One of my favourite things about our house is the garden. It’s large, full of plants and a lot of work! But if you remember back to when we were house hunting, a big garden was very high up on my wish list. I just love the idea of the children having plenty of space to play outside.

With the garden not having been touched for a very long time, there are plenty of big trees and hiding places. I was reminded of this again this week when Babylish decided to hide behind a tree for a good five minutes, frightening the life out of me. Only at the point when I was nearly in tears and reaching for my phone did she step out and say ‘Here I am’ with glee!

Did you know often your fondest childhood memories are outside? Have a think back, is it true for you? For me it definitely is and I can remember every inch of my childhood garden and local parks which I adored exploring.

Creating a natural play area

The back part of the garden was a jungle like wilderness on arrival. We’ve cleared it and are planning on making an area for the girls to play to their hearts content. We’ve membraned the area to stop the weeds and put down chip bark as a soft surface for them to play. Like lots of families we have a climbing frame and trampoline already but I also fancied being a little creative. I love the idea of creating something magical and natural for them.

I’m not going to lie I’m totally rubbish at gardening and don’t have the first clue about flower varieties or the plant nutrients needed to have an amazing garden! But I am good at being creative and using my imagination (well that and Pinterest) and the idea of a natural type play area that encourages imagination and free play sounds wonderful to me.

I’d really like to create a space that blends in with the surroundings taking inspiration from nature. I want them to be able to run wild, having secluded areas to relax, places to be whatever they want to be! Pinterest is my go to for inspiration for projects like this. I thought I’d share my Pinterest board with you because I think I’ve found some real gems!

Truth me told we’ve been working so hard on the inside of the house that we are both feeling a little jaded. Living in a house you need to renovate while working and having small children is a slow process. Sometimes people ask me if it’s worth it, if I’d still chose to do it all again.

The honest answer is yes, I love this house and our garden. Even on the worst days, all I have to do is take a look outside. I’ll see the girls racing around giggling in the sunshine and that’s it. I fall in love all over again.


Life as a interiors blogger can be hard, no I mean it, it really can! When you are a lover of trends, furniture, paint and pretty things, it can be tough not to spend your entire day oohing and aaahing over press releases. I’m like a magpie, anything shiny and I’m distracted away from the task at hand.

Here’s a recent example, these MODA chairs by Cult Furniture. How awesomely awesome are they? Sure there has been a trend for Charles & Ray Eames inspired chairs for a while but the design team at Cult Furniture have just upped the ante with some serious chair coolness.

What’s so cool about the MODA chair?

Erm, what isn’t to love about a chair you can customise to suit your room decor with an amazing price tag (starting at £69)? The MODA chair is made up of three elements which you can mix and match to create your perfect chair.

  • First you choose your seat style or as they call it the shell style. You can chose from normal or armchair (I love the armchair barstools they are perfect for our kitchen – note to self)
  • Then you need to select a base. The options range from from wooden, wooden and metal mix or metal Eiffel style legs. they also offer rocking or longer legs so you can create a bar stool. It’s also possible to add different finishes on the metal elements (chose from copper, gold, black or chrome – Yes to copper legs!!)
  • Now it is time to chose the colour from a gorgeous palette of trendy colours.

Is it just me or is this really exciting? I absolutely love the fact that you can customise the MODA to suit all your style needs.  The unique patented bracket connects the shell and base of the chair enabling you to switch and change at the turn of a screw. It’s perfect if you want to change it up if you get bored or are planing a redesign.

The seat/shell is made from polypropylene which is super sturdy and comfortable. We have some similar chairs in white in our playrom. Oh it also just wipes clean which makes it an amazing playroom chair.

I’ve already convinced myself we need an injection of colour in there though. I’m thinking these are just the chairs to do it.

So now you see how my mind works… Open email, scroll email, fall in love with beautiful chairs…Think of how many rooms in the house you could use them… New office chair required – yep! Fun playroom chairs required – check! Quirky kitchen barstool required – check! And off I go…

Image: Eduard Militaru

My name is Lucy and I am a second hand furniture addict.

Obviously, with my passion for interiors you’d expect me to enjoy buying things for my house. But the addiction to acquiring  second hand furniture is real.

The problem? I love hunting for vintage furniture. It’s absolutely my drug. A rush of warm, excited energy travels through me as my scrolling is halted by a beautiful piece of furniture. My stomach does a little flip, is it still available? Surely someone has spotted this? Quickly I message to seller to find out…

The thought of being able to nab such a prize really thrills me. Especially if it’s something I know is a collectable vintage or antique piece. Like that time I found an immaculate collectable Ercol for £10! I missed out on that one though as he told his wife he had sold it and she hit the roof, haha!

Image : Lauren Mancke

The only slight issue is I don’t always need more second hand furniture. In fact quite often I don’t have a place to put it, but struggle to let it pass me by. I’m working on it…

But truth be told, I’ve actually picked up some quite extraordinary bargains over the last year.

Mid century modern sideboard

First there was the mid century modern teak sideboard by Beautility. A rare find, I nearly died on the spot and couldn’t type to the seller fast enough! This one has already made it’s way through my shop and has a happy new home.

Super King sleigh bed

Then there is my super king size sleigh bed which is the greatest bed ever (fact) and a total bargain at £200. I added a lick of Farrow and Ball Blackened and it stands as the centre piece of my bedroom. Everyone comments on it and I adore it. You’d be looking to pay quite a bit more for a new wooden sleigh bed by the looks of it.

1970’s Plan chest

I managed to grab a set of 1970’s Architects drawers from the local council who were having a clear out. They looked pretty battered but as they were made of teak, all that was required was a quick sand and a rub with coconut oil.  Ta da! Back to looking as good as new.

1960’s Vintage oak desk

My latest addition is a 1960’s vintage oak desk. It’s a stunning find, solid as an ox with beautiful brass handles.

Then there is my daughters antique sleigh bed, my gorgeous Kilim rug, a Mule chest, pretty Peacock chair…

Right now I’m on a spending ban. No more second hand furniture for us… but I can’t help thinking I’ve got a talent for spotting beautiful vintage furniture. There must be a way to harness my superpower, right?

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