Interiors inspiration: Bohemian

I don’t want to admit how much time I’ve spent browsing Pinterest since buying our new house. I absolutely love Pinterest. It makes me feel so incredibly inspired and excited to try new things. The only downside is that I see so many amazing ideas that it makes deciding on which ‘style’ I want for our new home very difficult as I want to do them all!

Browsing back through my weeks and weeks worth of collected pins I’ve noticed a fairly strong similarity between them all though. They all seem to focus quite heavily on a bohemian theme. Our flat, although lovely, was very safe and beige. Everyone used to comment on how nice it looked and how relaxed it made them feel but I’ve always felt like I want to be braver with my interior design.

For the new house, Nick & I are both leaning very heavily towards painting most of it bright white and incorporating colour in other ways. We keep talking about getting a ‘Farrow & Ball green’ kitchen and I’ve always been keen to have a dark navy blue and white bathroom. As we’ve got sloped ceilings in our bedrooms, hanging artwork isn’t really an option so we did toy with the idea of papering the flat bits of Huxley’s room in maps but I think it will be a bit overpowering and look a bit naff. But, we have got a tiny toilet room that I think is small enough to cope with being covered in maps.

We’ve decided we’re going to have wooden floors for most of the downstairs and when we ripped up the carpet upstairs we found immaculate floorboards there too so I’m really excited to get stuck in to a bit of serious rug shopping as I want the house to still feel warm and cosy in the winter.

Obviously to implement all of our dream ideas we’ll need to find a way to make/win some serious money (lottery? Or maybe a poker tournament?)but we’re going to try our best to do it on a budget and I’m hoping I can share some of our DIY projects on here with you.

Below I’ve shared some of my favourite bohemian interior inspiration pictures with you and if you keep scrolling, you can shop the look with some of my favourite items below.

Bohemian interior inspiration

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Boho interior inspiration

Mug: Anthropologie | Cushion: H&M | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Dreamcatcher: Urban Outfitters | Photo frame: Oliver Bonas | Light: Marks & Spencer | Drawer pull: Oliver Bonas | Glass bottle: H&M | Picture: Marks & Spencer | Cushion: Anthropologie | Lantern: Zara Home

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Banana cake recipe

Yes, I do mean banana cake, not banana bread. I’ve lost count of how many banana bread recipes I’ve tried over the years, only to be disappointed with the outcome of a dry, tasteless loaf.

My mum has never made banana bread. She’s always made banana cake. She makes it Victoria Sponge-style with buttercream in the middle and it’s always amazing. So I finally asked her for her recipe. I have no idea where she got this recipe from originally but she’s been making it like this for years so I doubt she’d remember if I asked her.

Banana cake recipeSometimes I find the addition of buttercream makes this cake a bit too sweet but I’ve used this recipe several times in lots of different sized and shaped tins and it’s been perfect every time (obviously adjusting the cooking time).

Mum splits the mixture into two round cake tins and bakes it for 20-30 minutes at gas mark 4. For this recipe, I’ve used a loaf tin. Like I said, it doesn’t really matter which tin you use as long as you adjust the cooking time accordingly. You’ll need much longer with a loaf tin because the heat has to reach the middle but if you just keep checking on it and sticking a knife in the middle of it, once the knife comes out clean, you’ll be fine to take it out. In the mean time, if the top is getting too brown, just cover it with tin foil and pop it back in.

Banana cake recipe

You will need:

Banana cake ingredients

Cowboy bowl: Cath Kidston | Gruffalo bowl: c/o Flamingo Gifts | Hungry Caterpillar bowl: JoJo Maman Bebe

- 4oz (approx 113g) unsalted butter

- 4oz (approx 113g) sugar (I’ve used caster but might play around with other sugars next time)

-  7oz (approx 198g) self-raising flour

- 2 level teaspoons of baking powder

- 1 egg

- 2 tablespoons of milk

- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

- 2 really ripe bananas (the riper they are, the sweeter they are)

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy

Banana cake recipe step 1

2. Add the egg and mix

Banana cake recipe step 2

3. Add the self-raising flour, baking powder, milk & bicarbonate of soda

Banana cake recipe step 34. Mash the bananas with a fork in a bowl

Mashed banana

5. Add the bananas to the rest of the ingredients and mix

Banana cake recipe step 5

6. Line a loaf tin (which I only just learnt how to do properly after years of baking thanks to this video!) and add the mixture

Banana cake recipe step 6

7. I have to admit that I didn’t keep track of the actual time it was in the oven but that’s probably for the best as everyone’s oven is different and will cook at different times. I left it in for 20 minutes and then checked on it but it was still wobbly so I gave it another 10 minutes but the knife came out with cake mix on it. It was getting a bit too brown on top by this point so I stuck some tin foil over the top of it and checked on it every 5 minutes after that until the knife came out clean. So it was probably around 40-45 minutes in total.

Banana cake on Gruffalo plate with Gruffalo fork from Flamingo Gifts

Gruffalo plate: c/o Flamingo Gifts | Gruffalo cutlery: c/o Flamingo Gifts

It smelt so good when it came out that I totally forgot to take a picture of it cooked whole as I was so eager to get a slice out of it! Once you’ve eaten as much as you want, if there’s any left, make sure you stick it in a tin to keep it nice. I can’t really advise on how long it will last in the tin as it never makes it past 2 days in my house!

Magpie Beasties cake tins from Flamingo Gifts

Magpie cake tins: c/o Flamingo Gifts

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Hadley’s first birthday

It was my nephew Hadley’s first birthday this week and so there was a massive party on Sunday at a local memorial hall with a big bouncy castle. I realise kid’s birthday parties are some people’s idea of hell with all the screaming and noise but I love them. I love watching kids interact with each other and seeing the massive smiles on their faces when they first spot the bouncy castle and as they bump off the end of the slide. These are the things that you’ll remember long into old age.

Hadley had an enormous cake with a big dragon which was awesome (and very yummy). None of the kids sat still for more than a minute (and neither did the adults) and I’m sure there were lots of very sleepy people heading home last night!

Hux-&-Grandma

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I wore my new Vans t-shirt and my new super tight black skinny jeans that Debenhams kindly sent me. They are actually Oasis jeans, the premium black Jade ones and they are SO comfy! (Although probably not the best jeans to wear when you’re planning on stuffing yourself with cake all day!) As you can see, I’m in desperate need of a good night’s sleep and a tan! Didn’t realise I was so pale!

UK blogger in Oasis black skinny jeans from Debenhams & Vans tshirtT-shirt: Vans (similar) | Jeans: Oasis c/o Debenhams | Shoes: Converse

 

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