Photo Diary: Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

I’ve been at it again! Out and about in London ready to get snap happy. This time, I visited Clerkenwell Design Week which ran in May. It’s home to more creatives and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet (according to the event) so as a bit of a design geek, I couldn’t well turn down a visit! It’s odd. Many years

The Grand Opening of Rose & Grey’s Manchester Showroom

Rose & Grey Altrincham Showroom

If you haven’t heard of Rose & Grey before, and you live in the Manchester area, you’re in for a treat. And I feel like I can genuinely say that because in my eyes, it’s quite simply one of those boutiques that has most definitely got something for everyone. I wrote a post recently about some interiors stores I visited in London, and how much

The Psychology of Colour: A Karen Haller Masterclass

be inspired to personalise your home in Stratford with Get Living East

It’s another masterclass over here on the blog today! A few weeks ago, I wrote about a recent London trip, when I visited the beautiful interiors store, Olive Loves Alfie, as part of the #MakeYourselfAtHome campaign with Get Living London and East Village, turning the former Athletes’ Village (y’know, from the Olympics!) into trendy urban accommodation. Read PART 1 on how to add personality through

How To Add Personality To Your Home: An Ashlyn Gibson Masterclass

Blue Lounge 07

How much would you say your home is a reflection of you? I think a lot of people would say that actually, they’ve just picked what they liked from a catalogue and not really thought about how those features represent who they are – if they do at all! Don’t feel bad, you guys – I’m certainly guilty of the same. But it turns out,

Mastering Floral Artistry with Frog Flowers (& Champagne)

flower arranging at frog flowers

This weekend, I was invited to join Frog Flowers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I’ve made a really conscious effort in 2016 to get out there more. Talk to other like-minded bloggers, visit events and not be so afraid to shout about this hobby of mine that is slowly but surely becoming a part of my everyday life. So when the lovely Susie from Old Fashioned Susie

Photo Diary of an Interiors Mad Northerner Let Loose in London


Earlier this month, I found myself in London. It was a gorgeous day, I was completely alone so no parenting duties to worry about. It was just me, my headphones, and my camera for snapping. And as always when I’m alone, I get snapping all sorts of bits and bobs that inspire me. I had an hour to kill before an event, so I decided to

Ikea 2016 patterns on FLEEK


Wait, that’s how the cool kids talk, right? However you want to say it. Ikea are absolutely killing it with their patterns at the minute. We took a trip to our favourite big blue warehouse in Manchester today. We’re lucky really that we have one so nearby which means we can pop it regularly for a grand day out. Living on a tight budget means

Crafting with Hillarys

hillarys crafternoon 02

A few weeks ago, I was invited to an event hosted by Hillarys – a crafternoon. It was an opportunity to come into Manchester city centre, join the brand as well as some other ace bloggers, and learn some crafts. As a working mum, it’s not often I get to indulge in afternoons entirely alone so I decided to give it a go! I really enjoy

Holy British Blogging Bunting Bakeoff, Batman!

Baking 18

For long and loyal readers of this blog (oh hey mum!), you’ll know that I went 2 long years without a kitchen whilst we saved up to build one. For newbie readers, yes you read that correctly. We had nothing but a sink. No worktops or cooking equipment. NOUT. (You can see the before & afters of our eventual kitchen HERE) So when it comes

Tatton Mansion – Period Property Envy

Tatton Mansion 01

I love our house. I feel that this is an obvious statement since I’ve spent almost 4 years blogging about what we’ve been doing to it. But there are also days where I’m envious of others. You see, I have a real love for period properties. And don’t we all deep down? They’re just bursting with personality, and quirky little features which ooze of history.