The Wood Window Alliance Q&A with Andrea Mclean

Can you tell us about how you got into interior design?

It started out as a need rather than a vocation; I could only afford to live in places that needed doing up and redecorating. I didn’t have much money so I had to do it myself. So in my first flat I bought an end of line carpet off-cut and underlay and laid it myself. I painted the whole place, re-tiled the bathroom (I cut myself to shreds!), made pelmets for above the windows, and got a friend to help me lay new patio.  Continue reading “The Wood Window Alliance Q&A with Andrea Mclean”

3 Tools To Take Your DIY Decor To New Heights

Far too often, we think of the term “DIY” only with regard to repairs and renovations. The term can certainly apply to things like that, but for a lot of people there’s also a certain thrill or charm to applying the DIY mentality to decor! During the spring and summer when a lot of us focus on revamping home and yard designs, the idea of doing a hands-on project to improve decor can be very appealing. If you get really into it, you might even be able to line up a full summer’s worth of crafting and building projects. Continue reading “3 Tools To Take Your DIY Decor To New Heights”

Adding DSR Chairs to our Vintage/Industrial Kitchen

I was recently contacted by Lakeland Furniture to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their chairs. The timing was perfect! Since buying our new house over two years ago I have slowly been decorating each room. I confess that I’m a sucker for pretty things and I actually find it stressful if I live in an environment that isn’t pleasing to the eye.

I hate shopping for clothes or shoes it’s just not my thing. I’d much rather spend my money  on creating a home that makes me smile when I walk into each room. Continue reading “Adding DSR Chairs to our Vintage/Industrial Kitchen”

6 Reasons to Makeover your Home with Wood Windows

A great way to make a big change to the look and feel of your home is to update your windows. New windows can really bring an old property back to life and these days you have some many options in terms of colour that you can choose what you like to suit your overall theme; whether that be rustic charm or modernism.

In previous years the windows of a building were always Continue reading “6 Reasons to Makeover your Home with Wood Windows”

5 Thrifty Ways to Dress your Windows

One of the issues with living in a brand new house is that you have to start from scratch, there are no toilet roll holders, no towel rails and no curtain poles. The problem is that all these things add up and before you know it you could be spending out more than you budgeted for on what I would class as the basics of home decor.

The main thing that I have been putting off in our home is dressing the windows. We’ve put up curtains in all of the rooms that needed them such as the bedrooms and the living room but all of the other rooms still have windows with nothing on them, which by the way drives me insane. They just don’t look right bare! Continue reading “5 Thrifty Ways to Dress your Windows”

Grow your Own Healthy Food with Rocket Gardens

I always find the Winter months the hardest in terms of feeling happy and motivated, then around the end of February when the evenings start to get lighter and the first signs of Spring appear I start to feel better. This is when I start planning what I’m going to grow in our garden for the coming year.

Grow your Own

We have been growing our own food for quite some time now and it’s definitely been a process of trial and error. Some foods are just easier to grow than others. I think I’m now at the point where I know what I can and can’t do. Last year in our garden I was successful in growing potatoes, salad, strawberries and tomatoes. Continue reading “Grow your Own Healthy Food with Rocket Gardens”

Big Design Plans for Our New Garden

We moved into our brand new home 2 years ago and it has taken us that long just to get the inside looking remotely how we’d like it. It’s hard with a brand new house as you literally have to start from scratch; there are no curtain poles, no toilet roll holders, there wasn’t even any shelves in the airing cupboard. Money that I would have preferred to spend on the nice decorative bits like new mirrors, wallpaper and lamps initially all went on the boring bits, I mean how excited can you get about a toilet roll holder?

Now we have got most of the internal decorating out of the way I now plan to focus on the garden. Ideally we’d like a multi purpose space which we can all enjoy. The adults need space for outside entertaining, the kiddies need an area for their trampoline and the dog also needs an area to do his business! I also like to Continue reading “Big Design Plans for Our New Garden”