I try hard each year to be as organised as possible, but I’ve got to say I find the buying for men really tricky, whether at Christmas or Birthdays. So to help you (and me) I started early this year, and found some of the best gifts, that I am sure will be loved this festive season. A good half of these are actually good whether you are male or female, in fact I plan or ‘borrowing’ one or two…but shhh don’t tell Tall Dad!
Notoriously hard to buy for, I set about compiling a tween Christmas gift guide. A real one though, that I will actually be giving to my daughter this year for Christmas. Things that I know she will love and use, and will bring a smile to her face this Christmas. Continue Reading
If this Christmas you are having guests over to stay, it’s important to think about where they are going to sleep and the room they are sleeping in. So in this post I am going to give you some handy hints to follow, so that both you and your guests get a good night’s sleep this festive season.
Step back and look at the space. Day-to-day it may be the room that you store last season’s clothes, use as your office, even where you keep the huge collection of shoes you own – or is that just me? You need to look at the room with fresh eyes and try to rationalise the contents. Buy cheap plastic boxes, or large cotton bags, spend a couple of hours to take away any unnecessary clutter and store it away. Whilst doing this, you need to make sure there is drawer or hanging space, if possible, for your guests clothes, again try to store away some of yours to do this. Continue Reading
Wrapping Christmas presents…It’s a love or hate thing, doing ‘the big wrap‘ each year, and it can be very daunting when you are faced with a huge pile to wrap. Its a job that if you don’t enjoy, then you need to make it as easy as possible. So in this post I’m going to give some hints and tips and gorgeous wrapping ideas for this Christmas. Continue Reading
Some things that I am invited to as a lifestyle and travel blogger are so special, I seriously have to pinch myself. This weekend was just such an occasion. I had been invited to board to Quantum of the Seas for its pre-inaugural voyage. We would be the first guests to ever test out this new ship that was heralded as the one that changes everything!
Tall Dad (my hubby) and I spent the first two nights experiencing as much as we could of the worlds first smart ship.
Dying to give your lounge the VIP treatment? The main reason we tend to put off decorating is due to the effort involved. But sometimes it only takes a few minor changes to transform your living space for the better. These top tips from sofa manufacturer Couch can help you to transform your living room simply and effectively. Continue Reading
My style choices change from day-to-day. Honestly I love so many different interior styles I would be changing my home all the time, if I had the chance. When I think of a family kitchen though, I think of something homely, bustling, spacious and clean with a big table in the centre, that gathers the family all around it. Continue Reading
Everywhere in the media has been coverage of the largest cruise ship in the world making its maiden trip to the UK and docking earlier this week in Southampton. The Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean a beautiful and impressive ship, that you can see an aerial shot of below. Yes its huge, and that’s impressive, it really is, but boy this ship is so much more than that. Continue Reading
I’m really proud of this one, and I think I’ve mastered etching mirrors now. The key is a little patience (not something I have lots of) and a little elbow grease at the end. So if you remember my last attempt was for my youngest daughter, and it was a Disney crown (from the Cricut Design Space) etched onto a mirror. So she could be a princess every morning when she woke up! Continue Reading
It’s actually incredible, the change to a room that new flooring can make. A while ago I talked about the different laminate floors that are available from Carpetright. In this post I wanted to highlight four trends in carpets in 2014. Traditionally changing your flooring is something we look at doing in the Autumn and Winter. Whatever room you are looking to carpet, and whether you have the budget for pure wool or need something more man made and hard wearing, carpet is known for adding comfort and warmth to a room. Continue Reading
The thing I love the most about the interiors and home side of my blog, is when I find gorgeous items and interesting companies to share with you. Well I have just the one for you this week, a shining light in the beacon that is the work day blues. It really needed to be a good one this week, as we have just had the best weekend as a family. So I’m sat here at my desk, slightly pouting at the thought of an incredibly bust week ahead of me. Then I remember, I love my job, I get to seek out amazing new things and meet fab people. So here is my newest find Oates&Co. Continue Reading
If you happen to have a small bathroom in your home, you may wonder what you could possibly do to it to make it seem more inviting and less like a cubby hole! Just because you are short on space, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice either storage or style. There are a lot of clever design tricks to make your small bathroom more comfortable than you ever thought possible. Continue Reading
Are you ever stuck for ideas when it comes to wrapping a gift and are looking for something new and innovative?
Do you sometimes want to go that extra mile and wrap your gift in something as personal as the gift itself?
Well, a couple of days ago I was sent a surprise in the post from a brand new company called wrap.me, who create (with a little help from you) beautiful personalised wrapping paper. I was not sure what to expect, but when it arrived, I set to Instagram to share it, and it was a huge hit with my followers, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Continue Reading
When we originally planned our kitchen, we made sure that we had space for a wine cooler. I’ve always wanted one, perfect for entertaining and whenever you have a bulging fridge. Think parties, celebrations and at Christmas, or every day use, so you can store your very own wine, fizzy drink or beer collection. It’s so simple to transfer wine, and other drinks into, freeing up space in the main refrigerator. Well, unfortunately budget and space constraints meant we couldn’t have the wine cooler in the end, however now we’ve been using the kitchen for while, we realised that the extra cupboard we got instead, really only encouraged me to collect even more china. You see I’m a little bit of an addict when it comes to dinnerware. So we have booked for a kitchen fitter to return, to fit the Husky HN7 Reflection Dual Zone Wine Cooler( £269) in the next couple of weeks. Continue Reading