Life lately – My (international!) interiors articles & DIY projects

It’s been a busy couple of months and I’ve been lucky enough to write a couple of interiors feature for issue 42 and issue 43 of Reclaim magazine. I say lucky because the two homes I wrote about were simply stunning and I couldn’t quite believe that I was getting to learn so much about these gorgeous properties. One was near to me, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border, and the other was in Berlin! Sadly, the budget didn’t stretch to a personal visit to Germany for my interiors piece, so I conducted the interview online instead. Thank goodness for Google translate, eh?


This colourful home belongs to Melanie Mahrhold of Duundich Interior Design and she shares it with her gorgeous pug Hank. Her Instagram account @___duundich__ is a joy to behold, full of vibrant colours, artwork and vintage finds. Which is exactly what her Berlin apartment is like too. You can read more about Melanie’s home in issue 42 of Reclaim magazine (if you’ve missed it, you can order back copies online for the same price that you’d find it in newsagents).

Photo by Melanie Mahrhold

I sent a copy of the magazine to Melanie in Germany and she was delighted to see it ‘in real life’. I was also inspired by her home to send her a Monstera leaf print by Unruly Print – well, it fits in so well with her collection of tropical plants and original artworks!

Photo by Melanie Mahrhold


The second interiors piece I wrote for Reclaim magazine featured a stunning period property – the kind of home I dream of owning myself one day. It was renovated by Stacey and Adam and has become quite a hit online – if you recognise the photographs you may have already come across their popular interiors account on Instagram @end_of_the_row or blog

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I’ve certainly seen many snaps of their home over the past year and it was a joy to finally be able to go behind-the-scenes with my article and find out more about the owners of this impressive home. The character, colour and pattern they’ve added to their home have injected personality without taking anything away from the period style of the property. Be sure to pick up a copy of this month’s Reclaim magazine (Issue 43) in WHSmith, supermarkets or newsagents. You can search for your nearest stockist here.

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When Waltons got in touch and asked me if I would like to be included in their latest blog post, I jumped at the chance. They were asking DIY bloggers what their favourite tool is and I knew straight away what I would day. I sent over my contribution to the blog post, along with some photos of my favourite DIY tool. You may be surprised to find out exactly what tool I chose – here’s a clue: it’s a power tool. Any guesses? Have a read of their ‘Your Favourite Tools’ blog post to find out.


I wrote another blog post for the Addis blog in August and this time it was a DIY project that can be made entirely from brick pallets. You may have already spotted my mud kitchen project on the blog but if not – check it out now to see the step-by-step guide to make a kids’ play kitchen. It was such a fun project to make over a weekend and my niece absolutely loves playing with it now!


I did share some of my scaffolding board projects on my own blog recently, including some benches and an outdoor kitchen worktop for my garden sink. But I’ve also published another step-by-step project to make a giant garden dining table from scaffold boards over on the Safestore blog. If you’re interested to see how I did it, the link to the step-by-step scaffold table blog post is here.

I’ll be back with some more news next month and thanks so much for continuing to read my blog, it means a lot to me!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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