CREATING A COOL WORKSPACE : MALM IKEA HACK

September brings around a certain ‘back-to-work’ feeling, and if you’re an A level or University student, this is a definite for you. It can be really difficult to focus on the work at hand when you have so many other social pressures at work - and when I recently found out that it can take 25 minutes to refocus your concentration after scrolling through your phone(!), I decided I needed a dedicated area where I turn the Wi-Fi off on my phone and use Victor’s naptime in the most efficient way I can!

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WTF IS TERRAZZO?

You may have heard the name bandied about recently, as it's going to be a bit of a thing for 2018, but if you're not sitting with your finger on the pulse of design trends you may not have yet encountered terrazzo. 

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PINK BATHROOM REVEAL

So.... finally the pink bathroom reveals itself. The original plan for this post was to show a quick and easy update on a small bathroom. Fortunately putting the room together took minimal time and effort - which was a blessing as I was about eight months pregnant at the time(and okay, I’ll admit my Mum painted all the hard to reach bits).

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HOW TO VEGAN-PROOF YOUR HOME

What most people don't know is that vegans don't just apply veganism to their diets, but also their clothing choices and beauty products they use, also including homewares. It can be a bit of a minefield to determine which products aren't animal friendly- and even if you're not giving veganism a try, you might not be aware of them- so below I've listed a few ways you can vegan proof yourself for the new year!

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PLANNING A PROJECT, AND STARTING THE RIGHT WAY

I've had a few projects in the pipeline for a while now, and after a productive couple of weeks of getting these things moving, I thought I'd share how I've done it.

If this productive phases continues, hopefully It won't be too long before I can share with you the finished rooms!

It's very tempting when you're feeling inspired to dive in head first to a project - but remember, it's marathon, not a sprint!

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PUTTING IT TO BED

It's nice to be able to post about finishing a room for the first time in a while! I've found when I was pregnant that my productivity is at an all time high (which might have something to do with an impending deadline in nine months time- or perhaps lack of hangovers), so like buses, after a long time I am currently finishing up a few projects at once. 

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THE NURSERY

Two things that I was really excited to start planning for when finding out I was pregnant - The Baby Shower (of course), and The Nursery.

Obviously it's something that you don't do straight away, but I'll admit I pinned a few ideas, and started looking on Etsy at cute decor pieces very early on. There's nothing more exciting than thinking that when this is all finished you'll be ready to meet your baby.

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WHAT'S IN MY AMARA IBA GOODY BAG

For those of you that aren't familiar and think an AmaraIba sounds like a fancy international bank, an IBA is an Interior Blog Award, and an AmaraIba pretty much the most coveted in the industry. Not only are the nominees invited to a swanky awards night, they also bag themselves a gorgeous collection of goodies, procured by the wonderful people at Amara. 

Now unfortunately I wasn't nominated this year (2018 is going to be my year of course), however, I happened to win one of these on Instagram! How, you ask? By commenting that I would blog about it. Any I NEVER enter competitions on Instagram, so couldn't believe I was chosen. And as promised, here are all the sexy contents...

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WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN DECORATING

We're all going to make mistakes along the way when taking on a large project such as redecorating- but I want to help you to make some of the less expensive ones! Following these few key rules will hopefully help you make better decisions along the way.

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ADDING BOTANICALS WHEN YOU CAN'T KEEP A PLANT ALIVE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE

It's no secret that botanicals are everywhere at the moment, and have been for a while. And why not? Having live plants in your home has been proven to reduce stress and purify the air, so sticking a succulent on your windowsill isn't such a bad idea. 

Unfortunately I wan't blessed with my mum's horticultural knowledge, and haven't yet been able to keep a plant alive in my house long enough to enjoy it. 

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ANTIQUES SHOPPING IN BATTLESBRIDGE

Battlesbridge is an antiques market not too far from me in deepest Essex. It's spread over several areas with antique stalls built into little huts, each one with something a bit different to offer. Some of these you have to sort through the chintz (not that I'm against some chintz, but I'm talking patterned plates and victorian dolls), but there are some real gems in there. 

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THE LIVING ROOM

Modern art deco is how I would describe my original inspiration for the design of my main living room.

Having the banana leaf print curtains hung added some much needed colour, after my carpet fitter father-in-law took to calling that room 'The Bat Cave' each time he visited. I knew exactly the look I wanted after visiting the The Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood on my honeymoon. It was the penultimate stay of our three week West coast road trip and an absolute sanctuary to spend 7 days in after hotel-hopping for the week before.

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DREAM HOUSE

I moved into my dream home almost a year ago to the day. I grew up in Walthamstow, one of the parts of North East London that is now full of lifestyle shops, and gentrified pubs (some of which my mother used to make me walk on the other side of the street from growing up).

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IKEA HACK - TRIED AND TESTED

Ikea is a wonderful place - I visited this week and was introduced for the first time to Bargain Corner(!) by my friend Sophie. It's wonderfully cheap, stays up on trends, and has some really cool designs- especially if you're into Scandi or Mid-Century modern furniture.

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COPPER FEEL

Looks like the copper trend is going to hang with us for a bit, and I couldn't be happier as I went copper-crazy when we bought the house in December last year, and decided the kitchen was going to be hella-girly. 

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