Monday, 30 April 2012

If you're feeling crafty

Seeing as the weather is seriously hideous, I think a little creative inspiration for some make-it-at-home crafty ideas are needed to give us something to do and keep us entertained! So here are 3 of my favourite simple DIY ideas for rainy days.....

Home made beer bottle glasses: Apparently these aren't too hard to make, all you need is string, nail varnish remover, fire, cold water and some sand paper. Here is a step by step guide. Genius idea for summer parties and you could make a load of different ones from interesting bottles, so long as the labels are printed onto the glass and not on paper!

Fridge magnets: Just reuse empty tins and glue a magnet onto the back. Would look great if you could find some really interesting, vintage looking containers to use.

Dip dyed rainbow wooden spoons: What an amazing idea, and soooo easy to do yourself to jazz up the kitchen draws. And if you didn't want to potentially ruin your fancy ones or the ones you have are metal or plastic, I reckon the cheap and cheerful packs of wooden serving utensils you can get from Ikea for like a £1 would be perfect.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fridge Loving

We all have one but its amazing how different they can be. We all decorate them in different, very personal ways- with pictures, magnets, recipes, shopping lists, post cards, stickers and everything else.
Whether they're organised, chaotic, collected, turned into a blackboard, uniform, with lots of things or nothing at all, you can actually do quite a lot with a fridge! Who would have thought?? ......

Monday, 23 April 2012

Sunday Flea Market Finds

Yesterday we went to the Giant Vintage and Flea Market at the Bath Racecourse for the first time. I was a bit sceptical as generally things like this in Bath are either really over priced or really over hyped and I was even more doubting when we had to pay £3 entry. But I'm happy to say I was proven very very wrong.... it was great. There were loads of different stalls from general vintage things to retro furniture, cute floral crockery, kitsch kitchen stuff, vintage magazines, lighting, mirrors, clothes and everything in between. And most of it was pretty reasonably priced, of course there were some sellers that priced things way too high but most were surprisingly cheap. Plus you can haggle for everything and get an even better bargain (not that I'm any good at it!).

I didn't really know what I was looking for when we went so came back with quite a few things. All of which I love and am really happy with but all of which made my boyfriend say 'do we really need that?' And all girls will know the answer to that!!

Anyway, if anyone lives in or near Bath make sure you check it out, the next ones on Sunday 20th May, and here are the things I got.....

This vintage bevel edged mirror is my favourite find, especially as I've been looking for one for a while now and blogged about mirrors a few weeks ago (have a look here). I love that its slightly worn in some places so doesn't look too new. Also I go it for £20 as the lady didn't want to have to drag it back to her car- such a bargain!!

 I know this is not a necessity, especially considering it is never hot enough in the UK to use a fan but its just really lovely and the colour is great, plus it was only £6 so if I come to my senses and realise it is just an old plastic fan in a few weeks its wasn't too much of an investment.

This is just a sweet little jug but I thought the unusual shape was great, and it makes a perfect flower vase for the shelf!

Then finally I got this pillow as well. Not massively exciting but its taking pride of place on the sofa for the moment!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

What to do with wine crates?

Shelves are obviously a great idea as you can stack them in lots of different ways, put dividers in to make 'mini shelves' and display things in really interesting ways. But you could also use them to plant herbs in, as draws or even make kitchen unit doors from them.

I know you can buy wine crates online but they're fairly expensive and I never want to buy things like this that can be collected for free. The ones I have were found stacked outside someones house waiting for the bin man!!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Vintage Mirrors

I am completely and utterly in love with vintage mirrors. Square, circular, beveled edges, victorian, art deco, on the floor, hanging, solo or with lots of others. They give a great romantic, chic feel to a bathroom or bedroom and can tone down a modern room really well making it a bit friendlier.

Below are some of my favourite ideas and 'wish I had these' mirrors and you can check out some more vintage mirror inspiration HERE on my Pinterest page.
Clockwise from top left: Salvage Savvy, BHG, Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, Pinterest

Monday, 2 April 2012

Rainbow Rooms

Today colours, colours and more colours are inspiring me and here are some ideas for bringing a bit of over the rainbow magic into your house. Do you reckon you're brave enough to have these colour coded rooms all in one house?

Red... Be bold by creating strong differentiation between the cornacing, wall and skirting boards for an amazing statement room. Pinterest

Orange... Bring in various shades of the same colour with pillows, lamp shades, rugs and wall hangings for a really colour coded room. Better Homes and Gardens

Yellow... Colour doesn't always have to come from paint. Matching coloured fabric hung on the wall with a bed throw of the same tone can make just as much of a statement and give a bohemian feel. The Decorista

Green... Again an example of bringing in statement colours to a room without using any paint. Allt I Hemmet

Indigo...Go crazy and use both colour and pattern in the same room, somewhere like a utility room where you don't spend much time but can still make a statement. Apartment Therapy

Violet... Clean and simple colour on the walls using a dirty purple tone that is modern but the patterned throw and old painting bring warmth and detail. Design Sponge