Sunday, 31 August 2014

Weekend Inspiration

I hope you're all having a great weekend? I've been having a busy one so far with a run and hill walk yesterday and then some friends round for pizza and a film, and off visiting family today. Maybe a cheeky run or hill walk too as it's now less that 5 weeks until we climb Kilimanjaro!

Still been pinning as usual though, so onto the weekend inspiration for this week.

Green floors. Something I never thought I'd like but these look so glossy and because the walls are white it doesn't seem to be too much. Also how nice is the light fixture?
I think I pinned this for the headboard, but the coral, gold and neutral colour palette is lovely, if maybe a little feminine for a shared bedroom but you could sub some aqua in for the coral.
I thought this kitchen and dining area is the perfect mix of rustic, casual and glam for me! The chandeliers add a bit of fancyness, but the space looks relaxed and not too formal. Plus I love the table and the chairs look nice and comfy...
Have a great Sunday everyone xx

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Weekend Inspiration

And I'm back in the room!

Sorry for the unplanned hiatus, I've been sorting lots of things like visas, inoculations and kit for Kilimanjaro. Plus having 6 different inoculation's over the past week has made my body think it is being attacked resulting in horrible flu type symptoms while it tries to fight them all off...thankfully it seems to be getting better today! I've done no exercise since Tuesday and every day counts now it's only 6 weeks until Kilimanjaro so I'm off for a jog this morning (armed with lots of tissues!).

Not a lot else to report about this week, although we have had some work done on the flat and I will write a post about it.

As usual more on my pinterest page, and here is this week's selection of inspiration pics.

Along with a trunk to use as a coffee table I am forever on the look out for a sideboard like this to use as a TV unit in our living room. So far not found anything suitable, but I'm not actively looking and after the wedding and Kili maybe I'll actually have some money for furniture and can start looking! In the meantime look at the shape of this one...gorgeous!
This room caught my eye because it is modern and bright but still keeps and celebrates some of the period features. Also the grey toned flooring really adds to the light and bright feel, although I'd have gone with a different light fixture in here probably something metallic and a bit more simple...
This modern dining nook really makes such use of the window, and would make a great versatile space. You can eat there, the kids can do their homework, I would sit there to read (albeit with more cushions) or browse the web. Plus it looks so clean and simple which in a dining/kitchen area is always good for easy maintenance!
Have a great bank holiday weekend UK readers, I'm off for a hopefully not to sniffly run and then a BBQ later, maybe a hike tomorrow then as it's meant to rain all day Monday I'll be cleaning the flat and writing some more posts!
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Another post on practising gratitude for the little things in life today (the first one is back here). Just because sometimes it's nice to reflect on the things this week that I am thankful for. I started writing this last week then we got some pretty bad news, hence no weekend post sorry, but I think it's good even when times are bad to think about the little things that make it better.

  • My messy flat, because it is filling up with all the kit and detritus for Kilimanjaro and the wedding. Kili is 2 months away now! Also because we are too busy to clean it we are now running on a reduced housework 'as long as we have food and the floors are hoovered, the kitchen and bathrooms are sort of clean and we can sit on the sofa and get in the bed then it'll do' system. So yay no dusting. I joke, but the standards are low at the moment guys, do not come round unannounced you are likely to have to climb over backpacks and tents to get in!
  • We have been doing less climbing (boo) because Tom is resting his ankle, and I need to focus on kili training so cardio and gym and walking. The unexpected benefit of this is that we now get Tuesday afternoons/evenings together. Tuesdays are often Tom's day off, so I get home at just gone 4pm then we have the rest of the evening. It's nice in a busy week to get some uninterrupted time, even if we usually just watch Heroes on Netflix. 
  • Last week on Tuesday afternoon we went for a picnic on the park which Tom prepared, bless him he bought all veggie stuff and a bottle of wine and had it all ready when I got in from work. Plus he'd been researching honeymoon flights and dates all afternoon. It's little things like this that are the reason I'll never have cold feet about marrying him, anyone can buy a bunch of flowers or spend money on presents but the thoughtful things are what matters. 
  • I got 2 free £200 bridesmaid dresses! My dress shop had an offer on that if I bought my dress in July (was going to anyway) then I would get 2 free dresses. So my 2 sisters now have dresses on order, and when we have the money for them we will order the next 2. But £400 worth of free dresses!! Plus my dress is ordered and paid for. Can I have a girly squeeee moment?! OK done promise to not do that too often but this wedding malarkey is turning me into a right girl :)
  • All the walking has really got me out in the fresh air and I am thankful to live in such a beautiful place and be able to enjoy it like this in the nice weather we have been (sometimes) having.
  • On a more materialistic note we got a Sonos speaker and it is amazing! I was all 'but we have a stereo, why do we need a new thing, I don't understand it, it won't play my CD's and what about radio?' yes I am old and not convinced about digital music and I want radio and disks. However, Tom gets points at work and can then order stuff out of a catalogue for it didn't cost us anything! At the cost of them we would never have bought one (probably, although we now want another play:1 for the other side of the living room and are contemplating buying the 'bridge' so we can move it from room to room wirelessly - amazing - and maybe a Play:3 for the dining room as we could then hear that through the back of the flat) but I would recommend them if you have a spare few hundred quid (also sponsor me if you do). If we got 2 more and built up to getting the playbar over time (it's £500 so a looong time of Tom saving his points!) we could double them up as surround sound. And yeah, I'm converted, and grateful that we didn't pay £169 for it. This post was not sponsored by sonos I am just kind of amazed by this little speaker!
I am aware that in comparison to a lot of people in the world my life is pretty awesome, and even when I get bogged down in the mundane (and not so mundane) sagas of modern life I sometimes have to check my attitude and remember that I am thankful to live the life I have.

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