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    Off the wall

    by  • August 19, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    When you’re thinking of a quick and effective way to give new life to a room, revive a tired scheme, or simply try something different, the usual way is to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But what about the other elements of your room? And who says you have to stop at just a single colour?

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    White and wonderful

    by  • August 14, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Love my rented flat though I do, one of the frustrating things about being a tenant is that, like it or not, you just don’t have free reign to do what you like to your home. This particularly frustrates me when it comes to my carpets. Firstly, they’re old (I’ve lived there 11 years and they’d certainly seen better days before the ink was dry on my tenancy agreement). Secondly, they’re mismatched (one colour in the living room, another on the landing, another in my bedroom). Thirdly, they’re a fetching combination of dark blue, near-black and maroon, which my flat is just about light-filled enough to cope with, but I know it could look so much better if the carpets could be scrapped, and the floors taken back to basics. And by basics, I meant classic, white-painted floorboards.

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    Seaside schemes that rock

    by  • July 15, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Not that I’m counting down or anything, but in a few short hours I shall be boarding a train and happily catching up on four-and-a-half hours of reading while being whisked away to Cornwall, where I shall take walks on the beach, breathe in the salty air, exist on Cornish pasties and chips, drink wine with my mum and, based on the contents of my suitcase, wear every piece of white-and-blue striped clothing I own (six items at the last count – I am nothing if not a walking cliché.)

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    What have you done?

    by  • June 24, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Today sees the launch of National Upcycling Day… what do you mean you hadn’t noticed? But National Upcycling Day it indeed is – and as well as sharing some of our favourite revamped pieces today, we want to see examples of what you’ve upcycled in your own homes, too. The scheme aims to show how easy it can be to create something amazing, and to inspire the British public to think twice before throwing something perfectly good away.

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    Sew easy

    by  • June 9, 2016 • Best of the rest, Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    I love The Great British Bake Off, was completely hooked on The Great Pottery Throw Down and now eagerly await each episode of The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2, 9pm, Monday).

    I loved sewing classes when I was at school, but apart from sewing on the odd button, or sewing up a hem that’s fallen down, I’ve barely touched a needle and thread since.

    However, I love the idea of having a little sewing room. Especially one like this, with its shabby chic charm, complete with old-school vintage sewing machine.

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    Sunny hues

    by  • June 6, 2016 • Best of the rest, Stylish living • 1 Comment


    Yellow is a warm, friendly colour that instantly sends out good vibes, which is why it works well in most room schemes, and this conservatory proves that it’s not so difficult to welcome this shade into your home – you don’t even need to pick up a paintbrush! This bright hue

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    Long live shabby chic!

    by  • April 21, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    We’re known as the ‘throwaway society’ and how can you argue with that? I mean, whatever happened to dandelion & burdock bottles (made of glass) that you could take back to the cornershop and get tuppence ha’penny back on?  That last sentence will mean absolutely nothing to you if you’re under the age of 50 but let me tell you, things have changed and not necessarily for the better! Everything’s disposable – take wastefulness with food, planned obsolescence in cars, plastic packaging, oh, don’t get me started. And I’m as guilty as the next man! So it warms the cockles of my heart when I see signs of recycling, such as this kitchen-diner with it’s old sideboard that has been given a makeover to become ‘shabby chic’. I don’t know who invented that term but they’ve single-handedly saved a million pieces of furniture that would otherwise have been consigned to the local tip – or bonfire (if you can find one these days…).
    Seán O

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