Our Christmas Decorations

I couldn’t wait to put our Christmas Decorations up this year.  It’s been a couple of years since we last saw them because last Christmas they were all in storage while we crashed at my Mum and Dad’s.  It was so nice to see them again, and in our new home – where we’ve got a little extra space to enjoy them.

Our tree ornaments have been collected over the years from all the places Sunny and I have visited together.  Whenever we go somewhere new we always try and come back with something to put on the tree and so we’ve got decorations from Iceland, Paris, Denmark, Greece, Prague…  Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes you have to be a little inventive about it – like this year, we brought a wooden banana key-chain back from Madeira and turned it into a decoration.  It’s our own little Christmas tradition, and it’s nice to getting the decorations out every year and reminiscing about all the places we’ve been together.   🙂

Sunny’s family are arriving today so Christmas has officially begun in our house – I can’t wait to eat all the food and binge on all the Christmas films (with my hand firmly planted in a tin of Roses).  Nadolig Llawen, everyone!  Merry Christmas!  See you on the other side 😉

Sofa so Good

You know you’re getting on a bit when you get as excited about a new sofa being delivered as you did about Christmas Day when you were a kid (…okay, I still get excited about Christmas Day, but you know what I mean…).  The reason for this probably has something do with the fact that sofas – who knew?! – usually take around twelve whole weeks to arrive.  But here it is, finally!  And I love it!

Buying furniture is a marriage minefield, but we seem to have got through this one relatively unscathed – which is crazy considering the fact that when it comes to personal tastes in style, Sunny pulls in one direction and I pull in the complete opposite…!  How we didn’t stumble into an explosive argument on this one is beyond me.  But hey ho, that’s marriage for you.  I think we surprised each other 🙂

We bought the sofa from Leekes and got to choose the fabric and the colour (we love grey, can’t you tell?).  I wanted to brighten it up with lots of colourful cushions and we’ve started with these two mustard ones that I got in the John Lewis sale (so many lovely cushions – but so expensive usually!).  I don’t know how many more I’ll get away with though – Sunny (and all men?) hates cushions!  Our lamp (I love lamp!) is from Marks and Spencer and the chevron patterned milking stool is from The Range.


On My Dressing Table

I am absolutely LOVING having a dressing table.  Back in the flat I made do with a tiny box shelf in the cupboard (cluttered, dark and dusty!) so upgrading to a table, with a mirror and space to hold all my junk feels very posh and ladylike.  Honestly?  It seems a little selfish and bit vain to devote a whole corner of our bedroom to my split ends and poor complexion – I’m over the moon Sunny actually agreed to it when truthfully we probably could have shared the space and used it for something else – but hey, I’ll take it 🙂

All our bedroom furniture (minus the bed) is the Brusali series from IKEA.  My dressing table I think is actually supposed to be a desk – but it does the job and was a steal at £40.  It’s a sort of frosty white/grey colour and has three shelves for storage where I hold all my makeup and hair accessories in plastic tubs.

Here’s one of my favourite photographs of me and my family; we had it taken on a whim a few years back in this tiny gold town in California called Columbia.  Next to it I’ve got this scented candle from Tesco for £1 (TAKE THAT NEOM).
Our new home is really warm so I’ve gotten used to wearing a lighter dressing gown around.  I bought this old Kimono from Primark years and years ago.  It’s a bit battered, but I love it.
I keep the jewellery I wear most often on top; my engagement ring, my crown ring and my watch from ASOS (ASOS do some really nice, quirky watches for around £20).  I also bought this one a while back, where the rabbits and the carrot tick around the face every second. 🙂

Having fresh flowers constantly sitting on my dressing table is a luxury I’m not going to fund – but I couldn’t resist picking up these Peonies the other day. 🙂
I’m not really a big perfume lover.  I’m really, really fussy.  Chloe Eau de Roses is my all time favourite; it’s the only perfume I’ve ever repurchased and if I had to pick one perfume to wear every day until forever, it would be this one.

Corners: “Al”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving into the new house it’s that getting things the way you’d like them to be takes time.  You know, Rome wasn’t built in a day, blah, blah, blah.  No matter how much you visualise pictures, furniture and colours before the boxes are put away, you have to actually live within those four walls for a while to really decide what colour you’re going to paint them and which picture is going to go where.

Over three months have passed since we walked through that door, and we’ll still figuring it out.  We’re still sleeping on a mattress on the floor and would you believe it?  There’s still packing paper up on the lounge windows.  *sigh*   But hey, this is a work in progress, alright?

Here’s a little corner of our lounge that I’m liking right now.  We bought the trunk from Homesense before we moved in to house all our DVDs and the little milking/foot stool (my new favourite thing!) is from The Range.

On top of the trunk is the Sainsbury’s Terrarium I filled a while back, along with a little marble globe and “Al” – a real Alligator head that Sunny brought back from Florida once when he was a kid.  I HATED this thing when we lived in the flat, it gave me the creeps – not helped by Sunny sometimes deciding to tuck him into our bed at night before I got in.  Grr!  He doesn’t bother me as much any more though (Sunny still does, but that’s never going to change!), and I think he’s found his spot.  He’s definitely a talking point for anyone who comes in! 🙂

Home Sweet Home

Phew!  The past week has been a total whirlwind; I’ve made cups of tea for more builders and handymen than for myself (that’s saying something – y’all know I’m a confirmed tea swigger), seen more cardboard boxes and packing paper than I ever have in my entire life and now own all the house catalogues.  I mean it.  Every.  Single.  One.  Feel free to test me on the IKEA brochure, I know it page for page.

It’s been exhausting, but it’s also been incredibly exciting.  When all the boxes arrived in the lounge after four months sat in storage, the thought of emptying them and finding a place for everything was about as appealing as a shotgun to the face… but as soon as we started unwrapping things – an epic game of pass the parcel – and favourite mugs, books and ornaments started reappearing from the void it all became worthwhile 🙂

In the space of a weekend we went from empty, echoing rooms full of boxes and without carpets to looking a little more like home.  We have carpets now and most of the boxes are gone (we were ripping up carpet rolls and planks of cardboard at gone 10pm one night because we were worried that the bin men wouldn’t take a city of boxes from the curb… that was not fun!) – we’re still looking a little rough around the edges though.  No curtains – so packing paper will just have to do…!  We also have no TV or internet yet… so it’s back to the dark ages for a couple of weeks, and we have no bed so our mattress is on the floor.
We popped to IKEA and bought one of their Strandmon chairs and footstools – which is our new favourite piece of furniture.
We went from a tiny cupboard kitchen to one with plenty of space for new kitchen things – like this soup bowl with a handle from John Lewis, which I love!

Wire Fairy Lights are making boring corners seem more homely, and my brother painted us a house portrait as a moving in gift 🙂
Sunny’s Mum, Dad and sister came to visit us for Easter Weekend.  We ate lots and got drenched in a sudden hail storm on Barry Island.
I bought a Palm Tree for the hallway and annoyed Sunny by decorating it like a Christmas tree…. but I like it 🙂