Design ideas and a giveaway!

blue retro tray

The other day I was standing in the kitchen, the door into the hallway was open and I had a nice view of almost the entire ground floor, what I saw made me happy.  When I think back at the wreck of a house we bought and how far we’ve come it makes me feel a bit weepy.  Yes, I know I’m a big old sap but it’s been a lot of blood sweat and tears.  We’ve done a majority of it ourselves.  We haven’t spent every waking moment working on it, I think there needs to be a DIY/life balance.  With the ground floor we’re now at the stage where I’m buying some pieces to to make the house feel more like us.  As I’ve said before I’m all about the quirky and the unusual.  I think I’ll have failed if my house looks like a Next catalogue.  There’s nothing wrong with them I’m just not a big fan of the matchy matchy look.  I want things to be a little bit odd, a little bit bashed and battered.  At the same time I don’t want to look like I’m living in a charity shop! It’s a fine balance isn’t it?

I’m a big fan of charity shops and vintage markets and have found some really cute things. The tray above being my most recent acquisition.  I’ve used it as a cake plate and tea tray.  It’s a fantastic pop of colour in my white kitchen!  I’m loving the way my kitchen is coming into it’s own.  I was a little bit worried that I’d regret the whiteness of it all but I don’t. I love it I love it I love it!

sidboard before

I picked up a bargain on ebay the other day- a sideboard. Well I thought it was a bargain until we went and collected it and I hated it! It was a horrible feeling but I decided to take the bull by the horns and sort it out. What I hated the most about it was the legs- they were about 7 inches tall and it just made it a very imposing piece of furniture. So…. I took a saw to it and hacked off the legs. I know some of you might be gasping at the horror of it all but it wasn’t an antique and it had had a lot of work done to it and well it’s mine and I have to live with it so I did what I had to do!

I’m planning on painting it an antique white and swapping out the knobs.  The knobs I chose arrived and I am totally in love with them!


knobs cropped


Watch this space for some before and after photographs.


The sideboard is crying out for a lamp and I was searching the internet the other night looking for inspiration when an email pinged into my inbox. The lovely folks at Lighting Majestic asked if I would be interested in one of their lamps. I told them I would be interested but that I wasn’t sure what direction my decorating was going. I’m not one to take something when I don’t know if I’m going to need it so I asked if it would be OK if I did a little giveaway on my blog. They said yes so dearest reader it’s your lucky day!!



osaka lamp

This is going to be a simple giveaway- all you need to do is a little social media liking and following to be in for a chance to win this gorgeous lamp.


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  1. Karen prince
    July 29, 2014 /

    Love the lamp..I’m trying to share you blog but haven’t figured out how to do it xx

  2. Lisa H
    August 1, 2014 /

    Many Thanks