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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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Home Tour: Our Village Bungalow

April 18, 2017
home tour bungalow - living space

There’s nothing I love more than a good snoop around other peoples’ homes, so I’m delighted to start a season of house tours, right here on the blog. I’ve hunted down my favourite homes and chatted to their inhabitants about how they live their with their families. It’s a dream for a Nosey Parker like me!  Kicking off the series I decided to begin with my own home, which we moved to in December of last year… The hallway and…

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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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A Monochrome Kid’s Room

February 16, 2017
monochrome kids room

When you decorate a new house there are a multitude of features to consider: paint colours, furniture, floor coverings, artwork, soft furnishings, window dressings. Room-by-room it’s a fun process, if not completely and utterly overwhelming. I’ve been working on the kids’ bedroom recently – the final room in the house to get the magic wand of my interior design magic (hah!) waved over it – and it’s been the most difficult one of all to get right. Once storage was…

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The Pink Sofa

February 8, 2017
The Pink Sofa

In an early episode of Sex and the City, Miranda talks about re-building her bed karma. “I figure if I can make my bed a place I really want to be, others will feel the same” she says. “If you build it, he will come”. I used to feel the same about my own interior design choices. I went from throwing all kinds of fairy lights and flowery decor around when I initially started living without a man, to being…

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5 Comic Book Inspired Bedroom Ideas for Kids

January 26, 2017
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Are you planning to redecorate your child’s bedroom? Well, if so, you might feel like trying out a comic book inspired theme: it’s a colourful option, packed with shapes, energy and plenty of fun, so it’s bound to get the seal of approval from your little one! Here are five ideas to try… Cover the walls in actual comic books If you’re happy to jump straight into the deep end with comic book theme in your child’s room, why not…

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6 Ways To A Hotel Bathroom at Home

January 3, 2017
hotel bathroom at home

It’s always been one of my biggest dreams to have a hotel bathroom at home. I know, right? Aim high, Alice! Let me explain. Years ago the bathroom’s role in my life was simple: a place to bathe, a place to use the loo. But since I became a mum it’s so much more than that. With two kids always wanting to know my every (bowel) movement, as a mum the bathroom is somewhere I go to be alone. Seeing that…

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