Friday, 21 April 2017

What to do when you're bored of everything in your home

Easy home upgrades you can make to your house cheaply, quickly and on a budget when you want to refresh your interiors and decor.

It could just be down to nesting hitting me hard, but the title says it all really - is it just me or do other people go through stages of loving the way you've styled your home, and feeling fed up with everything in it? But while ripping everything out and starting again would be a bit extreme (and definitely giving my husband grounds for divorce), there are less drastic things you can do - so I thought I'd share my plans for some small tweaks to freshen things up a bit.
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Recipe: Summer Fruits Loaf

Summer fruits loaf cake recipe featuring raspberries

I'm so desperate for a bit of sun that I'm already dreaming of summer desserts - hence why I just had to have a go at this cake today! I've used raspberries, but you could easily use strawberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, or even a mixture of all your favourites!

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

7 tricks to make your home appear bigger

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

Our home is not exactly the most spacious house, like many classic first-time buyer properties. So if, like me, your dream farmhouse is still a while off yet, there are a number of things you can do to maximise space, and make your home feel and appear bigger.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Keeping your home clean and tidy (& stylish!) with pets


Keeping your home clean and tidy with pets from dovecottageblog.com

Last year we welcomed the bundle of joy/mess/general insanity that is Betsy our Maltese-Poodle cross puppy. Whilst I've always wanted a fur baby of our own, I'm not too ashamed to admit that the affect a pet might have on our home (and my borderline OCD-level of cleanliness) worried me. However, while we've had our fair share of doggy-diarrhoea-on-my-favourite-rug incidents, I think (or I hope) I've managed to keep my home looking fairly neat and tidy, despite the inevitable whirlwind of mess and energy an animal brings.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Brighten up your home for Spring with Laura Ashley

How I have used decor and accessories to brighten up my home for the new spring season. Featuring some beautiful, floral kitchen and dining items from Laura Ashley to add colour and warmth to my small, gloomy dining room.
*This is a collaborative post*

Is it just me or is anybody else totally over winter?! I'm so bored of gloomy grey skies and have been longing for a bit of warmth in the air and colour in the garden.

So I'm really excited to be sharing this with you - I'm featured as a guest blogger over on the Laura Ashley blog today! I'm talking about their beautiful new Floral Heritage range, and sharing how I've used some of their stunning bits as a way of injecting a bit of spring time colour into my home.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

How to nail the tropical trend in your home - No redecorating needed!

How to incorporate the latest interior design trend into your home, using just tropical accessories, decor and homewares available now on the high street, without the need for redecorating, and on a budget.

I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely loving the tropical trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment. It's so bright and beautiful, and adds a fresh twist to any room - perfect for the warmer months. However, while you might not want to completely redecorate, it can be quite easy and cheap to incorporate this look into your home using just accessories and decor.
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

A-Z of buying your first home

A-Z of technical terms and jargon when buying your first home

Buying your first home can be a very exciting, but sometimes an overwhelming experience. When me and my husband were in the process of buying our home, I found I had to learn lots of complicated jargon and technical processes very quickly, so thought it might be helpful to put together a quick A-Z guide to buying a house, including everything first time buyers need to know when in the process of getting the keys to their first place.

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