When I grow up I want to be an interior designer…

When you are at school you are taught various subjects and then based upon those you are good at, you normally decide what direction you would like your career to go in… 

Well, in an ideal world anyway. I always think that you are told about careers that require a uniform when you’re at school and not about all the other jobs that you may be more well suited to. 

I really wish I had known what I wanted to be when I was at school however I don’t feel like it’s ever too late to make your dream career in to a reality. 

For me, that dream is interior design. I remember saying when I was younger that I wanted to be an interior designer and now my 32 year old self is gutted I never pursued it. 

A few weeks ago I was invited to an Interior design workshop hosted by the very talented Lauren Gilberthorpe. Lauren has been an interior designer for over 10 years and has a fountain of knowledge that I had the pleasure of receiving. 

The workshop was held at the beautiful Barn at Upcote in Cheltenham. There were around 20 women who attended and as soon as we arrived we were all mingling and sharing our interior related stories and experiences.


Lauren kicked the day off with presenting us with a work book.


Before the workshop, she asked us to have a room we wanted to design in our minds, along with some measurements. As I have pretty much completed all the rooms in our house, I decided to use a room in my parents new house that they will soon be moving in to. 


We learnt how to draw to scale using a special ruler with different scale sizes on each side. This part didn’t really get me excited until I started to draw and I realised it was easier than I anticipated. I quite enjoy maths so combining that with drawing a room was quite enjoyable. Next we made scale drawings of furniture on separate peieces of paper that we cut out allowing us to move them around the room. I didn’t realise the importance of this step until now and will be helping my parents to plan every room in their new home using this new skill. 


Next we learnt about the colour wheel and how to put colours together. We were told all about shades, tones and hues and picked colours from the wheel to group together using different rules. 



We were then served the most delicious lunch while we chatted and reflected on what we had learnt during the morning…



After lunch we touched upon lighting and it’s importance, again, another thing I hadn’t really given much thought in to, but after Lauren’s workshop, it will now be one of the first things I plan when designing a room. We also spoke about paint and how to use it to highlight or conceal areas of the room. 


Next we designed our own mood boards. I had my parents new house in mind (which is an old station ticket office (cool huh?!)) but also chose what I was most drawn to. Lauren scattered hundreds of images across a table and asked us to collate a series of these images to create our moodboards. The images could be of anything (not necessarily interior related) but anything we liked. It could represent lifestyle, colour or texture. All of the images together should help guide you to what you want your finished room to look and feel like. 

This was my moodboard…


The day was packed full of amazing tips and priceless knowledge from Lauren about designing a home. 

If I knew what I know now when I said “when I grow up I want to be an interior designer” then I would have followed that path. However at 32 I’m still young and feel fortunate to have fallen in love with a hobby that will hopefully one day become my career. 

If you are interested in attending Lauren’s next workshop in October please click here for more info. 

Until next time 

Hayley 
*this is a sponsored post but all opinions and views are my own. 

30 things to expect in your 30s


I’m 32 and since turning 30 I genuinely haven’t felt happier. I’m content with who I am and what I have achieved and it feels great. There is however a lot of stigma around turning 30 and lots of people fear it. If you are in your 20s then here is a list of 30 things to expect in your 30s, if you are already in your 30s then you should be able to relate…

  1. You tend to give less of a shit about what people think of you than you did in your twenties, and even lesser of a shit than you did in your teens.
  2. Your wallet will contain a national trust membership card. 
  3. You will also display a NT membership sticker in your car because well… (see point 1) 
  4. You will evaluate your current job choice and find yourself taking an online career quiz you found on Facebook. 
  5. Garden centres are considered acceptable places to socialise.
  6. Because of point 5 you will also start to take an interest in gardening and house plants. 
  7. When someone suggests a night out, your first thought is the hangover. 
  8. You have more options when shopping as Marks and Spencer and Debenhams start to become appealing. 
  9. You find yourself saying ‘look at that view’ 
  10. When you buy hair dye you look for ‘100% grey coverage’
  11. A night out is a meal at a restaurant and home by 9pm.
  12. You take an interest in interest rates.
  13. You find yourself googling Botox prices.
  14. You realise that you are now too old to wear most of the stuff in Topshop. 
  15. You think the 90s was like 10 years ago.
  16. You have no idea who is number one in the charts. 
  17. Your friends have decreased in quantity but increased in quality.
  18. You’ll discover a new found respect for your parents.
  19. And even find you have things in common (see point 2 and 5)
  20. No that is not a shadow on your upper lip… 😳
  21. You’ll find teenagers really annoying. 
  22. You’ll moan about your bad back / neck / body part almost daily. 
  23. You’ll be really happy when you get ID’d for alcohol. 
  24. And if you don’t you’ll find yourself doing point 13.
  25. If you’ve had kids you will no longer be able to bounce on a trampoline. 
  26. Tea and coffee will be your main source of water. 
  27. You’ll swap bikinis for tankinis.
  28. You will feel sick when you find out you were in senior school when your co workers were BORN. 
  29. The weather app is the first thing you check in the morning. 
  30. You read all the reviews before you buy anything! 

Now some of you might think that being in your thirties sounds damn right boring, and if my 21 year old self had read this list I probably wouldn’t have made it to 30. However, rest assure because I can honestly say being in your thirties is amazing, well for me it is anyway. 

Until next time 
Hayley x

How to bag a bargain…

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 Β£1000 to spend on what I wanted, I’m more likely to buy loads of things for Β£50 each rather than one expensive thing for Β£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 

Hayley x 

My utility room makeover…

You might be thinking, your what? 

Many people, including people that have been to our house didn’t even know we had a utility room, because I was always ashamed to show anyone. 

It joined on to our kitchen and has a corrugated roof. So kind of like a glorified greenhouse. It was freezing out there because of the bare painted concrete floors. There was damp coming through the walls, and we used to store all the crap we didn’t want in the house in there. 

Here is said utility room before the makeover, which can only be described as the crack den of dreams (without the crack obviously)… 


I’d had enough of hating it and decided to think about how I could make it better. First I bought some special paint for damp walls and got rid of the gross stained magnolia walls. 

Then I needed to figure out what I was going to do about the cold floor. 

I thought about painting it and putting a rug down but I read that painting a floor isn’t easy and with a broken leg I didn’t fancy trying it to be honest. That’s when I started looking at carpet. Strangely there was a lady selling brand new carpet off cuts on a selling site so I bought some grey carpet from her for Β£12 and luckily there was more than enough for the space. My very lovely dad laid it for me and it instantly transformed the room.

The worktops were drab so I covered them with self adhesive from Pixers who do self adhesive called pixerstick for any surface including walls. I chose a very bold palm print for the worktops and a monochrome geometric print for the cupboards. Daring choices but I think you’ll agree they work so well together. 

Here is our new utility room…




A closer look at the self adhesive… 


I put a bench in there so that the boys have somewhere to sit when they put on and take off their wellies after our walks. 



This stunning laundry basket is from Artisanne – it couldn’t be more perfect! 

Artisanne was born when two sisters, Elizabeth and Emma discovered they shared a love for the work of local artisans in Senegal. They work directly with a team of talented weavers to ensure they receive a fair and secure income to help them to earn a good living. 

You can read more about their work on their website here.



The prints are from Desenio and I will popping a discount code on my Instagram page on Tuesday if anyone is after some new prints. I can highly recommend them. 


And these all natural and cruelty free cleaning products are from Tincture and smell like aromatherphy oils. I’m completely converted! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ


As the utility room leads out to the garden I wanted to bring the outside in, which influenced the items on the shelving unit. 


I hope you have enjoyed having a look at my newly madeover utility room! I absolutely love it and I’m actually quite enjoying doing the laundry! πŸ™ˆ 

Let me know what you think over on my Instagram page @iamhayleystuart.

Until next time 

Hayley x