22 August 2017

9 Novel Ways to Beautify your Bedroom

Two weeks ago, my mum and I decided to replace the bedroom furniture I've had for 19 years. Yes, it is officially 19 years later. I can practically hear the Hogwarts Express in the distance, transporting a vintage dresser from the Room of Requirement. Complete with a stowaway Niffler. A girl can dream...

Given that my Hogwarts letter got lost in the post (I bet it's Errol), I am unlikely to achieve anything quite this magical. Nevertheless, with a Pinterest swish and some DIY flicks, I am determined to cast my own spell. I've spent the last week collecting Pins like a Niffler collects Galleons, so I have gallons of Pinspiration to share with you. 

Ft. upcycled planters, book-page bunting and House-Elf freeing storage, these Pretty Little DIYS are are too magical to keep secret...


If I had to pick two things that can always bring a smile to my face, it would be books and flowers.... and coffee and yarn. Okay, make that four; no Sunday is complete with cappuccinos and crochet! Yet all the espresso shots and alpaca yarn in the world can't rival that old book smell, along with the beauty of meadow rambles. In short, I am the living embodiment of Hermione's love potion in Half-Blood Prince; on this occasion she definitely had her priorities sorted. Sorry Ron.

That being said, I think that Newt, Neville and Luna would be most tempted by these DIYs. The DIY Typewriter Terrarium by Apartment Therapy s the stuff of dreams - aka a practically perfect instagram flatlay - but  is possibly too ambitious for my first attempt? I do have a habit of doing that, as my first knitted bear will would testify; He was quickly renamed Actually Headless Nick.
The Book Planter project seems a bit more manageable, and is still pretty magical! I've pinned the tutorial - another gem by Apartment Therapy - and plan to find the chosen text in a charity shop. Three guesses what book I have in mind... I'll be honest, my completion rate with pinterest isn't the best, but I am determined to try this one! I can already envision it on my windowsill, to sit alongside my Christmas squirrel. An animal is for life guys.

On that note, it's probably best to pick plants that won't instantly die, so no Lilies here (with the exception of enchanted goldfish). So there's just another excuse to buy all the cacti! Personally, I'm more of  a Mimbelus Mimbletonia kind of girl. 

Which novel would you choose for a DIY Book Planter?


Ever since the girls from University sent me a paper rose last year, just after I went into hospital, I have been In love with paper crafts. One of the other girls in treatment was an amazing book folder, turning second-hand novels into true works of art. For a time I was obsessed with card making and would incorporate book pages in my designs; however, since discovering Adobe Illustrator I've left the pages behind.

Thanks to Pinterest, I may be heading back again. I love the idea of attaching paper roses to fairy lights, although the potential fire risk does have to be considered... the wellbeing of my bookshelf comes first, always! Just to be safe, I could opt for this equally pretty heart garland  by Fabulously Frugal; I was expecting the tutorial to be really complicated, but it's actually quite simple!

These Harry Potter flying keys just had to be included in this post, but somehow I can't see the magic becoming reality - where do you find all the keys, for starters? That being said, it would be the perfect mobile for a baby's room, which gives me a few more years to search for keys. Can anyone please tell me where to buy a Niffler?


I have a bag that says "books are my bag", which pretty much defines the bibliophile life. We dream of books and power through the boackache (backache from books). Our dream house has a Belle library, book nooks in every room and a wardrobe leading to Narnia. We  love books like Dobby loves undergarments.... so the following DIYs are the literary equivalent of an Odd Sock Emporium.

This DIY book clock looks like it belongs in Kate Spade, especially with the pastel colours. I like the fact it's quite minimalist, as even I have my limits with the "quirky chic" style. This clock strikes the perfect balance, so my heart sunk when the picture didn't come with a DIY. Thankfully, a bit more Pinterest browsing let me to this tutorial, along with a new blog discovery: Pretty Simple Ideas has joined the blogroll!
The we turn to book boxes. I already own a beautiful one from India Jane, which has become my go-to prop in blog photos! So when I spied this DIY by Kate's Creative Space, which uses actual books, I was in wonderland...Until I opened my current book box and reality called! It may look dreamy on the outside, but has become my own Room of Requirement; a home for magazine samples, 1p coins and all the single earrings. So if I really like the DIY version, it's time to turn the page and organise my life!

What would you store in your Book Box?


I talked about book planters being a Lovegood love-in, but that was before I discovered Terrariums Tales. Thanks to Pinterest and the Totoro creation below, they might by my chosen one! I spent a good hour pinning to my heart's content, even after my mac's "rainbow wheel of death" joined the party. It was  obviously too good to miss. My only disappointment was the lack of Harry Potter creations!

I'll be honest, some were possibly too quirky for Luna - I'm talking R2D2 and Ewoks. Yet others are far more subtle, like this enchanted rose design on the right. On the whimsicality scale, I think I'm in the middle of these two - on par with Totoro - as the world needs more pure imagination. Here's what I currently have in mind: a miniature forest scene, complete with needle-felted Doe and a Deathly Hallows stone. Not that I've thought much about it or anything...
If you're looking for something a bit less quirky, Terrariums are perfect for that scandi-style. They're also very much on-trend, despite what I may have led you to believe. At one point, I swear Urban Outfitters had more Terrariums than T-shirts; now they've completely sold out, along with every other shop on the high street. Thankfully, the gods at Not on the High Street will always have your back.

For more minimalist inspiration, Pinterest is also your friend - I promise you it's not just Totoro and friends! The pictures below are practically crying out for an instagram #Shelfie, and that's before we mention the blogger's best friend - rose gold. Yes, terrariums come in rose gold, and can be up-cycled to store your makeup, jewellery, nail polish, swab-sticks... the possibilities are endless.

Personally, I'm more inclined to let terrariums be terrariums, especially if I could come close the designs of American Etsy seller Doodle Birdie. With her Bio bowls, the forest is literally at your fingertips and I can already spy a place for my little Doe... and on that note, I think my attempt to be "on trend" has come to an end! You can take the girl away from her Harry Potter book, but the stories we love most stay with us forever.

What would you put in your Fairytale Terrarium

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