Cute alert! Introducing our new vizsla puppy Lyra

We have a new arrival in Casa Young! Allow me to introduce Lyra, our nine-week-old Hungarian Vizsla puppy, who joined us just a couple of weeks ago. She’s gorgeous, has ears that feel like velvet and loves cuddles. What’s not to love?! The decision to get a family dog has been nearly 20 years in the waiting, as Ben has wanted a dog ever since I first met him. Every so often he’d bring it up, but the conversation has been getting more and more frequent over the last couple of years. Then earlier this year I offered to dog-sit…

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Word for 2015: Discover

2014’s word, EXPLORE, couldn’t have been better for describing last year. We were lucky enough to visit some amazing places – New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Italy – and experiencing them as a family created a wealth of precious memories for us all. As well as other countries, we found new things to explore much closer to home, too. New walks, new activities, new friends, new routines. I’m sticking to a similar theme for 2015 with the word DISCOVER. I want this year to be about discovery – finding our groove, working out what makes us happy, looking for ways to…

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The Fibre Co. issue me with a knitting challenge

Happy new year! I finally took the Christmas tree down today, but as usual, I’ve left most of the fairy lights up around the house to cheer me up through the depths of winter. Now, I’m not a big one for resolutions (although I do wonder if I need to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum this year, so I have a few things I’m mulling over), but if there’s one thing to get me feeling positive about a new year, it’s the start of a new project. Since I re-learned to knit, I’ve been knitting…

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A new chapter for Growing Spaces

The summer break is over, and as the twins head off to start school I’m ready to put my creative hat back on and get back to blogging. But there’s been something I’ve been mulling over for a while, and I’ve finally come to a decision. I’ve been writing over at Young & Younger about our family life since 2009, and about interiors here since 2011, and it’s time to admit that I can’t do both. I don’t have enough time to keep up with two blogs, and I think both suffer as a result. And so I’ve chosen to…

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An ode to Saltwaters

I can always tell when spring/summer has arrived because my Saltwater sandals start appearing all over my Instagram feed. According to IG, my first picture of them was posted 157 weeks ago, so I’ve had them for a little over three years. My red pair have been on some awesome trips with us – the pictures above were taken in (as well as at home in Berkshire) New Zealand, Italy, France, Switzerland, Suffolk, Wales, London, Somerset, Sussex. A lot of my most precious memories have me wearing them, such as my brother’s wedding in Queenstown and our road trip around…

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