House tour: garden ideas

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 ...

House tour: back garden update

back garden before photos (4)

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 ...

10 uses for deckchair fabric at home

Deckchair in a patio garden from Ici et La

There are few things that evoke British summer time like the traditional deckchair and its iconic fabric. The wooden chair and its multi-colour stripes are as much part of our seaside holidays as beach huts, knotted hankies, piers and Punch and Judy. But there's no need to restrict deckchairs to the beach. A cheery deckchair can brighten ...

Life lately…

walk with pram in sunshine

Of course, life lately has been mostly taken up with meeting the needs of the new little person in our lives. Last week I blogged about Sam being a month old already. As scary as it is how quickly time is passing, it's fascinating watching him grow and become more alert, responsive and playful. ...

How I’ll live more sustainably

Introduction to Ikea Live Lagom project

With a baby due in the spring, it really focuses your mind on what legacy our generation should leave the next. (Frankly, it's not looking too cracking at the moment, is it? But I'm hopeful). I think climate change is something we absolutely have to address seriously - now - but I appreciate it's not easy ...

House tour: our back ‘garden’

back garden before

My husband has been an absolute trouper these last couple of weeks. We've been off work, and once again have deprived ourselves of a holiday in favour of working on renovating our house. At the moment, the back garden is the focus of our efforts, and he's spent day after day just digging. And digging. This, friends, ...

RHS Harlow Carr gardens

RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate

As we were in Harrogate for afternoon tea, I thought it would be a good idea to call into the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr. You know, to get some inspiration for our garden, which we've just started working on. I'm laughing to myself as I write that, because our garden - which is probably a misnomer ...

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, ...

Kitchen update/summer ready

House renovation - kitchen, dining room, living room

We're kind of wishing we'd started our downstairs renovation earlier, because the new layout and especially the new French doors have made such a difference to the light in the kitchen/dining area. It would have been glorious in this beautiful weather to enjoy our evening meals with the wide double doors thrown open and the sun ...

Let the light shine in

Bifolding doors create open indoor space in boathouse | www.angelinthenorth.com

If you were designing your dream house from scratch, I'd put money on your 'must haves' including lots of glass at the back. It's hard to find an episode of Grand Designs that doesn't have floor to ceiling windows or doors that open wide onto the decking or patio. It's not hard to see why, especially at ...