Tutorial: How To Make Fabric Buttons

Ever wondered how to make fabric buttons? They’re really quick and easy to make with a covered buttons machine and they look amazing!

Ever wondered how to make fabric buttons? They’re the perfect thing to make a plain garment look fabulous. Plus, with a covered buttons machine, they’re really quick and easy to make.

How To Plan a Naming Ceremony

How to plan a naming ceremony to remember

If you do not hold any religious beliefs, a baby naming day ceremony is the perfect alternative to a Christening. Here’s what we did for our twins’ naming day.

How To Brighten Dark Rooms

How to brighten dark rooms

Want to know how to brighten dark rooms? These three steps will help you lighten and brighten — and shed a little more light on the situation!

Free Easter Banner Papercut Template

Easter banner made from our free Free Easter Banner SVG Papercut Template

If you’re looking for a pretty way to decorate your home this Easter? Why not have a go at making this Easter Banner with our free downloadable template.

Free Valentine SVG Papercut Template

Free Valentine SVG Papercut Template

If you’re looking for a sweet and thoughtful gift to make for Valentine’s Day, why not have a go at creating this ‘Love Blooms’ papercut using the papercut template?

DIY Valentines Chocolate

DIY Valentines Chocolate

Looking for a simple recipe for DIY Valentines Chocolate? This chocolate bark is so easy to make, looks great and tastes utterly delicious too!

Happiness is: {My Favourite 5 Pilates Exercises}

5 pilates exercises for beginners

I’m pretty evangelical about Pilates — in fact, I’d go as far as saying Pilates changed my life! And I’m not overexaggerating! So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share my favourite 5 Pilates exercises with you.

Make a Simple Yarn Christmas Tree Garland

Make a Simple Yarn Christmas Tree Garland

Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays? An effortless and cost-effective way to pretty up your home for the festive season is to make a simple Christmas tree garland from yarn.

Quick Lentil and Bacon Soup {Just 15 Minutes in a Pressure Cooker}

lentil and bacon soup recipe UK

What quick and nutritious meals can you rustle up in just 15 minutes — from scratch? Scrambled eggs? Cheese on toast? How about a delicious lentil and bacon soup recipe? Ordinarily, lentils take an age to cook, but with the help of our trusty pressure cooker, we can whip up the most amazing, thick, and delicious lentil soup in just 15 …

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Before and After | Our Caravan Renovation in Pictures

Remember we once did a DIY caravan renovation? Took an ugly little beige van and turned her into something lovely? Well, last month, I mentioned that we’d traded our beloved caravan — Dolly 1 — in for a ‘new,’ larger model. I use the term ‘new’ very loosely. The new van may have preceded her chronologically but certainly not in any other …

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Make a DIY Gingerbread Garland for Christmas

How d’you fancy making a gingerbread garland to deck the halls this Christmas? This gorgeous edible decoration not only looks good but will fill your home with the festive scent of gingerbread. And it tastes great, too!

Looking Forward To The Blenheim Palace Christmas Lights Trail

There’s nothing lovelier, in the run-up to Christmas, than going to fetch the Christmas tree or visiting a Christmas market. But if you want an extra special treat, why not book a trip to Blenheim Palace Christmas Lights trail. We went for the first time in December 2020. It was the first time we’d been out of our village as a family …

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Downstairs Toilet Ideas Brought to Life

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. Even before we began the renovation of our listed home, I had so many plans and ideas …

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A Review of Quorn Stone (And Why I Love My Stone Floor…)

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. I get lots of messages on my Listed Home Instagram account, asking about my stone floor …

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How to Get The Aesthetic Bedroom Look on a Budget

Designing an aesthetic bedroom on a budget can be a fun and creative process. Choose your look, source your decor and have fun creating.

Browsing through Instagram — or Pinterest — can be a dangerous pastime for an interiors lover. There is so much inspiration, but what if your budget just doesn’t stretch to the look you want? For example, dream aesthetic bedrooms don’t come cheap. Wall prints, cushions, and lighting are all costly. But designing an aesthetic bedroom …

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Childish Ways To Improve Mental Health

Perhaps if more adults took up childish pastimes — building Lego, doing jigsaws, colouring in, playing board games, making pom-poms — 'adulting' might be a little easier; the world might be a gentler, nicer place.

Perhaps if more adults took up childish pastimes — building Lego, colouring in, playing board games, making pom-poms — ‘adulting’ might be a little easier; the world might be a gentler, nicer place.

Colour Your World | #8 Pantone Tangerine

Pantone Tangerine

Orange. I love it. And Pantone Tangerine is one of the most accurate representations of the colour orange. Fresh, zingy and bright. I thought about doing an interiors colour story,  to begin with,  but that would be too easy. There are so many beautiful — iconic — things for the home in this shade; Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair, Orla Keily’s …

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Me Time & Breathing Space

me time and breathing space

A recent study showed that most modern mothers get just 17 minutes of ‘me time’ to themselves each day. How do you spend yours?

Is There a New Star Sign?

is there a new star sign? crystals and tarot cards.

Every once in a while, a zodiac story does the rounds, suggesting that NASA ‘discovered’ a 13th zodiac sign. As the new star sign sits between Scorpio and Sagittarius, the ‘discovery’ meant the entire astrology chart would shift to accommodate the new zodiac sign. If this was the case, Scorpio’s reign would last just seven …

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What is Torticollis? Symptoms & Treatment

Torticollis in infants - before and after photos

Torticollis is a common complaint with many babies. And more often with multiples; in fact, around 1 in 250 babies will show symptoms. Here’s how we got our son diagnosed and treated.

A Twin Bedroom for Boys

Planning a twin bedroom can be a daunting but fun task! Here are my top tips for zoning and decorating a bedroom for twins.

Planning a twin bedroom can be a daunting but fun task! Here are my top tips for zoning and decorating a bedroom for twins.

A Weekend With the Girls {Montcalm East Review}

Review of the Montcalm East in Shoreditch

Looking for an honest review of Montcalm East, Shoreditch? A couple of my friends — Amy from Everything Mummy and Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos — and I had been invited by Mumsnet to do a little filming job at their Workfest event, which took place last weekend in London. Although Workfest was on Saturday, with …

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Planning a Kitchen Makeover

Planning a kitchen makeover? There’s so much to think about — and stuff to remember. These tips will help you plan and action your dream space

Mini Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Chilli {Slimming World Friendly!}

Have you ever had Mini Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Chilli? They’re the most delicious accompaniment to a meal—and the perfect comfort food too. The Origins of Hasselback Potatoes Hasselback potatoes are named after the restaurant where they were first created, Hasselbacken, in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a delicious and visually appealing way to prepare …

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6 Reasons to Choose Limestone Flooring

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. When we were looking at new flooring options for the extension on our grade 2 listed …

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How To Create Easy Faux Wall Panelling

Have you ever wondered how to create easy faux wall panelling? I’ve always loved the elegant panelling that can be seen in stately homes; it’s a really effective way of adding charm to a plain wall. And, although our little cottage is full of period features, the walls are fairly plain. Particularly the wall up …

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Our Cool Caravans in Print!

Our cool caravans —Dolly 1 & 2— were featured in Reloved magazine! A full 4 page article talking about my caravan makeover ideas!

A Simple Recipe For Shortbread Biscuits With Edible Flowers

simple recipe for edible flower shortbread

Ever wondered what to do with edible flowers? I made some edible flower shortbread a few year’s ago and as spring is finally here, and the garden is coming to life, I thought I’d share the recipe again! Which Flowers Are Edible? There are so many flowers that are edible. More than you’d probably think! …

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Everyday Luxuries: Gifts For Her

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. I haven’t done a round up post for so long! But as the shops are now …

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How To Make Chocolate Bark For Easter

Disclosure: This post ‘How To Make Chocolate Bark For Easter’ contains affiliate links of products that I’ve bought myself. Purchasing via an affiliate link doesn’t cost you any extra; but I may receive a few pence if you click on a link and buy something. With Easter weekend coming up, I thought I’d share one …

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A Homemade Chocolate Slab Recipe for Valentine’s Day

DIY Valentines - Chocolate

Disclosure: This post ‘Homemade Chocolate Slab Recipe for Valentine’s Day’ contains affiliate links of products that I’ve bought myself. Purchasing via an affiliate link doesn’t cost you any extra; but I may receive a few pence if you click on a link and buy something. What could be a sweeter gift for your sweetheart than …

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How to Make Pretty Simple Decoupage Pumpkins (No Carve Pumpkin Idea)

Looking for a no carve pumpkins idea? With Halloween is just around the corner, some of us want something a little more chic than the average orange carved pumpkin (!); I thought I’d share my method for simple decoupage pumpkins. These do it yourself pumpkin decorations are so simple to make — and look really …

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Is Hibiscus Tea Good For You? Here are 7 Surprising Health Benefits…

Is Hibiscus tea good for you? If you’re looking for a healthy tipple to balance out all the excesses of the upcoming festive season? Forget the cocktails — here are seven health benefits of Hibiscus tea. Health Giving Hibiscus Humans have enjoyed the health-giving properties of Hibiscus for many years, but it’s a relatively new …

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Inspiring Young Readers with Julia Donaldson Books

When our boys were born the house went from magazine-worthy to mega-mess almost overnight. Our wonky little cottage — that seemed roomy for two grown adults — felt like a bit of a squash. The kitchen went from clear to cluttered, just hours after bringing them home. It’s single meagre work surface housed an extra kettle, bottle …

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The Listed Home: Disclosure Policy

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation and this is always disclosed to the reader. This blog is a personal blog written and/or edited by me Caro Davies of The Listed Home. For questions about this blog, please contact caro@thelistedhome.co.uk The compensation received will never influence the …

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A Recipe For Gin and Tonic Ice Lollies

Disclosure: This post ‘A Recipe For Gin and Tonic Ice Lollies’ contains affiliate links of products that I’ve bought myself. Purchasing via an affiliate link doesn’t cost you any extra; but I may receive a few pence if you click on a link and buy something. Ever fancied making gin and tonic ice lollies? This …

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How To Make No Sew Easy DIY Bee Wings

I was chatting to a friend the other day about fancy dress costumes for festivals. She was saying that she’d got to buy four lots of fairy costumes for one festival they were going to, for her little girls. I mentioned that I’d once made a bumble bee costume and the easy DIY bee wings …

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A Recipe for Homemade Mini Milk Ice Lollies

Looking for a recipe for homemade Mini Milk Ice Lollies? This variation is so like the real thing — but the great thing is, you can make them as big as you like! There is not a great deal nicer in life than an ice lolly on a hot day is there? When I was …

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A Faux Tulip DIY Door Wreath For Spring

It’s been a long old winter hasn’t it? Just when we think that the temperatures are rising and the flowers are starting to bloom, the cold takes hold once more and we’re reaching for our woolies! I thought I’d speed things up a bit, and bring a bit of much needed spring colour to our …

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Create a DIY Indoor Planter From a Recycled Coffee Tin

The days are getting longer and warmer and spring is on its way. Thank goodness! Remind yourself that brighter days are coming by creating this DIY indoor planter from a recycled coffee tin. Perfect for spring bulbs. It’s so simple to make. You can even add a little phrase if you have a label maker …

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Ikea Bench Seat Hack {Turning a Shoe Rack into a Bench}

Unique Bathroom Decor Ideas

Rolling the clock back to 2015, when I turned a cheap IKEA shoe rack into sweet little bathroom bench seat, in this Ikea bench seat hack. I’d been desperate to do something lovely with this sad little shoe rack for a while — it was the perfect size for our bathroom and offered great storage …

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Little Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s day fast approaching, I thought I’d stick a little list in here — just in-case (dear husband are you reading ;) ? ) someone might like some Mother’s Day gift ideas! This little round up contains the usual — flowers and chocolates — but also a couple of curve balls because, well let’s …

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What Paint To Use On The Outside Of a Caravan

With spring on the way and caravanning season on the horizon, some of you might be wanting to give your caravan a brand new look. I regularly get asked what paint to use on the outside of a caravan and in this post, I give you my tips on what I think is the best …

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Tiger T Shirts With My Free Tiger Striped Font SVG PNG Files

I thought I’d celebrate the Year of the Tiger by making the boys some t-shirts! I have designed a free tiger striped font for you to download and use on your own projects. Striped Fonts — Tiger or Zebra Alphabet Letters If you put an orange background behind this free striped font, as I’ve done …

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Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for something a little different to give to the love of your life on Saint Valentine’s this year? These sustainable Valentine’s day gift ideas offer something a little more thoughtful than traditional flowers or chocolates; and will last longer too. What Can I Send Instead of Flowers For Valentines Day? There are so many …

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Make a Leopard Print Love Cushion (free leopard print cut file)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been busy making things for my own Valentine; my lovely husband, Mr D! I’ve designed card for him — the word LOVE in leopard print. And from it, I’ve created a free leopard print cut file. Perfect for use on cards, gifts — or pretty much anything …

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How To Paint a Chest of Drawers in Cottagecore Style

Simple, homespun interiors have been in fashion for decades; under different guises. The Cottagecore aesthetic appears — once again — in this year’s top 10 interior trends. And it shows no signs of slowing down or decreasing in popularity. In this post, I’ll show you how to paint a chest of drawers in Cottagecore style. …

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Make a Cardboard Dove DIY Christmas Garland (Plus Free Dove PNG File!)

I love creating seasonal garlands. Edible biscuit garlands at Christmas; paper Halloween banners or cute Easter bunny garlands. They’re always fun to make; plus they help make the house look seasonally festive too. My new creation makes use of all the delivery boxes that keep arriving at this time of year! It’s a cardboard dove …

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Alternative Christmas Decor | DIY Alternative Christmas Tree

I shared this idea for an alternative Christmas tree a few years ago but —with Christmas looming on the horizon — I thought I’d resurrect it! Folk are always looking for creative new ways to decorate their homes (Pinterest is full of alternative Christmas decor) and this alternative Christmas tree is too good not to share. …

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Are Micro Scooters Worth The Money?

There are loads of kids scooters available — some cheap, some very expensive. But are Micro Scooters worth the money? As a parent of twins, I’m always looking for things that will give the boys their own identity. I was so excited to find out that Mini Micro Scooters had a ‘create your own’ service. …

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5 Tips for Buying a Second Hand Caravan

Disclosure: The post ‘5 Tips for Buying a Second Hand Caravan’ contains affiliate links of products that I’ve bought myself. Purchasing via an affiliate link doesn’t cost you any extra. But I may receive a few pence if you click on a link and buy something. Buying a caravan for the first time? I’ve had …

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My Favourite Spiced Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Looking for the very best spiced pumpkin soup recipe? This simple spicy pumpkin soup is my go-to every year. It’s simple and delicious and the perfect way of using up those Halloween pumpkins! We’d bought two for All Hallows’ Eve, from the pumpkin farm, and only carved one of them, so the other was patiently waiting for …

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How To Top Up Vitamin D Levels | AD

Ever wondered how to top up vitamin d? I‘ve found that getting outside is one of the best ways to keep my spirits up during winter. There are so many lovely activities you can do — even on the greyest days. I took the boys (and nana) pumpkin picking one dingy autumn day. Spending a …

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Pumpkin Picking in Staffordshire

The clocks went back this weekend. Did you enjoy an extra hour in bed? Or is the change in time wreaking havoc with your body clock? We had some family fun and went pumpkin picking in Staffordshire! We’ve got a run of short, dark days ahead and I want to fill the days with as much …

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The Must Have Caravan Accessory | Introducing Duvalay

The duvalay is the must have caravan accessory. A comfy mattress topper combined with a n integral duvet and sheet.

Since we bought Dolly, our first caravan, we’ve been on a mission to find the absolute must have caravan accessory. Now I’m not talking basics — and I’m not disputing that wheel chocks and beautiful melamine plates are ‘must have’ items — but I’ve been on the look-out for something a little different, that really …

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5 Tips for a Simple Bathroom Makeover

Although I wouldn’t call myself a slave to interior trends, I love to update things on a fairly regular basis. Richard would roll his eyes at this point. I think ‘fickle’ might be a good description. But things don’t always have to cost a lot. You can always update on a budget. For example; our …

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Look As Young As You Feel {Sanctuary Spa Products Review}

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. I’ve spoken before about my beauty regime and how it’s changed over time. Much as I …

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Decorating Childrens Rooms with Hand Painted Wall Murals

About 15 years ago I was asked if I would decorate a friend’s daughter’s bedroom; with some hand painted wall murals. It was years before the advent of wall decals and vinyl stickers. But my friend wanted something fun and pretty to break up the vast expanse of magnolia. The room was a bit of an odd shape …

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Oh Faux Fabulous! In Praise of Faux Flowers That Look Real…

I’ve written about my love of faux flowers that look real before. From my glorious hydranges from HomeSense to the fabulous faux florals from Jane Packer, I’ve had a thing about everlasting flowers for as long as I can remember. Once upon a time they were considered a bit ‘naff’. After all, plastic and silk …

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Custom Wall Murals From Les Dominotiers | AD

Have you ever considered decorating with custom wall murals? Made to measure wall murals have been around for a while now. They’re a little like wallpaper but — more often than not — they feature scenes or photographs. Some even have hand-painted, freeform designs; rather than a traditional repeat pattern. There are various options; you …

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What is a CRiS Check?

If you’re buying a used caravan, one of the things you may have heard about is a CRiS check. Question is… what is a CRiS caravan check? And do you really need one? When we bought our first van — Dolly 1 — I had never heard of a CRiS check. I spotted her in …

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A Simple Rhubarb Gin Recipe

Looking for a simple rhubarb gin recipe? It’s that time of year again, when gardens and allotments in the UK are starting to bloom and you maybe lucky enough to already have a few rosy red stalks of rhubarb, ripe for the picking. Rhubarb works beautifully in desserts and is always paired with custard, but …

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Introducing The Playmobil VW Camper Van | AD

We were given the Playmobil Camper Van for the purposes of this review. All thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own. I always wanted a VW Camper Van when I was younger. They always seemed so much cooler than boring, beige caravans; and the hippy in me was desperate for …

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Work From Home Fashion from Femme Luxe | AD

working from home clothes

This is a paid partnership with Femme Luxe. I was gifted these comfy clothes for working from home for the purposes of styling this post. All thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own. Working from home is the new normal for a lot of people, since Covid struck last year. Home …

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A Simple Recipe for Perfect Gingerbread Biscuits

I posted a pic on Instagram yesterday. I’d been baking gingerbread biscuits in the kitchen and wanted to show the baking area our kitchen designer had created for me. In the past I’ve not had any dedicated storage in our kitchen. Instead, my baking paraphernalia has been scattered within drawers, boxes and cupboards. It’s definitely …

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A Simple Recipe For Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe For Veganuary

Looking for a simple recipe for pressure cooker lentil soup? This one pot cooker version is my absolute favourite. It’s so easy to make and tastes way better than a shop bought version. Things are so grey at the moment. Lockdown restrictions means we’re all hunkering down inside. It’s cold and damp and we all …

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The Listed Home Renovation On Instagram

the listed home on Instagram

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while, will be aware that we’ve been living through the chaos of the renovation of our listed home over the last 17 months. I began writing the progress on here initially (here’s what happened in weeks 1-4); and had every intention of keeping regular updates and writing …

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How To Age Brass and Bronze With Vinegar and Salt

Have you ever wanted to know how to age brass and bronze? If you don’t want to wait for it to age naturally, I’ve got a little trick, using just a couple of household staples; that takes hours — rather than years — to work! Aged Brass = Lots of Brass We’ve been having the …

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How to Make a Pom Pom Wreath (Like Anthropologie)

How to make an Anthropologie inspired pom pom wreath.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a pom pom wreath? Last Christmas I saw an amazing pom pom wreath in Anthropologie. I loved it — but it was so expensive. I decided to try and see if I could make one myself! Ever since the twins and I learnt to make pom …

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Simple Tutorial: How To Make Pom Poms with a Pom Pom Maker

Ever wanted to know how to make pom poms the easy way? I once wrote about our Camp Bestival adventure where we all spent a brilliant afternoon in a pom-pom making workshop. It was such a different method to the one I used when I was a child. I remember spending ages cutting out my templates (usually from …

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Easy Peasy Courgette Leek and Potato Soup

This creamy ‘Courgette Leek and Potato Soup’ is the perfect lunch or supper for colder days; it takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.

Pretty good when you consider that it’s made from scratch and full of hearty goodness!

Introducing The OLPRO View 420 Caravan Inflatable Porch Awning

‘This is an unpaid review of the OLPRO View 420 Caravan Inflatable Porch Awning. Disclosure: I received an OLPRO View 420 Caravan Inflatable Porch Awning, as part of my ambassadorship with OLPRO. With half term on the horizon, we’re dreaming about going away in Dolly The Caravan again. I can’t believe we’ve only been away …

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Do We Celebrate Grandparents Day In The UK?

Have you ever wondered if we celebrate Grandparents Day in the UK? It’s on the national day calendar, but it’s not something we generally celebrate in our family. It’s the kind of thing that I feel is an American marketeer’s creation; a ‘Hallmark holiday’ if you like. But, when we were given a Land Rover …

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A Free Printable Halloween Banner

The nights are starting to draw in and there’s a nip in the air — which can only mean one thing. Halloween! To celebrate, I’ve created a free printable Halloween banner. Perfect for turning your home into a spooky Halloween house! This year’s Halloween will be a little different, as the Covid-carousel is in full …

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Halloween Baking | Iced Sugar Skull Cookies

With autumn nearly upon us — although it’s a month or so away — this is the perfect time to start planning a Halloween party and maybe think about some Halloween baking.  I found a biscuit recipe courtesy of The Biscuiteers a few years ago.  I’ve used it for all sorts of iced cookies; from …

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Summer in Lockdown 2020

Disclosure: My summer in lockdown post contains gifted items from Lighthouse Clothing. A big thanks to the lovely folk at Lighthouse Clothing for the boys fabulous shirts and my beautiful dress and bag. This is not the post I’d planned to write. Initially when Lighthouse Clothing got in touch, to ask if we’d like to share some of …

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Have The Star Signs Changed?

How the star signs have changed

So today I read something which made me almost spit my tea out!  The star signs have changed! WTF?! Initially I thought it was an April fool’s joke. After all, the whole Covid Lockdown has messed with my time clock. I genuinely haven’t known what day it is for the last few months. But I’m …

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The Perfect Fathers Day Gift for a Music Lover

I’ve written about my papercuts every once in a while, over here on the blog, but I often forget to mention when I’ve created a new one. Until now!  With father’s day coming up next month, I thought I’d share my latest creation. It’s a hybrid of a genuine cassette tape and a papercut and …

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A Recipe for Creamy Caramel Ice Lollies {with just 2 ingredients}

With the weather turning warmer — and the Covid-19 lockdown in full swing — I raided our pantry on the weekend and, as a result, have come up with an alternative to my homemade Mini Milk ice lollies; creamy Caramel Ice Lollies. They’re such a delicious alternative; sweet, creamy and very moreish. But, best of …

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Silentnight Comfort Control Mattress Topper Review

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. When I was asked if I’d conduct a Silentnight Comfort Control mattress topper review for my …

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Making Holiday Plans to Keep Upbeat

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. With the thread of Covid-19 looming ominously over us all, so many people have had to …

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Our family road trip from LA to San Fran

This time last year we were preparing for our long awaited, family road trip from LA to San Fran. Mr D grew up in San Francisco and — even though we’ve spent loads of time in the USA as a couple — we’d never gone to the west coast together. We’d planned our holiday for …

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How to make a DIY pom pom blanket

UK Lifestyle Blog — The Davies Family

Remember when I learned how to make pom poms at Camp Bestival? The boys and I went a bit pom pom crazy and made TONS of them in the weeks that followed! I trimmed our laundry basket with some of the larger pom poms. But with all the tiny, colourful ones we made, I created …

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Updating a Room with a Radiator Cover

Have you ever considered updating a room with a radiator cover? I’ve spoken about our ensuite bathroom before and how I was desperate to give it a makeover. Although it’s a nice sized room — with a lovely, old cast iron, roll-top bath — it was fairly bland; and uninspiring, to say the least. It certainly wouldn’t …

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Thoughtful Valentine’s Gifts (To give you Brownie Points!) | AD

‘This is a paid partnership with Panasonic’ CLAXON SOUNDING! It’s nearly that time of year folks. ‘V-day’ is just around the corner and in just two weeks time you can bet your life there’ll be a queue at every garage in the country, for overpriced roses. But if you’re quick and fancy spoiling your lover …

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Kitchen Organisation When You’re Renovating

kitchen organisation — the dream!

One of the things I’ve found the hardest, since we’ve been renovating our house is the kitchen organisation… Or lack of it. Washing up in the bath for weeks on end was definitely a low-point! Here are some kitchen organisation tips, that might help you if you’re planning on renovating your home. Sort Before You …

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How To Make Iced Nutcracker Biscuits

So here it is folks. December is finally here and silly season is officially underway! If you want to mark the occasion by making something to get you in the Christmas spirit, here’s a little tutorial showing how to make nutcracker iced biscuits. Regular readers of my blog will know that (along with festival season) …

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Saying Goodbye to Bees in Our Chimney

Honey bees are fascinating insects, and as they pollinate plants, they’re also extremely beneficial to us humans. But they can also be a nuisance if they build a hive in your home. We suffered from bees in the chimney for eight years before we considered honey bee removal and called in a professional beekeeper. If …

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The Listed Home Renovation {Weeks 1-4: Out with the old}

OK — so you know that for years I’ve been banging on about extending our home? But as our 16th century cottage is Grade 2 listed, a listed home renovation isn’t just as simple as getting planning permission and off you go. But undeterred, in October last year, we finally put in some plans to …

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Life Lately | Britmums and the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2019

A week ago I had some really REALLY exciting news — I’ve only been nominated in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2019!!! *cue clapping of hands and high pitched squealing* Amazingly, The Listed Home has been shortlisted in the Lifestyle category; along with four other blogs. I say ‘amazingly’ as the blogosphere is absolutely …

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How to make a Grasshopper Costume

Ever wondered how to make a grasshopper costume? Since my little twins started nursery and school, I’ve had various demands for fancy dress outfits — for plays or theme days. A new school term is underway and I’m wondering what weird and wonderful costume requests will be coming my way over the next few months. …

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Back to School {Featuring Start-Rite} | AD

Unbelievable to think that the boys will be back to school again next week. Our hotly anticipated lazy, six-week holiday has been gobbled up, Gone in a merry-go-round of festivals, camping trips, days out and sports camp. It feels as though it’s ending just as soon as it began. I don’t want it to be …

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How to Make a Silk Flower Wreath | Tutorial

The internet is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Want to learn to make a curry? Ask Google. Want to know how to get wax crayon off a table? Google it. Want to know how to make a silk flower wreath? Hopefully your search has sent you over to my blog! I’ve seen so many beautiful …

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The Queens Head Troutbeck | Cumbria

Occasionally, you go somewhere and for whatever reason — sometimes good, sometimes bad — it sticks in your head and you can’t shake the memory of it. I’ve had this with The Queens Head Troutbeck for the last twenty years. My boy and I had gone up to the Lake District for a wedding and …

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Our Bluedot Review 2019 | AD

We’ve been to many types of festivals over the years; dance music, food, family, folk — as well as the grandaddy of them all, Glastonbury — but until a few weeks’ ago, we’d never been to a science festival. Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank is not just science though. I wrote a post about it …

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Calling All Revellers!! 6 Sleeps until Kendal Calling 2019!

It’s that time of year again; festival season is in full swing folks! And just 6 sleeps until Kendal Calling 2019! We’ve been maniacally checking the weather report, planning multiple outfits; for rain, sun (and everything in between) and getting generally over-excited about the prospect of hanging out in a field with likeminded people — …

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The Modius Review {Part 3 — Does Modius Work?}

‘This is a paid partnership with Modius’ So, in the third part of my Modius review, I answer the question that I’ve been asked — countless times — since I started testing it. Does Modius work? Since I began trialling the Modius device back in March, and wrote my initial thoughts, I’ve had lots of people …

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A Celebration Weekend | Wild Camping with Friends

Last weekend we finally got around to celebrating Mr D hitting a massive age milestone. His actual birthday was back in March; but our idea of a little wild camping party with friends wouldn’t have been such a success with the temperatures in the minuses, and snow on the ground. That said, a couple of …

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The Modius Review {Part 2 — How To Use the Modius Headset}

‘This is a paid partnership with Modius’ It’s been 7 and a half weeks since I began trialling the Modius weight-loss headset. I’ve had lots of interest from friends and family — and readers of my blog — asking for updates. So I thought I’d share my recent thoughts. Plus a step by step guide …

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Colour Your World | #31 Mango Mojito

Oh spring! How I love you! The light, the heat. The newness, growth and greenery. This is — unquestionably — my favourite time of year. Although, the cold temperatures and grey skies of last week (and also this morning, as I write this) combined with the fact that we’ve already had our family ‘summer holiday’ …

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Win a Family Weekend Pass for BlueDot Festival

OK folks. You may have gathered, from the title of this post, that I have exciting news to share. Let’s have a quick show of hands… who wants to win a family weekend pass for Bluedot Festival?? Yes?!! Read on… You may remember that I wrote about Bluedot back in March. We’re lucky enough to …

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Tips for Decorating a Caravan | Painting a Caravan Exterior

I’ve been meaning to write this post for AGES. I’ve had so many messages from people over recent months, asking what I use for painting a caravan exterior. So I thought I’d finally jot down my method; before another year passes by. Caravan painting is nothing new — people have been doing it for years! …

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The Modius Review {Is this a Weightloss Miracle?}

Disclosure: I was asked to conduct this Modius review as part of a paid partnership with Modius. All words, thoughts and images are — as ever — my own. I have struggled with my weight my whole adult life. Granted, I’m not the biggest woman on the planet — 12 on the top and 14 …

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Planning the perfect staycation in Cornwall

Ever planned a staycation in Cornwall? So once again, the Met office are forecasting an unusually warm spring. Of course, The Sun have reported this as ‘a three month heatwave’ — with 26°C predicted next month’. Never let it be said that they don’t like to make a juicy headline out of the British weather. …

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Going dotty over Bluedot Festival

Aaaah… (breathes a huge sigh of relief) spring is here. Finally. And whilst we didn’t have a return of the Beast From The East (thankfully), the weather over the last couple of months has certainly still been a little bit ‘unpredictable’ and challenging at times. To say the least. I spent quite a lot of …

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Can Spas Reduce Stress { a semi-scientific experiment!}

Can spas reduce stress? Or are they an overpriced gimmick? I generally feel that Pilates is the best thing for helping me; but even simple things like colouring in have definitely helped me to relax over the years. How are you at coping with stress? Are you impervious to it? Do you take it in …

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Bringing London Fashion Week Home

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve had love/hate relationship with fashion. In some respects I love it. I love the creativity, the drama. Seeing the models stomping down the catwalk at London Fashion Week is a joy to behold. Particularly when they’re wearing something weird and wonderful. But that’s it, isn’t it? The majority …

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Boys, Cars and Toy Trains { An Honest Ford Kuga Review}

‘This honest ford Kuga review is in paid partnership with Vertu Motors. However all thoughts, words and images are entirely my own.’ Although we’ve never pushed gender specific toys on the twins — always offering them a choice — like an inherent magnet, they’re inexplicably drawn to cars and trains. Ever since they were very …

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Some thoughts on ageing: State of mind and ID

UK Lifestyle Blog — Caro Davies

So today, the clock rolled over once again and I’m celebrating yet another year. Age is a funny old thing, isn’t it? When we’re young, we’re desperate to look older. We want to sashay past the bouncer in a club, without being confronted and asked if we’re old enough to be admitted. We want to stand …

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Colour Your World | #30 Living Coral {Colour of the Year 2019}

Happy, happy new year everyone! I had so many grand plans to share more Christmas decorating posts over the festive period but, if truth be told, switching off from the screen (and social media in general) was way too appealing. Once I’d cracked open that first mince pie, my resolve went straight out the window. …

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How to Make | Christmas Snow Globe Cookies

Oh how I love this time of year. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of autumn and winter but December is most definitely excused. I LOVE the festive season; the run up to Christmas is magical. Preparation for the big day seems to consume my every waking minute and I love the way …

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Decorating a Staircase with Honeycomb Balls

Fancy decorating your staircase with honeycomb balls and paper pom poms for the festive season? Not long now folks… just a few more days and the Christmas countdown will be well and truly on! A month today, we’ll probably just have finished our Christmas dinner and will be lying comatose in front of the TV. …

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The Best Living Room Storage for Toys

Looking for smart living room storage for toys? Toys literally seem to be taking over our home. We’ve gone from having the ubiquitous Jumperoo — in duplicate — sitting in the corner of our sitting room; to mounds of Lego, a giant play festival food van, and loads of teeny tiny Playmobil accessories. I wrote …

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The Style at Home Christmas Tree Challenge

Ever heard of The Style at Home Christmas Tree Challenge? I hadn’t either until a couple of weeks ago. Occasionally life throws us a curve-ball doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s bad, sometimes good and every once in a while it’s downright extraordinary. Picture this: you’re heading off in one direction, only to find that — at …

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Turning our back on The Throw-Away Society {#BuyWoodBuyOnce}

There has been so much in the news about ‘sustainability’ in the last few months hasn’t there? Documentaries like Blue Planet II, showing sickening images of plastic pollution; closely followed by Stacey Dooley with her hard hitting report on cotton production and the fashion industry. I feel as though there’s been a real shift in …

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Colour Your World | #29 Pantone Terrarium Moss

Terrarium Moss. Whilst it’s an odd name for a colour — without even seeing it — you can imagine exactly what shade it is from those two words. I was given a lovely terrarium a few years ago. I’d intended to fill it with tiny plants — succulents or cacti — but I ended up cramming …

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Going Radio Gaga | VQ Lark Review

Looking for an honest review of the VQ Lark? You’ve come to the right place! Working from home is something that I’m so grateful I’m able to do. I’ve been freelance for 11 years now and there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t feel thankful that I’m able to do what I …

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Our Good Life Festival Experience Review 2018

Looking for a Good Life Festival Experience Review? Here’s mine from 2018. We’d narrowly missed the boat for tickets to the 2017 Good Life Experience, so this is something that I’d been looking forward to for an entire year! And it absolutely didn’t disappoint. I wrote about Good Life back in April; a little potted history, …

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The McDonald’s Effect {Family Time and McDonald’s Character Visits} | AD

This is a paid post with McDonalds to promote the McDonald’s character visits. Although this is a collaborative post all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.  Through the mists of time (OK — I’m exaggerating — throughout my lifetime) there has been an unequivocal link between children’s happiness and McDonald’s. Our family …

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Could You Go Plastic Free For a Week? {The Family Sustainability Challenge}

Would you ever consider taking part in a family sustainability challenge? There’s such a buzz around ‘sustainability’ at the moment, isn’t there? Everything from banning single use plastics, to reducing meat production; saving energy to recycling. It seems to be everywhere you look.  I think we humans are starting to become increasingly more aware of …

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Learning how to make pom poms at Camp Bestival

When I talk to people about our festival antics, some people occasionally express surprise about the kind of things we get up to when we’re there. I guess, festivals come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’ve only ever witnessed Glastonbury on the TV, you could be lulled into thinking that all festivals resemble …

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A Recipe for Homemade Ginger and Rhubarb Gin

a glass of homemade ginger and rhubarb gin

Disclosure: This post for Homemade Ginger and Rhubarb Gin contains affiliate links of products that I’ve bought myself. Purchasing via an affiliate link doesn’t cost you any extra but I may receive a few pence if you click on a link and buy something. Fancy making a delicious homemade ginger and rhubarb gin? Then read …

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The Blush Pink Bedroom | Featuring Desenio

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. As a lone woman in a houseful of boys, there’s not a lot of pink in …

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An Honest Review of The Nora Mattress from Wayfair

AD | I have been (or could be if you click on a link in this post) compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this review of the Nora mattress from Wayfair. See the full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details. Time For a New Mattress I’ve spoken before about my …

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Colour Your World | #28 Pantone Almost Mauve

I often wonder what the Pantone Institute were thinking when they named some of their shades. Some have such obscure names; think Serenity and Lucite Green. Whilst others are really obvious; Tangerine and Custard, for example. I wonder if the big-wigs at Pantone ever argue? Disagree on what something should be called? One thing’s for sure, I bet …

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Just So Festival | The Lantern Parade

Aaah the sun is shining, summer is well and truly in full swing and — more importantly — festival season is here folks! Hurrah! Regular readers of my blog will know that this is my favourite time of year, bar none. The boys and are already getting excited about the festivals that we’re booked to …

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273 weeks and 2 days | White Stuff Press Show AW18

A couple of week’s ago I left the confines of my desk — I know, amazing right. It’s been a while ;) — to go into London and catch up with a couple of my girlfriends; Heledd from Running In Lavender and Bonnie from the blog Mama’s VIB for the White Stuff Press Show. The …

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A little facelift {for my hallway bench!}

I wrote last year about finding the perfect narrow hallway bench seat for our wonky little cottage. We didn’t have to look very hard, as I found the perfect small hallway bench with storage from GLTC. The Abbeville storage bench is SO useful and a master of disguise. It works well as a little reading nook. …

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Spring Florals and Edible Flower Biscuits

There has been so much chat on my social media feeds about last week’s mini heatwave. We Brits are obsessed with the weather aren’t we? It’s either too wet, hot, cold, too snowy or windy. We don’t ever seem to agree on what’s the perfect temperature. I think — a bit like queuing — it’s …

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Colour Your World | #27 Pantone Lime Punch

Oh hello sunshine! So nice to see you. This weeks’ predicted heatwave has finally arrived and I’m sitting here feeling a warmth that — unusually — isn’t coming from the central heating; for the first time in months. I think spring is actually here at last. A little late to the party but fashionably so, …

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In search of The Good Life Experience

What’s that shining, golden orb in the sky? I *think* it might be the sun but, it’s been such a long since I last saw it, I can’t be totally sure. The breeze feels warm today; we’ve thrown open the windows and the stale, winter fug that has been occupying the rooms of our little …

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Light nights, light mornings {and botanical roller blinds}

Well, hurrah for the clocks going forward. I don’t think I have ever, ever been so grateful to lose an hour! This winter has felt very, very long indeed hasn’t it? That extra hour of daylight made the world of difference yesterday though. Added to the fact that spring finally seems to have sprung. At …

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Snow, The Beast of The East and Seasonal Affective Disorder

This is the longest, coldest season I can ever remember. Just as I think we’re turning a corner — and spring tries to make an appearance — the cold bites back and we’re in the throes of winter once more. I thought we’d seen the last of the ‘Beast of The East’ but more snow …

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How Pilates Changed my Life

‘Pilates changed my life‘ — sounds a bit extreme and sensationalist doesn’t it? But never a truer word was written. It really has. I’ve written about my love for Pilates before. In all the chaos that life presents; the constant merry-go-round of juggling work with motherhood — being a wife, a homeowner, a responsible adult …

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Colour Your World | #26 Pantone Blooming Dahlia

Just as I think we’ve finally turned the corner — and winter seems to be making an exit — Mother Nature chucks us another curve ball. Although it was still light at almost 6 o’clock yesterday (a couple of weeks’ ago it was dark at 4pm so a vast improvement) we’ve had yet another sprinkling of …

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A Night at The Wood Norton Hotel

We went away for a night at the Wood Norton Hotel and it made me think… every once in a while, getting away with your significant other and rediscovering ‘why’ you got together in the first place is a wonderful thing. And before you get carried away with the smutty references; I wasn’t *necessarily* referring …

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Introducing The Breville Curve Toaster and Kettle

Happy, happy new year! I thought I’d kick off the year by introducing my new Breville Curve Toaster and Kettle. Although — as we’re exactly two weeks into January — is it appropriate to say happy new year still?! It’s been a slow start for me. I’ve been taking my time and easing myself into …

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