After completing the MoneySupermarket home improvements challenge, I've been somewhat inspired to make a few subtle changes. We're in rented accommodation at the moment, and we have three rooms in a loft conversion so what with the weird ceilings, in can be tricky. We're stuck in-between not wanting to spend any money on a temporary living space, but also wanting to live in nice surroundings whilst we're here, hmm.
Ever since I laid eyes on this fisheye style mirror at my friends sisters flat (way back in 2009), I became obsessed and have wanted once since, but have never seen one in shops! So when One Interiors offered to send me this leaf mirror* I may have 'squee'd' out loud. Look how perfect it is! This has the benefit of being the style of mirror I love so much, whilst reminding me also of a huge sun style clock that used to adorn my Nan's wall. I think wall mirrors for home are an simple way to add character and the impression of extra space, and a small one like this will fit in anywhere. When we get our own house I can see myself designing my hallway around this mirror, and I quite like the look of these mirrored bits too, eek!
Another 'easy to adapt' item would be rugs, I'd say. We've got a gorgeous thick pile rug from Fashion4Home downstairs and in a dangerous cream colour, it'll go with any colour scheme we pick for the new house, surely?! I think its probably wise I start saving for a deposit before getting too ambitious with all of this, but it does make the place a little more comforting whilst we're here. Things like coffee tables and kitchen appliances we've kept really cheap, and will invest in some suitable high quality things when the time is right. I'm a John Lewis and Laura Ashley lover, uh-oh!
And oh, the flowers. This 'Scented Garden'* bunch were sent to me by the oh-so-lovely people at Debenhams, and were such a lovely surprise. Since these died (a very sad day, but they did last a decent while) I've been somewhat inspired and have bought a few simple Vases from Ikea alongside some Bamboo and a regular bunch of small flowers to inject a bit of life into the place. I never thought I'd be the kind of girl that could find such pleasure in a bunch of flowers costing more than £3, but this generous bunch was honestly a nice greeting every morning, and pretty good value at £27 too. I've decided I'll be treating my lecturers to a bunch of these alongside a fruit basket when I get my first paycheque, just to give something back (and maybe give Dan a nudge too eh-hum)! N'aw! Also, you can get 15% off of this range with the code 'bdayb15' until the end of August - Enjoy!
Do you have any tips on how to keep the place cosy until we move out? I've recently heard of temporary wallpaper and I'm seriously tempted to delve deeper...!
What do you think of these?