So, without wanting to jinx things, plans have been put in place for me to move out (of my family home) and into my own place, depending on time and job applications. However, it’s a nice feeling to know that this is in my near future and it’s a goal to work towards if things don’t work out right away. And so I wanted to talk about making a house a home today (well, a flat, but you get my drift).

Depending on time, budget and whether you’re renting or buying, there’s only so much you can do with a place to make it your own and to make it feel homely. I’ve thought for a long time about what I would do and how I would decorate should I ever move out, but now that it’s a near possibility, I’ve been putting more thought into the smaller details.

Here are some things I’d like to do/have when that time comes.

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A BLOGGING SPACE
This one is an obvious choice and as I already have a stunning desk for blogging, all I have to do is dedicate a space for this desk and add some inspiring prints to the walls and accessories in the area. Ideally I’d like this space to be located somewhere that gets lots of natural light, but near a radiator to keep warm and toasty too. Luckily, I’ve been pinning desk/blog area ideas on Pinterest for years now so when the time comes, I think I’ll be well off for inspiration!

A READING NOOK
Whether that’s an area, a huge comfy armchair or just somewhere warm, a reading nook is a must. Currently I read my books in bed and that’s it. To have a cosy chair would be ideal, but I also want a chair that stands out too. I always like the look of the bright and edgy ones in TK Maxx, so this is an idea!

A SNACK DRAWER
Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted a snack drawer beneath my bed filled with crisps, (vegan) chocolate and sweets. The idea of being able to eat these snacks at all times of night – when my cravings appear – without having to get up and go downstairs or risking disturbing someone has always appealed to me. As it goes, since I’ll be moving out, this is no longer necessary really as I’ll have no one to disturb, but I still love the idea of all my favourite snacks being in within reach without me having to even get out of bed! At the moment, my drawer  only holds jeans…

A STATEMENT WALL
Nothing too over the top of course but I’d like one wall for some photos/memorabilia and perhaps a scratch off travel map to keep count of my travels! I’m not sure how I’ll do this wall, but some ideas are lots of polaroid photos or odd and random sized photos in funky frames so everything is mismatched. Unfortunately I’m not great at this type of thing, so I’ll be enlisting my sisters help when the time comes to decorate/theme a room.

FUNKY MUGS
I’ll never grow up and have a matching cutlery/plate/mug set. Never. I’ll probably buy a few different random sets, but I want all my own mugs like my many unicorn ones for example! Favourite mugs are always a fail-safe way to make somewhere feel homely – you can’t feel at home having a cuppa in a mug that’s not your own, it’s just a fact!

There are other things I would love of coursebut are definitely not achievable at this time. For example, if I had a house, I would love a jacuzzi bath (my dad said my room will always be here though so I’m welcome to come back and use this one!), a conservatory overlooking a green garden (outdoor hot tub and/or pool optional!) and a hidden cinema room in the basement. If only I were rich..!

What would your dream home have?! Let me know!

*Please note, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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Back in October, I was lucky enough to receive my own desk from Kit Out My Office and it’s still one of my favourite blogging perks ever!

Having my own space and desk to blog at is such a great thing, I really appreciate having somewhere to call just mine at my boyfriend’s place so I’ve been over the moon with this desk.

However, when the desk arrived, I obviously wanted to get a review post up as soon as possible so back then, the desk wasn’t as personalized (or looking as pretty!) as it is now. Therefore I thought I’d do an update post (as I said I might) to show you all what it looks like now and to also talk about how it’s held up.

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So because my boyfriend lives in a shared flat with some of his colleagues, we (well he) was moved to the smaller room recently, which has actually turned out to be a good thing. We’ve moved some furniture around to make more space, and I have the perfect little corner for my desk – plus a wall!

I have yet to get something sturdy enough to attach my board to the wall so for the meantime, this cute little wire board from Primark just leans against the back wall. I only have on it one postcard from Paperchase so far, and I have left the others that came with it as they’re cute. This will be updated with inspiring prints and photos soon, hopefully.

Above that and to the left is a hanging bag set I got from Wish, which we both use just to store small bits and bobs like my hairbands, his vape stuff etc. Next to that is a sticker I stole from him, ha.

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On the desk, I still have my week planner and my magazine holder, which is now filled with recipes, magazines, notebooks etc. I’ve added a fake succulent plant (also from Primark and just until I can trust myself to keep a real one alive), another cute (currently unopened) candle from Vinegar Hill and a jar full of gold paperclips from Wilkinson’s. I don’t use them, they just look stylish.

I picked up this colourful pencil case from TK Maxx and I finally have a chair! It’s just one from the kitchen that will make do for now but I’ll get my own chair likely when we move into a new place. I’m on the lookout for a nice stylish cushion for it – perhaps a seasonal one.

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The desk has held up exceptionally well – proving that despite being my first bit of DIY, I did do it properly and it didn’t just collapse a few weeks in. We moved the drawer across a little in the end to give me a little more space when I have my legs crossed and my only qualm is that when the cat comes in and walks all over it to get to the windowsill, he always leaves lots of hair so I’m often having to wipe it down, ha!

Overall though, I’m still really pleased with it. It actually gives the whole room a more stylish but homely feel to it and being that it’s such a small room that doesn’t even belong to me, it’s really nice having my own space and a desk of my own.
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