Good Things Take Time

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.







  1. September 19, 2017 / 1:44 PM

    Yay I’m so glad your back! Your writing is beautiful even if you think you’re a bit rusty! Love the pink and white aesthetic I’m so pleased you love your new home xox

    • Kara
      September 27, 2017 / 12:40 PM

      Thanks Sophie! It’s hard getting back into the routine when you’ve had a break from it…but I’ll get there. Hope you’re enjoying life in the sunny Bahamas ☀️


  2. September 19, 2017 / 1:47 PM

    Aww Kara, your home seems to be coming together nicely, we’re three years into our first proper home and we’re only just starting to replace the cheaper stuff that we started off with – like you say good things take time, and also once you’ve lived in your house for a bit you no doubt ending things around and learning about the best way to make it work for you (I think we’ve finally got the living room right after the fourth time of moving all the furniture around!) and I’m glad we didn’t buy furniture for it to start as it wouldn’t have fit the way we have it laid out now!
    Mia’s room looks gorgeous too, I bet she’s happy playing away in there! x

    • Kara
      September 27, 2017 / 12:41 PM

      Thanks so much Rach. I can imagine – I always love the look of your home on your Insta Stories 💗 Mia absolutely adores her room, I had a hard time getting her out of it when we first moved!


  3. Leanne S
    September 19, 2017 / 5:33 PM

    I know the feeling (we spoke on insta stories) I can’t wait for this to be me and I’m gonna be the exact same. Congratulations on your new home and btw thank you for those bed sheets !!!! Perfect looking forward to the new content and I should get back into blogging very soon too

    Leanne |

    • Kara
      September 27, 2017 / 12:42 PM

      Thank you so much Leanne. Good luck with your move, and let me know when you get that Naked Heat dupe post up – I’d love to have a read!