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Brand Alert: Papershades

December 5, 2016
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There’s nothing I love more than finding a new lovely brand that is not only a small business born of love and talent but is also something unique, a brand I know only a handful of people will be aware of. (Until I post a blog about it on the World Wide Web, anyway). Papershades, an art-based lampshade company, is one such brand and comes at the perfect time as the interiors world is getting all Hygge with it. Set up…

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The 3 Trends of Christmas

November 30, 2016
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Gone are the days when all was required to decorate our homes at Christmas was a string of tinsel from Woolworths (RIP) and some oven dried orange segments: luckily we now have a plethora of options available to us when it comes to our festive decor. And what a gorgeous bunch of options they are! I for one am delighted that we have so many amazing bits and bobs available to us for seasonal decorating. I know I’m not alone when I say…

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Shopping for the New House

November 3, 2016
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I feel like I’ve been banging on about the fact we’ve been moving house for months. Probably because I have, but you know, it’s an exciting process, getting a new gaff. As the six-week countdown has now begun I’ve started on all the house move jobs with gusto: there’s the de-cluttering (always necessary with two toy-loving and highly untidy children), the cleaning, the throwing out of tins of tuna that are embarrassingly past their sell-by date. But it’s also the…

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6 Tips For A Quick Home Clean-Up

October 18, 2016

Nobody likes to clean, but it’s a necessary evil. However, that doesn’t mean the task should take you all day to complete. Take a look at the following tips to make your home clean-up go 10 times quicker. Create a Cleaning Schedule and Stick to It Most people spend a little extra time on Saturdays to get their homes clean. If it takes you a really long time to clean your home, it’s probably because you aren’t following a regular…

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Let There Be Light

August 8, 2016
Elfie is 6

My parent’s house has the best light. They renovated the place from a 1960s bungalow, and removed all the old (small) dated windows in favour of floor-to-ceiling loveliness. And it really makes a difference; the house is bathed in gorgeous natural light from the moment the sun rises to whenever it sets. For this reason, their house is my first port of call when it comes to taking beautiful pictures of the children. Seriously, every single one of my favourite…

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5 ways to be prepared for DIY

July 28, 2016
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One of the most difficult things in my life is the upkeep of my house. I can clean it, no problem, cleaning is one of my favorite things to do.  But if something goes wrong with the fabric of the house, shelves need putting up, walls need painting, the lawn needs mowing… that is not my bag. I’m getting much better at these things. Obviously, with no man in the house I need to be (and with the man in…

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WIN! Your Dream Nursery from Oak Furniture Land

July 6, 2016
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Even though my children are now 4 and (eek) 6, I think I’m still allowed to lust after nursery interiors. I mean, when it comes to decorating your kid’s room, the newborn stage is the one time you will have full autonomy over exactly what it looks like. That blissful period before they discover everything Thunderbirds, Minions and Frozen. The calm before the storm when all they’ll want to do is paint EVERYTHING pink and plaster photographs of princesses all…

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It’s An Animal: The Dyson V8

June 13, 2016
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As a person who both has kids and occasionally indulges in a bit of Tinder swiping, I find it hard to know when to reveal I’m a mother. I’m not an idiot, I know that ‘Single Mum’ as a statement on my profile isn’t exactly going to get app-based hearts racing. In fact, there probably aren’t any less erotic sentences than “once I gave birth!”. Shame. So I’m always trying to figure out ways I can make the fact I…

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The Summer Sofa

April 20, 2016
My Summer Sofa

Can we just pause for one moment and appreciate just HOW glorious this weather is? Granted, I spent most of today in an office writing press releases (which was actually quite good fun… just don’t tell anyone I said that) but I busted out my trainers this evening to enjoy a run in the evening sunshine. Well, kind of. I’m not going to be sprinting a superfast 10k any time soon, but I have joined the beginner’s class at my local…

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Welcome, HomeSense Milton Keynes!

April 6, 2016
HomeSense Milton Keynes

My friends and I were discussing our obsession with interiors recently. Akin to our love of fashion in our early twenties, our preoccupations with cushions, wallpaper and lampshades has over-ridden our desire to buy the latest dresses and shoes. We all wondered why, until we came to the conclusion that EVERYTHING looks good in our homes, whereas not everything looks good on our pregnancy-ravaged bodies any more ;) There’s no scary strip-light changing room moment when shopping for a new lighting…

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Bed Sheets By Bluebellgray

April 1, 2016
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When I’m shopping for anything – clothes, furniture, accessories, beauty – I love a great home-grown story. Grass-roots products that have humble beginnings and grand ideas really get me going, not only because I think it’s important to support small businesses but I find it so inspirational when small business owners create a beautiful product from absolutely nothing, following their dreams in the process. My friend Lucy who runs Rock and Raw jewellery is one such home-grown story, and you can…

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