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The Vintage Garden look

*I love sitting on my sofa relaxing, coffee in one hand, catalogue in another and I squealed in delight (yes, even I, the unsquealy, squeal from time to time) when the postman dropped in the fabulous BRAND NEW Spring/Summer 2012 Home Collection from Matalan!

It is the most awesome sneak preview of  fresh and fantastic ideas to decorate your home and Matalan have once again shown their strength of style with fantastic affordable prices that allows you to have a whole new house without breaking the bank!

Whilst smiling like a fool and drooling over the pages, I decide over and over again what I want, which is pretty much everything and then some.

Matalan have four key themes in store for us this Spring/Summer.  Vintage, Harbour, Heritage and Colour Pop. 




Each has it’s own strength of character with Heritage and Colour Pop giving us bold, bright and luxurious colours whilst Vintage and Harbour give us a soft, fresh and breezy outlook on decor .  Every room in the house can have it’s own story and character with these versatile ranges.

My personal favourite is the Vintage and I’ve already earmarked several pieces for our home when the range debuts across the stores but having more of a look at the catalogue I can’t stop poring over Colour Pop this year which gives us a living style worthy of Carnaby Street colours!, a fabulous rich Mediterranean look for the garden, and a warm bamboo style called Apples and Pears for the Kitchen!
For such a home decor novice as myself, the sneak peek is a God send.  I can picture how I want things to be where we are now, and with plans to move house in the next couple of years, these timeless designs are easily transportable.
I find myself one step closer to having a home that is adorned with lovely bits and pieces.  The beauty of the price is that it is so affordable, you can buy a few
*extras* as well.  At least that’s what I’m going to tell The Husband.

Colour POP Living

So if you’re in the mood for updating your collection or fancy re-doing rooms, here is an exclusive SNEAK PEEK for you too so that you can start making those plans to have fabulous new stuff for your home this Spring/Summer!  

Nautical Bedroom DecorBeautiful Vintage Bathroom

Mediterranean Garden

Heritage Living

*This is not a sponsored post. All words and opinions are my own.

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In these horrible cold days we have, I like to kid myself that soon, it will be spring.  I take a moment of sunshine and hold onto it tight savouring the feeling that at some point, it will be light in the mornings and the air won’t bite and I can finally start my spring clean!!  There aren’t alot of these moments, but I have taken each one and ran with it even though we are still in the vice like grip of winter. 

YES folks, I have started my spring clean! A little decluttering here, a little organising there, things are starting to take shape and the house is shrugging off the cobwebs of winter and by March, I will have it all done and can sit back with the satisfaction that I haven’t run ragged trying to do it all in one week. Do I sound smug? You bet, because if I actually pull it off, it will be the FIRST time ever that I have actually done what I have said I will do!

Of course if you were to come to my house at this present moment, you would think I was clearly off my rocker because you can absolutely not tell that I have been doing anything at all.  Except three bin bags of old but still useful toys have been given to charity and the spice and cutlery draws are absolutely pristine! (I draw the line at putting my spices in alphabetical order…)

As we have 7 weeks left until Spring is officially here, here are some of my tips for a slow and relaxed spring clean that won’t get in the way of your regular clean!

  • Make a list of what you need to do in the house.
  • Declutter first so that you are not cleaning around stuff that you don’t want. Take individual rooms and make two piles of whatever you are decluttering (clothes, toys, etc).  One for the bin and one for charity and actually take it!  This should take the first two weeks around your own normal commitments.
  • Set yourself three 20 minute tasks per week and tick off the list once completed. 

This can include: 

  • Clearing out the food/kitchen cupboards or a couple of draws in the sideboard.
  • Cleaning out the crumb tray in the toaster, wiping the kettle and cleaning the microwave.
  • Clearing out the medicine cupboard and the upstairs hallway landing cupboard! 
  • Cleaning the porch or cupboard under the stairs.

Remember to dispose of old medicines safely and recycle bottles/plastics etc. where you can.

  • Take an hour out to sort out any paperwork. Put your important documents into one pile to file away and anything else (junk mail, old magazines, newspapers, the usual glut of paper that presents itself with children in the house) into another for recycling. REMEMBER to file the important documents away!
  • Leave the *gets dirty quickly* things until the last two weeks, such as vacuuming the skirting boards and ceiling corners, vacuuming under the sofas and inbetween the cushion-y things, washing the bedding and towels and cleaning the windows (on the inside).  I do the bedding and towels regularly but always time it so that I need to do it around the middle of March.

All of the above will hopefully allow me to have everything done by the time the blossoms are here so that I can sit back and enjoy the changing of the seasons with a glass of something fruity and a good book!  For now…I’m cold and I’m off to get a coffee to warm up!

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