Our kitchen in a magazine!

Ikea Veddinge grey kitchen featured in Your Home magazine. Photos by Photoword

It was funny walking into W H Smith and seeing my face smiling back at me from the cover of a magazine. It was funny seeing the same thing in my local supermarket a few days later, when I'd sort of forgotten and wasn't looking for it. I didn't know whether to speed away from the magazine section or hang ...

House tour update: kitchen art

Kitchen art

For 12 months after finishing the kitchen renovation, we've been reluctant to nail anything to its pristine, newly-plastered walls. But recently we've accepted that, well, we live here now, will do for some time and that personal touches beat a perfect finish any day. So recently we got some kitchen art and prints up; some old, some new. (And it ...

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 ...

Winter home style with Junction 32

Denby crockery Halo range. Home brands at Junction 32 outlet shopping village, Yorkshire

Because we're making over the whole house - and I'm always reading blogs, magazines or on Pinterest - my home is never going to feel completely finished. I'm often looking for ideas for the areas that are yet to be done, and - as I said last week - sometimes even for rooms that are (supposed to ...

Kitchen renovation on Bob Vila

Bob Vila screen shot

Just popping up a quick post to let you see our kitchen renovation featured on American home and DIY blog Bob Vila. The site editor asked me a few questions by email a few weeks ago, and the feature went live this week. Thanks and hello to the hundreds of Bob Vila readers who have popped over ...

New kitchen shelves

Ikea Veddinge grey kitchen with oak worktop and open shelves

After our hectic year last year, we're still on a bit of a go slow with the house renovation and seem to have little motivation for doing any DIY. But that doesn't mean there's been no progress, because the other day my lovely dad came round to fit some new shelves in the kitchen :) Because of awkward ...

Kitchen accessories

Kitchen accessories

Earlier in the week I shared our finished kitchen. Although I had a few reservations about choosing grey - mainly about whether it's a colour fad - I'm glad I dug my heels in and went for it. It's a fair responsibility because I knew my husband would be putting in hours and hours of work and I ...

Kitchen reveal!

Kitchen renovation reveal. Ikea Veddinge grey kitchen with wood worktop and white subway tiles

Renovating our kitchen has definitely been a labour of love. It's been seven months of labour, but we're completely in love with the outcome. As is invariably the case with DIY and renovation projects, it's all taken longer than anticipated. Our original estimated finish time was about two months ago, and although I'm calling this a ...

My top 5 home DIY tips

kitchen renovation

Apart from a couple of days when I had to be absent because of a work crisis, it's been pretty much non-stop DIY at our place over the last week or so. The plasterer's now been in and done his thing, which means the rooms are looking more put together than patchwork, as they were. This is ...

Kitchen additions

New kitchen accessories: Anthropologie letter mugs, Asda black and white scallop mugs, Ikea turquoise patterned plate, Matalan glass printed jar, H and M wooden chopping board and box

Last weekend was a tiring one, full of working on the house and punctuated by a couple of hours in Ikea spent planning out our new kitchen. It was my first virtual planning experience and I highly recommend it. We ended up changing the layout slightly enabling us to fit in our dream sink (I know, ...