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…)
There’s just 10 more working days until I’m on my Christmas break from work and I am COUNTING. DOWN. THE. SECONDS.
As well as the usual festivities of the year, eating, drinking and seeing the people that mean the most to us, I also have a To Do list the length of my arm as I plan to get stuck into some of the boring life admin jobs that need doing.
Having an extended period of time off of work (if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to go in between Christmas and New Year) means the festive holidays are a popular time for giving your house a revamp, especially when the decorations come down and you see your walls bare for the first time in weeks!
As I’ve mentioned on here a few times, since Ben moved in with me, we’ve embarked on redecorating the house. We’ve done the hallway, lounge, dining area and main bedroom, mainly painting but with a little bit of wallpapering (a skill which I’ve found I lack) and now the only space left in desperate need of our attention is the stairs and landing.
Despite this being pretty must the first thing you see as you walk in the door, we’ve left it until last because, honestly, we just haven’t been able to face it. Painting the stairs and landing is always a nightmare, with the long-drop from the ceiling being an absolute pain, as you have to either set up a ladder and face your fear as you climb out over the open space with wobbling legs, or utilise a long-handled brush and embrace the very real risk of messy edges around the coving.
This is not a collaboration, but I have worked with Vinyl Clocks in the past, and rules dictate I need to tell you… so there you go!
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about Vinyl Clocks on A Penny For Them and I very much doubt it will be the last because they’re one of my favourite companies to deal with.
First of all, let’s just discuss their social media game for a minute because they’ve nailed it! I love the level of engagement they have with their followers, I love the fun and friendly way they communicate, and I love that they put so much value on direct, one-to-one contact with existing and potential customers alike.