With moving day fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share what inspiration I’ve been looking at for when the time comes. We’ve been up to the flat and have begun to work out what’s going to go where and even what’s staying and now it’s pretty much a waiting game. Once we’re both offered jobs in the area, we’re able to move in.

Luckily it’s looking to be that this will be sooner rather than later, but it has also given me enough time to start finding some inspiration for what everything will look like..

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I absolutely adore this cute – yet also sophisticated – drinks trolley. I love how they’re making a total comeback and being that my boyfriend is a bartender and loves the art of creating cocktails – and I’m all about the little things – it seems an obvious choice to have one of these! I have tons of pretty cups I’ve purchased over the years and colourful straws too, so it shouldn’t cost too much to create a mini bar/drinks trolley.

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The bathroom is pretty small so I think this space saving hack is going to be a great idea to find a place for all that bathroom junk and necessities. It’ll be a great way to store razors, toothpaste and things like that. Also, mason jars are super cheap from places like Wilkinsons, IKEA, Hobbycraft etc so this will cost next to nothing to put together.

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Ahhh. I’m finally going to have a permanent blogging space! Although I have my own blogging space at my boyfriend’s flat (as there’s not enough room for a desk in my room at home), this has been great but has left me struggling on the days I’m not there. I am so over blogging from my bed now. Of course the best part about living together is just, well, y’know, living together but it’ll be so nice to have a constant blogging space that I can come back to all the time. I love the look of the space above. Small shelves to help display motivational prints are always a good idea, as well as a nice lamp.

These are just some small ideas I have – simple projects that can be taken on once we move in. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about the big stuff. Most of the furniture is being left behind, including a huge sofa, a fridge freezer and pretty much a fully stocked kitchen – perfect! It’s just the little stuff left to buy.

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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!

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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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The last couple of posts I’ve enjoyed writing sat at my own desk in my very own blogging area – which is a far cry from where I normally blog (in bed, usually!).

I’ve wanted my own desk for blogging for a long time now but unfortunately lack of space in my room just hasn’t allowed it. Likewise, at my boyfriend’s place, I’ve wanted my own space in general, especially as I spend more time there than at home. Therefore, when Kit Out My Office got in touch and asked me if I wanted to try out a desk, I jumped at the chance.
The only thing is, I didn’t realize quite how tough it would be trying to decide on the perfect/right desk for me. Being that my boyfriend and I are looking to move in together, I wanted something that would last and that I could take to the new place, not just a desk that looked pretty now.

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Firstly, I wanted a typical all white desk, much like most bloggers. But as I scrolled through, I just wasn’t sure. I wanted a drawer with the desk, but the all white desk and drawer just didn’t seem ideal for me; nor did a white desk with a natural oak drawer.

In the end, I decided on an all over natural oak finish with one drawer, put in my order and tried to stop myself buying everything office/stationary related at TK Maxx until the time came. (I failed. I bought a few things, but just a few!).

I also chose the size W800mm which was the perfect width when there’s not a lot of space. I did like how I had the option of two different sizes though. There’s also a lot of variation on the website too; there’s desks with drawers either side, desks with cupboards above and much more.

My only worry was the drawer really, as I thought with the desk being smaller in width, my legs would end up hitting it. This hasn’t been a problem at all, however, if it had been, the drawer can easily be removed or moved further over.
Speaking of which…I put the desk together myself (my first attempt at DIY!) and I am very proud of myself.

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Anyway. Once the desk was set up, I couldn’t believe how sleek and sophisticated it looked. It’s ever so lovely, the natural oak finish is a really durable but versatile colour and the finish is so smooth.

Since getting my desk, I’ve slowly been personalizing it bit by bit. It has a way to go yet – currently it overlooks either ASDA out the window or some dark curtains but I’m hoping once we move the room around, I can set it to face a wall and exhibit some cool and inspiring graphics above.

In the meantime, I’ve picked up a lot from TK Maxx. The year planner and matching desk planner I already had, and I also picked up a gold magazine/folder rack and some cute sticky notes that also match the whole theme I have going on. I picked up a candle too and I currently display a little snow globe from our time in Romania. There’s also a cute coaster for my cups of tea and now I’m on a look out for a small desk lamp and a cute Halloween decoration for the upcoming season.

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So it’s still looking very simple (but clean, which I like!) but it’s nice because it’s all mine; my own little feminine and sophisticated area.

But I think the best part about it is just having my own space; especially to blog. The drawer is spacious for things like my spare notebooks plus some extra bits like my laptop charger and such. I’ve also been using it for different things like doing my makeup (carefully as not to spill any on my shiny new desk!) each morning and just in general.
Beforehand, I’d either blog in bed or on the sofa, or try and make some space on my boyfriends desk (near impossible as he has two PC screens, a keyboard and lots of random junk) but now I have my own area where my laptop can be kept at all times. It’s great too because obviously when my boyfriend is home and gaming, I can really focus on getting stuff done which is hard to do when you’re lying in bed, half slouched down and sleepy. Sitting up at an actual desk gives me more motivation and helps me do what I need to.

Overall, I’m really pleased with my desk and love it’s look overall – as well as how I’ve personalized it. It’s a real investment as I feel this is going to last me for years and years to come and is probably a desk I’m going to take with me as I move into our flat and hopefully one day a house soon.

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Every now and then I stumble across a new brand that I fall absolutely head over heels for. This time, I discovered the brand via Facebook advertising, and that brand is the edgy but sophisticated Little Lies.

The brand is described as offering ‘boho’ fashion, home and accessories but I also think some of their things are really quirky and totally up my street for being a bit different. The name, Little Lies, comes from the classic Fleetwood Mac song and they have the most amazing ‘favourite things’ list.
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I mean who doesn’t love number seven? It’s one of my favourite feelings/experiences in the whole world…
The website has a thriving music section where artists are featured and playlists are created, which I love, and they even have their own blog.
Skulls and skeletons feature regularly so, yeah, I also love that obviously!
Although pretty much everything from the site is to die for, I’m particularly lusting after their homeware range.Here are some things (across the whole site) that I really want right now.

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ONE
This cute but eye-catching little necklace is a stunner. Dipped in 24 carat gold and otherwise completely natural, this necklace gives off an edgy-but-boho feel. What’s great is that each product differs ever so slightly (due to the Chrysoprase being natural), which means each one is one of a kind.

TWO
This desert skull jewellery dish is small but that doesn’t make it any less special. It’s perfect for rings and any other small bits & bobs of jewellery and I love that it’s a desert skull, meaning it’ll no doubt match my floral cardboard stag’s head I aim to one day get. The gold horns give it a real sophisticated vibe too.

THREE
Oh my. These hilarious but cool candles are what first drew me to the brand; of course my favourite is the rock hand but how cool are the peace ones and swearing one too? These would look great on any mantlepiece and would also double up as a great conversation starter. Plus, the colours they come in are uber cool too; gold, white and silver. They just need to launch a black one now – or would that be too obvious? You can buy all three, the pair or a single one.

FOUR
Another skull, of course. This skull candle jar is really something and I love that once the candle melts, you can use it for something else (my bet’s on cool cocktails). The wax is actually natural soy wax (so vegan!) and burns for up to 40 hours. There are also bigger skull candles available too (as in not in a jar), but I like that you can get a second use out of this.

FIVE
I’ve only had a quick look at the fashion but this playsuit immediately caught my eye. The model is totally rocking it with an oversized hat and loose curls, but the floral pattern can mean you can go from boho-rocker to super girly and sophisticated with just a change of accessories. The playsuit is aptly named ‘Stone Roses Playsuit’, and it’s only £34 which is a total bargain; I’d have expected it to be at least £40…!

These are just five products I’ve got my eye on from my new favourite brand, Little Lies, but I haven’t even properly looked through the site yet! The fashion is really versatile and wearable, no matter what your style is, and I love that the homeware is so different without coming across as tacky or trying too hard.

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