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Blogs that will inspire you.

I'm making the most of this wet weather by searching the internet for more ideas and inspiration and I have come across some amazing blogs. I love to change my home around so often I drive my children mad. I find it inspiring to have a change. Its funny I am reading a book at the moment called The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton one of my favourite authors. I'm loving every bit of it. I read that when your energy changes you often want to change your home around. I can relate to that. There have been huge changes In my life this year and I now feel I need to redecorate every room. :-)

Here are some inspiring blogs for you to browse through on a rainy day ....

The lovely Claudia form the Paris apartment not only has a beautiful website but has a wonderful blog. I always look forward to one arriving in my emails. She also has just published a new book Paris Flea Market Style

The Better Decorating Bible is a blog full of beautiful homes from Elton Johns Berverly Hills paradise to a Modern French Regency Marie Antoinette Style Apartment.

Rachel Ashwell the woman who created Shabby Chic has a lovely blog full of Shabby Chic ideas. I love looking through The Prairie page at all the gorgeous rooms that you can stay in.

Here are some photos of what I have created from all the inspiration these blogs have given me.

Sweet dreams

My reading nook

Our social space

My darling

This beautiful space is from The Better Decorating Bible

This is my inspiration for my dream project of a barn house that will look like this on the inside.

And so to bed to dream ....

A Unique, Simple and Cheap Way to add Colour to your walls

I once had an old door off an antique piece of French furniture that I loved so much I had it hanging on my wall. There are so many interesting items that look really funky hanging on your wall. An old piece of iron work, an antique balustrade, old screens and vintage wall plaques. Scrap booking paper is also a great way to make a lovely vintage wall hanging. Whenever I go into a shop that sells scrap booking paper I always have a look to see if there is anything interesting. As a result I now have a great collection of vintage wall plaques.

What you will need is … A piece of ply wood cut to the size of your paper. Glue, a clear liquid glue is the best. Black paint. Matt polyurethane.

1 Have your wood cut to the correct size you want 2 Make sure the edges are sanded and smooth. 3 Paint the back and sides of the wood. 4 Drill a small hole in the back at the top in the middle so you can hang it on a nail. Don’t go all the way through, just half way. 5 Spread plenty of glue on to the back of the paper and press on to the wood. A ruler or a damp cloth can be used by sliding it lightly over the paper to remove any bubbles. Allow it to dry well and if any of the edges lift apply more glue. 6 Once it has dried properly paint the paper with a matt polyurethane. This will seal it and keep it place, also allowing you to be able to hang it in a bathroom or kitchen where it may get damp or need cleaning.

Beautiful old pieces of vintage wallpaper are also great to use and can be made in any size.