Category Archives: Trends, Ideas & Inspiration

Budget balcony makeover

Competition with Morgans Leeds to makeover a balcony on a £150 budget

As some of you will know, our next big job on the house renovation is to fix up the outside. In fact, as I write, my dear husband is digging and hammering outside. (Shortly I’ll have to withdraw to provide due admiration for the drains he’s fitting). Knowing how quickly design decisions can creep up on you, ...

Hallway inspiration

Hallway inspiration with patchwork tiles, wire shoe rack, wood bench

We're still on a bit of a go slow with the house renovation. My husband's been suffering with a bad back these last few weeks which is painful for him and frustrating for us both. There's not much still to do inside, but we expect the outside to be a monster of a job. We thought ...

My Etsy art favourites

Be so good they can

Now our house is beginning to look something like we always knew it could, we're thinking of ways to make it our home. A big part of this is thinking about what to put on the walls. In truth a significant part of me is reluctant to tap anything into our perfect surfaces, but I'm starting ...

What makes a comfy bed?

Blue tufted headboard and grey campaign chest

Last weekend, I threw a sort-of afternoon tea for some of my best friends, a chance to show off them the kitchen and living room now the rooms are pretty much finished. It was also the beginning of my payback for all the times I've missed hosting a gathering due to the state of my living ...

George at Asda wish list

Asda George autumn winter 2014 home living room wish list

Like I said earlier in the week, as we near the end of renovating the kitchen our thoughts are starting to turn to the living room - but I'm running a little short on inspiration. I guess it's normal, when you're renovating room after room, to become more stumped for ideas or get a bit tired of interior ...

Thoughts: living room storage

Living room storage built in shelves in alcove

Guys, the kitchen is so nearly done. The end of a project always seems to take forever but the room is looking great, I just want it to be perfect before showing it off. It's still only semi-usable - we have a functioning fridge, washing machine, sink, dishwasher (ahhhh!) and oven and hob and for the first time ...

Double Merrick giveaway

Merrick Angle of Double Merrick

It's no secret that I dream of living in France one day. Today's post is not helping my impatience to be living that phase of my life now, rather than in a couple of decades. This is the home and work of Merrick Angle, a designer originally from East Yorkshire but now living in Limousin, France who ...

Handmade Huddersfield home

Felt Mountain Studios handmade home in Marsden Huddersfield Yorkshire

How many of us have been in this situation: you're home from travelling, you're working low paid jobs, you're back living with mum and dad and you can't afford to rent your own place let alone buy. Well I'm about to tell you about one Yorkshire woman's ingenious solution. Stephanie Bertenshaw took three garages next to her parents' ...

Virtual Bathrooms competition

Virtual Bathrooms bathroom design competition

It may be only a few months since we completely renovated our bathroom, but that doesn't mean I never think about things we might have done, or what we might do in a bathroom of the future. Bathroom supplier Virtual Bathrooms are currently running a competition for people to use their bathroom designer tool to create their perfect ...

My dream office space

Glass walled office in woodland of Selgas Cano architects Madrid

My place of work is functional and pleasant and we've recently had a few improvements done that has made the space feel bigger and more open. But it's not what you would call inspiring. We're a small team, and in that the-grass-is-always-greener way of thinking most of us adopt a lot of the time, I sometimes wonder ...

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