Interior Blogger Home Tour – Anna from Don’t Cramp My Style

Today I’m pleased to be sharing a sneaky peek inside the home of top interiors blogger Anna from Don’t Cramp My Style. Her award-winning blog is all about putting your own stamp on a home – even if it’s a rented apartment – and how to get the look for less. I guess it’s obvious why […]

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Glamping inspiration – My dream bell tent

If you have to go camping, it might as well be in one of these. I hereby admit that I am a bell tent fan. I feel like I’ve been spotting them everywhere I go and it’s only making me covet them more and more. Yes, glamping is certainly a holiday I can get on-board […]

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Interior design inspiration – A bright future for wall lights

Mood lighting, task lighting and full-on daylight illuminations. All types of lighting are important in interior design. Lighting can be the key element that turns a house into a home, and makes a space feel cosy and comfortable. I’ve spotted a shift in lighting trends over recent months towards a new type of light fitting […]

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Thrifty bedroom décor ideas

Sometimes decorating a home can seem like such a large project, and with a worryingly large budget required too! But there are so many ways you can add a personal touch and your style to a room without spending an arm and a leg. How you choose to design your home is purely down to personal […]

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DIY interiors project – colourful cupboards

Want to inject a bit of colour into your room but don’t want to commit to a complete wall-to-wall makeover? Can I suggest painting the inside of your cupboards instead? It’s interior design on a very ‘interior’ scale – the inner walls of your storage to be exact! It allows you to add splashes of […]

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Interior design inspiration for low-cost bedrooms

Since being glued to The Great Interior Design Challenge each evening on BBC2, I’ve become much more interested in seeking out interior design inspiration online. It turns out that researching a new style and finding a way of creating the look for less is super-easy when you’re browsing Pinterest. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Pinterest […]

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Preparing your bedroom for Santa’s visit!

Happy Christmas Eve eve everyone! What have you been up to today? I’ve done my last bit of food shopping (well, I can’t go without sausages rolls for Christmas!) and was surprised to find that it wasn’t too crazy in town today, thank goodness! Now I’m back at home, my thoughts have turned to primping […]

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Interior design inspiration for cosy winter homes

Most of the year I want my rooms to look more spacious, clean and bright. But when winter looms, I suddenly get the urge to start decorating in stronger colours and wishing that rooms were smaller and more cosy. Have you ever noticed how snuggly you feel when you’re in a country pub in December? […]

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Interior design inspiration for cosy winter bedrooms

At this time of year I want to make my bedroom feel as cosy as possible. But I’m not quite ready to go all-out with a Christmas duvet cover. So what’s the compromise? How do you create a warm, festive atmosphere in your bedroom without turning it into Santa’s grotto? The solution is low-cost, making […]

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Why quality bedding can help you get a good night’s sleep

When it comes to relaxation, the key is ensuring you get a night of quality sleep consistently. So how is this possible? Well, to put it simply, it’s always best to seek out the best quality bedding you can. This is really where it all starts…

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Amazing news – I’ve been shortlisted in the Amara Interior Blog Awards!

I really couldn’t believe it when an email dropped into my inbox telling me that I’d been shortlisted in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015! Yes, my little thrifty blog has been shortlisted in the DIY & Craft Category and I am chuffed to bits! I know I’ve been sharing lots of interior inspiration and […]

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Map Geek – Constellation charts

The night sky has always fascinated me. From staying up late to watch Patrick Moore on The Sky At Night as a child to getting far too excited about Stargazing Live as an adult, I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for stars. Couple that with my love of maps and you’ve got one excited geek on […]

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Interior Design Inspiration – Moody blues… and greys

Over recent weeks you may have noticed that some changes are afoot in the Cassiefairy household, particularly in the bedroom. The eagle-eyed of you might have spotted a blog post about my new grey bedding, followed in quick succession by a tester-patch of paint appearing on my bedroom walls. Yes, I’ve been getting the urge […]

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Dream a little dream – 50 sheets of grey

Please excuse the predictable title, but what else would I name a blog post about grey bedding?? As you may have noticed from my previous blog post about choosing a new paint colour, I’m giving my bedroom a bit of an overhaul and picking out some much-needed new bedding is the next step in that process.

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Dream a little dream – A new bedroom colour scheme

I’ve been thinking about decorating my bedroom. Ever since the ‘spring clean’ of 2015 I realised that the paintwork on the walls is not in the best condition and although the room looks nice overall, it definitely needs freshening up. It would be simple enough to buy some magnolia paint and give it the once over […]

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Interior design inspiration from The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Earlier this week wrote about the start of my West to East holiday, which kicked off in Blackpool over the Valentine’s weekend. I shared photos of my long awaited trip to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the amazing seafront hotel that we stayed in – if you missed the post, please check it out here. Today I’m simply […]

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Interior design inspiration – Fifty shades of grey

Okay, I’m not talking actually about the book but I am putting together a blog post full of inspiration for your home decorating. With the film adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ being released this Valentine’s Day I thought it was about time that I wrote a little something about one of my favourite colours […]

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Dream a little dream… of a cosy Christmas

Hello and happy Christmas eve! Just a quick blog post today because I have lots of gift wrapping and cooking to be getting on with but I wanted to show you a couple of snaps of my festive bedroom.

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Dream a little dream… Cosy curtains

Did you ever have ‘winter curtains’ in your home while growing up? Do you have sets of seasonal curtains in your airing cupboard? Is this still something that goes on today? Allow me to explain; in our home we had two sets of curtains for the living room: thin cotton curtains in green for summer […]

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Create a restful bedroom

Modern life has never been so stressful with the demands of longer working hours, domestic tasks and busy social lives leaving us drained and exhausted. It’s the fast-paced nature of contemporary living that is wearing us out every day so it’s more important than ever that the bedroom is designed with a little extra thought, […]

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Dream a little dream… cosy sheets and cuddles

I have a little weekend ritual that I wanted to share with you today. Every Friday afternoon, I clean the bedroom; I throw the windows wide open, I air the mattress and duvet and I change the bedding. It’s become a habit over the past couple of  months since I decorated the bedroom. I take […]

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Dream a little dream… of a cosy glow

Last month I wrote all about how my bedside lamps both broke within hours of each other, just before the arrival of my guests who would be staying in the bedroom for the weekend. Although it wasn’t the best solution, I quickly nabbed our angle-poise desk lamp as a temporary measure, and although it worked […]

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Dream a little dream… Lighting up my bedroom

Last week I told you how I noticed all the things that were ‘wrong’ with my bedroom while viewing it through the eyes of my guests (see my blog post here). It’s funny how you don’t notice the odd cobweb or a tea stain on the carpet until you are opening up your bedroom for […]

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Dream a little dream… floored or flawed?

Last week my attention turned to the state of the flooring in my bedroom. After inviting my friends to stay with us for the weekend and offering our bedroom up as a guest suite, I began to look at the bedroom with fresh eyes – was it even suitable to receive guests? Its funny how […]

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Bedroom Furniture: Balancing Style, Budget and Practicality

For those who don’t have a massive budget to play with, finding suitable bedroom furniture is more complicated than simply buying the first thing that catches your eye. The best approach to take is to attempt to strike a balance between the three core aspects of any furniture piece; style, budget and practicality. Practicality, Size […]

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Dream a little dream ~ Kiss from a rose

In honour of Valentines day last week, I thought I’d share the recent addition I made to the “book wall” in my bedroom – I added a few pages with drawings of roses. Although I liked the feature wall as it already was, wallpapered with the pages of three books and some sheet music, some […]

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Dream a little dream… my bedroom sewing projects

At the weekend I told you all that I’d finished sewing the cushions for my bedroom that I’d been putting off for ages. I finally powered through my sewing-block and used the leftover fabric from the bottom of my bedroom blinds to rustle up a pair of cushions for the bed. It is kind of lucky that […]

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Dream a little dream… Squeeze in some study space

Great news – I’ve finished making those cushion covers! I know I’m a week later than I promised but they are all done AND I’ve made a start on a quilted throw with the fabric I had leftover. That might take a while to finish but I’m not worried, at least I’ve sat at my […]

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Dream a little dream… big boys beds

You may remember that I shared a blog post about cushions with you and promised that I’d be having a go at sewing my own accessories over the weekend? However, it’s now Wednesday and my cushions are still not completely finished. They are in progress though – I’ve cut the fabric, chosen a suitable backing fabric […]

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Dream a little dream… Light my fire

Please cast your mind back to just before Christmas when I was telling you all about my bedroom makeover and it was going surprisingly well. Then Christmas hit and it kind of grinded to a halt – although I did put up ‘themed’ decorations in the bedroom during the festive period (below)! So now that we’re […]

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Dream a little dream… Re-do your bedroom with cushions

If you’ve been following my series of blog posts about my bedroom makeover before Christmas you’ll know that I’m trying to decorate my bedroom and make it into a tranquil, restful space on a budget. So far, I’ve used book pages to wallpaper a feature wall and plain white bedding for a ‘hotel’ look. It’s not […]

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DIY glitter banner for Christmas

It’s not long to Christmas now and I’m sure that many of you will be decorating your homes for the festive season soon, if you haven’t already! I’ve come up with a super-easy DIY that you can make ready for the big day and it’s so easy to do that you can get the children […]

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Dream a little dream… of a great night sleep

Today is the end of my month-long challenge to improve the quality of my sleep. Hopefully you’ll have already read all about my sleep challenge and how it got me thinking about making some changes to my bedroom decor. If you’re interested to read up on all of my past articles the links are below […]

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Dream a little dream ~ turn your bedroom into a hotel

If you’ve been following my sleep challenge you’ll know that my month-long quest to improve the quality of my sleep is drawing to a close. I’ve been following tips on getting a better night sleep and the challenge has even led to a massive bedroom makeover – I’ve even wallpapered my walls with books! The last thing […]

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Dream a little dream… Pillow talk

This week I’ve been putting memory foam pillows to the test to see whether I can get a better night sleep with a more supportive pillow. If you’ve been following my sleep challenge you’ll know that it has now turned into a massive bedroom makeover – I’ve even wallpapered my walls with books. Today, I’m […]

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Dream a little dream… books in the bedroom

Hopefully you’ll have already read all about my sleep challenge and how it got me thinking about making some changes to my bedroom decor. Last Sunday I wrote about my plans to wallpaper the bedroom wall using book pages and here’s how I got on with putting the plan into action:  I chose to use […]

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Dream a little dream ~ bedtime reading

I hope you’ve been following my sleep challenge during which I’ve been trying get a better night sleep than ever before. I’ve been following some top tips for creating a restful atmosphere in my bedroom, and I’ve added a few new additions to my bedroom to make it even more conducive to sleep – including […]

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Dream a little dream ~ It’s like sleeping on a cloud

This is something that my husband and I have said to each other on more than one occasion over the week since I fitted a mattress topper to our bed. I added the extra layer after starting a month-long sleep challenge to see if I could improve the quality of my sleep during November. We’ve […]

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Dream a little dream ~ A complete blackout

Earlier this week I mentioned that I’m getting involved in a sleep challenge – sound’s like the best challenge ever, doesn’t it?! Well I started by putting up roman blinds in the bedroom which had a blackout lining with the aim of seeing whether this improved my sleep at all. First of all I was […]

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Dream a little dream ~ a sleep challenge

Sounds like my favourite type of challenge. A challenge to sleep. Brilliant. In fact, when I first heard about Dunelm’s sleep challenge, I couldn’t believe it and thought that it must be too good to be true – they want to challenge me to get a better nights sleep over 30 days? This challenge is right up […]

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