Simple tips for an easy bathroom makeover

Although I wouldn’t call myself a slave to interior trends, I love mixing things up on a fairly regular basis. Richard would roll his eyes at this point. I think ‘fickle’ might be a good description. Our bathroom has had more mini-facelifts than I can count on one hand. I guess that’s a lot when you consider we’ve only lived here for 6 years. That said, they’re not huge renovations each time. A bathroom makeover doesn’t have to be expensive and, if you follow these simple tips, you won’t have to retile or change the hardware every-time you want to alter the feel of the room. Before you know it you’ll be able to easily give the smallest room in the house an inviting new look, as often as the season’s change. 1. Give yourself a neutral backdrop. I love colour but I also get bored easily. By painting a room white — or choosing classic, plain white tiles — you can regularly refurbish the space. And introduce new key colours or patterns, simply by changing the accessories. If fixed elements — like walls and tiles — were bold, patterned or bright, it would be so costly to keep altering them… Read More

130 weeks and 6 days | Our cool caravan {Dolly}

When I was younger, I had numerous pet hates. People who don’t thank you when you hold the door open for them — the sliver of ear that pokes through certain hairstyles (mainly on women) — bourbon biscuits — touring caravans… the list was quite extensive. Roll on a few years and it’s amazing how age mellows a person and these little irks are no longer, well, irksome. And in some cases I’ve done a complete 360° turn and the pet hate has morphed into a pet love (although this will never be said for the ear thing — I still hate that). And Bourbon biscuits. However, touring caravans have redeemed themselves to such an extent, I actually shed a little tear when we waved goodbye to our last one. Who’d have thought it? Not me, that’s for sure. But that’s genuinely what happened. Our cool caravan Dolly — funny little box on wheels — had became such an integral part of our family life that I was gutted when we sold her a few weeks ago. A vision of shabby chic — probably more shabby than chic — and the catalyst for so many amazing adventures. She offered the most comfortable bed and shelter from torrential rain (I’m thinking Glastonbury… Read More

110 weeks and 1 day | A chest of drawers makeover

The Easter bank holiday gave me so many opportunities to roll up my sleeves and get a little creative. Four lovely long days, where my boy was at home to keep an eye on our tiny sons, which gave me the chance to crack on with some projects I’ve been contemplating for a while. We made Easter bonnets and Easter salt dough decorations, to hang on a little tree. Plus I tried my hand at flower arranging for a styling challenge. But the thing I was most desperate to do, over the four day bank holiday, was a chest of drawers makeover. We’ve had two  IKEA tallboys for more than 15 years now and I love them — because they generously proportioned and can hold a lot of clobber — but they aren’t the most attractive pieces of furniture we own. They’re pretty enormous, which was fine when we first bought them. Our first home was the first floor of beautiful Victorian mansion block; huge rooms, with 12ft high ceilings, warranted large pieces of furniture to fill the space. More than a decade on and we live in a tiny cottage — with fairly low ceilings and modest room sizes — and as a result, one of these… Read More