Living Room Make Over...

living-room-make-overHello Im back and still alive! Sorry its been so quiet over here! I finally have some images to share with you  guys of one room we have managed to almost complete! Our smaller living room which we like to call The Snug has had a pretty big make over. This room before had magnolia walls & blue patterned carpet both of which we wanted to change asap! We loved the fireplace so set to work deciding on colours and how to maximise the space in this little room.

living-room This is the room before hand, we forgot to snap a photo with the carpet down, but you get the idea of what the room looked like. First thing we did was order some skinny wooden floor boards in an oak shade. We chose thin boards to make the room feel bigger. Then we painted the ceilings, walls, skirting boards and radiator white. I had the curtains originally picked for our bedroom but changed my mind & decided they would be good for this room so our colour scheme flowed around yellow, mint & grey.

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We chose to paint a feature wall in shade Sunny Day by Dulux. Dave & I were both worried about the shade at first (yellow is totally out of our comfort zone!) but next to the grey sofas and new floor boards it looked great! Homebase were kind enough to gift me with vouchers so I was able to buy all the paint and the cute scandi style sideboard which acts as a tv stand but with all important hidden storage below!home-decor-make-overWe still have a bit more to do. We need some picture frames and prints on the wall, maybe a few more cushions and a rug for the floor. But so far we are so pleased with how this little room has turned out!
Ive tried to list where I bought everything below, some of its new but some of it was bought last year.

Larger Sofa: Next
Small Sofa: My papa's which  we had upholstered and re-stuffed.
Sideboard c/o Homebase
Curtains: Dunelm 
House shape clock: Next
Knitted Cushions: Made by Dave's mum
Mint Throw: H&M
Yellow dog cushion: B&Q
Grey/wood frame: Upcycled & half painted in Annie Sloan Chalk paint
DVD stands: Ikea
Rustic Box: Gift from my parents 
Paint c/o Homebase: feature wall Sunny day Dulux
Wooden Toadstool: National Trust Xmas Market

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My Home Office: Before Pics & Inspiration

how-to-create-a-home-officeThe idea of sharing any before photos of my new home before I had a pinterest worthy after photo kind of terrified me. There are so many amazing homes featured online that it can be intimidating. Faced with the job of decorating a whole home for the first time and on a budget the process of where to start left me staring blankly at each room for hours on end looking like Id lost my mind. Don't get me wrong I am super excited to get cracking but yea what do you do first? once you've moved all the boxes from room to room with hardly any furniture?!
So I decided to share the room we have decided will be Dave & I's shared home office, this room is the next biggest bedroom to our bedroom & was used previously as a guest bedroom. We decided that our priority was to have a big office with plenty of light were we both could feel inspired and work easily from home. It will be somewhere for blogging & crafting for me & somewhere for Dave to work from home & also create music which is a big hobby of his.

create-an-inspring-officeSo far it ain't much to look at, we literally threw in our desks and bookcases and haven't done much else. What we had in visioned for this room was a separate desk area on either side of the window for us, storage down the other two walls you can see. With extensive storage for all of Dave's records & a gallery wall. I want to add pops of colour but keep most of the furniture white in keeping with our desks & bookcases. We plan to keep the neutral carpet to keep costs down at the minute, paint the walls and add some fun office accessories!

office-inspiration budget-office-ideas blogger-office-ideas Here is a little inspiration Ive been gathering from Pinterest, I want the office to feel functional but not cluttered, fun but not clinical or cold. Ive also been toying with the idea of a feature wall in a colour, maybe mint blue?
But wall to make the feature of? The back wall or the wall with the window to which our desk will sit against? Love to hear your advice! :) xx

Hope you like this little post, my plan is to share photos along the decorating process of each room so you can see how each space comes together from start to finish!

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My First Ikea Hack...

ikea-upcycle-hack1So Im back! We are moved into our house yay! We still have boxes in every room and no flooring downstairs but I am so excited and already feel like the place is our home. The only room in a semi organised state is the bedroom, and I thought id share the first ikea hack I did which was our bedside tables.

ikea-home-design-blogFor this project you will need:
2 x TARVA Bedside tables from Ikea.
1 x large tin of Rust-Oleum furniture paint in Anthracite
1 x Wood varnish ( I used Ronseal Medium Oak in matt to match  in with my oak bed frame)
2 x FAGLEBODA drawer pull handles. I used the colour: brass.
3 x Paint brushes, 2 for paint, 1 for varnish.

home-decor-blogI started with giving the entire bedside tables except the top a coat of the furniture paint, then I waited 24 hrs and gave the whole thing a second coat. Then I gave the top two coats of the varnish, be careful when applying this as it can go streaky if not applied quickly and evenly. Then I got Dave to drill two holes to attach the drawer pull handles. This can be tricky as the holes have to be very close the the edge of the handle, so drill carefully otherwise you could chip the wood or paint.

lifestyle-home-decor-tips I try to keep my bedside table clear of clutter as it usually gets covered in jewellery and phones at the end of every night! My lamp is from John Lewis and the grey cut out felt coaster is from an Irish designer in Dublin. The shelf below currently holds my current reads: Harper Lee, Earnest Hemmingway- Old man and the sea & my One sentence a day dairy.

ikea-upcycle-ideasI thought Id also share Dave's bedside table, we toyed with the idea of having different tables so as to not have a matchy-matchy bedroom but opted instead for different lamps to keep them feeling different. Dave's lamp is from B&Q & he has a little wooden photo frame with a photo from our wedding inside & a big gold key he gave me when we moved in together last year.

ikea-easy-hack And there you have it! My first Ikea hack/upcycle. How do you guys like it? Have you tried any hacks with Ikea furniture?

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Big News!!

home-decor-blog Yay! Dave & I got the keys to our very own home on Friday! After 5 months of waiting for house No.1 which fell through at the very last minute. Then a further 3 months of waiting on this house we are so excited to finally get stuck in and make the place our own! We are both super busy with work & Im out of the country for 2 weeks with work in August so its gonna be kinda hectic unpacking, painting, blogging but I promise Ill do my best to keep my little blog updated. So please dont forget about me & keep visiting the Magpie Girl!

grid-life-magpiegirl So I thought Id share a little Grid Life image in this post too, a compilation of my photos recently...

Packing boxes for our move, just boxes of pugs. What else could a girl need?
Bed hair selfie
View from our new kitchen window!
Pink roses and open toes sandals
Starbucks cold coffee addiction grows out of control...
Pretty little house warming frame complete with a photo from our wedding day.
Building Ikea furniture with cups of tea & youtube 90's playlists
Surprise 60th party for my dad :)
Spending 36 fleeting hours with my sister Sophie before she jets back to the USA
Bathtub Gin, the gin of champions.
Selfies with Chomper, a weekly essential.

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