How I Financed a Kitchen Renovation With ‘No Credit Rating’

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Today I’d like to talk about the real cost of a fixer-upper house as a newly married woman. I understand that’s a pretty niche audience I’m talking to, and it will become apparent why I’m being so specific in a moment… Let’s start in February 2013 when I wrote a blog post declaring that this would be the year of the kitchen for our house. To put

How To Hang A Wall Mural (Memphis Design, Toddler Helpers & Video!)

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My little girl is no longer quite so little, and as a result of her outgrowing the box-room nursery, in late 2016 we moved her into a bigger bedroom. What we’re left with, after lots of clearing out, is a previous guest bedroom/office which is now full of random piles of toys with some nursery furniture. Sounds to me like it’s time to decorate! A

How to DIY a Marble Window Sill

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With Luna’s birthday as well as Christmas approaching, Joe and I woke up one day and decided that our hallway was a bit scruffy looking and needed a refresh. I say refresh, but what I mean is we’ve practically redecorated it. I’ll be doing a full blog post on this soon but one feature that’s done and making me smile each day is our marble

How to Treat Decking Timber: The Greyscale Edition

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Two years ago, Joe built garden decking from scratch at the back of our house. This Autumn, the wood needed treating and we decided to ditch the lighter wood look. I’m not completely au fait with the likes of bulding products – it’s really more Joe’s area. But I’ll share what I can and if you have any questions you let me know in the

Catchment 22

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It’s the talk of the town amongst my mummy mates since the beginning of September: school term starts, and for many it’s an exciting milestone for their kids – the first day in school. You’ve probably all seen your Facebook timelines with little girls and boys stood against a wall in their oversized uniform. Too. Cute. Whilst it feels like only yesterday that I gave

30 Minute Makeover: Lilac Garden Planters

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This summer was supposed to be “the” summer for our garden. We had big plans to resurface our uneven lawn and build a kiddy corner for Luna, who absolutely loves to be outdoors. Sadly, it’s been a bit of a washout. It hasn’t kept us from getting out and about, but it’s certainly hindered our garden plans a little. What we have achieved though has

The Ram & The Reading Nook

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When we redesigned our lounge last year, we never anticipated that it would need to accommodate such a little bookworm! The toys, we planned for – we have a toy chest, a huge cabinet, and the classic Kallax unit from Ikea, all of which are used  in a small attempt to keep the room from turning into Toys R Us. But in reality, it’s not

A Lounge Makeover

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It’s finally happened. We’ve made enough progress on our lounge this year that I’m happy to share it with the outside world. In fact, we actually gave it a dramatic change over the Summer – all those months ago! – so you might say we’re fashionably late with this one. The update started a year ago when we were preparing for Luna to be born.

Replacing The Garden Fence

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This summer we replaced our garden fence. Yup, classic late posting from moi I know. We’ve long since packed away our summer garden gear, and this one was of the main tasks we really wanted to get done and dusted before the cold set in. Mostly because we needed the garden to be escape-proof for our ferrets before the dark nights were upon us! But

Office Geometrics & Armadillo Lighting

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We once had big dreams for a home office. Joe owns about 3 computer towers, 2 screens, and so many other techie bits: boxes of cables, wires, spare cables, spare wires. Video to DVD converter, printer, shredder. I mean, think for a second at all the gorgeous imagery of home offices you’ve likely seen on Pinterest with crisp white walls and Eames inspired eiffel chairs.