Thursday, 8 October 2015

My DIY Bath Rack

Hello everyone!

So I apologise in advance for these snaps, where you get to have the pleasure of seeing my bathroom tiles with their grubby old grouting in their full glory!  Not the prettiest view I admit!  (I decided they were fine for now and weren't priority to replace when I had my bathroom done.)  
However the view is made slightly prettier by my fabulous new bath tray, which I made myself by wielding a large saw (so satisfying) and chopping up a bit of old pine shelving.  Very easy.  The shelving came out of my attic, and the planks are lovely thick pine, so I knew they'd come in handy for something.  After chopping it, I merely rubbed down the sawn end with a rough bit of sandpaper.  I wanted a Scandinavian, whitewashed look, so I watered down some white eggshell paint and gave it a couple of light coats.  I then applied furniture wax to seal it and voila.  A simple bath tray.  
I intend to track down some rustic French big bars of soap to stack on it - the gorgeous heart shaped soap and dish is from The White Company, and was a birthday gift from a kind friend.  My shower curtain is from Marks & Spencer, who have really stepped up their homeware game recently.
As for the day I shall go for subway style I think.  All in good time though!

Tamsyn x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Corners Of My Daughter's Bedroom

Hello everyone!

I thought I'd share these sweet corners of my daughter's bedroom with you today.  As the first room to be decorated in a hurry when I moved here, it's now due to have a bit of work done on it - I had a roof leak practically as soon as I moved in, which meant that one of the walls in her room has never been quite right.  I'm hoping to get it replastered soon so I can repaint it.  All part of the never ending circle of house maintenance and redecoration!
So in the meantime here are some snaps of these corners which I love - the wardrobe and mint green cupboard were both purchases from the Salvation Army which I sanded and painted (she has personalised the green cupboard by adding stickers which made me smile - children just love to add stickers to furniture!).  Maileg Bunnies are always a lovely addition to a little girl's room, and I also framed one of her baby outfits in a box frame (you can get box frames from Hobbycraft).  In a few years we will have to think about updating her room to something a little more grown up, so I'm making the most of these touches that link her back to her baby years - although I'm sure there will still be lots of floral vintage prettiness going on!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hello October!

Hello there October, how lovely to see you!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September Was Pretty...

Hello everyone!

Well here we are, standing on the precipice of October...rather than clinging on to summer I have decided to embrace autumn and all the beautiful things that come with it.  Blankets, cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, warming stews, black and white movies and scented candles.

For now, here are some of my favourite phone snaps from September - I think the floral theme definitely ruled the month!

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Fading Blooms

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Here's a little colour inspiration for Monday - I love the muted tones of these fading blooms, I just can't bear to throw them away yet.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 25 September 2015

Vintage Style Rug

 Hello everyone!

For a while now I've been looking for a beautiful rug for my bedroom.  As much as I absolutely love my whitewashed floorboards, with the winter months approaching I wanted a rug that not only looks beautiful, but to also avoid that 'just stepped out of bed onto an iceberg' scenario, which I had pretty much every day last winter.  My house is very exposed, and my bedroom, with its large bay window, plus another large window, all of which are single pane and in dire need of replacing, is chilly to say the least in the colder months.

So, when the folks at Benuta got in touch and generously said I could pick a rug from their huge website, I was obviously delighted.  They have a vast range of rugs in every shade imaginable.  I decided to go for the Oriental Vintage Flowers rug in taupe, which I thought would fit well in my bedroom.  It has an elegant, slightly faded antique style to it which is right up my street.  Plus it feels lovely underfoot, and I've even discovered my daughter sprawled across it with her book in the afternoon sunshine.

The armchair was a car boot find back in the summer - I paid £30 for it and the lady had two of them. Sadly I neither had enough cash nor space in my car for both!  I do love the muted colours in the floral tapestry, and I painted the dark brown wood a soft grey.  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend - I am heading down to London to see friends.  They have organised something for us to do tomorrow (I don't know what yet!)  and I suspect cocktails may be involved!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hand-Painted Vintage Vase

Hello everyone!

On Sunday, there was a jumble trail in my area.  People set up little stalls outside their houses and in their front gardens, to sell their unwanted bric-a-brac, clothing and household goods.  A lady down the end of my road had a little table on the pavement outside her house, and in the car on the way back from the supermarket, I spotted this pretty hand painted vase.  I obviously had to claim it as my own, so I parked up outside my house and sprinted back to get it!  It looks very much at home on my mantelpiece with a hydrangea bloom in it.  I love the fact too that it still lives in the same street, but in a different house!

Tamsyn x