY Bedside Cabinet

Another little DIY for you! 
I wanted to make really simple bedside tables but with a quirky symmetrical colour design. So George made these simple slim structures with enough room for one little shelf and a space underneath big enough to store books, Eventually I think they will be cool floating on the walls but we are not quite finished with the bedroom so thought it would be best not to attach them just yet! 

 Now They are all finished and painted I think it is really cool to see how we both use them and what we store on them! 

Georges is pretty empty compared to mine but I guess that is everything he needs! he has his phone on the little shelf, a couple of random books and I put his family guy slippers underneath as at a size 12 they are ALWAYS in my way

I like my table to display some of my pretty trinkets but also have everything I need to hand. 
One of my favourite things is my mini globe because when I was little I had a large globe bedside lamp and when I got nightmares my dad would tell me to spin the globe and where ever it landed was where I would visit in my dreams and stop me getting nightmares, im not sure what happened to that globe but my dad bought me this new mini one a few years back so its really comforting to have next to me. I also ave a few of my favourite books, notebooks for when I need to note down random designs or ideas that pop up in my head during the night, this cute little apple which I store my engagement ring in to keep it safe whilst I sleep and my cute little bird dish for other bits of everyday jewellery!
 Also a little mirror as I tend to do my make-up in bed before work! 

I have also attached a few photos of the whole bedroom because I am getting really happy with how it is looking, I still want to add a little colour and change the floor but it looks really clean and fresh with our new furniture mixed with our handmade bits to make it more personal. In the corner near the window I am working on a little 'dressing area' which I am excited to share with you!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Kitchen DIY

 I really wanted the kitchen to have an eclectic mix of different decorative glassware and mugs showcased in open shelving and storage, which we will get around to once we have finished the lounge! These little shelves were already here when we moved in so I thought I could utilise them before we get started on the kitchen with pretty glasses I have been collecting but really wanted an eye-catching quirky centre piece. 
Then I saw these cardboard letters on eBay for super cheap!
 All I did was use my trusty spray paint this time one with a metallic metal effect to make the cardboard letters appear much more expensive and eye-catching. 
I think once the kitchen is done I would like these hung vertical on the central wall so they are the first thing you see when you come over for dinner! 

Hope you like this quick little idea!
I would love to see any decorative slogan DIYs you have :)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Studio Sneak Peak

My work room is about the only room in the house that is currently coming together! I thought I would share with you some little close ups and details of areas in my studio, before sharing what the room was like when we moved in and what it is like complete! 
We still have a little painting and some hanging of clothing rails, also purchasing a sofa bed for guests! 
But so far I am super happy with it and it is proving an inspiring place to work.
Hope you like!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

DIY Slogan Cushion

We have lived in our new home for just over three months now! But still working on actual building work (so none of the fun stuff!) I cant help jumping ahead and making the place feel a little homely with a few quirky DIY pieces! The first is this 'adventure' cushion for our bed!
I'm so pleased with the outcome, and it was super easy.
I bought the cushion inner and cover from Ikea totalling £6 , stitched black pom pom trim to the edges and hand painted my favourite slogan! I took inspiration from a slogan collection I created for Asos Marketplace

I am so excited to make more quirky little pieces for our home! 

Friday, 10 October 2014

DIY Decanter Lights

I have to admit, I am a bit of a hoarder!
But it sounds better if I refer to myself as a collector! I collect everything, with my reasoning being 'It will come in handy one day' and it usually does! Vintage furniture, glass, china, fabrics, clothing, accessories and ornaments make up the majority of my collection.My cut glass collection is probably one of my most impressive.I have quite a few cut glass decanters and as I'm not a big drinker (unless its a gin and tonic) I don't use the decanters for their intended purpose.When we first moved in I was looking for a place to display the decanters I have been collecting, I purchased some cheap battery powered fairy lights and placed them inside of my three favourite decanters!
Viola..... The easiest DIY bedside light!!

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Let me know if you give this little DIY a try or if you have any other uses for them :)

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Door

I have been obsessed with colourful doors since forever!
Whenever I see a coloured door it makes me smile! I mean what is the use in having the same door as every other house? a door is the first thing to be seen, a place to welcome your guests and the entrance to your home. I think the outside of your house is just as important as the design inside. 
We recently purchased our first house, its a little three storey end terrace. When we first viewed it I knew straight away it would be the perfect first home for us to completely make our own. It needs quite a lot of work but we (mostly me) are excited to get started with decorating each room! We started with the front door, originally it had a rather bland PVC door which was very uninspiring! As George is a Joiner he designed and made the door, but my input was choosing the colour, which had to be turquoise. It’s almost finished but we are still on the hunt for the perfect door knocker, so if you know where we can find one give me an email! Once the outside of the house is complete I will post a before and after photo so you can see what difference a pretty door makes!
A little collection of pretty doors I have Snapped!