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,…

In Support of Independents

Seeking out independent shops is something I love to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do shop online too, but there is something very special (even old-fashioned) in visiting an actual shop, owned and run by actual humans. The personal service, for one thing, owners will get to know you by name. I find the individual tastes of the shop owners are so vividly executed too. Through stock and merchandising, the independent owner creates their vision. So…

On Working From Home

The number of people working from home is higher than ever before. Although there are some pitfalls to look out for, I love being able to work from home. It could be that you work remotely. You do have an employer and an office or base where the business is situated but you are based at home. Or like me, you are a self-employed freelancer who can work wherever you fancy that particular day. The technology…

10 ways to make your home more you

Hello, you lovely lot! Today I wanted to round up some ideas that will help make your home more you. I believe individuality is key in all parts of life, your home is just one way of expressing your tastes and personality. Let’s dig in and see if you can apply any of these concepts to your home. 1- Paint your front door (or even your house!) a colour that you LOVE. This creates instant cheer…

The Vignettist

Vignettist: a person who makes vignettes Vignette: any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc Hello fellow plant lovers, I know you are out there. Today I’m sharing some photographs I took of some of my plants. I love to create small set ups or tableau’s for photography. Styling an area of my home so it evokes a certain mood or feeling. Perhaps bringing the viewer in, piquing their curiosity. I’m a vignettist! I created this vignette for…

My Kind of Treasure Hunting

Hello you lovely lot! Today I wanted to share with you a place which is a real treasure trove if you are searching for unusual things and/or vintage for your home. Stockyard North Salvage shop. It’s especially good if you are  hunting for vintage and antiques in Manchester. The space is within a props warehouse, which now has this shop inside. The warehouse hires props out for TV, films and photo-shoots and it is huge. It’s…

The 7 Things You Need For A Bohemian Living Room

Today I wanted to share with you how to get the bohemian look in your living room. A bohemian living room is full of personality and character. I wholeheartedly encourage you to express yourself, this is your home remember? The aim is to create a relaxing space. Where you can lounge and spend time with people you love, truly be yourself or just curl up with a good boxed set. So here are my 7 essentials…

My Summer Days

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite times during the summer. You might have noticed that I’ve taken a back seat during August, I’ve slowed things right down here on the blog and on my social channels. I personally find August is a great time to take a break, reassess and rejuvenate. I don’t just mean going on a summer holiday. Taking the time to really be in your surroundings, away from routine…

Photoshoot Giveaway

Hey there! You may have noticed a few lovely photographs in some of my recent posts on here and social media. They were taken by Emmylou at Chiaroscuro. Chiascuro is prononced kee-ar-uh-SKYOOR-o and it is Italian, from chiaro (clear, light) + oscuro (obscure, dark). It relates to Emmylou’s style and her love of light and shadow. I love her soft, dreamy and moody photography. She always makes the most of the natural light (hence the biz name) and…

Amara Interior Blog Awards

Hello you lovely lot! How are you? It feels like a while since we last chatted but it’s only been a week since my last post! I have been to Brussels in-between though so that’s probably why. I’ve a little favour to ask of you today. It involves you showing your support for me and this blog by voting for me in the Amara Interior Blog awards. This will be the third year I’ll have been…

Kerb Appeal Makeover

Before you ask, I assure you we are not putting our home on the market. I think kerb appeal isn’t just for potential buyers of your property but also for yourself, and the people actually living there. We all deserve a nice looking home, and it really does make the difference when you come back after a long day. Seeing your home from the street, in an ideal world, should give you a feeling of happiness…