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

Woodland theme nursery - Copy

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 ...

Stylish storage solutions

Vintage crate as living room storage

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 ...

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 ...

Nest.co.uk: inside a Sheffield design store

Bloggers breakfast at Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk

One of the best things about writing this blog is that I get to discover brilliant businesses - right on the doorstep. Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk 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 ...

Winter living room inspiration

Black, grey and berry 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 ...

10 easy ways to save water

10 easy tips for saving water. Yorkshire Water

I've always been a bit of a stickler for saving water. I became even more so last summer when - during the kitchen renovation - we had a water meter fitted. Overnight, it took our water bills down from about £70 a month to less than £20. Result. Yorkshire Water's latest water conservation campaign 'Save a little, save a lot' ...

The stunning new showroom of interior designer Rachel Usher

Interiors by Rachel Usher showroom at Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

As soon as I walked into Rachel Usher’s new interiors showroom in Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, I sensed something special. As we talked over a cup of tea, that thing I couldn’t at first put my finger on became clearer. It wasn’t just Rachel’s passion for design – many people have that – but the clarity ...

Introducing: Object Style

Object Style look book

I first met Rachael Adams when she organised Home is in the North in Manchester. I made no secret of how much I enjoyed that event and approved of the friendly, interactive vibe and the brands chosen to be part of it. A few months ago, Rachael began to post on Twitter and Instagram under a new name. The things ...

At home: 3 favourite things

Three favourite things at home

I'm lucky I know to live in a home that I love, and where I feel safe and secure. We've lived in quite a few different houses, and never regarded any of them as somewhere we'd stay for a long time. But your home isn't really about the bricks and mortar, it's about the things inside. ...