FRIDAY FIVE: TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | WINTER EDITION

travel bucket list.jpgSo… I guess I could get into a super long explanation of why I haven’t been posting since May but, honestly, that’s just a tale of woe and misery that nobody wants to hear and I really don’t feel ready to put fingers to keyboard about. Instead, let’s jump back into a Friday Five. Because nothing cheers me up like thinking about holidays…

I’ve always been the kind of person that gets thoroughly over-excited at the promise of snow so, when this time of year rolls around, I can’t help but day dream of taking a short break to somewhere that looks like an idyllic Christmas card scene. Here’s what makes the top five for my dream winter vacation…

Laplan
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Lapland, Finland
Surely Lapland is on everyone’s snowy dream vacation list? As a self confessed Christmas addict the thought of visiting Lapland definitely takes the number one spot for me. And you’d best believe I’d want to stay in one of those incredible glass igloos… Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | WINTER EDITION”

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK SIX: THE LIVING ROOM REVEAL (SORT OF)

I don’t know where the last six weeks went. I especially don’t know where the last six days went. Actually, that’s a lie – I definitely know that three of them were spent drinking with friends so…that dramatically decreased my productivity and is why I’m classing this as a Sort-of Reveal. Things definitely aren’t finished and, as I mentioned way back at the start of this One Room Challenge journey, some things I’ve just had to work with because replacing them wasn’t in the budget.

I toyed with kind of quitting and not posting this “reveal” after a mini disaster last night meant I couldn’t get the coffee table I’ve DIY’d finished, because the room really does look weirdly bare without it but I’ve sucked it up and this is where I am this morning. Literally. I ran around trying to quickly take some pictures in my pyjamas this morning!

So yeah, it’s not finished finished, but it’s looking a heck of a lot closer than it was six weeks ago!  Continue reading “ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK SIX: THE LIVING ROOM REVEAL (SORT OF)”

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK FIVE:  PAINT + A PICTURE LEDGE = PROGRESS

If you’re visiting for the first time, welcome! Here are the links to catch up on Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three and Week Four.

one room challengeI’m taking whatever positives, in terms of living room progress, I can this week. Remember how I’ve been saying that the plasterer was coming on May 2nd and how I was worried that was cutting it fine for the ceiling to dry out sufficiently to paint before the reveal? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha. Guess who didn’t come on May 2nd… *insert more hysterical laughter*.
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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK FOUR: BLUSH PINK WALLS

If you’re visiting for the first time, welcome! Here are the links to catch up on Week OneWeek Two and Week Three.

This week, rather like last week, feels like not an awful lot has been accomplished. I have repainted the door into the living room, tackled a little re-upholstery project (in a totally amateur way!) and built a piece of furniture I’m actually super excited about – but looking at the room nothing seems any different. Last week I talked about my frustrations in feeling like a lot of the work needed to wait until the plasterer could come (bring on May 2nd!) and how much of that work could I actually accomplish in a little over a week once the plastering was done.

I decided that this week I was going to pick up a couple of paint samples and finalise my choice of wall colour, after deciding I should just bite the bullet and paint the walls and hope they didn’t get too marked or bashed up when the ceiling was being skimmed or the coving installed. That turned out not to be as simple as I thought. My living room is the trickiest room in the house for lighting. The half of the room near the window is light and bright pretty much all day while the areas near the bookcase wall are somewhat…cave like? It’s dramatically darker at that side of the room and the light never really reaches those spots. I picked up two sample pots – but I’m not sure either of them really work throughout the entirety of the room so it’s back to the drawing board. I’m going to be on a mission tomorrow to pick up a tester pot of each of the colours below to see if any of them would be suitable. Blush Pink Paint Options

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