A week or so ago, I shared the 'before' shots of our garden. It was an unloved space. Untidy, lacking in anything pretty and absent of any colour. Boring, boring, boring! With the £243 kindly offered to us by Homebase (£243 is the average amount that a customer spends on a room makeover), we wanted to make our garden a bit more of an inspiring and relaxing space. To keep the project manageable, we decided to focus on three things - creating a recognisable border, planting lots of lovely flowers, and sprucing up the lacklustre fence. It took a fair amount of time and hard work (and waiting patiently for the rain to stop) but we finally finished (for now). And we love it!
Some DIY projects, I can't wait to get started on. A lick of paint, hanging a new lampshade, a good tidy, buying pretty storage boxes. I can wake in the morning with an idea and have shopped and sorted by the time my head hits the pillow later that night. Others, like our garden for instance, I can mull over ideas for months on end (sixteen months, to be precise) and still not really come up with a plan of action. According to recent research by Homebase, shoppers spend 29 days researching ideas before kicking off a project (I'm only fifteen months behind the average then) and then spend £243 on their update. Apparently, consumers have also stopped looking to experts for help and are instead relying on 'friendspiration' for ideas, or in my case, my ever-so-stylish best friend, Pinterest!