Tuesday, 2 September 2014

a new season

Is it really September?!  Wow!!  September is always like a completely fresh start isn’t it?  A new season altogether and the start of a new academic year always makes September feel like a new year.  I love fresh starts but at the same time am sad to wave goodbye to summer.  But autumn is lovely, so I do look forward to it too.

Linking up with Melyssa from The Nectar Collective!  Head over there and take part too!

My weekend was pretty much filled with more DIY (we’re redecorating the house) but we did manage to throw some fun in and go to a friend’s birthday party with the theme of The Great Gatsby – it was so much fun and I love twenties fashion.

Last week my goals were mainly to finish wallpapering our living room and to post to my blog every day.  I finished wallpapering the living room (yay – what a mission that was!!), out of seven days I posted five blog posts, so not too bad.

Now that September has rolled round there’s a bit of a mad panic to get the redecoration finished in the house, but we still have a loong way to go yet.  It’s really hard having to do it around work and other commitments too as we only get an hour here and an hour there.  It’s great when you see things coming together though and the results of your hard work J 

So now that September lays before us it’s time to think of goals for the coming month – as well as for the rest of the year, but I’ll save that for another blog post!

Goals for this month:

1.    Complete as much redecoration in the house as possible this month.  Ok I know this sounds very vague but trust me, I have detailed plans and schedules but wouldn’t want to bore you with all the details! 

2.    Spend loads more time on my blog.  This simply boils down to discipline and strictly making time to work on it.  I plan to schedule posts for this month and schedule time in my calendar to work on developing my blog further. 

3.    Make out a business plan/ strategy for my wellbeing and beauty business.  This is forever being put on the backburner, mostly because of all the redecoration and everything else taking up all of our time but I really do need to knuckle down and iron this out. 

4.    Purge.  We have a lot of stuff that we really need to get rid of so this month is the month to get rid of it.  Clutter makes me go crazy and feel very disorganised so the sooner I do this the better! 

I think that’s just about enough to fill my month alongside a full time job and everything else I have on!

I’m actually going to be looking beyond September this week and look into what I plan to achieve between now and December, there's still four months left, folks!  And dare I say it - time to start thinking about Christmas, eh?!  Eek!

What’s your main goal for September?
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Find Beauty Friday | Blog link up

For my Find Beauty Friday post this week I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places with you.

Bath is a city I can never tire of – it is packed to the brim with character, charm, history and beauty and sometimes we just drive there for the day from London to walk around and absorb the beautiful surroundings, sights and sounds, imagining what it was like when Jane Austen lived there.

The Roman Baths are both beautiful and fascinating, having been used centuries ago by the Romans:

The world famous beautiful Pulteney Bridge in Bath:

Read all about my visit to Bath Christmas market last year here and a visit to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath here!

Aren’t these pink flamingos just beautiful?  This pic was taken at Frankfurt Zoo when I visited with my daughter:

And finally, Hyde Park in London, on a cold wintry morning – in the mad hustle and bustle of London, Hyde Park is a wonderful place to escape to:

Happy Friday all x
This Darling Day

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Home Decor | Grey and cream colour scheme: yay or nay?

So I’ve been really busy trying to transform our living room from drab to fab.  It’s taken much longer than I anticipated that’s for sure!  What I thought would be a quick re-wallpapering exercise turned out to be stripping the previous wallpaper, discovering half the walls were crumbling beneath so had to get them replastered and sanded, skirting boards stripped, sanded and repainted and an absolute ton of other stuff (changing wall sockets etc)!  Phew!  But we’re nearly there.

Anyway going back to the title of this post.  It’s funny how our tastes change as people.  I would never have considered grey as part of a colour scheme a few years ago (especially in England where grey features quite a lot!).  However, the main reason why grey has to be incorporated as part of our living room colour scheme is because our sofas are grey.  We were really tempted to chuck the sofas and get new ones as part of the living room revamp, however, they are still in tip top condition and are very comfy too so really, that would be wasteful!  So we’ve had to plan the d├ęcor of the room around the grey sofas!  Again we didn’t go out looking for grey sofas, but at the time we really liked the style of these particular ones and the grey looked quite stylish and would also be easy to keep clean.  I say ‘we’ but hubby dearest didn’t like the grey sofas at the time and wanted a white leather corner lounge suite – eek!  Not a chance!  And they certainly wouldn’t be white today with all the traffic we get in our house!

A couple of months ago I read in Harper's Bazaar magazine about someone famous, I forget who now, who lives in a country manor here in England, and painted her living room ‘French grey’ – and it looked fabulous.  Which made me want to try the same with our living room.  The idea was to paint the walls a very light grey (our sofas are charcoal grey, so the light grey would compliment this).  Here’s kind of an example of what I was hoping to achieve in terms of the walls/ sofas:

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Thankfully I gave up on that idea as I realised I risked our living room looking more like a hospital ward or auditorium than a living room!  Grey sofas and grey walls?  Hmmm.  It certainly can be pulled off (as it is in the pic above) but only by a top interior design expert I think!  Grey is a cool colour and it's probably not a great idea to have our living room grey from top to bottom and resemble a fridge when it’s cold (and grey!) enough here in England as it is!  I also didn't feel we had enough light coming in to lighten the room which would make things even more morbid. 
And so I decided to go with the safer option – cream, to balance out the grey.  Ivory to be more precise.  I love the colour ivory as it’s so soft and inviting and luxurious, don't you think?  It’s also a warm colour so it offsets the grey well.  White would be a bit too harsh and clinical with grey in my opinion and look a bit like a doctors’ waiting room?

So I’ve been busy at work wallpapering the walls in ivory, painting the ceiling, skirting and mantelpiece in ivory too.  Not wanting to give up completely on the grey walls, I opted for a grey feature wall – and by feature wall I actually just mean the chimney breast.  And I say ‘I’ opted for it because my husband thought I was crazy and wanted to stick with cream all the way round.  However, the wallpapering is done on the chimney breast now and hubby is very impressed with it J (I learnt from the sofas experience that he'll soon come round to it!). The feature wall breaks up the ivory going all the way round the room too, giving the room a focal point.

In terms of the shade of grey, I love the lighter shades of grey with ivory – it just looks so dreamy and cosy - look at this pic below (only this is back to front, grey walls with cream furniture, but it looks wonderful and I wish we could do this - definitely cream sofas next time!).
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But when I put up a wallpaper swatch in light grey next to the ivory wallpaper, it just looked really washed out and limp for some reason.  The very dark grey (anthracite, it’s called) wallpaper looked much better against the ivory and so we went with that instead.

A few pics that inspired me to go with the grey and cream look:

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The overall look we are aiming for is something simple and inviting but also a teensy bit glam with a touch of art deco to it.  I love the art deco look but don’t want to overdo it and will just have a touch of it here and there – art deco with a modern twist if you like!  Watch this space to see the finished room – which I hope to complete this weekend with some luck (and lots of hard work)!

What do you think of a grey and ivory/ cream colour scheme?