Uninspiring Kitchen Transformed!


So we love this new house, but we hate the kitchen. It's SUCH a let down after the gorgeous kitchen we've enjoyed in Brighton. From it's small, challenging 'L' shape to it's boring maple laminate cabinets and white tiles and unexciting basic white … [Read more...]

New Year, New Home


After 10 years in lovely Seaside England, we've jumped the pond and set up home in a Midwest Cape cod. It's all a bit sudden, it's all a bit bittersweet. We love England. We're renting that home, we can go back. I've always wanted to live in a Cape … [Read more...]

How to Polish Silver


Silverware is a wonderful addition to a holiday dining table. I love to use my silver cutlery on special occasions, particularly at Hanukkah. Over the year my silver undergoes a chemical reaction, looking tarnish and unloved. Every so often I spend … [Read more...]

Jack’s Prized Pumpkin


Pumpkins are an essential accessory for Halloween. Last year we took Jack to a farm where he selected his own pumpkin. He was amazed that it grew from a seed. Gardening is a joy that Jack has embraced, so when we carved last year's pumpkin we held … [Read more...]

How to varnish brick or tile floors

varnished shiny brick floor

For the Halloween party prep last week I focused on ensuring the corners were clean and the floors are shiny! To the latter, our kitchen floor is half brick half flagstone so a regular wash and wax does not give it any wow factor whatsoever. … [Read more...]

How to Make a Faux Canopy


Canopies are just beautiful. They transform a bedroom into a magical, flowing, calm space.  Canopies tend to require ample space and my bedroom just isn't large enough for a real canopy.  So I've come up with a simple and highly effective … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Moth Larvae in Carpet!


I like to think of myself as someone who tries their best to discourage moths and other pests from setting up camp in my home. With lots of vintage clothing items stored away in my wardrobe, I've always been diligent, using cedar, rosemary and even … [Read more...]

How to really wash clothes


There's a lot of laundry in our house. There's probably a lot of laundry in everyone's house, but I only wash clothes once a week so it really looks like a lot in ours. I realize that some people wash clothes every day. Good for them. I can't do … [Read more...]

How to launder and clean upholstered fabric slipcovers


Most sofas I've seen have the ability to unzip and remove their covers. This is, of course, so we can wash them. There's nothing like a clean sofa, it lifts a room! In my home with a dog, a cat, a boy, a baby, a husband and a fair few rambunctious … [Read more...]

How to Fabric Cover a Table


I appreciate that not everyone is lucky enough to have a craft room with an art table. Having a padded pvc or oil cloth fabric covered table has many opportunities beyond a craft table though. This type of fabric is very practical and comes in a … [Read more...]

How to Reupholster Furniture


I'm like MacGuyver with my staple gun. It's one of the items I'd bring with me if I was stranded on a desert island. Among the many great uses, upholstery is a fast and very satisfying project. I learned how to upholster from my mother who in turn … [Read more...]

My Top Tips for Small Gardens


So here are my top tips for those of you with small gardens like mine.  I hope my garden tips inspire you! Containers are easy to use if you remember these three rules: Drainage: You must poke big holes and add rocks to the bottom and/or … [Read more...]

Easy Sew Curtains


Jack has a little tree house in our  garden. It was a great experience decorating the interior of this house. After upholstering the footstool for the tree house, Jack replied, "Where are the curtains?" and he was absolutely right. It needed … [Read more...]

Easy Sewing: Draw String Bag


Draw string bags are so easy to make and require very basic sewing skills. I've made draw string bags to carry Max's essentials (nappies, spare clothes, cream and wipes) and I've made Jack a laundry bag. Draw String Bags can have so many uses, just … [Read more...]

Planning a Baby Nursery


I believe that a baby's nursery bedroom should be practical and beautiful! Here are some lovely ideas that have a positive effect on decorating a wonderful room for your little one! To achieve a beautiful and clutter free space, it is important … [Read more...]

How to Re-Plump a Tired Chair Cushion


Sometimes soft furnishings can just look a bit depressed, don't you think? My husband, two boys, dog and my cat all love to jump on, climb over, laze about and leap from my sofas and chairs. They are certainly used and abused, no wonder they … [Read more...]

Hanging Flower Baskets


Hanging baskets are a beautiful addition to a home and garden whatever their size. I have a few tips that are essential to ensure your hanging baskets blossom and bloom through the spring and summer months. I hope you find these tips … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Moths!


Moths can be such a nuisance, especially when you have delicate clothing and these little pests insist on residing in your wardrobe! here are my 3 top tips for keeping moths away from your cloths. 1. Hang sprigs of Lavender in your cupboard 2. … [Read more...]

Fixing Peeling Wallpaper


I love wallpaper, it really brightens up rooms and hallways. Living in England though, my wallpaper has quite a rough time in the cold winter months when rain and wind wreak havoc, my wallpaper sometimes begins to peel. I've found a great way to … [Read more...]

Painting Diamonds on Wooden Floors


This video documents the way I transformed the carpetted entryway of my home into a diamond adnored wooden painted floor. This project was relatively inexpensive especially when I consider how beautiful the final result is. I hope you find this video … [Read more...]

Cleaning Wooden Kitchen Surfaces


In my kitchen, I have a wooden butcher block. You'll probably have seen me preparing food on this wooden surface in my cooking and baking videos. As you can probably tell, this butcher block gets a lot of use. To care for my work surface, I prefer to … [Read more...]

Thoroughly Cleaning Painted Wood Floors


I love painted wood floors they're practical for families with young children (and those of us susceptible to spilling the odd glass of red wine) and really brighten up spaces. They require little attention. I sweep my floors twice a week, mop them … [Read more...]

Vinegar Cleaning Mirrors and Glass


I have a lot of windows and mirrors in my home and love each and every one of them to look pristine. I've found a brilliant non-toxic solution to make- what could otherwise be an arduous task of cleaning and scrubbing- really easy just by using … [Read more...]

Cleaning a Microwave with a Lemon

how to clean a microwave with a lemon

Sometimes the inside (and outside) of microwaves can just get a little bit grubby. I don't like using toxic cleaning solutions where I cook and prepare food. I've discovered an inexpensive, non-toxic solution that works really well at getting rid of … [Read more...]

Happy Home: Arranging Hydrangeas

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