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)”

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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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BIRTHDAY BEAUTY WISHLIST

Around this time every year my family ask me to give them some hints for birthday presents I might like – yes, my birthday isn’t till next month but, who turns down an excuse to make a list of the items they’re currently coveting?

Beauty products always make the cut because I have a never ending list of products I want to try but, knowing the size of my current stash, I struggle to justify purchasing, especially when they’re more high end items.

Here’s what made it onto the beauty section of my birthday wishlist this year…

Birthday Beauty Wishlist

  1. Byredo Gypsy Water, £95 from Net-a-Porter
  2. MAC Lip Pencil in Spice and Boldly Bare, £13 from MAC
  3. NIOD Flavanone Mud, £38 from Victoria Health
  4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, £19 from Feel Unique
  5. Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish Foundation, £34 from Bobbi Brown
  6. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer and Redness Correcting Primer, £14.20 from Debenhams
  7. Herbivore Pineapple + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask, £37.50 from Trouva
  8. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sycronized Recovery Complex II, £52 from Boots