Living Room Wishlist

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BLANKET / WINDOW MIRROR / GLASS PENDANT LIGHT / PAINTING / RUG / FAKE PLANT 

Last week I decided our living room needed a serious re-org. You may have seen my previous ‘tour’ post where I showed the room as is and mentioned a few things I wanted to change. Well since the living room is our main living space (and my working space) I thought I should prioritise getting it finished earlier than the rest. First up I wanted to replace the huge grey sofa with a smaller one, move the leather sofa to prime position and find SOMETHING to fit in that awkward corner. IMG_0095-1024x893IMG_1461I’m trying a ‘desk’ (it’s actually a half made KALLAX from Ikea) in the corner and the foot stool and coffee table on the right are mapping out the size and placement of the new sofa while I mess around with what will fit where. I think a basket for our blankets where the glass laptop table is (to the right of the desk) might look nice and maybe the laptop table on the other side with another basket underneath? I want the little corner to feel open enough to sit in but not feel like random space. I pushed the sofas together at an overlap before to reduce the dead space but it bugged me so I think unless I am prepared to have someone custom make a coffee table that will fit perfectly (seriously something I might do.. is that crazy?) I need to make it feel like an intentional area rather than something to hide. I’m also going to swap out the stool at the desk for a larger named style plastic chair we have and maybe a sheepskin rug over it because 1. it’s the thing, isn’t it? and 2. it may add nice texture against the blankets, basket and new VELVET sofa!! I had expected to wait weeks but it’s being delivered TODAY, hence my sudden excitement to pull the rest of the room together.

IMG_1464The rug (much as I love it) has had its day and needs to be replaced, we actually did replace it with this one from Ikea in our last house but ended up getting rid of that when we moved after a million kid spillages and puppy accidents.. but I’m considering repurchasing cause I loved the black and white and it’s not mega expensive. In our old house the living room was a walk through from the front door to the back whereas this is a room off the hall so I’m hoping there’s less chance of treading in dirt this time and we may be able to keep the white looking white.. we’ll see. The finishing touches will be a big mirror ( I LOVE the look of those ‘window’ mirrors), some kind of artwork over the leather sofa, a nice light fitting (again I love the glass panelled pendants) and a plant.. a fake plant FOR SURE but something large and leafy. I’ve really enjoyed our white and grey theme for the past 8(?) years but I’m ready for some colour and in this new house I really want this room to feel like home.. watch this space for more updates very soon!

Anniversary Weekend

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RUDDING PARK HOTEL REVIEW

A couple of weeks ago we were looking for a last minute weekend away for our anniversary and stumbled upon Rudding Park in Harrogate via Secret Escapes. If you don’t use the site you should, they room was about half of the regular cost, we got dinner, bed and breakfast for around £150 and the bathroom… THE BATHROOM!!  When looking for a place to stay I always check reviews but rarely actually post my own so since I was so happy with our stay I thought I’d give it a whirl..

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Photos are the most important part, aren’t they? The bath was super swanky and built for two (*wink* – we actually sat in the tub listening to My Dad Wrote A Porno on our anniversary.. just about the least romantic thing ever but hey!) and there was a massive glass shower cubicle with what my husband tells me was a magical shower head but I didn’t test for myself. When we first arrived we ordered a bottle of process from room service which was promptly delivered in an ice bucket and we decided to pay the extra (I think it was £7) to take our breakfast in bed the following morning – since we’d made such a saving on the booking we were pushing the boat  out. We had a set menu or a set value to spend (£40 pp if memory serves) for dinner and I ended up with steak and scallops.. I couldn’t tell you what Lee the because I was in a food haze.

RUDDING PARK HOTEL REVIEWRUDDING PARK HOTEL REVIEWRUDDING PARK HOTEL REVIEWThe whole place feels super swanky but not intimidating, the staff are friendly and there was a wedding there during our stay so there were families and children but it felt like they belonged.The bed was comfortable and so big I had no idea where I was the next day because I couldn’t feel Lee laying next to me.. I could get used to a bed that large but sadly our new bedroom is a shoebox so we’re stuck with a standard double for the foreseeable. All in all an awesome stay, we were already planning a return on our journey home and if it pops up on Secret Escapes again I will jump on it!

Love From LUSH

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LUSH VALENTINES

You may have caught my YouTube haul last week but for those who didn’t I thought I’d share some snaps of the seasonal goodies I picked up earlier this month. I’m never THAT into LUSH until the holiday collections and this year I think I prefer the Valentines stuff to the Christmas selection. Everything smells sweet, looks cute but ISN’T COVERED IN GLITTER! The one thing that has had a glitter overload is my beloved Rose Jam Bubbleroon.. what’s that all about??

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I obviously had to pick up a couple of the emoji bubble bars (Lovestruck) and the Unicorn Horn for the kids – both are huge LUSH addicts but I tend to choose bubble bars because you get a few uses from them – but there were a few bath bombs that caught my eye this time around. French Kiss smells amazing, rosemary and lavender in a pretty purple and white swirl, quite possibly my favourite of the bunch and one I really hope they consider making permanent.  Rose Bombshell created the brightest pink bath I’ve ever had and rose petals emerged from the centre.. I have a feeling I have tried this before, the scent is really familiar but perhaps it looked different? Lover Lamp I’m saving for Valentines Day itself because I’ve seen pictures and it seems too cute not to. We have zero plans for Tuesday night (I think we will celebrate later in the week) so my festive treat will be a bathtub filled with little hearts..

LUSH VALENTINESThe last thing I picked up was ‘Two Hearts Beating As One’ but I used it before I had chance to take pictures.. it’s two solid heart shaped bath oils that slot together, I love oils and given that aside from the big show I don’t often feel like a bath bomb really does much for my skin or my mood I tend to reach for the products that give me tangible benefits. My favourite bath bomb has to be butterball for that reason, it does smell delicious – I love me some shea butter – but I can feel a little residue on my skin when I get out of the tub and it makes me feel a little less like a saddo in her 30s wasting money on colourful baths..

Have you succumbed to any of the V-Day specials?

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