Interior Design, A Crush On A Fellow Blogger & Some Mild Stalking

I have a crush on a fellow blogger. Her name is Karen and last month (was it only last month?) I stumbled across her newest blog, The White Approach. I knew Karen from Twitter and her original (and also fantastic) blog, AllAboutTheBoys.

It was The White Approach and this post specifically that re-started my resolve to get this house sorted. Browsing through the site I realised that 1) we have similar tastes and 2) my house wasn’t going to sort itself out magically.

Karen has used window film to really make the best of this hall window, letting light in and adding privacy and as soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I needed. Our house is streetside so every man and his dog walks past the window and tends to stop for a gander in (really!) and the back of the house is a private road but you can see straight into both our kitchen windows when the light in on, nets or nets so something had to be sorted! I didn’t want blinds as I didn’t want to lose the light. Karen suggested Purlfrost as a site to nosy at and nosy I did. A couple of days later some samples arrived.

Samples to see not only how much light the film lets in but also so I could do a "night test" to see just how much privacy my overlooked home could regain

Instantly I could see what a difference this would make to my kitchen and lounge and chose the Bloom pattern for both my windows downstairs and White Frost for ultimate privacy in my large bathroom window which faces all the gardens!!

You can see just how effective nets have been during the day, night was worse.
Night test - Roy washing up... pre-window film, you'd be able to see his stubble ūüôā












Really, the photos don’t do the transformation justice, but I am ever so grateful that I found The White Approach, and Purlfrost. This is just one (vast) improvement I have made to my home, which has been¬†relatively¬†cheap but has made it a much nicer space to be a family in.

Assuming there isn’t a restraining order, I continue to stalk/look to the White Approach for inspiration and will let you know how I get on. There are big plans for Cawood Castle, a revamped bathroom, spruced up kitchen and more. Maybe when I get the house sorted, I’ll start on the garden – but that is most definitely a post for another day!

Bathroom with net (Yuck)
You can see how easy it is to be seen!
What a difference, clean & private!

If you had ¬£1000… my dream in is interior design, how would spent it?

Sorry, but this isn’t a giveaway, competition or link to an e-book that will show you how to earn ¬£1k in three simple steps.

(I wonder how many will stop reading now?)

No- it’s a “What if” post. Being of a somewhat nosy nature, I’m curious what you would spend ¬£1000 on if it dropped into your lap today.

The rules of this virtual windfall are as follows:

  • No spending on the kids (because lets face it – that’s where it usually goes!)
  • No paying bills (as above!)
  • You have two virtual weeks to spend it or lose it so no saving for a rainy day!

It’s not as easy as it sounds actually, deciding what to spend ¬£1k on when anything other than the kids or bills seems a bit¬†frivolous! However, if I need to spend it then I think I know what I’d do with it. You see, I’m a closet interior designer, closest mainly because I haven’t the dosh to be anything else! I love the “Home” programmes on TV, from Escape to The Country, and of course Relocation, Relocation where you can have a nosy around other people’s houses to home makeover shows (thank gawd for Sky and Sky+).

Given ¬£1k and being let loose on this house would be like a dream come true. It’s a lovely house as it it but it could be so much more. I have three bedrooms, our room, Taylor’s room and Kieran’s room. Taylor’s Room is newly done out so nothing needs really doing there.

Kieran’s Room needs a lick of paint and a new bookcase, and perhaps some funky storage.

Our Room needs, everything! It’s tiny, and seems to be the house storage room – I’d love to do it out and have a proper room that feels restful and cosy!

The Kitchen was painted not too long ago but needs so new appliances with a more countrified feel I think, creams, spotty green oilcloth on the table, new chair pads (I’m having an Emma Bridgewater moment).

I’ve always wanted a proper outside seating area, a love chair or similar where I may enjoy some sun or curl up with a book on an evening in peace and quiet. I’m looking for something special though, something like these rustic log furniture pieces.

The Living Room.¬†A lovely room with a fireplace, mid oak desk, lots of cream & white and a touch of duck egg blue . It’s basically a blank canvas and whilst I like the neutral feel, it really needs some character (and probably some more colour!). Oh I’d have some fun in there!

When I’d finished¬†titivating¬†my rooms, buying items from big and small retailers alike (I like big retailers for the discounts you get but some of the smaller businesses, like many of those I see through Twitter and the like, have such unique and gorgeous items, not to mention stellar customer service!). I would replace (assuming there was any cash left!) things like towels (for big soft ones that have colours other than muted and strangely grey) and tea-towels!

Clearly this is just off the top of my head and not something I have thought/ day dreamed about at all! So what would you do with your imaginary £1k Рplease comment and let me know!