Sunday, 19 March 2017

My dream.... living room

This is my second installment of my ‘My dream…’ series where I talk about what my idea of a dream home would be. My previous post, My dream… kitchen, is already live so if you haven’t seen it, please check it out!

My living room is my favourite place in our flat and the living room has always been my favourite place to relax and spend time in. I spend most of my time in my living room and although I don’t watch much TV, I do like to watch films and read a magazine or book whilst snuggled up on the sofa.

I’m really undecided on how I would like my dream living room. Part of my really wants one wall to be painted a lovely navy or jade green, but I’m not sure if it would look amazing in the summer as it would in the winter and darker months.

I also love crisp white walls with pops of colour, with prints and canvases. Light walls also make a room look and feel bigger and so much lighter too. I really want natural wood floorboards as I love the look of real wood floorboards. In my room back at home, I had floorboards that were painted white and it made my room feel so much lighter and airier. Here at my flat we have like a light hardwood flooring made to mimic real floorboards. As this was a old school, it’s not real floorboards as the building is divided up into 60 or so flats, but it’s nice and light.

I love cushions, so in my dream living room I’m going to have a tonne of cushions on the sofas and armchairs! I would love to have one sofa in a neutral grey or another colour and a couple of armchairs in a really bright colour or pattern. I think it would really help break up the room and make a focal point of the sofas.

I really love my living room. We go lucky that everything is my style and like a blank canvas. The sofas and a really nice colour and are super comfy! I made the little coffee table by upcycling an old footstool. It had a padded lid which I took off using a screwdriver, I then gave it a good clean and painted it a few coats of a matte grey paint that I got from Wilko. I also have a couple of copper door knobs that are beautiful and I’m going to add then to each end when I have the time.

We have a lot of art and posters around the flat. I love the Marvel canvases and the framed movie posters, all of which belong to my boyfriend. We also have a lot of framed prints around and a lot of photos as I really love displaying my favourite photos to remind me of happy memories.

P.S - All photos, apart from the ones of my living room!, are taken from Pinterest.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Papergang subscription box review

Subscription boxes have quickly become a regular monthly treat for many people. The idea of paying £10 or so a month and receiving a lovely box full of treats in the post every month is my idea of heaven. Despite saying this, I’ve only ever ordered one box, and it was the limited edition Harrods version of the Glossybox, wayyyyy back in 2012. You can now get so many different types of boxes, from beauty and makeup to boxes with goodies for your dogs.

One day I decided I really wanted to see if you could get a stationary box and stumbled across Papergang. Papergang is a paper themed box by Ohh Deer, and you can get things such as washi tape, greetings cards and notepads in the boxes. After falling in love with photos of previous months, I decided to order one and wait with anticipation for my box to arrive.

The box is £9.95 plus shipping per month, or you can bulk pay for 3, 6 or 12 months. I decided to pay per month, as I want to be able to choose when, or if, I want to cancel my subscription.

The box for February was designed by Nina Cosford and it’s kind of jungle/travel themed. As it was my first box, I received an iron-on patch of Drew, the mascot for Papergang. He’s really cute, I think I’ll iron him onto a tote bag or something!

I love these organisation pads and this one allows me to write what I’m doing during the week, or a meal plan. It also has space for notes which is useful and doodles which is a really cute addition. I also really love the notepad too. The design is lovely, it’s lined which is really handy and it’s A4. I feel like I don’t often come across nice A4 writing pads.

The greeting card will come in handy for those times when you’ve forgotten to get someone a card. I’m trying to build up a stock of birthday cards so I don’t always have to make the dash to the card shop. The stickers will look great in my scrapbook that I’m currently working on. The calendar is also very cute and it’s currently hanging on my wall in my flat. I like the tropical birds and the green colour. I’ve really been into the tropical interior trend that’s been around Pinterest and blogs.
Overall I’m really impressed with the Papergang box. I’ve signed up for the next box and I’m really excited to see what goodies I get!

What subscription box are you signed up to?

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