*This is a collaborative post* We’ve bought some ‘clangers’ during our married life. The enormous sofa that looked fabulous in the showroom but filled (literally) half the living room once in our home. Not forgetting the ridiculously expensive, not at-all-blackout-as-promised blinds, that I was talked into purchasing during a home sales visit. Let’s just say that we’ve got better and have learnt a few things over the years… Invest in Key Items One of the most important things we have learnt, is that certain key items are well worth investing in. As far as my wardrobe is concerned, it would be shoes and bags (I’ve yet to buy a ‘budget’ bag that has stood the test of time). With regard… View Post

One of the things I love about my ‘At Home With…’ series is that every house we get to nosey around is unique and the interior gives a real flavour of who the owner is. This month’s home is owned by Elena who writes a popular lifestyle blog, Loved by Elena, and it is completely different from any of the others I’ve showcased so far. Elena has certainly put her unique stamp on it. Shall we take a look? Who lives in your home? Me, Elena, originally from Spain but have lived in the UK for over 20 years, my partner, and my two boys, Alex 8 and Leo 6. Where do you live and how long have you lived… View Post

I always knew there was a good reason why I gave my blog a generic title like Inside, Outside and Beyond – I can write about mental health one week and brightly coloured cushions the next! Our living room/lounge/sitting room, has always been on the cusp of looking un-homely. With wooden floors, grey walls, pale grey leather sofas and white wooden shutters, it really is no surprise. The upside to having such a neutral back drop however, is that you can pretty much add any colour or texture to give it a more cosy, lived-in vibe. I’ve had fun experimenting over the years and finally, I think I might have got it right. Choosing the Right Grey for Walls I know… View Post

April, you’ve been an interesting month – weeks of torrential rain, then a sneaky bit of sunshine to trick us into thinking summer has come early. I can’t begin to explain how this has messed with my wardrobe planning! Anyway, enough of that; I think I start every Little Loves post with banal chatter about the weather. Have you come across the social media account ‘Very British Problems’? I think it was made for me! Although the easter break was rather uneventful, April has been as busy as ever in this household – never-ending art coursework (I won’t be sorry to see the back of the brushes and oil paints that have been littering my office space for months), sporting… View Post

I used to be a massive fan of home and interiors magazines. I would buy them simply to swoon over the pictures and gather ideas for my own home projects. These days I turn to social media for the swooning and last year I started my very own home series where I interview someone about their home and share some stunning pictures with you. Today I’m pleased to share the home of Jess Soothill. Jess’ home is a new build which lends itself so well to the fresh, contemporary look that I’m also a fan of. It’s a real blank canvas that Jess has personalised and made homely by adding fur throws, large leafy house plants and colourful prints – yes to… View Post