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…)
Decorating your home around St Valentine’s Day can be a fun way to celebrate this centuries-old tradition, whether it means making paper hearts with the kids or planning a romantic evening in with your loved one. For me, St Valentine’s marks the early signs of Spring, when we can finally begin to leave the long Winter behind us and brighten our homes up with some fun home decor. I think it is the perfect time to dig out your heart embossed coffee cups and pretty tealight holders and show your home a little loving, too.
Here’s how to get the look right without overdosing on sugar pink…
Hello February! I’ve been waiting patiently for you! This is going to be a very busy week for my family and I as we embark upon a house move that we have been looking forward to for months!! Being a busy mum of three, however, means that unfortunately I can’t spend these final few days surfing Pinterest and day-dreaming about paint colours and curtain fabrics, but rather packing toys, clothes, bedlinen and other paraphernalia into bags and boxes; all the time remembering to have clean uniforms to hand and packed lunches (grrr, even the thought of them!) ready for each morning. In short, for the children, life must go on regardless of minor ‘blips’ such as house moves that happen to be taking place at the end of the week…
I mightn’t have a lot of spare minutes in the day for blogging over the next week or two (please be understanding!), so I’d better get on with this and tell you what I was loving lately in January:
It’s no surprise that the way we live in and use our homes not only has an impact on the design and layout of them, but it affects the decor trends that come and go over the years, too. 2016 is no exception to this rule, with several trends developing or emerging this year that are expected to make a big impact on interior design and decoration.
I plan to look at some of these trends in more detail over the next few weeks, but for this particular post, I’m looking at the kitchen. With social change and modern design making cooking and entertaining an altogether more relaxed affair, the once small and draughty kitchen at the back of the house has evolved into what it is today: an open plan, multi-functional space at the heart of the home. It’s the focal point of our homes and where we all spend most of our time, so we want it to look and feel right for our needs.
Two major trends have been around for a while now in kitchen design: firstly, the hand-painted kitchen in cool shades of grey, green and off-white has become very popular due to its classic, yet modern look, but there is also evidence of a more industrial vibe in kitchen design, with rustic materials, pared back simplicity and a mélange of textures and finishes being key factors. This is possibly why the latest idea of ‘mismatching’ your kitchen cabinets has become a fast growing trend – it allows us the freedom of a more informal, edgy look, but one that is built upon a base of good quality, solid cabinetry and materials.
Confused or perhaps not convinced? Then take a look at these kitchens that exemplify the trend and prepare to be wowed…