Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Storage solution 1: Hat boxes

Each week I will aim to provide you with innovative and quirky storage solutions in order to de-clutter you sideboards and coffee tables without the need to throw away everything, because lets face it we love to keep some things. So check out the 'storage solution' label each week for these.

Solution 1: One of my favourite storage pieces in my bedroom is my slightly leaning tower of hat boxes, which contain a few hats but mostly other bits and bobs.

Monday, 21 February 2011

A successful second-hand spree

Well, what a successful trip. Both Mum and I came away with some real steals, and a car full of treasures. Firstly however I have to take back what I said about just coming away with things you planned to buy, I am usually so controlled but sometimes if you really fall in love with something and know you will regret not buying it you should get it, as there will always be a place in your home for things you love!!!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Second-hand flea fair shopping

"I challenge you to find a more enjoyable day out than second hand shopping at an antiques fair" (Kirstie Allsopp).

So...bright and early tomorrow morning I am taking my mum to experience the flea fair at the 'Three Counties Showground'. This will be my second visit but my mum's first. Now for anyone out there thinking about visiting a flea market or antiques fair here are a few tips:

1. Before you go have a good think about what it is you want, otherwise you could end up with lots of lovely things but things that wont fit into your home.

2. Next set yourself a budget of how much you want to spend, otherwise you will end up blowing your budget. 

Mum and I are going tomorrow to look for the following items:

For me:
- a bucket or basket to be used as a kitchen bin
- a wall mirror

For mum:
- some kind of hall stand (only smaller)
- a blanket box

Check back tomorrow to see how we got on, and for tips on haggling down the price!!

Who am i?

Who? What? Where? Why? When?

This is me...and my kitten Pingu, who is no more a kitten than I am a baby! (She is 17).

I am a girly girl who loves all things Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley, floral and typically english country. I love to sew, knit, paint and create.

I am a firm believer that you can make anywhere a home from a student room or van or boat to your own self built dream home.

I love ikea as much as I love my local flea fair, and purchases and findings from each mix together to create a home with both character and that says something about you without breaking the bank.

I hope you enjoy following my blog and subsequently my journey investigating interior design, flea market and second hand shopping and ultimately house hunting for my own home.