Up North

26 September 2014






We're packing out little car again and heading up north today, to the Highlands and Islands.

Trips, for which I need my hiking boots, hunters and a woollen jumper are my favourite kind of vacation.

See you next week, hope you have a cosy weekend!

- Malgosia

Coincidence? I don't think so. {a story of my family house fire}

25 September 2014



As some of you may remember, my family house in Poland was struck by a lightening during summer 2012.  My sister and I were sitting on a sofa in my flat and she got a phone call from a friend saying that our house was on fire...


Let's catch up...

24 September 2014


^^ picture by my sister, Kasia.

I feel like I've neglected this place for far too long now. I missed writing over the summer but decided to write in a journal instead of the Internet.

Anyway, I'm back here now and I'd love to learn more about people who read this blog of mine (I know you're there, page views don't lie, so don't be shy and say hi! << accidental poem).

So with a view of getting to know you all better, here are some insights into my current life.

Bedroom makeover {process and result photos}

23 September 2014


Last week we had a pretty dire bedroom and almost no money to change it. Today we have a pretty bedroom and are short only about £50. The problem with our bedroom is that it is on a ground floor and faces the street. Which means that you can have a conversation with a neighbour with only a thin glass window between yours and her face. As we're renting there's not much we can do about it, but on Friday I've had enough. So in a true "Little Green Notebook" moment we did DIY.

Here's what we bought:

  • supplies for two small bedside shelves in IKEA
  • one photo frame
  • linen fabric for a headboard and foot-board cover (since we can't change the bed I figured I could sew a cover.  I didn't even knew headboard covers were a thing! but there you are. thanks Pinterest.)
  • gold paint in homebase
One revelation I had on Saturday was that golden paint was probably the only thing that had been missing in my life. I was pretty much like Midas the whole weekend. J had to stop me from painting everything gold.



To fill the space above the bed we printed a big photo from our last year's trip to Capri. 

The plan was to clear out all the rubbish from the room, replace it with pretty things and decorate an empty wall above the bed. Here is what it looks like now:


 I painted old candle jars with the gold paint from the inside to create a pot for my earings. I also painted my old set of drawers called FIRA  (from IKEA). The pattern is not perfect but it looks much better than previously. The Paris watercolor - an old find from a car-boot sale (£1.50).  And Tartin Bread just matches the colour scheme. (#winning # stylist #not)


As you can see I also painted my reading light in golden. Couldn't help it. 

So that's it. A simple makeover which didn't cost more than around £50 in total. The most expensive item was the grey fabric but I'm over the moon with how it turned out and the fact that this is no longer in front of my eyes when I wake up in the morning!

Golden hour date {best gelato in Edinburgh}

22 September 2014


On Saturday we spent the entire day cleaning our flat and finishing off a couple of DIY projects. In the evening we decided to go out for a walk. It was golden hour, a perfect time for a stroll in Edinburgh.

We followed our usual route, down the West End and back to our flat. Passing near Affogato - we couldn't resist the last gelato this summer (salted carmel and oreo for me, pear and salted carmel for J). They have an lovely cafe dog who insisted on resting her head and having a nap on my foot. As dogs do.  Now of course I want a dog.

How was your weekend? I'm back to regular posting now and will be finishing our Bali trip this week too.

-  Malgosia