Pretty Utility: New Bits for the New Kitchen

As you are probably already aware, we are just at the very tail end of a rather large renovation project that has taken most of the year - knocking down walls, adding a small extension and creating a brand new open-plan kitchen-diner. It's been a hell of a journey...

Transforming Our Non-Working Dining Room Fireplace

Some call it a non-working fireplace, I call it a 'hole in the wall'. The place where there was at one time a fireplace and at some point in time, someone (tragically) decided to rip it out, plaster it up and call it good. I've seen quite a lot of them in my time and...

My £25 & 3.5 hour Guest Bedroom Mini Makeover

It started on Thursday morning. I sometimes have a little browse of my local listings on Facebook marketplace - I've been keeping an eye out for a vintage mirror to use for our dining room (no luck there) and some bits for the guest bedroom seeing as the renovation...

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Pretty Utility: New Bits for the New Kitchen

Pretty Utility: New Bits for the New Kitchen

As you are probably already aware, we are just at the very tail end of a rather large renovation project that has taken most of the year - knocking down walls, adding a small extension and creating a brand new open-plan kitchen-diner. It's been a hell of a journey and...

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My £25 & 3.5 hour Guest Bedroom Mini Makeover

My £25 & 3.5 hour Guest Bedroom Mini Makeover

It started on Thursday morning. I sometimes have a little browse of my local listings on Facebook marketplace - I've been keeping an eye out for a vintage mirror to use for our dining room (no luck there) and some bits for the guest bedroom seeing as the renovation...

read more
Transforming Our Non-Working Dining Room Fireplace

Transforming Our Non-Working Dining Room Fireplace

Some call it a non-working fireplace, I call it a 'hole in the wall'. The place where there was at one time a fireplace and at some point in time, someone (tragically) decided to rip it out, plaster it up and call it good. I've seen quite a lot of them in my time and...

read more
How to Bring Your Holiday Destination Home

How to Bring Your Holiday Destination Home

This was a post I originally wrote for Avant Home's blog but considering we are just heading out of the holiday season, these tips might prove helpful to those who've brought home pretty items from their travels! One of the best things about flying out to far-flung...

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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 Bring Your Holiday Destination Home

How to Bring Your Holiday Destination Home

This was a post I originally wrote for Avant Home's blog but considering we are just heading out of the holiday season, these tips might prove helpful to those who've brought home pretty items from their travels! One of the best things about flying out to far-flung...

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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.

Pretty Utility: New Bits for the New Kitchen

Pretty Utility: New Bits for the New Kitchen

As you are probably already aware, we are just at the very tail end of a rather large renovation project that has taken most of the year - knocking down walls, adding a small extension and creating a brand new open-plan kitchen-diner. It's been a hell of a journey and...

read more
Transforming Our Non-Working Dining Room Fireplace

Transforming Our Non-Working Dining Room Fireplace

Some call it a non-working fireplace, I call it a 'hole in the wall'. The place where there was at one time a fireplace and at some point in time, someone (tragically) decided to rip it out, plaster it up and call it good. I've seen quite a lot of them in my time and...

read more
My £25 & 3.5 hour Guest Bedroom Mini Makeover

My £25 & 3.5 hour Guest Bedroom Mini Makeover

It started on Thursday morning. I sometimes have a little browse of my local listings on Facebook marketplace - I've been keeping an eye out for a vintage mirror to use for our dining room (no luck there) and some bits for the guest bedroom seeing as the renovation...

read more

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.

Balmy Nights: Beat the Heat for a Better Sleep

Balmy Nights: Beat the Heat for a Better Sleep

Smack dab in the middle of summer. That's where we are right now and while we haven't quite had the unrelenting heat of last year (I seem to remember our back yard brown and yellow, burnt to a crisp by now), the temperatures are set to rise again next week. Of course,...

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Best of the UK Summer Sales for Home

Best of the UK Summer Sales for Home

While I don't normally like to do two blog posts in a row which encourage you to shop, I really couldn't resist sharing some of the summer sales with you today. Mid-summer is normally a really good time to stock up on anything you need in your home as stores are...

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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.

A Romantic Break at The Swan Hotel in The Lake District

A Romantic Break at The Swan Hotel in The Lake District

We've spent the last few months in the midst of a construction site. Building work on your home is messy, stressful and chaotic and while I'm so happy we're finally doing the work we'd planned since we moved into our home, a break from all the dust was something we...

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My Outdoor Adventure (by Quito the Sheltie)

My Outdoor Adventure (by Quito the Sheltie)

The following post contains a paid advertising feature for James Wellbeloved Grain Free Dog Food. My mum doesn't normally have guest bloggers on her site but she's made a special exception for me today. I'm Quito, a 4-year-old Shetland Sheepdog who loves the great...

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How I Changed My Money Mindset to Earn More & Work Less

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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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.

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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Why I Hate Being Called an ‘Influencer’

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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