An unhealthy addiction…

As you know, I’m itching to moveout. I’ve spent the last week searching for flatmates which has lead to an unhealthy addiction: rental websites. I now seem to spend every spare minute on them! There’s rightmove, where you look for places to buy/rent and easyroomate.com and spareroom.co.uk where you look for rooms to rent in already occupied flats.

Rightmove is awesome cos you can create you’re own custom search areas by drawing them and specify loads of things, like how far away from the station it is etc. I also love using it to check out the gorgeous multi-million pound houses and add their contents to my plan for the future- ha, I should be so lucky! Homes show a lot about the people who live in them and one thing I’ve really picked up on is that you can guess at people’s personalities by how they decorate their homes.

Spareroom and easyroomate also bring this out in me. I’ve found that I partially base my judgement of whether flatshares would be my cup of tea on how they’ve decorated their rooms. I guess it shows a lot about what you consider important (cleanliness would be top of my list!) and what you hold dear. Equally, I’m sure people are judging me. When you sign up to these sites, you create a profile saying a bit about yourself- I did not anticipate how hard it is to sum yourself up  and try and get people to like you in a couple of sentences!

The sites are great as they allow me to be picky- you search for people that you would like to live with (based on age, gender, location, profession etc) and you get results that match your preferences. The best (and most addictive) thing is that they send you updates every time a new room match is listed. This means I receive about 10 emails a day!

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t made any actual definite decisions yet, meaning that the options are endless. Do I live in the more expensive but nicer place or the cheaper place that will leave me more money for socialising? Do I live with people who seem more like-minded or in the place closer to the station? Do I live nearer to London for the weekends or closer to work for the commute in the week. Whilst this is all very exciting, it does get rather time consuming!

Pretty in Pink moodboard

Quickly following on from my last moodboard,( in fact quicker than i’d like- Polyvore automatically blogs your collages if you don’t stop it, my bad ) this is my girly bedroom moodboard. Although I’d like the ‘public’ spaces of my house to be more grown up, I can’t help but love unrestrained girliness when it comes to my bedroom. That, and the fact that my current bedroom is predominantly pink, means I’ll be most likely sticking with it when I get my own place. The boyfriend will not be thrilled (“why are 90% of the things you own floral?!?”).
Anyway, here are selection of pink pieces (again from Pinterest on Polyvore- loving the Ps today), enjoy girls! Especially want that shell inlaid bedside table, although I suspect it is WAY above my pay grade!
pretty in pink

Girly bedroom
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cream floral cushion
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Zigzag Rug
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Asterisk shape
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For the Home
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shop
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Pantone
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Sweet Home
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Pantone
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Cool Stuff
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Pantone
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Prettys
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Duck Egg Blue moodboard

As some of you might know, I’m really keen to move out soon. Recently I’ve been having a think about what sort of interior design I’ll want in my new place so that I can try and channel my over the top shopping towards things I’ll actually use.
Polyvore have a great collage tool which is pretty nifty for making moodboards. You just download the ‘clip to Polyvore’ toolbar icon and then you can save any pics you like (just like Pinterest in that respect, and as you can see, I get pretty much all of my images from pinterest- there’s so much I love).  Images without background tend to work best but you can always custom crop them later. When you’ve got a selection of items you can arrange them however you want in the ‘create’ section of Polyvore. Genius really, and so simple to use. For more tips, I found House Tweaking‘s recent blog posts on ‘Making of a mood board’ extremely helpful and easy to understand.
Here’s my moodboard for my future living room. I’m set on plenty of Duck Egg blue and neutrals to balance it out. I want it to be a completely relaxing space that is light but also cosy in the inevitable long British winters.
Duck Egg Blue

Decoupage lampshade tutorial

Well, as you know, I’ve been super excited to get to grips with the Mod Podge I recently bought. First I had a  few trial sessions re-covering the lids of some boring storage boxes. I was actually pretty happy with how it went. Here are the results:

I just slapped the stuff on with a paintbrush and smoothed the paper over it. One word of warning though, the paper does get air pockets in which you have to press out and as the paper is wet with glue it can disintegrate so be gentle!

After this practice I decided I was ready for my first project. I bought this lamp from ASDA (of all places!) for a bargain price but always planned to spruce it up a bit. I also had some very cute floral fabric that I loved but hadn’t yet found the right project for. After seeing this tutorial, I knew I’d found my spruce!


Here’s how I did it:

  1. Unattach shade from lamp- careful with hot bulbs and turn off the power first!
  2. Trace the circumference of the shade onto the back of the fabric. My shade was pitched so the fabric strip was curved.
  3. Cut the fabric carefully. Here’s your cover.
  4. Cover the entire shade with a layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Wait until it is tacky.
  6. Slowly and CAREFULLY smooth the fabric onto the shade- keeping it lined up.
  7. Smooth out air bubbles as you go- fabric is more forgiving than paper as it’s stretchy so you can manipulate it without ripping it.
  8. Leave to dry for 20 mins- I left it on the lamp stand to prevent the wet glue sticking to any surfaces.
  9. When dry, cover the fabric in a layer of Mod Podge- this seals it and prevents the edges from fraying.
  10. Once dry, add another layer if necessary.

Time for you to get cracking- I’d love to know what you’ve been decoupaging, get in touch or leave a comment!