I have to say, I’m absolutely loving this recent Spring weather we’ve been having here. I just want it to last for weeks and weeks, but alas, here in Northern Ireland, that is rarely the case! On the positive side, however, I suppose it makes me appreciate the settled weather when it’s here and its often short-lived nature motivates me to get outside into the garden and do stuff before those pesky April showers make another appearance…
It was during one such spell of recent dry weather that my husband and I decided to repaint our lovely, but very much flaky and deprived potting shed in the corner of the garden. When I first viewed our house, it was one of the features I instantly fell for, as I could see bags of potential in it and it just oozed such yesteryear charm. At the moment, we use it as a store house for gardening tools and logs, however recently the children and I planted out some seeds in preparation for our veg patch come Summer (more on that soon), as it really does heat up quite nicely on a sunny day. I can also imagine it as a sort of summerhouse – it will eventually require a little work on tidying up the paintwork on the inside, however plonk a chair in there on a sunny day with a coffee and a book and I’ll be in garden heaven.
I probably don’t have to tell you that Pinterest is a fabulous resource for getting inspiration for everything from kitchen cabinet colours to what to eat for tea tonight, but it’s also a great place to suss out what’s trending at the moment in the interiors world in particular. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun and informative to take a look at some key looks and design trends that are pretty hot right now and show you where you can source similar pieces. With Spring being the most popular time of year to turn our attention to home decorating projects, I’m hoping these Pinterest inspired posts will help you along your way. (See, I’m doing all the hard work for you!!)
Bringing your bedroom from the cold depths of Winter and into Spring/Summer can be easily achieved with some simple yet really effective updates to your bedlinen. After all, the bed is the focal point of any bedroom and it needs to look the part according to the season! So with Spring upon us, it’s time to pack away your heavy blankets and fur throws and update your look to something a little fresher.
Whatever your taste, there’s a bedding style out there for you; just take a peek at these top five stunning bedlinen trends and be inspired to make that transition to a clean new look and, of course, a restful night’s sleep!
Well, Happy Birthday to me… or rather my blog, which I’m proud to say is one whole year old today!!
If you’d asked me a year ago, when I published my very first post, if I thought I would last the first year, I’d have been very unsure of my answer – I was embarking on something totally new and of which I can honestly say I knew very little (ha, still the case!), yet it has been one of the best personal decisions I have made. Blogging has become such a big part of my life and I never tire of it because I’m talking about what I really love and feel passionate about, but I also started the blog as a way to invest time in myself and focus on my own interests, which as a mum of three, is a real luxury!
I have been really enjoying this monthly link up post started up by Julia over at the gorgeous Rainbeaubelle blog, where she shares five little things that she’s picked up over the last month, each for under £5. Lots of other bloggers have joined in along the way and I must admit, it’s very intriguing to see what others have managed to pick up for less than a fiver, too. More than anything, it’s good fun!
I have finally got around to joining in this time around, so here is my round up for April…
I don’t know about you, but for me, Spring, with its longer evenings and fresher, brighter days, is making me feel newly energised and motivated to tackle some mini projects around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for ages (you know how it is, they’ve been queued up on that never-ending list I have inside my head, probably not dissimilar to yours!)
One such job I have been planning to do for a while is to repaint an old mirror that a friend donated to me a few weeks ago. She had no place for it in her own home, yet thought it had some potential to be ‘prettified’, and so it arrived on my doorstep one day, ready for its mini makeover!
It seems like only last week that I was talking about Christmas home decor and gift ideas, yet here we are on the cusp of the Spring Equinox and with Easter only a week away. Spring has sprung upon us rather quickly this year and I for one feel like I haven’t really invested the time to properly stand back and appreciate the delicate Spring flowers tentatively starting to appear in the garden or relish the oh-so-subtle heat of the new Spring sunshine in between scurrying clouds.
But enough poetic thoughts. The Easter Bunny is arriving early this year and it’s time to freshen up the home with some Spring touches. Decorating your home at this time of year needn’t be as opulent and obvious as at Christmas time; in fact, Easter decorations are at their most effective if kept delicate and simple.
Not sure how to go about it? Here are five stylish decor ideas you can start on this weekend and enjoy in the run up to the festivities…
Nothing signifies the end of a long, cold winter better than a bunch of freshly picked Spring blooms from the garden, so it’s no surprise that many of the High Street homeware brands are heralding the beginnings of Spring with colourful new collections featuring all kinds of fresh, floral prints, from tiny scattered blossoms to oversized painted blooms. It’s the definite trend of the moment!
Introducing a few floral accessories into your home is a fantastic and economical way to bring a breath of fresh air into your interior decor, whether it’s plump new cushions for the couch or a pretty set of tea towels in the kitchen.
However you decide to freshen things up, one thing’s for sure: it’s time to pack away those stag ornaments and chunky knitted throws and drag your home out of hibernation. Spring has sprung and with these gorgeous floral finds, you can make your home just blooming lovely…
For those of you who follow the blog regularly, I must apologise for being a little quiet of late. With the house move last month and all the unpacking and general sorting out of life that goes with it, I made a conscious decision to focus on the family and savour our first weeks together in our new home, getting to know some of the neighbours and making endless cups of tea for all the lovely friends and family who have popped around to see us and get ‘the tour’, as is the norm. It has been a lovely first few weeks and I have been enjoying posting a few snippets on Instagram (please have a nosey @dekkobird) of some of the little things I’m enjoying along the way.
Just where has February gone? It seems as if the year just suddenly starts to accelerate as soon as we have trudged our slow way through January (how long can 31 days feel?!). I realise things here at Dekko Bird have been very quiet of late, as we settle into our new home (lots more on that later…!), but I have had the nicest time this past couple of weeks just pottering around getting to know the place and starting to think about how I want to decorate rooms and make it our own space. It’s going to take a long time, but I like to think of it as an organic process whereby the humdrum of daily life will dictate how we physically live here. It’s probably a good thing that we don’t have a wad of money readily available to spend on the house, as it makes us step back and take some time to consider how the rooms will be used, how our existing furnishings can be placed to best effect and (the fun part!) to look around and source furniture pieces, fabrics and homewares, new and secondhand, that we can find a special place for.
Needless to say, my head is one long to-do list, however here are some things I’m loving lately along the way: (more…)