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They are all at it.  Blog writing. Yep, expressing their ideas and creativity out in the internet world for you to read. Tips for you on where to shop, DIY ideas saving you time and money and often thrown in with that, a great sense of humour.  Some people be dissing this, as though there’s no real skill involved and who needs another blog writer. That’s like saying, who needs another type of chocolate, i mean who knew that chocolate and sea salt was a thing, until it was a thing? Or who needs another variety of wine…right, said no one ever.

Blogs are the same thing people, they are all down to personal taste, whether you like that style of writing and if what they write about is of interest to you.

So here i am, embarking on my first blog, rather hoping you might enjoy reading it, wanting to let you know the kind of stuff I’ll be writing about and why i think i might be a good person to do that (i did say might).  I’m slightly a lot terrified and yet excited in equal measure. Apparently you are supposed to continue with such plans when you feel like this so here goess….

What I will write about

I want to share with you ideas on how to decorate your home on a budget, how to find your style and own it, how to create a unique home that feels like luxury without the price tag. Different wall finishes and paint techniques, how to revamp furniture that you own already or family hand me downs you just can’t bare to part with, top tricks on how to source and find the coolest of items at a steal.

Why I will write it

Completely unnecessary reference to and picture of Jim.

Completely unnecessary reference to and picture of Jim.

My middle name is budget. Sophie budget Cartledge. We grew up in a two bed on a council estate, the only remotely posh thing about it, was that it overlooked a golf course. My mum was a single parent and money was pretty tight, so having the latest reebok trainers, joe bloggs jeans and naf naf jacket was not an option. By the time i got to senior school, i had visited the local charity shops several times over. Out of nowhere I fell head over heels in love with everything 60’s and 70s (also about the time i fell in love with Jim Morrison strangely enough) and realised that whilst i couldn’t have what everyone else did, i could have something completely different. I bought fake fur coats, pointy collared shirts, flares, the bigger the better, not only do flares make you look like you have really, really slim thighs they also hid my ginormous size 8 feet. (I was only 5 foot 4.) Suede waistcoats in forest green, anything that was highly patterened / nylon was a must have, not to mention my collection of tweed jackets with leather elbow patches, i was basically a geography teacher from the 70’s without the beard. This would have all been ok had it been 1971 but this was 1991. At least 20 yrs too late and boy didn’t they let me know. I was the constant source of jokes ‘born in the wrong decade ha ha ha’. But that was a ok with me, i couldn’t be like the other kids, didn’t want to be like them and was far happier in my second hand granny smelling clothes than i would have been in some cheaped up version of whatever best clothes mother could afford, from Tesco’s or C&A.

Why am i talking about this?

Well this taught me some pretty awesome life skills pretty on. I think that’s when i realised that i could have an alternative more individual look with a price i could afford, this for me has transferred over into other areas of life, like interiors. There are so many beautiful accounts on instagram but with furnishings with a huge price tag attached, they make your eyes melt to look at but you know that you would only be able to own that coffee table if you sold off everything you own. Wheres the fun in that?

Then. Nothing wrong with it, what some might call ‘pleasant’. But. so. not. us.

Then. Nothing wrong with it, what some might call ‘pleasant’. But. so. not. us.

When we bought our 1930’s semi over four years ago, our youngest was 6 weeks old, i was on maternity leave and we were catapulted back into tightsville all over again. Everything we did was driven by funds or rather lack of them and necessity, which strangely enough has a way of making you think more creatively as to what to do with a space or where to source things from. Nowt like a bit of pressure to make you solve a problem. Anyways four years on, the house is by no means finished but we have managed to decorate most of it and furnish it with the majority of items from the tip, ebay, facebook buy and sell sites and gumtree. It has since been featured in a number of places, online, in magazines and even in a book. This blows my mind but just goes to show what you can do with not a lot.

Now. Not everyone would find this ‘pleasant’ but we love it.

Now. Not everyone would find this ‘pleasant’ but we love it.

Whats in it for YOU

Time. Money. Ideas

I can’t promise to give you more time or money..but hopefully by reading this blog, the stories and tips will help towards you saving your time and your money and mean that you can have a home that you are happy with, sooner than you think. Sometimes all it takes is an idea, which sets off another idea in your mind and you’ve solved a mammoth interiors dilemma.

Are you buying your first house and the deposit has stolen all of your money and the mortgage promises to run off with a massive wack of your salary every month from now until you are sixty or at least the next two years anyway until you can get better interest rates…maybe?

Would you like to hear some tips on how to make your place look like your place and not like somewhere your parents lived in ‘82 without having to get into debt to do it?

Perhaps you live in a modern house but would really like that vintage look but aren’t sure how to make it work?

Or perhaps you are just an interiors geek, like me, that loves reading about other peoples homes and how they have done it.

Whatever the case, a huge massive thank you for reading this far. I am well grateful. I hope you enjoyed it, would love to hear your thoughts, feedback and any interiors or 1960s fashion related queries for that matter.

Sophie x