Category Archives: Home Sweet Home

Restoring old wooden floors
in a Victorian house

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Floors: MINE!!! Hurrah!! Slippers: Jigsaw

Ah my dear readers. Finally, we made it – the floors are done and I no longer have to breathe dust like a crazy dust-breathing dragon any more.

It’s very exciting. And I’ve loved seeing the transformation, day by day… I wanted to write a post to explain what we did, how we did it and give you some tips, should you be thinking of doing something similar to your home.

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It’s good to share

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The Village Bakery, Walthamstow Village

For so many, getting a foot well and truly on the property ladder seems impossible. Nearly every single person I know who has managed to buy a home, has had financial help from somewhere, usually an older family member or through inheritance.

So often though, this just isn’t an option and trying to raise funds to buy a flat or a house anywhere in the UK, let alone London, can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

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A taste of Yorkshire, in London

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Hidden away in Yorkshire is Keelham Farm Shop – an award-winning family-run business which has two shops in Yorkshire and prides itself on championing great tasting, local produce. Hip pip!

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Running a bit late for Christmas?
Don’t panic! There’s still time!

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Don’t fret, don’t panic and DON’T (whatever you do) drown your sorrows in a vat of mulled wine, because you think you’ve missed the Christmas Tree boat.

You haven’t. The boat is still afloat. And it’s not just any boat (I’m growing unsure of this analogy) it’s the KING of boats and it comes in the form of Pines and Needles.

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A new community baking site
(And the cutest bunny baubles)

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Baking is something that I have always, always loved. Whether I’ve been watching my grandma, falling in love with GBBO, having a go myself or eating the triumphs (and occasionally less than triumphant wares) of friends and family, baking is something that has always brought nothing but sheer joy to my little world. Birthday cakes, Christmas puddings, Get Well Soon and Just Because cakes, cookies and crumbles… I love them all.

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Difference Makes us

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The things I surround myself with at home have a direct affect on my state of mind, my mood and my happiness.

I’ve always known it. Ever since primary school, when Claudine Harris had a pink sparkly pencil and a rubber that smelled of strawberries and I wished they were both mine more than I wished Mrs Nye (scary teacher) would be eaten by some sort of fire breathing, North London dwelling dragon.

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Home. Tea. Breathe.

Oasis Dress AW16

Over the last six weeks I’ve packed up a flat in Finsbury Park, moved house to Walthamstow, had a jaunt in the Cotswolds for LM’s birthday,  whizzed off to Greece for a couple of weeks holiday and suffered a technical disaster to end all technical disasters. (Hundreds of emails were deleted from my inbox and I’m still wading through my injured inbox on a recovery mission…)

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Blooms for the soul

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As the colder weather sets in, I have some tricks up my sleeve for keeping the Winter blues at bay and to ensure I don’t shrink into a lethargic slump… which I definitely have a tendency to do, especially as the days grow shorter and darker…

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Libratone Zipp Speakers
Wifi, Bluetooth, Portable, Amaze

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I am not a techy-whizz, make no mistake. I am often bamboozled by all things internetty, cabley, wifi-y… so when I first heard about Libratone wireless speakers, I have to admit, I was a little dubious that I’d even be able to get them to work.

How wrong I was. These speakers are so easy to set up and use and they have changed my musical life. They really truly absolutely have. They’re amazing, and I’m going to do my very non-techy best to explain why.

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Oh, hi there…

Milos

Supper on Milos

These past couple of weeks, I have been recharging, rebooting, sleeping and (mostly) eating on two of the most gorgeous Greek islands I have ever had the good fortune to visit – Milos and Sifnos.

I have a camera full of photos to share with you, but for now, this is a hello – I’m home!

We got back in the wee hours of yesterday morning and today is my first day back at my desk, coffee in hand and an inbox bursting at the seams…

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The Little London Bunch:
Same day flower delivery in London

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I think that sending flowers is one of the loveliest things you can do for someone. They bring cheer and joy no matter what… and then only thing that ever really stops me from clicking ‘buy now’, is the price. Sending flowers has always been pretty expensive and you also usually have to buy in advance… that is until the clever dicky birds at The Little London Bunch knocked their heads together and came up with a cunning plan.

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Homeware… and then some.

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Last week all my Christmases came early. Literally.

Christmas previews are in full swing up and down the land and amidst them all was Sainsbury’s, complete with mince pies, glazed ham, baubles and much Xmas cheer…

I won’t be popping up pictures of Christmas trees and sparkles, don’t worry. But what I did want to share with you was their Autumn Winter home and lifestyle ranges, which really took me by surprise… I LOVED it.

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I made me a Terrarium!

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I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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My Summer Lights Party for Macmillan

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Macmillan Cancer Support is one of those charities that seems like it knows you personally. It’s like a friend, your gang, your rock and is now synonymous with coffee mornings, the coming together of friends and lashings (yes I said lashings and yes I read a lot of Enid Blighton) of cake.

When I found a lump in my breast, the whole world stopped. Thankfully, my journey didn’t continue past the biopsy and mammogram, but for so many others, the story is very different.

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Growing my own
with Wyevale Garden Centres

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I wouldn’t call myself particularly green fingered. In fact, for a while I thought my fingers were the kiss of death for any plant – especially orchids. And basil. Even the weeds I cultivated last Summer looked sorry for themselves.

So it was with great excitement that I accepted the challenge set for me, by Wyevale Garden Centres – to grow my own produce at my London flat, which (hopefully) I should be able to actually EAT in a few weeks…

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