Fun & Games with Team GB in Rio

The Britannia Accent Chair by DFS the official homeware partner for Team GB at Rio 2016

DFS Team GB

This is probably a really stupid question, but have you guys been watching the Olympics? I know right, Team GB is on fire! After the amazing home games in London four years ago, I really wasn’t expecting Rio 2016 to come anywhere close in terms of the buzz that we saw in 2012. But with all these medals that the team is racking up, the sense of pride that we are feeling as a nation is palpable. Our athletes are really proving their worth, aren’t they? Apparently, these are the most successful games that Team GB has ever had on foreign soil. These amazing sportsmen and women are just so impressive and the sheer grit and determination that they show knows no bounds. They pour their blood, sweat and tears into their punishing training regimes and give their all to their sports, sacrificing so much for a place on the podium. I can’t even begin to comprehend what they put themselves through. I’m more of a sofa sports spectator shall we say, preferring to cosy up at home and cheer on those who have what it takes. But “What do the Olympics have to do with interiors?”, I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you.

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Magical Children’s Bedding from Forivor

FORIVOR Magical Childrens Bedding

I have to tell you something a little embarrassing. Since becoming a mother, I cry really easily. I can’t watch Comic Relief or Children in Need or any kind of programmes like that anymore. Sometimes even adverts or stories on the news make me cry. It’s terrible. But why am I telling you this? Well this product I am sharing with you today also made me cry, no joke. I received an email from the makers and just reading about it had me in tears, before I’d even seen it no less!! I know, I know, I can hear you all now “Get a grip woman”, but it must be the hormones or something. I never used to cry this much. Anyway, I’d best tell you all about this special tear-jerking product, hadn’t I? It’s the most beautiful, magical, storytelling bedding for children. Just look at it! It is created by Alice Ross and Rebecca Attwood of luxury children’s bedding brand Forivor with the aim of nurturing a generation of imaginative storytellers who are invested in the future of the planet. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Read More…

How To Do A Quick & Easy Bathroom Refresh

Small Bathroom

As you all probably know by now, we recently completed our small bathroom renovation and I have never been happier. However, as I mentioned in my initial post, I was a little torn when it came to choosing a colour scheme for the accessories. At first I opted for blue as it is my all time favourite colour and extremely classy. But I had a really hard time finding accessories in blue that weren’t really plain and dull. I looked high and low, using all my internet scouring skills but alas, nothing met my high standards. I have to say that shower curtains are BORING. It is so hard to find a designy-type shower curtain. Why don’t more design brands do shower curtains? Why don’t more surface pattern designers branch into shower curtains? I just don’t understand. There is a huge gap in the market here. But I digress. So my search for blue bathroom accessories was unsuccessful and I ended up opting for grey and yellow, which you can see in my bathroom reveal post. I did however, find a gorgeous blue electric shower, which I just had to have. And because of this I couldn’t stop thinking about a blue bathroom scheme. How nice would it be to have a second set of bathroom accessories in a completely different colour scheme that would allow me to change the whole look of my bathroom in no time at all and with absolutely no effort?  Read More…

Canary Home Security System

Canary all-in-one home security system is great for monitoring pets when you're not homeI’ve always had an interest in smart technology for the home, ever since I researched and wrote an article about the Smart Grid. But recently I have been intrigued by home security systems. I have always thought of a home security system as being reserved for the extremely wealthy. You know, the kind of people who live in manor houses with lengthy driveways that culminate in massive electronic wrought iron gates. Or perhaps the ueber rich techy city dwellers. And that may have been the case previously, where a good quality, effective home security system was out of reach of most of the population. Not only were they expensive, but they often required a technician to come into your home to set it up. However, technology has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and thanks to the Internet and wireless connectivity, a home security system is now much easier to install and use and is far less costly. The emergence of smart homes has led to the rise of the integrated home security system, which can be connected to smartphones and enables the monitoring of our homes from remote locations. Read More…

colourcourage Paint from B&Q

Inspiration for ColourCourage BARCA DE LAGO paint by Lars Contzen

Morning folks, hope you’re all well? Today, I wanted to share with you all some beautiful images of a new paint range available from B&Q. colourcourage is a gorgeous new paint collection by one of my very favourite designers, Lars Contzen. I’ve been an admirer of his work since I first discovered him back in 2008 and I have done a couple of interviews with him since then. (You can read them here, here and here.) And now he’s back with yet another fantastic new collection that can help colour lovers and those who are slightly more colour cautious to bring their homes to life with some seriously dreamy hues.  Read More…

Small Bathroom Makeover : Final Reveal

Small Bathroom inspiration

So after all this time, I am finally able to reveal my new bathroom…HURRAH!! We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has changed our lives. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to how you feel about your home. This is the only room in our flat for which we have chosen every single detail. It is exactly how we wanted it, and we love it! But for you to get a real feel for how much better it is now, I think you really need to see before and after pics together. I’m so used to the new bathroom now that I had kind of forgotten just how bad it was, so when I saw the before pics again they kind of took my breath away, and not in a good way! Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. (Some of the images have a nifty little slider on them so you can see before and after in one image so just drag it back and forth). Read More…

Review : Recycling Bins from Joseph Joseph

joseph joseph stack recycling binsI have a confession to make, I really quite like recycling! How sad is that? Ever since the local council introduced a recycling scheme in our area I have become really quite committed to the cause. Occasionally, I attempt to ignore the rules, like putting an empty toilet roll into the bathroom bin, which is full of non-recyclable waste. It works for about three minutes before I’m consumed with guilt and have to fish it out and relocate it to the cardboard and paper bin. And I’m forever finding recyclable stuff in our kitchen bin that my husband couldn’t be bothered to put in the right bin. So totally and utterly annoying because I can’t just leave it there, I have to put it into the correct bin because I’m anal like that. The only problem with the recycling system is that it takes up quite a fair bit of space for all the separate recycling bins required to follow the rules. Here in the South Hams, we have a large grey bin for non-recyclable waste, a large brown bin for food and garden waste, a blue plastic sack for card and paper and a clear plastic sack for plastic and tin cans. And we have to take glass to a local bottle bank. We keep our two bins in the garden and the two sacks in our porch area outside the front door until they are full and then we take them to the garden too. So every time we have a bit of paper or cardboard to dispose of we have to take it outside to throw it away. So I can kind of understand why my husband doesn’t stick rigidly to the rules all of the time as it’s a bit of a pain to take rubbish outside each time even if it is only a few metres away. We often end up with a little pile by the front door waiting to be sorted into the correct bags outside. Not really ideal. In fact, quite infuriating. But there is no way we could fit three separate recycling bins in our already overcrowded little kitchen…or is there?

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Why and How to Choose a Corner Sofa

Lazy Time Corner Sofa from Camerich

Lazytime Corner Sofa from Camerich

You may remember the post that I wrote recently about our new sofa. It’s a simple sofa bed that fits our current lifestyle and doesn’t take up too much space. However, we don’t expect this to be our forever sofa. It’s perfect right now with two tiny kids as we rarely get the opportunity to lounge around and relax and the option to transform it into a bed makes it very useful for any guests who want to visit us. But when it comes to thinking about our ultimate forever sofa, I’ve got my heart set on a corner sofa. There is something so luxurious and indulgent about corner sofas and I always find myself swooning over rooms that feature them. So today I wanted to share with you my tips and advice on why you should choose a corner sofa and how you can go about choosing the perfect one for you, your family and your home. Read More…

Kids’ Bedroom Inspiration from Dulux

Paint manufacturer Dulux recently launched a kids' bedroom campaign to encourage parents to involve their children in the creative process when decorating their bedrooms. The result of the campaign was six creative designs for a child's bedroom that not only look fantastic but that aren't really even that difficult to create.

It’s never easy to find kids’ bedroom inspiration that is creative yet achievable. However, Dulux recently launched a kids’ bedroom campaign to encourage parents to involve their children in the creative process when decorating their bedrooms. For this campaign, Dulux teamed up with Channel 4’s Secret Life of Five Year olds Dr Sam Wass, who is also a leading Child Psychologist. The result of the campaign was six wonderful designs for a child’s bedroom that not only look fantastic but that aren’t really even that difficult to create. I think these designs are brilliant so I wanted to share them with you. Read More…

My Small Bathroom Makeover Update

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

So I thought it was about time that I posted an update on my small bathroom makeover for you guys. It’s come on really great and I’m so excited to show you our progress. (Apologies for the poor quality photos and the mess). It’s not quite finished yet so you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the final reveal I’m afraid. We’ve had the plumber in to remove all our old sanitaryware and fit the new stuff and the tiler has been round to tile the walls and floor, so we’re getting there. We just need to fit the bath panel, the extractor fan, a mirror and put up some shelves now and then we’ll be able to fully appreciate our spanking new bathroom…I can’t wait! Read More…

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