With summer rapidly disappearing, thoughts turn to the colder months ahead, and to ensuring our homes are ready for whatever winter decides to throw at us this year.  We usually all start with the same steps.  Tidying away the patio furniture and barbecue, having a last weed of the beds and getting ready for the leaves that will start falling from the trees over the coming weeks all spring to mind. This year we will also be thinking about the heating system.  Last year our heater decided to pack up the week before Christmas and we had three days with… View Post

Buying a new shower is probably a bigger deal than you realise, it is used on a daily basis and is one of the items in your house you take for granted, I know I do!  If you are looking to update your shower here are a few points to consider. Buy from the right type of retailer These days you automatically get a warranty when you buy something. However, that is only of value if the shop you bought it from is still in business years down the line. If they have closed down, there is no way you… View Post

  Decorating a home on a budget is tricky, especially when you need to buy big items, like furniture. When we moved into our dream home 8 years ago it took almost every penny we had (planning a wedding at the same time didn’t help the finances) and there wasn’t much left for new furniture.  We had to work with what we already owned or look at alternative ways to keep the cost of furnishing our home really low.  Here’s a few frugal furniture ideas to help keep costs down: Buy used items Buying second-hand items is an especially good approach.… View Post

Since receiving our planning approval for our new extension a couple of weeks ago my husband and I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for ideas for our new space.  We are both huge fans of the open living/kitchen/dining space and this is a look we are wanting to create.  With two little boys who will undoubtably be spending a lot of time in the garden as they grow older we really want to make this back room the heart of our home. We live in a cottage which was originally built in the 1850’s.  Twenty… View Post