If you have ever had that feeling of wanting to be a professional interior designer just for a day, you are not alone. Many people appreciate the desire there, and the good news is that you can gain a fairly realistic version of that experience simply by learning as much about interior design as you can. As it happens, there are a number of useful and fascinating principles which the professionals use and are aware of when designing interior space. These principles are sometimes obvious in an unconscious way, and sometimes they are the kind of thing you could never guess. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the most useful principles of interior design which the professionals use every day. Read more
When we moved into our house almost two years ago now, there was a lot of redecorating that needed to be done. In fact, almost every room in the house needed at least a lick of paint. I like to have a colour theme to the rooms in my house, but I don’t necessarily think about the colour first. When I find an accessory or some wallpaper that I really love for a feature wall, I will work around that.
The feature colour of our bedroom is purple, Noah’s room is a neutral grey, Jacob’s is blue. Our bathroom did have blue accessories but we’re currently reverting it back to cream. The living room feature colour is red, and our kitchen is a vintage looking “custard cream” shade (which also happens to be my favourite biscuit, so it’s fitting!). We haven’t got around to the dining room yet, but as it’s connected to the kitchen then it will be a similar colour.
When we moved home back in September last year, we gained a lot more space than we had previously in our 2 bed flat and we didn’t even have space for a computer table, let alone a complete office. We had planned on making one of our rooms into an office, but the boys’ space became priority and so we still don’t have an office (it became a play room instead!), but we do now have a computer table, which is progress! It is still in a small space, but I am planning on making it nice & cosy for both us to use – me for my blogging, and hubby for his games.
We’re all dreamers though aren’t we, and if we don’t have our ideal space, we are nearly always dreaming about what it would be like. I would love a loft office with a slanted roof to have a VELUX blind, it would feel like a proper little hideaway! This is what I would imagine my office to be like: Read more
Very recently there has been a blog post that has got people bloggers all up in arms – all about whether bloggers have babies just to get freebies. I’m not going to link as we don’t want HIM to get the traffic do we? (Just search on twitter instead).
Anyyyyyway…. It got me to thinking, do bloggers move house just to get freebies?
I mean, I see LOTS of blogs reviewing homewares, some of them very expensive ones at that.
Before they even move (like about 64 times in the last 3 years like that Rachel over at Parenthood Highs and Lows) they must think, “Ooh I need to email this brand, and this brand, AND this one! Tell them I’m moving, give them my new address, and they might send me STUFF!”.
When we moved last year, the first brand I emailed was Wickes, hoping they might send me a paint tray and some brushes, and some paint, and some wallpaper… No such luck.
Next up was ALL of the carpet shops as we needed the whole of the upstairs doing, and the lounge, and maybe the garden too, and as it cost us the price of the van to move all our stuff, we couldn’t afford it. But no such luck.
We had to pay for them ourselves in the end. With real money. Couldn’t even get away with using the kids play money. That we bought with real money.
I’m such a failure at this blogging shizz, it seems. NO freebies when we moved. Zero. Zilch. Can you believe it?!
But then, is anything we review ever completely free? No, I don’t think it is.
This post might contain fibs.
This post might be tongue in cheek, so you know, pinch of salt. 😉
Regular readers of the blog will have figured out that I like photos up around my home, and my friends and Instagram followers will know that I take a lot of photos too. As we’re a bit pushed for wall space living in a small flat, I like to find other ways of displaying my photos – for example a collage in one frame – but with photo magnets you can utilise the fridge and admire your family every time you go there too! (Not that I will use that as an excuse to eat more… *chuckle*). PicStick have brought this idea to life and I had the chance to review some photo magnets from there.
It’s really easy to create your photo magnets. Once you have created an account you can get get straight to uploading your photos for your magnets. PicStick allows you to upload from your computer or connect straight to Facebook or Dropbox and simply choose from there. For each photo you choose, you can crop and rotate them to fit the magnet – there are guidelines to help you get the best fit. Once you’ve taken forever to choose your photos (if you have as many as me) and create your magnet sheet, you simply add to your basket and create another one, or check out which is easy to do via card or PayPal.
Considering delivery is free, my magnets were extremely quick to arrive as PicStick aim to print and post them within one working day of your order being placed. My magnets arrived in a hard envelope which is always good with products like this to avoid them getting damaged. The photo magnets come in a sheet of nine, ready for you to take apart and stick on your fridge. In fact, as they are magnetic they will stick to any metallic surface and not just your fridge. The magnets are really easy to take apart; you just need to fold them over slightly and they will tear apart with ease, also leaving a smooth edge. The magnets are also thick so quite durable to toddlers who can reach them…
The photo quality itself wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be, but my photos weren’t top quality to start with as they were just taken on my smart phone. I thought they looked a little grainy. Nevertheless, they are good enough to be displayed on the fridge and unless you really inspected them then you wouldn’t really notice. The magnets work out at just over £1 each so I’m not sure I would buy them for myself but I would definitely consider buying them as a gift as I love seeing them on my fridge every time I go into the kitchen.
A sheet of nine photo magnets from PicStick is £9.50, with free delivery all over the world! My readers can also get 25% off by using the discount code EASY25.
My rating – 4/5
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.