I’m quite lucky – I’ve got it pretty good at home. We have a good sized and modern bathroom which is bright, stylish and has not only a genuinely relaxing shower but a bath with actual jets and lights in it! When I’m ready to relax, I go all out with the bath bombs, candles and with overhead light off but underwater lights on, it really does feel like a spa.

With wanting to move out into my own place in the near future though, I’m no fool. I know I’m likely to end up with a small bathroom or skimp on having a bathtub and just stick with a small shower. Luckily, my first place is more than likely to just be a starter place for me and I am forever heading to Pinterest for inspiration on how to utilize small bathrooms.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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BRIGHT COLOURS
For a small space, bright and airy colours are essential. White or cream helps open up a room and makes it look a lot larger than it actually is, so white tiles and a minimal look to a bathroom can really help it feel less cluttered. If you must inject colour into the room, do stick to just one or two softer shades, or use plants for a more urban feel.

MINIMAL ACCESSORIES
A bathroom is a place where most accessories or ‘bits and bobs’ end up dumped; medication, makeup, hair styling products, toiletries..but other than toiletries and perhaps medication, is there any need for your makeup or hair styling products to be in a small bathroom? If it can be moved elsewhere like your bedroom, then do so. Little ‘bits and bobs’ can add up and go from a few accessories to suddenly looking like cluttered junk, so think carefully about what you store in your bathroom. If you must keep some things in there, keep them hidden away in a subtle basin or shelf.

INVEST IN SIMPLE STORAGE
As explained in my last point, storage can be tricky not only in bathrooms but small rooms in general. If you’ve got a bulky mirror/storage cabinet or an under the sink basin, it might be worth swapping these out for something a lot more simple like those stylish ladder shelves that are all the rage right now. Use versatile baskets to store stuff like loo roll and the like, but don’t be afraid to have it on show with nice storage as opposed to hidden away in a bulky storage unit.

Or, y’know, I could just move to Harrogate for better bathroom options to begin with! For the latest bathroom design in Harrogate, visit the website or showroom of Harrogate Bathrooms!

Of course, I’m no expert, but these are just some tips I’ve gathered from my many, many, many hours of browsing Pinterest. What would your dream bathroom look like? Or dream bathroom renovations? Let me know!

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

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With turning 30 next year, opening a Help To Buy account and accidentally touring three bedroom houses on a fourth date recently, it’s safe to say that I’m starting to look ahead to my future and think about my dream home improvements.

Of course I know my first purchased home isn’t going to be my forever home, but now that I know I can live alone, the idea of a dream home doesn’t feel so out of reach anymore. It will take a lot of saving and is a long way off – and it may even mean buying a new build or older home to then make these dream improvements – but one day, hopefully, it will be a reality.

Here are some of my dream home improvements.

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A HIDDEN CINEMA ROOM
I am a huge movie buff and I love anything quirky or hidden, so a secret cinema room or den would be amazing. I think, realistically, this will be in an attic with a huge screen, giant fluffy beanbags and a popcorn machine. My dream home wouldn’t have a latch to get into the attic but instead, a hidden away spiral staircase, perhaps disguised behind a wardrobe door. My dad re-invented our attic at home (it’s still an attic but he gave it flooring and such and we use it for storage), so I know that beyond a doubt he’ll be able to help me with this.

A MAN CAVE/GAMING ROOM
I know the whole point of having a man cave is so that no women are allowed, but if my future bae and I could have a gaming room, I think that’s the best of both worlds. I can imagine it with a mini fridge, a pimped out gaming area with every console going and tons of Pop Vinyl’s. I think this would be best in the garden, disguised as a garden shed or, even though I’m not American, in a basement (I always made basement man cave’s on The Sims!).

A BLOGGING AREA/STUDY
Oh to have my own blogging area. Not just a study with a desk and an area to do my crafts, but an actual blogging space where I could take photos, store flatly accessories and even have a photo backdrop. That is the ultimate dream. Of course, I’d need to have a roof lantern to ensure I get the most natural light possible, especially in winter.

A WALK IN WARDROBE
Because, duh, what woman doesn’t want a walk in wardrobe?

A READING NOOK
Finally, I’d love a reading nook (although I feel my house would be full of multiple reading nooks). I think one under the stairs would be perfect though, with low lighting and tons of colourful cushions. It may be small but it would be so cosy! I’d also like a bay window where I could turn the seat into a place to read books and if we’re going to get really dreamy, I’d love my own actual library.

In the meantime, whilst I’m still at home, I think most of these are probably unattainable. However, maybe I can try and talk my dad into letting me take over the attic in the new year…

What are your dream improvements? Let me know!

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As explained before, Wish is one of my favourite apps around right now (there is a website too, which I have linked to, but I prefer the app as it offers more savings and daily log in bonuses). Although to begin with, I found it was a little hit and miss, the more I’ve used it (for home accessories, anyway) the more I’ve come to love it. Lately, everything I’ve ordered has been good quality for such a bargain price, so I thought I would do a blog post about my favourite home accessories on Wish.

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Please note, I have linked to the specific products in this post however it’s definitely worth clicking on ‘related items’ as many sellers sell the same things and often prices vary so the link I’ve used may not necessarily be the cheapest at any given time. For example, at the time of publishing this post, the plastic organiser box (below) is free with £2 shipping. However, I have seen the same item selling for £5 elsewhere on the app!

First of all, I wasn’t too keen on this little green organiser because I thought the coloured plastic looked a bit naff, but upon arrival, I changed my mind. I basically keep all my underwear in a nice faded green box, but it gets ever so messy. So I bought a couple of these and not only do they look really great inside the box and match the colour, they’ve made it so much more organised. Of course, these can be used for anything, but depending on the theme of your room/home, I think they suit really well hidden away in a box just for organisation purposes.

Next: laundry baskets. I actually bought one of these laundry baskets for my ex and he was over the moon with it; it’s just the right size and all the designs are really versatile too. I find that any bigger than that, the pile just gets too much for me and I put off washing for as long as possible! I personally really like the ‘add water and soap’ design as it’s quite sophisticated. I’ve also seen other laundry baskets that separate your dark, colour and light clothing which I really need, but unfortunately, my room is quite small so I don’t have the space for one of these just yet – plus these designs aren’t as cute.

Below, I’ve got this metal and wooden wall grid/hanging shelf which, though turned up smaller than expected, looks really great on my wall right now with a small plant and framed cross stitch design. I absolutely love this as it’s very on brand with the Geometric trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere right now! Primark also has a lot of stuff like this in (including a hexagon one) and matching accessories. The only Primark ones I’ve found have rose gold metal, so if I want them to match, I can very easily get the spraypaint out! I have also recently seen that you can choose to purchase bigger/longer ones too!

For someone who spends so much time in bed, this bedside organiser is perfect for me, because I cannot even count the number of times I’ve fallen asleep watching TV and rolled over in bed, kicking my remote to the floor and have batteries scatter everywhere in the middle of the night. Again, this is smaller than I expected but fits everything I need it to – including my phone, which I have beside my pillow on charge at night which ISN’T GOOD FOR ME. The only thing that it isn’t great for is my Xbox controller – I can fit it into the back larger pocket – just about – but it’s also good for magazines, notebooks and pens etc. It’s a really nifty organiser (god, how old do I sound) and there are also similar ones for your sofa too.

Finally, I’ve got my eye on these little plant holders – NOT THAT I CAN KEEP ANY PLANTS ALIVE ANYWAY. But I’m sure I can shove it in a corner somewhere and give it a go. And if not? I’m sure I can use it as storage for something else…or maybe just a fake plant!

What do you think of my wishlist for Wish (haha)? Will you be purchasing anything? Let me know!

*Psst, if you use the code HTPRWLQ on sign up, you’ll get a whopping 50% off your first order!

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Following on from Sunday’s post all about how to re-create the style of the flats on ‘The Circle’ on the cheap, I’ve been spending a lot of time mooching at Primark’s new home arrivals. They’re just getting in their autumn/winter range (including lots of sweet Halloween accessories) and so I’ve decided to do a wishlist! Especially as it’s payday tomorrow..!

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First of all, how gorgeous is this bed set? It’s perfect for the transition from summer to winter and has some really beautiful colours without being too in your face – it’s very versatile and not too feminine or over the top. Plus, you can reverse it. At only £11.00, it’s a steal too.

Next, I’m sharing this sweet little travel accesories kit. With travelling more and more lately, I need something like this, especially as my current passport cover is looking worse for wear. I’ve never actually thought about packing an sleep mask for travel but it makes sense in terms of helping to sleep on the plane or getting rid of bright light when a hotel room has thin curtains.

Beside the travel kit is something I’ve wanted for ages now, a bath shelf! I spend so much time in the bath, often reading but also sometimes listening to music or watching something on my phone (which is stupid really as I’ve nearly dropped it in the bath so many times haha), so this shelf is a no brainer really. It’s perfect for those winter nights too when all you want is a hot bubble bath with candles.

The cute little cat mug is one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in a while. I love mugs but rarely buy them as we don’t have the space at home..but I have been keeping an eye out for one to take to work with me. This one is simple and sweet and actually quite sophisticated too really.

Finally, a versatile but rather pretty woven mat which would go SO WELL with the bed set – or even the bath shelf! No matter what room it’s for, it’ll give any room a sophisticated touch. So many people choose bold patterned rugs or mats with tons of overbearing clashing colours, whereas I think less is more in many cases like with this.

I love all these items and will definitely be popping to Primark after work tomorrow when I get paid to see if they’re in stock in my local store. What do you think? Let me know!

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I don’t know about you but I am absolutely addicted to The Circle right now. As someone who used to watch Big Brother back in the day (I swiftly gave up watching after Donny Tourette caused havoc in the house, fell in the pool then escaped by climbing over the wall. That was the last interesting episode for me and it all went downhill from there…), it’s nice to watch something that’s a bit more refreshing and up to date with modern society.

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That being said, I think my favourite part of the show so far is the gorgeous decor! It’s an instagrammers dream. Geometric rose gold accessories, statement print walls and more cactuses you can shake your stick at: the deco is bang on trend but still effortlessely stylish; taking into account all the latest fashion in home decor without being too over the top. I LOVE IT.

It soon became obvious to me that the cute deco can easily be achieved on the cheap: I mean everytime I walk into Primark I almost walk away with every damn accessory decorating The Circle’s flats. So I decided to do a little post showing you how you can re-create the post on a more affordable budget: afterall, not everyone can go on the show and win a £50,000 prize!

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It’s not spot on but for £40 it’s close enough, right?! You can also pick up many cactuses anywhere these days (Primark, IKEA, Wilkies) and simple white sleek shelves are always easily obtained by IKEA. The bold prints can be a little more pricey, but again, it depends where you get them from. Splurge out on something really out there or create your own print!

Have you been lusting after all the flat deco on The Circle like me? Will you be taking a trip to Primark soon to re-create the look? Let me know!

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