I've a had few emails in recent weeks encouraging me to do a home tour, I've seen some absolutely stunning examples of these featured on the pages of other bloggers and have really enjoyed taking a peek behind closed doors. Our little maisonette is a rented home, one part of a large old house complete with beams, sloping ceilings, creaky floorboards and the requisite troop of spiders (or Borises as they're known by us). The decorating and prettifying is still very much in process but I'll definitely post a few snippets as things are finished, until then I've snapped a little corner or two and a couple of recent crafty additions.
I don't currently have a noticeboard, I've been looking for a big cork pin board to pimp and fill with inspiration for a while but I haven't come across any in the local charity shops and I'm loth to part with £20 for the one I've seen elsewhere. So the fridge has become a place to pop the odd pretty thing for now - I bought some clothes peg magnets on Folksy (before I made some of my own) and picked out a few postcards I thought would look good in the kitchen, although the top left image is of my Grandad leading in a racehorse he had trained.
Superglue + magnets + vintage buttons = something to brighten up the washer a little. I can't stop making these little button magnets as they're so simple and can be stuck anywhere metallic!
Little wooden letters and punctuation marks are something I can't get enough of - I picked up this ampersand on eBay for £1.30 including postage a couple of months ago. It came in unfinished MDF and the first impulse was to paint it white and white it stayed for a while, but then my Mod Podge arrived and suddenly my whole world became about getting it open and getting my craft on, so I cannibalised more pages from a decrepit old copy of Little Women and got busy.
I'm quite pleased with the way it looks now and I think I'll get another and use some of my old atlas pages to decorate it for the bedroom.
I like little random touches about the house, I had a fit when I opened a rose bulldog clip as a present this Christmas from a friend who knows me far too well. Pretty things and stationery combined in one sweet little package - what's not to like?! The collage postcard was another Folksy find and handily used up the 90p left over in my PayPal account! Perfectly patriotic for today and the Royal Wedding flag waving.
The nooks and crannies in this place are what I love the most - so many interesting, unexpected little spaces to hang more stuff - like the sloping hallway corridor. My parents bought me this mosaic butterfly from Barcelona when they visited for their silver wedding anniversary a couple of years ago and went to see pieces of Gaudi's work all over the city. The downside of random low ceilings is that visitors (namely my 6ft plus Dad) occasionally clonk their heads even with fair warning!
Nowhere near a comprehensive look at my house not all that inspiring, but here are a handful of my favourite blogs who have infinitely more exciting home or garden tours in their sidebars!
Hope you're all having a lovely day whether you're partying to celebrate the Royal Wedding or just enjoying that Friday feeling!