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While shopping in person for homeware is impossible at the moment, that need not stop us updating our homes with new pieces, lets face it most of us are spending more time at home at the moment so why not if you can, add some new bits and pieces to your environment to cheer up your space. You need not spend much a new vase for flowers in the kitchen can really make a difference, or new candles for the mantlepiece or maybe something pretty for your home office. So here are my favourites from Amazon currently in my wish list, Of course all reasonably priced, and most available on prime.

My top Amazon homeware picks


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These stoneware type vases are having a moment and fit in perfectly with the trend for neutral decor. They would look amazing on open shelving in a living room or great on the kitchen table with a cheerful bunch of flowers picked up on the weekly shop. And a banging price for 2 vases.

£24.99

set of 2 vases amazon



I love the drama of classic candlesticks with tapered candles, of course they look amazing on the dining table, but also look great on a fireplace or shelving,

I love these black candlesticks, £14.99 but if you prefer gold  £17.95 this set is also lush.

Amazon set of 2 black candlesticksAmazon set of 3 gold candlesticks


A product I absolutely love and use everyday is my Essential oil diffuser £32.99, I use it to help create a really calming atmosphere something we could all do with at the moment.  I love the wood effect and white design, and the reassurance of the safety cutout if it runs out of water. 

Amazon oil diffuser


We all love storage and a basket or two never goes a miss, I have a couple of these felt baskets  £13.69 under my side tables in my living room they are great for storing bits and bobs, I have candles, tealights and my endless supply of paint colour charts in mine. They would be great for storing craft items, like wool or crocheting bits, or even for kids bits n bobs. 

Amazon grey felt basket

Another basket I have got my eye on is this Stuff jute basket £11.99, how cute is it. I'm not sure where I would put it yet but I am tempted to order it !


Amazon Jute basket


 Talking of jute, jute rugs £26.00 look great in a neutral design room, I have one in my conservatory which I love, and I'm annoyed it was much more expensive then this one.  


Amazon jute rug

A kitchenware brand I just discovered on Instagram sells the most amazing colourful  pieces. I am obsessed with the teapots £22.59 which come in a range of shades and would be a real statement in any kitchen.

Sweese teapot on amazon


I have had my eye on this Garden Trading Wash up caddy  £19.99 for a while for my new kitchen, its sad I know but I keep thinking about it.

Garden trading wash up caddy



 I hope you liked my picks and maybe you spotted something you would like for your home, let me know if you see anything you are temped by.
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My top Amazon homeware picks

While shopping in person for homeware is impossible at the moment, that need not stop us updating our homes with new pieces, lets face it most of us are spending more time at home at the moment so why not if you can, add some new bits and pieces to your environment to cheer up your space. You need not spend much a new vase for flowers in the kitchen can really make a difference, or new candles for the mantlepiece or maybe something pretty for your home office. So here are my favourites from Amazon currently in my wish list, Of course all reasonably priced, and most available on prime.

My top Amazon homeware picks


*Affiliate links 

 
These stoneware type vases are having a moment and fit in perfectly with the trend for neutral decor. They would look amazing on open shelving in a living room or great on the kitchen table with a cheerful bunch of flowers picked up on the weekly shop. And a banging price for 2 vases.

£24.99

set of 2 vases amazon



I love the drama of classic candlesticks with tapered candles, of course they look amazing on the dining table, but also look great on a fireplace or shelving,

I love these black candlesticks, £14.99 but if you prefer gold  £17.95 this set is also lush.

Amazon set of 2 black candlesticksAmazon set of 3 gold candlesticks


A product I absolutely love and use everyday is my Essential oil diffuser £32.99, I use it to help create a really calming atmosphere something we could all do with at the moment.  I love the wood effect and white design, and the reassurance of the safety cutout if it runs out of water. 

Amazon oil diffuser


We all love storage and a basket or two never goes a miss, I have a couple of these felt baskets  £13.69 under my side tables in my living room they are great for storing bits and bobs, I have candles, tealights and my endless supply of paint colour charts in mine. They would be great for storing craft items, like wool or crocheting bits, or even for kids bits n bobs. 

Amazon grey felt basket

Another basket I have got my eye on is this Stuff jute basket £11.99, how cute is it. I'm not sure where I would put it yet but I am tempted to order it !


Amazon Jute basket


 Talking of jute, jute rugs £26.00 look great in a neutral design room, I have one in my conservatory which I love, and I'm annoyed it was much more expensive then this one.  


Amazon jute rug

A kitchenware brand I just discovered on Instagram sells the most amazing colourful  pieces. I am obsessed with the teapots £22.59 which come in a range of shades and would be a real statement in any kitchen.

Sweese teapot on amazon


I have had my eye on this Garden Trading Wash up caddy  £19.99 for a while for my new kitchen, its sad I know but I keep thinking about it.

Garden trading wash up caddy



 I hope you liked my picks and maybe you spotted something you would like for your home, let me know if you see anything you are temped by.
*Click to follow on bloglovin

When it comes to renovating your home, the kitchen is the biggy, and can be a real money pit. My top advice would be, if you your home is your long term "forever" home like us, it is 100% worth spending the money and getting exactly what you want, you will be living with it for years to come, and long term it will no doubt add value to your home. If however your property is an investment property you plan on staying in only a few years, do not blow the budget as in the short term you may not see a return on your investment. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* For us the biggest chunk of our budget was spent on tradespeople, which as we had extensive work done to the room, including removal of a wall, new electrics, changes to plumping and plastering was not a surprise. However if you are planning a pretty straight forward, like for like remodel and you are DIY savvy you may be able to save yourself £££ by doing it yourself, although saying that always get in qualified people when it comes to electric and gas. Most of the large DIY chains sell kitchens that you can assemble and then install yourself at a fraction of the cost of employing someone to do it.

*When it comes to new kitchens the amount you can spend is infinite, so do your research. Think about what you want from the room and the look you want to achieve, and remember large show rooms cost money to run so expect to see that in the cost of your kitchen. We used Howdens who sell directly to trade only, and do not have sprawling show rooms to pay for, which I believe meant we could afford a quality kitchen. All units are delivered assembled which saves your builder time and you money. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* Worktops are a place you can save yourself serious money, laminate worktops come in loads of designs and effects and can save you a shed load of money compared to real wood or expensive granite or quartz. The quality these days is amazing, you can achieve a high end look without the price tag.

*Tiles is another area you can save money especially if your kitchen is a DIY kitchen on a budget. All the chains like wickes, b&q, homebase ect sell budget friendly tiles for a fraction of the price of more high end styles found in specialist tile shops and online. We went for a statement tile, but for us it was an expense we felt was worth it for the over all look achieved. Another way to keep the cost down, is to scale down the tiled area, and maybe only going for a splash back behind the hob, rather than tiles around the whole kitchen.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* Appliances, the chances are when replacing your kitchen you will need new appliances, but if you can reuse it will save you money, especially if you are on a small budget. If you do buy new ones, shop around, do your research, sometimes just a change in the model number will save you money, often newer models are more expensive with very little difference in performance. Don't get sucked in by website deals make sure that really is the best price you can buy that appliance for, often one companies deal is not a deal at all compared to another. I also saved money by using my Topcashback account when ordering my appliances and earnt myself nearly £100 back, so defiantly worth doing, as it's free money after all.

*Decorating is another place to save money, for starters do the painting yourself rather than using a decorator it will save you hundreds of pounds. Paint can be pricy but with the likes of valspar in b&q and the decorating centre online, you can have paint colours from more expensive brands mixed for a fraction of the cost. We used a valspar own colour and we love it, the colour is beautiful and the paint easy to work with.

*Decor is a place you can save serious pounds, vases and plant pots, faux plants and the like can all be picked up from stores like Matalan, H&M and TKmaxx for a few quid and will add style and personality to your room, without blowing the budget.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


I hope this little guide was helpful, if you haven't read my other kitchen posts, I've added links Kitchen renovation reveal and Planning a kitchen renovation.

Join Topcashback and earn free £5 bonus, I love it, it costs nothing to use, just log into the topcashback website and click through to your chosen store ,shop as normal, and earn money on your purchases.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


When it comes to renovating your home, the kitchen is the biggy, and can be a real money pit. My top advice would be, if you your home is your long term "forever" home like us, it is 100% worth spending the money and getting exactly what you want, you will be living with it for years to come, and long term it will no doubt add value to your home. If however your property is an investment property you plan on staying in only a few years, do not blow the budget as in the short term you may not see a return on your investment. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* For us the biggest chunk of our budget was spent on tradespeople, which as we had extensive work done to the room, including removal of a wall, new electrics, changes to plumping and plastering was not a surprise. However if you are planning a pretty straight forward, like for like remodel and you are DIY savvy you may be able to save yourself £££ by doing it yourself, although saying that always get in qualified people when it comes to electric and gas. Most of the large DIY chains sell kitchens that you can assemble and then install yourself at a fraction of the cost of employing someone to do it.

*When it comes to new kitchens the amount you can spend is infinite, so do your research. Think about what you want from the room and the look you want to achieve, and remember large show rooms cost money to run so expect to see that in the cost of your kitchen. We used Howdens who sell directly to trade only, and do not have sprawling show rooms to pay for, which I believe meant we could afford a quality kitchen. All units are delivered assembled which saves your builder time and you money. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* Worktops are a place you can save yourself serious money, laminate worktops come in loads of designs and effects and can save you a shed load of money compared to real wood or expensive granite or quartz. The quality these days is amazing, you can achieve a high end look without the price tag.

*Tiles is another area you can save money especially if your kitchen is a DIY kitchen on a budget. All the chains like wickes, b&q, homebase ect sell budget friendly tiles for a fraction of the price of more high end styles found in specialist tile shops and online. We went for a statement tile, but for us it was an expense we felt was worth it for the over all look achieved. Another way to keep the cost down, is to scale down the tiled area, and maybe only going for a splash back behind the hob, rather than tiles around the whole kitchen.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


* Appliances, the chances are when replacing your kitchen you will need new appliances, but if you can reuse it will save you money, especially if you are on a small budget. If you do buy new ones, shop around, do your research, sometimes just a change in the model number will save you money, often newer models are more expensive with very little difference in performance. Don't get sucked in by website deals make sure that really is the best price you can buy that appliance for, often one companies deal is not a deal at all compared to another. I also saved money by using my Topcashback account when ordering my appliances and earnt myself nearly £100 back, so defiantly worth doing, as it's free money after all.

*Decorating is another place to save money, for starters do the painting yourself rather than using a decorator it will save you hundreds of pounds. Paint can be pricy but with the likes of valspar in b&q and the decorating centre online, you can have paint colours from more expensive brands mixed for a fraction of the cost. We used a valspar own colour and we love it, the colour is beautiful and the paint easy to work with.

*Decor is a place you can save serious pounds, vases and plant pots, faux plants and the like can all be picked up from stores like Matalan, H&M and TKmaxx for a few quid and will add style and personality to your room, without blowing the budget.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen


I hope this little guide was helpful, if you haven't read my other kitchen posts, I've added links Kitchen renovation reveal and Planning a kitchen renovation.

Join Topcashback and earn free £5 bonus, I love it, it costs nothing to use, just log into the topcashback website and click through to your chosen store ,shop as normal, and earn money on your purchases.

If you saw my last post you will know my kitchen renovation was finished right before Christmas, in case you missed it, I've linked it here for you  Kitchen renovation reveal , check it out for plenty of before and after shots.


Planning a kitchen renovation


In that post I promised to share my tips for planning a kitchen renovation project. My top tips are.........

  • Research research research, a kitchen is a massive and expensive project and you don't want any costly mistakes. Really think about the style of kitchen you like, check out Instagram, Pinterest, kitchen brochures/websites and magazines for ideas. Do you want a sleek modern design or a more traditional look, how will the kitchen tie in with the age and style of your home. Also think how you use the room, are you a big cook or baker, or do you like to entertain all these factors will influence how you want your kitchen to look and function. One of the best tips I had was, choose something you love, not something high fashion or something safe, choose a design and colour scheme that reflect you, that way you will love your kitchen for years to come.

  • Budget, in my experience however much you decide to spend you will need more, renovations sometime uncover issues which where not obvious in the planning stages. So make sure you cost the job up with quotes from your kitchen company, and builder than make sure you have a contingency fund that allows for those extras. 

  • Shop around for deals, especially when buying appliances, often the exact same product can be vastly different in price from different websites. Research the appliances and check out reviews, some items are worth spending more money on, for example we spent more money on the oven and hob, as we had specific requirements and ideas, but saved on the built in appliances like dishwasher and washing machine as they are behind a cupboard door, so it didn't matter to much on appearance, we just made sure they had the settings we would use most. Another good idea is to sign up to cashback websites, we used Topcashback and earnt money on many of our big kitchen buys.

  • A good builder is a must when getting renovations and personal recommendations I think are the best way to find a good one. Ask friends and family for recommendations or maybe your kitchen supplier. Howdens help with finding a reputable builder in your area, and for us that was invaluable as Ken our builder was fantastic. 
Planning a kitchen renovation


  • Décor, once the hard part of choosing your kitchen is over, comes the fun part of decorating and styling your new room. Something I think people often forget is lighting, our room had one pendent light in the middle of the room, which was quite frankly useless. Our electrician fitted us spotlights in the ceiling meaning the room is now bright on even the darkest days, along side under cabinet lighting which is great for a more cosy feel of an evening, and perfect for popping on to make a cuppa or eating dinner. Tiles are a great way to add colour and personality to your kitchen. My pink tiles gave me some sleepless nights I can tell you, as many people scrunched there faces up when I told them I wanted pink tiles, but I am so glad I went with my instincts and got them because I love them, and I've had so many compliments. Our tiles came from porcelain superstore and I couldn't recommend them enough. Our tiles are excellent quality and we where able to order samples before commiting to a choice. We already plan to use them for our bathrooms and hallway. When it comes to styling your space the world is your oyster, with so many homeware stores offering kitchenware. I recommend Dunelm, for crockery and cutlery, Ikea for storage jars and containers and TKmaxx/homesense for one off cute things like vases, tea towels, ect. We also added shelves from Funky chunky furniture, in an oak shade to tie in with our flooring and door they make the perfect spot to display cute pieces that add personality to our room. Etsy is a great place to shop art and décor pieces, as well as H&M and Iamfy. 
I hope you found this post helpful, let me know in the comments if you have any renovation plans for this year?
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Planning a kitchen renovation


If you saw my last post you will know my kitchen renovation was finished right before Christmas, in case you missed it, I've linked it here for you  Kitchen renovation reveal , check it out for plenty of before and after shots.


Planning a kitchen renovation


In that post I promised to share my tips for planning a kitchen renovation project. My top tips are.........

  • Research research research, a kitchen is a massive and expensive project and you don't want any costly mistakes. Really think about the style of kitchen you like, check out Instagram, Pinterest, kitchen brochures/websites and magazines for ideas. Do you want a sleek modern design or a more traditional look, how will the kitchen tie in with the age and style of your home. Also think how you use the room, are you a big cook or baker, or do you like to entertain all these factors will influence how you want your kitchen to look and function. One of the best tips I had was, choose something you love, not something high fashion or something safe, choose a design and colour scheme that reflect you, that way you will love your kitchen for years to come.

  • Budget, in my experience however much you decide to spend you will need more, renovations sometime uncover issues which where not obvious in the planning stages. So make sure you cost the job up with quotes from your kitchen company, and builder than make sure you have a contingency fund that allows for those extras. 

  • Shop around for deals, especially when buying appliances, often the exact same product can be vastly different in price from different websites. Research the appliances and check out reviews, some items are worth spending more money on, for example we spent more money on the oven and hob, as we had specific requirements and ideas, but saved on the built in appliances like dishwasher and washing machine as they are behind a cupboard door, so it didn't matter to much on appearance, we just made sure they had the settings we would use most. Another good idea is to sign up to cashback websites, we used Topcashback and earnt money on many of our big kitchen buys.

  • A good builder is a must when getting renovations and personal recommendations I think are the best way to find a good one. Ask friends and family for recommendations or maybe your kitchen supplier. Howdens help with finding a reputable builder in your area, and for us that was invaluable as Ken our builder was fantastic. 
Planning a kitchen renovation


  • Décor, once the hard part of choosing your kitchen is over, comes the fun part of decorating and styling your new room. Something I think people often forget is lighting, our room had one pendent light in the middle of the room, which was quite frankly useless. Our electrician fitted us spotlights in the ceiling meaning the room is now bright on even the darkest days, along side under cabinet lighting which is great for a more cosy feel of an evening, and perfect for popping on to make a cuppa or eating dinner. Tiles are a great way to add colour and personality to your kitchen. My pink tiles gave me some sleepless nights I can tell you, as many people scrunched there faces up when I told them I wanted pink tiles, but I am so glad I went with my instincts and got them because I love them, and I've had so many compliments. Our tiles came from porcelain superstore and I couldn't recommend them enough. Our tiles are excellent quality and we where able to order samples before commiting to a choice. We already plan to use them for our bathrooms and hallway. When it comes to styling your space the world is your oyster, with so many homeware stores offering kitchenware. I recommend Dunelm, for crockery and cutlery, Ikea for storage jars and containers and TKmaxx/homesense for one off cute things like vases, tea towels, ect. We also added shelves from Funky chunky furniture, in an oak shade to tie in with our flooring and door they make the perfect spot to display cute pieces that add personality to our room. Etsy is a great place to shop art and décor pieces, as well as H&M and Iamfy. 
I hope you found this post helpful, let me know in the comments if you have any renovation plans for this year?
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I'm starting off the New Year, with sharing my long awaited kitchen renovation. When I say long awaited, I have lived in my house since 2006, but with the ups and downs of life, 2020 became renovation year for the kitchen and what a year to renovate, the pandemic itself played its part in further delays, meaning the kitchen was finally completed on 21st December, its been a roller coaster but when we spend time in our new room, it makes it worth the delays, and the stress of living in a building site for a couple of weeks.

The kitchen is now larger, lighter, spacious and a joy to be in. Our builder, took the wall between the kitchen and dining space down to create a much more practical use of the space, white units, light walls and wood floors also had to the airy feel of the room.

When it came to choosing a kitchen I new I wanted white gloss units, and for us Howdens Clerkenwell white gloss range fit the bill perfectly. The units are high quality and are delivered ready assembled. The planning process was seamless with our kitchen designer getting us and what we wanted, which made the process painless. Howdens also supplied the white marble effect worktop, white granite composite sink, black tap and chevron flooring. They even helped us find our fab builder through their network of trusted builders.

After                                                 Before


White gloss kitchen renovation
kitchen renovation

As you can see the transformation is huge, the old kitchen was depilated, dated and not practical.

The building process from the removal of the wall and the old kitchen on the first day, to the kitchen being completed was 16 days, and the room definitely got worse before it got better. 

kitchen renovation
 
kitchen renovation

kitchen renovation
kitchen renovation


The room underwent huge changes, including electrical work, plumbing and plastering as well as fitting the new units, worktops, appliances, flooring and tiles. 

Now for the bit you have been waiting for my beautiful new kitchen in all her glory.

White gloss kitchen renovation


White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation


 I hope you love the kitchen as much as me, come back again for the next post, for my tips on planning a kitchen renovation, and my fav pieces in the new room and where I bought them.                             



Kitchen renovation reveal

I'm starting off the New Year, with sharing my long awaited kitchen renovation. When I say long awaited, I have lived in my house since 2006, but with the ups and downs of life, 2020 became renovation year for the kitchen and what a year to renovate, the pandemic itself played its part in further delays, meaning the kitchen was finally completed on 21st December, its been a roller coaster but when we spend time in our new room, it makes it worth the delays, and the stress of living in a building site for a couple of weeks.

The kitchen is now larger, lighter, spacious and a joy to be in. Our builder, took the wall between the kitchen and dining space down to create a much more practical use of the space, white units, light walls and wood floors also had to the airy feel of the room.

When it came to choosing a kitchen I new I wanted white gloss units, and for us Howdens Clerkenwell white gloss range fit the bill perfectly. The units are high quality and are delivered ready assembled. The planning process was seamless with our kitchen designer getting us and what we wanted, which made the process painless. Howdens also supplied the white marble effect worktop, white granite composite sink, black tap and chevron flooring. They even helped us find our fab builder through their network of trusted builders.

After                                                 Before


White gloss kitchen renovation
kitchen renovation

As you can see the transformation is huge, the old kitchen was depilated, dated and not practical.

The building process from the removal of the wall and the old kitchen on the first day, to the kitchen being completed was 16 days, and the room definitely got worse before it got better. 

kitchen renovation
 
kitchen renovation

kitchen renovation
kitchen renovation


The room underwent huge changes, including electrical work, plumbing and plastering as well as fitting the new units, worktops, appliances, flooring and tiles. 

Now for the bit you have been waiting for my beautiful new kitchen in all her glory.

White gloss kitchen renovation


White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation

White gloss kitchen renovation


 I hope you love the kitchen as much as me, come back again for the next post, for my tips on planning a kitchen renovation, and my fav pieces in the new room and where I bought them.                             




I love Etsy for home decor, gifts and seasonal decorations. This year it's more important than ever to support small businesses where we can. Lockdown in England is going to be difficult for so many people, especially in the run up to Christmas, so if you are planning on adding some new decor or seasonal pieces to your home or as a gift Etsy is a great place to start.

*Post contains affiliate links.

Something that is on the top of my list for my home is, art, I'm always looking for new and interesting pieces, So when I discovered Inked and pretty on instagram, I popped over to her Etsy shop and fell in love. One of her prints is on my Christmas list. I love her bohemian style and the colours will fit in perfectly in my home.

Tiger Print *                                           


Tiger art print


 
No riff raff sign




No Riff Raff sign *

This sign is coming to live in my new
Kitchen, when It's done, I've got some
wooden shelves this would look lush on.





White hanging star decoration



             White Star  *

             I love stars, this would look amazing
             on a shelf or mantel all year round.
             But would also be great as a Christmas
             decoration.


Shaker peg rail

Shaker Peg Rail *

Shaker peg rails are definitely having a moment and  I intend to jump on that bandwagon. They are great for  hallways, for storage.  I would love one in my kitchen, to hang a pretty tea towel on or even the white
hanging star.

I'm already thinking about Christmas decor, I have quite a lot but usually like to add one or two pieces to my collection. This year I think we all want a bit of Christmas cheer and something to look forward to, in what has been a horrible year.

Merry Christmas *


Merry Christmas bunting

Reindeer bunting *


Reindeer bunting

Lastly wall hangings, make great gifts and look lovely in bedrooms, nurseries any room really. I love the pink in this one, but they come in loads of shades and even festive designs.


Macrame wall hanging



       Macrame is having a moment and I for one 
       am here for it. Abi's shop Wooliams and co
       has loads of gorgeous designs to choose from.




Will you be shopping small this Christmas time?

Please share in the comments any small businesses you think we would all like.

My current Etsy home decor wish list


I love Etsy for home decor, gifts and seasonal decorations. This year it's more important than ever to support small businesses where we can. Lockdown in England is going to be difficult for so many people, especially in the run up to Christmas, so if you are planning on adding some new decor or seasonal pieces to your home or as a gift Etsy is a great place to start.

*Post contains affiliate links.

Something that is on the top of my list for my home is, art, I'm always looking for new and interesting pieces, So when I discovered Inked and pretty on instagram, I popped over to her Etsy shop and fell in love. One of her prints is on my Christmas list. I love her bohemian style and the colours will fit in perfectly in my home.

Tiger Print *                                           


Tiger art print


 
No riff raff sign




No Riff Raff sign *

This sign is coming to live in my new
Kitchen, when It's done, I've got some
wooden shelves this would look lush on.





White hanging star decoration



             White Star  *

             I love stars, this would look amazing
             on a shelf or mantel all year round.
             But would also be great as a Christmas
             decoration.


Shaker peg rail

Shaker Peg Rail *

Shaker peg rails are definitely having a moment and  I intend to jump on that bandwagon. They are great for  hallways, for storage.  I would love one in my kitchen, to hang a pretty tea towel on or even the white
hanging star.

I'm already thinking about Christmas decor, I have quite a lot but usually like to add one or two pieces to my collection. This year I think we all want a bit of Christmas cheer and something to look forward to, in what has been a horrible year.

Merry Christmas *


Merry Christmas bunting

Reindeer bunting *


Reindeer bunting

Lastly wall hangings, make great gifts and look lovely in bedrooms, nurseries any room really. I love the pink in this one, but they come in loads of shades and even festive designs.


Macrame wall hanging



       Macrame is having a moment and I for one 
       am here for it. Abi's shop Wooliams and co
       has loads of gorgeous designs to choose from.




Will you be shopping small this Christmas time?

Please share in the comments any small businesses you think we would all like.

Now I'm probably being controversial here, but I'm not a big fan of Autumn or Winter!!
IKR all bloggers bang on about Autumn, but it's just not for me. I'm a Spring/Summer sort of girl. I love the long days, when it's warm long into the evening and you can have the windows and doors flung open, spending time in the garden enjoying bbq's. Oh how I miss those days already, Autumn has come at us fall force since October started, its cold its wet and it gets dark at dinner time. Anyone who knows me knows I don't do cold, so for me Autumn is all about getting cosy and keeping warm. 

How to ramp up the cosy factor this Autumn


So here's my tips for ramping up the cosy factor this Autumn.


Blankets, blankets, blankets, they provide the perfect level of snuggle factor when trying to add cosiness to your home. In Autumn there should always be an abundance of blankets in your living room ready for when you feel like getting cosy. This time of year you will never find me far from a blanket.

Candles, now candles come into their own once the evenings get dark, I mean I use candles all year round but they really help set the ambiance on dark evenings, making any space feel calm and cosy, I also particularly love a gorgeously scented candle to really make the space feel homely.

Hot water bottle, a hot water bottle popped in the bed at bedtime is a cheap way to ramp up the cosy factor at bedtime. For me there is nothing worse than a cold bed, the hot water bottle is the perfect bedtime companion. (my husband is alright too

Rugs, I have rugs all over my home, they are perfect for making a room feel cosy, and warmer under foot, especially if you have hard floors. Rugs can be an investment but I just love how they immediately make a space feel homely and cosy. 

Lighting, can really change the feel of a room, and I am definitely a lamp person, you won't find the big light on in this house! Now we have a Google home, I really wanna add those smart light bulbs for the ultimate in lazy living. "Hey Google dim the lights"

Slippers, I love a pair of cosy slippers, I literally live in slippers this time of year. I'm not a sock person but I do love slippers, the cosier the better.

How to ramp up the cosy factor this Autumn


Are you an Autumn person?


How to ramp up the cosy factor this Autumn


Now I'm probably being controversial here, but I'm not a big fan of Autumn or Winter!!
IKR all bloggers bang on about Autumn, but it's just not for me. I'm a Spring/Summer sort of girl. I love the long days, when it's warm long into the evening and you can have the windows and doors flung open, spending time in the garden enjoying bbq's. Oh how I miss those days already, Autumn has come at us fall force since October started, its cold its wet and it gets dark at dinner time. Anyone who knows me knows I don't do cold, so for me Autumn is all about getting cosy and keeping warm. 

How to ramp up the cosy factor this Autumn


So here's my tips for ramping up the cosy factor this Autumn.


Blankets, blankets, blankets, they provide the perfect level of snuggle factor when trying to add cosiness to your home. In Autumn there should always be an abundance of blankets in your living room ready for when you feel like getting cosy. This time of year you will never find me far from a blanket.

Candles, now candles come into their own once the evenings get dark, I mean I use candles all year round but they really help set the ambiance on dark evenings, making any space feel calm and cosy, I also particularly love a gorgeously scented candle to really make the space feel homely.

Hot water bottle, a hot water bottle popped in the bed at bedtime is a cheap way to ramp up the cosy factor at bedtime. For me there is nothing worse than a cold bed, the hot water bottle is the perfect bedtime companion. (my husband is alright too

Rugs, I have rugs all over my home, they are perfect for making a room feel cosy, and warmer under foot, especially if you have hard floors. Rugs can be an investment but I just love how they immediately make a space feel homely and cosy. 

Lighting, can really change the feel of a room, and I am definitely a lamp person, you won't find the big light on in this house! Now we have a Google home, I really wanna add those smart light bulbs for the ultimate in lazy living. "Hey Google dim the lights"

Slippers, I love a pair of cosy slippers, I literally live in slippers this time of year. I'm not a sock person but I do love slippers, the cosier the better.

How to ramp up the cosy factor this Autumn


Are you an Autumn person?


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