Checklist ~ When Buying An Older Property

My home was build in the late 1920s, making it nearly 100 years old. It’s fair to say that although I love period properties, there is a lot of things that you should consider before buying one. To be frank, unless they’ve had gentle and caring owners, old houses are money pits. For us, there is always something that needs doing and usually, it unveils another three jobs whenever we get started on any work. Having said…

The Bohemian Floor

this is an advertorial post in collaboration with Kersaint Cobb The eclectic, bohemian look is something that comes quite naturally to me. I’m a bit of a collector and love to bring things back to use in my home from my travels. These two traits make it easy for me to curate that bohemian style at home. One of the key elements of this look is texture. The layering of textures creates a warm, interesting and…

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…

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…

Garden Plans & Arbours

Spring is here now, (thank goodness!) and for many of us it is a chance to get out into the garden and enjoy the outdoors again. Our garden is large, but has taken a back seat on our To Do list. There are things which are of a higher priority to work on (and in) the house itself. We don’t have an unlimited budget, so the garden has taken a hit really in terms of our time,…

Capturing colours- Choosing paint colours

How do you choose paint colours when decorating your home? Despite my art background, it can be rather overwhelming when I’ve got a blank canvas to work with. What if I get it wrong- we’ll have to live with it until we’d be able to carve out more time and money to fix it. Pinterest, as usual, comes to the rescue… I was searching for a warm grey shade of paint colour (is there such a…

Sleeping with Eve

Who doesn’t love to sleep? I thought I’d give you a break from me wittering on about my kitchen today, and tell you about a mattress I’ve had the pleasure of sleeping on now for about a month. Now when we moved house one of the first things we promised ourselves was to get a King Sized bed…. But we didn’t, as I’m sure you know plenty of other things come up for you to spend…

Shopping Saturday- Planning a wild garden

I’ll be straight up with you here- I’m not green fingered. It’s a stand in joke in our family that I’m great at killing plants, not so much looking after them. So I suppose it’s just as well I like gardens that look a bit wild. I love trailing and climbing plants, with lots of different colours. Something like you’d find in a glade or a meadow. It just so happens that these wild flowers are…

Vintage Inside & Out: The Vintage Beauty Parlour

Ok vintage aficionado’s, welcome to our fifth instalment of Vintage Inside & Out, showcasing some of the fantastic people on the vintage scene in Manchester. This time we have a real treat, the stunning Bethany Jane Davies of  The Vintage Beauty Parlour , come in, sit down, and make yourself at home… Who are you and what do you do? I’m a Vintage hair and make up artist, a vintage clothing collector and a fifties enthusiast! I love turning my clients into starlets and…

The Vintage Home Show

Bring some vintage style to your home this Summer! The Vintage Home Show – Mid-century, Retro & Kitsch rolled into one stylish show! Discover Vintage brings to you a brand new event for 2012 that is guaranteed to bring out the interior designer in you – The Vintage Home Show, opens its doors in Manchester for the first time on Sunday 10th June at the beautiful setting of the Victoria Baths and promises a fab day for the…

Vintage Inside & Out: Oooh Betty

Hello reader and welcome to our forth installment of Vintage Inside & Out, showcasing some of the people on the vintage scene in Manchester. This time we have Emma who runs Oooh Betty and is a crockery aficionado! Read on to find out more… Who are you and what do you do? My name is Emma. I am a collector and seller of vintage homewares and collectables. I sell at various vintage events, my favourites being the…

Dita’s to die for home!

This might be old news to some of you but this was published in February’s issue of Instyle magazine- I think the American issue, but correct me if I’m wrong! Click here for more images of Dita’s home! My favourite rooms are the lounge and the library!! Which are yours??