DIY shutters from The Shutter Store

I’ll let you into a little secret. I loathe and detest the windows and patio doors in our house. If we had the money, I wouldn’t think twice – I’d change them all in a heartbeat. The UPVC white frames with their faux Georgian strips bother me every time I glance out of the window. So when The Shutter Store got in touch to see if I’d like to review a set of shutters, I almost snapped their hand off. My only hesitation was ‘which window?’ I was worried it would look really odd just doing one window in isolation,…

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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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No mess, no stress kids’ craft party kits

Sometimes you need an activity for the kids that’ll fill half an hour while you can just get on with something else, which is when the selection of party craft kits that the lovely Alexis from Cotton & Twist (Alexis is also a friend and blogger over at Something I Made), had given me to try out came in handy the other morning. Cotton Twist is Alexis’s new business that she’s set up with her friend Anne-Clare. Alexis is uber-crafty and creative, and she’s put her impressive imaginative skills into making these fab little craft kits for kids that you…

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Paddling in January: Winter at West Wittering

I wanted to do something different on Saturday – I had the urge to explore, to go further afield. We had an amazing day at West Wittering around this time last year, and as the forecast was for sunshine, we decided to head back to the beach. It was grey and very cold when we got there, but it wasn’t long before the sun came out and we were treated to the same intense blue skies we enjoyed on our last visit. The wind was bitter, but actually I think I needed that blast of fresh air to clear my…

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Decorating with air plants

I’ve been trying to decide where to hang my ceramic wall dot vase from Collett & Holder for so long, and then I realised that our en suite bathroom was well overdue a bit of love and attention, so I thought that I’d make the vase part of a bigger spruce up. All the main elements were there, but the room just needed some life adding to it, so I hung a couple of picture frames (you can find similar at Decorator’s Notebook) in which I popped some dried honesty from my parents’ garden and a few of the peacock…

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