Chiaroscuro | Decorating with dark walls and mirrors

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we’d painted our snug. And if you happened to be flicking through my Insta Stories, that day, you’d have seen the action taking place; and the paint actually going onto the walls in real time. The room had been a mid-dark grey for quite a few years but in a fit of wanting something lighter and brighter. And being swayed by all-white interiors over on Instagram (pop and have a look at the lovely feed by love, tears and teepees to see what I’m talking about); I painted the room in an icy (almost white) grey, just before Christmas. Oh. Dear. Not one of my best moves. But hey, it’s only paint. Easily rectified. Never one to do things by halves, I decided to buck the trend and go the polar opposite — dark, dark walls. To which everyone, that I ran my idea past, solemnly shook their heads; ‘You’ll regret it! The room will look poky and dark!’ Well. It’s the strangest phenomenon. You’d assume that very dark walls would make a fairly small room — that doesn’t get a great deal of light — feel even darker and even smaller. But quite the opposite has happened. The room feels… Read More

Home Etc #89 — and some news!

This week has felt very springlike indeed. And with spring comes newness and change. Talking of which, Jess and I have some really exciting news to share this week! Our little Home Etc team is growing! After almost two years of hosting this little linky each week, by ourselves, we’ve decided that the time has come for us to expand a little. So we’re delighted to announce that a couple of our fave Home Etc regulars — Lins from Boo and Maddie and Kerry from Noah and the Girls — will be taking turns, with us, to host each week. Exciting! Next week Kerry and Lins will be taking over the helm and you’ll find the Home Etc link up over on their blogs. Jess and I will be hosting the following week and we’ll alternate each week thereafter! We’re hoping it won’t cause too much confusion and will just mean that we’ll have a broader reach and will grow our lovely community even further! But back to this week. Home Etc Favourites Faves from last week came from Nancy — who writes over at ‘Hello Nancy’ — with the most gorgeous peek into her trip away to south Wales. And Karen who writes over at the… Read More

Home Etc #88

Happy, happy 1st March! And welcome to this week’s Home Etc! I’ll make no apologies for being a little bit giddy today; for me the 1st March signifies that spring is very nearly here and the dark, winter days are nearly over. Plus my little Welsh man is always very happy as it’s St David’s day. Hapus Dydd Dewi! Back to this week’s Home Etc. For those not in the know, Home Etc is a weekly link up for bloggers who have written posts that include interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY), garden or allotment ideas, plus crafting or up-cycling, hosted by myself and my good friend Jess! Home Etc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Lins at Boo And Maddie with the most stunning door wreath I think I’ve ever seen. It’s from the Big Door Wreath Company and is a work of art!! SO gorgeous and the perfect thing to welcome in the spring! Another favourite came from Suzanne over at Inside, Outside and Beyond. She showed us her cosy and stylish snug. Such a beautiful room. A far cry from my own snug, where the floor is often covered in a sea of Lego! Very well done ladies! Your names… Read More

A good nights sleep | Featuring Order Blinds

Getting a good night’s sleep becomes as evasive and mystical as the unicorn, when you’re a new parent. Sleep deprivation is most definitely a form of torture and ‘sleeping through’ is a hot topic of conversation; discussed in every playgroup up and down the country. Those first few weeks of life with a newborn can be  pretty exhausting. And then once you’ve managed to get your angel into a good routine — BANG — teething starts. And so, your good night’s sleep is disturbed once more. And again when they’re having a growth spurt. Or ill. Or when the clocks change. Aaah the clocks changing. The clocks going forward has always been one of the highlights of my year; a clear signal that winter is finally over and long light days are ahead. But when the boys arrived, putting the clocks forward was something that threw us all out of kilter. Losing an hour was bad enough but trying to put them to bed in the daylight was awful. Even a black-out blind — and curtains with black-out lining — couldn’t stop the light shining around the window frame on sunny mornings, like a halo. And as the sun greeted the world, so my little sons awoke… Read More

Celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary at St Mawes Retreats

At around twenty past two on the third of this month my boy and I had been married for sixteen years. The happiest times of my life have happened with — and as a result of — this amazing man. I love him more than words can say. I’ve written about our wedding day before. It’s bizarre that it was so long ago; the memories are etched in my mind and, if I close my eyes, I can see scenes of the day playing out as clearly as if it were just last weekend. And even though sixteen years may not be a landmark year in the strictest sense — after my wobble about mortality and age the other week — I think every milestone should be celebrated. So we decided to mark another year of married life by escaping to Cornwall; to St Mawes Retreats. Not only is the house an interior lovers delight— with it’s designer fittings and luxury feel; you can read about that here if you fancy a nosey — it’s positioned in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles too. St Mawes is so picturesque. Think quaint little, pastel painted cottages and stunning landscapes and you still probably wouldn’t be imagining anything as beautiful… Read More

Home Etc #87

Welcome to this week’s Home Etc ;  hosted by Jess — my very good friend from the blog Mummy Of Boy & Girl Twins — and me. Bringing you the very best home and garden inspiration from the blogosphere. Home Etc Favourites First favourite from last week came from Lizzie who blogs at Marmalade Pie. She shared her gorgeous sitting room with us. Such a lovely room with a modern-vintage feel. I love the pattern and colour she’s used. So bright and fresh. It’s so cheery and welcoming. And makes a lovely change from all the stark white interiors that are so prevalent on Instagram these days. Another favourite came from my lovely friend Rachel, who writes the blog The Ordinary Lovely. She’s always used her pegboard as a styling tool and has shared some gorgeous ideas over the last couple of years. Last week’s post was no exception. I love how fresh and clean it looks. So simple and modern; and the perfect way to welcome in the spring. Well done girls! Your names are in the hat and you’re both in with a chance of winning a voucher from our lovely sponsors Laura Ashley. Thanks so much everyone, for joining in, Jess and I love seeing what you’ve been up to! HOME ETC… Read More

Boho Luxe Living | Home Inspiration

I mentioned a few week’s ago that this year I’m working with Wayfair, on their Home Experts panel. My first challenge was to create a post celebrating the colour of the year ‘Greenery’ and more recently I was asked if I’d like to pick six of my favourite products, from their site, and discuss why I liked them. Definitely easier said than done! There are thousands of products to choose from so narrowing them down to a handful was quite tricky. Creating A Look — The Boho Luxe Interior Edit To make life a little simpler, I decided to work on a room theme — Boho Luxe — and source the product to create the look. Imagine opulent velvets and sleek marble, tempered with colourful Moroccan inspired cushions and Boucherouite rugs. Think laid back style — with a little rock star detailing — and you’ll get the picture. A. Image Source 1. Golden Lips Graphic Artwork 2. Gethsemane Cushion Cover 3. Portabello Interiors Chesterfield Sofa 4. Mehari Ivory Area Rug 5.  Kensal Side Table 6. Orchid in Dome B. Image Source Seeking Inspiration Very often, when you’re creating a look for a room, the best way forward is to use a picture for reference — and pick your pieces to suit. Interiors magazines used to be the go-to reference for… Read More

Home Etc #86

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Home Etc;  the little corner of the blogosphere that celebrates everything home and garden. Hosted by Jess — my very good friend from the blog Mummy Of Boy & Girl Twins — and me. Home Etc Favourites First favourite from last week came from the lovely Morgana who blogs at Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. She shared her fave copper homeware pieces from the high-street. This trend seems to be set to run and run — the copper vibe has been strong for such a long time now, in interiors, and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. I love how she’s paired the copper with the blush pink and grey especially — it’s such a lovely combination. Another fave came from Home Etc newbie Richard who writes over at The Wood Daddy. He created a GIANT Jenga game — plus stand — as a wedding present for his sister-in-law. Ordinarily, I share photos on Home Etc but loved his film so much, I thought I’d share that instead! The Jenga-style game is AMAZING!!! Do pop and have a watch if you have a spare 5 minutes. Thanks so much everyone, for linking in, Jess and I love seeing what you’ve been up to! HOME ETC HOUSE-RULES 1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc… Read More