Window dressings are a good way to bring a touch of your personality to your windows, but there are so many different designs to choose from! Blinds: blinds are a good way to add practical elements to your windows, allowing you to easily block light, […]
My gosh it is difficult to keep up with decor trends sometimes. It’s a very odd thing with fashions, of any sort. One day you’re leafing through a high end house & home magazine and notice them featuring a particular colour scheme and there’ll be […]
When family houses were first bult in great numbers, the rows of Victorian terraces and back to backs in the major cities, there was still only the most basic facilities offered inside. Looking at fantastic online supplier sites for decor, kitchens etc. it seems incredible […]
We have such a diversity of buildings, styles of architecure and decor in this little old isle of ours. It is really exciting to drive to a village anywhere and just look round at the age of the properties there. I was visiting a village years which sadly because the pubs and both shops have shut, they have nothing in the way of atmosphere to glue the community together. But they do have plenty of very attractive houses and thatched cottages. I was actually eyeing up one that had a for sale sign and had a glance through the windows of the rather tiny little kitchen. I could see a butler sink, large upright taps and a wooden draining board and across the room an unfitted ‘houdini’ cabinet with pull down hatch standing against the far wall. The style of furishing and decor looked so apt for the age of the place. It was frustrating not to get in for a look!
Recently a former colleague of mine rang me in a state of teary blubbery flux. Admittedly there was more to the sobs than just a mountain of paperwork and a grubby kitchen. However, in a desperate attempt to stem the flow and stop it becoming […]
I subscribe to a really good all round magazine. Have had it delivered for years and it covers health, beauty, money issues, food and cookery, crafting, knitting etc. and is famous for it’s home pages – with tips on how to dress a room properly […]
It’s only a few short years ago since the idea of turning an old wharf-side warehouse into several high end utterly luxurious apartments became the absolute rage. Every building that was stable and worthy would be gutted and made into fantastic homes – for the up and coming business leader and entrepreneur. Maybe all the units have b een modernised now, but that scheme doesn’t seem to feature on any daytime lifestyle programmes now. In this area there are still many ‘brown field’ sites that are ripe for the gut and refit model. These old boot and shoe factories look grim and unbecoming outside but they scrub up well and can provide space for quite a few modern studio apartments. Where there is not the space for individual dwellings, then reutilising something from our past can be such a fantastic way to keep that link, and be useful to today’s generation.
I live in a nice family house – once described as generously proportioned executive 4 bed detached…… coplete with neutral decor and modern furnishings and fittings, it was the epitomy of style and elegance. And you knew you were something to have one. Now, I […]
There was an item on a tv consumer programme about the number of things house buyers find so irksome about the houses they’ve bought – some years after the purchase. These ranged from fluffy, unhygienic carpets in bathrooms to the style of windows all round. […]
I had the chance to look round a 1920s bungalow that’s just been on the market. I haven’t been inside one like that since I last visited grand parents some decades ago. This place has been kept almost as it was built – as a luxury property it must be said. Unlike many a 1920’s semi detached, it didn’t start life with a tiny scullery kitchen the size of a broom cupboard. It certainly had more than a wooden draining board over a seriously unglamorous ceramic sink – so ugly it wouldn’t get the lady of the house going weak at the knees! This bungalow has just been sold to a developer who thankfully is not going to knock down and rebuilt – he’s going to extend the kitchen out, add vast bi fold patio door ‘wall’ and have fantastic gadgetry to run everything – there may even be some kitchen cabinets and drawers at some stage!
Staying over with friends recently, I was able to catch up on their extenison project – a very long running saga which is now finally reaching the final stages. The original house was a generously proportioned 4 bedroomed double fronted 1920s’ town villa, with a […]