Buying and Selling a House

We recently came to the end of our three-year mortgage agreement and have been going through the arduous process of renegotiating. Obviously, it was on our radar for a while, cue lots of discussions about what we should do. Sell up and buy another house, maybe upgrading or going for a fixer upper this time? Should we move to another part of Bristol? Should we think about whether somewhere totally new is where we’re meant to be? I’m sure we’ll continue to have these discussions (we never seem to completely settle) but for now, having a new baby is enough…

Make a matchbox trinket box

While I love getting my teeth stuck into bigger craft projects – I have a few on the go at the moment – there’s something surprisingly satisfying about quick projects that yield great effect with little effort. So when Harveys Furniture sent me a few swatches from their sofas range with the challenge to use the fabric to craft a home accessory. I’m a sucker for little boxes so decided to quickly decorate a matchbox fit to hold the odd trinket. They have a fun quiz at the moment to find your “shape” with Sofas by You. I unsurprisingly got…

Spring Shelfie: Getting set for Spring

I’ve mentioned before that I’m in the middle of giving the house an overhaul – for my sanity as much as anything else. We switched the girls’ room with the guest room and that’s made a huge difference to the amount of storage they have and freed up some much needed space in our own room. Now I’m on a mission to massively declutter as I realise owning too much is affecting so many areas of our lives from money we waste to my daily stress levels. We’re literally suffering under a tyranny of “things”. So I’m being ruthless a…

Buy things you won’t throw away

I didn’t really go in for New Year’s resolutions this year. With a third baby on the way and continuing our home education journey, survival felt a reasonable enough goal. However, I do have a few things I vaguely want to give a bit more attention this year. One is to “make” more. My parents gave me a sewing machine for Christmas and I’m looking forward to learning to use it. Picking up crochet again last year was a bit of a revelation.The other is to majorly declutter because the tyranny of stuff in our house (too much we don’t…

Building a pantry

This is an old project but one I’ve been wanting to share for a while. One of the things I got excited about when we were buying our house was that there was a downstairs loo. I’ve lost track of how many people have assumed that that was because of toilet training. Actually, I often feel a bit lazy about going all the way upstairs to the loo, if I’m honest! And when we have people staying with us for an extended period of time, a second toilet would be handy. Time to think about building that compost loo in…

A look around our playroom

Our house has a large reception room. It’s a living room that’s with an extension, essentially. The previous owners used the extension as their TV/sitting room and the rest of the space didn’t seem to have much of a focus. We decided to turn the extension into a playroom for the children. Over time, it’s taken a life of its own. I’m sure we’ll do much more with it yet but this is where I’ve done with it so far. The IKEA Kallax is a brilliant storage solution, particularly because of the brightly coloured Drona boxes that fit it. I’ve…

A room for two sisters

Ophelia is going to be one-year-old in a week and a half. I know. I can scarcely believe it either. Talitha has been desperate for her to move into her room like we said she would. Well, their room. Maybe she just wanted to put up the sweet name plaques my mother got them for their door. Ophelia has spent most of her evenings in arms but we recently started putting her in a travel cot in our room for some of that portion of the night before we all get into our bed. She’s easily disturbed now and a…