2017 Homely home tips

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For this set of tips we’re starting at the front door.

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1) Christmas, New Year and winter time normally means clutter, winter dirt and leaves. Keeping the front door area and hall clear will make arriving home easy and something to look forward to and give guests a great first impression. Plants in the hallway are a great way to add colour and freshness to space.

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2) Eye lines. Statement pieces or vibrantly painted walls can work as a great way to lead you through a house. This idea guides people into a certain room or space using their eyes and makes them want to stay and explore a little longer.

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3) Plants, plants and more plants. We’ve definitely said this before. Plants are a great way to get colour, textures and shapes into your home. They also keep the spaces fresh and airy.

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4) Good smells. Keep the house smelling fresh and cozy. Whilst its still (sort of) the season light any festive candles that you’ve got or been given or get baking.

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5) Make it yours with small unique decorations and deign details. For example, put your own artwork on the walls or items that remind you of a good time or childhood memory.

Making something homely takes all of your senses. Not just snuggling under a warm blanket. So with these tips hopefully you can hit all five and feel homely from the time you see your front door.

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All pictures found on Pinterest.
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Baby showers!

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With a baby coming to the family we wanted to throw a cute and fun baby shower and heres how we did it!

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All images in mood-board found on Pinterest.

With the ideas above collected from Pinterest we set about making the surprise party. Everything we chose was simple easy and games that could be played whilst everyone got to talk and nibble at the afternoon tea that we also put on.

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A little birthday cake that we made for the day. Half chocolate and half vanilla sponge on the inside with a Stork flying over clouds on top.

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So that Dad-to-be was involved we put together a all things useful nappy changing tool kit and got guests to write a inspirational/funny note to go in the box.

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The sandwiches and scones set up on the table. Minimal balloons and bunting to decorate the space.

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The gift table! Using IKEA boxes to make more space and more of a feature of the gifts that were given.

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When the guests had drawn/written on their bibs they were hung up to create more bunting and an extra personal touch.

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Not sure tasting the nasty nappies contents was a good choice but Mum-to-be went for that tactic.

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Finally the party favours! The little man arrived yesterday (13 days late!) and we have popped the corn in celebration… and some Prosecco.

Everyone had a lot of fun and Mum-to-be was spoiled perfectly.

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The Design Museum, London

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We went to visit the new design museum. It used to be housed in a building by the Thames and Tower Bridge but has now re-opened in the old Commonwealth Institute which has been renovated by John Pawson.

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The space has one permanent exhibition, two spaces for temporary exhibitions as well as a restaurant, cafe and two shops. Going into the space the staff were extremely welcoming and all dressed in aprons like baristas… or elves. Going further into the space you are confronted with a massive void all the way to the roof.

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On the third floor is the free permanent exhibition. You’re greeted by a large changing sign showing the name of the exhibition designed by Studio Myerscough. Designer Maker User shows 1000 plus items of 20th and 21st century design. Which is great if you have the time and patience to read all the little bits of information and look at all the items then this is a great exhibition. To us though it was a crammed experience with one design and text drowning and being drowned by the next. I didn’t know where to look, and between moving out the way for people to walk past and not getting distracted by the next visual, I only really looked at the start object and walked through the rest. (Plus couldn’t get far enough away to fit everything into a photograph!)

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Overall other than the overwhelming squished display the architecture of the building was pretty nice. A great space to look up and admire… but maybe not the most useable. Still worth a visit, we may not have enjoyed it that much, but you may do!

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All Photographs ©Bethvictoria.com

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Nursery Mood board

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With the addition of a nephew to the family this winter the baby and children section of Etsy has caught our eye. Here’s a little mood board we’ve made of a few items that you can find on Etsy that we think are super cute and fun.

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Neutral tones of the furniture with pops of colour and pattern from the soft furnishings is a great way to keep a bright and airy feel to a nursery. We love these bright ottomans to add that splash of colour and of course who wouldn’t want a teepee in their room!

Here are links to all of these items:

Teepee – MyHappyTeepee

Stools – ButtonsBoutiqueCo

Aqua and Coral Ottoman – LoopingHome

House Bed – SweetHOMEfromwood

Wooden Cloud Shelf – CraftedPineCo

House Chalk Board – mrhomeLT

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6 of our favourite things on Etsy!

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As we’ve done before here are six of our favourite items on Etsy right now. From Tables to pencils there’s a real mix of items for your home.

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This industrial desk and chair set

By carbonmakesastar2014

This mid century modern/industrial mix is a great set for any small office area of the house. Our favourite bit of this is the steel hairpin legs. A great touch to match the detailing on the chair.

Find it here: Etsy

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Pottery Heart Bowls

By JDWolfePottery

These little nesting heart bowls are cute and come with a range of different uses. They can be used in the kitchen for dips and crisps or in the bedroom to hold jewellery and little bits.

Find it here: Etsy

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Agate Coasters

By GeodeInTheRough

These stone slices work so well as a natural boost of colour to your room. Great little coasters that work as a great little gift too.

Find it here: Etsy

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Concrete Pendant Lamp

By LJLamps

This concrete lamp, made in Berlin, is delivered as a whole pendant perfectly in tact. It is then down to you break away sections to expose the wire and the light. (It does come with instructions) We love this idea! To think that everyone that orders it ends with a unique piece that they’ve had an input in making it!

Find it here: Etsy

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Polyhedron Geometric Table Lamp

By LightingAlchemy

“The metal geometric lampshade is inspired by Platonic icosahedron and it is made of metal nerves welded together.” These funky table lamps are the perfect accessory to a industrial style room.

Find it here: Etsy

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Grammer Pencil Set

By: NewtonAndTheApple

These pencils are slightly different to the above home accessories but we still love them… because we love all stationary. There are a load of variations of text on pencils from famous movie quotes to motivational words.

Find it here: Etsy

Hope you like them too!

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Rugs!

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Rugs can easily add colour, pattern and soften any room. We’ve selected a range of rugs in different sizes, colours and prices that would work in various styled rooms.

Ikea 

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Find them here: Blue £19.50, Striped £150 and Yellow £160

H&M

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Find them here: Rectangles £29.99, Colour blocks £29.99 and Palm tree £19.99

We love all the rugs at H&M !

Urban Outfitters 

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Find them here: Dip dye £150 , Maude Triangle £100 and Hana Kilim £75

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Find them here: Watercolour £95 – £340 , Stripes £80 – £220 and Pebbles £90 – £250

Argos

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Find them here: Teal £26.99 , Grey £154.99 and Venice £189.99

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A New Look For Our Etsy Shop

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We’ve added some new products to our Etsy shop!

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You can now purchase prints of the images below in a range of sizes. These images were all taken by Beth Smith on her travels and during her photography degree at Nottingham-Trent University. Including a range of images from Lisbon, Portugal to Highclere Castle (Also known as Downton Abbey), Berkshire.

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And of course our collection of wallpaper is still available on the shop!

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So go check it out and see if anything takes your fancy!

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6 Etsy Items we love

Here are some of our current top shops and items from the glorious world of Etsy!

Sarah Benning’s Contemporary Embroidery 

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We follow Sarah’s work on Instagram and love the items that she makes! Such cute little embroidered  scenes!

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The Map Lab

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We’ve seen plenty of scratch off maps on the high street recently, but none with this beautiful antique feel to them!

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Lamp shades from Emily Jepps

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These screen printed lamp shades are adorable. Emily has a small range to offer but we love each one!

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Bertie’s Closet 

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These laptop and iPad sleeves are patterned and colourful – they are the perfect accessory to your office. Handy and cute!

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NPCreativeAU Concrete and 3D printed plant pots

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We love finding different ways to display our succulents and think that the 3D printed geometric shapes available in this shop are perfect!

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Letterlyy’s teepees

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Cotton teepees. Adorable little tents perfect for little ones to create their own little hideaways!

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And of course don’t forget our shop!

Bethvictoria.com 

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Happy New Year!

We celebrated in style this year. Using some of the tips we found whilst writing the previous blog post  we decorated the house in a classy festive way. The colour theme was black, silver and gold. The night incorporated the best things that happened last year and our wishes and resolutions for this year.

The main focus for our decoration was the dining table. We had a four course meal and spent the whole night around it. We also had a little Photo Booth set up for some family photo fun.

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Here is our little photo booth set up. A simple hung tassel curtain and a simple homemade glittery sign with a few props.

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On the table we had lots of glitter, little party hats, festive napkins and gift jars. In the gift jars we each had a horn, a straw, a paper fortune cookie and two games. The first game was a piece of paper with another guests name on it, we then had to think up an award for that person, I won the most artistic award and gave an award for most selfies taken. The second game was a piece of paper with questions like “moment that made you laugh the most” which we went around the table answering, writing them down and then putting the answers into a jar. This jar was also filled with our resolutions later in the evening and we will open it next New Years Eve.

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The other part of our table decorations was helium balloons with photographs of everyone throughout the year hanging from them. We also had balloons with numbers on them for the countdown which we released at midnight and some sparklers with our champagne. All in all a successfully fun New Years Eve!

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Happy New Year!!

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