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 ...

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 ...

Living room detail

Living room renovation: before and after

When it comes to home design that makes you happy, it's all about the detail. This is especially so for us, because as we renovate we're trying to keep the walls and floors relatively neutral because we plan on selling up and moving on in two or three years. So I wanted to show you some of the ...

Living room reveal!

Living room renovation: before and after

It's a pretty momentous occasion, because I'm about to show you the outcome of our renovation of the last major room in the house. The last. Major. Room. Having renovated the whole house in the last 18 months or so, it truly feels like a milestone. As you know when I've talked to you about the ...

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 ...

George at Asda wish list

Asda George autumn winter 2014 home living room wish list

Like I said earlier in the week, as we near the end of renovating the kitchen our thoughts are starting to turn to the living room - but I'm running a little short on inspiration. I guess it's normal, when you're renovating room after room, to become more stumped for ideas or get a bit tired of interior ...

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 ...

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 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 ...