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I was hoping that behind the grimy old wallpapers of our ‘1898 vintage’ house we’d be laying bare stretches of wonderful old textural plasterwork. No such luck. Looked like it had been done last week. However, the extensive old mends on our front reception ceiling actually had bags of charm, so we decided to let the ceiling do its thing. It’s helped soften down the newness of the painted walls and pitch-dark oak floor.
Happily resigned to occasional bewildered comments from older relatives asking why we’ve left the painting of the ceiling ’til last….


It transpires that trying to blog about a house renovation whilst actually doing it, and holding down a full time job, and a six year old, has proved beyond me! Not quite the Superwoman I’d hoped… However, as the mist begins to clear, I’d like to share some of the details we’ve used to make the place our own…

This crisp, smartly stripey, and very generous laundry basket from Rockett St George has been the perfect find for a laundry bin that has to be on show.
It disappears stuff so effectively I’ve ordered a couple more in order to let it work its magic in our youngsters room…


Oh dear, another fabric I ‘must have’ – House of Hackney‘s ace new print on linen and velvet. Ticks two of my favourite boxes: ‘animal print’ AND ‘pleasingly odd’, and the colouring is delicately different too…

a real treat to start the day at Contemporary Applied Arts gallery this morning, for the Emmanuel Cooper retrospective. From considered 70s stoneware to recent glazes of heavenly hue…


Amidst the sometimes slightly too girly-girly pieces at Anthropologie, are real treasures to be found. These Swirled Geode knobs and Streamline handles are going to do no end of favours to any piece they’re paired with. This is the way to up-cycle…