15 Things We Learned from Home Decorating

sofie rolfsdotter flamingo print, Bumpkin Betty

Having lived in a flat before we moved to this house, we’d only ever embarked on fairly small painting and decorating jobs up until recently. We’d both helped out family at home when we were younger and done the odd bit of DIY here and there but we’d never tackled a room from start to finish before, and never together.

Considering we only moved into our new house in October, we’ve done quite a bit already to try and get it feeling more homely, and aside from some help from parents initially, most of the work we’ve tackled ourselves. Over the last…

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Our Spare Room Makeover – Before and After

DFS arden sofabed, Bumpkin betty

Well, January’s been a busy old month in the house decoration mission, and we’re currently feeling pretty darn smug with how much we’ve achieved since the start of the year. Before Christmas, the upstairs of our house was in disarray – boxes everywhere, furniture blocking every passage way, a spare room which had been stripped of wallpaper and left as an empty shell, a nursery room which was acting as a dumping ground for everything we didn’t have a place for, and our bedroom feeling like the messy space we didn’t like spending much time in.

And now? Well we have an absolutely…

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The Boyfriend Shirt

Paste blue boyfriend shirt Boden, Bumpkin Betty

It’s happened.

I’ve reached the stage of pregnancy dressing I was dreading most. The stage when only comfort will suffice. I’m trying folks, really I am, but when you need help even putting your own socks on, you know it’s not looking good for a stylish ensemble.

Any sense of style, it seems, has long since disappeared along with my waist.

Right now I’m reaching for leggings or lounge pants most days (and then spending the entire day getting annoyed when they keep falling down), have packed all of my pretty shoes under the bed and left out only trainers and…

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Getting Baby Ready

How to prepare for a new baby, Bumpkin Betty

It’s now less than six weeks until our due date (that’s 40 days to be precise) so it’s fair to say that things are getting a bit real in camp pending parenthood.

Having said that, despite my initial freak out at the start of the year, six weeks now feels like a really long time to be THIS pregnant (heavy, sore, tired, swollen, and pretty damn useless all round) and I’m starting to get a tad impatient to meet our little one now. Especially when my midwife says things like ‘it could still be 8 weeks, first time babies tend to…

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Anniversary Stay at Seaham Hall in Durham

Best hotels in Durham, Bumpkin Betty

After we’d got home from our honeymoon with the travel bug firmly cemented, we originally spoke about marking our first wedding anniversary with another big trip and our pipe dream was to head to Tokyo for the occasion. It’s a place that’s been high on both of our travel lists for so long and we excitedly hoped that maybe an anniversary was the time to tick it off.

We decided we wouldn’t go on any other holidays over summer and instead set about saving for the Tokyo adventure. As it happened though – life got in the way. By June, I…

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BB Baking Club | A Year of Baking & January Theme

Egg free pancake recipe, Bumpkin Betty

Anyone else still struggling to keep up with what day it is? Only just got my head around the fact that it’s Friday today and the first week of January is almost behind us – how’d that happen?

I previously rounded up my favourite moments (and outfits) from the year past, and earlier this week spoke about what I’m looking forward to in the year ahead and my blogging journey overall. But one thing I didn’t include in my yearly round up or future plans was news on my Baking Club, which was actually…

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Happy New Year & Hello 2017

Blogging goals for 2017, Bumpkin Betty

Well a very Happy New Year to you all! All signs of Christmas have now been tidied away in our household, I demolished the last box of chocolates last night and I’m back at my desk today working through emails, chasing invoices and watching the rain fall from the window, so I’d say the holiday season is officially over.

It was great though wasn’t it? I really can’t complain at all – I had a good long break which involved a LOT of sofa time, movie marathons, great food and even greater people. Yesterday we got back from a few…

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2016

As 2016 draws to a close in a couple of days I’ve found myself reflecting on the last year – all that has happened, all that has changed and all that has been achieved (despite often feeling like that last one is a big fat zero). I always enjoy putting together these round up posts at the end of one year and the eve of another, because even with those so-so years, or the periods that seem really tough, looking back over 12 months allows you to see clearly how much things have moved on and how much you’ve progressed. Chances…

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‘Tis the Season | 10 TV Shows to Set a Reminder for this Christmas

Making a house a home, Bumpkin Betty

It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow! It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow!! I’ve now finished up all my work and am enjoying the start of the festivities with a day of baking and singing along to Christmas tunes and wrapping presents and generally getting in the mood.

This will be my last post ahead of taking some time off for the holidays and I really can’t wait to step away from the laptop for at least four days and DO NOTHING other than eat and slob around. It’s going to be great isn’t it? I might try and pop a post up in between…

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‘Tis The Season | Party Wear when Pregnant

Party wear when pregnant, Bumpkin Betty

Who doesn’t love dressing up for the party season? It’s my favourite time of year for occasion wear as there’s usually an abundance of everything I love – sequins, glitter, shine and metallic. Of course being in an office of one these days as a freelancer does mean that I don’t really have the excuse of a big old work Christmas do to warrant spending lots on the perfect party outfit.

Has that ever stopped me over the three years I’ve been self employed? No soiree. Because, quite simply, I love to dress up over the festive season, so whether there’s…

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Making Your Home Multi Functional When Expecting a Baby (Our Spare Room Project)

DFS spare room wishlist, Bumpkin Betty

Clockwise from the top; Pink Betsy armchair – DFS | Misty Nest of Tables – DFS | Marble Industrial Table Lamp – Aldi (in store) | Flamingo Print – Sofia Rolfsdotter | Cushions – DFS | Cheeseplant – Etsy | Arden grey sofa bed – DFS

They talk about the ‘nesting instinct’ which people apparently get when expecting a baby, and seeing as we actually flew our old nest and found an entirely new one within a few months of getting pregnant, I’d…

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The Festive Red Dress

How to wear red and navy, Bumpkin Betty

If there’s one thing every girl needs in the run up to Christmas, it’s a festive red dress – am I right? Red isn’t normally a colour I find frequenting my wardrobe all that much, but come December the need to co-ordinate with Mr Claus becomes so much more appealing.

Coat, Dress, Shoes and Bag – c/o Boden

Scarf – Barbour

Normally my red dress of choice might be a little party number, something feminine, fun and flirty (perhaps like this Zara pretty?)…

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