Create an eye-catching wall display with Eco Deer

It’s been a while since the display on my black living room wall had a bit of a shake up, so when the team at Eco Deer got in touch about their quirky wall planters, I jumped at the chance to add a new element to the arrangement. The Eco Deer is a tongue-in-cheek take on a traditional mounted stag’s head – the backing board (made by hand from solid eco wood in a small workshop in Ukraine) has two tube vases mounted on it for you to fill with foliage, flowers or branches. I like the black board because…

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9 family-friendly things to do in a weekend in North Norfolk

We have just enjoyed a weekend in North Norfolk, staying in the most picturesque flint cottage – one of Norfolk Country Cottage’s 400 independent holiday cottages dotted across the county. We chose the gorgeous Blacksmith’s Cottage in Great Bircham as our base – it was full of character with its beamed ceilings and woodburner, and was so comfortable, immaculate and well-appointed that we wanted to move in for good! It was just a short stroll to the local pub and village shop/deli, and there was a fantastic view out over farmland at the back. Having never visited North Norfolk before,…

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My top tips for open-plan family living

Time for some honesty. These pictures of my home aren’t the best I’ve ever taken, but I’m currently wallowing in a bit of blogger’s block, and I felt like I just needed to move forward and write a post in order to try to tackle the impasse. Work has been really busy recently, so I haven’t had much brain space for the blog, or time to potter at home, with the result that everything feels a bit neglected and unloved. Sometimes this is just the way life is, and I think I have to find a way to accept that…

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How to create a wall of plants

We recently decorated our hallway, stairway and landing – finally ridding the house of its last areas of beige and magnolia, and painting everything a fresh, bright white. Obviously this meant taking everything down off the walls, and I’ve taken my time deciding what to fill that great, white expanse of wall on the stairway. I wanted to try to introduce some plants there if I could, but I couldn’t work out quite how to go about doing it. Then I went along to B&Q’s recent press show, and saw some clever wall hooks made using plywood – we were…

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Cosy Scandi-style Christmas decorating with Notonthehighstreet

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…

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