Competition result

Thrilled with my entries…really hard for Catherine to decide!!

In the end we felt Mel’s idea of a ‘bold (probably pink) ethnic pattern printed onto the canvas – like a tiny bit of wallpaper on a white wall’ was a worthy winner, as she had visualised her idea so strongly in relation to her interior.

pink sari fabric

Mel will have to send me a photograph that she wants printed. Everyone else will get a 15% discount coupon for Wallcreate.

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Competition Time!

I was contacted by Wallcreate asking if I would be interested in a free 40cm x 30cm canvas print for myself with any image, plus a free canvas print giveaway to one of my readers of the same size?

They would also offer all the lucky applicants a 15% Coupon for any of our canvas products.

Doug had the idea of digitally manipulating one of Rembrandt’s self portraits so that the eyes were looking away: as if he had been distracted…


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My Support Network

When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar reliance and enthusiasm.

Business group

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Bedroom desire

I think you know what my bedroom looks like…

Industrial chic bedroom

Yes… that’s right, it’s Doug’s bedroom!

In my dreams I have a Princess bedroom, with a bed like this -

Alice Bed

the Alice… night night… bye bye Douglas… A ‘Boutique Hotel’ style bedroom where people bring me croissants and orange juice and coffee in the morning and I don’t get crumbs everywhere… it’s so great! A generous fur throw would be a good addition to this bed, look out for them at bargain prices in TK Maxx.

The Nicole bed

This is the Nicole bed, also very nice. It has quite a masculine look, which can work well if you share your bedroom with a man. Natural wood and chrome accessories are obvious accompaniments.

I can’t quite believe that these beautiful beds are so reasonably priced from Carpetright!

The Isabelle is pretty too…

The Isabelle bed

Metal beds always look gorgeous on bare wooden floors, a couple of sheepskins on the floor either side would cosy the interior up nicely.

The headboards look like the kind of thing I had thought were only available from interior designers…

Ava headboard

The Ava linen headboard, in charcoal for instance…

Or this -

Cordeia head board

…the Cordelia headboard is amazing…

Grandeur headboard

I also like the Grandeur… simple, but smart.

It could not be easier or more affordable to update your bedroom, really effectively, with one of these headboards: the Grandeur is only £149 in Super King Size. It would give the room a stunning but subtle focus point. Mix up colours and textures: a linen headboard would work well with a fluffy mohair throw; purple or grey velvet cushions teamed with thick, organic, white cotton from Laura Thomas Linens, which I know is fairly traded and a silky eiderdown. The key is layering.


Inspired by Accor Hotels request for bloggers to share their love about their favourite city, of course, I had to choose Budapest. They asked us the 3 things we like the most about it.


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