Ladder shelf loving

I have always loved how a room full of well-stocked bookshelves looks. There is something really cosy about a living room or study filled to the brim with books about all sorts of topics – travel, cook books, crafts, novels and true-life stories – and that have been bought from all sorts of different places, near and far. A lot of my books have been given as gifts, and a lot of them are either cook books or those full of ideas on thrifty home updates. These people don’t know me at all, clearly…

I love the use of the space here - and look how comfy it looks! (Image: Pinterest)

I love the use of the space here – and look how comfy it looks! (Image: Pinterest)

Stylish and functional (Image: Pinterest)

Stylish and functional (Image: Pinterest)

As well as functional, book shelves have got to look good too. There are so many different styles now available – high shelves, low units, thick, thin, geometric, cube shaped and even pyramid styles that make a real design statement, but all I really wanted was a set of lovely ladders. I have seen many blogs and Pinterest posts about reclaimed materials being used to create this look – which all work really well, but my choice came in the form of some gorgeous second-hand Marks & Spencer ones that I bagged for £40 on eBay. Given that these still retail at £129 in store, I am rather pleased with myself. We got the beech-veneer ones, which go well in the living room, but they also come in white, which would be nice in the bathroom.

Once positioned, they have become a home for my favourite books (ones that I flick through often when looking for recipes, upcycling ideas and general inspiration), as well as a host of graphic design books that belong to the Mr. The smaller top shelves have been adorned with lots of candles, photos and a few random knick knacks, including a piece of rock the Mr brought back after a recent cycling trip to the Lake District.

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Now, we still have a huge box of books in the spare room, which are yet to have a home. But seeing the ladders has inspired the Mr to build a larger set of his own for the dining room come office at the back of the house. I think I may be rubbing off on him after all…

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Move complete

There are three things I have learned recently: moving house is a mammoth task, everyone is a hoarder and tiredness is only for the weak.

After hours of packing and unpacking, driving back and forth and back again to pick up random items of furniture, the move to our new home in Warwick is now complete. We quickly found out that combining two people’s possessions and trying to fit them all into one house (along with the various bits and bobs we bought along the way in the lead up to the move), is a great task indeed, and one that requires organisation, calm(!) communication and a lot of elbow grease and hard graft.

But now the adventure can really begin and I am thrilled to be in the new house now that we have discovered some sort of organisation. Although there is still a lot to do to make it truly our home, the bare bones of it are already in place. I am really looking forward to pushing our creative minds to the limit and seeing what we can achieve on a budget that will force us to look harder, and hopefully, find most beautiful second-hand pieces around. Next on the list is to get familiarised with the packet of sand paper we bought recently. Well, after a nap anyway because where tiredness is concerned, I am definitely of the weak variety – or so I have found.

I became quite accustomed to life in a van - I reckon we covered more than 200 miles over the weekend

I became quite accustomed to life in a van – I reckon we covered more than 200 miles over the weekend

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

Before the organising began, it was chaos! I'd like to say it was organised chaos - but it wasn't

Before the organising began, it was chaos! I’d like to say it was organised chaos – but it wasn’t. Check out the curtains!

The boy did good

Now, you may have realised I like a freebie as much as the next person, so imagine my glee when I arrived home to find the mr had bagged us some kitchen gear during a mass clear out at his office.

We are definitely set for the kitchen now after he brought back a box full of trendy coffee cups and saucers, matching plates and some bowls, along with some decorative orange glassware, which will look lovely in the bedroom.

He also managed to get a glass TV stand home – great for the living room.

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I am not sure what to use these glass bowls for yet, but I think they will be nice for my Moroccan-inspired bedroom scheme

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A whole box for of coffee cups and saucers...and another full of plates

A whole box for of coffee cups and saucers…and another full of plates

A free glass TV stand which I am yet to see set up...

A free glass TV stand which I am yet to see set up…

So now we have tackled the furniture clearance and managed to build up some house stuff from an office clearance…whatever next?

Penny pincher, me? Well it is cool now

You don’t’ have to look far before you see some news about the challenging times the world is having financially. Everywhere – television, magazines, newspapers, radio – is filled with news about economic downturns, government cuts and budgets. This, coupled with the forever rising costs of food, petrol and general living costs has given rise to a new trend: penny pinching.

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