139 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Carpetright

A few week’s ago I wrote about Dolly — our caravan — and how we had performed a caravan makeover, on quite a grand scale. We’d bought her over the summer to replace our original van (also named Dolly, due to the fact that it was impossible to convince our babies that a caravan could possibly have another name). When we bought Dolly home, she was in a sorry state. Ugly, brown wooden cabinetry, beige walls but the worst offender — in my mind anyway — was the flooring. I’m not sure whether it was original but the van floor was swathed in the most revolting red carpet. The kind of carpet that, no matter how may times you vacuum — or VAX it — still looks dirty. A petri-dish for heaven’s knows what — and I’d really rather not dwell on this — the only solution was to replace it. As caravans are often parked up in festival fields or on grassy campsites, it made no sense to me to replace it with more carpet. The best solution to muddy boots and grass is hard-flooring, something that can easily be mopped down and wiped clean at the end of the day. And as an electric hook-up… Read More

136 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Wallpaper Direct

Last month, I mentioned that we’d traded our beloved caravan — Dolly — in for a ‘new’, larger model. I use the term ‘new’ very loosely. The new van may have preceded her chronologically but certainly not in any other areas. If Dolly needed a bit of updating when we first bought her, this new van needed an entire facelift. Pretty she aint. A caravan makeover was definitely in order! **grim interiors warning — the following shots are not for the faint hearted** I have got LOTS more ‘before’ photographs that I could show you but I’ve always tried to maintain my blog as a happy place — a collection of beautiful things — and the pre-makeover photographs set my teeth on edge (and make me feel a little bit queasy) so  I think I’ll leave it there. Little by little over the summer months — with the help of Wallpaper Direct — my boy and I transformed the very ugly little tin box, you see in the snaps above, into something rather lovely. No mean feat when you have twin toddlers in tow, I can tell you ;) We wanted something a little different from our first van; which was a vision in Cath Kidston. For her successor, we wanted something bright and fresh and… Read More

Home Etc #7 — Home and Garden Inspired Blog Hop

Wednesday already?! How can that be? The last week has passed by in a bit of a blur to be honest. I spent from last Wednesday to Monday of this week, hanging out on a farm in the village of Pilton, for the largest garden party in the world. Glastonbury Festival. Needless to say, I’m very slightly behind on my blogging and things have taken a backseat!! In my absence, Home Etc saw some beautiful and inspirational blogs last week! From unusual containers for planting, to kitchen renovations, we had some fabulous bloggers linking up some great posts. Sadly, my lovely co-host Jess — from mummy of boy girl twins — and I can only choose one favourite each. My favourite came from the blog A Sunny Island — Poppy shared such a gorgeous vintage find. A beautiful table with an incredible back-story. Such a beautiful piece only made better by the amazing tale that came with it. Jess’ favourite was by Jenny who writes over at  Monkey and Mouse. She’s made some amazing cloud shelves for her eldest son’s bedroom. Funnily enough I featured some cloud accessories in a recent post for a friend, who had asked me for some inspiration for her daughter’s nursery. It’s lovely to see… Read More