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Ideas and Inspiration

07 Jun, 2018

To follow on from last week’s post about our plans for the Living Room and Study, I thought I’d share what we’re planning on doing with the Entrance.

Entrance Ideas

Weirdly, I’ve found this area to be one of the most challenging and the area I’ve spent the most time looking for inspiration for. Hell, I’ve even created sections within my Pinterest Board for the different aspects.

I guess because it’s grand, it’s a bit intimidating – I can feel it telling me ‘you’d best get it right, girl, I am fancy.’

From the huge Georgian Window and original Brass Doorknob, to the panels of ‘historical significance’ (according to the house’s grade 2* listing) this is an area that demands respect.

At present, it doesn’t have much respect. It has a piano that’s too big and crammed next to a sofa that’s been discoloured due to animals sneaking on it when we’re not looking.

Entrance Ideas

It has extra random furniture that hasn’t yet found a home, sad looking floor boards and stair woodwork, hideous wall lights and peeling wallpaper.

Entrance Ideas

I can just feel the Entrance’s disgust at its mistreatment! I also think it doesn’t respect me because I’m trying too hard. Tough crowd.

Entrance Ideas

So the plan is…move everything that is current there out – for example, the piano is moving to the living room – and make it fancy.

entrance inspiration

Clockwise from top:

Image 1: Restore the window and make it clean and fresh. Return all the walls to an off white or light grey.

Image 2: Restore the wooden floorboards and stairs, and put a grey stair runner up the stairs.

Image 3: Simple furniture to keep the area uncluttered. Respect yo. I also like the paneling although I’d probably only do a half wall rather than the full wall as shown.

Image 4: Some sort of statement pendant, with subtle wall lights to replace the current monstrosities.

There you have it!

Living Room and Study


Ideas and Inspiration

01 Jun, 2018

This week I’ve been looking at what I’d like to do in the Living Room and Study as we prepare to have our whole house done up.

We are in the almost stages now where the builder, in true builder style, could literally show up at any time!

It has been a LONG time coming. I can remember Mike breathing down my neck 2 years ago to come up with ideas for the ‘new’ house! I would do some pinning on Pinterest to keep him happy but in all honesty, my heart wasn’t fully in it. I have to have a real deadline to properly get into something.

Finally, after 2 years of working with an architect, getting planning permission and listed building permission (the house is Grade 2*),  here we are on the cusp of starting building work. Things are starting to get real, so my ideas are too.

Living room and study ideas (more…)

Meet our Garden


gorgeous and daunting

11 May, 2018

I’ve been wanting to introduce the garden for a while now but for some reason something has been holding me back. I guess it’s because I don’t want to sound like a moany cow! I’m well aware of just how gorgeous the garden is and feel incredibly lucky but something can be gorgeous and daunting.

our garden

That’s perfectly ok to say.

Reuben for example, is also incredibly gorgeous but at times he’s daunting too. That’s the yin and yan of life.

There is order in chaos and chaos in order. (more…)

Advent Box


We're getting Christmassy!

01 Dec, 2015

Advent is here! I love the run up to Christmas, even if it does make me a bit bonkers. I really wanted to be ready for christmas by now so I could enjoy Advent all the more. But in all honestly, despite a bit of panic buying this morning, I don’t feel like I’m too far off now. And things are feeling Christmasy in our house already thanks to the arrival of our Advent Boxes.

Advent Box for Reuben with Christmas Minion Onesie, Christmas socks and Stickers (more…)

Everything you need to know to make big savings on Black Friday

24 Nov, 2015

It’s one of the biggest days in the Retail year this week. Black Friday is on Friday, 27th November and I’m already a bit anxious in anticipation! It really is one of the very few days that you can get money off most stores and in some case off things that might never actually make it to the end of season sales.

Black Friday Tips from Ashleigh Money Saver - 7 tips for making the most of the best day in the retail year!

It’s a great way to get your Christmas presents sorted…But, if you’re not careful, Black Friday could cause so much excitement that you might spend way more than you might have wanted to (I speak from experience here!).

So, to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell into last year, I’ve been in touch with the lovely Ashleigh from Ashleigh Money Saver, to ask her for her top tips for making the most of Black Friday and where she thinks the hottest deals can be found…Here’s what she said. (more…)

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