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Home Tour: Kelly’s Eclectic Family Pad in Bristol

May 11, 2017

There’s nothing bolder than a house that embraces the cosiness of a dark wall and floor alongside colour and panache, and that’s exactly why I asked Kelly, owner of Folk Public Relations in Bristol, to share her amazing home. Kelly moved with her family to the west country from London three years ago and has truly placed her bright-slash-modern-slash-midcentury-slash-Scandi influences on her new house. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes: from the neon light to the gorgeous sofa (I’m thinking…

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How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

April 17, 2017
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Today it’s World Sleep Day, with a slogan of ‘Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life’. Which is ironic, because as a mum you spend your entire life nurturing life, and for this exact reason you never sleep soundly. So for us nurturing life never seems to go hand-in-hand with sleeping soundly, ta Mother Nature. I seriously can’t remember ever fretting over sleep before I became a mother. How much I’m getting, how much I’m missing, where the next fix is coming from. I’m…

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Choosing Art For Your Home

March 16, 2017
choosing art for your home

When I moved to my new place, I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was hang some great art above my fireplace. In a white white white home like mine art is key to add a touch of colour: I don’t like to plaster my place with it but I do like the odd nod to my personality. Initially I had my heart set on this LOVE print from LA photographer Max Wanger. I loved the…

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Exteriors: staging the outside of your house for a sale

March 15, 2017

We all know how to stage the inside of our homes to make them more appealing to buyers, but what about the outside? Most buyers start their property search online these days, but kerb appeal still matters. According to a recent survey from Barclays Mortgages, 44% of buyers would offer 20% less than the house value if the exterior was untidy. With just ten seconds to impress viewers when they arrive outside, it’s important to stage the outside of your…

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6 Ways To Bring Light To Your Home

March 3, 2017
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Light in your home is a marvellous thing. If you’re a summer worshipper like me, the long dark winters can leave you feeling lethargic and miserable; learning how to fight this darkness can improve your mood and your health no end. Which is why, when I moved house recently, I dedicated myself to making our home as light and airy as possible. And it’s really made a difference! I sleep better, wake easier and am generally jollier to be around (apologies…

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The Family Portrait

March 2, 2017
Family Portrait

I‘m a big fan of talking about not-of-the-norm families like ours. By that I don’t mean our family is weird or odd (though at times, I guess ;), but families that don’t conform to your mum, dad and kids stereotype. Families with two mums or two dads, families with one parent or four parents… I want my children to grow up feeling that our family of three is just as normal as everyone else’s. And so we discuss it a lot.…

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Hello, Number 3

December 28, 2016
hello number 3

This year, when I found out we were moving house on 16th December, I wanted to make sure I was smart about the whole thing. Despite not having any huge hosting plans over Christmas, the period running up to the festive season was going to be chock-a-block with work, and I knew post-25th I’d want to spend time catching up with writing and getting my bits in order before the children were back. So the move process had to be quick, painless and…

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Goodbye, Number 4

December 21, 2016

Moving house is never easy. Particularly when you haven’t done it in three years, spent all that time accumulating a whole heap of rubbish and have deadlines to meet all around your moving date of 9 days before Christmas. Genius, Alice. It was actually quite a difficult process, moving out: that lovely little house was the first place we lived as a family of three and as such was so special to us. We were really happy there – safe, warm, close…

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A Speedy Review of the Samsung AddWash™ WW8500

December 15, 2016

One of my very favourite things about moving house, and there are few as moving house is literally the biggest pain in the arse, is how it makes you evaluate the way you live your life. I’ve known my impending move (FRIDAY, arrrghh!) has been coming for, ooh, forever (real time: nine months) and so I’ve spent a lot of that time considering my things – the items I keep around the home. I’ve been considering what we live with…

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The 3 Trends of Christmas

November 30, 2016
Christmas trends

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

I feel like I’ve been banging on about the fact we’ve been moving house for months. Probably because I have, purchase 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…

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