Starting the New Year with fish & chips and cushions


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We started the New Year the best way we know how - with fish, chips and champagne. From the best chippy in Cheltenham (and the UK...), Simpsons Fish & Chips. I like the fact they do battered king prawns (my fave) served with a side of lemon. 

Whilst all my recent posts have been about home decor updates, that is my life now. The life of a renter who can do little else but buy funky cushions to make home feel like 'home'. In particular, more leaf print (THE visual trend of 2017!). I've also got back into the world of eBay - with the discovery of some urban outfitters-inspired cushions for our dining chairs (yes, more cushions), a retro (albeit broken) clock and an aztec rug. 

Another home decor update was for the bathroom - which we've given a lick of paint ('Pebble' or 'light lavender' as it actually turned out to be) and some wire basket shelves found in Sainsbury's.

As if these purchases weren't enough, I also took a visit to the Antiques centre in Cirencester - nothing short of a labyrinth with it's hidden rooms and tiny corridors. There I found a useless mug and song sheet print, which I'm yet to find a frame for. 

Here's hoping your 2017 is also full of beautiful (sometimes useless) things.

 

 

Winter breakfasts, red red wine & a trip to the Wilson.


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As soon as I felt the first cold gust of wind on opening the door, I knew I wouldn't be leaving the house much this winter. Apart from special occasions like a birthday or a pre-arranged visit somewhere within a 2 mile radius. Or to eat.

After making this realisation, I also discovered how much I love red wine and listening to UB40 on the turntable ('there's a rat in me kitchen...'). The man has also upped his game with mackerel breakfasts and home-made 'tomato sauce' (I might bottle it up to sell). I've also been trying to read more books and scour less pointless websites... 'The woman who went to bed for a year' by Sue Townsend (inspiration for my new lifestyle) and 'Love' by Angela Carter are recent reads.

If you live in Cheltenham and are thinking of going a small distance, take a look at 'The Last Word in Art?' at the Wilson Gallery. With artists like Tracey Emin, David Hockney and the opportunity to create your own work of art - it's one not to miss. 

Our Aztec/Geo cushion filled home & 'The Theme'


Since moving in 6 months ago, I thought I'd be 'there' by now. Over the decorating and the cushion-buying, but unfortunately it's a Pinterest-fuelled obsession that won't quit. Constant ringings of 'the theme!' in my man's ear when he places down a mismatched item (racing helmet ornament, golf clubs, cap hanging on a guitar) don't go unnoticed.  

My main source for inspiration is made.com and Pinterest - but, being the daughter of a hardcore carbooter - I'm keen try to find cheaper alternatives. H&M is a gold mine for funky cushions and bedding, Dunelm's great for lighting and Ikea for some standard furniture pieces (e.g. the white lockers). That said, there are some items you can't scrimp on. We invested in a beautiful Edelweiss dining table and desk from made.com - along with a geek bear print, geo cushion and rose gold lamp. The table is covered in a 70's 'tablecloth' I got from a summer fete years ago.

One addition I wasn't thrilled with was our extra fridge which had to live in the study. 'It's ruining the theme!' I cried. One of my dad's less ridiculous ideas was to make a print for it. After much (much) research and discussion we decided on a vintage map of Cheltenham, which luckily we could measure and artwork ourselves. It reminded me of the Instagram map, and so I stuck some of our polaroid prints on to the locations.

Another new addition has been a Crosley Turntable, which was a gift until the discovery of the 'Purple Rain' vinyl and now it is a gift for me also. Luckilly the orange fits in perfectly against our wallpaper, and of course - into the theme. 

Pinterest inspired purchases, Ikea ideas & Cheltenham chippies


Things have been pretty busy recently with the house move and Pinterest obsession (dangerous and useful when trying to decorate/buy furniture). Along with the discovery of made.com - this has encouraged the purchase of a few beautiful housewares including a dining table, matching desk and lamp. Keen not to spend my life savings in one hit though, I'm thankful for fellow bloggers (mydomaine) sharing their Ikea hack secrets. Who knew that a lick of gold paint or adding a block of wood could give furniture such an upgrade, see below some of her ideas...

Whilst we await the furniture (getting it straight from the manufacturers means there's a bit of a wait involved), we've spruced up our dining space with a vintage tablecloth (£1 spring fete buy), picture cluster and H&M cushions/placemats/candles. Other rooms are also decorated with H&M Home items (which I'll rave about to anyone who'll listen), they're bargain-friendly with pinterest inspired prints galore. If you're in need of some pinterest inspiration (mostly house related) take a look at some of my recent pins...

The move also created an opportunity for obligatory 'fish & chips with champagne' so we took a visit to Simpsons - my man can be hard to please (especially when he knows there are cheaper fish & chips down the road). But even he agreed 'These ARE the best fish and chips'. You can also order battered King Prawns, all wrapped up in their lovely new branded packaging. 

Another Ikea Hack

Our abode

Simpsons Fish & Chips