Category: Home & Garden

#BEDM – Home Sweet Home

I’ve written a few posts about the ongoing changes we’re making to our home. It’s still a work in progress – does that ever change? The list of things we need to do is quite overwhelming and with a very depleted budget, we’re kind of stagnating and ignoring all the jobs. We’ll probably tackle the garden next, when we’ve got a few good weather weekends. We’ve spent soooooooo long on the garden that we want to just get some plants in and leave it the hell alone. It’s sucking out my will to live! We still only have one plant in it and it wasn’t something we put in. It’s much easier to make small, but noticeable changes to the house. For instance, we switched our lounge around a bit by bringing in the big wingback chair from my room and moving the bookcase out. It’s practically transformed the lounge. Love when that happens, and it didn’t cost a penny! Some of our other most recent changes have been born out of necessity.

Spice Rack

This littls unassuming spice rack has made a massive difference in our teeny, tiny kitchen. Previous to this, our spices were just in the cupboard, taking up a lot of space and it wasn’t easy to find them. With the resurgence of cooking from scratch, being able to see what spices we’ve got, what we need to order and which ones are going out of date, has been essential. We desperately needed a better way to store our spices. So one Sunday, we headed to Yarnton Antiques, one of my favourite places, and spent about 15 minutes, looking and picking up these few things. That’s all the time it took and boy, where we pleased with our purchases! This little spice rack cost about £12. It looks like a chap put it together in his garage for his wife to store her spices and for that reason, it reminds me of my grandad, because that’s the kind of thing he’d have done for my nana. It’s absolutely perfect, fits in the kitchen a treat and is ideal for our little collection of spices.

Bread tin

We’ve also been looking for something to store our kindling in. We’ve had it in a basket, but this doesn’t work well, as you get bits all over the floor. Plus we wanted something fire resistant, as we keep it all quite close to the wood burner. We found this old bread tin, and again, it was really reasonable. I’ve wanted something like this for ages, but there’s just no room for it in our kitchen and we don’t eat that much bread, but the kindling fits in perfectly so we’ve got it in the lounge, ready for next winter.

Spoons Before

We also spied this little unassuming box. I had a peek inside and found these old spoons. They were on sale for £2.50. It would have been a crime to leave them there, so they were added to the pile, knowing it’d take me about 10 minutes to clean them up when I got home.

Spoons During

It didn’t take long to get them clean. I used some silver polish and my silver cloth to get them spruced up and they are gorgeous! They’ve got some markings on the back, which is on my list to research to see if we’ve picked up something really ancient. Either way, we’ve got a lovely set of spoons for a really good bargain.

Spoons After

It’s not very often I can walk into a shop and find three things that I really want/need, find them within budget and agree with my OH that they’re the right thing. They’re just perfect for our little house!

Have you found any great things for your home recently? Any planting tips for the garden or good places to find antique bargains?

My Interflora Garden

Yesterday I received an email from the lovely people at Interflora, telling me about a competition to win tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show. Every year I watch the flower show on TV. It’s always around my birthday and every year I tell myself, I’ll get tickets to go next year. Guess what? I never have. So, in for a penny, in for a pound, I’m enterting the competition. Not only is the prize awesome, but the compeition itself is very pinteresting! (see what I did there?!) Why? Because all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest called My Interflora Garden, fill it with images for your dream garden, include the competition image, below, and submit it before middday on Friday 16th May. What a great idea! Here’s my Pinterest board:

My Interflora Garden

This is coming at quite a good time too. As the weather is improving, my mind is turning more and more to finally finishing off the garden. At the moment we have one plant and lots of grass/weeds. Once we’ve cleared the borders (again) and decided on some edging, we’ll be ready for planting. I’m very excited about finally getting some plants in the ground and some colour in the garden. I’m hoping that once we’ve got plants in, it’ll be much easier to manage. That’s true, right?! If you’ve got any tips or great plants that grow well with very little maintenence, then please let me know. I’m at a bit of loss as to what to go for!

If you want to enter the Interflora competition, then here’s the instructions. Good luck!

Interflora competition

PS: I’m taking part in Blog Every Day in May this year. So be prepared to have your Bloglovin’ feed filled with my ramblings and slightly shoddy iPhone pictures! Are you taking part? Let me know so I can add your blog to my Bloglovin’!



Tuesday Treat – Howkapow

One of the reasons I still persavere with Facebook is that lots of small businesses still use it (and use it well). It was through Facebook that I first came across Howkapow, who sell unique gifts, homewares and quirky home accessories. I’m always looking for unique or unusual accessories for our home (We still have some of those hideous paper lamps from Ikea for goodness sake! Argh!) So I was really pleased to discover them. From gorgeous cushions and clocks to vintage style prints and stationery, they’ve got something that’ll make you smile! For me, I really, really want this gorgeous pendant lamp.

Welsh Cafe Lamp


I’ve been looking for an industrial style lamp for my room for a while, and this one fits the bill, as it’s got that feel but is slightly softer, making it ideal for the home. The only problem for me is how to install it, as I currently don’t have a ceiling light in my study. But when I’ve figured out how to install this, I most certainly will be. Isn’t it lovely? Not only that, but they’ve got some great stationery and lovely prints that would look great in my study too…

Happy New Window Day!

Or, why we replaced the Edwardian windows in our house.

Have I said that our house is over 150 years old? Yep. Full of history. It’s one of the things that made us fall in love with it when we bought it. However, having an old house has it’s fair share of problems. The windows have been one of them. We’ve been replacing them over time but last week we finally replaced the last of the single paned windows (not strictly true, as we’ve got some left in the extension at the back, but that’s another story for another time). The problem with doing it slowly is that as we’ve replaced the others, the single pane windows would be soaking wet most of the day.

They weren’t original, but they were probably Edwardian. I know what you’re thinking – How could you?! Well, it was a pretty easy decision. They didn’t really work! They weren’t energy efficient, they didn’t keep any noise out and they were in a pretty sorry state. We did look into keeping and getting them restored, but we decided that it wasn’t the best option. It wouldn’t stop the crazy amounts of condensation (and I mean crazy. Pools of water on the window sill daily!) It wouldn’t have helped close the gaps between the window or undo all the water damage to the wooden frame. So we decided to let them go. Rippled glass and everything.

Windows Before

As you can see, they’re in a bit of a sorry state, but isn’t the glass beautiful?! I have to admit, I did feel a bit guilty when they started ripping it out. But since the new windows have been put in, it’s been quite the transformation.

Windows After

The new windows are amazing. You know when it snows, and everything goes really, really quiet? It’s like that in our house now! The noise has been reduced sooooooo much, its unbelievable. Even Poppy is less disturbed by people walking by and traffic driving past. I haven’t noticed if it’s much warmer yet, as I’ve been running a bit of temperature since they’ve been put in, plus I’m not very good at telling whether it’s cold or not because I’m pretty much always cold! But the noise thing is worth the replacement alone. And we couldn’t have achieved that if we’d just restored them.

All I need to do now is organise a new blind and a net curtain that isn’t awful. We also replaced the window in the bedroom, which means I no longer hate everything in the bedroom, as I love the window! I still hate everything else, but the window makes us one step closer to making it the serene & calm room that I’m pinning about!