Scandi sheepskin from Shepherd of Sweden I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how my drive to refresh our home means that DIY and home improvement has been on my mind, but a freshen up and new look isn’t only about tackling those practical projects. For me it also involves looking at the objects we have around our home with fresh eyes, and assessing how these fit with the style I’m trying to achieve. I imagine it’s the same if you own a shop/gift/home business when you’re on the lookout for inspiration to ring the changes for the coming season. Which is where… View Post

A while ago, a friend messaged me to ask wha I keep in my interior stylist’s toolkit that I take with me on photo shoots. As I sent her back my long list of styling kit essentials, I thought it would make a great post on Growing Spaces, and so here I am, eventually sharing it with you. Not only is this a great checklist of things to take on a shoot, but everything in it is useful for small DIY or craft projects at home, too. The above is my current wish-list, including some of the key items I wouldn’t be without:… View Post

I’ve been treating myself recently. Nothing huge – no luxury spa day, designer handbag or posh dinner out – but I’ve been looking after myself in smaller ways. For example, for weeks I’ve struggled to find any socks in my sock drawer that didn’t have holes in. And I finally did something about it. Buying new socks (and some new pants while I was there) seems like nothing much, but actually it’s those little things that remind me that sometimes I need to prioritise myself and my needs. I bought myself some new Saltwater sandals. For the last three summers… View Post

Today is National Handwriting Day 2014, and in celebration I had fun scouring Etsy for my favourite handwriting-inspired buys to share with you. In my mind, that ipad case has my name all over it… 1.  Lined paper personalised fabric pencil case by printsnpatterns £19.82 plus postage 2. I love writing set of three pencils by thecarboncrusader, £2.48 plus postage 3. Wish list hand illustrated pocket journals by ohNOrachio, £6 plus postage 4. His and Hers pillow covers by ZanaProducts, £33.45 plus postage 5. Lined paper ipad case by pilosale, £14.87 plus postage     Disclosure:I have an affiliate relationship with Etsy,and if you click… View Post

There’s been a bit of a lack of colour round here lately so I’m righting that with a healthy dose of neon. Fresh and invigorating, my pick of the best neon handmade homewares from Etsy will bring some brightness and fun to your home – much needed in these dull, dark winter days. My favourite buy is those geometric beads – the set of 15 is designed to be made into a necklace, but I can see them threaded onto a beautiful length of ribbon that’s then strung across my bed’s headboard. 1.Set of three wooden wall hooks, by chocolatecreative,… View Post