Ikea Live Lagom project – the products

Ikea Live Lagom products collage

You might remember that a few weeks ago I told you I'm taking part in Ikea's Live Lagom project. The project is about the small ways we can all live more sustainably. The Swedish "Lagom är bäst" means "the right amount is best" - so not denying yourself things you love, while not taking from the planet ...

Ideas for decorating the nursery

I'm currently entering the 'just how much sh*t is this tiny human going to need?' phase of preparation for parenting. One thing that's not in dispute - even though arguably there are more practical things to be doing, researching and buying - is that I want to get started on the nursery soon. The baby's room will be the smallest of ...

New hanging ceramic pots

Red Candy Umbra Trigg ceramic geometric wall vessels

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 ...

DIY painted coasters

DIY painted cork coasters

I know I'm not the first to do a DIY like this and I'm sure I won't be the last. I love coming up with original projects, but when time isn't on your side it's good to keep the creativity ticking over by seeing something crafty you like, and trying it out for yourself. Pinterest is almost awash with varieties ...

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 ...

Getting ready for Christmas

Matthew Hilton for Case Ballet Sideboard at John Lewis. Getting home and living room ready for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I imagined - fuelled by dreamworld telly and Pinterest - the run up to Christmas would be a few days of casually draping decorations around while sipping wine and listening to festive music. Our reality has been fraught: him DIYing before and after work and me painting the living room until late. (It wasn't anything in ...

Deck the Halls with Matalan

Scandi-style red and white Christmas living room

For the first time in a long time, this year I'm feeling festive long before the 23rd of December. I think it must be because, for the first time in ages, we're having Christmas at home and cooking for 10. So Christmas has become our absolute deadline for making sure the downstairs renovation is done. Our schedule is ...

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 ...