Now that the new ground floor space is coming together, it’s time to start making exciting choices about furniture, decoration and accessories (my favourite bit). Until the wall between the kitchen and dining room was knocked down, Ben and I really struggled to picture the new layout, and what furniture would work well in it. It’s a good thing we didn’t rush into buying a new kitchen table, because we changed our minds at least three times. We started off thinking we’d like to buy a old traditional pine table cheap on eBay, and then paint it a bright colour.… View Post

Here’s another space from last week’s Livingetc House Tours around south west London, sponsored by ao.com. In my own home I’ve been moving away from bright colours and bold patterns, but it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate seeing them used well in other people’s houses, especially when it’s done with the confidence shown in this Edwardian townhouse. What I love about the use of colour in interiors is how much fun and personality it can add to a home, and that was definitely the case here. Clashing combinations were embraced throughout the house – unexpected pattern pairings looked flamboyant and carefree, styles ranged… View Post

Our Christmas this year is going to be a relaxed affair. For the first time ever, it will be just the four of us on Christmas Day, at least until Ben leaves for work just after lunch, and then we’ll be down to three. Ben working is the reason we are keeping Christmas as low-key as possible, but instead of feeling hard-done-by about him working over the holidays (and the third Christmas Day in a row), this year I’m ok with it. It has its benefits. We can eat whatever we want, when we want. We can get dressed when… View Post

The weather got the better of us this weekend. I’d been looking forward to trips out but hardy as we are, even we couldn’t face going out in the heavy, wet, snow, so we had to make do with indoor activities instead. I’m lucky enough to be doing the Shooting Stories eCourse by Capturing Childhood, and so when the twins suddenly decided to do some crafting, I grabbed the opportunity to play with the video settings on my camera, and try out different types of shots. I got enough footage to turn it into a little film on iMovie. It… View Post

As far as I’m concerned, rabbits are for life, not just for Easter, especially when we’re talking about HAM’s playful rabbit prints (Fonz has a gallery of them on his bedroom wall). Today they’ve added five new designs, and I’m heading straight over to buy the Sliding Rabbit screen print. Having spent endless hours stood around a slide while the twins went up and down, and up and down, and up and down, this print perfectly captures a particular moment in time for me. Each of the five designs comes as a hand pulled screen print made in East London… View Post