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Points really do mean prizes

I’ve never really given credit cards much thought. I certainly have never equated buying snazzy dresses and gorgeous knitwear on a credit card, with having lovely opportunities and experiences. I certainly never thought that my purchases could lead directly to a cup of coffee, or even a trip to Paris…

And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one, which is why I am so pleased to be working with Amex to toot about their American Express® Nectar Credit Card, which has changed the way I think about credit cards forever.

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The Laslett, Notting Hill
~ a very, very special hotel ~

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I lived in Notting Hill for around 10 years, before moving to Finsbury Park and then (and where I live now) Walthamstow.

When I lived there I was constantly asked by Portobello lovin folk – “Poppy, where should we stay in Notting Hill?” And I was so often stumped.

But I am stumped no more.

THE LASLETT!

STAY AT THE LASLETT!

STAY AT THE LASLETT AND NEVER, EVER LEAVE.

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Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 2 ~

Side-Return-Extension-2

I love ply. LM loves ply. And luckily for us, our architects and builder also love ply. So creating a bespoke and beautiful ply criss cross structure under our skylights, was something we leapt at the chance of doing when our clever architects suggested it.

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Thank you, Heart. Challenge accepted.

Roll-Top-Bath

One of my all time favourite baths, at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa in Dorset

We are, as you well know, in the middle of doing a side return on our house in Walthamstow, London.

We moved out back in October and have been staying with family ever since, out of London and out of a suitcase. (I should mention that the house we are staying in is gorgeous, as are the people we are staying with, but you get the picture – it’s not our nest).

Simultaneously we are (I am) growing a new human and attempting to prepare for the most exciting chapter of our lives, while suitcasing, commuting and not having our bits and bobs around us…

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Liberty for Anthropologie

Liberty for Anthropologie

When two of your favourite brands have a love-in, it’s only right that you visit the store and dribble over everything they have created together.

Liberty prints are my weakness and Anthropologie speaks to my soul in a way not many other homeware brands can. It’s emotional. And it’s true love.

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Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 1 ~

Side-Return-Extension

So apparently I am a grown up. I’m not sure when it happened. But all of a sudden I am married (last weekend – teeny tiny civil service with our parents – heavenly) I am pregnant (still convinced the bump is just doughnuts) and have embarked on that very big and exciting and terrifying building project – the SIDE RETURN EXTENSION.

We moved into our Victorian terraced house in August 2016, knowing full well what we wanted to do to the property as soon as we could afford to. However, we followed the advice of some friends and family who said, “live in the house for a while first”. Which may sound obvious, but actually it was the best thing we could have done.

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My cosy Christmassy Alpine retreat
with Marks and Spencer

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There’s something about the run up to Christmas that makes me want to hole up at home, pull on my cosiest socks, laze by the fire and not leave. For anything. ESPECIALLY when it’s snowing – you’re not getting me out of the house for anything.

A very important part of hibernating successfully is being on top of your food situation. And unless you are a squirrel (they are SO prepared) or my grandma (she actually had a back-up freezer) then you need to have another plan up your sleeve. And my plan (and I feel like I’m passing on the gospel here) comes in the shape of M&S Christmas Food to Order.

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