Diary of a serial pinner

Diary of a serial pinner

Ever since we got engaged I’ve been a little obsessed with Pinterest. Even though it gives you unrealistic ideals about how the final result will look, it is still my go-to stop when I’m starting a new project.  So, I’ve decided to share my Pinterest exploration sessions on here with a new blog series called ‘Diary of a serial pinner’, I’ll share my boards with you and my favourite inspirational ideas that help me basically design my whole life!

To kick off the series I’ll share the beginnings of our nursery project! Yes, MR H and I are expecting our first baby and we are so excited. Of course, as soon as I found out I took to Pinterest searching nursery ideas.

Here is the space that we are working with. It’s quite tight so we are going to have to be clever with the layout and the furniture that we put in.

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Here are some of my favourite ideas from across Pinterest.

Disney Themed Nurseries

I’m a huge Disney fan so my first port of call was to find rooms that looked like they came right out of a fairy tale.  A few of these are quite out there and thematic however I just had to share them for my not-so-inner Disney nerd!

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1 – https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/330873903859907636/

2- https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/330873903859907737/

3 – https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/281545414183239713/

I think going for more subtle details is a good way to go, and I’m definitly going to put some disney illustrations as wall art. Here a few of my favourite nursery accessories and wall decals that are not-so-subtle hints and your favourite movies.

 

Neutral Nursery Ideas

Bringing myself back out of my Disney dream land I went on to search for more ‘realistic’ ideas.  I love the use of jungle animals and trendy grey and white colour palettes, especially good when I’m working with a small space and for keeping the space gender neutral.  Here are my favourite neutral nursery ideas.

Super cute right?

Small space nursery ideas

As we are working with a small space, I wanted to see how all of the baby’s things can work in a space.  I think the best way to use a small space is to use as little free standing furniture as possible and make use of tall ceilings by using wall space and colour. My favourite small space nursery ideas are below.

The final cut

After lots of searching we decided to go for a grey and white colour palette with yellow and navy accents as a nod to my favourite Disney film ever, Beauty and the Beast. We are having a little boy and we want to keep the space fairly easy to keep as he grows up and he can decide what type of room he wants.

These are a few things that I’ve collected from the web that will create our perfect small space nursery.  Hopefully the final result will look somewhat like the pins that I’ve seen, perfectly styled by designers. I’m planning on upcycling some pieces for the nursery and creating some prints which I’ll share as I go along.

To see all of my nursery idea pins click on the widget below

Curiosity caused the gas leak

Curiosity killed the cat caused the gas leak!

You know that scene in Friends where Monica finds the switch that does nothing in the boys apartment and investigates…..you can see where this is going..

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(In this scene I am Monica and MRS H is Joey)

In the office there is such a switch. Even more annoyingly it has a red light above it that glows arrogantly when it is on.

What does it operate? where does the cable go? why is it there? I must know! Removing floor boards didn’t help. Pulling the cabling and trying to follow it didn’t help. Turning EVERYTHING off in the house and demanding silence didn’t help.

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By this time the investigations had led me into the late of night and from a comment of “you best put those floor boards back as they were” from the Wife (we are sanding them down rather than carpeting) I felt the pressure and tiredness creep in

Floor board down, reluctant happiness and pleasure that everything was put away and I could go home…..i noticed a wobble. This wobble in the board would do. AHA but I had tools…namely a hammer and a nail.

Perfect…..err not so much……

Hammer + nail + gas pipe = Gas Safe repair man being called

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FYI’s

  • Turn gas off, don’t panic, call a gas safe company any they will fix it.
  • You DO NOT need to call the gas board (the gas is in your home and you have made it save by switching the gas off)
  • It should cost no more than £150
  • Remove the nail from the board before you put it back on
  • Don’t panic
  • Don’t smoke in that room
  • Take photos and wear it like a badge of honor

-Mr H

 

Scuba Diving in the Dominican

Scuba Diving in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata

Whilst on our honeymoon we decided to conquer our fear of open water and try out scuba diving – we now love it and vow to do it every country that has great (shark free) waters!

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Alex surrounded by the pretty fish

Mr H surrounded by the pretty fish

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My Little Mermaid Moment

dory-fish

Dory Fish!

Our honeymoon was in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata.

Lots of Love

Mrs H

xxx

Castello Heron

The wedding, the honey moon, the new job and now…..new house. Can i shout ‘Bingo’ yet? oh wait, puppies and offspring….so no, not bingo yet (thankfully)

Castello Heron is a project. By project I mean imagination is required when you step across the thresh hold. The property hasn’t left the 70’s with its deep red carpets, multi layer thick padded wallpaper (in every room) and its chip shop style kitchen. In fact, on removing some of this ghastly wallpaper we saw the names of the previous owners and the date of ‘August 1977’.

Are we developers? No. Do we have experience of doing up a house? No. Are we going to give it a go? Yes. Are we going to make mistakes? YES definitely

But we will have some fun.

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chip_shop_kitchen

1977_living_room

1977_living_room

Yes – that is a McDonald’s you spy – how else are you to welcome a new house?

So there is a lot of work to do with this house – most of it cosmetic but the kitchen may be some else all together – watch this space!

Although a big project and something that will require us to spend a lot of time in addition to training and full time work, it will be worth it. Having a home for me and my wife will be incredible and having the practice to then take onto our forever after house (where ever and when ever that will be) will be invaluable.

One note before I go, having to gut a house down to its bear bones does provide the opportunity to make finds under floor boards and behind walls. One of which is an amazing 1950’s fire place still retaining its original waterheating pipes.

Before we started to investigate the electric fire place stood out in the living room, taking up quite a bit of room. neither me or Kim liked the fire place so it had to go.

On removing the electric fire place we found a rotted piece of plasterboard….what could be behind it???

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fireplace_before

fireplace_after

fireplace_after

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it.

Enjoy the coming updates and wish us luck!

 

-Mr H

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The Bridesmaid Dresses

I chose to have 7 bridesmaids which at first I thought was a fantastic idea until it come around to the dress part, all of my adult bridesmaids are different shapes and sizes and all wanted to achieve a different look.navy-bridesmaid-dresses-1

I wanted the girls to choose their own dress which they would be comfortable with and the girls all decided to buy their own dresses.  I was really happy about this plan and it meant that the girls all had different dresses but in the same colours.

The colour scheme was Navy and Peach which gave the girls the option of either colour however they all chose Navy.

The Shops

The girls got their dresses from ASOS / Missguided and BHS. ASOS at the time had a Wedding Edit and had lots of dresses in the same colour in different styles which was perfect. Not to mention a LOT cheaper than getting them made to measure.

Luckily navy was a very popular colour last year and the likes of BHS and Missguided all had dresses in that colour.

My only worry was that colours tend to differ from shop to shop, however they were all almost identical in colour!

Tips for letting the bridesmaids pick their dresses

  1. Facebook Page- The first thing I did was to set up a Facebook group with all of the girls that I could post ideas and messages whilst communicating to all of the girls at once. It worked really well and we also had a group chat (nightmare when at work!)
  1. Make the decision on colour, length and style – Ultimately it is still your decision about the look and feel of the dresses, if you are anything like me you will have a picture of how you want the day to be and only you know if their dresses will fit the bill.
  1. Discuss details – Talk to your bridesmaids about the details such as sleeve length, overall style, sparkle, no sparkle. If you prefer the girls to choose something simple, tell them. It took me a while to make these decisions and my girls got a bit confused and unsure until I set up the rules.
  2. Top 3 – Once the girls have looked, ask them to send you a link to their favourite three dresses. You then pick the one that you like the most. OR you choose a selection of dresses and then get them to pick which one they want.
  3. Dress rehearsal – The best way to ensure that the dresses all look good together is to get the girls together and have a dress reveal. This way if one really doesn’t go you can change it before the big day.

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If you want to know anything more about the navy blue bridesmaid dresses or for more tips on how to get bridesmaid dresses that they all agree on please Tweet me @LifeofaHeron

Lots of Love

– Mrs H

xxx