Panelling Obsession....

Panelling has always been on my radar, but it seems to be having a moment and it's only fuelling my obsession with it.  Traditionally used in Period homes, its now popping up in Cafe's and Bars, and even the most humble of abode's.

Last Minute Valentine Ideas....

Valentine's Day comes around every year and I get a little feeling of excitement, a bit like I do if my birthday is on its way!! Why I have no idea because we never celebrate it, in fact I quote "Why would we celebrate bloody Valentine's day, it's a load of old tosh!!" My husband - ever the romantic! 

 

 

Pantone Colour of 2017

So the Pantone Colour of 2017 is Green! Some colour phobes may gasp in horror at this choice, but it may not come as a surprise to many.  Last year saw an introduction to the green trend albeit in the addition of house plants,  but this shot of vibrant colour can be used in many guises. Fear not if you fancy a dabble but don't want to fully commit there are other alternatives....

Come To The Darkside

Autumn is here, one of the prettiest seasons, a time we start to wrap up, hunker down and get cosy of an evening.  so I thought i'd take the opportunity to tout to you about the moody colours that are so on trend at the moment and see if I can inspire you to reach for the roller!

Wallpaper Heaven....

After a summer break, I'm back with a list as long as my arm, with a number of jobs that I want to get done over the coming season.  For me each season brings a little shake up, swapping things around to make things a bit cosier, bringing in the logs (although there's no danger of them being used at the moment as we're experiencing some hideous muggy weather!) But first on the list is a little wallpapering, and a mini kitchen update part deux!

Insta-Fam Wares....

WARNING - Instagram side effects:

  • The inability to part with your phone for more than five minutes
  • Loss of 4G or battery life will give you palpitations
  • You don't care that styling the perfect shot makes you look stupid
  • Feeds your unhealthy obsession with interiors 
  • Skint!

The Jungle Trend Continues....

Earlier this year saw the Jungle trend hit our stores.  Faux greenery is suddenly everywhere as well as the real thing, if you're green fingured then I suggest you go down this route as some of the faux plants out there despite looking so real are a pay day splurge! However which ever way you hang, you can get in on this look for a simple update that won't cost the earth.

Boho Luxe In A One Stop Shop....

So I visited the new Abigail Ahern store.  Wow is all I can really say.  The new store is so much more than I expected.  A botanical bar custom made from birch trunks brimming with the most amazing faux blooms, to a selection of coffee table worthy books and new stock only available in store - its that exclusive!

Achieving A Seaside Look That Isn't Twee....

We are currently involved with a build of a seaside home. Which is incredibly exciting and we can't wait to enjoy long weekends and holidays there.  It has been a long process of trying to find a house in our chosen location that didn't involve a complete renovation and that was in budget - it didn't exsist! So by adjusting our requirements slightly we have found a new build. This wouldn't be our usual preference but given the mileage between us and the holiday home it was a sensible choice, and as we have been involved from the slab up, we have chosen all the fixtures and fittings, so it's basically the fun bits of a renovation with the comfort of a developer managing the rest. We are now at the part where its needs all the finishing touches and as it's by the sea I want something to reflect that, something different from home but definitely not a 'seaside theme' . Instead I want a calm interior with a little bit of classsic and easy living thrown in for good measure.  That doesn't involve blue and white stripes, wooden bird statues and lifeboat rings!

5 Tips To Colour Confidence....

If you have no idea where to start when choosing a colour for your walls the simplest advice I can give is to go with your gut.  I've said it before but its true.  Don't get caught up on the details like how much natural light you get, whether the room is south facing or not, just decorate and use your intuition and rely on your instincts, pick colours that suit your personality.  Only you can do this.  When you start to tell people your plans you'll be bombarded with cliches such as "ooh thats a cold colour" or "too dark" Which funnily enough, I get a lot! Or things like blue and green should never be seen! Remember that one? When you start decorating for yourself, all of a sudden you get something unique and personal to you.  It doesn't have to suit everyone as thankfully not everyone has to live with you but to aid you a little i've listed 5 things worth remembering....

Transforming Your Kitchen For Less.....

It is said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses - probably because they are the most expensive rooms to replace.  If you have inherited a kitchen from your previous owners or have grown a bit tired of your current kitchen, just by changing a few key things you can give your kitchen a total makeover without having to remortgage the house!

How To Make a Great First Impression....

First impressions are everything. Whether you have a small porch, a hallway (lucky you!) or are stepping straight into your living room, there are creative ways in which you can be organised and hide or display the everyday paraphernalia needed when dashing out of the house. It is possible to create a functional entryway and still make a winning first impression in what is probably the smallest space in your entire home.  

Conquering the Eclectic Look....

I live by a simple rule - if I love it, I buy it.  Which means I get a home that's full of things I love.  Don't get me wrong there have been losses, when my better judgment says 'but you don't need it' then I spend an unhealthy amount of time mourning the fact I didn't buy it and its now gone!  But achieving this look is not always easy to master, it takes time as it can't always be bought at once and If i'm not careful an eclectic look can appear a bit of a mish mash, or a right hot mess.  Naturally I'm not a person for clutter but I am far from a minimalist, so I walk the unsteady line of making our space look cosy (my utmost priority at all times) clear and orderly but not for it not to look like i've forgotten to finish decorating either.  Therefore there are a few tips that help me with the eclectic look.

Garden lovin'....

Whilst our weather decides whether it's Winter, Spring or four seasons in one day, at this time of year my thoughts always turn to the garden.  Wanting to throw open the doors and 'air' the house. I look pitifully at the devastation of my beds left by the rain and the wind, and let me be honest, sheer neglect over the winter and I think I really need to  dig those over and get some seeds in! I've already missed the boat with the 'earlies' - main crop of spuds it is this year then!   I dream about a space that will almost take care of itself (whilst I would love a rambling garden with interest at every spot and something drawing the eye elsewhere, that's just not going to happen! I am too time poor and lacking in knowledge!) 

5 Things Every Bathroom Must Have....

It may seem a bit weird but style a bathroom like any other room! No longer does it need to be a sterile space that you just dash into morning and night. With these 5 must haves you'll turn your space from a room of total function to somewhere you'll want to stop and linger that little longer

Kitchen Makeover....

Welcome to the dark side! For any of you lovely readers who follow me on social media you will know I have been busy with a revamp.  Our kitchen needed a little coat of paint, but not one to do things by half i've gone dark!  I have always loved a dark colour in a room, i've said it before I find it really relaxing.  So when we moved into our house the first thing to do in our living room was to paint it dark.  This was however a natural progression from one wall as I had to ease everyone in gently! Eventually I covered all 3 walls with Farrow and Ball Downpipe and a faux book wallpaper on the back wall.  This has the exact effect we wanted.  It is a room we only use at night and it didn't get a huge amount of natural light so the effect of the dark paint has given it a bit of drama.

The Ultimate Guide to Organising....The Marie Kondo Way

Now that school has resummed I am on a mission to clear the house.  This happens after most prelonged half term breaks as the mess and clutter gathers in every corner, wardrobes are stuffed to bursting with every conceivalble clothing item thrown into the bottom as a result of the four outfit changes a day.  All weapons and figures can be found in the oddst of places and the lego...owch the lego, as anyone who has stepped on the stuff well knows that it needs to be contained, preferably in a large box that your children can throw it all into once they've finished their masterpieces!

5 Big Impact Ideas For Small Rooms....

Lots of us live with small rooms, be it a bedroom, galley kitchen, or a compact front room.  We may have grand plans to knock a wall down, extend into a side return or convert the loft to give us the bigger space we're looking for.  But this may not always be possible right now for many reasons,  budget constraints, timing, planning are all contributing factors.  But i'm saying embrace your compact space, it doesn't have to be unloved or untouched.