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Mismatched Chairs

I love the look of mismatched chairs, I utterly blame Monica’s apartment in Friends. How cool was her kitchen?? I think I’ve been trying to emulate that look and feeling ever since.  When we bought our dining room table, we didn’t buy a set of matching chairs to go with it.  I had chairs why would I want matching ones? My poor husband despairs of me, he loves everything to match. Our current set of dining room chairs are a couple of antique ladder back chairs which a kind lady I worked with gave me 20 years ago. And three Ikea chairs we bought about 5 years ago when we started hosting more family Sunday dinners. However as time’s gone by […]



My Country Style

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to make over a piece of furniture from Out There Interiors. They have some really beautiful pieces of furniture and home accessories which really tie in with my Country Style. They let me choose a piece of furniture and the challenge was to adapt it to how I see country style. I LOVE this little bedside table, all curved legs and nice solid frame.  I did feel a bit bad painting it to be honest, the wood was rather beautiful but it wouldn’t have fitted in. I went with a painted finish, Annie Sloan Paris Grey in case you were wondering.   And then to accessorise….this took me forever to decide.  I […]

{Review} BHS Lighting

I really like BHS Home website, there are some quite wonderfully eclectic and cool things on there.  They asked me if I’d like to review one of their items. I didn’t have enough budget for one of the massive beautiful bed throws, and there was some gorgeous bedsheets, but super king size had run out! I had a wander round the house, and had a good think about what I needed and then it came to me! I bought an ‘on trend’ black and gold light shade for our bedroom and it just doesn’t go. Paul hates it with a passion and Miss L doesn’t like the light it throws out. But as I bought it 4 months ago I […]



Rugs from Carpetright

I spent about three months looking for a new lounge rug , and bought one about a month ago.  Then I had an email from Carpetright asking me if I’d like to review their new range of rugs, I didn’t know they did rugs and it never occurred to me that they would!. I have bit of a soft spot for Carpetright, all the carpets from our first two houses came from them and they are cheap and hard wearing. So I was quite interested to see what they had one offer as finding a nice stylish rugs is much harder than you’d think, especially having wasted hours looking for one!  I was sent a pretty decent selection to choose […]

My Adventures in House Hunting

I have now been to see 10-15 houses in the last 6 months and I’ve still not found one we want to buy.  House buying/selling is incredibly expensive now, so as a buyer I’m thinking twice but third and forth times too!  I’m not saying a house has to be perfect, that would be dull but there are certain things that trigger warnings in my head. So here’s what I’ve learnt in my 6 months of house hunting…. 1. Let the estate agents show it, don’t do it yourself.   A) you’re paying them a LOT of money, make them do some work. B) It’s beyond awkward walking around a house with the owner trying to be enthusiastic about anything you can […]

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Competition from abodent.com {UK Only}

I have a competition for you all today. abodent.com would like to give one lucky reader £30 voucher to spend on their website!  All you have to do is a leave a comment below *saying what you’d buy and I’ll run a lucky number generator to pick the winner. Abodent.com have a wonderful collection of drawer knobs, coat hooks and home accessories on their site.  I’ve picked out a few of my favourites below.  I really need to find somewhere to use those bunny knobs! You can see more of their collections on their Facebook Page , Twitter and on their Instagram pages. Looking forward to your comments and announcing a winner! Rules: 1. Competition runs from 2nd June 2015 – 9th June […]

Blue Bedrooms

Not that I’m planning ahead or anything, but viewing new houses has made me think about changing up my style a bit. I’m rather liking the serenity of blue bedrooms, and I’ve found some fun ideas for spare bedrooms. Here’s some of the bits I’ve found so far, imagine these with some crisp white sheets…   The map is in fact custom canvas from wallpapered.com they made this image especially for me and it’s where I met Paul! Love it!  You can get it from wallpapered starting from £38.95 I love love love this Arne Jacobsen The Egg Chair with Ottoman from Italia Designs, isn’t it the most gorgeous colour?  However it’s a budget busting £731.00 so I can dream. And this cute lamp […]

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Home Technology

This is a sponsored post by Legal and General, they’ve written about home tech here and asked me if I’d write a post about Home Technology. They came to the right place!  We went to Curry’s a couple of weeks ago, and I was amazed at how much new home technology is out there now. One quick wander round a store and we saw… A floor cleaning robot (small children were torturing it with bit of large paper, poor thing), an LG Washing Machine which you can control from your smart phone, TV’s you can voice activate, wifi lighbulbs (no idea why you’d need those but they looked cool!) and the new massive Dyson ‘fan’ which frankly looks like wonderful black magic. It was one of […]

Kitchen Re-Furb Reveal!

As most of you know, a new kitchen has been on my to-do list forever!  It’s small, but extending it would cost a fortune I don’t have. Over the years I painted it, got rid of the faux Oak and that’s looked ok for a good few years, we got rid of some cupboards and got a dishwasher in.  But paint only lasts so long and it was looking really tired and we’ve decided that we’d like to move. I saw from the Estate Agents faces when they were valuing the house, that they saw the kitchen and the state of it was a problem. The rest of the house is fine, but there was lots of muttering about well the kitchen […]



Review: Flamingo Gifts

I’m still slaving over making the office back into a bedroom. In the middle of the book sorting madness (SEVEN bin bags went to charity!) I had an email from Flamingo Gifts asking if I’d like to try any of the items on their website. Yes I would! I really needed a nice little present to cheer me up..this job is never ending. Miss L has been having some horrible (hormone related) nightmares of late so I picked a Gummy Bear nightlight hoping that it’d be of help and it was super cute. I chose for me a horses head squirrel feeder. We’ve only recently started getting squirrels in the garden so I thought it’d be nice to encourage them. Also because I am basically a […]


Painted Dresser

I first posted about getting this dresser from eBay back in Jan 2011. I can’t believe I’ve had it this long!  And finally I’ve gotten round to painting it. Better late than never! You can’t see it from this picture, but there was some water damage down the left handside and tons of Betty scratches from when she was a large puppy.  Also it sucked the light in the room, so painting it seemed like a good idea.  I used Annie Sloan, only one coat just in case I decided that I wanted to change the colour, I wasn’t too sure about more white in the room.   I used a lot of frog tape to keep the edges sharp […]

Christmas with John Lewis and Tree Hilarity

John Lewis asked me if I’d like a new Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles to decorate it with…of COURSE I WOULD!! Our old artificial tree was bought our first Christmas together as I’m allergic to read trees and after 14 years was looking a bit ropey. Also I had to weigh it down with the Argos catalogue, to stop it falling over every year because it never stood right – so classy!. We were thinking of getting a new tree for this year, when John Lewis’s generous offer came along. I had the choice of a 6ft, 7ft or a whopping 8ft tree. Now I am bit of a small child when it comes to Christmas and I firmly […]