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 […]

Style For Isle In The Med Not Right Here

Ahh this grim weather going on and on for days and weeks.  It is quite wearying and makes you want to move on out to somewhere warm and sunny.    I was thinking that very thing a few days ago and decided to chat to my chum who lives in just such a place.  She and […]

Bringing Inside Soe Healthy Outside In Winter

In winter time we are obviously far more interested in keeping warm and cosy than wandering about outside enjoying the air and the scenery.  This is sometimes a pity as we get so wrapped up in the home comforts that we overlook a very natural and completely free area of entertainment, health promotion and well […]

Beautiful Homely Showrooms Kick Start Shopping

This is truly a strange period for the country – we’ve had a confusing and quite bizarre couple of years that have not entirely sorted out our exit from the eu.  This in turn has caused a lack of confidence in the country and families seem to be taking a long time to decide on […]

Winter Solace Needed When Summer Fades

The start of autumn approaches. . . . .  Now that’s not our usual way of describing this time of year.  We normally say that summer is fading and for some reason it seems less daunting for those folk who feel wholely uncomfortable with the arrival of anything remotely wintery.  The first signs that our […]

New Eras Of Modern Furnishing Ideas

In the 1970s there was a mood of optimism amongst the up and coming families.   Many of them now had more money than their parents had enjoyed and new designers were coming on to the scene – making houses and the interior decorating of them much more exciting.  No longer did everyone have the same […]

Garden Benefits Come Ten Fold

This time of  year in the garden is quite magical – or it can be.  This of course rather depends on what else is going on out there at the same time.  We all know that the lawn mower brigade never seem to be in sync – as soon as one noisy petrol mower has […]

Colour Change Is As Good As Total Refurb

It’s amazing just how effective certain changes are to making a room setting look refreshed.  The use of curtains and  soft furnishings dramatically alters a space from being light and airy to suddenly darker and more sober – maybe also adding a darker window blind that tones with the curtains.   I did this in one […]