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New additions to our quirky country home

I have spent these last few months decorating our spare bedroom…things are moving slowly mostly cos of the lack of time. Busy season in SI headquartersūüôā I manage to sneak a moment here and there on the good old net and even a quick trip down to the¬†Homebase this past weekend. This is our spare bedroom progress so far:

new buys

1. I bought these blackout gray blinds¬†in hope to be installed this weekend. They were 50% off of the original price + the 15% off of this past weekend. I needed a 3 awkwardly sized pieces as my bay window is a weird one. Have to cut each one of them! Cost of all together was : A bargain for ¬£43.20! Normally, they would cost over a ¬£100 and more…I felt really happy about myself once I bought them.

2.I will post a picture of the new blinds fitted on my bay window shortly together with the new bedding from Fab. The bed set(duvet x 2 pillow cases) was: £28, on sale again from £34!

3. While in Homebase I couldn’t resits buying this new shower curtain. The old one was soooooo outdated and this new one fits perfectly with our old fashion, slash modern bathroom.¬†Hombase¬†again: ¬£7.99 – 15% = ¬£6.77

I also got a new bed for the spare bedroom too. My friend Al gave it to me. It was wasting time in her garage and its brand new. All I need now is a mattress. I found a few but still thinking… It’s one of those things, hmm do I spend loads of monies on a mattress that nobody will sleep on or not? On average I have people staying at ours …30 days out of 365.

bed painting

Anyway, it was in pine and I have spent last few weekends(yes, that’s correct) weekends painting it in dry/mat white! I was originally thinking of shabby chic but changed my mind and went with cold neutral tones for the hole spare bedroom. So grey, white and a bit of black it is/with a splash of colorful bedding + wall art!

prints sp bed

Lastly: These two amazing prints that hubby bought on his trip to¬†Mexico,¬†last year in November finally got framed. Again, that is another thing “to do” on my list. Put them on the wall. But I guess that is the last thing I will be doing…in this mess of the spare bedroom!

Hope you all had a great weekend and good start to a working week,

Lol, Ines

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Mint Jeans with Pink, Yellow & Blue Balloons

Balloons Balloons2 Balloons3 Balloons4 Balloons5Jeans: Zara

Shirt & Cardi: HM

Sunglasses: Ray-ban

Flip-flops: Havaianas

Balloons: A gift from Sam & Ben

 

The other day I went shopping for some new jeans. I found these minty beauties in Zara, among the other sales stuff in HM (another post guys!) …so when my couple had a bunch of balloons delivered to my studio for their pictures I cheekily asked if I can use them for this blog post. They were so lovely that they left them for me after their shoot. Thanks guys,

X Ines

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Organizing your wardrobes ~ ideas!

I was over the moon when we first moved into our new house! I had a¬†little¬†walking in¬†wardrobe, that I naively hoped to keep just for my self. Three years down the line and I was still sharing my space with the boy! I was not impressed! As we¬†didn’t¬†have that much space(read these lines:I have a male version of Imelda Marcos in the house)..I constantly had to¬†swap my winter wardrobe with the summer one! And trust me, climbing up to the¬†attic¬†to store your coats or your dresses was not my favorite thing! Especially as I have so many of both. So…what do you do when you lack space and have to share your wardrobe with a guy?

Build him his own!

It started with us moving out of the spare bedroom and getting our new studio. Spare bedroom become free and suddenly a massive storage of bits and bobs that we accumulated trough out the year. It was a time for a change. The old office shelves were perfect to store t-shirts and all I had to do is install a hanging rail! Quick trip down to the Homebase (metal rail + fitting ends= £15!) Perfection!

Here are the photos of before and after!

before

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And the guest bedroom, (without the bed!) was turned into a private walking in wardrobe. His! Oh, you should see the joy in Mr. B eyes. He loved it! All of his stuff in one room. Together! Priceless…not even a MasterCard can buy you that.

After spending whole afternoon with drills and measuring meter I was ecstatic. I finally get my small cupboard to myself. I spent hours, days, months getting it all into the place. This is what I came up with and no, there is no more daunting trips up to the attic.

wardrobe-6-horzAs I¬†didn’t¬†need my old¬†filing¬†cabinets in our new office, I decided to transformed them into some kind of a storage. In this case, storage for sock, knickers, bras and belts.

wardrobe-13-horzI am a¬†sucker¬†for hanging clothes in a certain way. I like to hang mine by¬†lengths, shapes, materials and¬†colors. Hence it looks like this. Whilst cleaning rooms, I’ve found this old & cute material hanger which I hanged on the door of my¬†cupboard¬† together¬†with¬†my favorite necklaces.

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My antique¬†women’s¬†bust is a charity shops find and I tend to put all my current¬†jewelry¬†on her as I go…

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I finally got that amazing chest of draws and put all my winter sweaters in it! On top of it I store the rest of my¬†jewelry. I have accumulated a lot of it in the past few years so again I need a lot of boxes to keep the things tidy. I used some old¬†tin¬†candle boxes to store my earrings in¬†…

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And my bracelets are nice and organised in this long African wood box ūüôā

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I have still kept my vintage¬†wardrobe¬†for my coats and fancy dresses as I¬†don’t¬†use them that often.

wardrobe-23-horzThis is my favorite box where I keep my little trinkets and brooches. It was bought for me by one of my besties ~ Matea, my bridesmaid and dearest friend.

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I will finish this post by a framed picture of us on our wedding day which is perked up on the top of the chest. Frames can be used to store your jewelry too!

wardrobe-27-horzHow do you store yours? Done any spring cleaning recently? Would love to hear your troughs?

x Ines

 

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Happy 2013!!!

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What we did last week:

We walked on the beach & collected sea shells & pretty stones

Made our own Christmas lunch

Hung out with Italians/Croatians

Took photos and …

then took even more photos

Went for a quick browse through Seville & Cordoba (more to come on this)

Had a bbq on the beach for  New Year

Stole internet from the nearby hotel complex

Lounged

Sunbathed (a lot)

and

Packed our bags for Morocco trip

Have a great New Year

Xoxo Ines

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