The Trouble with Instagram

First things first, buckle in because this is a long one. I've had so many different thoughts about Instagram over the last few years and I just felt the need to get it all out of my system. Go get yourself a nice cup of something hot or something cold (no judgement)...

Plans for the Bathroom Refresh (Phase 2)

You might recall when we moved into our home (nearly 2 years ago now - how fast does time fly?!), within weeks of moving in, I decided to update our bathroom. I knew a bit of paint and some accessorising would make a big difference to the space without having to spend...

How to Totally Refresh Your Home in 10 Steps (Without Spending a Lot of Money)

I don't know if it's just me but whenever I take all the Christmas decorations down, my home just feels a bit... I dunno... flat. Is it the same for you? Don't get me wrong. By the time the end of December comes, I actually really look forward to removing the...

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The Trouble with Instagram

The Trouble with Instagram

First things first, buckle in because this is a long one. I've had so many different thoughts about Instagram over the last few years and I just felt the need to get it all out of my system. Go get yourself a nice cup of something hot or something cold (no judgement)...

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Plans for the Bathroom Refresh (Phase 2)

Plans for the Bathroom Refresh (Phase 2)

You might recall when we moved into our home (nearly 2 years ago now - how fast does time fly?!), within weeks of moving in, I decided to update our bathroom. I knew a bit of paint and some accessorising would make a big difference to the space without having to spend...

read more
How to (Really!) Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to (Really!) Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

I'm not someone who makes a long list of resolutions each year but I'm definitely feeling the 'new year/new decade' momentum at the moment - are you? There are so many ideas floating around in my head (and in the notebooks and post-it notes on my desk) and I'd love to...

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Design Advice

If you’ve ever stared into your room and knew something wasn’t quite right but you didn’t know how to fix it, then you’re in the right place. Long ago, I felt exactly the same. I had a million ideas but no idea how to execute them.

With my advice posts, I’m spilling all those interior design secrets that took me years of trial and error to learn. Check out all my how-to’s, tips and tricks here.

How to Style a Christmas Tree

How to Style a Christmas Tree

A friend of mine asked me recently if I'd ever done a blog post on styling a Christmas tree as she was looking for some tips for her own. And I realised that after so many years of decorating trees, I never have! So, as I celebrated the start of the festive season by...

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My Home

My blog is a place I love to share my own home and there are a wealth of posts about the changes and updates we’ve made both in our current and our previous home with all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

I catalogue our entire journey of each room through its evolution and so if you love to have a nosy around other people’s homes (and why wouldn’t you?!), then check out all my posts to see what we’re working on next.

Plans for the Bathroom Refresh (Phase 2)

Plans for the Bathroom Refresh (Phase 2)

You might recall when we moved into our home (nearly 2 years ago now - how fast does time fly?!), within weeks of moving in, I decided to update our bathroom. I knew a bit of paint and some accessorising would make a big difference to the space without having to spend...

read more
Dreaming and Scheming: Planning the Utility Room

Dreaming and Scheming: Planning the Utility Room

This may very well turn into a rambling stream-of-consciousness post because I've got way too many things going on in my mind and what better place to put them all down than my blog? And then you get to have a little peek into how my brain works which, to be fair,...

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My Living Room Midi-Makeover Reveal in Autumn Colours

My Living Room Midi-Makeover Reveal in Autumn Colours

I mentioned we were going to be replacing the flooring and the sofas in the living room on my Instagram not long ago, referring to it as a 'mini-refresh'. Well, I was very quickly corrected by someone who said, "A mini-refresh is some new cushions!" Ha! And I realised...

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Stuff I Like

If there’s one thing I like shopping for more than anything else, it’s my house. So I’m always on the lookout for beautiful things – from soft furnishings to furniture, accessories, lighting, art and more.

These are the posts where I shout about brands I’ve come across that I adore and pull together fantasy moodboards, my best shopping finds and gorgeous pieces to create the perfect look – from budget bargains to luxury splurges.

In Defence of Anaglypta

In Defence of Anaglypta

When I moved to the UK way back in 2001, I admit, I had no idea what Anaglypta was, I just knew that in American homes, it wasn't particularly common as far as I was aware. I saw it in plenty of homes here, though, and after a while, came to understand it was...

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Pets? Kids? Yes, You Can Finally Own a Velvet Sofa

Pets? Kids? Yes, You Can Finally Own a Velvet Sofa

The following is a paid advertising feature for Aquaclean Fabric. I've loved velvet furniture for pretty much as long as I can remember. Over the last decade, I've had 4 different velvet sofas, 1 velvet headboard, at least 4 or 5 sets of velvet curtains and I can't...

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Colourful Table Lamp Round Up

Colourful Table Lamp Round Up

However strange as it may sound, I felt a little bit hesitant when I ordered my bright orange lamp for my living room midi-makeover. After trying a few different lamps I already owned in that corner, I realised what I really needed was a statement colour in that spot...

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Lifestyle

It’s not all just interiors around here. As much as interior design is my biggest passion, I’m a nuanced multi-layered person just like you! I adore travelling, cooking, makeup and beauty products, fashion and sometimes I just need to talk about being a flawed human.

These are the posts I explore topics from my favourite breakfast recipe to what it’s like being an ex-pat to getting a better work-life balance and more.

How to (Really!) Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to (Really!) Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

I'm not someone who makes a long list of resolutions each year but I'm definitely feeling the 'new year/new decade' momentum at the moment - are you? There are so many ideas floating around in my head (and in the notebooks and post-it notes on my desk) and I'd love to...

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How to Enjoy the Home You Have Right Now

How to Enjoy the Home You Have Right Now

I don't think I know that many people who are absolutely happy with their home as it stands right at this instant. There's pretty much always something to do, something that's not working, big plans for the future, items to save for.  Despite the fact that I feel...

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Candle Care: How to Get the Most From Your Candles

Candle Care: How to Get the Most From Your Candles

I'm sure it'll be no surprise when I tell you how much I love a good candle. Over the summer months, I don't burn them very often, simply because it's bright for so much of the day but when the Autumn and Winter months come, then it's basically no-holds-barred and...

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DIY

I’ve been a big fan of do-it-yourself for a long time both for the cost-savings as well as the gleeful satisfaction of a job well done. But if there’s one thing I’m not a fan of, it’s DIYs that look like DIYs. So you won’t be finding that here.

While I’ve had lots of things I’ve tried that haven’t gone exactly to plan, I only share those projects that have been super successful for me. And while I don’t consider myself a super crafty person, I do love creating things that are really easy to do but also create an amazing end result. You’ll find all my most successful ventures into craft and DIY in these posts and happily, no one will ever know you’ve done it yourself until you proudly tell them so – because you’ll want to, trust me.

DIY Double Gold Hoop Fringed Wall Hanging

DIY Double Gold Hoop Fringed Wall Hanging

Obviously, summer is my prime 'DIY' time because I'm sharing two DIY projects in a row but this one is far easier than laying a whole parquet floor! I wanted a few bits for a small gallery wall I'll be putting up in the dining room and I didn't just want artwork so...

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DIY: Laying Engineered Oak Parquet Flooring

DIY: Laying Engineered Oak Parquet Flooring

It's been my dream to have parquet flooring long before we moved into our current house. Back in 2010, when we moved into our previous home, one of the very first projects we took on was laying new pine flooring in our living room. At that time, I loved the look of...

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Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2010 – that’s practically a dinosaur in this industry. Long before Instagram or Pinterest was even around, I’ve been creating content and sharing it with thousands of people online. I’ve learned a hell of a lot about blogging in that time and have had to continuously adapt in an ever-changing world.

I often share my tips with my fellow bloggers so whether you’ve just started your blog, are a bit of a seasoned pro or even if your just curious about what happens here behind the scenes, you can check out these posts to learn more about this crazy, fast-changing industry we call home.

The Trouble with Instagram

The Trouble with Instagram

First things first, buckle in because this is a long one. I've had so many different thoughts about Instagram over the last few years and I just felt the need to get it all out of my system. Go get yourself a nice cup of something hot or something cold (no judgement)...

read more
8 Productivity Hacks for Freelancers

8 Productivity Hacks for Freelancers

For all the many, many joys of working for myself, it does have its occasional downsides. Staying motivated when you have no one to answer to but yourself is one of the more difficult ones. I admit, there are some days where I get to the end of the day and wonder what...

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Are Bloggers Just a Bunch of Freeloaders?

Are Bloggers Just a Bunch of Freeloaders?

For the last week or so, I have been reading about the whole situation with Elle Darby - the influencer with over 80k followers on Instagram and 90k followers on YouTube who asked for a few nights' stay at a Dublin hotel in exchange for a review on her social media...

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