Anyone who has ever lived in rented accommodation can relate to the issue of not being able to decorate the place to your own taste. Not too bad if you know you're only going to live there briefly, but if you are planning to stay longer term, then what do you do? I am sharing a few ideas on the blog today.
We have just put our house on the market and that meant decluttering. I cleared out little by little for months, which is quite a nice thing to do believe it or not. The letting go of stuff, the minimising, the emptying out, it is all rather therapeutic. We lived in our house for ten … Continue reading Preparing your house for selling: 7 tips to style your home
We are all so busy rushing from home to work and back, dropping off the kids, picking them back up, going home, cooking dinner, bath time, bed time, squeezing in an exercise class if we're organised, and then it all start again the next morning. Ground hog day. Days fly by, life seems monotonous, we're being lived by our never ending to-do-list. Sounds familiar? I bet it does.
Two weeks since we moved to Spain and so far so good! In between the hectic times of organising our new life as an expat, I have discovered the little perks of living in a warmer climate. Cycling! Oh my, how I've missed cycling. I don't mean sporty cycling in lycra on a racer or a mountain bike, no, just using a bicycle to go from A to B. To do the shopping, to take the kids to school. In just a thin jacket.
"Why are you so stressed, we're only moving!" my husband said to me after I had another meltdown in the past few days. I know, right? He wasn't even joking! Well, he must be the exception to the rule, because I do feel like all those people stating that moving house is in the top … Continue reading D Day. We’re off
It's all happening. But what a month it's been. The thought of a glass of wine on the other end, enjoying the warm spring sunshine of Spain, is what's keeping me going just now. The movers have been a few days ago. A great big artic lorry parked outside, loading in my house contents. Everything … Continue reading The great big move South. Preparing to leave Scotland
Last year I had the pleasure to work with a family in Aberdeenshire who were looking to update the kitchen in their 18th century farmhouse. A lovely old house in beautiful countryside, but when I arrived, I immediately felt claustrophobic. The kitchen was a very dark space, with low ceilings and small windows, which was … Continue reading Transforming a dark farmhouse kitchen with skylights
I regularly post about art, as I believe it brings joy to people's lives and can add real personality to a home. Art is in fact an important ingredient in my designs for clients and I always suggest to people to invest in some artworks if they don't own pieces already, and it really doesn't … Continue reading Review: buying affordable art online with Artfinder
Some of my followers on Facebook have already heard the news: I am relocating to Valencia, Spain! Having lived twelve and a half years in Scotland, my family and I are preparing to emigrate to sunnier climates.
Have you noticed the increasing amount of ads on your timeline about online business coaches and bloggers trying to convince you how to make a lot of money quickly? I recently came across this blog post by Australian copywriter Jay Crisp Crow, about the fairytale of female bloggers apparently getting rich overnight, and I wanted to share … Continue reading Social media anxiety and how Instagram will not make you rich overnight (don’t give up that day job yet)