Manifesto for Imperfection

I was clearing out some stuff recently and came across this manifesto for imperfection. This A4 sheet of paper is something I’ve kept for years (since 2001!). Through house moves and multiple clearouts. Not wanting to let it go because on each rediscovery, I find it more meaningful. It was written by Bruce Taylor, an artist and one of the tutors at Kingston University School of Art where I did my degree. He created this Manifesto…

Books I’ve Read Lately

Whenever I get asked about my hobbies I always include the fact I love to read. Carving out the time to read can prove tricky though. After popping on your phone to check your email, you end up spending half an hour down the rabbit hole that is the internet. Whether it is scrolling on Instagram or seeing what the latest news is, or even doing a quick search on eBay for that elusive piece of…

A Happy Bed for my Happy Girl

This is a collaborative post When you have kids it can sometimes feel like they don’t stop growing. Well, not until they’re about eighteen anyway. My eldest is now eight and she’s had a full sized single bed for around four years now. She has a Leesa mattress, which she and I love, but there was one problem; the bed constantly moved around her floor. She has bare floorboards with a rug (from Next last summer), and…

Staircase Makeover

Oh my, this has been a long time coming. Previously, we had a thick carpet in a deep shade of salmon running up the staircase, and onto the landing. I hated it so much. At that time it was way down on our list of things that needed sorting in the house. So we lived with it until I just snapped one day and pulled up all the carpet on the stairs. We then lived with…

On Libraries

Over the past few months, another world has reopened for me. The world of books, and of libraries. I’ve always been a fan of libraries and we are lucky enough to have one five minutes walk from our home. The thing is it’s actually the same library I grew up with. It’s barely changed other than a few computers and computerised check-in/check-out system. My library card is from when they first brought in the computerisation of the…

Ten Reasons Why I’ll Always Prefer White Walls

White walls are easing me into writing about interiors this year. Let me share my thoughts with you. My focus will always be more on my own home than it will be on interior trends, as I don’t tend to follow them. Aside from the costly nature of trying to keep up with trends, there is more to life than being a consumer, don’t you think? As a blogger, I’m bombarded with emails about new trends…

Pros & Cons of a fringe (bangs) in your thirties

I’m going to make no apologies for the seemingly frivolous nature of this post. We are deep in the middle of January and I need me some lighthearted frivolity! I got my current fringe on the 21st September 2017, so it’s entering its fourth month as part of my look. Overall I love it but there are some downsides too. I’m going to share with you the good points and bad points about getting a fringe/bangs. I’ve…

Reading & Writing

Hello! Despite the title of this post, it isn’t an article about Sesame Street 😉 I want to share my intentions for 2018, I promised I would, and after a happy and restful couple of weeks off, I’m back at it. Only this time from a slightly different angle. To read and write. Writing- here on the blog, writing articles for print publications, and creative writing. Reading- more fiction, and non-fiction and more books in general.…

A Gentle New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you are having/have had a good break? I’m popping online to share with you a post I wrote for the Laura Ashley blog all about starting 2018 in a more gentle way. What I mean is, not to rush in with extreme New Years resolutions. Instead, be kind to yourself. Self-improvements usually are high up on the list for New Year thinking, and I’m fully behind the idea of self-improvement. But make…

A Year of DIY & Home Renovations

DIY has been a bit of a theme this year for us. This post is just as much for me, as it is for you as I didn’t realise how much we’d done until I started writing. Oh, and it’s a long one so make yourself a cup of tea! Looking back on achievements is so important, so often we just plough on to the next goal. So, I’ve taken the time here to list all…

Shutters in Darker Months

Hey there readers! As part of my collaboration with Santa Fe shutters this year, I wanted to share with you this final post about how we’ve been getting on with the shutters in our home. As the days are getting shorter, it often feels like we barely see any sunshine at this time of year. I try to make the most of the longer nights and dropping temperatures by having cosy days indoors. Winter is definitely…

Cold Feet Filming Locations

Are you missing Cold Feet yet? I know I am! I wish they’d make longer series’. If ever there was an advert for visiting Manchester, then Cold Feet is it. If, like me, you are pining for a Cold Feet hit, then how about visiting some of the filming locations? Plan a pilgrimage to see for yourself where some of the scenes took place with my tips below. I’m focussing on the most recent series in this post,…