Amongst my homely excitement I had totally forgotten about our plans to book a holiday for september. We wanted to enjoy some time away together while we both have steady money coming in (which is pretty much never at the same time!) but with a house on the horizon I feel like we should be saving every spare penny for furnishing what will be a completely unfurnished home. I've picked up bits and bobs during my time of renting other flats but it is all a bit mismatched and I definitely don't have everything we need. John is moving out from his family home so he doesn't have much either. So in a way it would be nice to start from scratch and buy all our own furnishings together :) Here's some inspiration of the options of a holiday vs a home that I have been oogling over.
When I say I was in the mood for a big holiday I wasn't thinking of a last minute city break. I am absolutely desperate to go back to America - in particular Las Vegas. Katy Perry, The Hangover and Fear and Loathing totally sell it for me.
My friend Kyle was in Vegas last year and he got to see Katy Perry in concert there! Must have been an absolutely amazing gig. He said the shopping, casinos and restaurants were all absolutely brilliant too.
One place I've always seen pictures of and wanted to visit is the Neon Graveyard. If I had all the moneys I would take Ashley there to do a photoshoot! This picture doesn't do it justice but if you google it you'll see what I'm talking about.
I can't talk about Las Vegas without mentioning something it is renowned for - the casino entertainment. Remember the Friends episode 'The One In Vegas'? It is one of my favourites. Joey had taken a job in Ceasars Casino/Hotel as a Gladiator and that's where they all stayed. I remember seeing clips of the famous Bellagio too and thinking WOW. I am not much of a gambler as I have mentioned before but I don't think I could visit Vegas without playing some games at a casino, wearing a fancy ballgown and drinking cocktails.
My only knowledge of the games they have on offer is from the films I've seen set in Vegas. But I would love to get all dressed up and have a go on the slot machines (like Phoebe in Friends when she's head to head with a local) try my hand at Blackjack (and have an absolute HOOT like Chevy Chase in Vegas Vacation) and see if I could pull a good poker face like Matt Damon in Rounders. I was thinking how amazing it would be to get to work in the film industry out in America and do a big feature film in Vegas. There certainly have been enough movies set in and around the city and the casinos there.
My Vegas holiday research smoothly linked in to finding some amazing homeware inspiration.
These light up letters are from Out There Interiors and totally resemble the signs in the Neon Graveyard that I spoke about earlier. I think one of these would look fantastic in my new home! But they do come with a bit of a price tag. A girl can dream though eh? Out There Interiors have some pretty awesome and quirky designer furniture (Even their Rattan Furniture is cool! Giant Apple daybed for the garden anyone?) Here's a few more of my favourite finds from their site.
Cow storage cabinet
Stripy baroque armchair
Distressed painted cabinets
The last one is very similar to some upcycling we did for the Kirstie Allsopp programme last month, which was a job that also added fuel to my homeware inspiration flame. What do I do you guys, book a holiday or furnish my new home?...
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