2020 Summer Garden Plans

A month ago I think I might have been writing a very different post. However, the current situation means that things have changed somewhat. At the beginning of the year I wrote about the plans I had for the year ahead; the things I wanted to get done around the house. The garden has become a bit of a sanctuary for us at the moment, being one of the only places we can go to get some fresh air and to escape the house. Now that I’ve spent a bit of time out there, which I hadn’t done since last

The Reality Of Owning An Old House

I remember seeing our house for the first time. Well, when I saw it advertised anyway. We had just stated to look for houses and for some reason I was drawn to this one. It went under offer quickly though and I didn’t think about it again. I remember having a conversation with someone at work and saying if it ever came back on the market it was the one I wanted. Not much later this actually happened and I couldn’t believe it. We viewed the house and put in an offer quickly and things went forward quite fast from

How To Create A Family Friendly Play Area

AD | Paid collaboration When you have children their stuff seems to take over the whole house. Somehow, even though Erin doesn’t really go into our bedroom, she has things in there as well. We are really lucky to have a large living room/ dining room that has a bit extra coming off one side in an ‘L’ shape. Over the past few years we have been working on turning this extra space into a play area for Erin so that our living room isn’t completely overtaken! I wanted to share some ideas with you on how to create a

How To Create A More Relaxing Bedroom For A Better Night’s Sleep

AD | Paid collaboration Ever since we became parents it has felt like every room in the house has been taken over by Erin’s things. The living room is covered in toys, my library area is now a play area and I’ve lost count of how many toys there are for the bath. Wherever you go it seems like there is something of Erin’s there. Now that she is getting a bit older and understanding something about boundaries and personal space (definitely not all the time), we would like to reclaim our bedroom and have a bit of child free

A Charity Shop Bargain For The Living Room

In the town where I live there are plenty of charity shops. I can think of at least 7 within a couple of minutes of each other. In a city that might not seem like a lot but I live in a small town so a large percentage of ‘town’ is charity shops. I have a couple of favourites and I’ve written before about some of the bargains I have picked up. This year I am on a bit of a mission to get some things done around the house. It’s not all about DIY but making some of the rooms

What is SPC Vinyl?

AD | Collaborative post If you’re considering purchasing vinyl flooring, it’s likely you’ll have come across different variations, notably SPC. It stands for stone plastic composite vinyl flooring – it combines limestones and stabilisers to create a very durable core. You aren’t losing any of vinyl’s traditional benefits either – it is still water, stain and scratch proof.  SPC comes in four main layers which makes it one of the most durable choices of flooring available on today’s market. Wear Layer – This is the top coating that is transparent, adding protection against the elements such as scratches and stains. 

Updating Our Living Room With The Capri Coffee Table

AD | Gifted item Last month we had a mini makeover in the living room as we hard a new carpet fitted. It was such a massive job that should have probably been done years ago but it’s a huge room and it wasn’t cheap. Since then, the room has really been transformed and I’ve been trying to make it into the room I really want. After having a bit of a move around we ended up with a lot more play space in the back half of the room which meant that we could do something different with the

A Mini Living Room Makeover

There aren’t many rooms of our house that I actually like, due to there being work that needs doing in all of them. However, one of my most hated rooms is the living room/ dining room/ play area. It’s a pretty big room at 25ft (with an L shape coming off the side too) and it’s really just not very nice. The walls are white but a bit grubby looking, the dining room floor has gaps in the wood so it’s really cold, there is a bit of stone floor and the living room carpet has been there since we