Preparing The Patio Set For Over Wintering

There’s that unmistakable whiff of autumn in the air now and thoughts are going towards packing away that lovely wooden patio furniture.  I know several folk who feel the need to purchase a new set of patio gear every season but when you’ve invested in teak or other wooden beauties, it only needs some thought […]

Heritage Garden Spurs Lighting Improvement

One of the joys of summer months is being able to visit heritage houses and gardens – something I’ve not been able to at all for a couple of years.   Just being able to look at a formal garden for example, the way the lawns are laid out and the proportions of the flower beds […]

Extending Life To Outside The Happy Home

Ah ha, seeing a pic of a gloriously bright winter fire.  Doesn’t it just makeyou want to curl up on that sofa and not creepout anywhere until spring?  Not this year – after being in lockdown for so long, we are desperately getting out there to visit houses, gardens, fields . . .  recreation grounds.  […]

Rekindling Love Of Decor & Garden Shops

The best of the spring weather is about to hit our shores and for the first time in months, families can start to really unwind and enjoy shopping for their homes and gardens.  The big out of town emporiums full of furnishings, soft and comfy . . . .  curtains and other window dressings.   So […]

Visiting Houses & Gardens Inspires Us All

Well what a winter we’ve been going through.  Normally at this time of year our family starts getting excited about booking the summer camping holiday.   Before that, we renew our subscriptions to the historic house and heritage organisations so we have a chance to look up places we want to camp nearby.  We love […]

From Basics To Bijoux Hotel Luxe

I have been taking care of a very much older lady lately – she was widowed this summer after many years of marriage but the last twenty marred by her husband’s illness.  As I’ve got to know her more, I’ve had opportunities to visit her house and take in the exsquisite furniture and effects – […]

Space Needs Have Not Lessened, Just Changed

Fashions certainly do change – be they for clothing or furniture and furnishings in the home.  Sometimes we follow like sheep towards one really exciting new theme and other times we quietly get on with making subtle moves in a particular direction.    One bugbear is developers who do not provide even a decent sized small […]

Enjoying Delightful English Country House

I was sat with some elderly neighbours recently – taking tea in their very attractive garden.    There was something splendidly English about the tea service, perfectly placed on a tray on the small patio table.  We were grouped at the end of the garden in the shady wooded area, out of the sun.  Looking back […]

New Sideboard Sets Off Chain Reaction

If furniture was available on the weekly household shopping list, I am sure we would all like to get stuck in and order it more regularly – there really is something very exciting about going round show rooms and invisaging that gorgeous plush little number in our main room, or that chest of drawers in […]

Bend & Stretch For Bodies & Minds

It’s a strange thing about casual acquaintances – such as the chaps I know as ‘light sociables’ i.e. I only meet up with them weekly at a stretch and exercise class.  We have a general chit chat for a few minutes before the start of our group session and then we don’t meet up again […]