how to live in a white house

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No, not a handy guide for the new orange leader of the free world – though Lord knows he could probably use it.  One of the most common questions I get about my interiors, other than ‘where is your bed from?’ (It was custom-built in the house before we bought it, I’m afraid. I just painted it white), is ‘how do you manage with Orla??’. When people find out we have pets (cats, dogs, house…

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5 ways to grow your creative business this year

Since sharing my successes of 2016 I’ve heard from loads of you with really specific & interesting questions. It seems like a lot of us are either running a creative business online, or would quite like to be, so I thought it’d make sense for me to start sharing a bit more about that side of my work. Plus, between you and me – I love this stuff. Look out for a couple of creative…

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Instagram Inspiration: January

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Here’s your monthly dose of “but why can’t I take photos like this?”. Don’t worry, I can’t either. God, these posts depress me… 😆 but in the best possible way! I never consciously choose themed or similar shots for these monthly collections, yet there are a lot of things these pictures all have in common. They’re all DSLR, and show a proficient level of technical skill. But what stands out to me more is the effort.…

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Farewell, Ms Fisher

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credit I didn’t know Carrie Fisher. It seems redundant to say that, really, but I’ve noticed a trend in recent months for some mouthy trolling type to pipe up whenever someone expresses sorrow at the passing of a fellow human. “Did you know her personally?” Like the only people who matter are those we’re best friends with. Like we’re only supposed to give a crap about the ones who send us a Christmas card. Carrie Fisher never…

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my biggest wins of 2016

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I’m pretty sure I’ve peaked. Given how shitty 2016 has been for the majority of folks, it seems wise to get this post down now while the positives still hold some glitter. I’m guaranteed an awful 2017 by the law of averages, I reckon. As I mentioned a few weeks back, 2016 has been kind of awesome for me on a personal level. I’m attributing that almost entirely to hard work – not luck or…

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6 planners for 2017

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Frederik Fekkai once wrote that it is essential to choose a planner with a beautiful cover, as you’ll be looking at it every day. And I, being sixteen and endlessly impressionable at the time, memorised this line and made it my annual agonising mission to find such a thing, at a time when Paperchase stocked only rainbow hues and ladybug prints.  It’s a task I’ve continued to undertake, each December – even when I worked…

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simple DIY Christmas wreaths

I always mean to do such a lot, at Christmas. Back before I had a child & a business & a napping addiction, I did used to do a lot. Handmade cards, gingerbread palaces, whole-house decorations. Now, it feels like a tremendous achievement just to string some lights on a tree. And I’m all for simplicity, really. In some respects, I like that the increased fullness of life has meant we reconsider the essentials, and…

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A year of fear – an Instagram Stories challenge

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I didn’t always understand Snapchat. It took me a while to get my head around it, to be honest – wasn’t it just for sexting? Why else would the pictures need to be temporary, and users alerted to screenshots? When people starting to ask for my username in growing numbers, I just assumed I was becoming increasingly attractive. ‘Wow!‘ I thought. ‘A LOT of people want to see my boobs!‘ So you can imagine my disappointment when…

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When I Was…

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Note: I wrote this post way back in April, then never hit publish. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I suppose the subject made me a little unsure. I don’t feel unsure any more, so here it is. Better late than never? How old were you when you first felt like a woman? Ask around and you stumble across a depressing truth: for many of us, it is the first time we’re exposed to sexually-motivated…

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oh, 2016…

What a year! The events of the last week must surely form the icing on a 2016-cake built of bullshit, bitterness and death. I’m increasingly convinced that David Bowie may have been the glue holding our entire world together. It’s been a toughie on a personal level, too – losing two people to irreparable disagreements, after a lifetime of never falling out with anyone. A diagnosis of rapid and terminal cancer in a treasured family member.…

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