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As you know I love a makeover, I just can’t get enough of seeing a room or piece of furniture transform from something average to something wonderful, packed with personality and unique touches.
I left our utility room in its bland, tasteless state for years because I thought quite frankly that ‘you can’t polish a turd’ especially in a rental anyway. But how wrong was I?!
A company called Pixers got in touch with me to see if I’d like to try out some of their Pixerstick designs. I have to say, choosing the designs was tough. There are so many to choose from I had to screen shot my favourites and then go back and look over them. In the end I chose a striking leaf design for the worktops and a monochrome geometric for the cupboard doors.
Before it arrived I was nervous about applying it, but I really shouldn’t have been because it was so easy and quick too!
After the results I saw from using Pixerstick for all surfaces in my utility room I was keen to try it elsewhere.
I saw they did fridge designs which really caught my attention, they have designs specifically for fridges but you can also choose designs from their other ranges for your fridge too.
I chose a marble design and I absolutely love it. Again, it was so easy to apply, if you get any bubbles you just lift the area back up and smooth it down again. So easy.
Lastly, I promised my eldest son Rex that I would decorate his bedroom for him. I knew I wanted to use Pixerstick self adhesive wallpaper on the walls so I let Rex choose the design. He opted for arrows so I thought it would be perfect to do a cowboy and Indian themed room.
When the arrow design arrived it came in 3 strips, large enough to cover one wall.
I put the first strip on upside down so had to peel it off and turn it around. As you can imagine, it got stuck to itself and I worried I had ruined it. However, I just unstuck it and smoothed it back on to the wall, you would never know, it looks perfect.
You can find this arrow design here.
As well as the wall I used a grey and white design for Rex’s wardrobe door and chest of drawers.
You can find the grey and white design here.
Pixers have very generously offered a whopping 45% off of any of their designs for my followers using code ‘Hayley’ – valid until 19th June. Please have a look at their website because I can assure you, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Until next time
*this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
As adults we have to think carefully about what we wear (some more than others) whether it’s finding something that fits or colours that suit us, but children on the other hand… children can wear anything!!
As you probably know I have two boys, Rex 4 and Mack 3. I always swore when I was pregnant with Mack that I’d never dress them the same but I have totally gone back on my word because I do sometimes and quite frankly they just look so cute in the same outfit.
Recently a company called Tootsa got in touch with me and asked if the boys would like to try out some items from their new Amazonian range.
Obviously the first thing I did was popped over to their website and when I saw the gorgeous colourful clothes I was immediately on board!
If you haven’t heard of Tootsa then they are an award winning unisex brand for children. Their kid’s clothing and accessories are stylish, practical, colourful, hardwearing and designed to be worn by both girls and boys alike. How cool is that?
Tootsa MacGinty is a young company where everyone is passionate about what they do. They take pride in sourcing the best fabrics, getting the right fit and designing graphics and motifs in colours that work well together. They work closely with their manufacturer in China and their small family run factories in Portugal.
When their clothes arrived the boys were so excited, as was I! I mean, is there anything cuter than boys in dungarees?
One awesome thing about these dungerees is not only are they amazing quality but they have a detachable ‘bib’ so they can wear them as shorts too.
One thing that is so clever is that the colours of the clothes have been so well thought out so that they are suitable for girls and boys, as well as being eye catchingly fun and stylish. All of the items in the range compliment each other too, so you can have fun mixing and matching.
As well as the dungerees and T shirts we chose some colourful shorts for the boys to wear on hot summer days.
When it comes to children nobody should be scared of colour, the brighter the better I say!
On Thursday 8th June, its Amazonian day and I will be sharing an exclusive discount code over on my Instagram page @iamhayleystuart to celebrate the launch of Tootsa’s new Amazonian range. If you have a holiday booked or need to get your children some new summer clothes then you should definitely take advantage. They do some seriously cute rain coats too!
Check out Toota’s Instagram page and give them a follow to see more of their gorgeous childrensware.
Until next time
*this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are my own.
Yesterday I attended an Annie Sloan workshop with a local small business called La di da Interiors in Andover, Hampshire.
I have used a lot of Annie Sloan paint in the past and love how easy it is to apply. I knew you could paint furniture without sanding it down and that you could paint fabric with it too, but I wasn’t prepared to learn just how versitile Annie Sloan chalk paint actually is.
Did you know you can dye fabric with it? No? Well neither did I! And it is something I am ‘dying’ to try!
Steph from La di da told us all about how and why Annie decided to embark on a new career in not only designing her very own paint, but creating various techniques too.
So not only can you paint furniture using her paint, you can paint walls, cupboards, floors, plastic, metal, fabric and even leather, including shoes and handbags. I don’t think anything is out of bounds when it comes to chalk paint if I’m honest.
Upon arrival we were all give a plank of wood to practise different techniques with. Steph demonstrated how to get a smooth modern finish, a textured finish and wash effects.
Steph mixed a red and blue to create a gorgeous bold purple which we slapped on to our boards. After that had dried we applied a white wash over the top and everyone was astonished at how well the white covered the deep purple. We then used Annie Sloan’s own sand paper to distress the white, allowing the purple to show through.
After we had experimented with different paint effects we had a look at wax and lacquer.
I had such a fun time at the workshop and was lucky enough to share the experience with some really lovely ladies.
If you live locally to Hampshire and are interested in learning how to paint your own furniture then I can absolutely recommend booking a workshop with La di da Interiors.
You can also buy Annie Sloan paint and some amazing homeware and gifts on their website. If you are on Instagram you can follow them here.
Until next time
*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
A porch is a funny thing isn’t it… ours is what I’d describe as a door that leads to a small room that you most definitely could not swing a cat in, that leads to another door. The front door.
My pet hate is when delivery drivers knock on the porch door instead of the front door because I’m very rarely able to hear it. When I do finally come to the door, they are stood there like a lemon. It’s like a porch is a sacred place and visitors aren’t really sure if they are allowed in it.
I guess it does have its practicalities. You can store wellies in there, raincoats, umbrellas and most importantly it provides a dry shelter for what I like to call ‘happy post’!
Our front door was looking a bit tired so I thought I’d treat it to some farrow and ball love and whilst I was there, spruce up the porch as well!
This is what our door looked like before…
The middle of our door has a stained glass window, so when choosing a colour I had to take in to consideration the colours in the glass.
I decided to go for farrow and ball Manor House Gray.
I’m thrilled with the end colour result but even more thrilled with my new bee knocker from The Door Knocker Company.
The Door Knocker Company have some amazing door knockers mostly made in the UK using traditional forging and casting methods.
The designs date from the Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian periods and are complimented by contemporary, simple designs and cottage door knockers.
Let me know what you think in the comments or on my Instagram page @iamhayleystuart.
Until next time
Living in a rented house means I am always on the hunt for new ideas of what I can do to improve our home without a) knocking down walls and building an extension and b) investing too much money in to the place.
So here are a few ideas that are 100% reversible that I have either tried myself or quite fancy giving a go…
Paint is of course the most common way you can change the feel of a room without it costing a fortune. There is a lot you can do with paint, you can paint a whole room all one colour, do a feature wall or even an ombré effect if you’re feeling creative. All of which are reversible.
Wallpaper is bang on trend at the moment (the more out there, the better) however, it does require quite a lot of effort to put up and then remove again if you have to move out or if you change your mind after a year or so. Having said that, if you are prepared to put the work in then go for it I say!
If you love the look of wallpaper but are not prepared for all the labour that goes in to apply and removing it then you can get a removable self adhesive or wall murals to give the same effect.
A company called Pixers is a website I highly recommend browsing if this is something that appeals to you. Not only do they do removable self adhesive for walls but they make it for all surfaces including, wardrobes, furniture and even fridges! You can transform a whole room with pixerstick and completely remove it all again when you want to.
Check out my utility room that I transformed using pixerstick for all surfaces.
A really gorgeous way to transform a wall with very minimal damage is to create a feature with fabric. This looks particularly good behind a bed.
Another great way to utilise fabric is to buy or make large tapestries or wall hangings…
If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the changes I’ve been making to the kitchen recently. Up until a few months ago I didn’t really think we could make any improvements to our kitchen without doing anything structural. How wrong was I? The feeling when I discovered tile stickers was probably on par with how Christopher Columbus felt when he discovered America. What a revelation! My dad informed me they were in fact popular in the 70s so I’m worndering why he never shared this genius idea with me sooner!! For approximately £20 I managed to transform a wall in our kitchen using tile stickers and about an hour of my time!
There are so many ways you can design a feature wall in your house. A gallery wall is probably the most popular but not the only way. If you don’t want to drill in to your wall then I recommend checking out command picture hanging strips. I used them for my feature wall in my kitchen I made from prints and wooden spoons.
Woven baskets are a really on trend way to create a feature wall.
Another awesome way to make a feature wall is with plants.
Until next time
I completed the makeover on our dining room back in December and we are yet to have anyone over to entertain. A waste, I know!
A seriously cool homeware company called Also Home contacted me recently and asked me to review a few items from their new range of black dinnerware.
Also Home is a stylish lifestyle brand created by Anna Smith that has been born out of years of travel and sourcing all over the world.
All of their wonderful products are of a high quality, are ethically sourced and often hand crafted. They are also influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese design.
I received the Black woven bamboo tray, which is ridiculously versatile. It’s bigger than I expected which is great and if you have guests coming over for dinner you can make a stunning centerpiece from it. Alternatively you could also use it as a gorgeous coffee table tray.
I also received the Black Kuro ceramic dinner plate and the Black Kuro ceramic side plate. Both are slick and sophisticated. The amazing thing about black dinnerware is that it looks incredible contrasted against bright colours which allows you to create a really striking table display.
So if you’re looking for different ways away from conventional white to wine and dine your family and friends in your home, then I definitely recommend checking out the dinnerware available from Also Home.
Until next time
We all love a bargain no matter how much or little money we have. I do live by the moto ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ most of the time, however, if you gave me £1000 to spend on what I wanted, I’m more likely to buy loads of things for £50 each rather than one expensive thing for £1000. I just love getting the most for my money. We all do don’t we?
That’s why, whenever I want to buy something for our home, I check gumtree and eBay first.
Gumtree is great because you don’t have to faff about with bidding like you do on eBay, which in all honesty gives me palpitations.
You can narrow down the search so that it only finds items within your proximity. Seriously if you haven’t got the gumtree app on your phone, you are missing out!!
Top tip – when searching on selling sites, try misspelling the item you are looking for. For example if you are after a ‘chest of drawers’ type ‘Chester drawers, chester draws or even chest of draws’ you’d be surprised at the amount of items under misspelled listings. You could bag yourself a really good bargain!
Ebay is the worlds leading selling site, which means an abundance of choice but also a lot of competition when it comes to bidding. If you see something you want and it has a few days to go with no bids, why not message the seller and ask if they would accept a buy it now price? I have asked in the past and it has paid off.
Facebook selling sites.
I’m sure you have seen things being sold on your Facebook page. This is a great way of finding a bargain, if you have the patience to sift through it all. They have added a search icon now, which helps.
Car boot sales…
People have mixed opinions on car boot sales. Agreed, there is a lot of shite being sold, but you can also find some really great stuff. Especially if you are after vintage items.
There are some items I would never buy second hand but for furniture and general homeware, providing it’s in good condition then second hand is the best way to get the most for your money.
Until next time