Nothing like some fresh yellow tulips to cheer up a moody mid-week morning. At only £2 in Tesco they feel like more of a necessity than a luxury 💐🌷 would love to grow some of my own in the garden...maybe that will be my next project 😊
I would love to do something to give our bannister a new lease of life, I'm just not sure what 🤔 I did think about painting the panels a navy colour to tie in with the cushions on the sofa, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough 😂 any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!
A wee cup of tea.
It has a lot of power doesn't it? It wakes, warms, comforts, heals, soothes.
I'll never forget that first cup of tea after giving birth, (and let's not forget the TOAST.... hospitals nail that) it was like drinking liquid gold.
So let's share some love for the old cuppa tea... how do you like yours?
Mine has to be @twiningsteauk everyday, it has to be dunked, the teabag gets whirled around five times, squeezed to the side twice, plop of skimmed milk and one sugar, stir, enjoyed!
Whats behind a photo?
To some this is just another little square that you'll scroll past, one of the many times pass through insta a day.
For me it's something that's made me smile today!
I love that this dried up eucalyptus matches the picture beside it. I love that I've only half used my favourite candle I get each Christmas from my brother. I love my candle stand that I brought back from that one amazing summer in America.
That's it... each wee square in my feed is just telling a little portion of my story, my journey and my days spent doing life.
Fill your account with things that make YOU happy.... have a wonderful day xo.
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Slowly starting to bring the outside alive!
Last summer outside was still a building site, and I really want to be able to enjoy outside this year!
The grass has had its first cut, the hedging will be finished this weekend (I am not looking forward to that one bit) and we ordered our gates yesterday.
When you build your own home, you forget about all the expense of outside.... So if you are starting on the journey of self build... keep some budget for outside...especially if you have kids... believe me entertaining them during the summer on a building site is HARD WORK!
My best advice is get your grass in as soon as you can... it dramatically changes the outside!
So I've finally made my decision to go ahead with a name change.
I felt "thehousethatjackbuilt" was quirky at the time, but I needed a name that reflected how I felt about my home.
Anyone who knows me, knows fully well that my home is my safe haven.
My "home" has always been the only constant in my life.
Home has always been a place of refuge, shelter, and retreat, for not only myself but for my sons, husband, family and friends; and our new home, though in a new "skin", is still the same haven for the soul.
It's also hard to deny the hilltop that our home is perched on, and the many many hills that surround us... and they are beautiful.
So hence my new name! Still the same me 💕 #myhilltophaven#niblogger#nihomes#myhome#blessed#haventchangedfbyetmightdeleteit
I had such a lovely day with new home blogger Tierna from @northernnooksblog.
It is so lovely to hear people's dreams and aspirations and to be a cheerleader for them!
Tonight I want to encourage you, to be BOLD. Is there something that you need to step into, but are worried what others will say or think?
If it's burning deep inside, grab it and run with it, because something that starts with a passion will never return void.
I also took the chance to lay my table for tomorrow, because I'm officially off duty now for the next 24hrs or so (who I am kidding, I've to cook the bleeding dinner!!) it's so darn pretty!
O and thanks to the appearance of mr sunshine, I painted my toes and had the old Birkenstocks on!!
It really is F.R.I.Y.A.Y!!
I met a lovely friend for breakfast this morning (a long overdue catchup, but it was like we had only seen each other yesterday... Aren't they the best??)
Then arrived home to my gorgeous abstract prints from #aly .harte....they really complete my little TV snug and I'm so happy!! I would have taken a pic of the whole room, but it's currently contains a onesie wearing 11yr old, so thought I'd better not!
Hope you're having the best day #Friyay#alyharte#niblogger#nihomes#wallart
It's honestly feels like winter today, not Spring!
Just a wee note of thanks to everyone for all comments and messages after yesterday's blog!
The reason for the nerves (and the blog) yesterday was because, today I started volunteering in our churches outreach programme (helping hands). I'm going to be involved in their new workroom and store, upcycling and designing furniture, gifts and clothes!! Watch this space for info of the big relaunch... It's all very exciting!
And the best news is I really had FUN!! God is SO good and His timing is always perfect!
More exciting news is that our little home is going to feature in a lovely up and coming blog @northernnooksblog and I'm really looking forward to catching up with Tierna on Saturday.... so I'm planning on cleaning this house to an inch of its life over the next few days!! Hope you've all had a good one #springblooms#nihomes#niblogger#newbeginnings#perfecttiming
Morning! It always amazes me the power that first cup of tea has each morning, I honestly don't think I'd be able to function without it!
I've one of my boys at home today and he's not that happy that he has to do the food shop with me this morning.
I still think the boys believe that there is a fairy in this house to to the shopping, cleaning and cooking! Hope you all have a good start to the week! #justcallmetinkerbell#nihomes#morningcupoftea#ranunculus#mondaymotivation#letsbehavingyou
As nice as it is to travel it's always lovely to wake up in your own bed! 💜
Looking forward to seeing @l_moreton, my niece and nephew today for a catch up.
📷 Of my sisters dining room, my house is currently upside down!
So I have been itching to call into the flower market in Belfast for weeks, and the perfect moment happened this morning after 2 hrs at the school of dentistry.... Could not resist a few bunches of these beauties.... ranunculus you are the queen of all flowers... This week anyway... #myhome#floweraddict#ranunculus#burstofcolour#nihomes
Morning! Thanks so so much to everyone who has got in touch about lasts nights blog... It's so encouraging to read your messages!! I'm of to the Royal this morning with my eldest to check on his root canal (he is the best patient in the world I might add) and I might just pop into the flower market on the way home 😜 have a great Wednesday folks! Lx #wordart#wordstoliveby#nihomes#myhome
Wow....did not think that this would take so long to write **link in bio** Or how much I need to tell you. Part 1 of our forever home story is on the blog (it's so long I needed to use wordpress😂).
I've decided to spilt it into 3, as I want it to be as informative as possible. Can i also say I've written it, to help and inform others who might be thinking of building there own home, not for any other reason... The opinions are my all personal. If you would like further info on anything I mention over the next few blogs.. Please get in contact, I'm here to help!! It's a scary process, so I've got your back!! Lx #nihomes#newbuilds#moststressfulthingiveeverdone#foreverhome
Working on some little finishing touches for our tv snug!! Lots of frames (and I can't wait to get my @aly.harte prints for a colour explosion) I was also playing with twigs and felt balls to put into these cute little vases I picked up from @ikeauk last week... The felt balls came from @sostrenegrene (a complete haven if you are a maker/crafter)... Now to talk the hubby into getting the picture ledges up😬 #finishingtouches#newbuilds#nihomes#wordart
Morning! This just popped up on my newsfeed... Cannot believe this was this time last year... No windows in and the stone work just finished... So much had happened before then and there was still so much to do.... The work and decisions that go into a forever home is exhausting, but so, so worth it.... Was thinking of a series of blogs about what we learnt when building your own home?
Hope you've all had a productive Monday! The stretch in the evenings is really doing wonders for my motivation, I'm thinking about tackling the ironing...I stress the word think in that sentence 😆 have a lovely evening ✨
I have been looking for a new dining set since we move into our new home (and ones that didn't break the bank)... today I found them!! How gorgeous are these?? @ikeauk you never disappoint.... Hope the bowls come into stock soon!! Hope your all having a happy Friday! Lx #prettyplates#mystyle#nihomes
Thought the sofas needed a few new cushions.... Styling the green sofas has been hard as they are a funny shade... Tried teal with them and loved them but the hubster wasn't impressed... So dove grey was chosen and me being me added a big felt teal button in the middle... Personally I think it makes them!
In our snug I threw a pair of dingy natural ones out and bought a set of lovely yellow.... Then decided to sew some buttons on the others for a little update.
So girls, always think... can you revamp something before you chuck it out!
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine☀️☀️ #whatimadetoday#cushionrevamp#buttons#cheerful#nihomes#mystyle#mydfs
All about the hearts today!! Do you think husbands care about hearts on the wall?? Or do they inwardly roll their eyes but smile and out they up anyway for a quiet life?? Bathroom Heart shelf from @shopmatalan and the large wicker one over bed from @thebottomdrawerportadown.
I'm also loving a wee case of flowers beside the bed... Is it possible they could be helping me sleep at night.. I think not, but he's sleeping better too, so it's my excuse for having them there... But really it's cos they are too darn pretty... #tulips#walldecor#myhome#nihomes