A Homeware Birthday Haul

A Homeware Birthday Haul

It was my birthday two weeks ago and the cards have since come down. Nooooo.

I don’t know whether it’s an age thing or the fact that we bought our home in our mid-20s, but the past few birthdays I’ve been so lucky to get presents which are just perfect for making this house into a home.

One year we got a carpet for the lounge – considering we had no flooring in the entire house, I honestly nearly cried with joy.

Another year, we had a room plastered which we desperately couldn’t afford and couldn’t bear the cracked walls falling down on us anymore.

But times are different now.

The renovating is no more – at least at the minute. And my birthday gifts are moving more towards the FUN side to home improvement. The ornaments, the trinkets, the décor, the homewares. And I thought I’d show you a few of my special treats that I got this year all hauled together.

I don’t know the prices and I shan’t be looking, because it was a gift and price isn’t important, but wherever I know where et’s from, I’ll list it, so it should fingers crossed still be available if you’re interested! Here are my top 10 from my 29th birthday.

  1. Gideon

    This little guy is from John Lewis. I know this because I pointed out how much I loved it weeks ago to Joey. Top marks for hubby for taking note! We’ve named him Gideon because, why not? And in the dish I keep my car keys so I never lose them. He is now the guardian of keys. What a legend.

    ostrich dish john lewisostrich dish john lewis 01

  2. Succulents

    I’ve made a real effort in 2015 to have more plants in this home. Many have, to my surprise, lived to see another day. But others have not. Succulents are meant to be almost impossible to kill of, but we didn’t want to take any chances. I got these 3 artifical plants and I personally don’t think you’d ever know the difference! Again these are from John Lewis.

    succulent john lewis 01 succulent john lewis 02

  3. Dino prints

    More top points to the hubby for entry number 3, I’ve had these dinosaur prints on my Etsy wishlist for aaaaages. They are four species of dinosaurs re-imagined as if they were butcher’s cuts of meat. How cool! I’m just looking for the perfect frames for them, and then they’re going up in our kitchen.

    dinosaur butcher art

  4. Wooden Hand

    Does a gift to yourself count? I saw this on my birthday and had to have it. It’s a wooden hand from a brand called HAY, bought in Selfridges. I’m currently working on a feature wall for our master bedroom and this will go perfectly on one of the shelves I have planned.

    hay wooden hand selfridges

  5. Reed diffuser

    I’ve never heard of this brand – Essenza – but it came as a hand lotion set. But amazingly, it came with this huge reed diffuser which smells just as divine as the hand creams. I’ve placed it in the nursery because well, without getting too detailed, there are certain smells in that room from time to time that need pretending they were never there…

    reed diffuser

  6. Flowers

    So many gorgeous flowers! It’s one of my favourite things about having a birthday or hosting a party – all the beautiful flowers around the home! You can’t beat these blue lillies. I also got a beautiful orchaid. I’m going to have to look up how to take care of it. It’s my first one! (By the way, the lillies are from Tesco, are around a fiver and last well over a week. I know, because I’ve bought them myself plenty of times.)


  7. Cake cutter

    Happiness is a piece of cake. Ain’t that the truth! My bestie got me this gorgeous porcelain cake server and I’ve already put it to good use.

    cake cutter rainbow

  8. Jewelry trinket holder

    Could this little jewelry holder be more perfect for my dressing table? The white ceramic. The gold detailing. It’s adorable! Another amazing find from my best mate. Quick, I need to get on the midi-ring trend to fill this bad boy up!

    gold white red bedroom

  9. Mini frames

    I can’t tell you how ‘me’ this miniature frame is. I love this style. This particular shape of sun is exactly how I had my bedroom decorated as a teenager and it’s stuck with me ever since. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve left it with the default image for this photo. I’m planning on adding pics of my little girl in here and those pictures are all for me.

    gold sun frame

  10. Pom pom maker

    Okay, so this might sound weird, but I really want to make some pom poms. Apparently they’re suuuper easy to make, according to my best mate, and she’s made it even easier for me with everything I need! I’m thinking of creating a multicolour pom pom garland as an alternative to bunting, and hang it in the lounge.

    pom pom maker 01 pom pom maker 02

I was a lucky lady, right? Which is your favourite? I can’t wait to find homes for everything!

  • Kezzabeth

    LOVE the dinosaur prints! Truly awesome and unique 🙂 I used to have a similar pom pom kit as a kid – if I remember rightly it takes literally minutes to make. Super duper easy.
    If you find the secret to keeping orchids alive, let me know! Although TBF, I think my problem is mostly due to not having heating or anywhere near a warm home. :/ Problems.
    Hope you had a great birthday!! 🙂 X

    • Aw thanks lovely! How cool are those prints though? I need to get them on the wall ASAP! So glad pom poms are easy to make. I have a tendency to overcomplicated the simplest of tasks haha wish me luck! x

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    I love that little frame!!

    • So cute isn’t it? Paperchase are on point at the minute! x

  • Karen

    LOVING the hand. Great bday haul you got there. Rock on!! 🙂

    • Thanks Karen! I’m going to try and put it into more sweary positions to really show my rebellious side 😉 x

  • Belated happy birthday, what fab presents! I can’t believe those plants aren’t real.

    • Thank you! And you’re so right. They look so genuine! A plant I can’t kill, yippee 🙂 d

  • Stacey Sheppard

    Oooh what lively gifts. Those faux succulents are gorgeous. I’m putting them on my birthday list right now. I had asked my brother to get me some real ones but these are a much safer bet. Hope you had a lovely day!!

    • Thanks Stacey. You absolutely should! I believe they’re £8 each from John Lewis. BUY BUY BUY 🙂 x

  • Codie Louise Austin

    I love Gideon! Such a perfect name for him too, ahah. I love getting cute homeware things and these are the kinda things I would adore! Hope you had a great Birthday! x

  • I have, and love, several of the John Lewis succulents – they’re fab!