House Plants, real vs artificial?

Hello world! So after my spring clean blitz over the weekend I am super excited about all the spring flowers coming out! However….I manage to kill ALMOST* all plants I have ever owned. I sh*t you not I have killed a cactus. *As a side note my Nan buys us all an Amaryllis plant each Christmas and we have a competition who gets the most flowers, and by some fluke I won this year with no less that 14 off this bad boy!

But anyway, I forget to water them, I don’t really have windowsills that are suitable for plants so all in all they just die on me. But I am loving the range of artificial plants and flowers out there at the moment! I got a great potted fern that sits above our kitchen sink, which looks so real I had to tell The Husband it didn’t need watering, after I found out he’d been watering it for weeks!

How lovely is this huge cheese plant from Matalan?! Also my gorgeous green Ikea lanterns!

I also bought a huge artificial Cheese plant (I know these are meant to be super easy to keep but our lounge is more like a snug and doesn’t get much sunlight) for twenty quid! Plus when I get bored I can just switch the plants around between rooms and it feels like a freshen up to the decor. And why had no one thought to bring out a range of weatherproof artificial plants? Gap in the market I say!

So what does everyone else think? Are the current artificial plants out there good enough to house or is everyone else still loving the real thing? And any tips on keeping these alive?

Garden Project

Like most of our grand ideas, this one started one spring evening over a glass of vino!

The weekend before easter last year, whilst we were sat on our little patio, pondering what we could do to make the garden more ‘us’, we both agreed we had too much concrete space at the back, and wanted more grass, greenery and structure to the garden. So imagine before the back concrete area came all the way out to where the grass starts now. Stupidly we both believed we could get it done over Easter weekend, oh how niave we were!

Fast forward to almost a year and we’ve almost achieved what we set out to do, however it’s gone on hold to be finished off due to having an extension, and the likely hood of our garden being trashed in the build! But I loved this project, we did all of it ourselves, from digging out the earth to hiring a skip to take away the leftover hardcore, to creating the sleeper planters and leveling off the ground to create the steps.

I’m so proud of our achievement, and it’s meant in the long run, once we have the extension sorted we won’t have lost any grass space, win win!

We just really need to sow some grass seeds to finish off the lower level, and jet wash the tiles and put and edging on the step. Rehang the mirror – its only down at the mo because ‘Storm Gareth’ (which doesn’t sound menacing enough for this wind!) nearly blew it down so I don’t want it to shatter. Oh and convince my green fingered Mum to give us a hand planting some bulbs in the planters, although knowing Mum it won’t take much persuading!

Bringing the outdoors in

I am ever so slightly obsessed with living walls at the moment. My office reception has just put one in and I think it’s stunning! It’s giving me so much inspiration for our house. With the new extension our side kitchen window will look out onto a very dull and unappealing fence panel, so am dreaming of creating a green living wall to give us something exciting to look out at, especially if I can convince The Husband. Am pretty sure I will be able to sway him if I sell it in as a vertical herb garden! He loves his herbs and little veg patch we have at the moment.

Office Reception new wall, fab idea to break up the grey space!

Has anyone created one of these? Any tips you would like to pass on would be much appreciated! As I have the reputation of killing cacti I’m not so sure how stressful keeping a whole wall alive will be! And I’m hoping to mostly use evergreens so that in winter it’s still a feature rather than a ton of twigs!

Will keep you posted on our progress and my findings on this!

Bedroom Revamp

How gorgeous is this navy and rose gold safari themed wallpaper from the Range?! I am in love. We went to South Africa last October so safari will always have a special piece of our hearts, and I’ve had an Elephant Obsession since before I can remember!

Stunning Safari print wallpaper. And meet Tiffany!

Rewind to almost 5 years ago, me and my then boyfriend purchased our very first house together. We were so excited! However, while we did the usual freshen up with a lick of paint and some new carpet it never really felt like we’d done up the house, we blew most of our budget on the purchase of the house itself so relied on hand me down furniture and some generous gifts from family to get us settled. And now slowly but surely over the years we’ve tried to make rooms our own but our bedroom always felt like something was missing. The wall opposite the bed is navy (Sapphire Salute – even the name sounds luxurious!) And the other walls are a very pale grey. And after years of The Husband pestering me about getting a new bed, “you spend a third of your life in it don’t you know” I caved and we invested in this beauty. Super King size ottoman bed from Wayfair. We practically have to wave at each from opposite sides of it! But still it wasn’t quite right. So when a friend sent me this wallpaper I was out the very next day buying a few rolls! Now our little corner of the world feels like out own cosy haven.

I’m super please with the wallpaper, and have a few smaller mirrors I want to group together on the wall to the right of the bed, but do you think that’s enough? I completely forgot to take ‘before’ pictures when we did this project (note to self, blogging requires more photos, so take them!) but it felt very stark and clinical.

Also the little cutie on the bed is Tiffany, our Jack/ Shitzu cross, JackShit…am pretty sure you will see a lot of her!

We Marie Kondo’ed the cr*p out of our house…

Newly organised shoe rack, swoon!

So buzz word of the moment is KonMarie, assuming you’ve been living in a hole and not yet heard of it, Marie Kondo is a Japanese self confessed tidier, she’s released some fantastic books of how best to tidy your space and ‘spark joy’ in your home. She’s also released a series on Netflix showcasing her skills with different families. I watched the whole series in one rather glum January weekend, and after the madness of Christmas and the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in Jan (dry January, ergh) I figured why not, let’s commit a weekend and do this. First things first, it will take So MUCH LONGER than a weekend to fully sort your house! I started in the proposed way by emptying my whole wardrobe onto the spare bed, then and only then do you realise how many clothes you own (!) Whoops.. Then the idea is to hold each item and work out if it ‘sparks joy’ I found this whole process so uplifting, and truth be told easy with clothes. I’m a high street girl through and through so I always think most of what I own only ever has a few years life expectancy before I’ve either worn it out, or its gone out of fashion. My husband on the other hand, WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY! My biggest piece of advice if you want to take on the KonMarie journey, do not let your spouse see you doing it! For a start he owns far less clothes than me, and the idea of items of clothing sparking joy didn’t resonate with him, so he wanted to chuck nearly everything, and then re fill his wardrobe with new, joy sparking clothes! Not so great when we’re trying to save money at the moment. The clothing section took me nearly a whole day, that was before I’d even gotten to accessories and shoes! The next temptation is to go out and buy tons of effective storage solving ideas, this was the bit I found harder, my wardrobe now looked so much better and neater, and I wanted to glam it up a bit. Don’t. Resist temptation, I added loads of stuff to my Amazon wish list and forced myself not to buy any of them until I’d sat on the ideas for a few weeks, after that the only thing I allowed myself to buy was velour clothes hangers, not only because they look good and clothes hang great off them, but also in a self restraint way to stop me buying more clothes, if I only have 30 pretty hanger I can only have 30 pieces of clothing right? To be continued on that one I think! Fast forward to the next weekend and I decided to tackle accessories and ‘komono’, miscellaneous items around the home, my biggest hoard is make up and general beauty products, oh my, it took me nearly the whole weekend just to sort through my make up and girly crap! I’ll give her one thing though, all those samples that gather in the drawer, she’s right, I’m never going to use them! I even got side tracked once I’d sorted through this category and put things away, I had so many empty shelves and drawers I stayed getting rid of them too! So now my rooms are tidy, clutter free and feel larger due to minimal storage furnature, win win! Will keep you posted on if we can manage to keep this up though!