7 Easy ways to make your living room cosy for autumn (on a budget)

Our living spaces seem to get smaller during the cooler months, don’t they? I think it’s because we’re indoors more & can’t use our gardens as much if the weather is bad. Here’s some ideas to make your living room more cosy & liveable for autumn…

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Planning the right furniture layout for my living room (it’s taken years!)

Have you ever had a room where you just don’t know how to lay out the furniture? One with an unusual L-shape, or alcoves, or windows on two or more walls? In most rooms you can just ‘feel’ where the furniture should go and, in many modern homes, you can see exactly where the bed should go, because there are two plug sockets either side where your bedside lamps would plug in! But what if your room isn’t quote so ease to configure? Here’s what I learnt when tackling my own 1950s home…

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Take one neutral sofa – how to style your living room 6 different ways

Whether you’ve got a grey, beige, white (or even black) sofa those neutral hues can look a little bland, but they’re also a fantastic base upon which to create a variety of interior design themes. Here’s how you can style up one neutral sofa in six different ways to change the look of your interior for less…

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DIY Furniture: How to upcycle a drawer to create a coffee table

Today I’m sharing an easy project to make a DIY wheeled coffee table. My husband made this within an hour, while I was painting another of our DIY furniture projects so I’m sure it’ll be simple enough for any enthusiastic DIYer to make for themselves.

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4 Ways to make your home cosy for Christmas

When you think of a cosy home at Christmas, what do you imagine? I expect whatever you’re seeing in your mind’s eye is rather similar to while I’m thinking of. There’s the glow of low lighting, lots of soft textures, a roaring fire and steaming cups of hot chocolate on the coffee table. Am I […]

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Leather v fabric, traditional v Scandi – finding the perfect sofa

I’ve finally started to plan out my living room. To tell you the truth, I’ve been avoiding decorating it for a few months now. Even though I stripped off the woodchip wallpaper and gave it a coat of white paint when we moved in, I’ve still not styled it any further. I think that’s because […]

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Parquet flooring: The comeback story

Parquet flooring is the new vinyl records. Making a surprising comeback, parquet has exploded back into the flooring scene and is ever increasingly becoming one of the most popular flooring types out there. You may remember parquet from your Grandparent’s house when you were a kid; the distinctive zig-zag patterns and geometric design make it […]

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Why carpet tiles are the thrifty choice for a designer look in your home

What do you think of when I say ‘carpet tiles’? Grey office buildings? School hallways? The budget option that your mum made you have in your bedroom as a teen? Well, the style of this type of sectional flooring has moved on a lot in the last decade or so, and it’s now a design […]

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Minimalist mid-century modern window dressing

There’s a lovely big window in our living room. It lets in so much natural daylight and offers a lovely view over the garden. In fact, it’s pretty-much the only feature of the room at the moment, so I want to make the most of it. I wanted to give it a sleek, contemporary window-dressing but […]

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The next big thing in space saving design

Space-saving design is incredibly popular as it helps people get more out of their home. If you save space, then each room has more room to breathe and looks far less cluttered and compact. Not only does this improve a room’s functionality, but it also improves its aesthetic appeal. When space is tight – as […]

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4 living room layouts that make the most of your space

The difficulty with moving house is finding space for all your existing furniture. It’s likely that your rooms will be a different size and shape from your previous home and that may affect what pieces you can and can’t bring with you to the new location. When I move house I’m pretty sure that my […]

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Household goals – keeping my home neat & organised

Starting the new year with the intention of keeping my home clean and organised has been very motivating goal for 2017 so far. A jolly good tidy-up at the start of January really helped, as did finding a home for all the lovely gifts I received over Christmas. However, I’ve found that after just a few weeks […]

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All-white interiors + why a room is not complete without texture

With a new home on the horizon I have, of course, been doing extensive decor research on Pinterest. Yes, research. Honest. Okay, I’ve been pinning plenty of pretty homes and tons of gorgeous homewares over the past couple of months (ahem… years) in order to be well-prepared for my imminent house move. Today I’m sharing […]

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How to add festive decorations in every room of the house

Christmas is here again, bringing with it the dark nights, frosty mornings and frozen noses. Have you already decorated your home for Christmas? I bet your tree is up and the fairy lights are sparkling, am I right? But what about the other rooms in your home? Why not cultivate a cosy festive feeling in […]

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DIY Christmas decor – Candy cane chair project

This month I’ve been busier than an elf in Santas workshop – yes, I’ve been DIYing lots of festive projects ready to share with you on the blog this December. And what better way to kick off the celebrations than with the ultimate festive makeover: a candy cane chair.When I bought this retro chair from […]

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4 quick makeover tips to spruce up your home before Christmas

Redecorating your home may mean a lot of effort, time, and money spent, but I’ve found that it is still absolutely worth it! Once it’s finished (like my home almost is!) the result is so satisfying and you can create a beautiful interior space for you and your family to enjoy. I always look around for […]

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Styling a coffee table three ways

Coffee tables tend to be rather simple, there’s not much more to them than a certain shape at a certain height, so you can really go to town on the accessories in order bring the room together for a unified look. The place where you can be really daring is the rug you use beneath […]

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Interior inspiration from real homes

It’s easy to swoon over the beautiful rooms in interior design magazines, dribble over perfectly styled images by designers on Instagram, and fall in love with professional decorating projects on Pinterest. However, recreating even the most simple interior design project can be difficult to achieve in your own home; you’ll have room layout challenges to deal with, be […]

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Quick & easy living room makeover ideas for summer

Now that summer has finally arrived, you’ll be wanting to make sure that your interiors capitalise on the light and airy weather by giving your home a quick facelift. And as the living room is often the centre point of the house, it’s the perfect place to begin. So here are a few quick and […]

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Dream a little dream… Cosy curtains

Did you ever have ‘winter curtains’ in your home while growing up? Do you have sets of seasonal curtains in your airing cupboard? Is this still something that goes on today? Allow me to explain; in our home we had two sets of curtains for the living room: thin cotton curtains in green for summer […]

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Winter warmers ~ cosy accessories for your home

Even though I’m bursting to get out the Christmas decorations and fill my house with festive cheer, I agree that it is still a little too early to be hanging wreaths and stringing up the tinsel. However, it’s never too early to inject a couple of seasonal accessories here and there to make your home […]

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Interior design inspiration ~ The rustic trend

At this time of year, as the seasons change from hot summer to cool autumn, I really get the urge to snuggle down at home and feather my nest, getting ready for the cold winter ahead. I start thinking about hot drinks, casseroles and blankets, and the design inspirations that I’m continuously pinning on Pinterest shift towards […]

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Summer inspiration for sunny interiors

Want to freshen up your home and create a cosy place for your family and guests to enjoy this summer but don’t want to blow the budget? Even if the Great British weather is occasionally unseasonably grey there are plenty of ways to inject a little permanent sunshine into your home without going for a full redecoration […]

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Ideas to spruce up your old sofa

Has your sofa seen better days? If the cushions are losing their plumpness and the seams are splitting, you might want to just throw it out. Or do you? That sofa has sentimental value: it was the very first piece furniture you bought with your first salary, it was where you usually have popcorn dates […]

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Dream a little dream… of a cosy glow

Last month I wrote all about how my bedside lamps both broke within hours of each other, just before the arrival of my guests who would be staying in the bedroom for the weekend. Although it wasn’t the best solution, I quickly nabbed our angle-poise desk lamp as a temporary measure, and although it worked […]

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Decorating my living room using personalised posters

In my living room there is wall which hasn’t been wallpapered and that doesn’t have a piece or art or mirror hanging on it, and every time I sit on the sofa my eye is drawn to the big blank empty space. I knew that I wanted to include some photos of my friends and family […]

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How big is this room now?!

I’ve discovered a new method for improving your living space and making rooms seem bigger and brighter than ever. It’s quite simple. Put up tons of Christmas decorations, live with them for a few weeks, then take them down again. It’s simply amazing what a difference removing my festive décor has made to the perception of space […]

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My retro living room – lovely autumnal fruit bowl

It’s raining. It’s cold. The mornings are dark. And there is condensation on my windows. Yes, I think I can officially claim that it is autumn. I know I’ve been banging on about the season for the past couple of weeks, but I’ve not really been feeling it, because it’s still been sunny and warm […]

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My retro living room ~ adding a little sunshine for autumn

Just a quick photo today of the lovely bunch of sunflowers that hubby brought home for us this weekend. These bright yellow sunflower heads bring a much-needed injection of sunshine into our retro living room for autumn now that the weather is turning grey. The flowers are arranged in our chunky Hornsea storage tub which has lost its lid and […]

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Retro living room inspirations ~ lighting

If you’ve been following my interior design series for my mid-century modern living room over the past few months, you’ll know how keen I am on retro design and how I am trying to recreate a swish designer look on a budget – check out some of my previous articles using the links below! Although […]

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Creating the perfect retro look for your living room

If you’re looking to create a welcoming, stylish and homely look in your living room, giving your home décor a retro twist is a great place to start. The versatility of the retro look means that you can make your interior design as subtle or as all-out as you want. Plus, as it’s easy to […]

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Vintage orange roses

My hubby brought home a bunch of stunning orange roses for me last week. I’d never seen orange roses before and they coordinate perfectly with my retro living room design, so hubby gets extra brownie points for good taste! I totally forgot to take a photo of them when I first displayed them in my […]

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Mid-century Modern DIY – a very necessary draught excluder tutorial

With all this cold weather we’ve been having recently, there’s been a sudden cold draught whipping through my house from the kitchen (why are kitchens always so cold?) so I needed a new draught excluder for my living room. Now, if you’ve seen my previous blog posts you’ll know that I couldn’t use just any old draught excluder in […]

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Inspirations for a retro living room – the wallpaper is finally up!

You may remember that I was contemplating a rather massive decision at the start of the year – which wallpaper to use to finish off my retro-inspired living room. Although I’ve looked a quite a few garish colours and loud patterns, I settled on a fairly muted beige and brown base print with orange circles from […]

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Guest post from Arcadian Home blog: Gorgeous girly spaces

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find great home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting with you at CassieFairy today to share a guest post about gorgeous girly spaces. For your decorating inspiration, I’ve brought along eight of my favorite feminine room images. Please enjoy! I chose this […]

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Interior Design Inspirations for a Retro Home: Lighting

Now that I am at the stage of adding the finishing touches to my retro living room, my attention has turned to lighting and I wanted to get a couple of lamps and shades that would compliment the 50s and 60s style that I’ve used throughout the room so far. I’ve been keeping an eye […]

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Inspirations for a retro living room: Soft Furnishings

I’ve already blogged about finding vintage fabrics and making some unique retro cushions for my 60s-inspired living room design, but here’s a post on the rest of the soft furnishings in my living room, including throws and curtains. I am looking for clashing patterns and, of course, lovely orange shades to add to the retro feel […]

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My retro-inspired living room – an old armchair rescued!

I am pleased to say that I’ve got another freebie for my retro living room design project – an armchair that was on its way from a vintage furniture shop to the dump. It didn’t exactly look like this when my hubby brought it home to me; it had a cream damask patterned cover over it which […]

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My retro-inpired living room – a vintage sideboard

As many of you know, I’m collecting together a few pieces of furniture, amazing art and lovely soft furnishings to create a retro-inspired, if a little garish, living room interior design project. If you’ve not yet seen my mood-board here it is again: And how’s this for a pretty similar sideboard to the G-Plan one above? […]

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