I've been trying to avoid the shops as much as possible, but yesterday I decided to treat myself to a spot of retail therapy and buy some things for my new home. I headed up the M6 to Dunelm near Morecambe, crossing no county borders and staying within the new rules as I understand them ...does anyone actually really understand them?
It was a one off, and I did really need some bedroom curtains before I move into the flat at the weekend, so I decided to allow myself this one outing.
I did well, I got myself a new clock, a furry throw for the sofa, net curtains for all the windows to hide the horrible but sort of effective blinds. The very amenable sales lady cut them all to size for me with her nice sharp scissors and purpose-built cutting table. It would have been a horrible struggle with my little scissors and on the floor to cut 14m of net curtaining into one four metre length and five two metre lengths. So now they are all ready to go up.
I also got myself another four plug adapter, as I realised yesterday that the kitchen only has three sockets above the worktop. One will need to be for the electric kettle, one for the toaster and one for the microwave that I have yet to purchase. I do need to be able to do other things at the same time, so this was a very necessary purchase.
The three new lampshades are for the living room and the two bedrooms, the black shades that are currently in the flat just don't let enough light through, and I really don't want a dismally dark Winter just for the sake of the £20 they cost me.
The bargain of the day was two pairs of curtains for the larger bedroom reduced to just £12.50 a pair. The pair I got for the smaller bedroom, which has a larger window were just £35 at full price, so I am really happy with such a small spend.
As you can see I seem to be going through a 'mustard phase' at the moment. It's a lovely colour for this time of year, bright and yet cosy and a colour that is totally new for me.
Oh, and I also got a full length mirror which is something I've been meaning to get for myself for ages, and it will brighten up the end of the hallway beautifully. A bargain at just £10, and luckily it just about fitted in the car.
It made a nice change to stay away from the flat for a day, but tomorrow I'll be back there putting all my new purchases into place and seeing how they look.