Kayne and I are currently redecorating our home. When we moved in we were really happy with the retro look it came with, in fact it was a relief not having to redecorate when I was heavily pregnant with our first child. However, 2 years, 2 cats and a toddler in and we started to really feel like it just wasn’t fitting our personalities and lifestyle any more. I’ve always been really fond of shabby chic vintage and the cosiness it offers, whereas Kayne is definitely more into modern retro. In fact, when we first moved in together most of our disagreements were due to his décor style, if I didn’t put my foot down and gotten his mum and sisters involved he would’ve had us living in a bachelor pad. So not my thing for a home.

Anyway, three years down the line and he has had a décor conversion – partly, I’d like to think, down to my good taste in all things vintage and mostly, down to Kirstie Allsopp. Luckily for me, he came up with this really cosy and homey vintage-y makeover for our downstairs living areas. Cheeky bugger that he is, he has managed to somehow palm most of the painting off on me – which meant I had to rope my uncle into giving me a hand on his days off. What are godfathers for?

So, dining room finished and now to accessorize our living room. As you can imagine, we’re on a budget. With another little one on the way we don’t particularly want to break the bank redecorating. Luckily enough though, I’m not too bad with a sewing machine. So far I’ve managed to make these pretty cushion covers, they came in at about £10 for all four. I am planning on making matching covers for all our cushions with the rest of the fabric and we’re also going to be reupholstering some of our furniture. It may take us a few weeks, but I’m quite confident we’ll get there in good time before Phoebe arrives.

I will be doing a tutorial for these cushion covers, so stay tuned!

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Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.