I bloody love the summer, I do. Lighter mornings make it easier to get out of bed, lighter evenings make the day last longer, and it’s warm and bright. There’s literally nothing I hate about summer (except wasps, nobody likes wasps).
This year, I have been determined that I was going to make the most of the sunshine months. The first part of this year was a bit of a dark one for me and so the summer for me was very much needed – I am always a better version of myself when the temperatures rise and the sun shines, I’m more proactive, I’m happier and I feel like I come to life.
Homewares. Oh, Homewares, how I love you.
Whether it’s looking for accessories to add character to a room, bedding to make our little sleep nest more cosy, or glassware and crockery to make dining a little bit more special, I am ALL OVER IT.
However, having lived in flats for the majority of my time since moving out of my parents’, I’ve never paid much attention to bits and pieces for the garden as they were something I had no need for. But all that has changed and now and, as I undertake a complete garden makeover, my mind is well and truly focussed on the outdoors.
Being in rented accommodation, as I’ve said before, we don’t want to spend too much money on anything that will be left behind, but we plan to be in our house for a good few years to come (all being well) and so I think a little bit of expenditure is a good investment.
My love for my pets is no secret. My Instagram feed is full of pictures of them and whenever I get the chance, I’ll talk to people about them. They’re my favourite things in the world and I love them more than I can put into words.
But, with summer coming and the temperatures rising, the past week or so I’ve really noticed an increase in the amount of fur they’re shedding as they lose their winter coats, and I’m now fighting my annual battle to keep my house as un-fluffy as possible!
Having 3 animals, people often ask me how I keep on top of cleanliness, and having had pets of my own for over 10-years now, I thought I’d share some of my top tips for keeping a clean house with pets.
It’s no secret that I have a big love for homes and interiors; I can spend hours lost watching property programmes and browsing Rightmove, and the best bit about winter for me is the fact that people switch their lights on before closing their curtains, so as I walk home from work I can have a nosey through their windows to see how they’ve decorated. (Pretty sure that’s not illegal… creepy, maybe, but not illegal…)
Another – less ‘Peeping Tom’ – way I like to indulge my interiors love is by endlessly browsing online stores to see what is coming in and going out of style, and getting ideas for the future house of my dreams. This year copper has been big news, which was particularly handy for me because it’s the accessory colour I wanted for our main bedroom.
Ok, hold on to your seats people because I’m about to say something controversial here and as soon as I do, I fully expect a band of people to storm into my house and rip my title of ‘blogger’ right out of my grubby little mitts.
I’ve never been a fan of Cath Kidston.
There, I said it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I can totally see the appeal of the brand – it’s kitsch, it’s shabby-chic, it’s farmhouse and cosy and reassuring – but anyone who knows me knows I’m not a girly girl, so I struggle with anything floral or cute (except actual flowers or animals…)