Saturday, 25 February 2017

My dream.... kitchen

Since I’ve started to rent my flat, I’ve become more and more obsessed with interiors and homeware. Even though I don’t own the flat, I really enjoy buying bits of decor to make the place feel like my own.

As a result of my love for decor and interiors, I’m creating a new series called ‘My dream…’ and I’m going to focus on one area/room per post. I'm going to include the photos and images that I’ve found on Pinterest that I'd love to use for inspiration for my dream home in the future. I hope you enjoy seeing some inspiration as much as I’ve enjoyed putting this post together!

The kitchen is one of my favourite rooms in a house. I really enjoy cooking and it’s my favourite room to clean too! My tastes change quite often, sometimes I’d love a traditional style kitchen with some modern bits here and there and sometimes I really want a clean and utterly modern kitchen.

I really love the natural style kitchen, with reclaimed wood, dark blues and greens on the walls and plants hanging from shelves. I also love clean, white kitchens with pops of colour from accessories. I love copper, so I think any style of kitchen I have when I own my own house will have some copper incorporated.

I really want either a wooden flooring (if that is really practical?!) or a nice patterned tile like in the photo above. I also REALLY want this copper penny floor, how beautiful is it? I think it would look amazing with grey kitchen cupboards.

I really love the Moroccan style, with white and blue patterned tiles and industrial copper pipe shelves. I’m just so indecisive on the exact style I'd go for at the moment!

We currently have a lot of storage in terms of cupboards; in fact we have an entire cupboard for our plastic bags and reusable shopping bags! I really want one of those tall cupboards which you pull out and it has wire shelves for all of your non-perishable items. Oh the dream!

Our kitchen isn’t too far off my style. It’s clean, white and modern. It's probably the only room in the flat that I try to keep clutter free, so I keep decorative bits to the minimum and just keep the obvious kitchen bits I need! My kitchen has one of those really deep drawers you can put pans and tall stuff in too which I love and it has a really nice shelf above the sink which I can show off my bright coloured glasses.

The only thing I don’t really like about it is the sink which sounds a bit picky! The taps aren’t very nice but the flats were converted from an old school in around the early 2000’s I think so I don’t think we’ve done too bad with the decor for the era it was converted!

What’s your favourite style of kitchen? I’d love to know! P.S - all of the photos are from Pinterest! Follow me for more inspiration!
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

The time I FINALLY went to the Harry Potter Studio Tours

My Christmas present this year from my lovely boyfriend was a trip to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour and an overnight stay in London. The tour is something I’ve wanted to visit ever since it opened, but I always thought it needed a lot of planning, to which it did, and it was kind of one of those things I knew I’d get round to one day.

I’ve been a fan ever since I asked my mum and dad as a 9 year old, all those 17 (nearly 18!) years ago, for the Philosopher's Stone for my birthday. I’d already been reading the book at primary school and I was so excited to get my hands on my very own copy. And so my love for Harry Potter began.

We went to the tour at the end of January and armed with a supply of snacks, we made the long five hour coach journey down to London Victoria coach station. We got the train and a taxi to the studio tour and my excitement grew as we were nearing the tour. Our town was scheduled for 3.30pm and as we arrived a little early we bought a doughnut and a drink in the cafe before tour started.

We spent nearly five hours in the tour, we left just before 8.30pm. It was closing at 10pm the day we visited, so we could have stayed longer but we saw anything and we felt like we experienced everything as much as we wanted to. Like everyone who visits, I tried Butterbeer which I really liked but it got a little bit sickly at the end so I didn’t drink it all! The gift shop was amazing too, I’m a massive fan of gift shops and I had to stop myself from buying the whole shop! I did come away with a few bits though.

We stayed in the Jurys Inn in Watford, which was lovely. We checked out in the morning and spent the rest of the morning and afternoon hopping on and off tubes to see the famous sights of London. I’ve been to London a few times, but I haven’t been for nearly six years and I’d missed the hustle and bustle of the city and using the tubes. I really wish we had tubes in Leeds, it makes getting around so much easier and quicker!

I absolutely loved my little trip to London and the Harry Potter Studio Tour; it was perfect for beating the January blues! I also took A LOT of photos, over 200 to be exact! But I didn't want to bombard the post with photos or spoil it for anyone who hasn't been. Have you been to the tour? I’d love to know you’re fave part!
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