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.
I don't think I understand them - I just do my best and hope it is enough!ReplyDelete
Sent too soon. Great spending and your flat is going to look really lovely. xxDelete
That's exactly what I'm trying to do, we can't do any better than our best. I'm really pleased with how it's looking.Delete
Can't wait to see all your purchases in place. Your flat will soon be looking lovely and homely.ReplyDelete
It's really starting to look like home now :-)Delete
You will be a busy bee this weekend.ReplyDelete
We're just sitting down now at teatime after a busy day at the flat, with Alan helping me do some of the more awkward and heavy jobs.Delete
Your purchases look perfect for the flat and bargain prices too. Mustard is a lovely colour for Autumn and Winter; cosy and warming.ReplyDelete
And yes, Sue, I find all the rules very confusing too. I don't really understand why they have to be so varied.
Have a great weekend.
Exactly, if all the parts of the UK had fixed rules and no minor differences between towns or countries just for a couple of weeks at least, life would be so much less confusing.Delete
I have mustard accents throughout my home, which brings the grey carpet and walls to life. You are getting organised and it's really starting to become your home.ReplyDelete
It's a colour I've always liked but one that really doesn't suit me to wear, so for some reason I've never used it in any of my homes. But I have to say it looks lovely in the flat and really lifts the dreariness of the brown flecked carpets.Delete
I love the curtains. It's exciting getting to buy things for your new place. I'm looking forward to seeing the photographs. XReplyDelete
Beauty, I am looking forward to the purchases up and the new home.ReplyDelete
Snap - I was in Dunelm buying curtains yesterday too! We even picked up an identical pair to yours but then found some without a pattern which look lovely in here and match the wallpaper (the one room with a papered wall as none of the walls are square here!)ReplyDelete
Looks like you bought some necessary things anyway. All forms of yellow brighten up a house in winter.
Here in Wales we are on total lockdown for 17 days now. I am hoping it won't hold up the solicitors who are doing the work for our house sale and purchase.
You got some great shopping done to cozy up your new home. Isn't it amazing how new shades can brighten up a room!ReplyDelete
After a lifetime of magnolia, I painted my living room yellow. Varied responses from family members who visited, but I love it. It's so uplifting. You can't be miserable in a yellow room!ReplyDelete
Such lovely bargains and additions to your new flat, it doesn't take more than a few well thought out purchases to make a really big difference.ReplyDelete
When first married the flat lounge room was all grey, everything ! it was so very depressing .I bought some yellow,orange and cream striped fabric for a few dollars and made 2 cushions, some curtains and a coffee table cover and the difference was amazing. Money was super tight so that was all I could spend.
You did very well. Great deal on the curtains.ReplyDelete
The importance of having a home that you love cannot be overstated in times like the one we find ourselves in now. If we have to stay home, at least let it be lovely!ReplyDelete
Imagine you really enjoyed yourself...thinking about making the space your own.ReplyDelete
Love the curtains!!ReplyDelete