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The thing about CLEANING is…..

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It’s boring and one of those endless tasks that you never ever complete. It’s like the never-ending story when you’re a grown up. Well, unless you want Kim and Aggie on your back or a Channel 4 documentary about how filthy your house is and how it’s home to a new subspecies of rodent or Read the Rest »

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Spring in Bloom in Every Room

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I’m getting a little bit obsessed with plants. Flowers. Foliage of any kind really. I blame a big bunch of hyacinths I bought in Aldi a couple of weeks ago for £3. They filled the entire downstairs of my house (ok, so it isn’t huge) with the most amazing fragrance for at least a week. Read the Rest »

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From Scotland, With Love

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Need a dash of last minute inspiration for getting a little something for a loved one that isn’t totally naff? Hoping to buy something slightly less mundane than chocolate? Here are a few suggestions from local businesses with big heart. Paulin’s watches are the epitome of quality British craftsmanship, hand built in the city of Read the Rest »

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Santa, I take it all back …

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Dear Santa, I do hope you’re well. I am writing regarding the so very kind and generous Christmas presents I received from you this year. You really are a remarkably good man. The only thing is, now that we’re ensconced in January I’ve had time for a little reflection. With the season of entertaining, food Read the Rest »

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Shop Local (and LOVELY) This Christmas at Scotland’s Treat Store

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When I’m buying a gift for someone, ideally I like to find something pretty, something interesting or unusual and, wherever possible, something made by a local designer or small maker. If you’re thinking along the same lines this Christmas, then I have a one-stop shop for you that might just come up with the goods! Flying the Read the Rest »

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THE BIG REVEAL: A Renovation Story

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I have always loved interior design (I blame the unhealthy influence of ‘Changing Rooms’ at a pivotal moment in my life), and have spent the last ten years obsessively watching Grand Designs, looking forward to one day getting my hands on my own renovation project. This summer, my husband and I bought our first home. Read the Rest »

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Sofa.com. Where All Your Sofa Dreams Come True.

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Unless you’re slow to catch on, you’ll know that this summer we have been moving house and doing a whole STACK of renovations on our new abode. Having been living in a glorious Victorian flat with high ceilings and sprawling open plan living for the past five years, the reality of what we could afford Read the Rest »

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Mattress Cleaning Mayhem

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By Amy Murch You know when you walk into your house and there’s this lingering smell that you just can’t pin point let alone deal with? My obsession with smell has been worsening lately. I think it might be a lady thing. Or maybe even a “monthly” lady thing. You know how most folk eat Read the Rest »

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Curtain Making for Dummies – Part 2, Lined Curtains

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OK, last week, I brought you a simple way of making unlined curtains, this week we’re bringing in the big guns … we’re going lined. I was so intimidated by this task, I procrastinated and put it off for weeks. The reality is I needn’t have made such a hoo ha of the whole shebang because it Read the Rest »

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Curtain Making for Dummies: Part 1, Unlined Curtains

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OK, over the past few weeks I have blagged my way through making NUMEROUS sets of curtains. I am a VERY amateur sewer and I reckon all of you can do this. I don’t know about you, but I think attractive curtains are surprisingly hard to come by, and surprisingly expensive. Like, hundreds of pounds, MAYBE MORE IF YOUR Read the Rest »