Sloe Gin

IT IS READY.... For 3 months I have daily been shaking my bottles of sloes, gin and sugar.  I picked them in the autumn, you can read about how to make them here.  They have been stored in a dark place, and have now turned the most amazing shade of deep red.  I left space … Continue reading Sloe Gin


Ikea Hack – Bookcase Unit – Part 2

How to hack a Kallax or two.... So it seems ages ago that I started on the Ikea Hack, which you can read my plans on here.  I spent 3 afternoons at my sisters building away, and it took ages to get around to photographing it due to flu, distance and time!  However, here it … Continue reading Ikea Hack – Bookcase Unit – Part 2

My latest find…

And how to communicate with teenagers successfully... After Christmas I received hundreds of sale emails from various interior shops.  One of them was from Cox & Cox, a great online retailer with quirky items.  I was not planning to buy anything, especially after Christmas, but this little beauty caught my eye, and it was also … Continue reading My latest find…

Master Bedroom gets a makeover

Farrow and Ball paint and things lurking under the stairs. This week I was browsing a paint department, and happened upon a discounted 5L tin of Farrow & Ball's 'Brinjal' matt emulsion.  This leaves me with 2 thoughts: a) I need to get out more and stop loitering in paint departments when I have free … Continue reading Master Bedroom gets a makeover

Ikea Hack – Bookshelf Unit, Part 1

PLANNING: Yesterday I was over at my sisters house.  She has been working really hard recently on decorating, de-cluttering and generally removing the ravages of children over the years.  She has a sitting room with a newly installed woodburner, (she enlarged the fireplace and taught herself how to lime plaster to help install this, bravo!), … Continue reading Ikea Hack – Bookshelf Unit, Part 1

English Antique hunting mission

I am sitting in a very cool cafe in Tetbury, Gloucestershire today and about to start on a mission finding interesting antiques.  It is pouring with rain, so I think there will be less tourists about giving me excellent shopping space! Tetbury is a beautiful town in the Cotswolds, famous for a myriad of Antique … Continue reading English Antique hunting mission