Thursday, 2 July 2015

Knock On Effect...

 
 
 
There's a Knock On Effect now we have a garden studio...we have more room in our home!
 
Since I've moved all my sewing and craft 'stuff' down into my studio, we've so much more room. It feels like the house has taken a deep breath in, then exhaled out...slowly!
 
Whilst I just love my little yellow cupboard, and my colourful vintage sheets, it always felt like I took over the room, more my space than the families. And whilst, when I saw my beautiful blue cupboard last year, I knew it was perfect, it felt very dominant in our living room.
 
Like a lot of us, who are 'into' our interiors, I'm always adapting, tweaking and changing our home. For the past eighteen months I've bee editing and simplifying things. Some days it felt my 'busy' interior was swallowing me up. So I'm refining. I still want colour. I still want quirky. I like eclectic, something with character. My home will always look a bit different from the 'norm'. So changes are happening, and I'm really pleased with the results.
 
I just LOVE the dining room, I picked up the old school map for a few pounds, and I just knew it would look great next to the blue cupboard. And that mustard coffee pot...well this makes me smile, just as much as my little yellow cupboard did! There's lots of conversations being generated at mealtimes now, that map is proving to be very interesting!
 
I'm now on the look out for a simple bench to go in front of the map, extra seating for when friends are over. I love having a mental list of stuff I'm looking for, you just never know when treasure may turn up. The map, eventually, will be hung higher, and the clock removed. (Waiting on Mr Bea...I'm a whimp where drills are concerned!).
 
The atmosphere in our living room has also changed. It's feels more open and cosy. Moving the chest of drawers, means I'm able to see more of the lovely wall colour. Removing the stripy rug has calmed this room down too, it feels more harmonious now. There's future plans to replace the bay window and install shutters,..but that might be some time away yet!
 
And the conservatory, well that needs some work too...it feels quite bare at the moment, but the right squishy armchair and rug will correct that. I just need to find the right ones, they're on my mental list, so they'll turn up sooner or later.
 
We are cracking on with the garden, a seating area, which catches the setting sun, has been made...next on the list is a composting area, and potting bench, it's all go here! Oh, and then there's the outdoor lounge area...
 
I can't believe the difference the garden studio has already made in the way we use our home and garden. We really have only just started with the garden, and we will never really finish...it feels like a whole new world is opening up!
 
So how about you? Are you making any changes, tweaking your rooms a little, simplifying you living space or creating new areas in your garden, I'd love to hear!
 
 
Have a great weekend...whatever you're doing!
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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  1. I'm really enjoying seeing all your plans unfold, it's like seeing everything I have in my mind come to life x

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    1. Thank you Rachel, hope your ideas become a reality too :) xxx

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  2. I love the look of your home - beautiful!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  3. What lovely photos! I could imagine spending quality time is any of those spaces, indoor or outdoor.

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    1. Thanks Linda, can't beat a bit of quailty time! :) xxx

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  4. Oh my gosh I dream of having a house as tidy as yours! I can't keep up with the mess in mine and try and tell myself I will miss it when the children are gone ......
    Jillxo

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    1. It doesn't seem two minutes ago since our house was stuffed with toys...it goes by far too quickly, cherish those moments, especially when you tread on a bit of Lego! :) xxx

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  5. I don't think about my home at all in terms of making plans for it, it doesn't have any kind of style at all and just is. My home is just where I am and where I like to be, and I value it's shelter and feel lucky to have a home.

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    1. Very true, so many don't have anywhere to call home :) xxx

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  6. Everything looks so wonderful!!! Glad you are enjoying the changes that the studio is bringing!! xx

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  7. I've just been catching up here, and how wonderful everything looks, I'm happy for you that you're so happy with the lovely changes that you've made :)

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  8. It's all looking absolutely lovely, I adore your sense of style, you're very good at making a beautiful, calm, welcoming home. And so much positive energy at yours at the moment, fantastic! CJ xx

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    1. Thank you so much CJ, I'm feeling really positive about the changes and how they are impacting on me and mine! :) xxx

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  9. I'm making MaJoR changes - moving 11,500 miles from NZ back to the UK! It will be sooo exciting not only picking a new house, but decorating it and turning from a house to a home. I have just plucked up the courage to start a new blog,so I can record our journey and also have somewhere to look back and remember what we have left behind

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    1. Gosh Claire that is some change! I will pop over and have a look :) xxx

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  10. It looks so beautiful, your home is always so inspiring!x

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  11. Amazing pictures - I love this style!

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    1. Thank you, I like things relaxed, old and a bit battered means that you don't have to be too precious! ;) xxx

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  12. Your home looks so cosy! I love the map (reminds me of school days) and it matches so well with the cupboard. I love the way you have added items that bring out the colours in the map. Sarah x

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    1. It is an old map Sarah...very little thought has gone into this but I'm really pleased how it's come together! :) xxx

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  13. will you be able to use the studio in winter too? or is it only a summer room only.... in regards to the cold winter! ( ie will you have heating in there?)

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    1. It's very well insulated and I will get a little heater for those cold days...I think I will use I differently in winter, I imagine it will become a little cosy hide away, will need a big umbrella though for rainy days! ;) xxx

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  14. Amanda dear, great photos, it is lovely to see your studio and decorating changes to your interior rooms. I love both your blue cupboard and your yellow cupboard and the mustard coffee pot; it is exciting to create interesting spaces in your rooms and lots of fun. I love 'eclectic' too, I am always on the lookout for something interesting that doesn't cost too much or something which can be refurbished.
    Always good to see your beautiful kitty at the end of each post.
    Happy Sunday!
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Thank you so much Dianne, I love to mix things up a bit :) xxx

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  15. Oh Amanda - it looks wonderful - like it was meant to be! I've loved seeing all the changes over on IG. I'm feeling the need to change things here too - in need of something calmer, but still colourful - still mulling it all over. It's good to change things around. I hope you enjoy your new space :) Z xx

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    1. I must say everything feels much calmer...and better for stress levels so, not to mention cleaning! :) xxx

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  16. Hi Amanda, just peeped in and saw your lovely garden studio. I do hope you enjoy what you have created. Even from the house you are able to see the bright colours inside and if you are not in a creative mood you can sit in your studio and look at your lovely garden. Well worth the effort. A

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    1. Hi Alison, it's transformed how we use our home and garden, and you're right, I can just sit and soak it all in if I want :) xxx

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