3 Home and garden maintenance tasks to tackle in the autumn

After a long summer relaxing at home and in the garden there will no doubt be a few maintenance tasks that need doing. Some can be added to your spring cleaning list, but others would be good tackle now to keep you safe & happy over the winter months…

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Ergonomic work & sleep tips for Backcare Awareness Week

It’s Backcare Awareness Week so I thought I would share my own experiences of pain, posture and preventative measures in today’s blog post, including the ways I’ve set up my work and sleep environments to help…

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10 Easy upcycling ideas for national Recycle Week

Seeing as the majority of items in my home & wardrobe are second-hand (or rescued from a skip), Recycle Week gives me a chance to shout about all the fab things you can make from unwanted furniture or waste materials – such as these fun upcycling DIYs…

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7 Easy ways to make your living room cosy for autumn (on a budget)

Our living spaces seem to get smaller during the cooler months, don’t they? I think it’s because we’re indoors more & can’t use our gardens as much if the weather is bad. Here’s some ideas to make your living room more cosy & liveable for autumn…

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House tour of stylist Tamsyn Morgans’ fairytale vintage home

When I first discovered stylist and photographer Tamsyn Morgans, I was blown away by her beautiful images and fairy-tale-esque interiors. Today I’m sharing a house tour of Tamsyn’s home on my blog so read on to step inside her whimsical, vintage world…

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House tour of pattern designer Rachael Taylor’s vibrant home

After having the pleasure of writing about surface pattern designer & illustrator Rachael Taylor’s home, I just knew that her vibrant interior & gorgeous garden would inspire you to inject some colour into your own home. Check out this exciting house tour:

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Seven tips for restoring and renovating a period home

While writing about home restorations for Reclaim magazine, I’ve heard many stories from homeowners who uncovered problems during their property renovation. Here are some handy tips for renovating a Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian home…

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Why I love using vintage record players and radios in my home

There’s something really soothing about listening to an LP on a vintage record player. Likewise, I quite like the occasional crackle of an analogue radio tuned into my local station. Here’s why you should include retro music players in your home…

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My little vintage caravan project – renovating the crumbling door

It’s been a while since I posted any updates on my little vintage caravan makeover but that doesn’t mean it’s been put on hold. While a lot of work has already been done, there’s still a lot more to do – some of it rather more practical than aesthetic. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Quick and easy lap tray makeover with wood-effect adhesive vinyl

If you’re using a lap tray for your lunch or to hold snacks during film night, it’ll probably get sticky & icky quickly. Even after wiping them down regularly & being careful with spills, they still ended up with little stains & grease marks on the surface. Here’s how to give a lap tray a quick makeover with self-adhesive vinyl…

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4 Buyer’s gripes you can solve with simple DIY tasks when selling your home

If you’re planning to move house in the future, why not use this time to get your home into the best possible condition, ready for sale? A quick spruce up will make all the difference to bagging a buyer, and you can tackle these tasks yourself. Who knows, perhaps these little DIYs will actually boost the value of your home too?

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Creating multi-functional spaces for kids to learn, play and relax

While some children may have gone back to school, many are still at home. This means they’ll be learning in the same spaces where they usually play and sleep plus, you probably want them to be creative and feel relaxed too. So how do you design a kids room that incorporates all of these activities? Here are some ideas:

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4 Ways I’ve personalised my gallery wall with custom artwork

While it’s incredibly cool to have a gallery wall in your home, it’s also great when the images mean something to you. There are plenty of ways to include customised artworks in your home and here are a few options to help you fill your home with pieces you love…

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How to change up your interior without any DIY supplies

If you’ve been spending more time in your home than usual, you may find yourself looking around the interior and thinking about how it could be different. When all elements of interior decor come together, such as painting, lighting, furniture and accessories, it’s like your own personal form of magic – and helps you feel comfortable at home.

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4 Trending home improvement projects you can start working on now

As a homeowner, you may be looking to do some improvements while you’re spending more time at home but lack the cash to dedicate to materials. The cost of a home renovation in 2020 averages at around £55 or $60 per square foot, according to findings by HomeAdvisor. Luckily, there are some trending home improvements that cost very little. Just like designing a low-cost garden, all you need is some spit, grit, and a little imagination..!

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How to DIY a bin store using leftover timber or pallet wood

If you’re spending more time in the garden and need a project to work on, here’s an easy DIY that you can complete in a day. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably already have all of the materials you need lying around on your wood pile, or perhaps you’ve got a pallet stowed behind the shed? Here’s how to turn that old timber into something useful…

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How to keep your home super-clean + the health benefits

With a many of us staying at home and all the hygiene advice we’re hearing, I thought it would be prudent to write about household cleaning today. The good news is that there are so many things you can do to keep your family and yourself healthy simply by doing a few jobs around the house – so why not get everyone in the household cleaning together?! Here are a few things you can do, and the unexpected health benefits from doing these tasks…

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My Ercol sofa makeover – finding fabrics and choosing colours

What do you do if you have a sofa but don’t like the colour of the fabric any more? Why, re-cover it, of course! Okay, okay, that’s a rather flippant way of looking at upholstery, but why not give it a go yourself? Especially if the alternative is just to get rid of the sofa and buy a brand new one. By attempting to revamp my sofa, I’ll not only save money, it’ll be keeping a bulky item out of landfill too. Let’s get aboard the upcycling train and try to make the most of what we’ve got, right?

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Why you should add a vintage rocking horse to your period interior

Whether or not you have kids, and whether or not you have a period home, a vintage rocking horse would make a great addition to your interior. I’ve done my research and shared my own experiences, so here’s why you might want to invest in a classic retro rocker…

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Five ways to go organic in your bedroom for a better night’s sleep

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, it could be caused by many factors but I bet you didn’t imagine that your bed, sheets & PJs might be contributing to your lack of sleep, did you? Here’s some swaps you can make next time you’re updating your bedroom…

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4 Frugal reasons why hiring an interior designer can save you money

Considering some of the mistakes I’ve made when renovating my own home, I can now see how appealing it would be to get some professional advice before I started! Whether you are looking to re-do one room or the entire house, there are times when hiring an interior designer makes sense…

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How NOT to remodel your bathroom – my costly mistakes

Renovating my bathroom was a steep learning curve & I made a few mistakes along the way! Today I’m sharing my experience & hopefully you can avoid my newbie errors, as well as saving money on your own bathroom makeover…

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6 Ways to automate your household chores & adulting tasks

There just aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? You’ve got work, cleaning, family, cooking, household chores and bills to pay so there’s never any time left over for you. That can’t be right, can it?! There must be a way to minimise the chores you have to do and free up some time for yourself. I’ve come up with some interesting solutions to get the time you spend ‘adulting’ back, so that you can use it for the more enjoyable moments in life…

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Why my boiler breakdown made me appreciate my home more

January is probably the worst time of year to be without heating, right? It’s frosty outside today, I shivvered my way around the shops yesterday and the wind is whipping around the house. However, now that I’m indoors with the heating on, I’m nice and cosy despite the cold temperatures outside. But that was a completely different story last week when our boiler broke down…

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How to upcycle a mid-century cabinet into an indoor plant nursery

If you’re a big fan of house plants like me, here’s a quick and easy DIY plant nursery unit that you can make to keep all your cuttings, off-shoots and baby plants safe and cosy while they grow. You can choose a cabinet to suit the style of your home, and it looks pretty darn cool too! Here’s how to do it…

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3 Things you can do right now to prevent dampness and mould in your home

Does your home smell a little foisty? Do you have condensation on your windows? Is there a little patch of mould in the corner of your room? At this time of year it’s easy for sealed, heated homes to become breeding grounds for mould but don’t worry, it’s a problem that you can solve yourself – here’s how…

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Frugal finishes that add the wow factor to budget kitchen makeovers

I was getting close to completing my DIY kitchen renovation but it all went spectacularly wrong last week. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that my kitchen ceiling now has about 60 holes in it! So it’s back to the drawing board for more kitchen inspo…

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How to survive a DIY disaster – & now my kitchen ceiling is a sieve!

Well, my year has got off to a cracking start..! If you detected a hint of sarcasm in that first sentence, you’d be right. A mysterious water problem quickly turned into a day of emergency repairs, with floorboards taken up, holes drilled and plumbing problems. Here’s what happened…

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