• Upcycling old or unloved furniture is so satisfying. You get to bask in the virtuous glow of having saved a piece of furniture from the scrap heap as … [Continue Reading]

    Before and After: How to Upcycle an Old Dining Chair
  • If you need to get away from the rat race and have a yen for hills, trees and utter silence, may I suggest Pentop Cottage. When my sister and her … [Continue Reading]

    Travel: A Chocolate-Box Stone Cottage in the Heart of Snowdonia National Park
  • In the spirit of always starting with the most difficult task (why do we all do that?) the first DIY project I tackled in my new home was a kitchen … [Continue Reading]

    My Home: ‘Before and After’ Kitchen Makeover Using Chalk Paint
  • This summer I was a bit late (read very late) booking my summer holiday. I planned to take a week in July to do a little road trip of Cornwall, … [Continue Reading]

    Travel: A Slice of Cornish Paradise at Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes
  • As a fan of the great outdoors, but one who favours a warm, dry bed, I have been increasingly attracted by the romance of staying in a shepherd's hut … [Continue Reading]

    Travel: Stay in a Shepherd’s Hut in a Wildflower Meadow