#JanuaryJoy – Plan a project

Good morning readers!

I’ve left some of the prompts for this years #JanuaryJoy deliberately vague to allow as many people to join in as possible and whilst this particular prompt could encompass many things, for me it will be a house project. We’ve got quite a few things planned this year, big and small, from whole rooms to finishing touches. I’m keeping it small for now as I want to enjoy the remainder of my maternity leave dust and stress free, so I thought I’d share a couple of the projects I have in mind for this month.


Alcove storage // Peach and grey alcove

A Nursery wardrobe.
When we planned the nursery (which I will share soon, I promise!) I was convinced I was having a boy and didn’t give any thought to wardrobe space. We have a huge chest of drawers in there but since having a girl I’ve realised I need hanging space for dresses. The best place for the storage is in an alcove to the side of the chimney breast but it’s proving difficult to find a pice of furniture as it’s an oddly sized 66cms wide, so I’m having to think outside the box. I love the idea of being able to see Bea’s tiny clothes and so I thought some kind of open storage might work and hopefully won’t look too untidy as she doesn’t have that many clothes and I can still keep the majority folded in the drawers. Or do I do some kind of IKEA hack with something like this?

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Garden design by Tom Stuart-Smith.

Deck planting.
When we built our deck outside the kitchen last year we added some raised beds made of sleepers, half the height of the deck. They’re pretty big and the idea is to plant them with tall perennials that will surround the deck with foliage so it doesn’t seem separate from the garden. So the first job is to order some topsoil to fill them as they have stood empty since we built them, and secondly to plant them up with appropriate plants. I’m going for delicate drifting styles, in shade loving plants for one of the boxes on the north facing side and pretty flowers for the other west facing side which gets lots of sun.

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Bathroom via

Bathroom revamp.
Our bathroom is perfectly adequate and not on the agenda for change for quite some time… if we did change it, it would be part of quite a major reconfiguration of the first floor so we need to give that serious thought. In the meantime, I think I can make it a lot more us, with some simple additions. A new mirror, new light fittings, a bit of paint and some new hooks should make a big difference and it’ll be fun to change a room without all hell breaking loose in the house for a change. ;)

So what projects are you planning this January readers? (It doesn’t have to be house related!)

Love
Rebecca
xo

My Month…

It’s nearing the end of January (and it hasn’t been that bad after all with Florence to help you through now has it?) So it’s time I shared a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ info in the shape of my Instagram snaps for January.

  • Wardrobe rehab – watch out for more on this coming soon, Florence’s tips on how to clean up, clear out and get ready for the new fashion .
  • Healthy Eating with English Apples
  • My Friday Frock with animal print Topshop tights.
  • Red and orange nails – (my sister wearing Leighton Denny and Me wearing Nails inc.)
  • Shopping for boots, J.Crew and leather at The Outnet.
  • Bertie shoes for work and play, in the sales.
  • Walking in the Elan valley, Wales.
  • Michelle (the mastermind behind these party ideas) and her friend Jayne at Pete’s party.
  • Healthy (fat free) frozen yogurt with blind eye brownie bits ;) for a desperate chocolate treat.
  • Tabby… posing for you all with her spotty tummy.
  • And lastly a sneak peek of Pete’s party, more to come soon!

So, what were the highlights of your January? Have we made it more bearable?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Pop back this afternoon for a Real Room makeover!

January Joy!


Image Credit: Emmaline Bride

Ahem, ‘Joy’ might be a little enthusiastic for the month that is generally the most depressing of the year, but I have good news for you! January is going to be fabulous! Well, here on Florence Finds it is anyway. ;)

I promised you lots of fun stuff for January so as well as saying a big fat Happy New Year to you and yours, I’m taking the opportunity to enlighten you as to why January is going to be so great and what lies ahead.

Traditionally January is a bit gloomy. Everyone is feeling a little bloated, craving fresh clean food after the excesses of Christmas, swearing off alcohol, pleading resolutions of purity when it comes to food and I’m no exception to the rest of you. So this week and throughout January on Florence Finds, I’m going to be sharing recipes that are low fat, healthy, easy to make and most importantly delicious, to get your year off to a good start!

Do you ever find there’s just nothing to do in January? Everyone is broke after Christmas, bills are looming, no one wants another boozy night out, so everyone just stays in. Boring. But there’s an upside to all that staying at home on the couch… you get to plan. Take stock of life, plan your holidays, a home renovation project, tackle the spring cleaning or a wardrobe clear out. Holidays and home improvements cost money, but the planning doesn’t and they’ll be all the better for the research you put into them now. So I’m going to be sharing some fabulous travel destination guides and hotel reviews to inspire you, and a few home make-overs that readers have sent in, including the long awaited redecoration project of my own that I mentioned way back when.

I mentioned bills, I mentioned being broke. Depressing subjects, but a necessity in January, so I’ll also be looking for things to do for free that can keep you happy in January. Think beautiful walks and free exhibitions to cheer you right up. I might even venture into money. You have been warned.

And last but not least I’ve got a few beauty DIY’s up my sleeve to help you emerge from the gloomiest month of the year glowing and confident, ready to take on the rest of 2012!

Welcome to January and 2012 on Florence Finds, I hope you all enjoy it and I’d love to hear any suggestions for things you would like to hear or read about this month.

Love,
Rebecca
xo