Bucket List for the Home

I may not have a set moving date but I have a mind filled with ideas for my new home. From reusing what’s already there to buying new furnishings I am excited. For this reason, I thought I’d share my thoughts here, which is great because this post also doubles up as an organiser!

Living Room Interiors

After searching Pinterest and Google for many an hour I have eventually decided that I’d love a navy blue and cream colour scheme. We needed a colour scheme that would complement our brown leather settees and cream and brown seemed very noughties.

To work with navy and cream we will be investing in a large Georgian mirror, golden lampshade and oak flooring. This will hopefully make the room look rich and warm.

A large tartan armchair will also be added to the corner of the room along with cushions from made.com

My only concern is that I usually like bright and airy rooms whereas this design seems the complete opposite, but I’m hoping the rest of the first floor will compensate for that.

Kitchen Interiors

White, white and red…

I like kitchens to be bright and clean so what better colour than white. Although I have a child and white may seem like a bad idea, my current home has a white kitchen so this should work fine.

Before any painting can start the wall to the dining room has to be knocked through so that we have an open plan kitchen diner (my dream)! I know very easily pleased.

Once the wall is gone and the walls plastered so they are smooth we will paint them white, and glossy white cupboards and a wooden breakfast bar with 4 red seats. All utensils, cooker, kettle, fridge and other appliances will be red, and there may be the odd bit of artwork above the table.

Grey rectangle tiles will be placed above the sink and oven so that too much mess is never made, in our very busy kitchen!

The flooring is already done with cream tiles I’m hoping that the wall coming down won’t damage them.

Moving Upstairs

To be honest I’m not sure how I’d like this area to look yet because what I want to do is far too expensive so will have to wait for a while. As this whole thing is hypothetical may as well share these ideas too.

The staircase will be oak with stripy carpet running through the middle of the stairs, secured with black frames. Along the walls will be a collage of family images in black and white frames.

There will be a mirror in the hallway so you can check yourself before leaving and upon entering the building!

The landing will be complete with a lovely silver chandelier to add a little glam.

Bathroom Interior

Although the bathroom and toilet are separate, we will still discuss both, just to get my thoughts together.

Other than the kitchen this room needs the most work, with a whole new suit and tiling to be done it is a big job and first on the list to do before Christmas.

I am happy to settle for a plan and simple bath, sink and toilet with fountain taps but the shower needs to be extra powerful, I cannot stand a weak shower. Tiles will surround any wet areas so that we do not get any mould. As of yet, I’m sure of the colour scheme but fully tiled from floor to ceiling would suit me.

The Attic

Perhaps my favourite room in the house, consisting of 3 large areas and two skylight windows. This room has a lot of potentials and I cannot wait to get started on it, but this will be the last thing we get round to doing probably in a year or so time.

Grey and light blue are the colours for this room ensuring it is kept light and bright, with a grey carpet. On the main wall to the right of the room, I’d like to paint a pop art inspired piece – when I have the time.

This room will be equipped with bean bags, 60” HD TV, gaming stuff and dart board. The room at the back will be my closet full of clothes, shoes and bags – YAY!

The only rooms left are the bedrooms but yet to give this much thought, that can be another blog post. Although here’s one idea

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I hope that we will achieve these interior goals but will keep you informed during the process.

Sophie x.

Dirty Dancing Tour – Llandudno

I love going to the theatre but don’t get to do so often, I mainly want to see Shakespeare plays but other than that I am a fan of musicals. They may be cheesy but I love the music, over the top acting, set design, singing, and costumes.

Last week my sister, mum and me went to Llandudno to watch Dirty Dancing.

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I was a little apprehensive because just like most people Dirty Dancing the movie is my ultimate love story. As a child when others wanted to be Cinderella, I wanted to be able to dance just like they do on the film and find a strong man who is a fantastic dancer! That did not happen; my partner cannot dance, although he tries.

Taking an iconic film and adapting it to the stage is difficult and I wasn’t sure how good it was going to be. I think the best thing to do when watching this show is to completely forget about the film and not compare.

The Music

When the show started and the first song came on I was relieved that it was ‘Be My Baby’. Part of me worried that the songs wouldn’t be the same, like in a school production when you cannot get the license! The only difference was that they had a male and female singer for all of the songs, which I thought was a nice touch.

The Staging

The first half went extremely quick and it felt as though one scene lasted a couple of seconds, there was so much crammed in. The staging was inventive throughout and comical at times, especially the water scene. I was disappointed with the car scene as it was quite rushed and I believe could have carried on for a little longer, the scene when Baby is dancing on the bridge was also very quick and could have continued for longer although it was well adapted.

The Dancing

Now to the dancing, the first dance with Johnny and Penny could have been a little better but there wasn’t a lot of room so it felt as though they were restricted. As the show went on the dancing got better and felt more natural, as in they seemed to be more relaxed and use to their surroundings.

The bedroom scene was well staged even if for a moment it looked like Johnny was dancing with a blow-up doll. Plus, one of the background dancers looked an awful lot like Penny and at times I got confused. Other than this the cast were obviously very good dancers and the choreography was as close to the original as it could have been based on the space.

The last dance was in such a small space that the full routine was not done but the lift was there and to most, it would have seemed as though it was exactly the same.

The Story

As with many adapted productions, parts of the characters stories were extended and the characters slightly altered. A very comical actor, who was my favourite in this production, played Neil; he wasn’t as arrogant as in the film and made the part his own. His story was also extended for this production.

Overall, it was a good show and I especially enjoyed watching it with my sister and mum.

Sophie x.