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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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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
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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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Mecca Has Landed | HomeSense Milton Keynes

March 22, 2016
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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 New House Wishlist

February 19, 2016
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We’re moving house this year – gulp, I’m still nursing the scars from the last move two years ago, UGH packing! – and though I’m dreading the logistics of it I’m also very much looking forward to moving a home that we’ll be in for a while. I’m reluctant to say “a forever home”, because who knows, really? I’d still love to live by the sea one day. But I’m hoping this will be a very happy home for us…

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The Monica Cupboard

February 1, 2016
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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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Learning How To Live Lagom

January 2, 2016
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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
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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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7 Quick DIY Tips To Help Sell Your Home

October 28, 2015
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When it comes to selling your home there are a few quick fixes you can do yourself to ensure those potential buyers are interested in what you have to offer. From tidying up flaking paintwork to removing unsightly stains in carpets, here are seven quick DIY tips to help sell your property: Tidy up the garden Whether you’ve listed your home on Rightmove or are having an expert from We Buy Any Home round to value your property, it’s important…

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DIY on a budget: Adding a personal touch to your home

October 26, 2015
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Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune to add a personal touch to your home. In fact, there are many things you can do to give your property a warm, comforting feeling without breaking the bank, so here’s how to DIY on a budget and make the most of your living space. Make personalised canvases for the walls Can’t afford to decorate your walls with the most expensive artwork from top designers and artists? Well fear…

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