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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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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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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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