I say this without an ounce of hesitation: you are going to fall in love with this month’s home, immediately! Full of quirky detail and that wonderfully eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage, it is just stunning. In fact this home very much reflects the owner, Caro, who describes herself as ‘a girl with big eyes and a happy heart’.  I have yet to meet Caro IRL (in real life), but have followed her on social media for some time. She runs a very successful family lifestyle blog (The Twinkle Diaries) and I regularly join in with her Home Etc linky, as well as the #homeetc hashtag over on Instagram. Without further ado, let me introduce you to Caro and her family.… View Post

“Room tour please!” came the cry on Instagram last week, a stark reminder that I still hadn’t shared our mammoth building project garden room with you. In fact I am so tardy with this post that I can no longer legitimately describe our garden room as ‘new’! It has now been in full use since October of last year and although the build wasn’t without its difficulties, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the end result. Why Build a Garden Room? When we bought this house back in 2006, neither of us were committed to staying here forever. It seemed like a good stepping stone and the garden was perfect for a growing family. But with one less bedroom than we… View Post

Have you ever thought that you don’t have much to offer the world? I know that I have. As a child and throughout my teenage years, I was always a little envious of people who had that one obvious talent – something they shone at. I think part of me longed for that kind of clarity, I would know what I was meant to do with my life and I could box myself into a little niche with everyone knowing my ‘thing’. All neat and tidy. ‘No potential employer would get beyond the Interests section of my CV as after 10 pages he/she would die of boredom.’  Instead I experimented with loads of hobbies, from ballet to piano (in my… View Post

In the past, I’ve hated January – it’s too long, too cold, too dark and there’s never enough money for the month. This year? It’s zipped by and we are now almost at the end! I am even noticing lighter evenings and boy is that a welcome sight. As it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m joining in with Little Loves by sharing all of the things I’ve been loving in January. Here goes… Read I’ve finished two books this month – TWO! I persevered to the end of Davina McCall’s autobiography. Even though progress was halted about two-thirds of the way in (you’ll have to read last month’s Little Loves to find out why) it was an easy… View Post

My skin changed when I turned 40 (probably a few years before actually, but who’s counting?) and so did my priorities. Above all else, I began to understand the benefit of spending a little more money on the right products. Where to start? I think I lost my way a bit with makeup when my children were small. Whilst I’ve never been an advocate for ‘makeup-free days’ I definitely didn’t have time to experiment with new looks or research the latest trend. Now I’m in my 40s, not only do I have a little more disposable income but I’ve got teenage daughters who are keen to ensure their mum isn’t a total 1990s reject! I recently asked a number of… View Post