Indoor climbing wall for an outdoors-themed bedroom

Up until now the twins have shared a bedroom. They’ve been more than happy with this arrangement, but now they’ve started school (in separate classes) and we’ve been encouraging their independence more we decided that the time felt right to give them their own rooms. Ez was thrilled with the idea, but Fonz wasn’t so keen, so I knew we’d have to come up with something special to win him over. I had gymnastic rings in my bedroom as a child and my brother had a trapeze, and I wanted to come up with something similar. I’ve had a thing…

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DIY kids art table on wheels

The twins (age six) like to draw all the time. They’ve moved away from colouring books, and instead produce endless drawings, collages and illustrated ‘books’.  Although they each have a desk in their room, they actually enjoy drawing and creating together, so I wanted to create a surface for them with space for two, that could be stored away under their beds when not in use. We had some plywood leftover from the various DIY projects in their bedrooms, and I realised it really wouldn’t be hard to turn some of it into low tables, just by adding some casters.…

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DIY kids’ fold-away desk

He has his climbing wall in his new bedroom, but Fonz is also very keen on colouring, so creating a workspace was also a must. To save floor space for playing, I thought it would be a good idea to build a desk that could be folded away when not in use. Ikea sells a wall-mounted drop-leaf table, but ideally I wanted something in plywood to match the climbing wall and if we constructed something ourselves then I knew that we could make the most of every last inch of space. The back plate is just a sheet of 18mm…

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15 awesome DIYs to try this weekend

I’m so darn chuffed to be nominated for Best DIY/Craft Blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards this year, and if you haven’t voted yet, don’t panic (!), you’ve got until Sept 9 to place your vote to hopefully win me a place on the shortlist. Making things – from quick craft projects to full-on DIY endeavours – is something I’ve always loved to do, and they’re the things I most enjoy sharing here on my blog. I went back through my archives to look at all my DIY and craft posts, and thought it would be good to put…

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A Blogtacular hello

This weekend I’m heading along to the inaugural Blogtacular, where I’m ready to be inspired by all the amazing sessions on offer. And at the end of the day on Saturday, I’ll be joining the Secrets of the Editors keynote panel along with Lara Watson, editor of Mollie Makes, Kate Carter, editor of Life and Style at The Guardian and Caroline Rowland, founder of Patchwork Harmony and 91 Magazine. I’ve never spoken at a conference before, but I’m hoping that as it’s a topic I should know something about (having worked on interiors magazines since leaving university in 2001) I might manage not to shame…

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