5 Low cost design tips for a smart & stylish home

Do you look with envy at the interior of other people’s homes and think why isn’t mine like that? Style is a question of confidence – the confidence to choose the right things for the right places, without compromising on practicality. With these five interior design tips, you can have a stylish home that oozes […]

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Spring interior design inspiration – Pastel blue hues

It’s the first fresh sunny day of the year today and, even though there’s frost on the ground, my thoughts have already turned to spring interiors. I found myself on Pinterest looking for pastel colours and design inspiration, despite the fact that it’s still darkest winter and I need the coal fire on to keep […]

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All-white interiors + why a room is not complete without texture

With a new home on the horizon I have, of course, been doing extensive decor research on Pinterest. Yes, research. Honest. Okay, I’ve been pinning plenty of pretty homes and tons of gorgeous homewares over the past couple of months (ahem… years) in order to be well-prepared for my imminent house move. Today I’m sharing […]

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The next big interior design trends for 2017

The New Year is a great time to think about freshening up our homes with new indoor furniture, updated colour schemes and a few of the hottest accessories in line with the latest trends. It’s also the time of year that trend forecasters pull out their crystal balls and announce the home décor trends coming […]

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How to create a functional workspace at home

There are lots of reasons why you might need to work from home, but whatever the reason, you will need a functional workspace. It is impossible to study an online course, do your business accounts or even write a blog if you don’t have somewhere quiet to sit and work. And if you’re a student […]

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My favourite interior trends – Rustic wooden floors

Have you noticed just how popular wood flooring is again? Just browse interior design trends on Pinterest and you’ll find all the evidence you need. Despite the resurgence of lovely soft carpets, the popularity of hard-wearing sisal flooring and the design aesthetic of big chunky tiles, it seems like wood is beating all these flooring […]

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Buying a house – what are the options?

I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve been saving to buy a home of my own and now that I’m getting closer and closer to my goal I’ve started doing my research. In fact, I’ve spoken to countless friends who’ve already gone through the process so that I can get a better idea […]

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1 Neutral room + colour = a whole new look

Does your living room look exactly the same from one year to the next? Or could you tell what year a photo was taken just by sussing out the décor in the background? Some of us like to make changes to our décor every year; we like to mix things up, introduce new colours or […]

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How to turn a basic kitchen into a luxury space

A luxury kitchen equals expensive, right? And there’s no way that you’re going to spend all your hard-earned cash on a kitchen when you’ve got other rooms in your new home to decorate, yes? Well that’s what I always thought, and when you’re working to a strict budget it can be hard to imagine a […]

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Map geek + Tips for adding personality to your rented home

Even though we all like our homes to reflect a little of our own style and personality, it can be difficult to make your house feel like a ‘home’ when you’re renting. Of course you can add your own furniture, pop some photos on the mantlepiece and throw down some colourful cushions, but the bare […]

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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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Guest post: Interior design trends for 2016

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m taking a rare day off to visit the Ideal Home Show at Olympia this weekend so I asked one of my most reliable sources of design inspiration – Baytree Interiors – to help me out with a guest post. I know you all enjoy reading interesting and informative interior design articles on the […]

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Spring home inspiration

Just look at that blue sky out there today. Easter definitely brought a new optimism for the coming seasons with it this year. What started off as a rather dull bank holiday weekend soon turned into a run of bright and sunny days. Okay, the rather windy storm ‘Katie’ brought down some trees in the village […]

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Operation organise! The never-ending battle to keep my desk tidy

Whether you’re working in an office environment or you’ve got your own personal space at home, keeping your work area neat can sometimes be a tricky task. I know I struggle to keep that stack of paperwork under control! Throw in numerous cups of tea and lunch at my desk and things are starting to look […]

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Styling the candy look interiors trend for DFS

While everyone else was putting up their decorations and baking mince pies, I was researching S/S16 interiors trends. While humming along to Christmas carols and lighting my advent candle, I was flicking through pastel colour swatches and picking out brightly patterned cushions. And only days before finally putting my feet up for the festive holidays, I […]

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Styling a coffee table three ways

Coffee tables tend to be rather simple, there’s not much more to them than a certain shape at a certain height, so you can really go to town on the accessories in order bring the room together for a unified look. The place where you can be really daring is the rug you use beneath […]

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Thrifty ways to renovate your home

If you’re anything like me, the chances are you want your home to look as perfect as possible but you also have to be mindful of your budget. If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’ll have seen that I’ve shared a couple of very low-budget room makeovers in my own home including decorating my […]

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My monochrome hallway makeover

This week my husband and I have been working hard to decorate our hallway. It’s one of the only spaces in the house that has remained untouched since we moved in more than three years ago, so it was looking pretty tired and desperately needed updating. You may remember that I wrote about my choice […]

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My little vintage caravan – I’ve been featured in Caravan Magazine!

Did you know it’s World Smile Day today? I can’t think of a nicer event! It’s got me thinking about the things that make me smile and, aside from my family and friends of course, this includes my caravan, sunny days and beautiful flowers. So I’ve nipped out to my caravan to take some photos of my latest projects […]

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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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My mini kitchen makeover – Seaside stripes

It’s been a rather productive summer in the Cassiefairy household. All those little DIY tasks that I’ve been putting off for months (okay, years) have finally been tackled and I’m so pleased with the results. It’s really satisfying to spend a day with a paintbrush in your hand and then step back to admire your […]

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Ways to use upholstery fabric in your home

I really enjoy finding a new use for things, so when a friend of mine was getting rid of an old sofa it was too tempting. Even though the sofa itself was broken, the fabric on the back and sides of the sofa were as good as new so I thought I would be able […]

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Quick & easy living room makeover ideas for summer

Now that summer has finally arrived, you’ll be wanting to make sure that your interiors capitalise on the light and airy weather by giving your home a quick facelift. And as the living room is often the centre point of the house, it’s the perfect place to begin. So here are a few quick and […]

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DIY hat box cat bed for “Hug Your Cat Day”

It’s Hug Your Cat Day! No, I didn’t know such a day existed either until I googled it earlier this week. As if I need an excuse to hug my cats..! I think it just means that they have to allow me to hug them today. I’m expecting purrs and nudges rather than the usual ‘nooo mummy’ push-away, and […]

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Mid-Century Modern Inspiration – Vico Magistretti

When does decorating your home turn into degree-level research? The moment that we hone in on a particular design or era, we all suddenly become interior detectives; hunting out images of original homes, re-pinning old adverts of the decade on Pinterest, studying technical drawings of furniture and Wikipedia-ing popular designers of the era. Lampcommerce Artimede […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Superstar shoe storage

As I stood on the spiky edge of a stiletto heel and hopped around in pain for the third time in a week I realised it was time to get my shoe storage sorted. Imagine the pain when you accidentally step on an upturned plug and you’ll know how sore my sole I was. I […]

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Interior design inspiration – Mid-century modern clocks

As you all know, I am a massive fan of mid-century modern design. Over the years I’ve filled my home with teak desks, G-Plan sideboards and Ercol chairs, yet I still love searching out new pieces to add to my retro interior. Now that the bigger items of furniture are sorted, I enjoy looking shopping […]

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Interior design inspiration – Industrial

Ever thought about living in a factory? Fancy sleeping with ducting above your head and rusting machinery in the corner? What if I call it a ‘loft apartment’? Is that a little more appealing? I personally love the industrial ‘loft’ style and I’ve been pinning more of it than ever on Pinterest. As an interior design […]

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Guest Post – How slate can add another dimension to your home

Today’s blog post has been kindly written by a fabulous guest blogger Caitlyn, and this afternoon she is sharing with us an interior design article on the beauty of slate and how to improve your living spaces with the addition of just a few traditional features. Generally speaking slate has become a trendy home addition […]

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Freshening up the living room this spring

With the sun breaking through the clouds this week, I’ve been feeling the urge to spring clean and improve my home. It’s always at this time of year that I start thinking about decorating and wishing that I had a bigger budget to make some changes! However, I’ve come up with a few creative ways […]

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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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Winter warmers ~ cosy accessories for your home

Even though I’m bursting to get out the Christmas decorations and fill my house with festive cheer, I agree that it is still a little too early to be hanging wreaths and stringing up the tinsel. However, it’s never too early to inject a couple of seasonal accessories here and there to make your home […]

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Interior design inspiration ~ The rustic trend

At this time of year, as the seasons change from hot summer to cool autumn, I really get the urge to snuggle down at home and feather my nest, getting ready for the cold winter ahead. I start thinking about hot drinks, casseroles and blankets, and the design inspirations that I’m continuously pinning on Pinterest shift towards […]

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Summer inspiration for sunny interiors

Want to freshen up your home and create a cosy place for your family and guests to enjoy this summer but don’t want to blow the budget? Even if the Great British weather is occasionally unseasonably grey there are plenty of ways to inject a little permanent sunshine into your home without going for a full redecoration […]

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Interior design inspiration: Hollister

I’ve never been into a Hollister shop before. I know some of you will be regular shoppers and this whole blog post will be old news to you but for me, my visit to the Cambridge store was an adventure in terms of marketing and retail display. I’d never even seen the exterior of a […]

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My little vintage caravan project – the makeover so far…

After reading Lisa Mora’s new publication Vintage Caravan Style (which I reviewed here) I’ve been thoroughly inspired to crack on with my little vintage caravan makeover project. I’d allowed the caravan to enjoy a quiet winter while I stayed indoors in the warm and didn’t really do much work on the project but now I’m […]

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How to design the perfect kitchen

If your kitchen could do with an overhaul, now is a great time to start planning your brand new design. As I mentioned in my home inspirations post last week, I have been planning a kitchen makeover for some time but have never quite got any further than painting a few tester-pot swatches of colour on the […]

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How to design a bathroom on a budget

Even though it’s the often smallest room in my home I’ve recently discovered that the bathroom can be the most expensive room in the house to remodel, if you take it inch for inch. The bathroom requires a great deal of skilled labour, including input from plumbers, carpenters and electrical contractors, and the materials needed are often […]

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Ideas for creating relaxing mood-lighting in your home

Are you sitting the bathtub, trying to relax with that bright white fluorescent light? Not very calming, is it? I’ve often just turned the light off and left the door ajar with the hallway light diffusing into the bathroom so that I can enjoy a little ambience while I bathe! Of course, you’ll need the […]

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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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I’m having a new year wardrobe clear out

January is the perfect time to think about having a home overhaul and clearing the clutter from your house. Like me, you’ve probably made promises to yourself to improve your emotional wellbeing, career and health but did you focus any of your resolutions on your house? I’m thinking that maybe now is the time to […]

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Dark, damp mornings – and that’s just my windows

I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about about damp and condensation. It’s at this time of year that I start scratching my head and wondering how a home that is so well-insulated, well-ventilated and well-heated ends up full of condensation and resulting dampness during the winter months. For most of the winter you’d be forgiven for thinking […]

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Harvest decorations in my home

Over the weekend I went for a lovely chilly walk with my hubby and collected a few bits and pieces for my harvest display. I’d planned to decorate my home for autumn (as we discussed in this previous blog post) and I’d finally found the time to nip out to collect together nature’s freebies to […]

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My retro living room ~ adding a little sunshine for autumn

Just a quick photo today of the lovely bunch of sunflowers that hubby brought home for us this weekend. These bright yellow sunflower heads bring a much-needed injection of sunshine into our retro living room for autumn now that the weather is turning grey. The flowers are arranged in our chunky Hornsea storage tub which has lost its lid and […]

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My little vintage caravan project ~ Fabric inspirations

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while will know that a few months ago I bought a caravan! While she may not have been the prettiest looking caravan, it definitely gave me a project to sink my teeth into. I set up a Pinterest board straight away to pin all […]

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Getting creative with storage space

I don’t know about you, but when my house is untidy, I just can’t relax. I don’t mean that my home has to be in über-clean condition, but if there’s mess covering my surfaces, my mind feels just as messy and I really want to tidy up before I can get started on my work. Maybe I’m just […]

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Inspirations for a retro living room – the wallpaper is finally up!

You may remember that I was contemplating a rather massive decision at the start of the year – which wallpaper to use to finish off my retro-inspired living room. Although I’ve looked a quite a few garish colours and loud patterns, I settled on a fairly muted beige and brown base print with orange circles from […]

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