I'm always doing things in the wrong order these days. I bought a yoga mat without being able to do Pigeon properly and ordered a bikini with no beach holiday planned. Sometimes these instances spur me on to take action and taking part in a homeware shopping challenge at the London Designer Outlet has got me doing just that. I'm now getting acquainted with Spareroom.com and attempting to downsize all of the stuff under the bed. I didn't even know there were outlets in London, a trip to Bicester always used to be a rarity that happened twice a year if that and usually brought about disappointment when I realised I still couldn't afford anything in Mulberry. Although LDO doesn't quite have the same labels, it's actually pretty decent for bits to brighten up your home. With £100 to spend and two hours to do it in, I managed to find a few creative storage ideas and the brightest cutlery known to man.
So what did I end up buying? I still have a lot of the basics from University, so I went for a few aesthetically pleasing upgrades like the Viners yellow cutlery set (for £6 you can't go wrong) and the spotty towels from Christy. After my visit to the Midcentury Modern fair I managed to pick up this M&S clock that reminds me of a few I saw there. A few of the frivolous buys included some Crabtree & Evelyn drawer liners, that also double up as a handy backdrop for Instagram snaps. As a blogger you've always got to think about creative ways to capture things and it's worth going to places out of the ordinary and picking up things like wallpaper or nice towels. Expect to see some of these bits popping up on a regular basis!
These are some of the bits that got away, forget using plates for food, I just want to use them for storage! Villeroy & Boch had some really pretty styles that would be perfect for displaying earrings or lipsticks. At first I thought it would be really easy to spend the budget but after visiting every relevant shop and compiling a little list, I had to prioritise things I could use now over bits for any future bachelorette pad. I'd definitely bear LDO in mind when I'm a little more settled and have a bit more of a homeware plan. Seeing Lucy's new digs has definitely got me thinking about all things interior and I'm hoping this Bright Bazaar book I've bought will give me a few ideas too.
Let me know if you're starting to get obsessed with all things homeware too, there's definitely something in the water!