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It’s An Animal: The Dyson V8

June 13, 2016
Dyson Animal V8

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
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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
Bluebellgray

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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Mecca Has Landed | HomeSense Milton Keynes

March 22, 2016
HomeSense Milton Keynes

Everyone remembers their first TK Maxx experience. My local store was in Cheltenham, a quick hop and a skip away (i.e. a 1hr 20 minute bus) from the village where I grew up. As a teenager it was a veritable treasure chest. My school friends and I would spend hours digging through the rails, searching for bargains to wear to the next school disco. Finding big names for small prices in there still gives me a real thrill, only a…

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The One Secret To A Peaceful Bedroom

February 4, 2016

The master bedroom. It’s often a space that gets woefully overlooked. When the house gets decorated the master bed gets left til last, used as a dumping ground, a place where ironing, and odd socks go to die. Sound familiar? I’m trying to bring the master bedroom back. As parents we spend an awful lot of time up and down each night and, the way I see it, is it’s important we have a sanctuary to retreat to when we…

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The Monica Cupboard

February 1, 2016
the monica cupboard

When the team from IKEA’s Live Lagom project came to see my house, I knew they’d want to poke around a bit. That was fine with me; as an obsessive cleaner and tidier (it’s a control thing) my house is, 90% of the time, ready to receive the queen. Well, you never know, do you? But there is one dark space I was worried they’d want to delve in to. A part of my home that nobody, and I mean…

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Easy Hook Projects To Organize Your Home

January 20, 2016
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You dream about having an organized home. You even tried to tackle one room at a time last year, but a well-organized interior still eludes you. What if your bathroom could be the place of serenity you envision: clear counters, fresh flowers, and neatly placed beauty tools? What if your laundry room could be an organized, functional space itself? Wouldn’t it be great to get the mop and ironing board off the floor? A few cleverly placed hooks can be…

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7 Ways To Make Your Small Space Bigger

January 14, 2016
small space living

Living in a small home doesn’t have to be as limiting as you think. Take my house, for example; once you’re through the hallway we have only one L-shaped living space: lounge, dining and kitchen. Upstairs we have a landing, two bedrooms (one with the dream, a walk-in wardrobe) and a bathroom. I’m not sure what this would be in terms of square footage but it certainly isn’t huge. Coming from a large barn conversion with double-height ceilings it was…

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Learning How To Live Lagom

January 2, 2016
small lounge makeover

Those Scandinavians really have this language game nailed.  Hygge was most definitely the world’s (i.e. Pinterest’s) word of 2015: originating in Denmark it’s that lovely cuddly feeling that you get from candles, blankets, cushions and open fires. It reads wonderfully but if you try to pronounce it you may well sound like you’re trying to hock up phlegm. Yes, the Scandinavians may have language but I’m still working on pronunciation. Well, forget Hygge. I’m here to introduce you to the Scandinavian word…

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A Small Lounge Makeover

December 11, 2015
small lounge makeover

I always thought interior design was something of a finite process. You had a room to decorate, picked a colour scheme, painted, bought cushions and BOOM – done. But apparently that’s not how it works in my world. I moved into this house two years ago as a ‘stopgap’. I’d been living in a Buckinghamshire village which I really enjoyed, and to be frank I thought to move into Milton Keynes proper would be a bit of a step down. I couldn’t…

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