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HOME | Bedroom Tour

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
I was watching my house tour vlogs recently and I honestly can't believe how much this place has changed in less than a year. When we first got the house, we stripped it back to an empty shell (see how it was here), progressed to a blank canvas (see that here) and have spent the last six months putting our own stamp on it and making it feel homely. It's taking longer than I thought it would, don't get me wrong, but I'm loving every minute of decorating. We've been working on the bedroom for the last few months, so I thought it was time to give you a little tour to show you what's been done. I'm going to link everything that's still available too.

Grey and white bedroom

So I'm a huge fan of the minimal neutral style, and I've pretty much kept a theme of white, grey and wood all through my house. All of our walls are white, but for the bedroom I wanted some 'colour' (neutral of course) on the walls to make it as cosy as possible. We went for Dulux 'Polished pebble' on the walls which is a lovely soft grey - it's beautiful and exactly was looking for. I love the subtle contrast of white furniture against grey walls, so we went for two 'malm' bedside tables and this gorgeous white wooden bed with drawers underneath. We also have the double set of malm drawers at the end of the bed, with our tv above it. With all of those drawers and the double wardrobe, this little room has an abundance of storage!

Grey walls white furnitureFor our bedside tables, I picked two of these simple white table lamps from ikea. In a minimal room, I think it's important to still have texture throughout and I loved the woven style of these lampshades. I picked up the small marble plate (below) from H&M (yep, that one that everyone seemed to buy at same time) to store my jewellery when I go to bed, and sit it next to my dream dictionary (perfect decorative bedside book!), a candle and some artificial plants from ikea - I love some stacked books on a bedside table, it's almost like organised, neat 'clutter'. On the other side, I have this gorgeous grey heart photo frame which we got as a house warming gift - I still haven't put my own photo in it. Oh well, this random baby is cute so who's complaining.

Grey walls white furniture

I went for plain white bedding as I actually prefer it when the focus is on the cushions and throws instead. This huge mongolian fur cushion is from Matalan and it's an absolute dream. The back of it is a super soft suede-like material, and I loved it so much that I bought two more for my living room. The two grey velour cushions on either side and the heart embroidered cushion in the middle are all from Next - they're the perfect shade for this room. For the end of the bed, I bought a large throw in the same stone shade as the fur cushion (not available anymore but similar here), and to break up the colour a bit, I layered a smaller chevron fringed throw over the top. I wish I could link it, but it's from TK Maxx so it might as well be one of a kind.

grey walls white furniture dulux polished pebble
minimal scandi white bedroom

This shelf is my favourite part of the room. As a Pinterest addict, I can't say I came up with the idea myself but I knew it would be perfect to add something interesting above the bed. To keep with the style of the room, I went for simple prints from Etsy in monochrome or neutral colours and put them in a mix of white, wooden and grey frames. The wooden frame ties in with the flooring and the frame of the mirrored wardrobes which, oddly enough, I didn't like when we first saw this room. Now I love them! I think I'm going to do a separate post for tips on how to make your own picture shelf like this, as I have tons of advice from my own experiences and mistakes with it. Now that's it all finished though, I'm over the moon with it and I think it totally makes the room. 

Dulux polished pebble swatch on walls

I hope you've enjoyed this post. I'm calling this bedroom 'finished' for now, but let's face it, I know I'll still make changes and add in some extras now and again. You'll see any bedroom (or any other homeware) updates on my instagram so make sure you're following. We're getting started on the living room and I am so excited with the plans we have already - watch this space! 


FASHION | Mini Clothes Haul

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
First things first, what do you think of the new layout? It was a bit of a last minute decision - I feel like I've turned a corner with my blog recently and I'm finally getting out of the blog slump of the last few months so it just seemed right to do a little blog makeover as well. I absolutely love this template - it's simple, neutral and I love that I can categorise my posts to make it easier to get around (have a wee look at the top bar!). Now onto the good stuff - the shopping. I'm forever putting things aside to do a 'big haul' then forgetting about them completely, so today I was looking at my shopping bags and thought do you know what? It's better to do a mini haul, than no haul at all. So here's some things I picked up last week... 

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Zara | Now it might be early February, but these boots are looking to be a strong contender for best sale purchase of the year! When I first spotted these maroon, croc print ankle boot beautys on the sale shelf, I assumed they'd be reduced to like £90 and in a size 12 or something .. but low and behold, they were in my size and they were only £19.99. Can you actually believe that? The quality of these is unreal and I know they'll last for years. I can't stop staring at them! I also picked up this gorgeous berry/maroon coloured blanket scarf because 1) it's my favourite colour ever 2) I love being able to wear a blanket in public and 3) it was reduced to £5.99!

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Zara | My main reason for going into town was actually to try and pick up some things for wearing to work. And I literally just yawned when writing that and that's exactly how I feel about buying office-y clothes. But since I spend a lot of my time in work, I know I should be making more of an effort to buy nice clothes. I don't know about you, but my mood is 10x better when I like my outfit and who doesn't need that kind of feeling on a Monday morning? Anyway, I feel sorry for this top right now cos this picture totally isn't doing it any justice! It look's mahoosive but, believe me, it's actually a lovely shape when it's on - have a look here at it on the zara model. It's loose fitting with a nice structure around the shoulders and I think it'll look good with a pair of skinny trousers. My next task is to find a pair without big pockets on the side! 

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Primark |  I picked up three of these little jumpers for £8 each and honestly, these are so super soft that I wouldn't be surprised to find them in Topshop for much more. You really can't beat Primark for basics. These were bought with workwear in mind, but I know I'll be able to wear these at the weekends too. They're the perfect shape for tucking into high waisted skirts or wearing under pinafore dresses. I actually think I'm wearing one of these for an outfit post this weekend so watch out for it! 

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So what do you think? What have you been shopping for recently? 

HOME | Homeware Shopping List

Friday, 22 January 2016
If you were to go into my brain and take a screen shot over the past month, this is basically what you'd see. All these homeware ideas floating around and little else. I'm SO close to finishing the bedroom and literally have one or two things to buy this month before it's ready for me to show you it. Although I've made things slightly more difficult for myself by deciding I want a woven wall hanging on one of the bare walls. I tried to use the easy option and looked for a one on etsy, but all the ones I liked didn't ship to the UK, so I'm going to try and follow this tutorial to make something similar. Hopefully the finished bedroom post will be up soon!

Anyway, so these items are just odd things that I've been throwing in my online shopping basket over the last month. This includes some of the final items for the bedroom, and some for the living/dining room which I'm starting next month. The bedroom took months longer than I thought it would, so I'm expecting the living room to take a while too but I have to say, I absolutely love it - it's a pinterest addicts dream!



Scandinavian style homeware

So the final items for the bedroom are this little marble click clock which I've fallen in love with. It'll look perfect on our little bedside table. I also spotted this patterned rug and these patterned cushions for the bedroom - I can't believe how inexpensive H&M is for homeware. Their stock is exactly the kind of stuff I like too.

For the living room, I'm planning on putting a long shelf up behind my sofa. I've already made a shelf of frames in my bedroom, so for this one I want to make it a mix of nice ornaments, candles and a few small pictures. I love this Ivory Daisy Wall Art and this Glass Display Box would add some nice detail with a big candle in it or something. The copper framed mirror is a style I'm thinking about for above my white sideboard unit. The thing is, I know copper is a trend just now so in the long term, it might be wiser just to have a few little accents (like these copper wire baskets) that I can switch up when I get bored. What do you think .. am I being too sensible?

Last but not least, my favourite item. You know when something just catches your eye and you love it instantly, even thought you don't know where you'd put it? Well that's how I feel about this flamingo print from made.com. I think I'll get this and put it a white or wooden frame as the black will be a bit too bold, but I'm going to make it work somewhere in the house!

Where have you been homeware shopping lately?


p.s i've been instagramming a lot recently - follow me here www.instagram.com/maisymeowblog

THOUGHTS | The Instagram Debate

Saturday, 16 January 2016
We've all seen the articles, the tweets, the 'quotes' on Facebook telling us that those people on Instagram with all the pretty pictures and the smiling pictures aren't really happy. Yes, they might have a healthy (and photogenic) breakfast every morning, they might take a workout selfie on the coldest of mornings when you're still in bed, but it's all fake. They're lying, and they're causing you to have unachievable aspirations. Some of these 'instagram vs. reality' posts are in good humour, but others are actually pretty harsh and target popular instagrammers (mainly girls). The general theme is that it's dishonest to portray your life as perfect, when that's just not possible. If that's the logic though, where does it end? Is it fake to wear make-up? You don't look like that naturally, so are you giving people 'unachievable' goals? Is it really dishonest, to take a picture at a good angle to hide your double chin? Don't we all do that?

If we all took pictures of 'real life', Instagram would be a pretty boring place and it probably wouldn't be very popular at all. I'd rather scroll through a feed of good quality, nice-looking pictures than a photo of someones messy bedroom or microwave meal. Just like a lot of other social media, instagram is the highlights. 

instagram vs reality

If you feel inferior because your breakfast doesn't look as good as the one you saw on instagram this morning, I don't think the problem lies with the person who posted the picture. It's up to those who use the site to remember that it's a photography app, that you use by choice, and where you chose who you follow. You can't expect someone to accompany their morning selfie with a disclaimer to say that they haven't showered yet and still have morning breath, just to remind you that real life still exists.

In a world where social media is every day life, we need to remember that you'll never be able to control what you see. What you can do, is control what you take from it.

What's your thoughts on 'Instagram lives'? 








THOUGHTS | Making Changes...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
January is the month of making changes but this year, I haven't made any new years resolutions. I've accepted that I make the same ones every year and it just doesn't work for me. I can't change overnight, but I can work towards something. I've made a list of things that I want to achieve this year, and set some goals to work towards. I think goals are more realistic - they accept that you won't change into a clean-eating super-organised gym bunny overnight, that sometimes you'll feel motivated and others you won't. So as I thinking about things I want to do this year, there was one thing that stood out.  

It's quite obvious that I haven't been blogging as much over the last year and there's so many reasons why. Things changed so much in 2015. It all started when we bought our first house - it needed a lot of work, and we devoted most of our time, money and brain capacity to renovating it. We're still working on it a year later and my priorities have totally changed. I don't spend all my money on clothes and make-up any more, because I'd rather spend it on things for my house. I never thought I'd say it, but I enjoy shopping in ikea more than primark these days, and I browse pinterest more than asos. I think that's why I've been struggling to think of new blog content - my head is telling me I need to write about clothes and beauty products, when those things aren't playing a huge part in my life at the moment. 

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The way I've been thinking about it is, 'if I were to start a brand new blog today, what it would it be about?' and the answer is that I'd make it 80% lifestyle and interiors, and 20% fashion (with the odd beauty post when there's a new product that I just have to tell you about). I want to write about whatever is on my mind - whether it's interiors, a list, an idea, a rant, anything. So that's what I need to do. I need to stop clinging on to how my blog used to be, and to let it change as I change, because I'll only ever be able to write interesting posts if it's something I find interesting in the first place. 

My main goal for this year is to love to my blog again, to chill out and write about whatever interests me that day, without putting pressure on myself to stick to a certain theme. With that said, I have a few ideas already and hope you're looking forward to reading some new posts!

STYLE | Everyday Winter OOTD

Thursday, 24 December 2015
The blogging struggle is real when it's Winter in Glasgow and there's barely any daylight. So you can imagine my excitement when the other morning, I noticed it was bright outside and I could actually see a little bit of blue sky. In the absence of my 'instagram husband' (lol) I had to improvise and revert to old school pictures in the garden, with my remote control and tripod. The neighbours must think I really commit to a good selfie. 

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This is my current go-to outfit in Winter. If it's a casual day, you'll generally find me in this outfit or some kind of variation of it. A warm jumper is a must - super comfortable, cosy and I love how thick knitted jumpers look under this camel brushed boyfriend coat. This grey high neck jumper is from Primark and is one of my favourites at the moment. I love mixing warm colours like burgundy and camel with cooler colours like grey and white, to make them stand out a bit more. I'm still living in my over the knee boots from Garage shoes - I've had so many compliments on them and still can't believe they were only £30! 

I've been meaning to show you this nail bracelet* from Jules B for a while too - how cute is this design? I've never seen anything like it. It's reduced at the moment and available in rose gold and yellow good too. 

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One thing that you'll rarely see me without is my burgundy faux fur bag from Stradivarius. I spotted this when I was in Tenerife a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't believe my luck - I've been looking for a bag in this style and colour for ages, but could never find one that wasn't ridiculously expensive. I hadn't heard of the brand before but discovered they have a website when I got home, so the good news is you can order it and have it delivered to the UK if you like it!

Hope you liked this back-to-basics style outfit post. This is my last post before Christmas, so I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy your time off if you have some. Merry Christmas! xox



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