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)
Almost the end of November. A month until Christmas. Who's got the decorations out yet? Now here's a thought. We can either find our toddlers shattering the pretty sparkly baubles on the floor, the dog eating the tinsel and discover those pesky fairy lights all still tangled up in a bag from last year - … Continue reading Get a minimalist Scandinavian Christmas decor with no fuss
It's the season to feel festive, drink mulled wine, snuggle up under a blanket, have the fire on and spend time with family. It’s also the season to be bombarded with high street consumerism and being stuck in traffic because everyone is queuing up to get to the malls for their Christmas shopping. My family … Continue reading Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide – support small independent businesses
Every year it's the same issue. We all love Christmas, we all love to give each other something nice, most of us love a bit of festive shopping, especially when the towns and shops are so beautifully decorated and the fairy lights are up. Children get all excited about Christmas long before autumn even started … Continue reading What to buy the kids this Christmas. Top five guilt-free, no plastic, eco friendly gifts