Our Garden

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I think this is the first year in a while where we’ve had a proper summer.  So far, anyway!  And because the weather has been so nice we’ve spent loads of time out in the garden scoffing barbecue food and just soaking in the sun like the little solar powered creatures we are.  When we moved in to our house three years ago, the back garden didn’t really exist – it was just a muddy slope.  Three years (and a lot of hard work) later and it’s finally looking good.  I mean, it’s still a work in progress, but this is the first year that a lot of the plants we put in during those early days have blossomed.  It’s definitely one of my favourite places to chill – and it’s one of Bungle’s favourite places too (although he can’t really be trusted on his own out there because he likes to dig!). 🙂



Against the back fences we planted a couple of climbing roses that finally seem to be growing!  You know me, I love roses, and so I definitely wanted some in my garden.  Luckily our soil is perfect for growing roses in, although they’re way more upkeep than I thought they’d be; they constantly need spraying to get rid of insects and fungus, and trimming back to encourage more roses.



For my birthday last year Sunny bought me these colourful hanging pots which I absolutely love!  We filled them with pansies and geraniums and it nice having a bit of extra colour on an otherwise boring brown fence. 🙂



On the Bedroom Wall

On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home post, but then we haven’t really done any DIY or made many changes recently.  Things have been… cosy!  That being said, in September Sunny saw some wallpaper online that he fancied putting up in the bedroom, and after dithering over it for a couple of weeks, we went out and bought it.  The problem was that we’d never wallpapered before and so the rolls sat in the spare room for a good three months because we were too scared to actually put them up!  Then, one drizzly January Saturday afternoon I decided enough was enough and that we were going to give it a go, and so we did! It’s a bit different (and a little bit Gatsby), but I love it!  ♡



On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch
On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch
On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch

The good thing about this wallpaper was that it was a “paste the wall kind”, rather than a messy “dunk the paper” kind, which made the whole process a lot easier (and cleaner!).  the paste came with a kit that included a tray, roller, wallpaper scissors and a wallpaper knife – so we had everything we needed to do it!  The trickiest bit was lining the sheets up, but even that wasn’t too difficult. 🙂

On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch
Wallpaper – Homebase (Sold Out!  Similar here), Bedding – Tesco, Flower Cushions – Marks and Spencer, Spotty Cushions – IKEA, Lamp – John Lewis, Bungle – not for sale!

On the Bedroom Wall - Geometric Grey Wallpaper - The Cardiff Cwtch

Have a great week everyone! X

A Year back in Wales

Alright, it’s been a little bit more than a year since that frosty November morning that Sunny and I boxed up the car and drove away from London, but it’s been almost year since we moved into our house (those first couple of months crashing in my Mum and Dad’s dining room seem so far away!).  It’s been a year of DIY and decorating and settling, but we’re finally starting to feel at home.  I’m being a bit cheeky and only showing snaps of the “finished” bits.  The truth us, we’ve still got boxes in the spare room that I’ve been putting off tackling for months (ugh!), and we’re still looking for pictures for the walls, but right now it’s as close to finished as it gets and I love it!

As for Wales, what can I say?  Cardiff is such a different city to the one I left six years ago, it’s small but has a huge personality.  You can’t sniff at living somewhere that’s wedged perfectly between the sea and the mountains.

My spot! 🙂






We bought this wolf print from Illustrate at Cardiff’s Outdoor Market at Christmastime and fell so in love with it that we bought four more – a monkey, elephant, bear and stag – that are all in the same geometric style.  They’ve recently opened up a shop in Morgan Arcade in Cardiff so if you’re in that part of town, check them out 🙂


I love our bed so, so much!  We got it from the Tempur Outlet store in Bridgend and it’s like a massive marshmallow.  Hands down the comfiest bed I’ve ever slept in.  Honestly, it was almost worth catching the flu back in November just so I could spend a full week cosied up in it without anyone raising their eyebrows 😉

Study



The newest little corner of our home.  I’ve wanted a light-up globe for ages and Sunny surprised me with one for Christmas.  It’s now sitting up on a shelf in our study along with a £1 succulent (still alive, somehow!), and an old typewriter that used to belong to Sunny’s grandfather.  🙂

Coffee and TV



Almost a year since we moved in and we’ve finally found a coffee table for the lounge!  It’s funny, I guess coffee tables are one of those pieces of furniture that aren’t particularly big or expensive or showy, but when it all boils down to it they’re a huge part of the home.  Ours is made of wood and glass and Sunny picked it up in the Dunelm sale.  🙂