I feel like I’ve opened my laptop a million times to write this post, but my blogging ‘hiatus’ has been completely unintentional and far longer than it should have been. I am so rusty and out of the habit of writing, but you have to start somewhere right? It’s been such a long time since I last posted that I kind of feel like I’m starting afresh, and am bursting with content ideas to bring to you all. So, where have I been?
At the beginning of summer, I finally found a house. I’ve been wanting to move for a good year now, but was in a routine and never really put my all into making it happen. I’ve happily set up home for me and my daughter back in Lancashire, and honestly have not felt so content in such a long time. Having a space to call our own, creating a feminine little haven and being five minutes away from the majority of my family and friends has been a dream come true. Summer has been a blur of decorating, cleaning and doing lots of adulty stuff but it’s been fun.
One of my favourite things about moving has been being let loose on the interiors. I’ve been binging on the likes of Kate La Vie (because let’s face it, she has the most perfect home) and scrolling endlessly through websites I can’t afford. If you know me, or have read my blog for a little while, you’ll be well aware of my love of pink. I intended to keep the blushed hues to the bedrooms, but before I had even moved in it had crept into every room of the house through a fluffy cushion here and there, or the cute dining set I picked up from Ikea.
There’s been many an hour passed pinning away on Pinterest, and the inspiration I’ve taken from my boards has filtered through into my home. White walls, blushed pink accents and marbled accessories are in abundance. With moving into a completely unfurnished house, my savings didn’t stretch to my West Elm dreams but I’ve picked up the essentials on a budget and I love them. Good things take time, and if I have to save up for that pink velvet sofa from Loaf, or wait a couple of months to order all the pretty prints then so be it. For now, I’m just happy with where I am.
One room I was bordering on obsessive about completing was my daughter’s bedroom. It’s her first proper room of her own, and so I wanted her to love it! She is as girly as I am – give her anything pink and sparkly and she’ll be happy. Safe to say, I pretty much nailed it. I went for three white walls and one blush pink feature wall, adorned with gold metallic dots I found on Etsy. Add in a white fluffy rug, cute cushions, a dolls house and a clothes rail…I had one happy little lady who took to sleeping in there immediately.
My bedroom is definitely not complete, but it’s getting there. I have a gorgeous white bed from Ikea and one thing I immediately started searching for was the perfect bedding set. After too long than I care to admit browsing pretty bed sheets, I came across the Iris Spotted Dobby Bedding from Marks And Spencer, and was instantly smitten. Crisp and white, super soft and with the sweetest dotted detailing; it fitted my aesthetic completely. Tracking it down was a labour of love as it was out of stock for a good three weeks online; so I visited numerous stores and checked their site daily in order to get my mitts on it. I eventually did, and was more than happy to part ways with £60 for the pleasure. If there’s one thing I think is worth treating yourself to, it’s beautiful bedding! I lusted over the round sheepskin cushions from Oliver Bonas, but opted for a cheaper version so picked up this pair from Tesco for £12 each. Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a spare £350 to spend on the Penelope Bedside Table from West Elm *sobs into M&S pillow*, so have a pair of shabby chic drawers that do the job in the meantime.
As I buy things and style my home, I’m excited to bring more interiors to Spread The Sparkle and share my finds with you. If you’ve stuck with me these past couple of months – thank you and welcome back! It genuinely feels so good to get back into the blogging game.