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A Spring Garden Tour + Jobs for May

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I have been asked a few times to feature my garden on here and share some of what I have learnt as a (very much) novice gardener since we moved into our home last Spring.  Now that a full year has turned around in the garden, I feel that I’m gradually getting to know the place and the plants that reside here, plus I’ve gained more confidence in dealing with the various trees, shrubs and flowers that I’ve come to recognise.  A year ago if you’d asked me what a herbaceous perennial was, I’d have thought you’d taken up a new foreign language.  It really was Double Dutch to me.

So, as it’s the height of the growing season now and there’s more green lushness and splashes of colour about, I thought it the ideal time to show you around.  I suppose it’s a decent enough size for a suburban garden, which is perfect for us, as it’s challenging enough without being overwhelming and there’s plenty of room for the kids to play outdoors, too.

Final point: as a complete novice, I have always found gardening to-do lists and jobs for the month incredibly useful for clarifying and prioritising what I should be investing my time on outside, so I’ve written up a little list of jobs for May at the end of the post, if you’re interested.  So, all that remains is for you to pull on your wellies and come for a look around!



Easter Touches for the Home: An Easter Blog Hop

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With Easter just a week away, all thoughts of Winter are now far behind us and Spring has truly sprung, with many of us refreshing our home interiors with new accessories and getting out into the garden for some much needed outdoor time.  Perhaps you’ve swapped out the faux fur throws for lightweight colourful striped cottons or packed away the fairy lights with the onset of lighter evenings, but have you considered those little additional touches with a fun, Easter theme?

I was delighted to be invited along on an Easter Home Blog Hop by the lovely Carly who blogs over at A Cup Full of Glitter.  Together, a handful of us have put together some Easter touches to our homes which we’d like to share with you.  At the bottom of my post, you’ll be able to hop over to another super-creative blogger’s Easter home!

Now, I appreciate not everyone is as into decorating their homes for Easter as perhaps they are for Christmas or even Hallowe’en, but there is a fast growing trend for colourful Easter trees, wreaths and decorated branches becoming the norm in our homes.  With a little thought and without having to step anywhere near a discount store’s Easter goody aisle, you can add some delicate, stylish, details to your home that welcome in the new Spring season and cheer things up a bit.

I was recently asked by TK Maxx to have a look at their Easter offering in the homewares department and as I always enjoy working with them, I thought I’d take a look.  Needless to say, I had lots of fun choosing a few accessories that I will definitely be using in my own home this Easter and hopefully beyond… here are my favourite pieces which I want to share with you lovely people. (more…)


Home Decor Trends 2016: Bring the Botanical Look Home

Following on from last year, the trend for all things green and leafy is still going strong, with homewares in Spring/Summer 2016 collections loudly emblazoned with botanical prints, lush foliage, tropical fruits and birds of paradise.  Never thought you’d own a pineapple shaped lamp base?  Well, think again!  This look is centred around bringing the outdoors in and embracing Mother Nature in all her beautiful forms.

However, even if this trend seems a little too ‘out there’ for you, it can be brought into the home, or indeed garden, in a subtle way, too – a few botanical print cushions can make a bright and cheerful addition to any patio set, as can some colourful picnic ware.  Indoors, how about using a softer print on a smaller scale, such as on a roman blind within a small window, or create an element of surprise with a patterned lampshade on a hall console table. It will brighten up any entranceway!



5 Simple Easter Decor Ideas to Try this Weekend

It seems like only last week that I was talking about Christmas home decor and gift ideas, yet here we are on the cusp of the Spring Equinox and with Easter only a week away.  Spring has sprung upon us rather quickly this year and I for one feel like I haven’t really invested the time to properly stand back and appreciate the delicate Spring flowers tentatively starting to appear in the garden or relish the oh-so-subtle heat of the new Spring sunshine in between scurrying clouds.

But enough poetic thoughts.  The Easter Bunny is arriving early this year and it’s time to freshen up the home with some Spring touches.  Decorating your home at this time of year needn’t be as opulent and obvious as at Christmas time; in fact, Easter decorations are at their most effective if kept delicate and simple.

Not sure how to go about it?  Here are five stylish decor ideas you can start on this weekend and enjoy in the run up to the festivities…



Blooming Lovely Spring Accessories for the Home!

Nothing signifies the end of a long, cold winter better than a bunch of freshly picked Spring blooms from the garden, so it’s no surprise that many of the High Street homeware brands are heralding the beginnings of Spring with colourful new collections featuring all kinds of fresh, floral prints, from tiny scattered blossoms to oversized painted blooms.  It’s the definite trend of the moment!

Introducing a few floral accessories into your home is a fantastic and economical way to bring a breath of fresh air into your interior decor, whether it’s plump new cushions for the couch or a pretty set of tea towels in the kitchen.

However you decide to freshen things up, one thing’s for sure: it’s time to pack away those stag ornaments and chunky knitted throws and drag your home out of hibernation.  Spring has sprung and with these gorgeous floral finds, you can make your home just blooming lovely…



A little home loving this weekend…

Decorating your home around St Valentine’s Day can be a fun way to celebrate this centuries-old tradition, whether it means making paper hearts with the kids or planning a romantic evening in with your loved one.  For me, St Valentine’s marks the early signs of Spring, when we can finally begin to leave the long Winter behind us and brighten our homes up with some fun home decor.  I think it is the perfect time to dig out your heart embossed coffee cups and pretty tealight holders and show your home a little loving, too.

Here’s how to get the look right without overdosing on sugar pink…



Home Trends to Dip Into: Summer 2015

We might have been bombarded with four seasons in one day here lately (it’s seriously freezing out there), but this has simply made me more determined to bring a touch of summer sunshine into the home!  The high street homeware departments are now full of uplifting and zingy ideas to help you haul your home out of the dark, woolly depths of winter and into the summer sunshine.  However, do not fear!  A complete design overhaul of your interior will not be required; just a few thoughtful touches such as a new rug, colourful cushions, some pretty cups or glassware will reinvigorate your love for your home.

So, what are the key trends for Summer 2015 and how can we mould them into our existing décor?  (more…)