• Take the ‘Homeowner Challenge’

    by  • February 5, 2016 • Living • 0 Comments

    My Facebook newsfeed, probably like yours, has been filled recently with family photos posted for the ‘Motherhood Challenge’ – where mums are asked to post three pictures that make them proud to be a parent.

    I can’t get involved in this social media campaign, so I’m starting my own: The Homeowner Challenge.

    My home, a little Wendy House (as my mum lovingly calls it), is far from perfect. It’s pretty dinky, still has green radiators – despite my good intentions to sand and paint the last two over the Christmas break – and after several projects, of course isn’t finished.

    But it’s home. My home. I love waking up there and I love arriving home, but it has certainly been a labour of love with London property prices and a lilac kitchen (more on that later) to deal with.

    So, here are my Homeowner Challenge photos – the pictures that make me happy to call my tiny terrace ‘home’.

    Fancy sharing yours? Let us know in the comments and on our Facebook page.

    My new Shaker kitchen

    before    After

    Our house had a grotty lilac kitchen when we moved it. The units – evidently once baby blue – had been painted in sickly purple and were falling apart. The worktops had seen better days and the oven was in a ridiculous spot – slap bang in the middle of the surface, leaving little prep and serving space.

    It was ripped out and replaced with a gloss Shaker scheme, complete with wood-effect worktops and metro tiles. The room was our first big expense in the house, and the worry about the work was certainly in the air over the week the builders ripped out and rebuilt the room. But the result? I love it.

    My Power Shower

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    After a few months of recovering financially from replacing the kitchen, our next project was our bathroom. A bulky, dated room with green accents, we ripped out the tub and replaced it with a swanky hotel-style rain shower.

    It wasn’t without its problems (water damage on the living room ceiling, anyone?), but the result has been a game-changer for the room. The space feels so much better, it’s easier to keep clean and that first shower after two weeks without a bathroom was a feeling I’m never likely to have again.

    My raspberry feature wall


    The living room was white and dark green when we moved it. We quickly covered the green, but wanted a splash of colour – step forward Raspberry Bellini from Dulux, a vibrant treat on which my world map sits proudly.

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    Don’t miss your chance to save 15% on the Livingetc Edit at Clippings.com

    by  • January 21, 2016 • One Perfect Thing • 0 Comments

    January might be in full swing (boo) and our New Year resolutions well and truly forgotten about, but if there’s one thing getting us through the January Blues, it’s shopping.

    And sales shopping at that.

    Our friends at Livingetc have a rather marvellous discount running on their Edit with Clippings.com – with 15% off selected products.

    But, like our New Year resolutions, time is running out – the discount finishes on January 31.

    So, plastic at the ready, shoppers! Here are a few of our favourite items from the collection for every room – did I mention there’s 15% off?

    Happy shopping, home fans!

    __Shelving !Woody High nature white 01


    This beautiful shelving unit is reduced from £809 to £687.65 – and if the Woody Shelving System is too big for your space, there’s a slim line unit for £228.65, or a low unit for £347.65. I’ll take them all, please.


    AAC22 coral red 01


    This curvy version of About a Chair is super supportive, so you can just sit back and let the chair do the work – the only tricky bit is choosing the colour. It comes in the following and is currently on offer at £152.15: black, white, grey, yellow, coral red and blue.



    Four coasters, beautiful colours and geometric lines. What’s not to love ? These Tile Coasters are even in the sale for £12.


    tamaer sofa front


    This 3 seater sofa by Content by Terence Conran would lift a traditional home thanks to its elegant proportions and striking colour. It’s currently in the January sale at £1,570.50.

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    Preloved storage solutions

    by  • January 11, 2016 • Living • 0 Comments

    Ah, storage. You can never have enough of it but choosing it can be a real challenge.

    You need enough space inside the item to make it worth buying, but it needs to fit effortlessly with the scheme you’ve got going on. And it goes without saying that you need to love it.

    The answer? Step forward FurnitureEtc, the online home of the best preloved furniture finds for all your shopping needs.

    And the best bit? It’s run by the lovely people behind the Homes Network, which features all your favourite interiors brands.

    The storage section of FurnitureEtc is bursting with eclectic gems – from cupboards and cabinets to large sets of drawers and bookcases galore. Here are few that have caught my eye. Which one is your favourite?

    A hand-painted beauty


    This beautiful 1920s cabinet has been transformed into a fabulous statement piece with chalk paint. It’s grey with detailed metallic gold birdies – what’s not to love? It’s on sale at £240.


    Really retro


    I’m not sure I’d have a place for this in my teeny tiny home, but wouldn’t this brighten up a hallway a treat? The 1960s-style sideboard, for sale at £490, has been upcycled with a splash of colour and the handles are brilliantly disguised – but there’s more than enough storage space inside for any living space.

    Trolly dolly


    A kitchen trolly – how marvelous. This 1920s French vintage trolley would look pretty good filled to the rafters with cookbooks and my extensive collection of battered Good Food magazines. It’s listed on FurnitureEtc for £365, and is in showroom condition. We likey!


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