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Interior Design Trends That Are Set to Last

Interior Design Trends That Are Set to Last is a paid collaborative post with Skirting World. With Interior Design becoming more and more accessible and lots of fashion shops selling seasonal items for our homes at a more affordable price it can be really tempting to follow all the design trends you see on Instagram and Pinterest, however, with the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis we are looking for interior design trends that are set to last. The home decor trends that will last and stand the test of time without looking dated.


Easy steps for planning your home bar 1

Building your very own bar is a dream that many of us share. A DIY bar can be a great place for entertaining guests. It doesn’t matter where your home bar is, having an entire bar with bar stools, flowing drinks, and brilliant company is the perfect way to relax at home. The project itself isn’t overly difficult either, and you can easily create the perfect bar at home. Perfect idea for a fathers day gift too. Today, we’ll take you through some home bar ideas, before discussing the easy steps you’ll need to take to build a DIY home bar of your own!


Go All Zen With These 5 Home Makeover Tips

We are all looking to live in a relaxing home and I am going to share with you five decorating tips that will help create this feeling in your home. Good lighting, fresh air and tranquil space to breathe in are the main things you need to create a zen feeling in your home and after the pandemic, we all are in dire need of finding a place to relax and unwind.


Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Rented Flat Your Own 3

Once you’ve scoured city centres like Liverpool, Manchester or London for your new home, and you’ve found your perfect place, now it’s onto the fun part – making it feel like home! Whether you’re renting an apartment for the first time or you’re a seasoned professional, there are tips and tricks that you can utilise to really make your rented flat feel your own.


Tips for Surviving a Heatwave with No Air Con 1

Many areas of the world are experiencing more extremes of weather and lots of us are dealing with extra heat in homes that are not equipped for it, so I want to share some tips for surviving a heatwave with no Air Con. Portable Air Conditioning is expensive to buy and air conditioning is expensive to run which rules them out for a large proportion of the population. The sad fact is that this extreme weather and heat we are experiencing aren’t going anywhere fast and it is predicted to get worse.


5 Ways To Breathe New Life To Your Old Kitchen

Is your kitchen showing signs of aging and looking dull? It’s time for some revamping! Since kitchens are the most important room in every house many people want the best of the best for their kitchens. But sometimes you need to make your kitchen look new without even spending loads of money on it. No matter what the event is, your kitchen is the place for the meals and entertaining guests, so making sure it looks new and fresh is important.


Teen Bedroom Update 1

Teen Bedroom Update is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Over the last six months, we have been working on updating Mini’s bedroom. You can see exactly what we did on our earlier post. However, he has been desperate to move his Xbox to his room over the winter from the conservatory as the rain means he needs to have the volume loud.


Flooring for Families

Today I am passing the blog over to one of my longest blogging pals. Chris Mosler has been blogging about her life with four children and one husband at Thinly Spread since 2010 but she has a secret string to her bow which she is sharing today – she also runs Hicraft Wooden Flooring alongside her husband! 25 years of experience in the flooring industry means she is well placed to share her reasons why wood is the top choice for family floors.


Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home

Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home 3

Decorating a rented property can be tricky as there are all sorts of things to consider, not least of all your deposit. Many landlords don’t allow any permanent changes to be made but others are happy to allow rooms to be repainted providing the tenants return the house to its original state.  So I have collaborated with Homelet to bring you some simple ideas are a great way to turn a rented house into a family home. #RentingRules


Move or Improve? 4

Late last year we struggled with finding a way to make our home work for us with having two tween boys in the house and the fact that I work from home.  We are really lucky and have a conservatory which the boys used a lot when they were younger, but it just wasn’t working for us, so we had to make the decision to move or improve.


A family friendly office come craft room. This colourful perfect space for encouraging a creative family life in a digital age.

Where I work – A glimpse in to our Office and Craft Room 19

Do you have a dedicated workspace or craft room at home? I have just got a proper desk from Lakeland Furniture to replace the Ikea table I was working at.  I am lucky that I am able to do my job from home and where I work has evolved over the years.  Initially, when the boys were younger, I worked at the kitchen table or wherever they were playing.  I had a laptop  and used that to do my work and I kept all out arts, crafts and work stuff in a large cupboard in the dining room.   It worked really well for me to be able to put in more »


Save Energy by installing the right blinds 8

One of my big things for 2016 is trying to be as energy efficient as possible.  It bugs me when we spend money that we don’t need to.  This puts money in the energy companies pockets when it could be in mine!  This is one of the reasons that I am delighted to be part of the Institute of Inertia.  We have been currently looking at working our way through the Mad House and updating inefficient products and we have recently been considering blinds.

Did you know you can save up to 25% on your utilities and heating costs with this one simple home decor tip

My Amazing Spaces 11

I love where we live and our home.  It really is a family home and I can not quite believe what started off as a stop gap eight years ago (we were going to build our own home) has become a house filled with love, laughter and memories. But I am going to admit that we have become stuck in a rut when it comes to decorating.  So when Dulux offered me three free Dulux Amazing Space consultations I jumped at it, but had not idea that we would love what they came up with and find myself convincing the husbeast to put some of the ideas in to practice.


Stay wonky 2

It is there to remind me I need to switch off the electronics and join in. It also echo’s things that we find important as a family, such as speaking out and being honorable. But even better, it says it is OK to stay wonky and this is something I have and always will be!
It looks perfect next to my family carving from South Africa and the brilliant drawing of Maxi and Mini baking, which Suzie drew.