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THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S FOR SPRING

THINGS TO TRY AND DIY'S FOR SPRING

I am absolutely loving Spring this year, possibly more than I ever have before, could it be because I have a garden that is slowly waking up? Maybe it is also something to do with coming out of the other side of all the rain and gales with our roof still attached (just), anyway today […]


BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

Hello Wednesday people, how are you? We have been enjoying the sunshine here, although it seems to have disappeared for now, so that means I don’t feel guilty about abandoning the garden chores to settle inside at my table and make something pretty. This week I have been repurposing an old cigar box into a […]


DECORATE WITH FLOWERS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

DECORATE WITH FLOWERS - BLOG BOOK TOUR

Hello, and happy Tuesday to you, I am super excited to be sharing these pages and pretty project from blogger/write/stylist Holly Becker of decor8 and designer/stylist Leslie Shewring‘s lovely new book – Decorate with Flowers. I have been very inspired by all the sunshine and good weather just lately and that has sent me on a cut […]


DIY STORE DECORATING WITH HOMEBASE

DIY STORE DECORATING WITH HOMEBASE

I love perusing the aisles of a DIY store looking at things that can update a space on a budget, and easily blend in with our home filled with vintage, thrifted and junk shop finds. While the husband is poking around filler, silicone, saw blades and two by four, I am off looking at lampshades […]


THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – FEBRUARY EDITION

THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – FEBRUARY EDITION

Wet windy and worse than ever, there is a moat around our house, but we haven’t slid into the sea yet and the roof is still attached. As you can imagine – with all this grey, gloom and giant puddles I’ve not much felt like leaving the cabin, instead I have been seeking out more […]


MOLLIE MAKES – PAINTED LACE NECKLACE DIY

MOLLIE MAKES - PAINTED LACE NECKLACE DIY

Hello and happy weekend to you, just popping in to share some outtakes from the photos that I took for my Lace necklace DIY – featured in Mollie Makes Magazine this month. I was so excited to be asked to write an article and create something pretty. The fabric paint colours were mixed down to […]


EVER CHANGING WALLS

EVER CHANGING WALLS

Hello! Bleak and dreary outside today, so I took to a little interior decorating. We sold our television a while back and the log burner is another winter away, so we need something lovely to look at, hence my installing new wall decoration and as many candles as possible for that flickering flame feeling.With such a […]


JUNK SHOP RESCUE FAIRY TREE TOPPER

JUNK SHOP RESCUE FAIRY TREE TOPPER

I found this little lady in a junk shop, wearing a ridiculous hat and a threadbare embroidered dress. All pinks and creams with german metal braid, she immediately caught my eye and I snapped her up for £2 knowing she would be the perfect angel to sit on the top of our Christmas tree this […]


STARTING EARLY WITH HANDMADE GIFTS

STARTING EARLY WITH HANDMADE GIFTS

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the author of Junk Genius the lovely Juliette Goggin. It was a sunny Saturday and as we made our way through the twisting lanes out past Battle and into Ashburnham, we were welcomed by a smiling Juliette at her garden gate. Not being able to drive […]


ROOM PLANNING AND RUSTIC FEATURES

Hello Wednesday folk, today I am planning more of our home decor, everyday new corners of this house of ours are coming together, (we now have skirting in our bedroom wahooo) it’s a slower process this time and as the place is liveable where the last one was not, there isn’t as much of a […]


A LITTLE HALLWAY MAKEOVER MAGIC

A LITTLE HALLWAY MAKEOVER MAGIC

The first thing you see when you open your front door should not be a pile of trainers and various other junk that is needed in life, but not visually pleasing – muddy wellington boots – cardboard for recycling – furniture waiting for a new home – the list is long. We have been so […]


AUTUMN CRAFTS – KNITTING

Nothing conjures up a vision of cosy like knitting by an autumn fire, this is exactly how my mum (a master knitter) spends many evenings relaxing. Unfortunately I have not inherited her skills, I just can’t get my head or hands around the needles. But someone else who can is Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits, […]


YELLOW OCTOBER – BEDSIDE MAKEOVER

YELLOW OCTOBER - BEDSIDE MAKEOVER

October is rolling in with a heavy and dark sky, so I set out to create a sunny indoor spot to last throughout the Winter months. An old chest of drawers, some Farrow and Ball and Little Greene tester pots, a tray of white trade emulsion, a hammer, some patience, new drawer handles, a lot […]


MISSING THE SEASONS ON MY MANTLE

MISSING THE SEASONS ON MY MANTLE

Hey! How was your weekend? Our new windows are in and the place is beginning to look a lot brighter now, although my mind is racing ahead and can visualise the end result, time and money decide how fast things can happen so we take every day as it comes. Living here is so much […]


WEEKEND READING – MAKE IT YOUR OWN

WEEKEND READING - MAKE IT YOUR OWN

This chilly September weekend read is the book Make It Your Own by Anna Alicia, the designer-maker behind eco-ethical home-ware and jewellery label A Alicia. Arriving just in time to inspire idle hands to get busy when trapped indoors with all that Autumn rain rolling down the windows. My favourite projects include a Plaited Floor […]


SEPTEMBER – THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

SEPTEMBER - THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

Cosy colours and light layers mixed with thick sweaters, satin dresses with checked over coats. Collecting favourite comfort recipes and noting them down. Gathering logs together to keep the winter fire burning. Trying out a new homemade beauty regime to save Autumn skin. Making the most of chillier and rainy days indoors with my four […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – MY DREAM BATHROOM

Today’s decor source book page is all about our search for bathroom related things. The bedroom renovation decisions are mostly set in stone, but work has come to a standstill while we spend the last days of Summer outside fixing up what we can in the garden. But with an interiors obsessed mind like mine […]


BLACK WHITE OR GREY – PALE OR DARK!

BLACK WHITE OR GREY - PALE OR DARK!

I thought I had it all sorted, but the back and forth has been going on since this post from October last year before we had even looked at a new house, and I’m still freaking out! I painted all my Farrow and Ball and Little Greene testers on the wall the other day, and […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – RUSTIC FLOORING

Last week I was looking for rugs, today it’s all about what goes underneath. The story goes like this, man takes wife to reclamation yard, wife falls in love with life size bronze stag and reclaimed oak flooring from yesteryear. No room for the giant woodland animal and no budget for the high price tag of […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – JOHN LEWIS RUGS

DECOR SOURCEBOOK - JOHN LEWIS RUGS

With my darling kitty’s racing about the place indoors and out, the husband digging up the garden metre by metre, and me throwing glitter and fabric everywhere most days, thoughts of cream carpets like we had in our old place are far from realistic, and with the discovery of pretty decent floorboards underneath the laminate […]


THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – AUGUST EDITION

THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – AUGUST EDITION

Yesterday I was on kitty lockdown in the lounge, while the builders tore out our old front door and replaced it with a new one that a mouse can’t just crawl under with all it’s worldly possessions, while the north wind whistles through without apology. So I spent the afternoon in my sofa camp, looking […]


A GARDEN OASIS

A GARDEN OASIS

Sun, sun, sun, are you giddy with vitamin D induced happiness? I am. So much so, a tiny slice of a garden makeover happened. Getting the most out of the weekend days is paramount when the weather is this good, and we have been busy smashing out roots and digging up old shrubs all around our […]


LIBERTY FABRIC SCRAP SALVAGING

LIBERTY FABRIC SCRAP SALVAGING

Happy Monday beautiful people, how was your weekend? Mine was quite inspired. I had a great time at the Summertime Curiosity Bazaar, met some lovely people, got shy, ate many cakes and sold nearly all my Liberty Lavender bags and hand made cards. I have also been colouring my world with vintage french postcards and […]


GUEST BEDROOM INSPIRATION FROM THE FRENCH BEDROOM COMPANY

GUEST BEDROOM INSPIRATION FROM THE FRENCH BEDROOM COMPANY

Hello from The French Bedroom Company – we’re rather excited about being asked to write the first ever guest post for L&S! As thoughts on the L&S blog turn to renovating Jeska’s new bedrooms, guest bedrooms are first on the agenda and we hope to inspire with some words and our moodboard vision of the […]