Bar Stools – up-cycling and alternative uses around the home

Welcome everyone to my second post of the New Year. We all seem to be moving and changing up our decor, post Christmas, so this week I bring you a quick and easy up-cycle which you may like to do yourself. That is if you have a pine bar stool or two sitting around in need of a new lease of life. These bar stools were gifted to me by a friend sometime ago. I had thought I would use them for the purpose intended however I don’t have a bar where I can place bar stools. I do however have a need for bedside tables, coffee tables and a little something for Doris to perch on…


Renovate and Build – One step closer and a look back in time

Everyone, I have exciting news to share. This week we have received planning permission to build and renovate our new home. I have rewritten this introduction so many times in a bid to convey my excitement yet nothing works. It’s a huge understatement to say we are excited however, it will just have to do. We are now set to renovate extensively and build the home we have spent so many years dreaming of, in a spot we never dared think we would. Since we received this news, I have woken each morning with such a feeling in my tummy which is akin only to how I feel, each and every Christmas morning. We have so much to do to get ready for the build and renovation early next year. Before then however, I’d like to take you on a little trip back in time…

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Autumn Decor – Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

Recently Mr M and I enjoyed a week at home with The Spotty One. We were determined that work life would not interrupt us as so often happens when you enjoy a staycation. And since in our part of the country at least, we are enjoying some unseasonably warm weather with only the gentlest of breezes, we planned several days out in the fresh air. We marched out a brisk walk on the beach and savoured delicious lunches at quaint and cosy pubs.  Just a short journey from our home, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful walk which comes into its own in Autumn. So one morning we packed up the car with basket and dog and set off. Mr M was intrigued to know the significance of the basket. I have learned over the years to share ideas I have like collecting colourful leaves, when we get there. It’s best that way…

Spencer on the lawn with basket and picnic rug 225x300 - Autumn Decor - Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

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A DIY Project – Transforming a Vintage Box into a thing of Beauty

This week I have for you an easy DIY project however before we begin, a little picture painting with words is needed I feel. Recently I went to two country brocantes in two days. This made me very happy. It doesn’t get an awful lot better than that if you are a vintage freak like me.  Stalls and tents were set out with countless treasures to suit all pockets and budgets.  From old faded buttons and spools of vintage silks to French iron beds and glorious feathered eiderdowns …..I was in my happy place. I invested in several beauties myself and one very plain wooden box which caused my friend and fellow shopper to look at me in the way that simply says, here we go again……

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Vintage, Pre-loved and Thrifty Decor in the Home

I’m very aware my blog’s tagline is …the story of a stylish renovation…and it occurs to me, one or two of you may be thinking where is this renovation then?  I have some exciting news to share with you.  Our submitted plans for the renovation have been acknowledged by the local council and a sign sits proudly out the front of our home telling anyone who cares to read it what we are up to. This feels a huge step in the right direction and our architect has worked very hard to put on paper that which was in two heads.  This includes from myself yet another dream I have had for a very long time… a log burning stove in our master en-suite bathroom. Cue much eye rolling.

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