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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Styling the seasons: October

: 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“ October. Unmistakably autumnal, October for our family usually means more time spent hibernating at home. More baking and crafts, the start of candlelit dinners as the evenings get darker, and finally accepting that the heating needs to go on. For me, October this year also means knuckling down to try to up my work productivity. Making the…

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The twins lend a hand with flatpack

Somehow, between Ben and I, we managed to get the huge Ikea Expedit shelving unit upstairs into the room that’s now my office. We broke it into a few parts to do it, and had some willing helpers when we came to put it back together…

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