I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
So when designing our new kitchen it was really exciting for me.
We're so pleased with the final outcome as it's stylish but in keeping with the age of the house, so I thought as a new instalment into my 'Interiors Inspiration' Series I'd share with you everything we chose for our brand new kitchen.


1. Pewter Cup Handles
I love traditional designs and have a love hate relationship with handles on furniture and think they're such an important part of the total look of a piece and can completely change the style.
So for our Burford Grey Kitchen Units (Ref: 8) I chose Pewter Cup Candles for the drawers and Pewter Knobs for the Cupboard.

2. Mrs Winterbottom's Collection
I'm a huge found of discount stores and recently B&M Bargains has become a definitely favourite of mine. I found these adorable traditional style kitchen accessories in B&M which range from Salt and Pepper pots to Bread Bins and Tea Towells. They're all so perfect for the colour scheme of my kitchen and extremely affordable.

3. Cream Brick Tile & Vintage Wood Effect Floor Tiles
As we have a grey and cream colour scheme with the kitchen I thought these Cream Brick Tiles would be perfect to tile above the cooker to bring in the cream accessories and colour of the fridge to complete the look as a whole.
Our Vintage Wood Effect Floor Tile are also from Walls and Floors which just set of the colours in the kitchen so well but in keeping with the 1890 Terrace Cottage age of the property too.

4. SMEG Fridge
Having a SMEG Fridge has always been a dream of mine for my first home, but is always something that isn't exactly in every first time buyers budget.
I sourced my dream SMEG Fridge from eBay for only £220.
It's in perfect condition complete with all the inside accessories.
SMEG's retails around £1,000+, so when I found this absolutely bargains I couldn't resist.

5. Cafe Latte Glittery Kitchenaid
£469 from John Lewis
As you know, I love to bake.
So when we decided on a grey and cream colour scheme for the kitchen I was pleased that my beloved Kitchenaid was going to match and be a statement in the kitchen.

6. Kenwood Range Cooker
Continuing with my love for baking and cooking, choosing the perfect cooker was always very exciting!
We decided to go for this Kenwood Range as the huge one door completely swung it for us as I can bake and cook to my hearts content.

7. Rustic Solid Oak Worktop
I knew I definitely wanted an oak worktop and when I saw this Rustic Oak Top I fell in love and knew it would be completely perfect.
Oak Worktops do take some looking after and general TLC but for the look and style it's totally worth it!

8. Burford Grey Kitchen
We knew we wanted coloured worktops to watch the colour of our woodwork and panelling, and Howdens Burford Grey Collection was just perfect!
We only have a small kitchen and due to our original built in cupboards we didn't need to expand the kitchen at all, we just needed a functional workspace.
The perfect thing with Howdens Kitchens is your can completely design your space to fit you with little added accessories like my beloved wine rack and washing machine door to conceal the ugly washing machine.
I'm so, so pleased with the final look and think it's completely perfect and fitting with the house.


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This is the second instalment to my Interior Inspiration Series with all the items I've bought and sourced for my Bathroom, for my first house that is being renovated.

Here's a sneak peak into my Bathroom-to-be!

I love minimal interiors, as my favourite type of interior decorating is to play with textures as well as the mixture of modern and old. This is exactly what I wanted to do with out New Bathroom whilst making the most of the space available, as it's our only bathroom/toilet.

We're lucky enough to have already restored original pine wood flooring in the bathroom painted white which just completes the whole room before even having the suite installed.


1. Antonio Basin Taps
I wanted to keep my tap fixtures fluid and matching in the bathroom so I chose these traditional style taps for the sink which match the bath taps as well as the toilet flusher.

2. Vitemolla Ceiling Light
As I mentioned in my last blog post I was so excited about choosing a light for the bathroom, and fell completely in love with this light from IKEA.
It going to work so well with the tiles and the Picasso print.

3. Shakespeare Roll Top Bath
We're luckily enough to have quite a large bathroom, as it was formerly a Victorian Bedroom.
Therefore it's the perfect size to house a Large Roll Top Bath!
We sourced ours from Victoria Plum as it was the large size we were after, at an amazingly affordable price with quick delivery. It also gives the Vintage feel we're after throughout our home and is fitting with the old building.

4. Frosted Glass Shower Enclosure
The bathroom already had a built in shower area, but that wasn't to our taste so we were always going to replace it. We have a space of up to 1200mm for our shower and decided to go for a large enclosure with frosted glass.
If we had a down stairs toilet, I probably would of gone for clear glass. But as this is our only bathroom we thought for guest etc frosted would be the easier, more sensible option.

5. Picasso 'Femme' Print
I've been obsessed with this Picasso 'Femme' Print for a long time and as soon as we looked at the house, I'd already decided where it was going.
The wall where we're having our roll top bath has a large space on it, so I couldn't wait to order my favourite Picasso Print from which was on offer for just over £11 in 700mm x 500mm.

6. Marble Brick Tiles
After deciding on our all-white theme for the bathroom, however when we went to Floors & Walls to order our tiles we fell for these stunning Marble Brick Tiles and they were just completely perfect for our space!

7 & 8 Winchester Sink and Toilet Suite
As well as all-white we wanted a tradition look for the bathroom and knew exactly which toilet and sink suite we wanted which was this suite from Victorian Plumbing with a simple but traditional look.

All together I think we're sourced the perfect products for the all-white, traditional feel we want for the main (and only) bathroom in our first home.
We managed to spend a lot less than we originally expect on creating our perfect bathroom which is always very, very nice but both feel we're not really had to compromise on what we we're after.

I'll be sharing final images of the bathroom once it's complete and can't wait for you to see our vision come together.

I hope you're enjoying these interior post, as I'm loving writing them!

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I'm not really one for New Years resolutions, I like to use the entrance into a New Year as a mark for a fresh start and fresh outlook.

Since October my life has been manic with getting a puppy, buying my first home and deciding to complete renovate and update our first home before we move in.
Everything has felt completely crazy, and my blog suffered for a couple of months due to my manic life.

So with the New Year, a new Puppy,  New House, turning 21 and what feels like my first proper fresh start in life, It feels like the perfect time to freshen up everything.

So, heres to a New Blog Style, Theme, and Logo.
The NEW 2016 update for 
I hope you like it!

I started my Blog at 19 as a nervous 'Blogging Newbie' as a Fashion Blog, an extension to my Instagram really.
Then I became addicted to Blogging, I was obsessed with all things, everything Blogs!
I followed some amazing bloggers, new and established and was constantly inspired.
My blog quickly evolved into an inspiration zone of not only fashion but beauty, baking, recipes, and more recently - Interiors. 

I've decided that this is the perfect opportunity to update, upgrade and start fresh with New Content, New Topics, New Ideas, but still with familiar post from the old, as well as much, much more of the New and a hell of a lot of Interiors & Home Posts.

Thanks for coming on this new crazy journey with me.

I'm so grateful.

Have an amazing Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading!

Charlie xo



As you know we're well under way with house renovation, - as a keen aspiring interior designer - I'm well under way with interior preparation for our house!
We're just had all our wall painted top-to-bottom in Dulux's Natural Calico it's now time to put our lighting up! So for this blog post I thought I'd share my lighting purchases with you.


1. 'VITEMOLLA' Ceiling Light
I chose this light for our Bathroom which is going to be completely updated with a roll top bath, traditional style toilet and sink and walk in shower too.
We've chosen to have a white theme in the bathroom (with a stylish twist that I'll be sharing in a Bathroom blog post soon!), I thought this triple black metal spotlight would be perfect for our bathroom with a subtle statement.

2. OTTAVA Ceiling Light
As I mentioned in my previous blog post my initial idea was to have brass light fixtures, however the switches we planned to have weren't available in brass, so we compromised with polished chrome.
I've always wanted a pendant lamp for the kitchen as we're after a vintage edge look for our kitchen and when I found this amazing chrome pendant ceiling lamp in IKEA it was just perfect.
For £35 it was a no brainer!

3. VITEMOLLA Wall Lamp
As our house is old there aren't very many ceiling lights in the house, most of the lights are actually wall lights. I know I wanted a statement light for each wall fitting. So stumbling around IKEA as you do, I found these Vitemolla Wall Lights that are just completely perfect for the look in our house.

4. HEKTAR 3 Spot Ceiling Light
When our electrician came he managed to reinstall one of our ceiling lights above the staircase which meant I needed another wide ceiling light.
I really wanted to find a light that I could direct down our staircase to highlight the curved ceiling.
When I found this HEKTAR light on it was just everything I wanted for the new fitting, and it was the perfect matte black finish to match the wall lights.

5. HEMMA Table Lamp & NITTIO Copper Globe Bulb
Table Lamp £8  and Copper Bulb £10 and from IKEA
Tom and I love Copper and originally wanted all our lights throughout the house to be copper, however when we realised we had to have polished chrome fixtures we decided to go for black instead.
We found this amazing lamp stand in ikea that's matte black and matches our other lights but them this amazing statement Copper Globe Bulb which together, make the most amazing subtle statement Bedside Lamps!

6. Black Twin Up-Down Wall Light
As I showed in my previous blog post I mentioned we've exposed a stone wall in our living room.
As this is going to be the main feature in our living room, we wanted to add lighting to highlight the wall and set off the feature.
Up-Down lights are perfect for this, as they light up certain areas of the wall and bounce off the exposed stone while leaving attractive shadows too.
We found this matte black up-down light from TLC Electrical which is the perfect finish match for our IKEA Wall Lights that are going in the same room.

I hope you enjoyed this post if you're renovating your home, or just looking for some new lighting inspiration! I've really enjoyed shopping for the perfect lighting for my first home.
Let me know if there are any particular posts you'd like to see about interiors.

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It's my favourite time of year once again - finally!
I'm obsessed with Christmas and it's one tradition I absolutely love.

I've been collecting my Christmas tree decorations since October and this week we got our 2015 Xmas Tree, so I thought I'd share with you my Rustic Vintage Tree Themed Decoration Favourites for 2015.

Pack of  3 - £2.50
I fell in love with these adorable cushion fabric drawn snowmen with hessian string as they are just perfect for my Rustic themed tree.

Robin Clips from IKEA
The cutest little robins for you to clip onto your tree which add the perfect amount of colour.
Theses would also make fabulous present accessories too!

Pack of 3 - £4.50
Delicate crochet snowflakes that add texture in winter white are just a  must.

Pack of 3 - £5.00
You can't go wrong with a bit of lace!
These ivory lace hearts add the hint of Vintage to your tree which for me is a Christmas Tree essential.

Hanging Antlers from The Range
£1.79 Each
I fell in love with these when I came across them on The Range website and headed immediately in store to pick a few up as they're just too perfect!

Pack of 4 - £4.50
These were the first decoration I bought this year and the ones I fell in love with that helped me decide on my tree theme.
They look so expensive and the colour is perfect!
My favourite thing about IKEA's collection this year is the hessian string hangs, so me!

Set of 8 - £6.00
With the red accents from my little Robin Clips I had to have these adorable cushioned fabric Mushrooms in various shapes and sizes that whatever your tree theme, are too cute to resist.

Copper Stars from NEXT
I'm not much of a fan of Next normally but these Copper Stars are just to die for and introduce another subtle on trend colour to my 2015 Tree.

Other places I recommend for Xmas Decorations:
Poundland, Matalan, B&M Bargains, George at ASDA, Hobby Craft and Pound Stretcher.

They're my favourite decorations from my 2015 Christmas Tree!
What theme have you gone for with your tree this year? Or maybe you don't have a theme!
Let me know!

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It's a very exciting time at the moment and we're at the end of the second week of house renovating on our first home and everything is well under way!

I thought I'd share with you the current situation with each room and the 'before' and 'work in progress' images, as well as some of the purchases I've made for each room!

(Be prepared that all the rooms are still a work in progress, but I'll share with you the picture of when we first got the keys compared with where we are 2 week into the work. So please have an open mind!)

The house is a Victorian Terrace House build in 1890.
The master bedroom is a large room with a huge window and his and hers original built in wardrobes.
We knew before we put our offer in on the house that there was original pine flooring under the rather vile pink carpet, which was one of the reason we fell in love with the house because of it's hidden original features we couldn't wait to expose. 

The first job was remove the 'rather vile pink carpet' followed by removing all the staples and nails in the glorious pine floor underneath, and then finally hand sanding the whole floor.
A dusty, dirty job but when you see the finished product makes it all worth while.

Bellow shows the finished product after the work which we're going to wax and polish after the room is painted. To think someone covered this stunning original feature up with a hideous (and rather vile) pink carpet is beyond me, but I'm glad it was us that got to reveal and restore its true beauty.

This was the room I fell most in love with when we viewed the house and was the room that already looked beautiful with the original pine flooring already exposed and the original pine door that are so full of character.

Most people would leave this room as it is, as it was a lovely room!
However, after some close inspection we realised the original brick fireplace was behind the plaster and decided to expose it to its original look.
Bellow is where we currently are with restoring the fireplace after some strenuous raking out and I love it so much already.
We just cant wait to see the finished product with the wood burner on, on a winters evening.

On the other wall on the opposite side of the room was plaster boards, we hoped that underneath them would be a stone wall and luckily for us, there was!
So again, another amazing feature we've decided to restore to its original glory as the main feature in our living room.

White light fixtures and switches are always something I've found really basic and not at all attractive.
I've always loved brass flick switches however and has always wanted those in a house.
However the condition of the ones currently in our house are just awful and desperately needed replacing.

Tom knew he wanted USB Plug Sockets in the house for the ease of phone charging and technology.
However, they didn't do USB Sockets in brass, only polished chrome.
So, we compromised!
We decided to go for chrome fixtures with the vintage style flick switches and the modern USB Sockets just have that perfect 'meet in the middle' look!

Polished Chrome Sockets & Light Switch from

The kitchen was something I wanted to replace from the start as what was there at the start was very basic and minimal and definitely wasn't a location I saw myself happily baking in.

I knew I definitely wanted to keep the stunning deep Belfast sink, so we decided to go for some traditional but simple kitchen units in a shade called Burford Grey with pewter cup handles and knobs with a rustic solid oak work top.
I also really wanted a wine rack feature in our units and luckily we had the perfect space to add one in!
I absolutely love the kitchen and can't wait to show you the complete finished product in a matter of weeks.

(The picture bellows shows the Belfast cupboard unit door fitting strangely, that was because Howdens supplied us with the wrong size door which has been now changed)

Kitchen Units from

So, that's Week 1 to Week 2 on how we're getting on renovating our first home!
I hope you've found this interesting and informative, and if there are any particular things you'd like me to blog about to do with renovations, buying a first home or interiors please leave a comment and let me know!

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I'm a #BadBlogger.
It's been a whirlwind couple of months of buying our first home and getting a puppy!
Yes. I think we are a bit crazy.
I decided to have a few weeks off Blogging simply because of the craziness of daily life at the moment as there just doesn't seem to be enough hours of the day to complete anything!
Thank you so much for all your patients, but I'm officially back!

What have we done?
Tom and I have been together for nearly 4 Years and have been saving for our first home together for about 2 Years. We thought we'd need a couple more years of saving until we had a big enough deposit to purchase our first home but in late September we noticed the perfect house had come on the market in a local town called Uppingham for a really, really great price.
So.. We bought it!

It was much, much less than we'd originally planned to spend on our first home but it was just so perfect.
A little Victorian Cottage built in 1890 with quirky features and original wooden floors and doors set over 4 floors. It needed a bit of work doing to it but we couldn't miss the opportunity of buying this house and spending money on it to update it a little, restore the original features and make it ours.
So that's exactly what we've been doing!

It's not finished yet, in fact work has just began however we should (fingers crossed!) be in for Christmas.
I'm going to share the journey weekly on my Blog showing your the changes and work being down to create our perfect first home.

A Puppy too?
Again, yes we are crazy.
A house and a puppy at the same time, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

It's been my dream for 10 Years to have Pug one day.
Years of driving my parents crazy with constant persuasion and tears.
But I was only allowed one when I moved out.
So, after years and years and finally moving out, that's exactly what I did.

This is Arla.
Our now 12 Week Old little teeny tiny Pug puppy, and she's perfect.
We got her when she was 8 Weeks and 2 Days Old.
She's full of character, loves cuddles and has what we call 'Crazy Pug Time' every evening from around 8pm for about an hour.
'Crazy Pug Time' consists of ears back, tail down and running -faster than you thought a pug ever could - round and round and round a room for no apparent reason on and off for ages.
She's just so funny.
You can follow @ArlaThePug on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

What's to come?
Now I'm back you'll have 2 Blog Posts a week again, every Wednesday and Sunday evening.
No slacking! Promise.
As I mentioned before, they'll be a Weekly House Update on the Progress and Plans.
First House Update coming this Sunday evening.
Also, as it's Christmas they'll be a few Gift Guides running up to Christmas for alls kind of budgets, big and small.
As well as a few Puppy Updates too!
I found getting a puppy such a fun and special experience and I'd love to share with you all my advice when getting a puppy and what things you'll need for you new addition.
Hopefully, we'll be in the new house for Christmas with our little pup Arla and our new super fast WiFi of 76mb, life changing compared to our 0.2mb at our current house.
So be prepared for a YouTube relaunch in the New Year also...

But until then!
Thanks for your patients and understanding about my absence and new crazy life at the moment.
I can't wait to share and document it on my blog.

See you Sunday!

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Since getting our offer accepted on the house everything has been pretty manic, but exciting!
We've been buying lots of home essentials and I thought I'd share them with you so you've an idea of what you can buy if you're planning your move!


Breville Impressions Kettle
I'm really fussy with kettles and toasters as I think they're usually really bulky and unattractive.
I'm very style conscious and want everything in my home to be as pretty as possible.
So when I found this Breville Kettle I fell in love!
Perfectly Retro and matches our kitchen.

Breville Impressions Toaster
With the Kettle came a matching toaster which obviously I couldn't resist either.
It's a 4 Toast Toaster which is perfect as theres nothing worse than 2 slices getting cold while you're waiting for the rest to pop up!

Kenwood Dual Fuel Range Cooker
I was always worried about getting a cooker as I'm really fussy and particular with what I want in the house. Which to some might sound ridiculous but to me is really important.
I didn't want a huge bulky ugly cooker to take over my kitchen that didn't look nice.
Then we found this Kenwood Dual Fuel Range in Currys and I fell in love!
It's the standard size of a Range Cooker but with a huge solo door which is perfect for my baking and I just can't wait to get in my kitchen and get cooking now!

SMEG Fridge
A Smeg is something I've always dreamt of in my dream home and luckily we managed to pick one up for a 3rd of the price from eBay and it's utterly perfect!
I wanted the one door size which is ideal for all your fresh fridge food with fab compartment drawers and racks for everything you could possibly need.
Included a drinks/wine rack which just topped it off for me!
But also has a freezer section at the top for your freezer essentials.

18 Piece Dinner Set
I find dinnerware fun to shop for, I'm forever buying plate and bowls.
So picking a set so everything matches for the home was quite fun!
Sad I know!
We decided to go for this off white/beige set from IKEA which was only £20 for a Set of 18.

Chopping Board
I'm always cooking, forever making sauces and chopping veg.
This huge chopping board from IKEA was impossible to walk away from.
I can't wait to have it set up on my worktop and use it every day!


The White Company Towels
As a huge The White Company fan I know I wanted TWC Towels in our house.
Soft and amazing quality so they'll last years.
The White Company recently had a sale on and I managed to grab a whole set of towels for a bargain price. I'm so pleased I managed to get them on sale and can't wait to use them for the first time!

Roll Top Bath
Our house is really traditional as was build in 1800's so it seemed only right to buy a Roll Top Bath for the bathroom.
We had a Roll Top Bath in our first ever home where I was born and it seemed a cute memorable addition for my first home that Tom and I bought.


Duck Feather and Down Duvet
We've upgraded to a Super King Bed as Tom is over 6ft and we're both bed/duvet hogger's so it was the smartest decision!
I knew I wanted a Feather and Down Duvet for our new house having had them in several hotels, however was thrown back by them being around £100 for a Super King size.
But when in Dunelm last weekend we managed to find the perfect one on half price for £32.00.

Quilted Wing Queen Bed
I've had so many beds. I get board of them so quickly.
I've had 4 different beds in the past 4 years.
So when choosing a New Super King Bed for our New Home I wanted something I've always dreamt of, a Statement Headboard.
We fell completely in love with this Winged Quilted Statement Bed and can't wait to pop it in situ. 


Henry Hoover
One of my biggest pet hates in the world is hoovering.
So choosing a hoover was difficult for me.
As our house is scattered across 4 floors I thought a Henry was the perfect option.
A compact, easy to carry (and very cute) hoover that's not going to break my back carrying up and down the stairs all the time.

Door Mat
Our house is on a Street called 'Orange Street' so when I came across this fun striped door mat in IKEA for only £6 I had to pop it in my basket!
Too cute!

I hope you enjoyed this different king of post!
I can't wait to share more of our home happenings with you as our journey continues.

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