New year’s resolutions

I’ve been thinking about this year’s resolutions for a couple weeks now, and I’ve come up with the plans for 2016. Based on last years resolution, which was to look for book bargains, and spend less on books, I have bigger plans for this year. The aim is to post more than I did in 2015, and to include the topics I’m tackling daily, in order to reach my personal goals.

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To start with books, which I haven’t read many lately due to lack of time, my reading wish list keeps growing. I’m planning to stay motivated and find time for reading some leisurely books at least 3 nights a week. Since I’m commuting to work by car now, I no longer have time to read during the drive, as I did before taking the train. I already have a pile of books which I want to start, as soon as I read the P. D. James’ Shroud for a Nightingale (Amazon Affiliate link), which I accidentally found in the local library while searching for the Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (Amazon Affiliate link), which my boyfriend owns, but cann0t find, and unfortunately or luckily, they didn’t have at the library, so I was free to go for the P. D. James’ novel.

As far as recipes go, I have a small number of cooking books, yet I only tried a handful of the recipes (less than 10). My plan for the year is to expand my cooking and baking repertoire, and find some nice and easy recipes to include in our daily lunch plans.

A year and a half ago, I became a homeowner, and since then our flat still has some issues to be solved. I’m constantly on the lookout for new ideas and solutions on how to improve our living space and get the most out of it. Of course, this subject is tightly related to my budget, as I do have two loans to pay off.

Last but not least, there’s always something going on in my life, and some of those moments I’d like to share. Whether it’s my latest LEGO creation or set review, a photograph taken during a walk in the nature, travelling, or something else, if it’s interesting, I’ll include it here.

All in all, the plan is to increase the number of posts and make the It won’t be long blog more interesting to readers.

Moodboards

We’ve been looking for a new sofa for months now, and being limited with the space, it already seemed we won’t find a suitable one for our living room. What we want(ed) is a place to relax in front of the TV (my partner) with a good book (me). After having a 2-seater bed sofa for 4 years, we now decided to look for a 3-seater with a possibility to extend it into a bed for the occasional visits of family. To top it all, the length of the sofa was limited to less than 240 cm and the extended arm should be less than 160 cm. So finding a suitable bed sofa turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected.

To pass the time I searched the web for some accessories, that would fit in the room to add more colour in our otherwise black and white scheme. We have a B&W semi-open shelving units to store all our books, Blu-rays and some of my LEGO houses, so that’s the only colour in the room momentarily. I don’t want too many colours on the furniture, so this B&W scheme seems perfect. However, I do like to add more details, such as candles, lamps, and cushions for a cosier athmosphere. To present my ideal room to my partner (with less imaginative ability) I made these moodboards to make it easier to see what I’m looking for.

Black and white
Black and white

My favourite item here is the Kubus candle holder. It’s a designer piece, and a bit expensive so for the moment it’s on my wanted list. The only item from this moodboard I already have is the Cozy Remote Tidy in black. Storing the remote controls have never been easier.

Blues
Blues

Blue is my favourite colour, so this moodboard came together in no time at all. The blue Cast Iron Teapot is from Twinings collection, and it’s on my wish list for my next Twinings order. I see similar ones in black all the time, and this blue one stands out from the crowd.

Purple
Purple

I’m not a fan of purple, but this moodboard was actually one of the first I made. It seems that various purple hues are really popular, as so many items can be found online.

Pretty pastels
Pretty pastels

Pastels are popular in the last couple years, and they really look nice. Although pink is not my colour, it looks very romantic in a combination with pale blue and green. I like the tin boxes the most, they all can be found at Dunelm Mill. I only wish they’d ship international as well.

Nautical colourscheme
Nautical moodboard

I know a nautical or coastal themes are popular schemes for summer houses. I put this scheme together mostly based on the cushions. I really like the combination of the colours, tan or cream with various blues. My favourite items from this moodboard are the cushions with map prints and sea motives. They can be found in our local Harvey Norman store. Mostly likely I’m getting one of those soon, just need to decided which one.

To make the long story short(er), we accidentally found a perfect sofa for us while shopping for some sets of drawers for the hallway. It’s cream, and it fits really nicely with the nautical moodboard. We already have a set of dark tan cushions with map prints, and we’re probably get another set of cushions with map prints in different colours. Yeah, can’t wait to sit on the new sofa!