June 16, 2014

Dream house!

I'm not sure if I have shared this before but I am a big fan of Camille Styles - she is based in Austin, Texas and her blog is always full of aspirational recipes, parties and decor so you should definitely have a look if you haven't already. Anyway I stumbled across these pictures of her house and its just so stunning that I couldn't resist posting....

I'm taking alot of inspiration away from the way she uses natural textures to create a homely feel. I also like the use of pattern in that beautiful pouffe and the cushions in the bedroom. And what is there to say about that outdoor space?? I think this gets filed in my Pinterest dream house section!

http://www.caseydunn.net/ via CamilleStyles 

http://www.caseydunn.net/ via CamilleStyles 

http://www.caseydunn.net/ via CamilleStyles 

What do you think? Are you in agreement? You can see more pictures here.

Love Rachie xo

June 09, 2014

Living Room Update!

Time for a living room update!

We had the green textured wallpaper removed and the walls re plastered whilst we were on holiday and so when we came back the walls were super smooth (pretty much - although the hubs being a perfectionist still re-sanded some parts!)  We also finally removed the plastic fake ceiling rose which has been bugging me for three years (good riddance!)  So now we're at the prepping stage. We have decided to do this ourselves to save a few pennies plus the hubs is a super good painter (its that perfectionist streak again!)

So if you go back to this mood board here we are still on track for the blue colour palate. I think we are going for the one on the right of the picture which is Dulux colour mix liberty blue no 6. Its quite a calming blue with a touch of grey.

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A new addition to the moodboard is that we are thinking about using some sort of tiling around the fireplace. (See picture below)  I think the tiles would add a bit of pattern to the room and create a focal point around the fireplace but we are thinking about a darker blue and white tile What do you think?

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More soon!

Rachie xo

June 01, 2014

Nine Months Old!

Annie is nine months old ! (Well closer to 10 months actually but I'm so behind in my posting at the moment!) That means she has been out longer than she was in. (She actually arriving at 39 weeks!) I continue to be amazed about how much her little personality shines everyday. She is constantly smiling at everything and everyone and is a cheeky little thing! We love you so much Annie Manny.

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This month Annie :

  • Is crawling! She started a few days before she turned nine months (and three days before we went on holiday!) 
  • Speaking of holidays we went on her first trip abroad to Soller in Mallorca with Granny and Grandad. She absolutely loved it and she was so happy every day!
  • Had her first taste of chocolate at Easter and unsurprisingly (like her mummy) loved it!
  • Has three teeth - the two bottom ones and one at the top now and is suffering with teething hence the dribble and runny nose in this picture!
  • Loves to play peekaboo!
  • Can say dada, baba and lots of sounds and squeals.
  • Is obsessed with books especially if they have flaps she can open. 
  • Gained her Level 1 certificate in swimming!

What a busy month!

Rachie xo

PS: Sorry about the bad quality photo but the chair is in the lounge at the moment whilst we are redecorating!!


May 28, 2014

Lovely website - Getting personal.co.uk

I'm always on the hunt for lovely gifts and I pride myself on choosing good presents for my friends and family. The hubs always teases me about this as I take so long to choose but I don't like to get it wrong! Anyway the lovely people at Getting Personal emailed me to see if I wanted to review a few items from their website and I jumped at the chance! I adore anything personalised as I think it just adds that finishing touch.

First up I ordered this gorgeous natural coloured cushion which is perfect in my bedroom. (see pics below.) It was much bigger than I expected and great value at £19.99. This would be a great wedding or anniversary gift for a happy couple or perhaps a house warming gift for a couple who have just moved in together! It looks fab in my bedroom.

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This personalised Apple crate planter is just perfect for some extra storage in our living room and means that Annie's toys can be easily transported. I love the colour too which is kind of a green/blue. At £33.99 this has multiple uses and would be gorgeous as a little herb garden or a flower garden for little ones...

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Finally I opted for one of Annie's favourite things; a personalised book! This one called The little girl who lost her name is just a beautiful read and will be one of our treasured possessions. At £18.99 its slightly pricy but it is great quality and would make a wonderful christening or first birthday gift.

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I hope I have inspired you with your gift giving! Do make sure you check out the lovely website Getting Personal. It has some fabulous fathers day gifts too,

Rachie xo

Disclaimer: I was provided the products for free but if I didn't like them I wouldn't blog about them here and this is as ever an honest review.

May 21, 2014

Tales from the Week!

Oh its been a hectic few weeks so apologies for being MIA for so long! But we have been on holiday! We had a week in Mallorca at one of our favourite places in the world Port de Soller. It was Annie's first trip abroad so we roped in the inlaws for moral support and we had a lovely time.  Blue skies and sunshine everyday, trips to the beach, local restaurants and we even enjoyed a romantic meal on our own.  I would say that going on holiday with a nine month old isn't particularly relaxing and there was no lazing on the sunlounger (boo!) but we did spend some quality time as a family and made tons of happy memories.

This shows the beach at Puerto de Soller, the amazing view from our villa, and the rocks at Cala Deia where we had lunch and a swim.


Views of Soller including Orange trees and the views at Fornalutx - one of Spain's prettiest villages.


A couple of pictures of Annie and I...


I'll be back soon with an update on the lounge!

Rachie xo

May 01, 2014

Garden Going's On!

So we're having a little but of work done on the garden at the moment and it is looking really good. I'm dreaming of a colourful fun outdoor space that we can use to entertain and where Annie can play. I put together a little mood board of items that I like so do take a look below.

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TOP ROW - PHOTO CREDIT PINTEREST
2ND ROW:  PLANT POST; VASE SELECTION, UMBRELLA
3RD ROW: PICNIC RUG, LANTERN, FESTOON LIGHTING

Here is the garden as it stands - Do ignore the half cut grass as the lawn mower blew up...!! Anyway this is the back third of the garden that we have just had cleared. In this back area we are hoping to put a raised vegetable garden, paint the shed and make a play area for Annie. The rest will be laid to grass. We also need to plant a flower bed down the side so I'll be doing some planting soon!


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Happy Thursday!

Rachie xo

April 28, 2014

Eight Months Old!

Annie is eight months - only one more month until she has been out as long as she was in my tummy! Insane! We are seeing more and more of her personality now and she is such a sociable little thing! (This post is slightly belated as she is actually closer to 9 months but hey ho!)

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This month Annie:

  • Now has two teeth which is making eating much easier. Favourite foods are currently pasta bolognese and broccoli pasta with cheese.  She has an amber anket to help with teething which I think is helping. 
  • Is making lots of sounds ! Especially Daddy! (not sure if there is any association with the word yet though!)
  • Is shuffling and attempting to crawl.
  • Had a day out in London 
  • Bought mummy a lovely card and Chloe wallet for Mothers day! (With daddy's help of course!)


Happy Monday!

Rachie xo