5-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor

Well, well. It seems last week’s experiment went down rather well. Apparently I am more popular as a fake beauty blogger than a truthful bookish one.

Predictably, this went straight to my head. I immediately went out and demanded €10,000 worth of free products on the back of my overwhelming success.

I didn’t get any, although the fact that I was in a garden centre at the time might have had something to do with it. But like all the best bloggers, I remain undaunted. I merely need to focus more, expanding my new all-encompassing Swiss Army Tara Superblogger strategy to work in the areas which can serve me best.

And right now, the paintwork in my abode is looking a bit shabby, if truth be told. So with this in mind, I have turned myself into a Lifestyle blogger. This week, I’m talking home decorating. Read it, and sweep.


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You all know how much work I put into my blogging space, as you’ve seen it change over the years. When I think back to my first vlogs all those months ago, I totally cringe! The lighting is terrible, I look like I have a double chin even though I totally haven’t and never did, there are tatty posters and cards on the wall behind me, not a fresh flower in sight, and it generally looks like the badly-lit bedroom of a dorky teenager who’s about to go downstairs for totally boring food that you would rather eat than Instagram.

At first I just made little changes here, and there… until I got to do the big reveal at the end of last year of my new workspace – and the gasps of delight could be heard all around the world!

I had so much fun planning and working with the amazing interior designers from One Hundred Percent Staged Inc. (please see website for details) from the concept stage right through to final implementation… there were so many workmen in the house and parked on the street outside for that month I thought the neighbours were going to start a protest march!!

I was SO excited to take you into the space where I spend so much time writing and working on the blog that I’m lucky enough to have you all read each and every morning (I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!).

I could only hope you’d all love it as much as I did.

By the time I was ramping up the online campaign for the Big Reveal, 9 days before completion, I was so excited I broke out into a stress rash.

They say that one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do is move house – I totally get that now, even though I wasn’t technically moving and I was only redecorating half of one room.

But it was all so worth it. 300,000 people worldwide tuned in for my first collage of photos, which I revealed on every social media platform simultaneously at 11am on the last Friday in February.

I don’t mind being totally honest here and telling you how glad I was I got it so right when I saw the overwhelmingly positive response! My workspace was the #1 trending topic on Twitter for that whole week, and WTF Magazine did a 6-page spread in their semi-annual ‘New Year, New You’ edition. #DécorDynamite #CrushedIt

5-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor

Always #No1, even when I was 2

The experience inspired me to do lot more in home décor blogging, resulting in a whole new vlog which picked up 200,000 subscribers within the first week. The most popular posts on this vlog are without fail the close-ups of design details which also feature a pair of shoes with one on its side. More of these little tips and tricks later.

These days I’m all about rose gold – I know, controversial, right?! For so long I had silver EVERYTHING, but I guess it’s all about maturing and needing that touch of vintage.

My favourite things right now are my rose gold ceiling pendant light, rose gold bedframe and rose gold mirrored walls.

See online for this week’s stockists – I get most of my stuff on permanent loan because of tax issues, but you can trust me that it’s worth the investment in luxury when you totally have a vision.

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From Being Featured On All The Best Interior Design Sites

  1. Imperfect is beautiful – but only when done 100% right.
  2. Just like fitness is better with personal trainers, pictures are better with personal framers.
  3. An interior designer is worth their own weight in rose gold.
  4. Nothing shows the haters your success like a pristine white couch.
  5. Children don’t go with the top seasonal trends – especially if there’s a lot of white involved. I don’t have kids yet, but when I do, they’ll have their own rooms they can trash however they like. The rest of the rooms will be mine!
  6. Get real about your bed. It’s not styled correctly unless you’ve piled up so many pillows that it looks like it takes forever to get into it.
  7. ALWAYS hire a professional stage manager when you’re posting reveals of your new look. The proper angle of the overturned shoe on the floor, or that artfully arranged pen and paper left carelessly on the desk, is vital to the success of your design scheme.
  8. Nothing looks more authentic for your big reveal than hand-distressed chalk-painted furniture with a brand-new vintage vase of fake wildflowers. Add some homemade bread and cheese from your local deli, and you’re bang on trend.
  9. Yes you too can do a killer redesign, even if you don’t get as much free stuff as I do! Partner up with local homeware stores and offer them a brand bonanza. They’ll be queueing up to deliver designer furniture and ornaments to your door.
  10. If you don’t have the time or money to do your own photo shoot in your own home, borrow someone else’s. Why waste good décor on someone who doesn’t have the online following to do it justice?

And that’s all, folks! Next week, I’ll be discussing Five-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor, where I’ll be giving #HotTips on repurposing old wedding dresses for on-trend sofas; this season’s on-fire kitchen trend (clue: it’s back to basics with the living room fireplace!); and the top 27 reasons for not suspending luxury brand ski equipment over your bed.

5-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor

Home is where the décor is

  24 comments for “5-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor

  1. April 22, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This is marvellous!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

      It’s the white and rose gold, right, Cathy? Gets them every time.


      • April 22, 2018 at 11:19 am

        I’m away to B&Q right now to stock up. The twins will have to sacrifice their toys and books for the look, obvs, but they’ll thank me for it in the long run.

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        • April 22, 2018 at 11:50 am

          I’m sure they will, right around the time you explain to them why you won’t be buying them the 16 must-have products their favourite vlogger just showed off on YouTube without declaring where or how he/she got them. Mutual understanding is bound to ensue.

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  2. April 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

    One would hope that you will be able to wrangle a series of lifestyle book deals on the back of your online success. Cosmetics, decor – I assume you’ll be also moving into baking. Looking forward to the car modifications edition where you pimp a seven year old Toyota Yaris into the must-have vehicle for on-trend young motorists who can’t actually drive anywhere due to prohibitive insurance costs.

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    • April 22, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Well, that’s the plan, Nick. You should see my views on mental illness in particular. They’re so insightful I damn near get manic with happiness just by re-reading them. I have plans for fashion and politics too, but thank you for pointing me in the right direction re motoring. Now excuse me while I find someone specific to lampoon.

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      • April 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm

        Should we even bother lampooning specific people? After all, there’s just no fun in going after Trump every bleeding day. The People, The Mob and Crowds In General, on the other hand, are clearly stupid and need a good telling off. This is going to be particularly pertinent in your fair country come May 25th (and I’m not referring to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, nor Paul Weller’s 60th birthday).

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        • April 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm

          Even I can’t find anything to laugh at regarding May 25th, and that’s saying something. The one good thing I can say about a No campaign lavishly funded by US-based Trump voters who have no business meddling in Irish affairs, is that every lie I see on a poster here makes me donate more money to the Yes campaign.

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          • April 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm

            Reminds me of Brexit. Fingers crossed common sense over-rides stupid knee-jerk gut-feelings from those who think with parts of the body instead of the head.


  3. April 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    You were doing great, then you had to ruin it all with that silly comment about kids trashing their rooms. Da’hling, kids are decor like everything else. The only thing those little tykes should be allowed to trash is the haters’ comments, NOT their rooms, which should be as impeccably imperfect as the rest of the house.

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    • April 22, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Ha, ha, ha Nick! As if I could even dream of making a mistake like that! No, that was a test, to see if someone could work out my imperfect perfection. If I’d listed children as a must-have, it would have turned this into a parenting blog, which as we all know, is a completely different kettle of banknotes, and not half as lucrative. I mean, I could talk about how much I love a particular brand of detergent, but it just wouldn’t be as authentic. You know?

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  4. April 22, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Love your tips, Tara, particularly #1 – the key to vintage. #4 – only for the true mavens of home decor, and no kids or pets (though saltwater tropical fish are permitted). And #8 is a must – for the DIY decorator, buy the cabinet new, tie it to the car and drag it home, perfect!
    I think you have this down. Mara would be proud.

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    • April 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Funny you say that, Diana, because I had the eeriest feeling when I was writing it. Not that I was channelling Mara, necessarily. More like possessed, perhaps….

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  5. April 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I can’t wait until next week! But I can’t believe you’re not going to discuss the 28th most important reason not to suspend luxury brand ski equipment over your bed. Frankly, it’s kind of irresponsible of you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 23, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      I can see why you’d think that, Sarah – and no offence meant or anything, but knowing when to hold back (both to create suspense, and keep fans wishing for more) is just the sort of thing which sets me apart from other bloggers who only have, like, a fraction of my followers. I’m sure you’re doing great on the internet with your off-piste fascinating historical facts and all, but if you ever need a popularity boost, call me, yeah? Love you loads!!!!

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  6. April 25, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Ah, wish I could contemplate new decor, even if only in half a room. But with two adult sons and their goods and chattels having parked themselves here on a temporary permanent basis, I’d need a grand auction or two to create space. The upside is there’s so much clutter that it makes housework difficult – a wonderful excuse not to bother doing it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 25, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Hmmmm. There’s an awful lot of logic in that comment, Dorothy. I’m afraid it’ll never catch on. You’ll have to learn how to make a lot less sense if you want to be an outrageous success in the blogiverse.


  7. May 9, 2018 at 2:43 am

    You’ve got a great writer’s voice! Such a pleasure to read. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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