The GLTC Abbeville Storage Bench {The smartest smart storage}

smart storage — The Abbeville Storage Bench from GLTC

Smart storage. Does the ‘smart’ mean clever? Or does  it mean dapper and debonair? Well in the case of the Abbeville Storage Bench from GLTC it means both of those things. This is one bit of furniture that’s as clever as is it good looking. The Perfect Reading Nook. When we first bought the Abbeville home, Bertie declared that it would be a good place to put his books. Hmmm. Yes. It would make the perfect reading corner. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind for it, but I could totally see where he was coming from. The three recesses make the perfect book-store. Deep and high enough for the tallest, widest books. Plus the cushioned seat makes a lovely reading perch. This smart storage bench is the perfect addition to any child’s bedroom. Looking for a little library and reading nook in one neat package? The Abbeville ticks all the boxes. We already have book shelves but invariably the books get taken and read elsewhere. So somewhere to sit — and store the books — all in once place is a very clever idea indeed. I get a bit fed up seeing books strewn about the house, if… Read More

The GLTC Pigeonhole Wall Shelf {The most versatile shelf in the world}

So. When I wrote this post, I spent the next half an hour humming Prince’s ‘Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ — *replace actual lyrics for the above title and you’ll see where I’m coming from*. But the Pigeonhole Wall Shelf from GLTC is exactly that. The most versatile shelf. My boy had originally bagged it for his workshop but he, reluctantly, had to agree that it was far too nice for that. It also works well in an office; I had it firmly in my sights for my she-shed but had to concede that it’s invaluable in another spot in our home. The Pigeonhole Wall Shelf was totally made for the bathroom. A great, wall-hung, storage solution for all those bits and bobs. Three handy little hooks for towels, wash-bags and other bathroom essentials. For me, essentials would mean shower-gel or a  sponge; for my two littles it means bath buckets (naturally). It has four little pigeonhole shelves (I guess the clue is in the name) that are nice and deep and the perfect size for shampoos, ear-buds, talc and all your toothbrushing paraphernalia. And as it’s finished in pristine white, it will fit in nicely in most bathrooms. But whilst, it is perfect for the bathroom, it’s also… Read More

A dining room makeover | Featuring Laura Ashley

I mentioned a couple of week’s ago that I was planning a dining room makeover. I’d put together a little mood-board, picked out the wall-paint and chosen a couple of bits and pieces to give the room a bit of a refresh. The room was OK before — not hideous — but it was all a little bit bland and mismatched. The carpets were old and tatty, the paint was scuffed and the lights and chair cushions had certainly seen better days. The biggest thing that needed to be done though was painting the dining room table and chairs. I decided to freshen it up and get rid of the fagnolia cream finish that it had had since we bought it, in favour of a cotton white shade from Laura Ashley. In the past I’ve used Annie Sloan chalk paint but decided to try something new; Laura Ashley’s decorative furniture paint was fabulous. Really easy to work with and gave a lovely chalky finish. It was quite a big task as the table is fairly large and there are 8 chairs; all with lots and lots of surface area. I took the rattan seats off the chairs, gave all the surfaces a light sand with medium… Read More

113 weeks | Home {and what it means to me}

Home. A little tiny word with enormous meaning. What feelings and emotions does the word ‘home’ evoke? What does it mean to you? I’ve been thinking about this long and hard and I can’t think of a single straight answer. Home means so many different things to me. I can’t narrow it down to just one thing. So here are the first things that spring to mind. Home is feeling safe and secure. It’s pulling up outside the house and feeling relief and excitement wash over me, that I’m back in the place I feel the happiest. It’s hearing my boy’s key turn in the lock — then hearing him whistle. Something he’s done ever since we’ve been together. That two-tone whistle is synonymous with home. Home is our funny, beautiful cottage with it’s wonky walls and tin roof. And no, I’m not joking. It really does have a tin roof ;) It’s sitting around the kitchen table, listening to the radio, with the warmth of the AGA enveloping us. Home is snuggling in our giant bed, strewn with books and magazines — on a Saturday morning — with my three lovely boys (tiny boys and big, man-shaped boy). Home is bimbling about in the garden, safely enclosed by… Read More