Do you have a favourite spot in the garden?
I have a few…
The best thing we bought for our new home is a hanging seat. It’s actually a garden seat, but over Winter we’ve placed it in the extension, where it brings the outside in, allowing us to look out through the floor to ceiling glass windows over the fields and hills.
When you look around your house, how do you feel? Does the colour make you feel bored? Cold? Detached? Every (wo)man’s home should feel like her/his castle, but if the castle is bland when it comes to décor and colouring, it’ll feel more like a dank and empty dungeon. Definitely not the look you’d be going for, right?
If it feels like castles are stuck inside the pages of your favourite fairy tale or are reserved for the latest celebrity reality TV program, have a look at today’s ideas. Luxury is not just reserved for the rich and famous or princes and princesses.
If you are planning to host a barbecue for you family and friends this summer, why not try something new and exciting? There are lots of ways to vamp up your classic barbecue to make it fun, unique and stress free for you too. Here are some of the fun ideas you can use for your barbecue this year.
If you’ve been dying to redecorate your home for years then why wait? You don’t need a fortune to change the design of your home unless you’re planning on tearing the house down and rebuilding it from scratch. You just need a bit of creativity and determination. Most DIY tasks can be learned by watching YouTube tutorials. You have all the necessary knowledge at your disposal. Let’s talk about some creative ways to reinvent your home’s interior.
The joiner who is renovating our vintage static caravan in the garden has now ripped out the interior to re-insulate and clad it, and transformed the layout. He has days where he is singing along happily to the radio and days where he politely texts me in the house, asking for more coffee. I’ll go out to find him scratching his head and pacing the floor, but he always comes back the next day with such renewed enthusiasm and brilliant solutions.
It rubs off on me and gives me momentum for the interior design which is very much on my mind of late. Yes, we’re getting to the point of furnishing and accessorising ready to list it on Airbnb later this year, alongside our gorgeous barn which is already taking bookings.
In our old house my Dad would joke about our clocks, none of them worked, all had the wrong time and only visitors ever noticed them, and often got thrown by them. So when we moved house I decided to invest in some new clocks and you know what, it is amazing how calming a clock can be!
No more asking Mr A what time it is, rummaging for my phone or pulling up my sleeve to glance at my watch. A quick glance and all is well.
Clocks are such an important part of life, but they don’t need to blend into the background. There is something about a clock that commands our attention, so it’s worth thinking about how to style and place them to your advantage.
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Rustic is such an easy look to keep updating as you find new pieces as it steadily grows in character with each new piece you find, it’s definitely been my favourite look over the years, from our first seafront flat to our current, Staffordshire farmhouse.
If you had enough of the modern, contemporary, and the easy, and would like to show more sophistication in your home, try a rustic transformation of your living room design. Whether you are living in a farm house, a cottage, or a modern house, a rustic theme can reflect so much personality. From upcycling to choosing evergreen shapes and colors, there are several ways you can make a change that will great a truly homely and welcoming impression on all visitors.
Here’s how to go about nailing the rustic look.
We all have the capability to be creative – it’s not a superpower. But a combination of factors can all add up and result in creative blocks, killing your natural instincts without you realising it, and stopping you from coming up with ideas. One of those factors is your home life, believe it or not. Here are some of the reasons why your current lifestyle at home could be contributing to creative roadblocks.
Nothing beats drinking a glass of wine at home after a busy day.
Buying wine online can be confusing at times. Every site is claiming to offer the best deal. Sometimes the concern is not just the cost but also the quality of the wine and smooth shopping experience.
In a world where companies are always working hard to keep on top of demand, consumers have a lot of power. If everyone in the world decided to stop using products which are potentially harmful to the environment, businesses would stop stocking them, instead looking for alternatives which they can still sell. Although this isn’t going to happen overnight, we can still make a difference when updating our homes, and hopefully influence others around us to do the same too.
Mr A bought me a brooch as a wedding gift, a tiny silver butterfly which I pinned to the flower on my wedding dress. I absolutely love it, it’s so small yet perfect reminder of our day. Whenever I wear it it takes me back to our wedding day.
Of all the jewellery I inherited from my Gran, my Grandmother and my Mum I think my favourite pieces are their brooches. They seem to conjure up another era so beautifully and yet they also mix so effortlessly with modern day clothes. My favourites are my Gran’s pewter flowers with turquoise stones for flower heads, Mum’s Romanesque bronze discs with large gemstones in the middle and Grandma’s gold circles laid with a stone.
Do you want to live as light as you can? If so, you’re probably into green living and taking a lot of time for self care, as well as letting go of things that could stress you out. And although, most of this effort comes from inside you, but you can make your lifestyle choices evident in the space around you as well.
Here’s some tips for making sure you’re living as light as possible, breathing easily and happily at home.