How to Create a Home Work Space that Works

More of us than ever before now work from home and regardless of whether it’s on a full or part time basis, plugging away on the computer whilst sitting at the family dining table is definitely not the ideal workplace.  It is possible to build a work space into any home, no matter what size, however deciding on the right space does require a little imagination, too!

Today’s home needs a dedicated work space that is both practical and comfortable to ensure optimum productivity, but hey, who said a little style didn’t hurt, either?  So, if you are planning on creating a work space for your own home, whether it’s a sewing area, study nook or home office, here are some important aspects you need to consider in order to make your space functional and stylish! (more…)

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Car Boot Bounty!

While we were away camping on the North Yorkshire coast at the end of August, we decided to rise early on the Sunday morning and pop along to a local car boot sale which was sited in a huge field outside a pretty little village.  Now, I do love a browse around anything with stalls, be it a farmer’s market, craft fair or church fête, but rummaging through other people’s second hand loot?  I’m in absolute HEAVEN!  I wish we could have had a bit longer there to potter about the place; car boots, foldout tables and even patches of grass were crammed full of vintage treasures, books, antiques, rickety old chairs, baskets and boxes, jewellery and other collectable trinkets amongst many other things, but with the kids in tow, sadly it just wasn’t possible to wander around too long.  That said, I did manage to spot some little homeware finds that I’m pretty chuffed with (and all for the princely sum of £5)! (more…)

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Spend vs Save: Shop the Autumn Woodland Trend

Hello and an official welcome to Autumn!  It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Spend vs Save’ post, but with so many gorgeous new Autumn homewares arriving into stores, it’s really hard to resist a spot of seasonal shopping, isn’t it?  There are plenty of exciting new trends emerging, too.  From that cosy, tartan-bedecked highland retreat look to the ultra-luxe geometric forms of an Art Deco setting, there is definitely something for everyone out there.

However, one trend that I think truly defines Autumn and therefore has a much broader appeal, is the Woodland one.  Who doesn’t love textile prints inspired by owls and autumn leaves or felt foxes on cushions?  The woodland trend is once again huge this year and is as prevalent throughout the higher end labels as it is on the high street, so it really boils down to what you are prepared to spend on key pieces for your home.  With this in mind, I’ve done a little window-shopping for you and come across a few home accessories that really rock the trend in different ways; some contemporary, others with a more traditional feel.  Read on for my must-haves!

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Things I’m Loving Lately: { August }

I can hardly believe that we are all of a sudden on the cusp of Autumn, all memories of our summer holiday rapidly fading with the onset of crisper mornings, turning leaves and back to school routines.  For me, August has been a much more relaxed month than the previous one, when my days were filled with packing boxes, calls to estate agents and the general stresses associated with moving house.

However, as we say our goodbyes to this summer, I’ll leave you with the little things I’ve loved in August (the weather here in NI not being one of them I can tell you)!

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Happy Camping or High End Glamping: Best Buys

To round off the summer holidays, we’re taking the children off on a camping trip to North Yorkshire over the August Bank Holiday which we are all very excited about as the kids will get to spend some quality time with their Yorkshire cousins.  Never one to miss a shopping opportunity, I’ve been looking at our camping gear and deciding what we simply cannot do without (doesn’t everyone need a new set of designer enamelware in their lives?)  Ok… maybe not quite, but there are lots of fantastically practical (and fantastically pretty) camping accessories to be had if you shop in the right places.  The trick is to find stylish items that are also realistically practical for use in the ever changing summer weather we are ‘blessed’ with.  Whether you choose to rough it out in a one man tent, live it up in a yurt or get cosy in a glamping pod, there are new suppliers of cool camping kit out there with the right gear just for you.

Image: Kids by Sydney Home Stagers Mr Jason Grant

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Simple Home Updates: Doorknobs & Handles

There are fewer easier ways to breathe new life into existing furnishings and doors than to add a set of brand spanking new doorknobs or handles.  Be it a newly painted chest of drawers, a little door on a bathroom cabinet or a tired set of kitchen cupboards, carefully chosen doorknobs and handles will professionally finish off a home makeover project and completely revive and rejuvenate a previously unloved piece of furniture.  Here are some inspiring examples of where new doorknobs have been totally transformative, along with some of my favourite finds and where to source them… (more…)

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Children’s Room Decor: Keeping the Fun in Function

If there’s one room in the home I love to spend time planning and decorating, it’s a child’s bedroom.  I think it’s the overriding feeling that you have so much freedom with it; you can really go to town on the decor and have a lot of fun in the process!  It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a boy’s den or a little girl’s sanctuary – with sufficient doses of imagination and creativity you can produce some fabulous results (and not necessarily with the price tag to match, believe me!) (more…)

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High St Homeware Edit AW15 – M&S

Like it or not, the Autumn/Winter season is almost upon us!  By September, homeware retailers will be full of the promise of cosy nights in by the fire curled up on your favourite armchair with the rain lashing against the windows.  I have to admit, I absolutely love the onset of Autumn and everything associated with it, the latest offerings of cosy homewares not excluded…

I recently picked up a copy of the M&S Home catalogue for Autumn ’15 and it appears that as with their forthcoming AW15 clothing ranges, they are spot on trendwise with their homeware collections, too.  Plenty of Danish influence which is pretty hot on the homeware scene (and set to stick around) and also lots of rich colour combinations (such as berry and teal), Boho luxe and Art Deco style. (more…)

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Things I’m Loving Lately: { July }

This post should really be entitled “Things I’ve Loved Lately: July”, since it’s well and truly August now!! However, with a holiday and house move taking up much of July, I have scarcely been able to find any blogging time at all and boy have I missed it!  The good thing is we’re now all settled into our temporary digs while we continue with the search for a new home, so I’m back and ready to share lots with you lovely people.

July was officially the coldest one in over twenty years here, but I was lucky enough to spend the first fortnight of it in sunnier climes and in an effort to brighten up these rather wet, murky days, I have pulled together some fresh and summery July loves for you. (more…)

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Home Tour Series {July}: A Cool Calm Space in Oslo

Welcome to my “Home Tour” series where I want to share with you homes that really inspire me and hopefully inspire you, too!  There are so many talented people out there who have created the most amazing living spaces to suit their needs and in doing so, have come up with some really clever ideas that we can adapt to use in our own homes.  And who doesn’t love a nosey into someone else’s house?!

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