The Plans for the Back Garden and a New Deck

So the good news is that the building phase is officially complete! Can I get a 'hell yeah'?! Of course, this doesn't mean it's done done. Oh, not by a long shot - we have so much to get on with ourselves but essentially, all the things we hired contractors to do is...

7 Most Common Decorating Mistakes When Using Colour

I'm always a little nervous when saying something is definitively 'wrong' or 'right' when decorating. Because, just like everything in interiors, it's nuanced. There are things that can be more successful and things that can be less so and it's incredibly subjective...

6 Secrets to Keeping Your Maidenhair Fern Alive

Let's just be clear here, right from the start: I've killed A LOT of Maidenhair Ferns over the past 5 or so years. That doesn't stop me from loving them. Since my very first dalliance with house plants, these little soft delicate beauties have been at the top of my...

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The Plans for the Back Garden and a New Deck

The Plans for the Back Garden and a New Deck

So the good news is that the building phase is officially complete! Can I get a 'hell yeah'?! Of course, this doesn't mean it's done done. Oh, not by a long shot - we have so much to get on with ourselves but essentially, all the things we hired contractors to do is...

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6 Secrets to Keeping Your Maidenhair Fern Alive

6 Secrets to Keeping Your Maidenhair Fern Alive

Let's just be clear here, right from the start: I've killed A LOT of Maidenhair Ferns over the past 5 or so years. That doesn't stop me from loving them. Since my very first dalliance with house plants, these little soft delicate beauties have been at the top of my...

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Should You Paint Above The Picture Rail?

Should You Paint Above The Picture Rail?

Long long ago, back in 2012, I made a massive discovery and decided to share it on my blog after I'd revisited painting my Edwardian Home's living room. This living room had a picture rail - ya know, the bit of moulding that goes around the entire room about a foot...

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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.

Should You Paint Above The Picture Rail?

Long long ago, back in 2012, I made a massive discovery and decided to share it on my blog after I'd revisited painting my Edwardian Home's living room. This living room had a picture rail - ya know, the bit of moulding that goes around the entire room about a foot...

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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.

The Plans for the Back Garden and a New Deck

So the good news is that the building phase is officially complete! Can I get a 'hell yeah'?! Of course, this doesn't mean it's done done. Oh, not by a long shot - we have so much to get on with ourselves but essentially, all the things we hired contractors to do is...

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Renovation Diaries: The Build Work is Nearly Done!

So the last three weeks since I posted about our renovation feels like it's flown by. We are nearly at the stage now where we have what appears to be an ACTUAL SPACE. The walls went up as quickly as they came down, the roof light and window installed, new subfloors...

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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.

My Mini Spring Home Haul

So the UK had some incredibly beautiful weather this past weekend. Add to that, because it was the Easter bank holidays, we had an incredible 4 day weekend of sunshine and warm temperatures so I'm going to say that, yes, Spring has officially arrived. Now, as much as...

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15 of the Best Indoor Watering Cans

Now that Spring is officially here, I've started to satisfy the urge to surround myself with lots of greenery. I absolutely adore how house plants add a certain bohemian and organic texture to my rooms and have done for a long time now and that love has never really...

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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 I Changed My Money Mindset to Earn More & Work Less

Money. It's one of those subjects that seems to be a bit taboo. It makes people uncomfortable. Not enough and you feel somehow that you are less than, that you aren't doing as well as you should be, that you're not succeeding. More than enough and you feel you should...

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My 10 ‘Bounce Back From a Cold’ Must-Haves

The following is a paid advertising feature for Kleenex®. Every year some amazing things come around like clockwork - Christmas, New Year and my birthday being some of my personal favourites. They’re moments to celebrate, to see loved ones and catch up with old...

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9 Reasons I’m Happy We Moved to Shrewsbury

A few months ago, I shared our journey in terms of deciding where we were going to pick up and move our life. We'd been living in Cheadle Heath for 8 years, not too far from where Wayne had spent his entire life just outside of Manchester. Deciding that we wanted to...

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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 Display Storage Upcycled from Gift Boxes

I think every time I post a little craft, I say I'm not crafty. I think that's because I look at my good friends who are truly creative and incredible at various crafts (currently looking at you Alex, Maria and Nicolette and SO MANY OTHERS), I just can't even compare...

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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.

Why I Hate Being Called an ‘Influencer’

Ughhh... "Influencer". I swear every time I hear that word, I die a little inside. The word is pretty new, after all, and I've been doing this blogging lark for more than 8 years. I never got into it to make money and while the blog has grown and yes, opportunities...

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