Blank canvas : adding personality

The thing about moving into a new home is that it can take some time to feel like ‘you’.  Our open plan living space is currently the only room that’s ‘done’ and by ‘done’ I mean it has had a fresh lick of white paint.  Because this is the room we are spending all our time in right now (aka the only room not stuffed full of boxes) I really wanted to add some personality and warmth now we’re heading full on for autumn and her colder, darker nights.

TK Maxx have an extra big delivery of lighting across Scotland and online right now to help cosy up our homes; if you saw my IG stories you know there’s literally something for every room from beautiful lamps and candles to hurricanes and tea light holders all up to 60% off RRP…  it was a tough choice.  But when my eyes met this blue and white beauty I knew she was the one (ever since we visited Barbados I’ve been dreaming of recreating that colonial style at home).  I don’t like to name drop but she’s from one of my favourite designer homeware brands and was an absolute steal.  I happen to know there are a few of these beauties dotted around Scotland because you guys have been sending me snaps of them but if you see one, get it because once it’s gone it’s gone.

Obviously I did a quick scout round the other aisles and the vase seemed the perfect choice for a bit of symmetry.  The golden lobster I truly have no justification for but I mean who doesn’t need a golden lobster in their life?  And the seagrass basket…  I swear I pick one of these up every time I’m in a TK Maxx and I see one – what can I say – I have this thing with baskets right now.  The top was one of those pieces that just found it’s way into the trolley en route to the till, that happens sometimes, but it’s my colour (and those sleeves).

I also couldn’t resist one of these desk lamps for my home office but more on that another day…

lamp – TK Maxx   |   golden lobster – TK Maxx   |   vase – TK Maxx
France colouring print – OMY
units – Ikea   |   handles – Superfront
top – TK Maxx   |   jeans – TK Maxx
footstool – vintage   |   basket – TK Maxx   |   throw – TK Maxx

With thanks to TK Maxx for supporting this post.



  1. Gaylesbury
    11 Sep / 8:51 pm

    That is SO your colour!!!! And that lamp!!!! Love it x

    • ana
      28 Jan / 3:17 pm

      I love the lamp. I got mine on TKmax at a bargain price £45 as they were selling it at initial price of £80 and they put in clearing because they through it was broken and it was just a little thing to add it on and it was perfect. I got 40% off and I have a nice lamp. Seeing the way she decorated its gorgeous

      • Thankfifi
        31 Jan / 11:15 am

        Wow – such a great price! I have had mine 4 years now and still love it so much 🙂

  2. Roslyn
    11 Sep / 10:53 pm

    What beautiful photos of you, Mr. K , and a bit of your new home’s décor. Sending you best wishes in your new home.

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