Scandinavian-style design has had a huge influence on our interiors over the last few years.
My own home is no exception, as you’ll know if you’re following my house renovation.
My Ferm Living triangle jute rug from Cloudberry Living has been moved into the nursery, and I’ve added another Scandi touch with a new grey moulded rocker. Full room reveal coming after a few finishing touches!
Regretfully this is not an original Vitra* RAR rocking chair (RRP £449…) but it still gives a nod of classic Scandi-style to the room, and it is fairly compact as well as practical and perfect for night feeding and the baby’s trickier bedtimes. I bought it from Achica.
But what is Scandinavian style and how do you get it in your home? Continue reading “How to do classic Scandi home style”
While planning our European road trip, I’ve been putting quite a lot of thought into packing clothes for the month-long holiday and its various climates.
I don’t think we’ll see huge differences in the weather but whereas in Croatia and parts of Italy temperatures are usually around 21-22°C when we’ll be there, it will be a few degrees cooler in northern France and I expect may feel quite autumnal at times.
While I want to make sure I have enough clothes for the month and that I’m ready for most eventualities, I also want to pack light so the car is not uncomfortably stuffed, because the baby’s things will take up a fair amount of room.
So when I was challenged to pack a capsule wardrobe in a House of Fraser suitcase, I thought it would be a good exercise in whittling down what I will actually need! I was sent this lightweight suitcase and had to pack clothes for a week’s holiday without going over a 15kg baggage allowance.
My challenge was to pack light for a week in Paris – and in my view any time spent dreaming about the French capital cannot be classed as wasted.
Continue reading “Packing a capsule holiday wardrobe”
As I’ve mentioned in passing a couple of times on the blog, we’re planning a road trip around Europe this summer.
It’s safe to say we’ve ummed and ahhed about whether it’s the right thing to do, with a baby who will be five months old when we depart.
But my husband has qualified for an eight week sabbatical from work and I’m on maternity leave and it seems wrong not to use the time to do something memorable.
So I thought I’d let you know a bit more about what we have planned – though our holiday is still taking shape! Continue reading “Our European road trip”
We’re keen campers, and basically we usually spend as much time as possible in a tent during the summer months.
So it was quite an important test for us to see how the baby would cope with camp.
We’ve just returned from his first camping holiday – nearly a week on the Dorset coast. He was three-and-a-half months old and I’d been concerned that this might be too young. Asking and reading around, I’d found no consensus on when is the right age for a first camping trip, so I decided to plump for a time that was convenient for us and hope for the best.
I’m pleased to say he was a little star – he wasn’t really any more trouble than he is at home. Yes, our camping experience was different in some ways, but the same in most. He fitted in with us just fine.
Here are a few things I learned during our first camping trip with a baby:
- Prepare for keeping warm, and cool. As any camper will tell you, the hardest thing about being in a tent is regulating the temperature. Whether our baby would freeze overnight or boil in the mornings was my main concern, but I’m pleased to report he did neither! You just need to take a few sensible precautions.
Continue reading “How to go camping with a baby”
We’re recently back from nearly a week of camping in Dorset.
You might have read about our short break in a cottage in Pateley Bridge, but this was a slightly longer holiday (five nights) that was further away and – crucially – the baby’s first time in a tent.
I’ll write another post about how we managed camping with a three-month-old, but for now I’ll just fill you in about what we did while staying in this beautiful part of the south coast of England. Continue reading “Our camping holiday in Dorset”
Sometimes there are days (though they’re not that common) when I think, yes, I have this parenting thing nailed.
We had one such day recently, when we decided to have a day out in Leeds for the Waterfront Festival.
It was much like life on summer weekends pre-baby: we got a little dressed up, we took the train, we had a few drinks, we sat outside bars in the sun.
But the baby was with us – it was his first train ride – and it was lovely to have his company. He was hardly any trouble and we returned home victorious that being a parent does not need to stop you doing everything.
Although being a parent did go on to stop me sleeping for most of the night, as is usual.
It filled me with confidence that our summer camping holidays and the month-long European road trip we have planned are doable and travelling with a baby may even be relatively stress-free. I think we are gonna be OK.
I don’t get a whole lot of time for meandering around clothes shops these days so I while I was doing my supermarket shop the other day I grabbed this peasant top with black, pink and turquoise embroidery from George at Asda. Continue reading “Day at Leeds Waterfront Festival”
Having shared with you the progress we’ve made so far on the back garden, I thought I’d also give you an insight into my inspiration and ideas for how I’d like some of the space to look when it’s finished.
In my mind, the garden has three areas: the decking; patio; and lawn and flowerbeds.
Perhaps the part that is most pre-occupying – and usually at the forefront of my thoughts when browsing Pinterest – is the patio. Maybe it’s because I feel this area has the most potential prettiness, and it should be the hub for fun summer evenings spent with family and friends.
It will be a fairly square space with a curved outer wall. I picture built-in seating with removable cushions, surrounding a fire pit-cum-barbecue.
I’d like climbing and trailing plants, strings of festoon lights and outdoor mirrors to create a feeling of extra space*.
I’ll be pretty happy if our patio ends up resembling any of these lovely outdoor spaces! You can find all these images and more garden ideas on my Pinterest board. Continue reading “House tour: garden ideas”
Do you fancy a little update on my house renovation and a look at how things are going with fixing up the back garden?
I’ll be honest: progress has been a little slow, what with having a baby three months ago and breaking off to do work inside the house over winter. My husband started on the back garden last year, but he broke off to finish the hallway and do the nursery, which is close to being completed. I’m looking forward to showing you the baby’s room; it turned out nothing like the ideas I had in my head at the beginning of the year!
I’d love to be getting stuck in and helping him with these projects, but I’ve had to take a back seat over the last year because of being pregnant, and now looking after the baby. I’ve still been very involved in the design and planning though and I’m so pleased at how everything has come together. I’m never sure whether these ideas in my head will come off and look right in real life!
Here’s a reminder of how the back garden looked before. You can read more about our plans and some of the problems we’re having to overcome, and see more ugly photos in this post.
The next photos were taken after a few weeks’ work. You can see he’s done some of the clearing and built a retaining wall for the decking to sit on. Continue reading “House tour: back garden update”
More than once, Skipton has been named the best place to live in Britain. And the North Yorkshire market town just got better with the opening of a new lifestyle shop which I dare say will make folk even prouder of where they live and content with their lot in life.
Maud’s House has been opened by 25-year-old Hattie, who wanted to bring something new to Skipton and give a helping hand to small businesses and young designers.
Hattie has a background in design and illustration and previously worked for branding agencies in Leeds and as a website assistant for fashion brand AQAQ.
She’s been helped by her 26-year-old boyfriend Jonathan, a freelance illustrator working from the couple’s home in Saltaire, which they share with their “crazy” terrier Ralph.
The pair set up their own illustration and design studio, Little Tail, over a year ago, but Hattie has been looking for something else of her own to get her teeth into. Continue reading “Women in Business: Maud’s House”
Since having a baby I haven’t been able to get to all the events I used to, to share them with you on the blog. But, when the Crafty Fox Market came to Leeds this month, I put the baby in the sling and made a special effort to visit.
Crafty Fox say they “shake up the average craft fair”, usually holding their events for emerging designer makers and artists in London.
The two-day fair at the Black Swan in Leeds was their first outing in the north. It being held in a pub, the vibe was immediately different to other craft fairs I’ve been to. (No fusty village hall or knitted apple cosies here). As well as stalls there were workshops – on making jewellery and macramé plant holders – pizza slices on sale and a cool DJ.
Over the weekend there were more than 70 sellers involved, curated by Harriet from Leeds design store Chirpy. I was already a Chirpy fan, as you may remember from my post about Chapel Allerton, but Harriet had really done her homework – the standard of the stuff on sale was outstanding. Continue reading “Crafty Fox Market, Leeds”