Inspiration

When it comes to window dressing, roller blinds are practical and functional. We’ve two black out roller blinds in our children’s bedrooms which work really well to make their rooms dark. We all know a dark room equals a good nights sleep and the possibility of mummy getting a teeny lie in (who am I kidding).

Our blinds come from Order Blinds because let’s face it, what with renovating the entire house, we have enough DIY to do. Ordering them ready made means it saves us the trouble of cutting the blind to size. Installation is a breeze, as the blind arrives the correct size and all we need to do is attach it.

So you’ve attached your blind in no time, it’s functional, no fuss but how about adding a touch of personality to your roller blind? I always like to add little unique touch in my house so I’ve thought up 5 fun ways to customise a plain blind including the two we’ve used in my girls rooms. We went for Pom Poms in the baby room and some cool decals in my eldest girls room, I think they just add a bit of extra fun and attention to detail which is what I’m all about!

5 fun ways to customise a plain blind

Add Pom poms

I mean who doesn’t love pom poms right? Cute little balls of fluffy fun. All you need to do is buy a pom pom trim, cut to size and attach to the bottom edge of the blind with a hot glue gun. Et voila! Your blind is no longer boring but cute and fun!

Image: VT Wonen

Sharpie

The humble Sharpie has been known to decorate many a plain old thing. We’ve had sharpie mugs and trainers but what about adding some illustration, geometric shapes or even words to your blind. The possibilities are endless!

Lino print

Not sure about drawing freehand on to your blind? No worries. Create a stamp out of Lino (which can be purchased from your local art store) draw on your design, remembering to keep the part you want to print on raised when you cut away the Lino. I’m thinking some cute Lino cut stars would work great and not be too difficult.

Alternatively if you aren’t feeling that creative but still want a unique blind you could think about ordering a Lino cut like this one from Etsy. Just make sure you use fabric paint so it sticks to the vinyl fabric.

Image: Lynnwood Interiors

Add a beaded edge

Using a similar idea to the pom pom trim you can use a beaded trim to create a very different look. You could add a touch of glamour with sparkle or a boho twist with crystals.

Image: Brave new home

Use decals

We all know wall decals can jazz up a plain wall but how about experimenting with decals on your roller blind? Our blinds are a sort of stiff coated vinyl type fabric to which a decal adheres very well. There are so many amazing designs for decals on the market you could have some real fun with this!

So there you have it, 5 really simple ways to cheer up a plain roller blind. In truth there are probably many more than 5 ways so get creative. Just remember whatever you add to the blind, you’ve still got to be able to roll it up!!

A big thank you to Order Blinds for supplying us with our blind. It’s lovely quality, arrived quickly and we are very happy with it!

Collaborative post disclaimer: We collaborated with Order Blinds and received a blind, free of charge so we could test the service and product.

 


Like many people across the world, our lives are centred around our home. It’s where we laugh and love together as a family. Our safe haven, where we can relax and be truly ourselves.

And yet contrary to this, buying a house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. Just the words stamp duty, conveyancing fees and searches are sure to bring a wave of dread to the most hardened house buyer.

Mid thirties, I currently have a handful of friends that are house hunting for their dream family home. The list of requirements is normally long and finding a house that actually ticks all the boxes for both partners is pretty much like finding a needle in a haystack. The house has to work for the entire family, pleasing everyone and ultimately most people end up compromising on a few points. House hunting can take months, even years sometimes.

I thought I’d share with you the story of when we bought our dream house, what we were looking for and where we, ultimately had to compromise.

Buying our house

Rewinding the clock 2 years, we lived in my partners modern 4 bedroom house. It was a lovely house but personally I never quite felt at home there. I didn’t like the lack of character and feeling of space. On paper, we had enough space, everyone had a place to sleep, but the house proportions felt small, and the estate crammed. We started talking about moving to a house that was closer to our idea of our dream home. I don’t think at that point we actually thought we would find our dream house but rather “a stepping stone house”, on the way to “the one”.

I had a fixed list of wants, things that were non negotiable for me. The house needed 4 bedrooms, a big garden for the children to play in and enough space for us as a family. As a lover of architecture and design, it needed to work with my idea of an aesthetically pleasing house. I’d always loved period homes so ideally it would be an older house with some lovely period features. My other half had a different list of necessities he needed fulfilling. He needed a location that was practical for work and also the children’s schools as they grew. Preferring modern houses to period, he wanted minimal work and upkeep. He also required a garage to store his motorbike. (You can see our personalities right here can’t you, I’m all about the pretty and he’s about the practical).

We viewed a few houses, one the garden was too small and one didn’t have a garage. Both points were non negotiable on our lists, so we continued looking.

One day my partner sent me the details through of a house. It was old, beautiful but in a state of disrepair. I text him back confused “Babe, it’s old? And needs a ton of work? That sounds like your idea of hell surely?” He suggested we go and take a look anyway. I agreed, super excited to take a look at the property but fully prepared there was no way he would sign up for a renovation project.

As we were viewing the property I kept very quiet, as did my partner. Neither of us knew what the other one was thinking. Gazing around at the proportions of the house, there was a fabulous feeling of space both inside and outside. A tick. It had all the lovely period features I adored, high ceilings, fireplaces, old doors, stained glass, even a hidden tiled floor which we later discovered. Again a tick…

In fact the house ended up ticking all the boxes, it was spacious, had a large garden, 4 bedrooms, a garage. It was conveniently located for school and future high schools, for access to town and the journey to my partner’s work.

But, and it was a big but, there was no denying that the house was in a pretty bad state. It hadn’t been touched for more than 50 years. The garden was terribly overgrown, the house was dirty and the decor was extremely dated. Yet somehow we could see past all of that at the shining gem of a house. It just needed bringing back to life.

Renovating a large period house was a big job, one we perhaps, looking back now, even underestimated. Were we willing to compromise and take on the work required to make it our dream home?

Having kept quiet the whole viewing neither of us knew how the other one felt. Turning towards him as we pulled away from the house I said “So, what do you think?”. He threw it back to me ,”Well, what do you think?”. A huge smile crept across my face. I think it’s my dream home… and he smiled and said, I know, lovingly.

That was it. We had fallen in love with a house.

Luckily for us, the negotiations went pretty smoothly as a sale had just fallen through, so they sellers were keen to proceed quickly. Our offer of £20,000 less than the asking price was accepted immediately and we started the process of making the house our own.

Fast forward 2 years. We started with cleaning, lots of cleaning. Then there was stripping of carpets and curtains to reveal the bare carcass of the house which we could call our home. Since then we’ve rewired, re-rendered, replastered, ripped out, sanded floors, painted. We aren’t finished but we are well on our way.

I remember the first couple of mornings, waking up in the new house and being filled with joy and an indescribable feeling of being home. I can still conjure up that feeling, as I admire the blossom trees in our garden or get captivated by the light streaming through the stain glass on our front door. I’m home and it’s perfect. Tick.

This post is in collaboration with Slater Gordon, thank you for supporting Lish Concepts.

meri-meri-halloween-decorThis year for Halloween we’ve decided to throw a little party. With Halloween falling on a Monday, we have the whole weekend to spend doing ghoulishly fun things.

We’ve invited some friends over on Saturday, both little and grown up so we can throw our own mini Halloween party. As with all good parties no matter how big or small, we need food, decorations and fun!

pumpkins

I was kindly sent a £20 voucher from the fab team at TkMaxx so I headed out in search of party goodies. TkMaxx is my absolute favourite shop for party bits, seasonal decorations and all kinds of fab items for the home. We don’t have many brilliant shops where I live but we do have a TKMaxx and I love it. I visit at least once a week to check out what’s new through the doors and have to resist spending my hard-earned wages. With such a variety to choose from, there is always something I think I need!

We left it a little late getting Halloween paraphernalia but luckily they still had a good display of spooky bits and I managed to pick up an awesome bowl for sweets. Isn’t it fab? Can’t wait to spook some kids with this on Halloween night.

halloween-bowl

We also got a funky banner, plates and napkins from the gorgeous Meri Meri which is a brand TkMaxx often stocks. I adore their party and seasonal products, they are literally the cutest! If you haven’t heard of Meri Meri take a look on their website, I promise it’s adorable. I also love their Christmas range which I’ll be buying in TKMaxx shortly, no doubt.

halloween-banner-meri-meri

plates-meri-meri

Our party will be for grown ups and little people so we need a mixture of fun activities for all ages.  In typical mum fashion, I’ve been perusing Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration for activities. With so little free time I need ideas that aren’t going to take me ages to prepare or craft but with maximum fun factor. I’m thinking games like make mummy a mummy, spooky treasure hunt, quickest dangly donut eating competition and guess the monster!

If you need some last minute inspiration, check out my spooky pinterest board!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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