How to create a Home Office Space...

how-to-create-home-officeIm a firm believer that by making a creative corner/nook in your home to work or blog or craft is essential for harnessing your focus and helping with your productivity. Being in between homes at the minute has meant creating such a space has been slightly disruptive and difficult but it is possible.
I wanted to share my tips on creating a home office space no matter how small.

home-office-stylingLocation: Work out where in your home works best in terms of what space is available and where you feel works best for your needs. Do you need lots of natural daylight by a window. Do you need to be near a plug outlet for a printer/computer/sewing machine. The empty space under your stairs, the alcove in your living room or a corner in your spare bedroom can all make a perfect office space.

diy-home-officeCreating Storage & Space: With space being an issue in most home offices make the most of your corner my creating storage above and below your desk. Floating shelves on the wall can store books, cameras, paint supplies which can also help inspire you. Below desk storage such as a set of small drawers can hide unwanted clutter.

blog-home-officeFunctional & Fun: It is important that your home office is somewhere you want to sit and work & not somewhere that fills you with dread! Make your office fun with injections of colour and pretty decor. This could be in the form of a colourful lamp, a nice mug to hold all your pencils and pens or a vase of flowers.
Focus: Having something to focus on is always helpful at home where there are plenty of distractions, pin inspirational quotes to a pegboard or washi tape them to the wall in front of your desk to help you stay positive and on track!

create-a-home-officeOn my desk: Lamp: B&Q, Pegboard c/o Red Candy, Books: Cocktail Guide & One line a day diary, Mug c/o Flamingo Gifts, Washi Tape: Paperchase, Postcard: Our wedding save the date, Pencil Case: Etsy, Flowers are Peonies & Astilbe.

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The Meadows...

uk-style-bloggerIts the middle of May and yet it still feels like March. There is a nip in the air that means bare legs and open toed shoes will just have to wait a little while longer. Instead Ive been opting for skinny jeans and loose shirts in the hope of feeling somewhat on the road to transitioning my clothing!
My weekends of late have been spent exploring new parks and wooded areas with Dave & our dogs, getting back out on our bicycles, upcycling some furniture including a little ikea hack which I hope to share once Im finished!

lifestyle-fashion-blog magpie-girl-blog styling-monochrome-outfit the-meadows outfit-lookbook-blogTop: Mado
Jeans: Topshop
Boots c/o Clarkes
Sunglasses: Cheap Monday c/o Specsavers

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Styling Shelves...

home-decor-shelvingAs I start to think about finally owning my own home again, interior design and decor are creeping back into my mind and taking over all my day dreams. One thing I seem to be focused on at present is shelving. Displaying personal items on shelves about your home is such a simple way to portray your style and make a house homely with trinkets & treasures on display.
All types of shelving have been getting my attention. From these white scandi style ones above, to letter ledge displays behind sofas perfect for leaning photo frames, to chunky shelving to display your favourite cooking items in your kitchen.

how-to-display-shelves pretty-shelves lifestyle-blog-uk-home-deco decorating-shelvesI will be stealing plenty of ideas for shelving from these photos and saving them in my pinterest until I need them!
What do you like to display on your shelves? Any tips or tricks for me on making them look as good as these photos do?

photo sources (top to bottom)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Mustard Yellow...

shift-dress-forever21Mustard yellow is a colour I love to wear! When I was blonde it was a colour I definitely shied away from. A lot of colours I wear now are colours I would've never worn when I had blonde hair. Having red hair the past...9 years(!) has given me so many more options!

mustard-yellow-dress Hopefully soon I will have exciting news to share with you guys as Dave & I have seen another house we like after our last one fell through. We dont waste any time! But having had our fingers burnt before we are not getting our hopes up just yet. This house is bigger and older so Im excited by the idea of decorating it in our style & being an older house is has a lot more character than a new build. We still have surveys etc to sort through so fingers crossed it all works out!

peterpan-collar-dress how-to-wear-yellow mustard-yellow spring-summer-dressDress: Forever 21, 
Glases c/o Pro-opticals, 
Rings: Whistles & Heirloom, 
Watch: Casio, 
Brogues: Forever 21.

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