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My bedroom

Scented stocks

Last year we gave our bedroom a big overhaul – new bed, wardrobe, colour and curtains. Before then, it had been in a bit of a sludge-coloured state – with clutter and mess everywhere. Once we’d finished, It looked amazing – but just lately, I’ve let things slip slightly and it’s all got rather tired and dusty again.

I hate it when my bedroom is messy. It’s my girly sanctuary, and when the masculine clutter of the rest of the household starts to creep in (random bits of Lego and the selection of wires and phone chargers that men seem to trail behind them), I know it’s time for a good spring-clean.

So, after a week of on-off tidying, it’s finally looking lovely again…

Botanical bed linen

How beautiful is my new bedding from Yorkshire Linen? I absolutely love the botanical design, and the colours are a perfect match for my curtains. I don’t usually choose patterned bedding – but I’m so glad I did. It’s brightened the room up so much and  I feel like I’m sleeping in a pretty meadow – perfect! It’s also an absolute bargain at £19.99.

Metal bedstead


Crochet blanket and botanical bed linen

A year on, I am still totally in love with my metal bedstead. I’ve always wanted one and spent ages searching for the perfect mixture of romance and simplicity.

Dressing table mirror

Above the bed, you can see a new painting – created by the talented artists that are my boys. It’s their interpretation of the rocks and the sea near our favourite holiday location in north Pembrokeshire. I’ve had this Ikea frame for a while, and haven’t been able to find anything suitable for it. So last weekend, I let them loose with my paints. I think the boys did a splendid job and managed to work together quite well!

Chest of drawers

Here, above the chest of drawers, is another of my favourite paintings – one of those 1960s flowers in oil which are still very cheap at car boot sales. I know a lot of people will think it’s truly hideous, but I really love that retro style of flower painting.

Bedroom shelves

We inherited these shelves when we moved in and I’ve never been sure of what to do with them. Despite my love for books, I’ve never been a big fan of bookshelves in bedrooms – they look too cluttered, and the clashing colours of the spines aren’t very restful. By opting for these boxes and baskets, I think it feels a lot calmer and more unified, and the mess is mostly hidden away.


I do allow myself one shelf of clutter though – with a few holiday mementoes and photographs.


Another favourite find is this little painting which we bought at auction a couple of years ago. We both really liked its childlike simplicity and the bright, sunny colours. It is Paris, painted in 1918.


I hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into my bedroom sanctuary!

I was kindly sent this new duvet cover by Yorkshire Linen, but all words and pictures are my own.

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A painting a week


This post is the start of a new weekly series.

Just recently I’ve felt the urge to start painting again. I always loved drawing and painting as a child, and studied art to GCSE level. After that though, in the whirlwind of A-levels, university and life that followed, I hardly ever picked up a paintbrush.

Since having children, I’ve found my creativity blossoming once again – be it through making things, painting or simply singing a silly song and not caring what it sounds like. Children are very liberating – they are so complimentary about everything I do, and I want them to be positive about trying new things too.

I’d given up painting and drawing partly because other things took it’s place, but also because of that niggling doubt that I wasn’t really very good at it. That feeling of ‘I’m not good at …’ is such a boring adult one, and one that I think children copy themselves far too early. School is to blame in many ways, with it’s tendency to pigeon-hole children.

Now I’m a bit older, it doesn’t really matter to me very much whether I’m any good at it. I’m never going to be world’s best painter, but that’s ok – I really enjoy it and it’s very satisfying. My new weekly challenge is to paint one, quick watercolour a week. Here’s my first – some pretty Stocks in a favourite vase.