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Now we are over half way through September, although it's mild now, October is only a couple of weeks away and with that comes cooler weather and dark evenings. Autumn is a time when I start to add to my decor with seasonal pieces and all the blankets. The bedroom is no exception, although I like to keep my room fairly plain and neutral as I like it to be a relaxing space, I do like to start layering up the bed with coordinating throws or blankets, while still keeping the room calm and simple.

Layering up the bed for a cosy calm feel this Autumn

A perfect way to do this is with crisp white bedding, white goes with everything, so whatever colour throw you choose it will work. It also leaves you open to changing up accessories seasonally or when you get bored. 

A throw or bedspread not only looks luxurious thrown over the end of your bed but is also practical, protecting your white sheets from pets or for adding another layer on cold nights.

Dusk have a great blog post all about styling your bed and white bedding.
They have a large range of white bedding along with throws, the quality is lovely the sheets feel so soft , (that will be the 400 cotton thread count ) and cosy to sleep under, and really upgrade my room to a calm grown up space, that even Ernie approves off. 

Layering up the bed for a cosy calm feel this Autumn

If you are looking to upgrade your bedding, check out Dusk I have been blown away by the quality, yet the price still remains really competitive.

Layering up the bed for a cosy calm feel this Autumn

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Now we are over half way through September, although it's mild now, October is only a couple of weeks away and with that comes cooler weather and dark evenings. Autumn is a time when I start to add to my decor with seasonal pieces and all the blankets. The bedroom is no exception, although I like to keep my room fairly plain and neutral as I like it to be a relaxing space, I do like to start layering up the bed with coordinating throws or blankets, while still keeping the room calm and simple.

Layering up the bed for a cosy calm feel this Autumn

A perfect way to do this is with crisp white bedding, white goes with everything, so whatever colour throw you choose it will work. It also leaves you open to changing up accessories seasonally or when you get bored. 

A throw or bedspread not only looks luxurious thrown over the end of your bed but is also practical, protecting your white sheets from pets or for adding another layer on cold nights.

Dusk have a great blog post all about styling your bed and white bedding.
They have a large range of white bedding along with throws, the quality is lovely the sheets feel so soft , (that will be the 400 cotton thread count ) and cosy to sleep under, and really upgrade my room to a calm grown up space, that even Ernie approves off. 

Layering up the bed for a cosy calm feel this Autumn

If you are looking to upgrade your bedding, check out Dusk I have been blown away by the quality, yet the price still remains really competitive.

You may remember me sharing a post talking about my plans for my conservatory makeover a couple of months back, well after a few delays and quite a lot of changing my mind, it is finally the calm bright space I had hoped for. 

So today I thought I would share with you the finished result, the first of many rooms we are planning on renovating in the coming weeks and months.

My conservatory makeover revealed

Prior to the makeover the room was nothing but a bit of a dumping ground if I'm honest. It was full of the stuff that doesn't have a home, so the first job was to have a good old sort out, which included donating or selling a number of things. We then ripped up the tatty carpet to discover the floor underneath  had not been finished well so needed attention, which caused us a delay and more expensense. Once sorted we had this quality vinyl flooring laid, which totally transformed the space. I love how it looks and being vinyl rather than tiles is warm under foot.
 
My conservatory makeover revealed

When it came to furnishing the space, we basically started again, the only original item is a chair that was my late mother in laws, as the colour didn't fit in with my ideas for the room, I added a cosy faux fur throw and a mustard yellow cushion to bring it inline with my plans.

My conservatory makeover revealedMy conservatory makeover revealed

My plan for this room always featured this gorgeous navy blue velvet sofa, from Argos home, we also managed to pick it up at a reduced price so that was a bonus.
The room kind of grew around the sofa, I added the contrasting yellow cushions from Sainsbury home, as I love the two colours together. We then added a small side table from B&M and the Jute rug* from La redoute. I then shopped my home for pictures, plants and accessories.

My conservatory makeover revealedMy conservatory makeover revealed

Another important piece in this room is the Havsta display unit from Ikea, I have a number of treasures, either from my childhood  or that belonged to my late mother in law, that I wanted to display in this room rather than put in the loft out of sight. We also bought an ottoman from Dunelm for added storage and extra seating. 

My conservatory makeover revealed

We are hoping to update the blinds at a later date but for now this room is finished, and has become a favourite spot for a cuppa in the morning. It think once building work starts on my kitchen this room may become a sanctuary from the mess.

If you can recommend any conservatory blinds companies please let me know in the comments, from early research its looking expensive.


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My conservatory makeover revealed

You may remember me sharing a post talking about my plans for my conservatory makeover a couple of months back, well after a few delays and quite a lot of changing my mind, it is finally the calm bright space I had hoped for. 

So today I thought I would share with you the finished result, the first of many rooms we are planning on renovating in the coming weeks and months.

My conservatory makeover revealed

Prior to the makeover the room was nothing but a bit of a dumping ground if I'm honest. It was full of the stuff that doesn't have a home, so the first job was to have a good old sort out, which included donating or selling a number of things. We then ripped up the tatty carpet to discover the floor underneath  had not been finished well so needed attention, which caused us a delay and more expensense. Once sorted we had this quality vinyl flooring laid, which totally transformed the space. I love how it looks and being vinyl rather than tiles is warm under foot.
 
My conservatory makeover revealed

When it came to furnishing the space, we basically started again, the only original item is a chair that was my late mother in laws, as the colour didn't fit in with my ideas for the room, I added a cosy faux fur throw and a mustard yellow cushion to bring it inline with my plans.

My conservatory makeover revealedMy conservatory makeover revealed

My plan for this room always featured this gorgeous navy blue velvet sofa, from Argos home, we also managed to pick it up at a reduced price so that was a bonus.
The room kind of grew around the sofa, I added the contrasting yellow cushions from Sainsbury home, as I love the two colours together. We then added a small side table from B&M and the Jute rug* from La redoute. I then shopped my home for pictures, plants and accessories.

My conservatory makeover revealedMy conservatory makeover revealed

Another important piece in this room is the Havsta display unit from Ikea, I have a number of treasures, either from my childhood  or that belonged to my late mother in law, that I wanted to display in this room rather than put in the loft out of sight. We also bought an ottoman from Dunelm for added storage and extra seating. 

My conservatory makeover revealed

We are hoping to update the blinds at a later date but for now this room is finished, and has become a favourite spot for a cuppa in the morning. It think once building work starts on my kitchen this room may become a sanctuary from the mess.

If you can recommend any conservatory blinds companies please let me know in the comments, from early research its looking expensive.


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These last few days the weather has become increasingly Autumnal and it's got me thinking about Autumn decor for my home. The change in seasons is the perfect opportunity for a faff and a little shopping of course. Whether you go full on halloween or prefer a more understated look, online and high street stores already have a selection of Autumn decor, I nearly always miss the good stuff cause I'm too late, this year I'm determined to get in early.

Here's what I've found so you too can beat the rush.


Dark grey pumpkin - not on the high street   from £10 (affiliate)
New in Autumn home decor


Hey Pumpkin doormat - Unique home & gifts  £20
New in Autumn home decor

Set of 2 concrete pumpkins - Nordic house £15 
New in Autumn home decor

Autumn Wreath - Homeluxco via Etsy £44.99 (affiliate)
New in Autumn home decor

Twig wreath - Homeluxco via Etsy £14.99 (affiliate) 
New in Autumn home decor

Gold leaf Ornament - Homeluxco via Etsy £16.99 (affiliate) 
New in Autumn home decor

White pampas grass - Little Deer £11.50 
New in Autumn home decor


Dried craspedia yellow- Little Deer £13
New in Autumn home decor

Small concrete pumpkin - Twigg home £3.50 Also available in other sizes
New in Autumn home decor

While on this search for Autumn decor, I have discovered so many online stores selling gorgeous pieces, its certainly worth looking for businesses other than the big high street names for more unique items for your home. 

I discovered little deer a couple of weeks ago when I ordered some dried flowers for my fireplace, I can recommend the quality is amazing and prices are really reasonable. I have know doubt I will in future place more orders.

Will you be adding Autumn decor to your home this year? 

Follow my instagram to see what Autumn decor I add to my home

New in Autumn home decor


These last few days the weather has become increasingly Autumnal and it's got me thinking about Autumn decor for my home. The change in seasons is the perfect opportunity for a faff and a little shopping of course. Whether you go full on halloween or prefer a more understated look, online and high street stores already have a selection of Autumn decor, I nearly always miss the good stuff cause I'm too late, this year I'm determined to get in early.

Here's what I've found so you too can beat the rush.


Dark grey pumpkin - not on the high street   from £10 (affiliate)
New in Autumn home decor


Hey Pumpkin doormat - Unique home & gifts  £20
New in Autumn home decor

Set of 2 concrete pumpkins - Nordic house £15 
New in Autumn home decor

Autumn Wreath - Homeluxco via Etsy £44.99 (affiliate)
New in Autumn home decor

Twig wreath - Homeluxco via Etsy £14.99 (affiliate) 
New in Autumn home decor

Gold leaf Ornament - Homeluxco via Etsy £16.99 (affiliate) 
New in Autumn home decor

White pampas grass - Little Deer £11.50 
New in Autumn home decor


Dried craspedia yellow- Little Deer £13
New in Autumn home decor

Small concrete pumpkin - Twigg home £3.50 Also available in other sizes
New in Autumn home decor

While on this search for Autumn decor, I have discovered so many online stores selling gorgeous pieces, its certainly worth looking for businesses other than the big high street names for more unique items for your home. 

I discovered little deer a couple of weeks ago when I ordered some dried flowers for my fireplace, I can recommend the quality is amazing and prices are really reasonable. I have know doubt I will in future place more orders.

Will you be adding Autumn decor to your home this year? 

Follow my instagram to see what Autumn decor I add to my home

When it comes to interiors, there are definite trends, just as there is in fashion. One look at Instagram or Pinterest you will see that certain trends are everywhere and everyone seems to have them in there home. Of course like any trends, some are just not for me and others maybe not suitable for the space I have in my home. 

A trend everyone can implement in there home is colour blocking. Whether it is a simple take on the trend such as a wall painted half one colour half another complimentary shade, or adding a square or rectangle maybe behind prints or art work, to something a little more daring such a circle or archway behind a bed or sofa. 


Here are some amazing examples of colour blocking in some beautiful homes on instagram, as you can see, the trend can be interpreted in many ways, whether you have a large space or a small one to fill.

You don't need to be hugely skillful, but you do need a little patience to complete this diy, it's also a cheap way to add drama to your home, using leftover paint or inexpensive tester pots.

Depending on the shape and scale of your project you will need paint, masking tape, a ruler and pencil and a little bit of planning.

Circles or arches can be tricky and require a little more effort than say a square. As the space I choose for my colour blocking is only narrow, I chose to draw a small circle using a large plate to draw round. For larger circles you will need to use the compass method of attaching string around a pin attached to the wall, with a pencil on the other end, pulling the string taught and moving round in a circle like you would a compass. Now I admit I tried this and I was crap at it, as I have zero patience. Probably best to practice this a few times and expect to have to rub out and start again, before getting it perfect.

Another top tip I found was to fill in the circle using a slanted foundation brush to paint the edges of the circle, this worked a treat and if you use an old one, or one you've bought cheaply, is a lot less expensive than a specialist paint brush. 


My hallway is painted a pale pink, so I chose to add a green colour block as I love pink and green together. I used the valspar counter in B&Q to mix me up a tester post of my chosen shade. It's only £3 and you get loads I could easily of painted a colour block 4 times the size with the amount of paint I have.

Of course you can just leave it there but I added a hanging faux plant, and an Ikea spice rack used as a shelf, along with a print and a small plant.

Will you be adding colour blocking to your home?

A simple way to add a colour block to your home


When it comes to interiors, there are definite trends, just as there is in fashion. One look at Instagram or Pinterest you will see that certain trends are everywhere and everyone seems to have them in there home. Of course like any trends, some are just not for me and others maybe not suitable for the space I have in my home. 

A trend everyone can implement in there home is colour blocking. Whether it is a simple take on the trend such as a wall painted half one colour half another complimentary shade, or adding a square or rectangle maybe behind prints or art work, to something a little more daring such a circle or archway behind a bed or sofa. 


Here are some amazing examples of colour blocking in some beautiful homes on instagram, as you can see, the trend can be interpreted in many ways, whether you have a large space or a small one to fill.

You don't need to be hugely skillful, but you do need a little patience to complete this diy, it's also a cheap way to add drama to your home, using leftover paint or inexpensive tester pots.

Depending on the shape and scale of your project you will need paint, masking tape, a ruler and pencil and a little bit of planning.

Circles or arches can be tricky and require a little more effort than say a square. As the space I choose for my colour blocking is only narrow, I chose to draw a small circle using a large plate to draw round. For larger circles you will need to use the compass method of attaching string around a pin attached to the wall, with a pencil on the other end, pulling the string taught and moving round in a circle like you would a compass. Now I admit I tried this and I was crap at it, as I have zero patience. Probably best to practice this a few times and expect to have to rub out and start again, before getting it perfect.

Another top tip I found was to fill in the circle using a slanted foundation brush to paint the edges of the circle, this worked a treat and if you use an old one, or one you've bought cheaply, is a lot less expensive than a specialist paint brush. 


My hallway is painted a pale pink, so I chose to add a green colour block as I love pink and green together. I used the valspar counter in B&Q to mix me up a tester post of my chosen shade. It's only £3 and you get loads I could easily of painted a colour block 4 times the size with the amount of paint I have.

Of course you can just leave it there but I added a hanging faux plant, and an Ikea spice rack used as a shelf, along with a print and a small plant.

Will you be adding colour blocking to your home?



I think I have found my favourite genre of books, and it's the good old thriller in all its forms, whether a murder mystery or detective tale. I love the thrill of finding out who did it. Who's the murderer and why they committed it, how they hid it and what mistakes they made along the way.

Three thriller books I have read recently

A good girl's guide to murder - Holly Jackson ✩✩✩✩

Now this book is technically a YA thriller, but as very much a grown woman I still enjoyed the story, for me only occasionally the language felt a little young. Overall a well written thriller that left you wanting more every time you put it down. 

Pippa is a top grade student and for her final project decides to investigate the murder of Andi Bell a school girl in her town that was murdered five years prior, in a seemingly cut and dry case, although that's something Pippa doesn't agree with. 
Sal, Andi's boyfriend allegedly murdered her and then took his own life after sending a text confession to his father. Everyone knows who killed Andi Bell or do they?

Once Pippa starts digging into Andi's past it seems she isn't quite the perfect victim the media painted her as at the time, she had some pretty dark secrets. With the help of Ravi, Sal's younger brother, Pip finds the murder is not such a done deal after all. Pip compiles a dossier of events and interviews and finds some things just don't add up and someone is definitely covering up the truth behind Andi's disappearance.

Three thriller books I have read recently


Magpie murders - Anthony Horowitz ✩✩✩✩

This book has an interesting twist, it's a book within a book. Crime writer Alan Conway has been a bestseller for years. Readers love his detective Atticus Pund, a celebrated detective in 1950's England. But when Alan's latest novel lands on the desk of editor Susan Ryland, things are not what they seem, yes there is murder and intriguing suspects, but the more she reads the more she is convinced another story is hidden amongst its pages, one of real life greed, ambition and even murder.

For lovers of crime detective novels, I think this is a book you would enjoy. 

The Dry - ( Aaron Falk#1) Jane Harper - ✩✩✩✩✩

The Dry is the debut novel from Jane Harper, where she introduces her detective Aaron Falk. 
Kiewarra is dry its facing it's worst drought in a century, the farming community is on its knees, when murder rocks this small town three members of a local family are found shot dead in their home.

Aaron Falk now federal police investigator finds himself back in the town where he grew up and later fled with his father, to attend the funeral of his old school mate and his family. The locals don't make it easy for Falk and after twenty years and he can't wait to get away from the town with so many bad memories. But as questions mount Falk is forced to probe deeper into the Hadler's deaths as he and Luke Hadler shared a secret long since buried, that threatens to come to the surface.

I loved this book and raced through it, I can't wait to read more from Harper.


Do you love thrillers? let me know in the comments your recommendations.

Three Thriller books I have read recently




I think I have found my favourite genre of books, and it's the good old thriller in all its forms, whether a murder mystery or detective tale. I love the thrill of finding out who did it. Who's the murderer and why they committed it, how they hid it and what mistakes they made along the way.

Three thriller books I have read recently

A good girl's guide to murder - Holly Jackson ✩✩✩✩

Now this book is technically a YA thriller, but as very much a grown woman I still enjoyed the story, for me only occasionally the language felt a little young. Overall a well written thriller that left you wanting more every time you put it down. 

Pippa is a top grade student and for her final project decides to investigate the murder of Andi Bell a school girl in her town that was murdered five years prior, in a seemingly cut and dry case, although that's something Pippa doesn't agree with. 
Sal, Andi's boyfriend allegedly murdered her and then took his own life after sending a text confession to his father. Everyone knows who killed Andi Bell or do they?

Once Pippa starts digging into Andi's past it seems she isn't quite the perfect victim the media painted her as at the time, she had some pretty dark secrets. With the help of Ravi, Sal's younger brother, Pip finds the murder is not such a done deal after all. Pip compiles a dossier of events and interviews and finds some things just don't add up and someone is definitely covering up the truth behind Andi's disappearance.

Three thriller books I have read recently


Magpie murders - Anthony Horowitz ✩✩✩✩

This book has an interesting twist, it's a book within a book. Crime writer Alan Conway has been a bestseller for years. Readers love his detective Atticus Pund, a celebrated detective in 1950's England. But when Alan's latest novel lands on the desk of editor Susan Ryland, things are not what they seem, yes there is murder and intriguing suspects, but the more she reads the more she is convinced another story is hidden amongst its pages, one of real life greed, ambition and even murder.

For lovers of crime detective novels, I think this is a book you would enjoy. 

The Dry - ( Aaron Falk#1) Jane Harper - ✩✩✩✩✩

The Dry is the debut novel from Jane Harper, where she introduces her detective Aaron Falk. 
Kiewarra is dry its facing it's worst drought in a century, the farming community is on its knees, when murder rocks this small town three members of a local family are found shot dead in their home.

Aaron Falk now federal police investigator finds himself back in the town where he grew up and later fled with his father, to attend the funeral of his old school mate and his family. The locals don't make it easy for Falk and after twenty years and he can't wait to get away from the town with so many bad memories. But as questions mount Falk is forced to probe deeper into the Hadler's deaths as he and Luke Hadler shared a secret long since buried, that threatens to come to the surface.

I loved this book and raced through it, I can't wait to read more from Harper.


Do you love thrillers? let me know in the comments your recommendations.

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I have a confession! until this year I had never heard of an outdoor rug, now I can't move for gorgeous photos on instagram of lovely outdoor set ups , featuring outdoor rugs along with sofas, cushions the lot. Me being what my husband calls "an advertisers dream" wanted in on that action. I wanted our little outdoor space to become an outdoor room, perfect for a morning cuppa, an afternoon snooze or an evening bbq, whatever the weather allows, this is the UK after all.

Turning my garden into an outdoor room

Our garden is very low maintenance brick paving, with a raised border round the outside. A blank canvas ripe for a makeover. After purchasing a small corner sofa, and adding some colourful planted pots, a couple of inexpensive mirrors and of course fairy lights. I decided I needed a rug, so it was perfect timing when in my inbox popped an email offering me a rug to style in my home or garden. I jumped at the chance after seeing the gorgeous collection from Ornatus . They have tonnes of rugs to choose from, suitable for every room in the house, as well as fabulous outdoor rugs. I must admit I had a job narrowing it down as they have so many rugs to choose from, covering I would think most peoples decor taste. 

Turning my garden into an outdoor room

Since adding the rug it's really unified the space and our "garden room" is now a cosy spot to relax and unwind. This year of all years I am so grateful for our little square of outdoor space. We have spent so much time in the garden, just appreciating being outdoors, when we had nowhere else to go.

Turning my garden into an outdoor room


If you have a garden, a roof terrace or balcony why not turn it into an outdoor room. Chuck down a rug, add some chairs and pretty pots of flowers, and really enjoy your outside space.


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Turning my garden into an outdoor room

This post is an Advertisement, containing a gifted item

I have a confession! until this year I had never heard of an outdoor rug, now I can't move for gorgeous photos on instagram of lovely outdoor set ups , featuring outdoor rugs along with sofas, cushions the lot. Me being what my husband calls "an advertisers dream" wanted in on that action. I wanted our little outdoor space to become an outdoor room, perfect for a morning cuppa, an afternoon snooze or an evening bbq, whatever the weather allows, this is the UK after all.

Turning my garden into an outdoor room

Our garden is very low maintenance brick paving, with a raised border round the outside. A blank canvas ripe for a makeover. After purchasing a small corner sofa, and adding some colourful planted pots, a couple of inexpensive mirrors and of course fairy lights. I decided I needed a rug, so it was perfect timing when in my inbox popped an email offering me a rug to style in my home or garden. I jumped at the chance after seeing the gorgeous collection from Ornatus . They have tonnes of rugs to choose from, suitable for every room in the house, as well as fabulous outdoor rugs. I must admit I had a job narrowing it down as they have so many rugs to choose from, covering I would think most peoples decor taste. 

Turning my garden into an outdoor room

Since adding the rug it's really unified the space and our "garden room" is now a cosy spot to relax and unwind. This year of all years I am so grateful for our little square of outdoor space. We have spent so much time in the garden, just appreciating being outdoors, when we had nowhere else to go.

Turning my garden into an outdoor room


If you have a garden, a roof terrace or balcony why not turn it into an outdoor room. Chuck down a rug, add some chairs and pretty pots of flowers, and really enjoy your outside space.


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Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Muse
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me


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