Reviews

LYFE : The Levitating Plant Pot

Lyfe Levitating plant pot

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys as this is one of the coolest things in product and home design that I have ever seen. As soon as I heard about the LYFE levitating plant pot I was desperate to try it out so I was over the moon when NOXU Home agreed to let me review it here on the blog. For those of you who don’t know, NOXU Home is a retailer that specializes in designer furniture. They seek out the highest quality and most stylish pieces produced by the very best independent designers and design houses. Their international collection features pieces from the Netherlands, Italy, Romania, and many other European creative hubs. It is the perfect place to shop if you are looking for something for the design-lover in your life. And the LYFE levitating plant pot is just one of the amazing products that they stock. Read More…

Review : Holix Outdoor Floor Lamp by Jalu Ltd

Holix Outdoor Floor Lamp by Jalu

In my last post, where I revealed my nautical garden makeover, you may remember seeing my fantastic new outdoor floor lamp. I promised I would do a full post on it so here it is in all it’s glory. It’s called Holix and it is by a company called Jalu Ltd. Based in Milton Keynes, Jalu is the brainchild of Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann. Together they came up with the concept of these beautiful outdoor floor lamps designed for use in conservatories, garden rooms, on decks, patios or even by the pool. Wherever they are used it is easy to see that these contemporary, sculptural lights are the perfect accessory to stylish outdoor living.  Read More…

Review : Copper Terrarium from The Urban Botanist

The Urban Botanist Copper Terrarium 4

I have wanted a terrarium for a long time now. What has put me off though is the fact that they are often sold empty, leaving the buyer to fill them themselves. This is all well and good assuming that you know how to fill a terrarium and what to put in it. For people like me who live one day to the next in terms of plant survival, the thought of this can be a little daunting…well no actually that’s an understatement, it’s terrifying. What if you buy the wrong soil, or the wrong plant? What if you plant it incorrectly? There are just too many variables that could lead to the demise of the poor plant and there is nothing worse than having an innocent plant perish at your hands. So this is why it has taken me so long to get a terrarium, despite the fact that I’ve always known that one would look fabulous in my livingroom. When I was offered a terrarium to review by The Urban Botanist, I seriously considered turning it down. Not because I didn’t like the products, they looked amazing. But purely because I didn’t want to fill it myself and risk having to take photographs of a dead plant. Can you imagine having to admit that the terrarium is wonderful but you can’t keep anything alive in it? What kind of review would that be? Read More…

Review : Wooden Venetian Blinds from Make My Blinds

Make My Blinds Wooden Venetian Blinds review

You guys have no idea how happy I am to be able to tell you about the new blinds we’ve recently installed in our bedroom. (Yes that is a cot you can see there, but with any luck we’ll be getting rid of it in the next few weeks as we attempt to transition our youngest out of our room and in with her big sister. Wish me luck with that! It’s going to be a huge challenge, and one I’m not quite sure I have the energy for.) We’ve had the same crappy curtains up since we moved in almost four years ago. They came with the flat and we just never got round to changing them. When it comes to window dressings I am instantly thrown into a spiral of total confusion.

I knew I wanted to get rid of the curtains but I wasn’t sure what to replace them with. Every time I looked into a different type of window dressing, I lost the confidence to actually make a decision and purchase something. The reason I didn’t like curtains was because when we drew them, they covered the radiator below the window and all the heat got trapped inside the window cavity. Certainly not ideal. I ruled out a roller blind as I’m not a fan of how they look because I associate them with kitchens and bathrooms. I considered a roman blind as I see them as quite sophisticated, but I couldn’t decide on a colour or a fabric (I am the worst for making decisions about my own home, it’s really infuriating). I thought about shutters, but worried that they would be too difficult to open given the lack of space on either side of the window and I didn’t fancy having them shut all the time. So that left me with wooden Venetian blinds, which was a decision I was happy with. All I had to do was measure up and order some. Easy right? Read More…

Review : Titan Compactor Bin from Joseph Joseph

Joseph Joseph Titan Compactor Bin

It’s been a while since I did my last review so today I’m sharing my experiences of the Titan Compactor Bin from Joseph Joseph. As you may know, I already own the Stack Recycling Bins from Joseph Joseph (you can read my review of those here). So for me pairing my stack bins with the new Titan Compactor bin made total sense. Thanks to the recycling bins, I am now able to take my recyling rubbish out a lot less frequently which is a real bonus and I was hoping that the Titan would provide the same benefit. I mean, it’s not the end of the world having to take the rubbish out, but living in a first floor flat, it means that I have to leave the girls in the flat alone while I run the rubbish down the stairs. As we all know, it takes no time at all for kids to get up to mischief and potentially hurt themselves. So the less frequently I have to do this the better. So I had high hopes for the Titan. Read More…

How I Overcome the Winter Blues

Blooming Artificial Faux Plants Innolux SAD Light

The past few days have felt decidedly warmer down here in Devon. We even had to turn the central heating down one evening as we were feeling a little balmy. To me, that is a sure sign that Spring is edging ever closer and I can’t wait. It’s hard trying to get through the winter months as those dark and dreary days seem endless. I really miss the warmer, sunny days that Spring and Summer bring and I find that this tends to affect my mood somewhat. My husband is definitely affected. He can be a real grump in winter and tends to suffer from a distinct lack of motivation. I’m convinced that he suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but he assures me he doesn’t. After years of difficult winters, I decided that it was time we sought a solution that would help us cope better through the winter months and shake off those pesky winter blues. Read More…

Bespoke Framing Service from King & McGaw

Scandi Artwork Bespoke Framing King & McGaw

I can’t believe January is almost over already, that has just whizzed by. I’m starting to worry that I’m not going to get through all my plans for my home (again) this year. There just isn’t enough time in the year. But one thing that I am going to be able to achieve is finally getting all my artwork framed. As I’ve explained before I’ve never been great at choosing artwork for my home and the fear that I will go off it has often stopped me from actually buying any in the first place. But I’ve become far more confident with my choices in the past year or so and I’ve finally invested in some really lovely pieces. Challenge overcome! Well almost. I was pretty disappointed to learn just how difficult it can be to find the right frame for your artwork. Having finally taken the leap and chosen some great art for my home, I ended up still not being able to display it as I couldn’t find a frame that was the right size or colour. It was really quite frustrating. I mean the last thing you want to do is end up having to trim down a print so that it will fit into a frame, right? But luckily, I have since discovered online art retailer King & McGaw and their bespoke framing service. Read More…

Review : Oreck Magnesium RS Vacuum Cleaner

Oreck RS Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner Review

So, hands up anyone who has heard of Oreck? Nope? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either until I became the proud owner of one of their vacuums. Now I feel like I’m part of some exclusive secret club. So anyway, I’ve had this vacuum cleaner for a little over a month now and it has revolutionised the chore of hoovering for me. We’ve already learnt here in the past that I’m not a big fan of housework. I don’t really enjoy ironing, I can’t say I’m a big fan of laundry and I’m not really one for washing up either. Well we can certainly add hoovering to the list of household chores that I dislike and while we’re here let’s put it at the top. When I first moved in with my husband and we divided up the housework, he got the hoovering, that’s how much I hated it. But why did I hate it so much? Because hoovers, whether the upright or cylinder variety, tend to be really heavy and hard to manoeuvre, which makes the task pretty damn exhausting. So that was definitely one chore I wanted to trade off right from the start. Since we’ve had the kids though, the flat is in constant need of hoovering. It’s gone from a weekly task to a multiple-times-a-day task. We previously had a Vax cylinder model, something like this, which was a pretty great hoover, but dragging it around the flat and lugging it over strategically placed stair gates was not really ideal. I ended up using a little hand-held hoover to hoover the livingroom most days. Crawling round on my hands and knees actually became preferable to getting out the big hoover, that’s how bad it was. Until we got the Oreck Magnesium RS. Read More…

Review : Brizebox, the Secure Parcel Delivery Box

Brizebox Secure Parcel Delivery Box

I can’t believe we are already midway through November. Christmas will be here before we know it. I’m normally really starting to stress out by this point having not even started the Christmas shopping and having no clue what I’m even going to buy. But I’ve been more organised this year. I’ve already ordered all the kids’ presents online and have them safely stored away in our bedroom. So that’s a good start. Now it’s just the rest of the family and some friends that I need to buy for. I don’t have much time to go shopping on my own so I’ll probably be getting everything online because it’s so much easier and I can get it all delivered to my home. The only problem with that is the fact that my husband is at work all day and I’m out and about with the girls in the mornings and at work in the afternoons. So there is a very high chance that I won’t be home to accept all the deliveries. Some delivery drivers will leave parcels in our porch but not all are prepared to do that as it’s not secure. My heart sinks every time I come home and find one of those “Sorry we missed you” cards on the doormat and I realise that I have to then go and collect the parcel from the post office sorting office, or worse, some main depot in Exeter, which is an hour away. Luckily though I have found a brilliant solution. Let’s take a look at the Brizebox.

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Celebrating Colour with the Brabantia #LoveColour Campaign

brabantia white touch bin situated in a modern monochrome kitchen

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have appointed myself as a brand ambassador for Brabantia right? They haven’t asked me to be one, I just really like the company and all their products. I’m constantly impressed with the quality of their products and I’ve enjoyed learning about their recent focus on corporate social responsibility with their #LoveNature campaign. But I also really like how, as a company, they are very aware of designing products that are not only high quality and extremely functional, but that also look really great. This is nothing new obviously, but I’m not sure that other companies who make the same kind of products – waste management, laundry solutions, food storage and preparation items – take the same approach. Brabantia pays a lot of attention to how these products can fit in to our homes, look stylish and make our chores more pleasurable.  Read More…

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