Inspiration Archive

  • FLYING STAR FENG SHUI ANALYSIS: THE RESULTS

    Feng Shui Analysis: Bringing it all together

    I’ve told you a bit now about what Feng Shui is, and shared my progress in assessing the Feng Shui of my home using the Flying Star school of Feng Shui. In this post I’m sharing the results of the analysis! Read on to find out what I’ve discovered about my home, and how it will influence my decorating decisions.

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  • FENG SHUI AT THE CREATIVE COASTAL HOME

    The Feng Shui Assessment of my home: Progress!

    In my last post on Feng Shui, I told you a little about what Feng Shui is and why I always consider it when I’m decorating my home. I qualified as a Feng Shui practitioner many years ago and I’ve dusted off my skills to assess my new home. Here’s an update on the assessment so far.

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  • FENG SHUI: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT AND DOES IT WORK?

    Feng Shui and the Home

    Some of the tools of Feng Shui – a compass and a floor plan

    When I blogged about what influences my home style I mentioned that many years ago I qualified as a Feng Shui practitioner. Today I’m going to tell you a bit more about what Feng Shui is, and how it’s helpful to apply it to the home. There’s a little more to it than clearing the clutter and keeping the toilet seat down (though neither of those are bad things!)

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  • LET THERE BE LIGHT! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF LIGHTING!

    Lighting the Home

    Even though I’ve previously re-wired a home, I have never put a huge amount of thought into my lighting, other than picking central lights and a few lamps that appealed to me. The main thing I know about light is – I like it a lot! I really like being able to alter light levels to suit whatever I’m doing, whether crafting (lots of light required) watching a film (just a bit of mood lighting does the trick), or anything in-between. Now I’m living in a home with high ceilings, and I have a real opportunity to go for some statement pieces. But budget is of course a consideration, so I’m shopping with care. Here I’m sharing a few options I’ve been considering for the fixed lighting and asking – what would you go for?

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  • STYLING YOUR HOME WITH A 79P OWL

    How many ways can you use an Owl?

    Glass has been on my mind a lot recently, mainly because I am currently lighting obsessed! Watch out for a post soon on lighting options I’m considering for my home. But when I spied these little glass owl jars, I immediately thought of all sorts of ways they could be put to use accessorizing the home. Best of all – they are only 79p from your local Poundstretcher. Who’d have thought Poundstretcher would be selling a glam home accessory? So here’s my round-up of ways to use an owl in the home!

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  • USES FOR OLD MAGAZINES: NEVER THROW INSPIRATION AWAY!

    Hands up: who keeps their old magazines?

    In my post How to organize a magazine collection I talked about how I’m considering organizing my rather impressive magazine collection. I also admitted to keeping a lot more magazines than your average normal person (if any normal person would like to prove me wrong on this, please have a go!) Yes, the collection moved with me to The Creative Coastal Home, and I have some really good ideas on how I’m going to store and display them. That’s the subject of a future post! Here I’m taking a trip down memory lane and showing you how your magazine stash can provide plenty of inspiration for your home today, especially if you’re a crafter, diyer, or upcycler. Read on!

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  • THE 60 MINUTE MAKEOVER: HOW TO CREATE A COSY CORNER IN YOUR HOME FOR FREE

    Who’s up for a free 60 minute makeover?

    It was only 11 weeks ago that I moved into my lovely new  home aka The Creative Coastal Home. I have lots of plans for it, but haven’t got stuck into decorating yet. I’m deliberating how to tackle some of the bigger things I’m considering (mainly electrics!) and spending quite a lot of time planning, which I’m planning a post on in future. I also think it’s important to settle into a space and get a sense of how you’d like to use it rather than rush in and make mistakes.

    I haven’t even fully unpacked, because I’m expecting electrical work and decorating to cause a fair amount of disruption. I am of course pinning like mad to my Pinterest Boards and reading everything interiors and garden related that I can get my hands on. There is just SO MUCH inspiration out there! You can read my guide to some of the home and garden bloggers who inspire me here in What’s my home style part 2.

    I am itching to get stuck in though so I set myself a mini challenge: to create a cosy little corner which can be a calm  haven and an inspiration whilst I do my planning. I don’t want to spend any money because I haven’t decided on schemes yet. So here’s my challenge for my own 60 minute makeover: create a cosy chill-out corner in 60 minutes, just by using items I already own! Here’s my guide to how to do it yourself:

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  • PHOTOGRAPHY AND BLOGGING: WHAT’S THE BEST CAMERA?

    What Camera is Best for Blogging?

    It’s no secret that my biggest challenge as a new blogger is photography. I’ve always been a point and shoot photographer, and relied on being able to just take a lot of pictures then select the best one. Now I want to be giving my readers clear and accurate photo guides of how-to projects, before and after room schemes, and inspirational landscape shots of the beautiful coast and countryside. So I really need to up my photography game! This post is dedicated to my research on cameras to date, in the hope that it’ll help others, and that I’ll get some feedback to help me in my final selection of my new blogging camera.

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