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 »


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 »


Bedspiration (on a budget)

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Right now our bedroom is lacking a whole lotta love. While the downstairs of our new house has become the desperate focus of our energy and efforts, our bedroom has become a veritable dumping ground, where clambering over mountains of clothes has become a nightly occurrence and where pictures, mirrors and random pieces of unplaced Read the Rest »


Lovely Lighting

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I’m into lighting in a big way. Aside from it allowing me to navigate my way around my home (total darkness is rather inconvenient), the right light fitting can really add a lot to a room and pack some serious punch in the style stakes. It’s also a significant change you can make for a Read the Rest »


The One When Mabel Restored Her Floorboards

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I have always wanted to live in a house, that was all mine, with sanded wooden floors. As a student in Edinburgh I guess we were spoilt with lovely victorian tenement flats with high ceilings, cornicing and stripped floors (we’ll say less about the mice infestations and PERISHING winters), but I’ve loved them ever since. Read the Rest »


Let’s just bow our heads and appreciate Ercol for a moment.

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You all know I’ve always had a penchant for all things vintage, retro and kitsch, but fixing up our little 1950′s house has just reawakened my sheer dreamy passion for it all. I am LOVING it. I’m trying my hardest not to go overboard, trying leave enough clean lines to keep it fresh and fun Read the Rest »


A Lot of Love for Little Greene

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When my friend Danny saw our kitchen a few weeks ago, he said, I quote, “This come-back is going to be bigger than Lazarus”. With that in mind, getting to the point of actually applying paint to the walls of our slowly reviving home feels pretty momentous. After such a brutal/messy slog, it seems only Read the Rest »



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Time for another Houspiration dalliance, this time of the Kitchen variety. At present, the kitchen of our new house (of the fixer-upper kind) needs rather a lot of work. What we don’t have (unfortunately) is a lot of money to throw at it. But who needs money, eh?! Oh … At the moment, the space is quite dark, Read the Rest »


Take a Garden Seat

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By Amy Murch OOOOOOOft what a scorching couple of days we’ve had here in Sunny Scotland. I’ve been absolutely LOVING it and trying to make the most of the sunshine. Mostly by eating vast amounts of ice cream and using the sun as an excuse. We’ve also been tidying up the garden (I say ‘we’…more Read the Rest »



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So if you’re slow to catch on, we’re renovating a house. It needs a lot of love. But luckily, where I may be useless in many respects, I am not lacking in the imagination stakes. If there was a degree to be had in Day Dreaming, I’d have the PhD. What can I say? It might not be much Read the Rest »