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,…

Brush lettering workshop

Brush lettering is one of those things that the experts make look really easy. Watching Joyce from Artsynibs give demonstrations, it was like some kind of magic power she was wielding with the brush and inks. I soon found out that wasn’t a magic power but pure will, and, of course, lots, and lots of practice. Joyce has been doing this for years. I took part in an Artsynibs Brush Lettering for Beginners workshop held upstairs…

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…