12 October 2017

Embracing The House Plant Trend

House plants have made a massive comeback recently, my Instagram feed is full of beautiful pictures of stunning interiors and they all have one thing in common, they feature some form of plant and I mean actual living plants that you have to take care of, none of this artificial easy to look after stuff.

We recently decorated our bedroom and when I was looking for decor items I thought maybe I'll get a small plant and see how it looks with the white, blush pink and copper, one plant led to more and before I knew it I was obsessed so I thought I'd write a post showing you the plants we have so far and where I got them from just incase you were considering introducing some plants into your house. 

I decided on an aloe vera plant first as they're relatively easy to look after and I also like the fact that they can aid sleep by providing more oxygen in the room. This particular one was from Ikea and cost £2.50, I think it looks absolutely stunning in this copper planter which comes in 3 different sizes from Stupidegg.co.uk, who also sell plants as you'll see in a minute (check out their Instagram bio for a 10% off discount code). The little succulent next to it is also from Ikea and was a bargain at just £3.

On a recent shopping trip to HomeSense I picked up this adorable cactus shaped planter so of course I just had to get a cactus to put in it. I picked one up from yep you guessed it Ikea and it was only £4, cacti are super easy to look after, they pretty much look after themselves so if you're nervous about real plants start off with a cactus.

A plant that I've been seeing all over Instagram is the Ceropegia Woodii or String of Hearts, it's a super pretty trailing plant which has delicate heart shaped leaves and requires little maintenance. I found this plant a little hard to get hold of, I couldn't find any in my local garden centers so I decided to look online. 

My search led me to the Stupidegg.co.uk where I found the plant I was looking for along with many others and also lots of gorgeous planters including the copper one I mentioned earlier, now I'm not going to lie I was a bit dubious about buying a plant online because I imagined it would get destroyed in transit but I didn't need to worry because it arrived in perfect conditioned as it was very well packaged and it came really quickly so I was super impressed.

To add a pop of pink to our room I added in this super cute mini orchid from Morrisons, these are a little more temperamental but I find that if you can find a spot in your house that they like they're fine. 

The last two plants in our bedroom are the Kalanchoe Madagascar which we have on our bedside table and we liked because of the hints of purple in the leaves which ties in with the slight purple tones in our wallpaper and our huge Yucca plant which are both from good old Ikea.

We had a gap at the end of our draws in the corner of the room and thought a nice tall plant would look great in that space, the Yucca fits there perfectly and is another very low maintenance plant to own, it requires minimal watering and looks great all year round.

We've had most of these plants for a couple of months now and none of them have died so if you're thinking about embracing the house plant trend but are scared you'll just kill the plants don't be, just go for it! 

If you're like me you'll be addicted in no time.

4 October 2017

Ikea Hemnes Hacks

We all know that Ikea furniture is awesome, it's affordable, comes in a wide variety of different sizes and styles to suit all needs and it's pretty good quality too but the downside of that is everybody has it.

We recently redecorated our master bedroom and needed some extra storage but we didn't want to spend a fortune so we opted for some drawers from the ever popular Hemnes range. They're great value for money and gave us tonnes of storage space but I wanted to make them look a little different and also tie them into our blush pink, grey and copper room.

I see lots of people upcycling furniture on Pinterest and Instagram but I've never had the courage to have a go myself, I always assumed it looks too hard or that I'd mess it up but for some reason this time I decided that I was going to give it a go. 

I chose to keep it simple and make one minor change to the furniture and that was to spray paint the knobs of the drawers and the matching bedside tables copper. I've never used spray paint before but I figured "what's the worst that could happen?" if I made a total mess of it I would just buy new knobs.

So I decided to go for it and I'm so glad I did, I used a primer first and then the copper spray and they turned out better than I expected. I think it's given the furniture a more unique and expensive look and I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

Here are a few other ways you can make simple yet very effective changes to the Hemnes furniture or any furniture for that matter. 

Firstly you can use marble vinyl on the fronts of the drawers or on the tops to give them a modern and more luxurious look, I love this and I'm very tempted to give it a try on my desk in the office so watch this space.

Changing not only the colour but the style of the draw knobs can make a huge difference to the look of them as you can see on the picture above.

Lastly a simple paint job can really transform them into completely different looking furniture and would be very quick and easy to do, I love this pink ombre look which is perfect for a little girl's bedroom and the grey bedside table just looks so chic.

If you're thinking about giving something like this a try I say go for it, if you'd like any advise or would like to ask any questions leave me a comment below and if you have a go at any of these hacks tag me in your photos as I'd love to see them.

27 September 2017

Simple & Cute Halloween Treats

Halloween is a big deal in our house and every year we have a Halloween party for all the children in our families, I'm always on the lookout for cute, spooky treats to serve at the party and this year I thought I'd try out two ideas that I found on Pinterest.

The first thing we made were these super cute Halloween dessert pots

Here's what you need to make them

 Some clear plastic cups
A black Sharpie pen
A packet of Orange flavour Hartley's Jelly
Some plain vanilla yogurt
A selection of food colourings
Chocolate sprinkles

Use the Sharpie to draw spooky faces on the cups, I chose to do pumpkins, Frankenstein, Dracula, a ghost, a skeleton and an eyeball but you can use your imagination and pretty much do anything you want.

Next you need to make up the Orange jelly as that needs plenty of time to set in the fridge, pour it into the cups with the pumpkin faces and pop in the fridge.

When the jelly is almost set you can start on the yogurt, I used plain yogurt for the ghost and the skeleton and then I put green food colouring in the yogurt for Frankenstein, purple food colouring for the eyeball and a tiny hint of black food colouring in the yogurt for Dracula to give him a slightly grey appearance.

Top the Frankenstein and Dracula pots with sprinkles to look like hair and they're done.

I think they're a great, spooky little dessert option for our party that the kids will love and are super easy to make.

We also made Wriggly Jelly Worms with the Lime flavour Hartley's Jelly which was loads of fun to make and surprisingly easy. All you do is make up the jelly as normal but add a little gelatin aswell to make the jelly firmer and then pack some drinking straws tightly into a tall glass and pour the jelly into the straws. 

Leave it to fully set in the fridge and then to get the jelly out of the straws all you do is run them under warm water for a couple of seconds and they should slide out quite easily. To display them I just crushed up some Oreo's to look like soil and popped the worms on top and you've got a gross but tasty Halloween dessert.

Let me know if you've tried any of these desserts and also tell me if there's anything else we should try making with jelly this Halloween.