Keeping your jewellery safe and clean

Engagement ring - tips to keep your jewellery safe and clean

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If you’ve built up an impressive jewellery collection, it makes sense to protect your investment. Valuable jewellery is a target for thieves and if it isn’t looked after properly, it could also end up losing its impressive sparkle and lustre. To help you keep your jewellery safe and clean, here you’ll discover some of the best tips to follow. Read more

Night & Day themed kids’ bedroom

Space prints

OK, so I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time – we decorated the boys’ bedroom in a night and day theme as soon as we got the keys and before we even moved into our house…and that was two years ago! Up until recently Toby has been in a single bed and Gabe still in his cot, but a few weeks ago we got them bunk beds and the room has had a bit of an update so I decided it was about time I got round to writing about it. Read more

Our hall way makeover on a budget

Middle hall way after

We moved into our house almost two years ago now. We decorated Toby and Gabe’s room just before we moved in and then completely replaced the kitchen after just a few months. But since then our redecoration plans rather ground to a halt, mostly due to lack of funds. Just before Christmas (I know, it’s taken a while for me to write about it!) though we decided to try and give our hall way a makeover on a budget. Read more

My changing home style // Plans for updating our house

New kitchen

It’s funny how your style changes over time. I know a lot of it is to do with current fashions – I know I’m a sucker for jumping on style bandwagons, especially when it comes to the style I like in my house. I bought my own flat back in 2004 and completely redecorated most of it in the six years I lived there. There was a lot of beige and coffee colours, and a lot of IKEA furniture. Read more

How to know when you and your family have outgrown your home

Saying goodbye to the old house

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Remember those dreamy days when you and your partner bought your first home together? You spent hours trawling through magazines for inspiration, decorated the spare room in an on-trend colour and relished the freedom and independence it gave you.

But now the spare rooms are filled with kids (you wouldn’t change this for the world, though!) and your house is bursting at the seams with clutter. Read more

Kid’s rooms // How to make them last a childhood

Toby's space bedroom

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Preparing a bedroom for a child really is an enchanting experience. Choosing the bedclothes, light fittings and of course, the toys are the things that dreams are made of. There are, however, as with any other project, some practical considerations, particularly if you are working to a budget and so here we explore kid’s rooms and how to make them last a childhood. Read more

Big furniture without the big price tag

Blue sofa - cost effective ways to replace large furniture

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I know lots of families are always putting off upgrading and replacing the large items of furniture in their home. We really currently have one sofa that is nearly 15 years old and really needs to be replaced, and another that is almost 40 years old and used to belong to my mum and dad! Read more

5 quick ways to change a room

Chairs in front of a window

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Decorating your home can take a long time. After planning and buying supplies, you then have to prep your home ready for painting or wallpapering, and all of this before you can actually start decorating.

When we moved in 2016 we knew that every room in our new house would need redecorating, but that it would be years before we had the money and time to do it all. If the thought of redecorating fills you with dread, or like us you just don’t have the time or the funds to do it right now, then here are 5 quick ways to overhaul any room in your home – all without picking up a paintbrush. Read more

5 ways to maximise space in your family home

Small house - 5 tips to maximise storage

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While having a family is wonderful, it can also present its challenges, including the never-ending struggle to find more space. When you find that you’re really cramped, what are your options?

You could extend your home or consider selling with an online estate agent like Hatched.co.uk. If extending isn’t an option and you just can’t bear to part with your home – after all, it’s filled with precious family memories – then here are 5 ways to help maximise space in your family home. Read more

Planning to extend our home

The front of our house that we would like to extend

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When we moved house we were looking for somewhere that had potential to be improved and developed as our family grows – grows up that is, we definitely aren’t planning on making our family any bigger! We knew we couldn’t afford our dream home so we wanted somewhere we could perhaps extend in future and turn it into our dream home instead. Read more