Wedding Styling, wedding stationery and wedding papercuts…

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For the first 15 years of my career I worked in London as an art director. Creating beautiful images and designing publications, showcasing a brand’s products. It was a lovely way to spend the working week but, towards the end, I was desperate to start a family and shoot schedules were playing havoc with my personal life. So I decided on a complete change; I wanted to be able to work from home, not have to commute each day or travel to far flung places for photoshoots. I LOVED my job — I truly did — but setting up my own business, especially doing something that I had… Read More

168 weeks and 2 days | A day out in Marlow Park {Siblings May}

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Back in late summer — a couple of years ago — I wrote about our old park. We used to live in Marlow and I used to walk through Higginson park pretty much every day. Midweek it was peaceful and gave the perfect distraction from work. If I was working at home, I’d walk down in my lunchbreak and sit on a bench by the river and feed the ducks and swans. Or wander down later in the day — pick up a coffee from the Costa at the entrance — and amble around, watching the boats go by. On the weekend it would… Read More

Home Etc #52 — Happy first birthday!

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Happy birthday Home Etc! One year old today! My lovely friend and co-host Jess (from the blog Mummy Of Boy and Girl Twins) and I have been running this linky for a full year now — I can’t believe how fast it’s gone! We’ve had some amazing bloggers linking up with us over the last 12 months and featured some really creative and inspiring posts. Thanks so much to everyone that’s supported us and helped to create such a lovely little community of home and garden-mad bloggers. For anyone popping over here for the first time, who hasn’t heard of Home… Read More

Styling The Seasons — May

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At the beginning of this month I felt so ridiculously bogged down by everything. Too much to do and not enough time. And the inability to get a grip on the situation — and manage my time effectively — was addling my brain and making me feel a bit miserable. Amazingly my lovely friend Leigh — who writes the award winning blog Headspace Perspective — is also a qualified life coach and had just set up a new business called Bright Mind Spirit. She’d offered a handful of bloggers an hour long session each and I was lucky enough to be picked. She told me that coaching can often… Read More

Blue suede shoes (and boots)

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It’s been a weird old start to the year hasn’t it? This week it’s flip-flop weather; we’ve had a run of gloriously sunny days and everyone is saying that spring has been given the push by the early arrival of summer. But last week, winter made a comeback — all guns blazing — and Saturday afternoon we had a hail storm and torrential rain of biblical proportions. Good. Although it’s not, because it’s playing havoc with my wardrobe choices. Go out in sandals and realise (when the heavens open) that wellies would have been more appropriate. Go out in winter boots and, later on in the day when the sun is beating down, I’m… Read More

A weekend with the girls {Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City}

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A couple of my blogging friends — Amy from Everything Mummy and Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos — and I had been invited by Mumsnet, to do a little filming job at their Workfest event, which took place last weekend in London. Although Workfest was on the Saturday, with Sarah coming down from Lancashire and Amy travelling up from Dorset, we decided to book a hotel for the Friday night so we didn’t have to rush the next day. The event was in Euston Square, so we chose the Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City; just a stone’s throw away from where we… Read More

Home Etc #51

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Morning all! It’s time for another Home Etc with me and my good friend Jess who writes over at Mummy Of Boy and Girl Twins. Home Etc is a weekly link up for folks who have written any post that includes interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY). Garden or allotment ideas plus crafting or up-cycling.   If you’re aa lover of all things home and have a post that you’d like to share, we’d love for you to come and link up with us! Home Etc Favourites One of last week’s favourite posts came from A Mum Seeking Sun. She shared her daughter’s summer themed bedroom. Full of gorgeous bright and… Read More

Plotting and planning for a single story extension on a listed building

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I have been going on (and on) about a new kitchen for a while now. Since we moved here, in fact. And every time my boy and I discuss our plans, the ideas are very much limited by the space that we’ve inherited and the fact that we have a gigantic AGA sitting in the middle of the only decent run of worktop space in the kitchen. Extending to create a larger space has never, ever been on our radar because — as I’ve mentioned before (on more than one occasion) — our house is Grade 2 listed and our council is not particularly forward… Read More