When it comes to renovating my home, the kitchen is the room I am most excited about tackling. The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home; it’s where you cook and eat your family meals, the space where you have a coffee with your best mate as they tell you about their latest news, and it’s the area where you continue your attempts to create the perfect creme brulee.
Kitchens come in many different styles and configurations so it’s vital that you select the right one for you and your family. Get it right (and don’t spend too much money renovating!) and you could see a lucrative return on your investment as it increases the value of your home. Take a look at these tips to help you create a “show home” kitchen look for less.
After blogging for 10+ years, I’ve made some very definite decisions on how I want to run my ‘little corner of the world wide web’. When I look back over the years, I sometimes cringe at the posts I wrote, the photos I took and the design of my site, but it was all a lovely learning curve and I really enjoyed the process of developing my own website. Me? A web designer and programmer? Who’d’ve thought it?!
Anyway, I’m still not 100% there with the design of the website – I’m sure there are plenty of ways I can make it look and perform better – but I’m okay with it looking like a good ol’ fashioned blog. I’m not a glossy magazine, am I? So there’s no need for me to try to recreate that Cosmopolitan/Pop Sugar/A Beautiful Mess style that I love. I’m just a normal blogger with a little happy-go-lucky website and that’s certainly good enough for me.
Your wedding should be a day that you remember, but don’t devote all your time and attention to the ceremony itself. Sure, that’s one of the most important part of the day – well, you wouldn’t be actually married without it, but it’s the reception after the wedding where all the fun happens, so I’m sure you’ll want to put a bit of effort into planning this too! In order for you to create a reception that is going to be fondly remembered by all, there are some thing you need to pay attention to. Below are some tips and ideas that will help you ensure that your wedding reception turns out as perfectly as you want it to…Continue reading “How to plan a wedding reception to remember” »
There’s no better reason to make summer your favourite season than the opportunity to hit the beach. With the heat ramping up as the summer season goes on, it’s only right that you get outdoors and start enjoying the sunshine. If you live close to the beach, you can make it part of your daily routine to come in from work, slip on your summer attire and venture down to the coast for an evening stroll, breathing in the fresh ocean air and enjoying the soothing sounds of the waves lapping the shore. For those of us who aren’t quite so fortunate, why not plan an excursion to the beach this summer, and start dreaming of feeling the sand between your toes?
Either way, you’ll want to be beach ready without spending a fortune on your look. There are some key attributes to any summer look: the dress, the hat, the bag and the sunglasses. Other accessories do come into play, but these are the “big four”. Pull these off without breaking the bank, and you will have achieved the ultimate beach look for less.
There are lots of quick and easy ways to give your home a unique and highly personalised look. One of the easiest, and often the most affordable ways, is using your own photos. Most of us take a lot but rarely do anything with them, apart from maybe posting a few online. You can take this treasure trove and turn it into beautiful art and craft items that you can use to decorate your home. Better still, you could use them to help you to earn a little extra income. Just read on to find out more… Continue reading “Fun decorating projects using your own photos” »
Appliances make our lives easier as they help us to save precious time. We may take them for granted, but they play a key role in helping us enjoy life the way we want. They do a lot without requiring too much attention, but they do need proper care and maintenance if we want them to function properly. Unfortunately, this is something we only tend to realise when it is too late. If you do forget to take care of your appliances and they break down as a result, there are a few steps you need to take. Here are 5 of them: Continue reading “Guest post – 5 Steps to take if your appliance breaks down” »
Whatever the season your wedding falls into you can become a dreamy boho bride that oozes laidback charm and vintage vibes on your special day. Many feel that they have to spend a fortune on their wedding and, while you’ll probably have to invest some time and effort, you don’t have to break the bank while you do it. You can create a chic and beautiful ceremony and reception on a budget; you just have to know some hacks to do so. The following are some helpful hints and tips to guide a thrifty boho bride towards a wedding day to remember.
I love having a garden – not that I’ve done much with it yet – but at least the potential is there. In my previous home, the garden became an extra room of the house, with a patio ‘dining room’ and a kitchen garden veggie plot. So, for me, a well-maintained garden is an essential part of any home; it not only adds value to your property, it also provides valuable extra space to your home.
Unfortunately for us, in the 21st century gardens are becoming smaller and smaller. For some this is ideal, but for others it can be a total nightmare. Between 1982 and 2013, the average British garden shrunk from 168 m2 to 163.2 m2. That’s not all – it is estimated that two million homes in Britain don’t have a garden at all and, by 2020, 10.5% of all homes will not have a garden. Explaining these changes in today’s guest post is retailer of hanging baskets Suttons Seeds. Continue reading “The 21st Century garden” »
Earlier this month I got the fantastic news that someone (I’ve no idea who – let me know if it was you so that I can thank you!) nominated my thrifty little blog for an Amara Interior Blog Award. Just knowing that someone out there was kind enough to put my name down for an award in this prestigious competition is exciting enough, but now the public vote is open and I need your help!
And most fantastic thing about this news is that I was nominated for the ‘Best Design Inspiration Blog‘ award. In previous year, my blog has made it into the DIY and Craft shortlist so I’m really excited to have been considered for a different category too. Finally, all those hours on Pinterest are paying off!
To be perfectly honest – and not at all defeatist – I’m not sure that my little blog stands much of a chance, although I’m going to give it my best shot, of course! This is a very hotly contested category with oodles of wonderful, inspirational blogs in the running. Okay, there are 91 other blogs in the long-list. Yes, I counted.
So, you see what I mean? It’s a busy category in an international interior design competition so I’m absolutely over the moon just to be included with all those other great names in the world of design and blogging. Thank you SO much to whoever nominated me – whether it was one person or many of you – I just can’t thank you enough for believing in me.
If you would like to leave me a vote – no pressure – my voting page is here and you just need to enter an email address for your vote to be counted. Voting continues until the 15th September, so fingers crossed I can get a few votes during that time. Please share with your friends too – perhaps, we can get to the finals if we work together!
Today I’m sharing my night-time routine along with a little cruelty-free product review. Remember when I blogged about my first impressions of The Hero Project last month? Well, after the success I experienced last time, I thought I’d give some of their other products a try. In today’s blog post I’ll let you know which 3 new products I tested, as well as review an innovative chemical-free make-up remover cloth and a new Revlon two-in-one styler. Read on to find out how I got on with my recent beauty buys… Continue reading “My cruelty-free night-time routine” »
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