Please excuse the mess…
Please excuse the mess…
I like watching Grand Designs: the program with Kevin McCloud about people building houses, where he’s never happier unless there’s the loom of a disaster on the horizon. One of the things I envy are the high tech, triple glazed, argon filled, ultra high performance Swedish windows that everybody seems to install. We don’t have windows like that here. We have Edwardian, single glazed sash windows. The result of this low tech is that in summer, they don’t keep the heat out (hence the hot weather shut up) and in the winter we are swimming in condensation. Continue reading Review: Karcher Window Vacuum – the solution to winter condensation
Ever since buying the pom pom makers I am officially pom pom obsessed. Wrap and go, and no more threading a strand of yarn through an ever shrinking hole. At a relaxed pace you can produce a pom pom every 5 or 6 minutes whilst curled up on the sofa when watching telly. Continue reading Tutorial: Pom Pom Holiday Garland
One of my Christmas traditions is the bowl of nuts on the table that is passed around alongside the Stilton and port after our turkey and Christmas pudding. Continue reading Giveaway: Rudolph the Nutcracker from Stellar Cookware
These wise words held centre stage in my teenage bedroom on a poster above my chest of drawers comprising of a collage of William Morris prints. Continue reading Kitchen: New Pinnies, Tea Towels & Oven Gloves
Some new textiles can make a real difference to your kitchen and how you feel when you cook.
I love pom poms and as a child spent many a happy hour winding wool through discs of cardboard, cutting through the wrapped wool, tying a knot and then trimming the finished pom pom. There is something very satisfying about them, they are very tactile as well as huge fun. Continue reading Tutorial: How to make a pom pom Christmas wreath
A guest post by Ed
I was lucky to grow up in a household where DIY is the norm, and a well equipped workshop is assumed. It wasn’t always tidy, but most things were in there and could be found with a bit of searching; despite this early advantage, sadly I am no great craftsman, but I am happy doing the basics, and my basic toolkit was acquired piecemeal. However, for others, part of the great journey of life is the trip to the DIY superstore to buy the essential tools, for when they are first responsible for a home of their own.
Anything relating to gas must be left to the professionals, and likewise, anything attached to the building in terms of electrical wiring or plumbing warrants a phone call. However, it’s within pretty much everybody’s capability to change fuses and rewire plugs when required (much less common now that everything comes with a plug moulded on), bleed radiators and hang pictures. So this is my list of the essentials.
A small box to fit them all in, and you should find that you’re covered for most jobs. The only other thing that might join the list is a small paintbrush for touching up chips in skirting boards, doors and frames.
What are your tool box essentials?
There are a few retail shows which get excited about, and even fewer that I am willing to spend my own money to attend, but last weekend’s Scandinavia Show is one of them.
My friend Helen reminded me about the show and with barely any arm twisting (well none really), I agreed to go. It was a delight! Firstly there was a husky puppy! Secondly it was a vanguard of excellent taste and design, minimal without being plain, muted without being dull. Thirdly there were no crowds; although many pretty blond children, with equally attractive blond mothers were present. Fourthly there was am adorable husky puppy (which I know I have mentioned before). Fifthly there was delicious Scandi food!
I really love my hallway, it feels warm, cosy, welcoming and safe. Being on the top floor you have to climb two flights of stairs to get to it which probably helps with the welcoming feeling.
I was given a huge bag of autumn squash the other day and have used them to decorate the top stairs up to the flat. Continue reading Room Tour: Town Hallway