Tables and chairs

I’m looking at tables and chairs for the kitchen.  We’ve talked about having stools and having the extra bit of wood as a breakfast bar, but I’m anti-stools in principle.  I don’t enjoy balancing as I eat.  The extra bit of wood has to wait until we get the flooring in anyway, as we need to fix the pipe (that’s just arrived) to the floor to hold it up.

I’ve got my beady eye on these white chairs and matching table from Argos, but Barry prefers the purple, which I don’t think matches.  I also like these ones, which are on offer at the moment, but we’ve just bought the flooring, so I think they’ll have to wait a while.  You can have a look at them with the other stuff on my Pinterest kitchen pinboard.

I am looking forward to having breakfast in our shiny kitchen!

As a side note, you may notice that I’ve added a bunch of buttons on the right to make it easier for people to find and follow me.  Most of them were copied from Karen’s blog (thank you!).

As yet another side note,  I’ve committed us to the raspberry paint I mentioned before on our bedroom wall, although at the moment, it does like someone was shot and killed against it, and then the killer tried to clean it.  It’ll be better when the whole thing’s pink.


I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Pinterest is brilliant!  I thought you may want to see a couple of my boards as they stand.

I keep spotting some lovely accessories and pinning them to my boards, and it’s easy to see if they’ll fit with the theme, so I’d highly recommend it if you’re decorating.  I’ve pinned photos of items on there from B&Q, Wickes, Argos, Dulux, the list goes on…

As an example, I’ve just found these lovely curtains on the left in the Next sale for the living room.  I can clearly see that they complement the room’s theme.  However!  A word of warning.  I pinned this photo onto my Pinterest board and was going to wait until payday to buy them.  Then I thought I’d better get them as they’re on sale.  They were all gone, in every size, when I went back an hour later.  I’m naturally suspicious, and event one might have nothing to do with the other, but if you see something on sale, buy it before you pin it!

This is my kitchen board.  I’m lusting after some gorgeous tableware from John Lewis at the moment, but, being realistic, £9.99 for a cup is out of my price range, unless we start buying one piece of crockery a month!

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Some people have been very complimentary about my blog, saying I’ve inspired them (flattery will get you everywhere), and asking me where I get my inspiration from (shout out to my colleague Michelle!).

With the living room, we saw the green we chose in the Wickes colour collection 2012 booklet, but the dark grey they paired it with was too much for our room, so we toned it down a bit. We’re using a lot of our existing furniture and the photo wall just came straight out of our heads. For the kitchen, we didn’t even know what we wanted until we saw it, but it was love at first sight in the B&Q showroom!

I’ve been doing a lot of Googling lately for inspiring decorating images, and then for more specific items when we’ve made a decision on something. I came across a website called Pinterest, through which you can add a pin to your browser and, at the click of a button (or two), add any image from the webpage you’re on to predefined ideas boards.

This is great for me, as I come across some lovely pics, but can’t always remember where I’ve seen them. As I’ve set up my Pinterest account around the same time as starting this blog, it’s really just full of decorating images at the moment, but I’ll probably add more boards as inspiration overcomes me!

I’m not sure how they found me, but some people I don’t know have been reading my blog, which is very exciting! One of the lovely ladies who commented left her blog address, so I thought I’d mosey on over and nosey at someone else’s DIY. It’s very funny, and I can sympathise with quite a few of Karen and Joe’s problems – check out their blog at

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