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Autumn a season of natural beauty and colour

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” said Oscar Wilde and this week has certainly felt just like that to me. I’m usually one of those types who hopes for an Indian summer and sometimes we get just that. This year however was a little different and I wondered why I found myself wishing for autumn to make an appearance. After all this season brings rain and cold and artificial heating and I’ve no desire for any of that. Yet of course autumn brings so much more and today I have many autumnal pleasures to share with you over on the blog…

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The Utility Room – a wonderful before and after room makeover

Mudroom, Scullery or Utility Room…what do you call yours? If like me you are lucky enough to have a room to clean the dirty dog, keep the essential white goods and house your coats and brollies, what should it be known as? Well whatever the name, I thought it was about time you saw another room transformation in our home. Since this incredibly useful room will change only slightly in the forthcoming renovations, it has been treated to a wonderful makeover. From an empty shell to a place to hang your hat, our utility room cum mudroom cum scullery deserves its own mention. So let’s head on over to the blog for the story…because as you know, there is always a story …

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Candles – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

It was William Wordsworth who said Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. I’m not sure everything in my home fits neatly within this famous quote yet somethings do.  And for me, candles certainly do. I will find any excuse to light a candle. Night or day, rain or shine there is always a reason for a candle. For romance, soft lighting, ambience or decoration, candles are the answer. And in keeping with our thrifty vibe, candles can be as cheap or expensive as you like. I’ve put together for you some of my favourite ways to use candles in and around the home.  As usual though, we should start with a short story…

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