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Little White Shabby Chic Table

I have to start off by saying I had tons of fun yesterday at a friends BBQ and¬†Birthday in Holloway.. and yes I am now slightly suffering the consequences ūüėõ So I do apologise If what I’m going to write today might not be the most Shakespearean of pieces, but I will do my best! ūüôā

Holloway Penthouse View
The gorgeous view of London from my friends flat in Holloway yesterday at the BBQ

This then brings us to our bedroom, which is an ok size. I mean it fits a double bed, built in wardrobes, and theres still a little bit of room to walk around. However, having huge nightstands or bedside tables wouldn’t be the wisest of choices. Well ok lets be honest here, they wouldn’t fit.

Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table.

I had a 30cm gap to play with, and let me tell you this, finding a table or stand that looks nice and is in a good budget in that small of a space is tricky!! I tried to think outside of the box and even went so far as to look at piano stools, plant stands, and old vintage phone stands. All were OK options, but for some reason just didn’t resonate with me. They were also all a tad too high, and you don’t really want a bedside¬†table next to you where you have to reach up to get a glass of water or put your book on. Imagine knocking the table in your sleep a little and oops, the glass falls, and it all dribbles on top of your head. It’s not something I’d like, so i’m assuming I can’t be alone on that one :/

Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table. Black Shabby chic. French style side table.

I turned to eBay once again and found this store that does quite cute and shabby-chic French style furniture. I then found a table that really looked like it might fit! A shabby chic French style small side table. Although it was in a¬†golden colour with French text on it that wasn’t quite my taste, I still liked it. I’ve attached pictures of the tables the shop owner¬†has in store now as I can’t find the pictures of the golden one anymore. He has tons of items incase anyone wants to check it out! I sent the shop owner a message to get the measurements of the table. He responded on the same day and told me the measurements, which were (if I remember right)¬†25cm deep, 35 cm wide, and 40 cm high. That could not have been more perfect! The original table had some French writing on it and like I said was in a gold colour. I couldn’t see any other versions on his website, but before purchasing I decided to just go ahead and ask if he possibly has other ones in other colours that might not be up on eBay yet. Once again, he responded on the same day, courteous¬†as ever, and actually told me that If I wanted he could make a table from scratch to my exact liking if I wanted him to! It would only take a few days he said, and would cost the same amount as the original table (which might I add was a steal at ¬£29.95!! including P&P). I think he might have changed his P&P since then, but hey you never know if you don’t ask like I did, you might just get it for free or cheaper! ūüėõ Either way it would still be ¬£35.90, which is still a bargain for a ‘made just for you’ product! I then told him I wanted one in the same size, but without writing on it, and in just an off-white colour. He even went so far as to ask me what kind of finishing varnish I wanted on it! I told him to do whatever he thought was best as he is the pro ūüôā

White Shabby chic. French style side table. White Shabby chic. French style side table.

After about a week I got my product delivered in perfect condition. I absolutely love the small table! It fits in perfectly and I know that if I ever need to I can use it for different rooms in our house or if we ever move again I can definitely use the table in a different setting. This is one of the reasons I do like eBay or Etsy.. because you can ask the shop owners for things and 90% of the time they are more than happy to help out. I also much prefer giving my money to a hand crafted item that was made just for us, knowing that it will support a small business owner. If given the option I will always go down that route. Next time you see something that you really like, but might not be 100% exactly there yet, then why not just send a message to the shop owner! You never know, you might get a brilliant response from an owner like William from Willamfurniture! 

White Shabby chic. French style side table.

2 Piece Laundry/Storage Set – Handy and crafty!

I thought as I’ve been sitting at home sneezing and coughing away and finally had enough energy to make myself some mushroom, rice, and chicken soup that I would sit down and update my blog as well.

Premier Housewares 2-Piece Laundry Bin Set

I personally hate seeing laundry. It’s just gross. I mean who wants to sit in any room and have to stare at used undies or smelly socks? So when it comes to laundry I always think “out of sight, out of mind” is the way to go. I spent ages looking for a laundry set that would look nice, be in a budget, tie in with our bamboo/natural wood theme, and as usual serve another function than just a laundry bin. I finally found one on ACHICA, yet again! They had a brilliant sale on and I got the set for less than ¬£50! The set comes in a D-shape, so a half circle basically. I really liked this as I could easily push it up against the wall and make the space seem a bit larger. Not only that, but it has a comfy lil cushion top, which means it can also act as an occasional seat for surprise guests or parties. Actually, to be honest, I used both pieces as seats on my birthday a few months ago! Worked brilliantly!

Premier Housewares 2 Piece Laundry Bin Set Premier Housewares 2 Piece Laundry Bin Set

I decided to use the larger “basket” as the actual laundry basket that we now use in the bathroom. It’s also nice because after a long bath you can have a comfy seat on it afterwards and your *ahem* bits don’t have to suffer the cold of the toilet seat. Not to mention it hides all the laundry as well ūüėÄ The smaller piece of the set I decided to use in our entrance¬†hallway as a small storage stool as well as a stool to sit on while you put on your shoes. It now houses a lot of random bits and bobs and things we want when we go out and quickly need them e.g. our umbrella, our picnic bits, etc.

Premier Housewares 2 Piece Laundry Bin Set Premier Housewares 2 Piece Laundry Bin Set

You can find cheaper versions made in wicker or sea grass, but I just personally like bamboo more and thought I might as well spend the extra ¬£5-10 on something I like looking at, but it’s of course completely up to you! Do bare in mind though that those versions tend to not withstand weight a lot and can’t be used as seats..

Premier Housewares Laundry Bin Round Set

If you want to check out the Premier Range then head over to ACHICA, Wayfair, eBay, or then Variety as they seem to be selling them as well. The range comes in the D-Shape, Round, or Rectangular. If you want something more wooden then check out Ikea, they have a storage¬†unit a tad similar and you can always buy a cushion for the top if you want! I’m now going to make myself yet another Lemsip as my head is not my best friend at the moment ūüė¶ Stay healthy y’all!

Premier Housewares 41 cm Storage Set Premier Housewares Laundry Bin Rectangular

Magnetic Stainless Steel Hooks – Space-saving, strong, versatile, and oh so cheap!

A product with endless uses! A wonder of an interior design idea! I stumbled upon magnetic hooks after spending hours looking for the perfect coat stand. If you suffer from a small flat, or a small hallway, then you might have also gone through the same issues as I have.

Magnetic Hooks

I spent hours trying to find a coat stand that would fit perfectly in our small hallway and wouldn’t take too much room. Also, if you’re renting (like we are) then the option of having coat hanging systems drilled into the walls simply isn’t there. I eventually had to give up on the idea as the ones I liked were too pricey and the ones that were in our budget were simply too ugly.

We have a very tiny hallway and I knew I wanted to keep it clutter free. I believe a lot (ok, ok, to a certain extent) in the power of feng shui. There are lots of things to follow and learn according to feng shui, so it’s quite impossible to keep up with it all, but a lot of it I actually quite agree with. And according to feng shui the entrance to your home, or your front hallway, can be compared to the oesophagus of the human body. It needs to be clear, clutter free, light, and airy. It’s vital to keep the entrance clear because if you’re entrance – or your ‘oesophagus – can’t breath, then your home can’t breath. It can immediately cause tension and negativity the moment you step in your home. In respect to the front door, it can also be compared to the human mouth. We breath, and we also eat using our mouths. We get nourishment via our mouths. If your mouth can’t open or can’t provide you nourishment, then you will directly suffer because of¬†it. The same applies to¬†our homes’ front doors. If it can’t open or if the good feng shui can’t get in through¬†it properly, then your home will suffer. So in this sense I highly understand and respect feng shui. I agree that the front door and your hallway should be simple and clutter free. Of course sometimes there are just things out of our control, like how the flat is built and where the door is, etc etc, but you can always work on them or make the best of the situation. And thats exactly what I needed to do.

Magnetic Hooks

We have a small hallway and not much room, so in the end I decided I really can’t clutter it up with a coat stand.. not even shoes (but thats for another post! ūüėČ ). Hence, after tons of research and some creative thinking I thought to myself “hey, the door has a metallic automatic door closer… why not get magnetic hooks and stick them on that¬†and just use our actual door as a coat hanger?” and thats exactly what I did. Save space, save time, but best yet , save money! Then started the long and frugal process of finding a magnetic hooks that didn’t take too much surface area, were¬†actually strong enough to withstand sufficient amounts of weight, and were cost effective.

Magnetic Hooks

I ultimately found the perfect hooks from eBay! They came in two different sizes and thus two different strengths. The smaller size that held less weight was ¬£1.89 for two. I opted for the larger size as I wanted to make sure our coats wouldn’t fall, and hey, for ¬£1 more I didn’t think it was such a huge deal breaker¬†ūüėõ The hooks came in a packet of two for a price of ¬£2.89 INCLUDING delivery! You’ve got to love my frugality ;P I knew I wanted more than two, so I simply ordered 2 sets of two. The shop online only sells them in pairs and the next size up from that is a packet of 10. And I didn’t exactly need that many hooks! Four will do just fine for us ūüôā So I thought for a total price of ¬£5.78 I might as well give them a try. I ordered from the eBay shop andelite0 and waited for the delivery. The delivery came within 2 days, so that was great!¬†I came home and gave them a try, and low and behold.. they actually worked! I absolutely love them. If you didn’t actually know any better or pay attention to them you would actually think it was part of the door. Tons of friends actually asked me where I got them from and told me what a great idea it was.¬†By using the hooks I can still move them around, or even remove them altogether if I want. Not to mention the fact I now saved a load of space in our small front hallway. The larger hooks (which are the ones we got) can hold up to 15 lbs of weight. Thats almost 7 kg! They definitely hold a few jackets on them, but of course if you put too many on one hook the hook will eventually start to slide off, but that has hardly ever¬†happened. The actual hook part spins 360 degrees so you can have it facing whichever¬†way you want. Meaning even if you have them¬†under something, or on the side of something, you can still move the hook around to face the direction you want it to face. We use them both ways to really get the most out of them!

Magnetic Hooks

 

At the end of the day if you’re looking for a different way to hang up your coats, jackets, and scarfs, then why not give magnetic hooks a try! I love how much space we managed to save in our hallway by doing this, plus really not spending any money¬†at all! What do you think? If you’re in the same pickle and can’t (or don’t want to) drill permanent holes into walls then check them out and see what you think! Just attach them to any metal surface and voil√†!

Magnetic Hook Magnetic Hook

 

Crates/Wooden Boxes – Storage never looked so good or natural!

Saxhyttegubben

I kind of have a thing for crates and wooden boxes. They’re so adaptable and look great! Not to mention either cheap or even free (if you know where to look), and guess what – have storage! For me thats already everything I need. They tend to come in good sizes as well so you can fit them into small spaces, which is exactly how we ended up using them. I used to work in a place that got a delivery of¬†Saxhyttegubben Bl√•bar juice and they delivered the juices in these beautiful wooden crates. Those¬†crates were then never collected back by the company so we either had to throw them away or, if you smart like me, keep them! Oh and as a side note the juices are SO delicious! Really hit the good ol’ Nordic in me again as they are picked from the forests of Sweden ¬†and their surroundings, and aren’t simply bush grown. Believe me, there is a difference!

CratesSadly over the years I’ve broken a few through countless¬†moves, but I still have 4 that have made it through! I’ve used them in every way you can think of. From just shelves on an ikea storage shelf unit, to paper recylers, a night stand, and now as an occasional table. I just love the fact I can hide so much stuff in them and they still look great. They’re quite fantastic¬†in many different interior styles as well. And as my hubs also mentioned, you can paint them whatever colour you want to suit your interior. We haven’t gotten around toBoxes doing that as that is one of his manly man duties which he one day needs to also finish. Spray paint tends to be quick, cheap, and fast, but you can find whatever paint that tickles your fancy. ¬†You simply wouldn’t believe just how much these small boxes can conceal. Not to mention you¬†can usually get them for free if you just know where to ask or look. Try a few caf√©s around where you live, supermarkets, flee markets, or even just sometimes outside shops. If you wanna get some juice as well as¬†crates then order some juice from the Saxhyttegubbe online store! ūüėÄ I’ve also often seen apple crates for really cheap on Gumtree or Etsy, or if you want more bespoke ones you can try¬†www.crates4you.com . The wooden crates are great for a rustic or traditional look, or if you’re going for that country/barn style¬†of look. We have quite a simplistic scandinavian style and it works brilliantly with that as well. So have a look around and see what you can do with some free (or at least cheap), versatile boxes! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!