Best of Pinterest UK Interiors 2017

I was completely taken surprise to discover I had won something in the Best of Pinterest UK interiors awards. I won the ‘Best Small Space Idea’ category for our fold-away desk, and was a runner up in the ‘Best Kids Room Idea’ for Fonz’s indoor climbing wall. I think what made it feel so special was the awards were decided by a panel of judges (Kelly Hoppen, Matthew Williamson, Michelle Ogundehin and the Pinterest team), rather than by a public vote. As someone who finds campaigning or blowing my own trumpet rather a challenge (I’m trying to get better, as this…

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Behind the scenes at the Ercol factory

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a tour of the Ercol factory in Bucks. I went along with my work hat on, but realised as soon as I arrived that I should have taken my proper camera to snap some pictures to share with you here – I’ve still not mastered the work/blog balance, obviously! I took some photographs on my phone instead, and found myself drawn to all the amazing patterns there are around the factory, as well as all the organisation and storage. The tour was absolutely fascinating – we saw how Ercol uses high-tech machinery…

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Detect water leaks instantly with the new Grohe Sense

We are lucky enough not to have experienced any serious flooding in our home (well, there was that one time in our first flat when Ben drilled through the mains water pipe, and I had to hold a towel tightly around the pipe for over half an hour while he tried to locate the stop cock, but let’s not talk about that, ok?). But the damage caused by a leak – whether thanks to a burst or leaking pipe or a faulty appliance like a washing machine – can be extensive and expensive, and I’m definitely keen to find a way to guard against…

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New love: my fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata)

As birthday presents go, this was a parcel that was hard to beat – a huge box, with a few tantalising leaves poking out of the box – inside was the most gorgeous fiddle leaf fig tree (ficus lystrata). It was a gift from my lovely mother-in-law (she sourced this beauty from The Palm Centre), and I was over the moon because I have wanted to add a fiddle leaf fig tree to my plant family for absolutely ages. Having got my green-fingered confidence up over the last couple of years tending lots of succulents and other low-maintenance houseplants such…

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Is white bed linen really the only option?

I can’t remember the last time I had bed linen that wasn’t white (or the lightest grey). I’ve been a firm believer in white bed linen for as long as I can remember, but when I posted about this recently, the very lovely Clarissa Hulse dropped me a message setting me a challenge to give something else a go. I’ve loved Clarissa’s colourful screen-printed patterns for a decade – she even treated me to a go at screen-printing my own cushion cover a couple of years ago – but I’ve never taken the plunge and tried any of her designs on…

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