A little bit of tartan…finally!

Remember my post when I said the Mr didn’t want any print of the sort in the house? Well, it seems that if it is free, even he can’t complain. Thanks to a lovely grandparent, we are now the proud owners of a lovely, wool throw, printed with a great red and grey tartan. Great for curling up under after a day at work, especially given that our front room radiator refuses to warm up completely (we even had to learn to bleed the thing with no success in solving the problem!).

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The fact that this is a sort of inheritance makes this piece even better and goes with my aim of styling the house up for as little money as possible – especially since we decided to move house three months before Christmas (not the smartest move financially!).

I am loving all things tartan in interiors at the moment, and it seems that the trend is set to stay around for a good few months yet, with a refreshing lighter tone style for Spring/Summer 2014.

I really like these items on sale now, but I have a feeling, a tartan throw might be as far as I can push this one…

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Project #1: Sideboard makeover

You may remember my post about losing out on the best John Lewis bargain sofa ever, but I must tell you that every cloud does indeed have a silver lining. I didn’t walk away from the furniture clearance in Warwick empty handed after all and managed to buy myself a lovely mid-century style sideboard for the neat little price of £15. Filled with the disappointment of losing said sofa, I plucked up the courage to ask the kind seller to give me a fiver off the £20 asking price and he said yes! You might say I am cheap, but you never know if you never ask.

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The sideboard would look great as a storage solution, dressing table or chest of drawers, but after watching Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free last night on Channel 4, I have been inspired to use it as a media unit for the television we have yet to buy.

It needs a good sanding down and lick of paint before we can do anything with it, so the plan is to strip and prime it before the move and add colour when we have definitely decided what we will use it for. I would like to do it up in the style of the lovely Oliver Bonas furniture range that was launched recently and am swaying towards the idea of doing it grey with yellow and darker grey drawers. I may even remove one of the drawers completely and have it as an open shelf.

Mavis Chest, £515, Oliver Bonas

Mavis Chest, £515, Oliver Bonas

As for the handles, they will be coming off too to be replaced with some lovely decorative ones – I love the ones from Anthropologie.

Want to see the finished result? Tell me what you think…