Working from home

Maybe it’s the need to be as close to the kettle as possible or just because it’s at the heart of our home, but even though I’ve got a dedicated home office that I love I can often be found working at the kitchen table instead. I guess that’s one of the best things about working from home – you’re not restricted to one workspace, you can pick your spot for the day, whether it’s at your desk, on the sofa, or even holed up in bed (this ranks pretty highly for me on cold, winter days or if I’m…

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My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers

This month’s #urbanjunglebloggers challenge from Igor and Judith was about grouping plants together to celebrate their diversity – combining sizes, shapes, colours and textures. I decided that the String shelving system in my office was the perfect spot to show off my gang. I love seeing them all gathered like this – herbs, succulents, spider plants, money plants and my pilea, which is my oldest houseplant. There are some missing from the gang here that were too big to fit onto the shelves, and grouping them has made me realise that I really want to add some trailing plants to…

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Lighting garland for the office

I love seeing classic outdoor-style festoon lights used in interiors. Originally when I spotted the  outdoor lighting garland from Out There Interiors I’d imagined using it in our living room when we gave it a mini-makeover, but the mini-makeover is still waiting to happen as we ponder making more major changes (more on that soon). I knew I wanted to use the lights inside somewhere rather than use them in the garden, so when I relocated my home office downstairs to provide space for Ez to have her own bedroom, I thought the garland would be the perfect lighting choice.…

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Styling the Seasons: February

: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots : “Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you” Laura Ashley are collaborating with Katy and Charlotte for this month’s Styling the Seasons. Our challenge was to use some wallpaper and items from the SS15 range to help us style up our surface. I love it when the snowdrops start appearing in February, heralding the first signs that spring might be on…

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#TheEverydaySpruce DIY wall planner

| SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | I’m so enjoying #TheEverydaySpruce project with Sarah-Lou. Not only is it a great for making me look out for ways to make life easier and clearer, but it’s meant that I’m actually tackling things that I’ve always had in the back of my mind but have never got round to. Turning those vague ideas and plans into reality feels absolutely satisfying. The big focus here over the last fortnight has been transforming the old playroom into an office for me (after my old office upstairs became Ez’s new bedroom). I’m determined to keep…

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