Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Small Bathroom Makeover Before & After ♥




It took us two years but we finally got there.  Our "work in progress" small bathroom makeover is finally complete.  I don't know why it took me so long to decide what to do with such a small space bur im really happy with how its turned out.  I opted for white subway tiles for the walls with charcoal grout,  got a large mirror cut to the size of the back wall which automatically made the space feel so much bigger and for the floors I chose a black mosaic tile vinyl.  Its now complete with my cute little diy personalised banner and my  new batgirl print by the super talented  burnfeather 

All White Home Love ♥


I just love this beautiful white home that's currently up for sale in Sweden. If I could fly over there and buy it I would, anyone else want to buy it for me please feel free lol:) I Love how bright and clean it looks, and adore the eclectic mix of furniture, I'm also in love with the gorgeous piawallen cross blanket, its now officially on my wihlist!  Don't you just love how bunting can add a whimsical feel to your home and bring an element of fun to it, I think we all need to embrace our inner child and have bunting somewhere in our home.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Eclectic Living - Swedish Inspiration ♥



After spending a little while looking through Stadshem a Swedish real-estate broker based in Gothenburg,  I am officially in love.  Every single home on there is styled perfectly, most of the rooms are white with an amazing eclectic mix of furnishings. Check it out if your looking for some fab inspiration!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Scandinavian Home Styling - Black & White ♥

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Its so funny how certain parts of your home styling stay the same (your home staples if you like) All my rooms are white (well the ones I've decorated anyway) and that's the way they are staying, never mind the fact that I have 3 kids which often multiples at weekends and more that quadruples when there are parties involved.  If that mean running about with a  bottle of vanish and a dish cloth then so be it, my house is white and that makes me happy. 
So my obsession for the past three years if you look back on my blog has been all white with pops of colour, in particular turquoise and pink.  These colours are still at the top of my favourites list however over the past few months I've been drawn more and more to black and white.  Scandinavian style has always featured throughout my blog but lately after taking time off from blogging and being on Instagram a lot more my Scandinavian obsession has manifested itself.  The contrast between black and white is striking, the rooms are very simple but always look so dramatic and make a statement. 
 I've recently purchased a few of my favourite prints that I've been looking at for a while, I even had someone on Ebay create me a custom Andy Warhol Modena Museet print as I could not find one anywhere online and believe me when I say I looked everywhere (I even attempted to access a Japanese website that had no English, that was interesting and needless to say didn't work lol). I think my favourite room in my house is still my bathroom,   I'm so glad that I picked the Cole & Son woods wallpaper for it and  I think that's when my Scandinavian obsession probably began.  I still love my pink splash back In the kitchen but the rest of the pink is getting replaced!  The other 2 prints I purchased were the tiger says meow print from society 6 (ordered when it was free shipping only to get hit with customs tax)  and the cat girl print by burnt feather on etsy.  This arrived in less than a week from Australia I was pretty impressed and I just love it.  Anyways my blog may be taking a bit of a different colour direction but I hope I will still be posting lots of lovely home eye candy. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Diy glitter barcart makeover last!


Omg I probably have no readers left on my blog! I know it was my very good intention at the start of the year to try and do some sporadic blogging but I really thought I would have posted something by now! I have been so busy the past few months with my very wild 2 year old and all the other stuff that goes along with being a working mum & wife. 

Some of you might remember way back in February I bought a little mahogany bar cart from a local thrift store for the bargain price of £5. Well I had grand plans for that bart cart until I got it home and it ended up sitting in my garage for the last few months.  

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted it as blingtastic as possible (yes it is a word lol) and so I bought a tin of rustoleum gold spray paint and a tin of the glitter spray paint. I then went on eBay and bought 2 large tubs of champagne glitter. After spraying the whole thing gold I covered it in a light coat of watered down PGA glue, then I literally covered the whole thing, myself, the rabbit and half my house in glitter! Once it was dry I wiped off the excess glitter then sprayed the whole thing with the gold glitter spray, this created a seal  to stop the glitter going everywhere.

So tonight after a very lazy bank holiday I decided to finally put the finishing touches on it. I was in the kitchen finishes it off (feeling all chuffed with myself) when my very perceptive 7 year old came into the kitchen and said "wow mummy I love it" (big smile across my face) then in the same breath she said "but you know mummy Jake is just going to trash it" (yes my smile faded of course I knew this was the case) Jake really is so funny and he makes us all laugh everyday but you cannot leave anything out if you don't want him to destroy it-fact! 

So why did I put my bar cart together if only to take it apart the very next day? I really don't know, I think I just wanted to see what it was actually going to look like out my head and in my kitchen. Well it's here today and it will be gone (temporarily) tomorrow until our little monkey is able to leave it be! And I really love it! 

Hope all you guys are well, I am going to make more of an effort with the blog, doing my bar cart tonight made me remember how much I actually enjoy it! Take care
Careen x

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Polka dot wallpaper ♥

Im in love with this purple polka dot wallpaper that i came across tonight on scandinavian chic. Its got a bright and funky feel to it and i can imagine it in my sons bedroom. Im even tempted to get a paintbrush out or even a sharpie marker lol and do it myself. I found an idea on pinterest for his room that i thought would look pretty cool too. "A hole to another universe" I love this mural and its quite different, lets hope the kids dont actually try to jump into the thing lol. My son is only one so i want the room to be quite funky, something that can grow with him. I think the polka dots and the mural are a cute combination. 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

DIY fun kids craft ideas happy valentines day ♥

Happy valentines day everyone! Due to being a sick house the last few days we had to improvise when my daughter said she wanted to give 2 of her friends something special for valentines day. I've been collecting empty jars in particular Nutella jars not only because I have an addiction to Hot crepes and the delicious chocolaty goo but because the   jars are cute and have big white lids perfect for decorating. So first we filled the jars with sweets (we had quality streets but you could anything love hearts would have been a cute idea), we then covered the lids with washi tape (this tape is amazing, love the stuff) then we printed off some free valentines labels from here  and tied them on with some bakers twine. My daughter finished off by drawing some hearts on the jars and putting her friends names on the labels, this is such a cute and simple idea and doesn't need to be just for valentines day. Perfect for making personal little gifts for weddings, birthdays, baby showers. We are planning on saving enough jars so we can decorate them and give them out at my daughters birthday party in the summer rather than the standard party's bags. You can fill them with anything from sweets, bubbles, costume jewellery, even a little recipe and some key ingredients, small toys, the possibilities are endless.  I suppose whatever your theme is you could think of cute things to fill it with. There are also free printables all over the net If you don't want to make your own, I think this is such a lovely idea and can be used for so many occasions. Hope you all have a great day x

joined iheartnaptimes sundae scoop link party:) so maybe fab ideas over there my idea is only 429 lol x

Sunday, 10 February 2013

DIY bar cart makeover soon to be underway ♥

Going go gold
 Today I joined the bar cart revolution! and I'm a little excited lol. To some of you this may be a very exciting revelation but I'm sure for others you might still think these wheeled beauties belong all the way back in the 60's.  I know I'm a bit behind on this one but I was holding out till I found the right one.
simply swoon worthy
I have been on the hunt for a bargain bar cart or "trolley" for so long now and today I stumbled across one that excited me very much. I’ve had an idea in my head of what it would look like and I have to say that the one I got my hands on today for the bargain price of £5 is actually the opposite of what I wanted lol. I really liked the idea of a metal trolley, either aluminium or a light copper. I planned on spraying it turquoise and filling it with all my favourite drinks and cocktail making supplies. I absolutely love my sailor jerry, disaronno, chambord, hendricks gin (ok please don’t be alarmed I do love all these fabulous drinks but definitely in moderation, well ok unless I’m having a cocktail party ha)
Aqua Please
 Please excuse my little guy in the picture,  as soon as he saw it he shot straight in shouting "go..go..gooo...." yes my older son told him it was a go kart and he was getting wheeled about the living room in it lol. Buying this today has even inspired me to blog again. My blogging addiction is slowly creeping back and thanks to my friend Minnie over at mamawithoutborders I now have a name for my type of blogging. It would appear I’m a sporadic blogger and she even suggests I may start a trend. Well I’m not sure about the trend setting but I’m defiantly loving the title.  I hope I might even inspire Minnie to embark on the sporadic blogging trend too because I do miss her posts.
Bold Blue
I’ve got so many ideas running through my head about what it’s going to look like, all I really know at the moment is it will not be staying "as is" sorry to all the wood lovers out there, where I absolutely appreciate the beauty of wood, the colour is not for me. Ideas so far would be a really rich turquoise peacock blue, or gold. I’m open to any suggestions. Can’t wait to start it, only problem is once it’s done and stocked I am going to have to hide it from my little guy because he is one crazy boy and I know he would have a field day firing cocktail glasses and bottles about the house. Will keep you all posted on the progress.

watch me go mummy!



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