Wednesday, 27 July 2016

kitchen diner tour

I finally got round to taking enough photos to do a tour of our kitchen diner and seeing as today is the #HomeEtc link up day, I can't think of a better time to share them with you, so without further ado...
Our whole downstairs layout is pretty much open-plan so our living, dining and kitchen spaces are all connected. The photo above was taken with my back to the living room looking into the dining area with a brief glimpse of the kitchen.

Our dining area now feels complete thanks to these fantastic prints from (not and ad, I just love them). I spent a long time searching for the right prints for this wall and quickly decided I wanted some vintage-inspired travel posters and where better than of our honeymoon destinations.

These prints really do make the space; they've been up for three days and I'm sooo in love with them but it feels as if they've been there forever (there's probably a lesson in there for me somewhere about taking my time to get the right things because when I do, it really is seamless!).

We had the breakfast bar put in two months or so after moving in; we decided to go with a breakfast bar instead of an island because we felt an island would take up too much room, leaving a thin gap either side to maneuver around the kitchen. I'm so glad we did because we've now got extra storage and worktop space (although some days it's still not enough) whilst maintaining the open feel that we fell in love with. 

The bar stools are from Ikea, the lights from Garden Trading, and the chalkboard stickers on the wall from Wallpops.

I would love to replace the fridge freezer; we brought it with us from our old home but it just doesn't sit right in this new space. Sadly, I'm not made of money so I doubt it will be replaced anytime soon. A Smeg fridge freezer would look pretty smart however, the freezer compartment isn't big enough for us so it'll probably be something similar to what's there now but in stainless steel, and maybe with an ice dispenser in the door (cuz this house is soooo hot, all the time). 

And that's it. I truly love this space.
Home Etc
You can see previous room tours here and here.

Monday, 25 July 2016

weekend #30

This weekend was just what the doctor ordered...
Even though it was super hot and muggy, Saturday was all about getting sh*t done; Hubs and I even wrote a proper to-do list! Two loads of washing were washed and hung out, the food shop got done, paperwork was sorted and filed away, the house got cleaned and we even ordered our shed (which will hopefully be delivered in about a month's time!) - we could not have been more productive in that heat.

By late afternoon, we were feeling sluggish, so while Tom chilled in the garden (watching the footie on his phone), I put the shopping away and sorted out dinner...

As it was Saturday night and it was far too hot to cook properly, we tucked into pizza followed by ice cream... and we most definitely did not eat the entire tub :) #ScoutsHonour #ImLying

We ate outside and continued to enjoy the peace and quiet long after dinner had digested...

It was a pretty perfect summer's night :)

Sunday started bright and early and, thankfully, slightly cooler than the previous day :)

The morning was spent doing more laundry, preparing a roast dinner and catching up with a friend who called in for a flying visit; it was nice and chilled.

It was our turn this week to do a roast for my parents, and whether it was the heat or because I was trying to do too many things at once but I burnt the roast potatoes and my Yorkshire puddings :( Saying that, three of the four plates were cleared (I couldn't stomach the roasties) and no-one complained, so maybe it was just me unhappy with my cooking!

As usual, we went for our post-roast walk with Izzy...

Hubs and I spent the next few hours putting up some awesome posters I found at; I chose three vintage-inspired travel prints for different locations we travelled to on our honeymoon to Australia.
I love them :)

After all that work, I made us a bit of dinner...

...then Tom did some ironing while I took some photos for a blog post later this week.

After a busy few months, it was nice to have a weekend at home, doing stuff we'd not had the chance to do. Putting those prints up in the dining room makes this house feel even more like home. We've not been here a year yet but it almost feels like forever, because our old house and all the problems we had living there seem like a lifetime ago. It's amazing how at peace your soul feels when you have somewhere you truly belong, and that's how I feel about this place :)

Mushy rant over; have a great week!

Friday, 22 July 2016

I'm currently...

I've not done one of these posts for a hella long time, so today seemed as good of a day as any to re-visit this tired old tradition; I've really been struggling to generate content on my blog lately. I dunno if I'm just uninspired or if life is just so fun-filled I'm not finding time to write - either way, I promise to try harder...

I'm still reading After You by Jojo Moyes; I started it almost two weeks ago and I wish I had more time to just sit and read; I am thoroughly enjoying reading all about Lou again though :)

I'm am absolutely loving Kingdom; this show is seriously so freakin' good! There are only two episodes of season two left and I don't know how I'll cope without it. Seriously, you need to watch it now!

Anything iced after the crazy temps this week!

Essie's Gel Couture Nail Polish :) I currently only have it in Twill Seeker, but I'm pretty sure I'll be buying more; it's just so shiny and long-lasting!

Sweet peas, sunflowers, cosmos and strawberries... and I'm loving it.
I'm loving seeing little sparks of life in my otherwise barren new build garden; I can't wait until next summer when I'm hoping the garden will be a riot of colour :)

Two weeks off work... the countdown to 12th August is on!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 18 July 2016

weekend #29

Some weekends really do pass in the blink of an eye.
This weekend we went away with friends; we didn't go anywhere exotic or fancy, but it was lovely to have a change of scenery and spend some time with two people we love dearly who we don't get to see as often as we'd like.

Later than we had intended, we set off on Saturday morning, and drove north through the rain...
#obligatorycarselfie #Tomsconcentrationface

We arrived at our destination for the weekend around 1pm and after checking in to our rooms, we headed to a nearby pub for lunch.

After lunch (in which the conversation was better than the food - for me, anyway), we headed back to the hotel and hit the spa area. We'd chosen this hotel, close to Manchester airport, because it was one of the few hotels with accommodation availability AND a sort-of spa on our chosen weekend; it had a lovely swimming pool, a well-equipped gym (not that any of us actually used it), a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna - the perfect ingredients for an afternoon relaxing.  

We decided to find somewhere nicer than the previous mentioned pub to eat in the evening, and within five minutes' drive stumbled across a charming pub. The food was delicious (my starter of garlic & Stilton mushrooms was to. die. for!) and the service was superb. If you're ever in the area you should seriously check it out; a great night was had by all - and the boys weren't drunk at the end of it, which is exceptionally rare for these two!

After a early start for a Sunday thanks to a fire alarm, we filled our boots at the breakfast buffet then headed to a nearby retail park for a browse to kill some time, because at 1pm we were booked in for an hour's trampolining at Jump Nation Trampoline Park Manchester...
To say an hour's bouncing was tiring would be a severe understatement; I was knackered! It was so much fun though, although I would like to try an Adults Only session because some of the kids were crazy and I was nearly knocked out by one on a couple of occasions; they seriously have no fear and no regard for the safety rules! God, how old do I sound! 

Suitably worn out, we grabbed a bite to eat in the Trafford Centre Food Court, before spending an hour or more browsing the shelves of Laura Ashley Home, BHS, HomeSense and Next Home - sadly, I didn't buy anything (which made Tom happy!). After hugs and kisses goodbye, we hopped back in the car and drove home, via Hub's mum's house.

I had a great weekend, but could do with a day off to recover!