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Peggy Bell

interior_alchemy

✨Interior Alchemy ✨ Bangor, Northern Ireland Co-Host of #deliciousdarkdecor DM to collaborate 🌟

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The door is open - I'm gonna let you in on something here.  I have been fairly absent from Insta lately, and in the spirit of being open and honest, I have had something of a mental health issue arise. To cut a long story short, I was engulfed in darkness and anxiety of such magnitude that at points, I couldn't leave the house or even focus enough to understand and respond to simple conversations with my children while simultaneously keeping a lid on it.  I hope I'm not speaking prematurely but yesterday was the first day that I felt more like my former self. I'm still having dreadful, catastrophic thoughts but I can keep the resulting anxiety at arms length instead of being engulfed by it.  I certainly need to address with a mental health professional - I dont want to go back to feeling that way ever again - but the one thing I did that helped me through this episode was talking to my friends. When I go down, I usually hide until it passes and talk about it afterwards: when I'm down I usually don't have the energy or bravery to reach out. My door stays closed. But not this time.  Nobody had the answers, of course, but not isolating myself enabled my friends to help me feel supported which seems to have shifted things along in a way that I could not have predicted. If not for these kindnesses, I honestly think this latest crisis might have pulled me under for much longer than it has.  Historically, strong would probably be one of the top three words that people would use to describe me, but at age 41, this is the first time I have been strong enough to admit I'm struggling WHILE it is happening, instead of after 💪  #myhousethismonth #chicdecor #howyoumakeastatement #stellarspaces #mentalhealth #homelove #anxiety #sorealhomes #depression #styledupinterior #howwedwell #revampingvintage #myhouseandhome #myseasonalrevamp #myhomestyle #anglianstyledbyme @anglianhome @sophierobinsoninteriors (Bangor NI)
The lovely Kirstie from @houseandhomemagazine has linked the House Tour of my gaffe in her bio - check it out if you have a spare five minutes and want to know more 😁🌟 Big props to photographer Phil for truly brilliant images - wish I had such mad skillz!  #fearlesshome #mydarkhome #interiorwarrior #myhousethismonth #thewelldressedhouse #housetour #easyinterieur #myinteriormydecor #eclectichomemix #makehomeyourhaven #myperiodhomestyle #myhomestyle #roomdecor #myhouseandhome #dailydecordetail #walltowallstyle #itsadecorthing #myhome #thedecorsocial  #supportartists #anglianstyledbyme @anglianhome @sophierobinsoninteriors (Bangor NI)
Alison of @greatscottishindoors popped some baby's breath amongst my faux flowers and took the little display from good to great! It really is the little things 🌟  I had such a lazy day today. I even napped for an hour this afternoon - and that's two days running I've sneaked a nap! The weather is miserable so I'm leaning in and enjoying the indoors, recharging my batteries for a more outgoing phase that is no doubt on its way 💜  #myhouseandhome #myhousethismonth #bohoismyjam #walltowallstyle #bohocushions #dailydecordetail #greathomestaketime #eclecticallycool #fauxflowers #myhomestyle #myhouselikethis #interiorandhome #interiordesign #sodomino #styleitdark #mydarkhome #maximalisthome #mymaximalistlife
I spruced up the front steps with a few pot plants 🌸🌱 Notice how the steps are a bit worn down in the middle? Apparently this house was used as a barracks during one of the World Wars, and the high traffic of soldier's boots wore the stone down! The gardens also used to have iron railings but they were requisitioned during the war to be melted down for munitions 😮 I had black iron railings put in as a sympathetic nod to the originals 💜  #nesttoimpress #myhousethismonth #homeloversclub #frontstep #cosyupyourworld #frontdoor #luxuryinteriorsonabudget #plantmama #ownyourdecor #firstimpressions #myinteriormydecor #pinkdoor #plantpots #dailycolourpop #irishhomes #eclecticallymade #victorianhome #historicalhomes
Law of Attraction Pro-Tip: get really clear on exactly what you want 👍  When I was thinking about how I wanted the bathroom to look, I closed my eyes and envisioned a dark room with a chaise in it. The chaise was black velvet with wooden scroll work. When I opened my eyes and came back into the real world, my limited conscious mind decided that I was unlilely to find that exact piece and i would most likely have to find something to spray and recover. I went on gumtree to look, and lo and behold, there was this chaise, exactly as I had imagined 😮✨ It had been waiting for me: the post had been up for six days! It was a fraction of its price new, as a hairdressers wanted rid of it to use the space for two more salon chairs.  It wouldn't have found its way to me if I hadn't got clear on what I wanted first 💜  #designwithcolour #lawofattraction #myinspiringinterior #askbelievereceive #vintagehome #asktheuniverse #designinspiration #thesecret #mytradhome #chaise #designlife #chaiselongue #bohemianhome #myhousethismonth #moreismoredecor #alignment #housandgarden #dailycolourpop #vogueliving #howyoumakeastatement #elledecor #interieur #homeloversclub #chicdecor #homelove #styledupinterior #myseasonalrevamp
I'm going to award myself a restful afternoon reading this coffee table book - the Maverick Soul 🌟 See these two little robins? I bought them for a very personal reason. You see, my parents had four children - two girls and two boys, but both boys died young, Billy at 7 in 1975 and Martin in 1999 at 14. After Martin died, they were so broken with grief that they found it hard to leave the house. Their first outing together was months later, when they drove to Crawfordsburn, planning to take a walk on the beach. When they parked, neither of them had the energy or desire to get out of the car, so they just sat in silence and grieved. Suddenly, two little robins flew down to sit on the car and looked in at them, cocking their heads this way and that for such a long time. My parents felt that is was a little message for them from their beloved boys. So I keep these little robins close by to remind me that the ones we loved and lost never truly leave us.  #walltowallstyle #myhousethismonth #intramuralinterior #supportartists #dailydecordetail #signs #currentdesignsituation #signfromabove #pocketofmyhome #grief #bohoismyjam #robins
Couldn't resist snapping a wee shot of this room from the doorway as I passed on my way from a delicious lie-in to get some coffee downstairs! @greatscottishindoors Alison and Doug were here yesterday styling and snapping for a magazine. It was a real treat to see Alison's styling in motion and I enjoying gathering a few tips and tricks of the trade 🌟 I'm not terribly confident in front of the camera and Doug kept me smiling with his great chat and put me at ease. All in all, a truly pleasant day. I can't wait to see the pics! 💜💜 #mycollecteddecor #myhousethismonth #happyhome #interiordesign #colourismyjam #dailycolourpop #mycolourfullife #greathomestaketime #myseasonalrevamp #chesterfieldsofa #myinteriorvibe #interiorandhome #ourkidslivehere #spotthenewtrend #loveyourhome #secretstylingclub #myhouselikethis #walltowallstyle #nesttoimpress #mycreativeinterior  #mycuratedaesthetic
Check out my easy little upcycle! This unit used to be behind the sofa in the kitchen, but I needed something with these dimensions to sit under the ridonk tv (thanks Phil) 😂 I just cut the poster to size and glued it to the door panels with Mod Podge. I think this corner has gone from drab to fab 🌟 I should probably do a top coat of Mod Podge soon to seal it in and protect it, but i have 398 other tasks to do first 😝  #thewelldressedhouse #myhousethismonth #easyinterieur #upcyle #eclectichomemix #upcycled #roomdecor #decoupage #itsadecorthing #modpodge #thedecorsocial #howyoumakeastatement #makehomeyourhaven #mydiymydecor #chinoiseriechicstyle #mydivinehome #livingroominspo #eclecticallymade #livingroominspiration #idontdoneutral #interiorlove #plantparenthood #myhomestyle #plantsmakepeoplehappy
I'm shopping the house, otherwise known as robbing Peter to pay Paul 😂 This picture has been robbed from the hall 😜 The art work was a bit small for this wall and was feeling underwhelming so I went back to my default - go big or go home! Now it feels more like mine 💜  #dailydecordetail #dailycolourpop #currentdesignsituation #myhousethismonth #pocketofmyhome #mybohotribe #cornerofmyhome #bohoonthelowlow #bohoismyjam #maximalistinteriors #thenewbohemians #eclecticdecor #greathomestaketime #eclecticinteriors #nestandburrowuk #bohemiandecor #beautifullyboho
Books, plants and (faux) fire - magically making everything more homely 💜 I'm still faffing and switching out furniture but this room feels like it is heading in the right direction this time.  #makehomematter #myhouseandhome #designwithcolour #myhousethismonth #myinspiringinterior #myperiodhometoday #vintagehome #myperiodhomestyle #designinspiration #pinkandgreen #mytradhome #greensofa #designlife #plantmama #bohemianhome #plantparenthood #mystylishspace #luxuryinteriorsonabudget
Red hues never last long with me! The sofa covers have been changed to a more restful green and I must say, I'm relieved. What a delicate flower I am 😂 Anybody else have a love-hate relationship with a colour?! #myhousethismonth #bohoismyjam #greensofa #bohoonthelowlow #gallerywallhashtag #jungalowstyle #mybohoabode #colourfulinteriors #myconsideredhome #eclecticallycool #greathomestaketime #howyouhome #spotlightonmyhome #walltowallstyle #dailycolourpop #fearlesshome #supportartists
I am dead slow and stop with this outdoor paint job! Honestly, I am so OVER painting. Today I managed to paint another half wall before grinding to a halt after an hour or so. I will get there eventually, right?! I am posting this little square to motivate myself to get back to it soon. The window frame is Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink 😍  #interiorstyle #myhousethismonth #interiorlove #garden #homegoals #sulkingroompink #seekinspirecreate #farrowandball #instainterior #windowbox #interioroftheday #pinkandpurple #interiorforinspo #dailycolourpop #myhousebeautiful #eclectic #nesttoimpress #whitewalls #designsponge #plantstyling
I am a woman of few words today, as I was out out last night with the girls. I'm not hungover - honest! - I had some Piriton before bed, a miracle cure 😂 I am tired though, and am just lazing here enjoying some sun and a nice breeze.  #dominomag #dailycolourpop #boldbohemians #bohoismyjam #brightspaceswelove #colourmyhome #styledup #colourismyjam #crashbangcolour #myhousethismonth #mydomaine #colourcrush #interiorcurve #eclecticallycool #mylovelyhome #greathomestaketime #decorcrushing #myinteriormydecor #interiorstyling #familyroomdecor #moreismoredecor
I am literally too tired to think! I've been under a blanket all evening, yawning 😴  Tomorrow is my morning to myself to write, so hopefully a good night's sleep will pull me round* *or some other platitude my mum would have said 😂  Crocodile picture by @hollymarshallprints  Cushion @vanasch_designs  #greathometaketime #eclecticallycool #eclecticallymade #myhousethismonth #supportsmallbusiness #moreismoredecor #walltowallstyle #housandgarden #mysummerrevamp #vogueliving #bohofanatic #elledecor #interiorlove #interieur #jungalowstyle #chicdecor #loveyourhome #stellarspaces #styledupinterior #homelove #sorealhomes

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