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Cassiefairy's thrifty lifestyle blog – Saving money every day with DIY crafts, sewing projets, low-cost recipes & shppping tips


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Suffolk’s “social media stars” – and I’m on the list!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when a friend tweeted me recently to tell me that I was in the local press. I had no idea! Within a couple of minutes I was on the newspaper’s website and was reading through the article.

Thankfully it was for good reasons – I’d been included in a list of “Suffolk’s social media stars”! This must be what it feels like to be Beyonce 😉 Along with 8 fantastic bloggers and instagrammers (many of whom I know and actually follow myself!) my little blog was included in this ‘top 9’ list.  Continue reading “Suffolk’s “social media stars” – and I’m on the list!” »


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Interior design inspiration – Eat-and-chat kitchens

While daydreaming about my future home, I come up with all kinds of ideas in my head. They’re mostly about nifty storage solutions (I have a whole garage full of stuff that needs to be stored somewhere when I move house) but sometimes they’re about the way that I actually want to live in my new home. The things I’ll be doing, the places I’ll be working (yes, sometimes it’s on the sofa), natural lighting and how I move about the house will be really important factors when planning the layout of a new home. So this week, it’s been all about the social side of kitchens and how I’d like my future kitchen to incorporate what I’m calling an ‘eat-and-chat’ area.Shaker ktichen with open plan seating islandSo just what is an eat-and-chat kitchen? To me, it’s an open plan space with somewhere to sit and places to eat. Compared to my previous homes, where the kitchen was tucked away in a tiny room, I’d like to be able to cook, chat, boil the kettle, eat and (sometimes) work, all in one space. Not hidden away, not trapped behind a door while everyone else is chilling in the living room, not stifled by the hot oven. I want to be in the same room as my friends and family, to chop veg with my hubby and to pour drinks while a Bolognese bubbles.open plan kitchen islandSo an open plan space, with a versatile working kitchen sounds like the dream to me. Even though it’s practical to be able to close away a kitchen (in terms of keeping cooking smells and steam in, and hiding messy washing-up away), I just don’t think that’s how I want to live in my new home. As a minimum I’d love to have a space for a table and chairs in the kitchen. It’s that valuable extra preparation space, the leaning over for a chat while cooking space and somewhere I can open up my laptop with a coffee beside me as hubby cooks scrambled eggs for breakfast. Sounds like an Ikea photoshoot doesn’t it?open plan kitchen table island seating Continue reading “Interior design inspiration – Eat-and-chat kitchens” »

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