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before & after: living room and bedroom makeover

(if you don’t see the image sliders here, give it a moment to load 🙂 ) Living room. I feel like the images speak for themselves here – less is more, white makes spaces bigger and brighter, burgundy… doesn’t really.  The handrail by the stairs at the back needs to go next, and the awful ceiling

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be a blossom tree

What if I’m a blossom tree? That’s the thought that keeps returning to me lately, as the roadsides light up like impossible pastel fireworks on the way down into the village; as Rory works out his notice and our entire financial future rests in my sleepy, distractible hands. Destined to bloom brightly then fade in a flurry of

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Start right now, ready or not

Do you ever find the universe keeps throwing the same message into your path? Maybe it’s Big Magic at play, or something simpler relating to the way we notice things once they’re on our mind, but right now it feels like everyone I talk to is stalling at the idea of ‘readiness’. The students on my course

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Instagram Inspiration – March

It’s an unusually colourful selection from me this month – must be all that spring light and falling blossom. Here’s your monthly dose of oh-why-didn’t-I-take-that-shot?      Comparison is the thief of joy though, remember? 😉 Whose work have you been loving this month? As always, I’m hungry for more!

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my recent “beauty” faves

I’m putting ‘beauty’ in inverted commas because I’m pretty sure nobody uses these things to be beautiful. I don’t get up every morning and spend twenty minutes painting my face with oh-so-subtle cosmetics because I think I’m some sort of stunner. Women wear makeup to try and look normal, because even if we know that

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before & after – kitchen & bathroom makeover

(SLIDE THE WHITE ARROW) When we bought our home, it had sat on the market for a number of years. It was in a gorgeous area, and had a surprisingly big square footage. But something was putting people off. If, like me, you devoted a chunk of your student years to watching property shows on daytime television,

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10 things to do when it feels like you’re failing

“You know those days when you get the mean reds? … Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away.” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s One of the

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