Great Bookshelf ideas

I saw this post on House & Garden and there are some great ideas for displaying books here: Get organised: stylish bookshelf ideas From brilliant bookshelves built into stairs to floor-to-ceiling libraries, these bookshelf ideas for living rooms, the study and beyond are just as inspiring as the tomes that fill them. Fancy creating a clever book … Continue reading Great Bookshelf ideas

Curio Cabinet Makeover

I love curio cabinets.  The Victorians excelled at collecting things, (which are now non-PC or probably extinct), on their Grand Tours around the world.  My Great Great Uncle Bernard was one of these, and in the family we still have his amazing cabinets filled with butterflies and eggs that he collected voraciously.  Nothing came in … Continue reading Curio Cabinet Makeover

Buying at Auctions

I went to an antique furniture and effects auction this weekend, where the auctioneers were selling off a mixture of great, semi-great, awful and sometimes bizarre items.  I find auctions fascinating, and spent a fair bit of time milling about looking at items coming up for sale on the preview day.  Where else can you … Continue reading Buying at Auctions

12 Easy Furniture Hacks courtesy of Houzz

Give ordinary pieces a whole new spin with these crafty updates By Cheryl Freedman - Houzz Magazine Not the DIY type but still hankering after a creative interiors project? The answer could be the trend for style hacking – shorthand for taking an existing piece of furniture, be that a tired old chair or off-the-peg … Continue reading 12 Easy Furniture Hacks courtesy of Houzz

17 awesome uses for the space under the stairs

Useful ideas for under the stairs:


The space under the stairs is always a dilemma in small houses… What can you do with it? Do you tear it down and make something new? Or do you leave it as it is? If you choose to take advantage of the space under the stairs, here you have some original ideas to make it useful and amazing at the s…

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Fireplace Makeover – Slate paint effect

Musings occured over the weekend over how to attack the reproduction pine fireplace surround in our dining room, see last week's post, and I finally stopped procrastinating today and got on with the job. I used chalk paint as it is really easy to manipulate when watered down in a dark grey and a white, … Continue reading Fireplace Makeover – Slate paint effect

Verdegris Paint Effect candlestick DIY makeover

A tired pair of silver plate candlesticks had seen better days, and to re-plate them is expensive.  So here is a DIY refurbishment to make them look like old verdegris versions, and they look very realistic.  It is really simple to do, and these took about 40 minutes start to finish, (with cups of coffee … Continue reading Verdegris Paint Effect candlestick DIY makeover

Raring to go… next projects plans

My over excitement at recent transformations knows no bounds, and I am planning new makeovers, (and trying to work out which one I should do first and stop procrastinating and just get on with them...). The Fireplace: I have a working fireplace in the dining room which has a lovely cast iron insert, but a … Continue reading Raring to go… next projects plans