The Principles Of Interior Design That Experts Swear By

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

The Psychology of Colour | Interiors

The Psychology of Colour

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.

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My Office Basics Wish-List

Office Basics Wish List VELUX

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

Do bloggers move house for freebies?

freebies

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.

 

Do bloggers move house for freebies?
This actually is not a freebie.

 

*Disclaimer
This post might contain fibs.
This post 
might be tongue in cheek, so you know, pinch of salt. 😉 

Chatterbox Walls personalised print | Review

I have mentioned before how I love personalised items, especially those to brighten up my home, so when the guys at Chatterbox Walls offered me one of their prints to review I gladly accepted.

The selection and ordering process is so easy. The website is simple & well laid out so you can easily look through all of the available categories & prints, with the most popular displayed on the home page.

After looking through literally all of the prints as I just couldn’t decide, I finally settled on the ‘Our Song‘ print. It’s a simple print, with a record and your song name printed on it, with your names at the bottom. As we had our first dance at our wedding to Rule The World by Take That, I obviously chose this one as it holds special memories.

On this print there are four options for you to personalise with your details – artist, song, name 1, and name 2. You can also choose from 23 colours; I chose the red with white text as my hallway feature colour is red.

There are then 4 sizes to choose from – small, medium, large or extra large (and they also do a canvas version). I chose the small (A4) size as it would sit lovely alongside the other prints in my hallway of the same size. Once you have decided on all of your options, you can add your print to the basket and choose another, or continue to the checkout. On the next screen is the basket – before continuing to checkout you get a handy little pop-up which asks if you would like your print framed (this costs £16.99). The checkout process is easy – you need to input all of your usual details (name, address, email address) and then checkout via PayPal. You don’t even need to have a PayPal account as you can use a debit or credit card to pay through the service.

My print arrived very quickly and I was eager to see it in the flesh. It arrived in a hardback envelope to protect against being bent or damaged, which is something I always expect when receiving an item such as this. The first thing I noticed was how bright the colour was, and how glossy the card was. Added together, the print looks fantastic. The quality is so fine and it looks exactly as it did on my screen. It is also printed on thick card which is a bonus as you don’t really want thin card, though I suppose it wouldn’t matter so much if you were to frame it like I did myself.

 

I framed my print in a standard white wooden frame to match the others on my wall, and decided to put it on the wall between a couple of our wedding photos. I really love my new addition to my ‘hall gallery’.

All prints start at £14.99 for the small size. I’m not sure if I would pay this as the company where I have previously bought my prints from are a little cheaper; but only because of this reason. The quality, personalisation, ease of purchase, and delivery speed all make it worth the price if you see something you really like, especially as delivery is free too (though you can upgrade to premium delivery for £6.95).

My rating – 4/5


Disclosure
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.