We’ve been renovating our house for over a year now and it feels like we may be hitting a bit of a proverbial brick wall. We’ve just got so much going on. We are organising our wedding this summer and I am busy with my new venture as an Interior Designer. It seems our house has slipped down the rankings in priority.

Luckily we did make quite a bit of progress in our first year and most of the rooms upstairs are renovated. I wouldn’t say finished as we still need light fittings and the hallway isn’t painted which makes it all feel not quite there yet.

One room that is finished is our Master Bedroom and I am so thankful for this. It’s our little retreat at the end of the day, or the middle of the day if I just need to take a minute! With a serene palette of greys and whites it feels like a lovely, light and bright space. A real slice of heaven it does feel very relaxing and calming room which is just what we need with the chaos of the rest of the house.

We have a large bay window so we needed to carefully consider if we wanted curtains or blinds for the bedroom. After much deliberation we opted for plantation shutters at the windows instead of curtains or blinds. There were several reasons that this made sense to us. Firstly we loved the…

Look and feel

Shutters give a lovely feel to a window. Clean and simple, they effuse a coastal / foreign holiday vibe to me. The light looks really beautiful as it is diffused into the room. Working with both classic and modern interiors alike.

Bay window

We have a 5 panel bay window in our bedroom. It’s tall and a large expanse of window to cover. Roman blinds would have been an option. Curtains would have meant we needed a tricky construction for the curtain to run on as well as really, really long curtains as our rooms are over 3m high. We felt shutters offered us so many other positive points that it was a bit of a no brainer.

Privacy

What is great about shutters is with a flick of the slats, you’ve closed off the outside world. They also don’t need to be entirely closed and blocking the light to offer privacy as you can slant them upwards or downwards to hinder the view but not block the light totally. Our shutters are also split between the top and bottom window frame so we can close the bottom for privacy and keep the top open for light.

Timeless

Not only do they work with modern and traditional interiors, they don’t really fall victim to passing trends. This was one of my main reasons for opting for shutters. I know myself and I like to change the decor often in the house but don’t want to be forking out a lot of money each time to change the window treatment. Whether your room is white, red or aquamarine shutters will always work.

Hardwearing

Following on from timeless, shutters are constructed from wood and precision fitted by experts. This makes them a really hardwearing, durable option. Guaranteed for 5   years (the reality is they will probably last a lot longer though!), they may seem an expensive investment at first but if you work out how long they last for and how many pairs of curtains you would go through in that amount of time, it is very much worth it.

Sunlight

With a South facing bedroom we have a lot of sunlight streaming in during the day. This means that we now have the option to filter it out without closing curtains or making the room dark. It’s also super handy in my office (where I also have shutters) if you need to work and have an annoying stream of light coming through the window to pierce your eyeballs! At night time they totally block out the light so our room is perfectly pitch black.

Flexibility

The flexibility that shutters offer you means you can adjust any section of the shutters how you please. This can be for privacy or sunlight or sleeping. No other window treatment offer this flexibility. If you need one panel slanted downwards for the light, another closed for privacy but all the top sections open to still have the light in the room, it’s all possible!

Thank you to Thomas Sanderson window blinds for working with Lish Concepts – we appreciate your support!


This time of year brings with it the promise of warmer weather, days spent outside, family lunches and pretty spring flowers. Just the thought of it fills me with hope and positivity. By March I am usually well and truly over the cold weather and dark days.

Easter marks the start of my favourite time of year, when we get to be outside, enjoying our beautiful English countryside and our lovely garden.

We have a few traditions that we like to do as a family on Easter Sunday to celebrate together.

Our Sunday always starts with Easter breakfast in bed together as a family of four. We’ve a lovely super king bed which fits us all in perfectly for morning snuggles, chats and breakfast time. Breakfast in bed is a treat we always do on special occasions, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and Easter Sunday. We also like to have the occasional lazy Sunday if the little people in our lives are not demanding we go downstairs!

Sometimes our breakfast in bed is just tea and toast, sometimes pastries and coffee. I do always try and make Easter Breakfast a little bit special though.

A few little touches when dressing the tray can elevate a normal breakfast to a thing of beauty! Think butlers tray, gorgeous kitchen accessories, a pretty cup and saucer, flowers… and I personally LOVE the touch these jute placemats bring. For Easter you can find some gorgeous egg cups and the prettiest eggs in pastel shades to add.

Now on to the food! One of my favourite quick and easy but divine breakfast recipes is for Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pastries. Made with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, a dash of creme fraiche, puff pastry and a good amount of black pepper they are a quick and easy recipe to follow but make an absolute delicious Easter Breakfast treat.

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pastries

You will need:

  • Pre rolled puff pastry cut in to equal squares of about 15cms (Determine how many squares you need on the number of people eating. They are quite filling and I don’t think you’d manage more than 2 per person!)
  • Smoked salmon slices
  • Eggs (to make up scrambled egg)
  • Creme fraiche or milk to add to scrambled eggs
  • Butter (optional for scrambled egg)
  • Black pepper and salt to season

To make your pastries:

  • Combine your eggs, milk, butter and salt and pepper together to make scrambled eggs. The amount will differ depending on how many pastries you are making but usually one egg = one pastry. Don’t worry about the scrambled egg being totally cooked as it will cook some more in the oven later too.
  • Lay out your pastry squares on a baking tray (with greaseproof paper underneath so they don’t stick) and fill the centre with scrambled egg. Add two small slices of smoked salmon and parcel up, making sure the points overlap and are stuck together in the centre.
  • You can brush the top with a glaze of egg if you’d like to but it isn’t necessary.
  • Cook until pastry is golden brown.
  • Serve with a helping of black pepper and enjoy!

Why not add your own twist?

If you wanted to add a twist to the recipe you could add some spinach too, or go for good old fashioned bacon, egg and mushrooms.

I will be making these on Easter Sunday as well as some mini easter bunny pain au chocolates for my girls! (using pre bought croissant dough, a rabbit cookie cutter and dark chocolate drops for the centre).

We will be off to church after our Easter breakfast and joining the rest of the clan for a big Easter lunch and egg hunt around the garden later in the day. I’m really hoping that snow they’ve warned us about decides to give us a break and we get some well deserved sunshine! What about you? How will you be spending your Easter Sunday? Do you have any traditions you like to do every year?

Disclaimer: I was sent some beautiful kitchen accessories by The White Company in order to create this post. Thank you to The White Company for supporting Lish Concept, we are big fans!

I woke up one morning last year and had this crazy idea that it was time I went back to work full time. As many of you will know I’m mum to two little girls and one rather large clumsy Labrador who goes by the name of Buddy.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, being a full-time working mum of small children (and big dogs) is hard work.

Life is one giant to do list.

For life to run smoothly, military precision is required. Despite my best drill sergeant attempts, I have the distinct feeling my tiny army (captain silly, cadet chaos and deputy dog) are mocking me.

100mph lives

A snapshot of our morning would reveal one naked toddler (Chaos Cadet) streaking through the hallway refusing to wear anything but a hat. Her sister (Captain Silly) is chasing after her whooping with loud, crazy laughter. I’m hollering at them to brush their teeth while frantically trying to break the Guinness world record for fast (yet neat) eyeliner application. Dad is on sandwich duty downstairs (a lucky escape from the madness if you ask me) while Buddy (deputy dog) plays a hilarious comedy soundtrack (think Benny Hill theme tune) with his paws on the giant piano which is stretched out across the hallway.

Welcome to our 100mph lives. We don’t do slow, or calm very well but we’ve got messy and crazy down to a tee. There is always a job or ten that needs to be done, somewhere we need to be (10 minutes ago), a little person shouting for “more BAPES (grapes)” or a dog barking to go outside and chase a pigeon. It’s noisy, fast paced, full and fun and well, it’s just us.

Despite this, the health and wellbeing of our family (whether they have 2 feet or 4 paws) is always number one. A balanced diet and good hygiene are never compromised even when we are racing against the clock. Everyone needs to have had a healthy breakfast and brushed their teeth properly before the day can start.

Keeping our dog’s teeth healthy with Dentastix

This includes our family Labrador Buddy. His bowl gets filled every morning as we dish out our breakfast. And although we don’t brush his teeth every morning (I wouldn’t even dare to attempt it!) we do use Pedigree Dentastix as part of Buddy’s daily dog dental care.

Luckily Buddy sees these very much as a treat so never has a problem with brushing his teeth unlike our youngest who is a nightmare.

Look at the excitement on his little face!

 

Packed with yummy meaty flavours the DentaStixs are cleverly designed to be chewed for long enough to be effective, with a gently abrasive texture and active ingredients that help to reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar and  lower the risk of gum disease.

Just as we brush our teeth every day, our dogs should be chomping Dentastix daily to help maintain healthy teeth and gums which is absolutely essential for them. Many dogs over the age of 3 years suffer from gum disease, which can actually slow them down and even lead to costly treatment at the vets.

With two little people and one furry baby to keep healthy and happy, a list of chores as long as my arm, work projects and social engagements to juggle, anything, ANYTHING that can make my life a little easier is a big win with me.

I’m just waiting for them to invent dentastix for kids!

This post is in collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.

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