Inspiration: dressing room

I’ve been inspired and motivated by my new found ambition to fill my new house with colour and creative touches.  Seeing as I have no immediate need for a nursery, I thought the best use for the smallest bedroom would be a walk in wardrobe/dressing room.

My plan is to paint some kind of mural on the wall.  Obviously Pinterest has many pretty ideas.

I really love the idea of having bold splashes of colour with line drawings over.  I think I kind of like the idea of making the space where I get more creative with my wardrobe and makeup to feel like a nice, exciting place to be in.

I do also have a feeling that I’m going to regret all these decisions once it actually comes down to trying to paint pretty things on the walls!

The other side of this room has to be a bit more practical.  As in it needs to have some actual storage space.

I love the idea of being able to easily see everything I have, ideally with most things being hung up.  In practice though I can’t see anything like the images above being practical at all for the amount of clothes I have!  I can’t be the only person who would fill either of these spaces with one load of washing.

I do really want to make a conscious effort to keep this space tidy and organised and not have it turn into a floordrobe as soon as I’ve unpacked my many cases.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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The nightmare of buying a house.

Towards the end of last year, my best friend bought her first house.  This got me to thinking about the future and made me decide to plan to be a real grown up and put together some sort of 1 year plan (a 5 year plan seemed like too much commitment – makes perfect sense when you’re spending your life savings, right?).  It was a pretty perfect and foolproof plan, save hard for 6 months then start viewing houses in May/June time.

You’d think that would be an easy plan to stick to.  It was going well until the Christmas holidays and I was a backseat passenger for 2 hours with RightMove on my phone keeping me company.  By the time we arrived, I had booked a viewing and applied for a mortgage in principle.

Within about 4 days I had been for a viewing and applied for an official mortgage offer.  I’m great at sticking to plans.  This sale fell through pretty quickly and looking back now it was a blessing in disguise.  The property was lovely but it really didn’t have any of the things I said I wanted – garden, drive/garage, space for a sewing room.  It was basically a flat on a busy main road with a shared access garden – all the bad parts of where I’m living now and what I’m trying to get away from.  I probably should have taken that set back as a sign to go back to my original plan and save until May.  That would make far too much sense.  Not long after, I found the perfect looking house.  It was in my budget, had a drive, garage, private garden, 3 bedrooms, and outdoor space for a hot tub.  What’s not to love.

My offer was officially accepted on the 17th January.  4 months later and I’m still waiting to move.  There was a glimmer of hope that we would complete mid April.  That didn’t happen.  I did however start packing around that time.  This means I’ve been surrounded by cardboard boxes for 6 weeks.  Ready to move for 6 weeks.  Slowly going crazy for 6 weeks.

I could be jinxing things by writing about it now, but completion has now been set for next Tuesday.  If this doesn’t happen, I’m giving up and moving abroad.

In anticipation for the new moving date, I’ve started packing (again).  I made the very unwise decision to start with my wardrobe (so stupid).  I’d already started with my gym clothes and going out out clothes that don’t fit right now, I have no desire to get into any of these things right now!  To make things extra complicated for myself between now and the completion date I have work, potentially a date, a night in London and a 30th birthday night out.  Instead of just throwing everything into suitcases, I’ve got to try and plan outfits again.  Work outfits are fine, everything else I feel like I’ve forgotten how to dress myself like a functioning human.  This could be an interesting week.

When I first had my offer accepted, I started clearing things out that I had been hoarding over the past 2 and half years living where I am now.  I took at least a boot full of bags down to the charity banks (trying to up my karma points, like you do) but I still have a ridiculous amount of clothes, and obviously never anything to wear.  So far I’m up to 2 suitcases and a holdall, I still have things hung up and things in drawers.  I don’t think I need to shop for another 10 years, like that’s going to happen though!  I’ve also realised just how much makeup I have that I don’t use.  The boxes on the left of the end photos are full of all the makeup I wear hardly ever if at all.  The bag at the side is what I use all the time.  I need to either have another ruthless clear out or just start experimenting with more new looks.  I know which option I prefer the sound of.

It may have become quite clear, I’m not very good at sticking to plans.  I like rash, un-thought out plans that leave me no time to overthink or talk myself out of it.  What could possible go wrong with logic like that?

Fingers crossed everything will run smoothly and next week I should be blogging from my new house!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

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Crafty bits: cork & nails

This is my interpretation of an image I found on Pinterest and have always been drawn to.  I love line drawings and basically anything that looks simple but catches my eye.  Sorting through my craft room I came across some cork tiles and a box of nails, obvious necessities for a 26 year old!  This is another project that took a ridiculous amount of time and definitely put my sanity into question.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, it made the temporary loss of feeling in my fingertips seem worth it.  Just have to remember not to leave it on anything delicate or pluckable, nails sticking out of the back of things tend to be pretty sharp!

Hopefully it won’t be too difficult to find a nice safe place for this in the new house.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Inspiration: living room

I recently made the very adult decision to by a house and once the solicitors have got the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed I should be moving in.  Hopefully in the not too distant future.  I’ve already started packing and have not so little box forts taking up the corners of most of my current rooms (I have far too many belongings).  To distract myself from the towers of cardboard boxes, I’ve been planning out all my new rooms and basically window shopping my next 2 years wages away.

The first room on my decorating hit list is the living room.  From what I remember of seeing the living room (at this moment it feels like years ago) it was perfectly livable but not my style at all – picture red, white and leather.  Whenever I’ve thought about decorating in the past I’ve always thought of keeping everything neutral and using coloured accessories to brighten things up, basically playing it as safe as possible.  I may have lost my mind at the beginning of the year which would explain why I decided to commit myself to 30 years of debt and go completely colour crazy.

I may be completely mistaken, but I’m fairly sure my new living room had plenty of natural light.  My basic thought is 3 off white walls and a feature colour wall.  Ground breaking, I know.  I’ve already got a lovely old fashioned arm chair that was reupholstered by a sweet old man who used to live down the road from my mum.  This chair is a terracotta/rust coloured velvet and I’m hoping it’ll be a pretty good anchor for the rest of the room.  Colour and texture.  And while I’m waiting to afford everything I want, I can sit in my loner chair and stare into the garden.

My best friend Pinterest has come up with plenty of inspiration for my new room.

Plenty of coloured cushions, wall art, and little trinkets to gather dust nicely.  Realistically a lot of these things I’m going to try and make myself, partly because I don’t want to work 6 day weeks for the rest of my life and party because I have a crazy amount of patience for making things that would cost thousands of pounds in man hours alone if they were from a shop.

A lack of funds doesn’t stop me browsing apps and online window shopping.  My two fave apps right now are Made and Wayfair.  So many pretty things and nice long wishlists.

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Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: work wardrobe update

I set myself the challenge of being an organised person for a week (with my wardrobe) and I came up with some results.

Day 1

Amazing.  Felt absolutely fine about snoozing my alarm for an extra 10/20/30 mins, guilt free snooze time feels like a great start to the day.  Being able to get myself ready, feel fairly put together and be at work on time set me up for a pretty good day.  This outfit was also a pretty comfy one, for me that is so important when I’m sat hunched over a computer for 8 hours.  The one downside of this look, I slightly underestimated the weather and did have to resort to wrapping up in my work blanket.  Not the end of the world.

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Day 2

The second day was a massive failure.  I was enjoying what should have been my guilt free snooze when I realised my outfit for the day was culottes and I had the hairiest legs.  I had a bit decision to make. I could either shower, pick an easy outfit and get to work on time with hairy legs or shower, epilate, wear my planned outfit and get to work incredible late and have to explain myself.  I didn’t really think the second option would go down very well, and honestly it was far too much effort for first thing in the morning.  I also knew there was minimum chance of having to deal face to face with any customers so didn’t feel too bad about jeans and a jumper.  So comfy all day.

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Day 3

This day was basically a smart pj day.  So comfy.  Definitely could have spent more time and effort on makeup, but I have to admit I got a little bit carried away with my guilt free snoozing.  I swear these trousers look better in person than they do in photos!

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Day 4

I absolutely love these trousers.  Photos definitely don’t do them justice (I need to work on that) This outfit worked just fine for being in the office all day, but would have been absolutely useless for hunching over taking photos and editing.  I think the only way to make the trousers work for everything would be to stop eating pizza.  That’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Day 5

The last day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit, but with having a spare outfit after the second days fail, I thought I’d mix and match.  Another pj outfit that doesn’t photograph well.  Aside from having my first short hair bad hair day I felt pretty good about this look all day.  Had face to face contact with a few customers and none of them ran from the shop screaming so it can’t have been that bad.

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On the whole I have pretty mixed feelings about the week.  It was kind of nice knowing (as long as my leg hair was under control) I could turn up to work looking presentable without having to think about it.  In the same way, it became a little bit boring not having that input into my morning routine.  I liked having the option of go to looks but honestly I think having pretty simple decisions to make in the morning helps wake my brain up a little bit.

The whole process of putting outfits together, I enjoyed.

Sticking to an outfit plan made me feel a little stuck on a rut.

Another couple of things I’ve learnt over the past week: practice posing and stop eating carbs.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: painted canvas

As a general rule, I hate drawing and painting.  I’d love to love it, but I find the whole process stressful and generally unenjoyable.  Having said that, every now and again I get an urge to do a bit of drawing, and unlike when I get an urge to go for a run, I embrace it.

I didn’t want to overface myself and regret my decision, so I went with a postcard size canvas card.  Once again, hours spent on Pinterest came in very handy with various leaf prints and pretty things to copy off.  Freehand copy and not trace which is my usual go to method.  IMG_2284

I absolutely love this little slice of painting, it’s by no means well done but it’s not horrendous and didn’t make me want to throw away all my pencils and paints when I was done!

Clearing out my current craft room/office, I found plenty of blank canvases if the mood every strikes me again!

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Style: work wardrobe

Recently I’ve been trying to put a bit more effort into my day to day work “look”.  I love nothing more than snoozing my alarm until the last possible moment on a morning, this doesn’t give a lot of time to plan an outfit to throw on before running out of the door.  With a thought to help myself out, I decided to spend some day off time putting together a few outfits to see if being prepared and organised will let me snooze and leave the house feeling good about myself.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t the most inspired collection but it’s made up of outfits that are comfortable and give me a little bit of confidence.

My hope is that a little bit of organisation in the morning will give me one less thing to think about and (hopefully) lead to a stress free morning.  Let’s just see if I can stick to it, and if it works carry on trying to be an organised person.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx