Stylish storage solutions

I’m always looking for good ideas for home storage. You see, I like stuff – and have quite a lot of it – but I dislike disorganised clutter and I don’t have a great big house.

I’ve come to realise lately that while having places to put things away is vital, having certain things out on display can really add to your home’s character and individuality – not to mention that it’s more convenient to have items you use regularly easily at hand.

So, chuffed was I when Harveys Furniture asked me to contribute some ‘expert’ tips about how I store and display collections around my home. Hop on over to their blog to read all of our ideas – there are some great ones!

Here are my three favourite ways to store things stylishly around my house.

The vintage crate

Vintage crate as living room storage

You might remember I dragged this crate out of my parents’ garage where it had been gathering dust for years. Now it’s the focal point in my favourite corner of my living room, and I use it to store books and magazines I want to keep close at hand.

Read the full story of our living room renovation, including before photos.

The open kitchen shelves

Open kitchen shelves

A little while after sharing the full tale of our eight-month kitchen renovation, I dedicated a whole post to these shelves! I know, my 20-year-old self would hate me. But I still love the way they make great use of awkward corners, and display my favourite pieces of kitchenalia. This is what one of the shelves looks like just now.

The bedroom tray

White tray used as bedroom storage

This smart, white tray sits on my dressing table and keeps things I use daily – moisturiser, hair products, favourite jewellery, make-up – close at hand without looking cluttered. There’s another tray in my bedroom that I put to work as well – remember that I upcycled a tray to make a jewellery display?

Again, if you want to read all about what we’ve done to our bedroom, and see what it looked like before, look here.

*sponsored post, but content and opinions all my own

New hanging ceramic pots

My living room is in a slight state of disarray, but these hanging pots have added some Scandi style to one wall.

Now we’re back to winter, husband has returned inside and is tackling some of the inside jobs that didn’t get finished before he moved outside and started working on the garden. That means tools lying around the house, furniture out of place, wood shavings on the floor. It needs to be done, he’s forever working hard and I mustn’t complain. Mustn’t.

So I’m focusing on the positives, and these hanging ceramic pots are the perfect antidote. They’re functional and fancy, and I love the geometric brass frames. You can also get a bigger one, and I think the three would look great hung together.

Mine have become home to a couple of air plants – which, it turns out, is something of a misnomer because they need much more than air to survive (rain water, special spray fertiliser etc). If I manage not to kill these little fellas it will be a miracle.

Red Candy Umbra Trigg ceramic geometric wall vessels Red Candy Umbra Trigg ceramic geometric wall vessels Red Candy Umbra Trigg ceramic geometric wall vessels Red Candy Umbra Trigg ceramic geometric wall vessels// Umbra Trigg small wall vessels, £25 for set of two, c/o Red Candy //

If you haven’t heard of Red Candy, do click through and browse their range of cool and colourful homeware and gifts. I love their strapline: “Shut up, beige!”

Here are some of my other favourites from their store.

Angel In The North's Red Candy favourites

 // clockwise from top left / Saturnus coat rack, £12.50 / Wild and Wolf phone, £37 / Normann Copenhagen form rocking chair, £360 / Block wire mesh memo board, £55 / Block magazine rack, £22 / Umbra gazette magazine rack, £50 / Karlsson square glass clock, £29 / Umbra storage box, £30 //

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre.

It’s certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling.

As well as the familiar British afternoon tea – the triple tier of sandwiches, scone and cakes – Creams offers interesting-sounding Eastern and Arabian varieties, comprising ‘naanwiches’, falafel, halloumi, samosas, houmous, olives and pitta bread.

Afternoon tea at Creams, LeedsThe décor – with marble surfaces, high ceilings, chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and a grand piano – screams luxury. Which is great, but the service should be five star too. Read More → inside a Sheffield design store

Bloggers breakfast at Sheffield design store

One of the best things about writing this blog is that I get to discover brilliant businesses – right on the doorstep.

Sheffield design store has to go down as one of the most interesting I have found in our region. A few days ago a small group of bloggers were invited to their HQ and showroom for a Bloggers Breakfast – of cake, of course. (They were delicious and also made in Sheffield, by Marmadukes).

Looking at their stock online beforehand, and then walking into the showroom, I knew their style was right up my street (if not always in my price range). Nest has an impeccably chosen range of products, focused on good, timeless design and with a strong Scandinavian flavour.

At their showroom just outside the city centre, you’ll see items from some of the world’s biggest and hottest design brands, including Tom Dixon, Vitra, Hay and Kartell. Customers travel for miles to South Yorkshire to see things in the flesh – and touch and try out icons like the classic Eames chairs.

Meeting the team was a delight; some have been with the company for years and all are passionate about its ethos and what they sell.

Nest is not just based in Sheffield, it was founded here – by Christian Hawley in 2002. They’re much younger than rivals like Heal’s and John Lewis but are surely heading in the same direction. They sell online mostly, but have just begun offering an interior design service (with a free one hour consultation) and are launching their own capsule collection of 10-12 products in the spring.

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As you can see by the way I’ve photographed everything, I loved it all. Although I came away empty handed – sensible, mum-to-be head on that day – I’ll definitely be back to the showroom and will watch Nest’s progress with great interest.

What do you think? Did you have any idea a place like this was in Sheffield?

Joules wellies competition

Unfortunately, we’re now getting into ‘welly weather’!

Personally, I quite like tramping through fields in my wellies, free from any fear of ruining footwear.

Joules have launched a fun competition for budding designers, doddlers and wellington boot lovers – they want you to design some Joules wellies.

The winner will see their design put into production and get a luxury Forest Holiday worth £5,000. (I can vouch for the idyll of a Forest Holiday – read about my weekend away in a cabin with the girls).

All proceeds will go to Joules’ charity partners via Charitably Joules.

Joules design wellies competition

Here’s what you need to know:

♥ The winning design will go on sale at

♥ You can submit a design and enter the competition here –

♥ You could win a luxury break worth £5,000 – 3 nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin plus lots more

♥ 10 runners-up will each receive a £250 Joules gift card

What are you waiting for?!

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Winter home style with Junction 32

Because we’re making over the whole house – and I’m always reading blogs, magazines or on Pinterest – my home is never going to feel completely finished.

I’m often looking for ideas for the areas that are yet to be done, and – as I said last week – sometimes even for rooms that are (supposed to be) complete.

Junction 32 outlet shopping village – that’s the one just off the M62 in West Yorkshire – recently invited me along to take a closer look at their home brands. They kindly gave me some spending money to buy some things to ready my home for the winter season.

Afterwards, they wanted to film me talking about what I thought and what I bought. Yikes – my very first vlog! There are several reasons I don’t film myself for blog content – but it’s healthy to push back your boundaries every once in a while :)

The video is below, and while I did completely cringe at the sound of my voice and the strength of my Yorkshire accent (I always thought it was fairly mild!) I’m proud that I did it and that I didn’t have re-shoot each clip too many times before getting it (more or less) right. However, I don’t think I’ll be swapping my day job for TV presenting and this is probably the first and last vlog you’ll see…


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Some big news…

Hello sunshine banner flag

I have some very big news to share today, and I’m just going to get straight to it.

I’m about four months pregnant, we’re having a baby in the spring.

To say that we’re happy – while we are, of course, over the moon – is to simplify the full range of emotions we’re feeling. I’m sure every parent-to-be feels similar, but for us there’s this too: sometimes I didn’t think I’d ever write or say the words in that paragraph above.

I was 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant when we first saw this little being inside me. It felt like the first time we’d breathed in two weeks. It was when we started to believe.

That day, we celebrated by going for a pizza then watching a film. (I had to nap part way through).

A few weeks later we saw him/her again, and couldn’t believe how human-like it looked already – just a few centimetres long. And how much s/he moved! I think we’ve got a lively one.

Last week I heard his/her heartbeat. The midwife felt my pulse at the same time as listening to the beat. We’re one.

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Winter living room inspiration

Have you ever finished decorating a room and, a short time later, wish you could do it again?

That’s kind of where I am with our living room. I know that sounds crazy, after all the blood, sweat and tears poured into getting it finished in the first place, just a few months ago.

Blame it on the changing seasons … or my fickle mind.

For now, any idea of redecorating is just fantasy – otherwise I’d probably have a divorce on my hands. Luckily I have this blog as an outlet for my imagination, and mood boards don’t cost a penny or cause fall-outs.

Door manufacturer Premdor recently shared with me their new Portfolio Collection of luxury veneer doors, and invited me to create a dream space around one of them.

I chose their modern light grey horizontal line door, and decided to re-imagine my living room in a grey, black and berry theme.

Black, grey and berry winter living room inspiration

// 1 Premdor Portfolio Collection light grey horizontal line door / 2 ceiling light, Graham and Green, £155 / 3 harbour print 3 by Tom Pigeon at Howkapow, £50 / 4 rug, H&M, £29.99 / 5 hexagon shelf, Rigby and Mac, £70 / 6 glass display case, H&M, £14.99 / 7 block cushion cover, H&M, £7.99 / 8 sofa, £599, Made / 9 pouf, Habitat, £95

This seems to have scratched my redecorating itch for now …

What do you think?

Do you change your mind about your décor too?

PS this is an entry into a competition. I would love it if you would vote for me :)

*this is a sponsored post but content and opinions my own and honest

10 reasons to love October

I’ll be completely honest with you. I don’t love October. At all.

I’m a spring-summer girl, through and through. But in a effort to improve my outlook amid the darkening nights and lowering temperatures, I decided to think about all the positives this month is set to bring.

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

// Coniston Water, Lake District, from this post //

1. It’s my birthday! My big day is at the end of the month. I don’t have plans yet, but I’ll make some. What shall I do? If it’s not your birthday, you can still have a party. You could invite some spooky people over for Hallowe’en!

2. Rediscovering my winter wardrobe. Digging out my chunky knits and cosy hats and scarves.

3. Buying a few things for the new season. I’m eyeing up all those Burberry-inspired checked blanket wraps.

4. Making progress on the back garden. There’s still a lot to do but we’ve come a long way, even if it still does not quite look like a garden yet. I’ll update you soon. Did you see the before pics?

5. Booking a holiday. It’s been a couple of years since we left the country. My passport had even expired! Now though, we feel the need for some sun. We’re booking a week abroad for November and I can’t wait to feel warmth and do some exploring.

6. Starting to talk about the C-word – Christmas! Normally, I hate this early start which leads on to the endless build up to December 25. But family get-togethers are precious things to look forward to. As are presents!

7. Taking walks, collecting conkers and watching the leaves turn. Aren’t the changing colours beautiful?

8. Enjoying the golden hour. The low sunlight on my drives home from work is amazing.

9. Trying out a darker lip colour. This season, it has to be plum.

10. Making warming, hearty food. I’ll be making huge pans of soup, stew and chilli.

What do you love about October?

Bloggers’ lunch in Leeds

The latest #YorkshireBloggers meet was a few days ago in Chapel Allerton, a popular Leeds suburb.

I hadn’t been able to get to the last couple of meets, so I was looking forward to it.

What I love about these lunch dates is the easy-going, welcoming nature of the group. Each time I go there are new faces – and the bloggers have such a variety of interests – but I always have a great time. We don’t even talk about blogging all that much!

This time our venue was newly-opened Kith and Kin. We were taken with the botanical-themed décor but, remarkably – because of the good company and tempting menu – it was at least an hour before we bloggers got our cameras out.

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