• Inside out

    by  • April 22, 2014 • 0 Comments



    So that’s Easter done and dusted. Now, hopefully this good weather will continue and we can all look forward to a long, hot summer. The first hint of summer sunshine and I head for the garden with a good book, but my faithful old deckchair has seen better days and isn’t actually that comfortable, any more. My living room sofa is by far the comfiest place to sit and read in my house, but dragging the sofa in and out of the patio doors isn’t really very practical.

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    Clean Scheme

    by  • April 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Navy-Blue-and-White-Bathroom-Livingetc-HousetohomeIt’s not always easy to create an eye-catching bathroom scheme, especially in limited space, but there are plenty of ways to add a touch of drama if you think outside the box. 

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    Easter decorating ideas

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 0 Comments



    I didn’t put up my Christmas tree last year. It’s wonky and has a broken branch ever since my little black and white cat tried to climb up it and as I wasn’t doing any entertaining, I decided not to bother.

    However, I rather like the idea of an Easter tree. It’s a nice way to add a seasonal touch to your home during the long bank holiday.

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    A warm welcome

    by  • April 10, 2014 • 2 Comments



    Blue-and-white-striped-bench-in-hallway--Country-Homes-and-Interiors--Housetohome.co.ukIt’s all too easy to overlook an entrance hall, but first impressions count and a welcoming hallway is the sartorial equivalent of putting your best foot forward. A well-dressed and practical space sets the tone for the rest of your home, as I discovered when researching my latest Insight page on entrance halls, for a forthcoming issue of 25 Beautiful Homes.

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    Country conservatory

    by  • April 9, 2014 • 0 Comments

    conservatory1Totally loving this conservatory with its perfect country feel. Classic black and white flooring is softened with a simple pine table and chairs painted in a shade of cream with just a hint of grass green, tying the indoor scheme to the beautiful garden beyond. Meanwhile, traditional, white table linen adds an element of freshness. What I want to know is…what are we having for lunch? http://bit.ly/1mXmUF7

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    25 Beautiful Homes – May 2014 issue – on sale today

    by  • April 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Why is the first thursday of the month everyone’s favourite day?


    Because the new issue of 25 Beautiful Homes goes on sale – and here it is, our marvellous May issue.

    The 25 beautiful, inspirational and inspiring homes includes two amazing transformations; a former pig shed that’s now a four-bedroom home and a former woodcutters store that’s now a modern studio flat. I love Sara and Scott’s home, with its lovely garden room and suntrap terrace, just what we all need, with spring around the corner and Clive and Caroline’s Yorkshire

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    A grand entrance

    by  • April 1, 2014 • 1 Comment


    I have a pale beige carpet in my hallway. I know, I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s impractical and dull. Perhaps I should have made a bold statement like they have here, in this traditional hallway. They’ve laid hardwearing carpet tiles

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