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How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget – before and after pics

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget – before and after pics

Some of you might remember that I decided to do something with my badly neglected side garden area recently. It has a wall with Tuscan scenery so it’s called the Italian garden, which is rather grand for a fairly modest space really. When we had builders […]

7 best Ikea hacks for every budget

7 best Ikea hacks for every budget

I love Ikea. From their unpretentious approach to decorating to the food shop which reminds me of home with all the familiar brands. Meatballs in the restaurant. Super clever furniture and storage solutions for smaller spaces. No crazy constant sales, where everything is always -50% […]

Patio design – make the most of your available space

Patio design – make the most of your available space

Happy new week everyone. We are back to normal life after a lovely half term holiday. This time the holiday felt long but went really quickly. We started the week by visiting my husband’s parents. The children stayed there for a sleepover there too. We also drove to see friends […]

How to create a home office in a small space

How to create a home office in a small space

When we moved to this house I had my home office in one of the biggest rooms in the house. I had a big round table and so much storage space.  All my files and painting equipment had plenty of space. Last year my daughter decided it […]

How to arrange a long and narrow living room – part 2

How to arrange a long and narrow living room – part 2

Hello and happy Tuesday. We went to see ‘the house‘ on Saturday. It was stunningly beautiful and the garden was wonderful, but the house needed so much work.. plus it felt overwhelmingly big too. I thought I had an idea of how much the renovation to the house […]

In my living room – tips for long and narrow rooms

In my living room – tips for long and narrow rooms

Happy Friday, I’m so ready for the weekend! Thursday was a cleaning day so the house is ready too. This is how my living room is looking at the moment: This was originally two separate rooms, but at some point the rooms were opened up. […]

My 5 best vintage finds and tips what to buy

My 5 best vintage finds and tips what to buy

I love antique markets and shops, drift shops and car boot sales. That intoxicating combination of old, beautiful things and the potential of finding a good deal. Strolling around a busy antique market on a sunny morning with a friend, a coffee in one hand and a that […]

Boys room update, before pics and plans

Boys room update, before pics and plans

My children were sharing a bedroom until fairly recently. Sharing had always gone really well, the main issue was that my son usually woke up earlier and sometimes woke my daughter up too. And she does not cope well with lack of sleep! We have a downstairs playroom […]