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Decor Haul – charity shops & TK Maxx

 

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Hello,

I am excited to share with you today a collective haul from different charity shops and my favorite shop of all times TK Maxx. ūüôā ¬†The one thing I am most excited about my charity shop finds, are eight picture frames (only four pictured) that I got for ¬£24! I bought them for the good quality wood frames that I will spray paint black ¬†and use them for a symmetrical black and white gallery wall. ( I will share on that on a different blog post)

Here is my inspiration for the gallery wall:

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Here are all the goodies I found over the last two weeks.

Also, those cotton branches were a quick DIY  I used to decorate for a ladies  western barn dance get together at church. There were really easy to make, I will do a cotton wreath and share the DIY, so watch out for that soon.

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The large frames were £4 each but because I got all eight of them, the lady gave me two for free! I love a good deal!

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I found two books that I mainly got them for their color, thickness and interesting title ..:) I love to read, I promise, but it won’t hurt if the books on display look pretty and complement the rest of the decor, right? ¬£2.50 each!

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This is now one of my favorite frames. I have a few in this style РIndian craftsmanship / hammered look, and I bought them from TK Maxx, this one was £1.50!

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While at TK Maxx with my kids, we were admiring all the Autumn decor and there were these little acorns and pears ceramic boxes that we liked but ended up not buying. I am glad we didn’t. A few days later I found this gorgeous ¬†pear shaped box. It has a lovely wight to it , I just love it! It was ¬£ 1.50!!!

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I also found this tall Dragon Leaf Plant on a Selling Group on Facebook for £8!! I just need to find it a nice pot. Maybe a basket?

On to the TK Maxx  and Asda George finds:

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The silver frame (that will turn into a gold frame by the power of a spray paint can) was ¬£1.75 and the No 5 candle was in the clearance section dor ¬£0.50! (5 because we are a family of Five! ūüôā .

The table runner and the blue round frame are both from TK Maxx. That table runner spoke to me! I love all the details! It was hand made in India. Love, love it! It was £9.99.  The frame was £4.99.

Lovely tassels!!

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As you might have noticed, the colors I am going for, when it comes to accessories ¬† are, blue, navy blue, burnt orange with gold accents . Other colors will be : dark grey, black and white. Now the style that I like, it can’t really be defined in one word. I like what Melissa Michaels says in one of her books, Simple Decorating :

” You will define your style by living it first. Your life experiences and personal preferences should inspire the look and feel of your home. “

I am inspired by my faith, different cultures, history, nature, my kids, traveling. ¬†It could be called, eclectic style or global decor with a bit of clean lines and structure ..I think it’s important to balance it or it might be perceived as messy and unorganized.

So far I am really enjoying the process !

Thank you for reading! Talk to you soon! God bless you and your family!

 

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Living room refresh

Hello, I know I know, it’s been a while. I feel like every time I write a new blog post I have to explain my absence on here…and you know, life gets in the way ūüôā .It’s the Summer Holiday, the kids are off school and I thought what better time to redecorate the living room… because we need more crazy around here.

Let me give you a backstory. We rented this flat (apartment) for the last 6 YEARS! It was supposed to be just a short, one year, stop on our way to renting (hopefully buying ) a house. God had a different plan for us and fast forward 6 years later we are still here and we will still be here for the next 3 years at least, until I finish my degree. It is a very good size two bedroom apartment, two bathrooms, open-space living room and kitchen. ¬†All three kids share a room. It’s big enough to fit three separate beds ( no bunk beds…I don’t really like them, don’t know why) and everything else. I will probably share how we make it work in a room tour blog post in the future.

So as we recently decided that we will not going to be looking for a house for the next three years, I really wanted a refresh of our home. We were always thinking we might move in a few months and so all the things I dreamed about when I envisioned my home to be and feel where always for the future, pined on my Home Pinterest Board. Living in a rented place I am limited with what I can do, but I decided to take that as a challenge and see how I can have the things I love, like the window seat ¬†for example, work for the space I have. We don’t have a huge budget, I am a full time student with three kids on one income ( God bless my sweet husband). ¬†I do have a part time business as an event stylist but it’s not a steady monthly income so there will be a lot of IKEA, charity shops and DIYs. ¬†But I am so excited to share the whole process with you. We are going to start with our living room/ family room/ dinning room…it serves a lot of purposes to our family of five. It’s an open space kitchen and living room so it’s the heart of the home, it’s where we spend most of our time as a family, where we entertain and were our guests sleep.

Today I will share some of my inspiration for the open-space living room with you and how I plan to make it work for our space.

The inspiration:

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And this is the space we are working with, this is how the living room looks now:

 

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I love the idea of a window seat with tall bookshelves on either side. A place where my kids can snuggle with a book or day dream looking out the window. So I am thinking Ikea Billy bookshelves on each side of the window with doors on the bottom for more hidden storage and a Kallax unit as window bench. Something like this.

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The window is actually a double door Juliet balcony and the only natural light source for the whole room- living room and kitchen, so I need them to still open. So I am thinking to add castor wheels to move it around. Also there’s a low window sill that I have to work around it, I don’t really have a solution about that yet, any suggestions are more then needed.

We are also replacing the sofa for a sofa bed, ¬†the TV stand for a chest of drawers ¬†and the kitchen/ dining table. What I want from this space is more storage = less clutter, more seating areas, more light, and for the whole place to feel more grounded, I am thinking of an area rug too. We will love to replace the carpet flooring with hardwood flooring but that’s a no go in a rental.

The Ikea delivery is supposed to be here in 10 days!! We have to refresh the wall paint by then. I will love to replace the ¬†magnolia color we have now with a bright white but our kitchen units are a glossy magnolia color and I am afraid it might clash and make them look like they’re ¬†dirty…the same with the white bookcase on one of the walls, so the jury is still out on that one.

Can’t wait to share some Ikea hacks and DIY projects from this whole process with you all and of course the big reveal.

Thank you for reading!

 

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at the seaside

My girls ¬†love the seaside. They have only experienced the UK ¬†Seaside…it is beautiful I agree, but you can’t really fully ¬†enjoy ¬†it with the water being always cold. ..if it ¬†were ¬†the Black ¬†Sea ¬†or the ¬†Caribbean. ..now that’s a ¬†very different experience. ūüôā¬†
¬†They were asking to go since school holiday started. So one weekend we went for a ¬†day to…
It was  great fun.  We  enjoyed some  really yummy fish and chips by the  Sea, had fun  at the  fair and just walking down the  beautiful beach. 
Traveling with ¬†three little ¬†ones ¬†is challenging, yes, even ¬†if ¬†it’s just for a few hours. The ¬†phrase ” are we nearly ¬†there ¬†yet ¬†?” ¬†is asked 15 minutes ¬†into the journey but¬†
I ¬†love ¬†travellingwith my kids…discovering new ¬†places and seeing it all trough their eyes. They get excited and ¬†marvel ¬†about the littlest things. It ¬†teaches you to ¬†slow down and take it all in. Admire the beauty around us and be thankful for it. And at bedtime, ¬†when you hear : This was the best day ever!, it makes everything worth it!¬†

 Big Sister keeps discovering new countries on the  map  that she  wants to  visit like they  are  just around the corner.

Can we go on Saturday  mummy?

Oh how I wish my  little one. I  think she  takes after her mama.

Little brother was not that impressed with the cold muddy water and windy weather. I think he was a ¬†bit ¬†overwhelmed ūüôā

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Are you in college or know someone in college? Did you know you can RENT your texbooks?/ Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.
Did you know that every three minutes a child is born with a cleft? ‚ÄĒ often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile.¬†In some places these children are shunned and rejected.
¬†And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life!
Here is one of many touching stories :
Abandoned by both her parents, Maria Eul√°lia Cabralda Costa faced incomprehensible pain during her first five years of life in Brazil.
She was born with a cleft lip that scarred her beautiful features. Her parents separated when she was just a baby, and her father chose two of her siblings to live with him. Her mother chose two others. Neither of them wanted Maria, a beautiful little girl with huge eyes that reflect her emotions.
When Maria’s parents left her, the city’s Child Protection Council called her grandmother, who chose to raise her small granddaughter.
As Maria grew older, she begged her grandmother to allow her to skip school. Her classmates taunted and tormented her, yelling, ‚ÄúYou are crippled. Stay away from me.‚ÄĚ Maria was too embarrassed to even play with children in her neighbourhood. If she ventured from her home, she covered her mouth with her hands.
Maria’s grandmother was determined to find help for her granddaughter. She first approached the mayor of her city, who was also a doctor. Eventually, a government official directed her to Operation Smile.
When she arrived at the medical mission in Fortaleza, 5-year-old Maria immediately captured the hearts of all the medical volunteers. After her surgery, she was bursting with laughter and smiles.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm so very happy,‚ÄĚ said her grandmother. ‚ÄúShe plays, runs, talks. She is completely different. Everything has changed for the best. She is not ashamed anymore. Now, she is always looking at herself in the mirror. She always says that she is beautiful, that she is gorgeous. It was everything we have ever wanted.‚ÄĚ

Here is how you can help and benefit from it as well…,

                                                     

                                                                    

 CampusBookRentals.com is a company that rents textbooks, saving you money in college and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!
So if you know someone in college or have a kid in college you can save money and make a difference in someones life at the same time!
Here are some more perks :
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods

 

…I mean,how great is that?!!!
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Shabby Apple

Hello there!
How is your week going so far?
Have you noticed the lovely little banner on the right side of my blog today? Looks so pretty!I have been invited to join Shabby Apple Affiliate Program! Yes, this is  a big deal to me!
 It means I am doing something right with this blog! haha 
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I just adore their clothes ! So feminine and romantic !¬† A Shabby Apple dress does justice to that beautiful body of yours! They have so many styles to choose from and fun and colourful collections, it’s just a treat for your eyes!
 
 
Oh , in love with this yellow skirt!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
…the perfect green!
 



Be still my heart…
 
 
 
more on Shabby Apple:
 




in their own words…

“At Shabby Apple, we believe in both femininity and feminism. As feminine women, we create clothing that is artful in design and crafted with a vintage-style flare. Each piece is carefully constructed to both flatter a women‚Äôs figure and maintain her mystery. As feminists, we created a company that is women-owned and operated and that donates to help other women start their own businesses. With our old-fashioned style and modern ideals, we believe the best is yet to come!”

Go¬† and grab your self a gorgeous spring dress or skirt or¬†some really nice ¬†swimwear or some shoes or….!
 
Dresses from Shabby Apple

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Yellow – inspiration

Do you have a favourite colour?
 
If so, was it always your favourite?
 
Yellow was not always my favourite colour.
But I have fallen in love with it.
 
I find it warm and peaceful and …the happiest colour in the world .
 
I love yellow.
 
 Here it is, my yellow inspiration, for this not so bright and warm month of January !
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Operation Smile – how you can help and benefit from it as well

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.
Did you know that every three minutes a child is born with a cleft? ‚ÄĒ often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile.¬†In some places these children are shunned and rejected.
¬†And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life!
Here is one of many touching stories :
Abandoned by both her parents, Maria Eul√°lia Cabralda Costa faced incomprehensible pain during her first five years of life in Brazil.
She was born with a cleft lip that scarred her beautiful features. Her parents separated when she was just a baby, and her father chose two of her siblings to live with him. Her mother chose two others. Neither of them wanted Maria, a beautiful little girl with huge eyes that reflect her emotions.
When Maria’s parents left her, the city’s Child Protection Council called her grandmother, who chose to raise her small granddaughter.
As Maria grew older, she begged her grandmother to allow her to skip school. Her classmates taunted and tormented her, yelling, ‚ÄúYou are crippled. Stay away from me.‚ÄĚ Maria was too embarrassed to even play with children in her neighbourhood. If she ventured from her home, she covered her mouth with her hands.
Maria’s grandmother was determined to find help for her granddaughter. She first approached the mayor of her city, who was also a doctor. Eventually, a government official directed her to Operation Smile.
When she arrived at the medical mission in Fortaleza, 5-year-old Maria immediately captured the hearts of all the medical volunteers. After her surgery, she was bursting with laughter and smiles.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm so very happy,‚ÄĚ said her grandmother. ‚ÄúShe plays, runs, talks. She is completely different. Everything has changed for the best. She is not ashamed anymore. Now, she is always looking at herself in the mirror. She always says that she is beautiful, that she is gorgeous. It was everything we have ever wanted.‚ÄĚ

Here is how you can help and benefit from it as well…,

                                                     

                                                                    

 CampusBookRentals.com is a company that rents textbooks, saving you money in college and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!
So if you know someone in college or have a kid in college you can save money and make a difference in someones life at the same time!
Here are some more perks :
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
I honestly didn’t know that this existed…I mean,how great is that?!!!