Our bedroom makeover: The reveal.

This room has been due some sort of decorating for years now! It should have been done last year, but things got in the way! This year however, I’ve done it! and it looks AMAZING! I was slightly wary of making the leap over to the dark side (you can find my mood board and everything for the room here…) However, I can say now to anyone considering it, DO IT! Light and bright is all well and good, but you’ll have no better sleep that in a room that absorbs all light during the night. It’s almost what I imagine being in the womb was like! ha ha.

So, before I start with the ‘what I did’s’ here’s what the room looked like a month ago. Dull, beige, bland, box. A pretty good description I think!



Jumping straight in, paint. I knew I wanted something dark! And ended up going with Dulux Night Jewels 2 in Matte. It is one of those got to get it mixed by the machine paints, but it is so worth the added wait. Its luxurious and rich, nothing bland about this grey at all! Also little tip, this paint goes on incredibly well! like one coat and a little touch up well. So dont do what I did and buy the biggest tub and end up with LOADS left!



So painting wise, I wanted it ALL done dark. Every single last bit of it. Well, there was an original plan to convert the wall next to our clothing rails into a wall to floor shoe shelf. however, I had to re-asses when I realised I didn’t want any clutter and it would have been a bit too much on show – anyway back to my point, so this wall was going to remain white, but after the change of plan I just got it all painted dark. Radiator cover included! I’m one of these weirdos that love painting, so it really took no time at all. I just popped some friends on, made a cuppa’ and cracked on!


So, once the painting was done it was about dressing the room. One of the first things I wanted to do was to upcycle our bedside tables. Originally I wanted some gorgeous tall-fish dark wooden, antique style ones. However I didn’t have th budget for them. *Sob* rather than buying any new ones at all, it just seemed much cheaper and easier to use what we already had! Again I wanted dark, so I went with Black matte. And being a Pinty pluser, I got a chance to try their new spray gun!



The gun makes SUCH a difference! It was just overall easier to cover the units! Full reveal a bit further down, but here you can see what they looked like just before I started spraying.



And handle wise I went with something a little Moree modern, something that would intertwine the boldness of the room against the traditional shape of the tables. a very simple but oh-so pretty TBar handle.


So that was that. Next on my list was the old mirror. A simple pine thing, nothing overly fancy, fancied up very easily with some gold spray paint!


Then it was onto the wall behind our bed. I new straight away I was gong to do another one of my “Abstract” canvases. Lol I love how that makes me sound so arty, the reality is that you cant do abstract wrong. Figure out your colour pallete, slap it on. done. Though I like to first layer on some decorators filler to give some texture.



Once the art was up, it was time for the wall lights to go up. our bedside tables are quite tiny, and I’ve always loved how luxurious wall lights look beside a bed. I wasn’t going to faff about with electricians or anything but I knew already how much I loved these ones from Ikea….

You’ll recognise them from the TV unit in the living room. They have the perfect mix of modern and traditional. and at only £20 they wont break the bank.



Finally, it was time for a few last minute little touches, adhering frames and putting them up – including getting some of my mucheed love photos from our lake district break up! – new bedding and a couple of new cushions. all those lovely little finishing touches that really make it so comfortable.


So… You wanna see the full room finished?!




I mean its not 100% finished. I still need to fill a few of those frames, and I’m currently on the look out for some sort of stylish/storage bench for underneath those lakes photos. preferably something brown leather, but that isnt a big ugly brown box. I ask for miracles sometimes! But, it is 95% done and I am SO in love with it! Its a retreat, its such a wonderful room to sleep in, to wake up in, to get ready and lounge around in. its stylish and comfortable, modern but still very cosy. Its just perfect!

Before and afters? This is where you see the real transformation!


So thats that! Finally I have a lovely grown-up bedroom!

What do you think?










Another Blogaversary!

TLWP is as of tommorow 3 years old! Three whole years since I launched as a lifestyle/sewing/diy blog. I’m glad I’ve managed to simplify it all, even if it has taken three whole years to discover how!




So like last year, and the year before. This year I’m writing up a little round up of the year…

Three years of blogging and what have been the high points? Well, Last year’s trip to London for the Style at home Christmas tree challenge is obviously way up there as a blogging high, I mean how could it not be! After a night in a very swanky Shoreditch hotel, I spent the day on set, seeing just how these amazing features are made – and actually being in the feature. Seeing myself in one of the nations top interiors magazines was really rather bizarre – in a fantastic way of course!



As for lows, I feel like the majority of last year was just a huge low – which I know contradicts my last statement, but it really was a year of extremes! I had a lot of personal stuff going on, and so my creativity really just dissapeared. well, on the blog side of things. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to jump back in and so most months I only got one or two posts up.

This year everything seems to back in full swing, but better than before. I combine blog work with my actual job as a photographer, I’m inspired for one, from the other and it all just works! I’m no longer just blogging because I cant stand ‘just’ being a stay at home mum. And mum police, I know that sounds a little harsh, but truly – feeling like I only existed to change nappies and clean up after everyone really, nearly made me lose my sanity. I’m blogging because I’ve now reached a point where this is just normal. Its a part of my life now!

Which is why back in January I took the blog down for the first week and completely re-built it. New layout, new style, new categories, new everything. It wasn’t because I wasnt loosing any of the old blog, just refining what I had. Combining the blog and my day job meant I needed to have a place that wasn’t just about DIY projects and so it became more Lifestyle. And it really does work SO well now.




Top three post’s from the last three years?!

  1. The TV unit build. (phase 1 & phase 2) – The is in no articulate order or anything. But yes, this was and still is one of my favourite posts in the last three years! It was such a big project, it took just under a week from start to finish, the house was everywhere, covered in sawdust. And then I got the measurements wrong for one of the biggest pieces of MDF!!! Oh it was a stress. But one that I’d completely do again, because it has changed my home completely. It was worth every penny (which actually wasn’t a lot considering what it was we was actually building! Just over £200 if I remember rightly!) I still love it now!


2.  Banoffe loaf cake: I think this has been my most requested recipe EVER! Friends family, random teachers at the girls school. everyone loves this cake and seen as it was tested and written up so long ago, having it on the blog is super handy. I just send them the link instead of having to pour through my many notebooks full of scribbles. This truly is a delicious cake, dont let it fool you with its rustic ‘loaf cake’ style and simplistic decorating, this is a true showstopper. Perfect for afternoon tea (if you’re fancy and do the sorta’ stuff), perfect for one of those many, many bake sale requests. Perfect just for a slow Sunday afternoon bake. Well worth every bit of effort. Yum!


3. My last favourite post of the last three years is a really recent one. But one I just cant stop going back to click on. It is of course, our ‘weekend in the Lakes‘ post. I know I’m not alone in my love for this post, I’ve had so many comments on it, so many comments on my social media accs about the photos! So thank you all for those! A few weeks ago, we set off for a lovely little weekend away, these very short few days ignited a full blown love affair with the Lake District! it just has beauty everywhere! And when I miss it, I sneak onto my computer and scroll through counting down the days until we next go back ( FYI its 22 days! ha ha.) Anyway, I wont bore you about it anymore. But this post is absolutely up there as one of my favourites.




So. What do I have planned for the next 12 months. Thats pretty hard to answer, because as my fellow bloggers know, you really have no clue whats round the corner. Here’s what I’d like to do this next 12 months though.

  • Actually post. more than once a month. My mojo’s back and I’d really like to keep it this year.
  • Keep the quality of those post photos high. Its my job now, there’s really no excuses for rubbish images from me.
  • Keep the collaborations coming. The blogging world can be quite tight knit, but having stepped out my comfort zone with the day job, its given me so much more confidence with speaking to people, proposing some of my ideas to people I think would fit well. I’d really love it if I could keep this confidence and get some more super cool collaborations in.
  • Linkies. Up until this year I only took part in one! Now I’m up to three already, what will be four by the end of this month! They really are such a cool way to interact with the rest of the blogging community, and even if you dont dare or want. to takl to someone else, these Linkies are a brilliant way of keeping up that creativity.
  • And finally, this year I want to feature more on these posts. It is after all me thats writes them, speeds hours shooting, editing, brainstorming ideas, promoting ect. I really should have my face over here a little more.



So thats it my Blog baby is THREE!

Here’s to another blog filled year, and as always, thank you SO much for all your clicks and comments, both on here and on the social media sites. You’re all amazing!





Our bedroom makeover plans.

*I originally posted this way back in January of last year, but because of how crazy life got I didn’t manage to even think about starting it, never mind actually doing it!*


A joint Christmas present for Sam and I, was to finally get ourselves a tv for in the bedroom, I’ve always had this thing against having them in a grown ups bedroom – but, I buckled, I let sam get one and let me just say…… I am so glad I did, where have I spent most evenings since Christmas?! In bed watching the Good wife, thats where!!

Spending so much time in the bedroom now, has drawn my attention to the fact that despite being on my to-do list since forever, the bedroom is still sat like a box full of beige.

I’ve been putting this project off for so long now, mainly because I’m so scared of getting paint on the carpet. It ain’t a cheap carpet, and I’m planning on going pretty dark… I just know I’ll spend hours and hours prepping and covering everything, only for a little blob to sneak its way through. Any tips and tricks on avoiding this situation, would really be appreciated.

So here’s what we have now….

I mean, its alright. its  light, its tidy-ish… but its lacking luxury, I want deep colours, textures, something grown up, something you’d find in the most luxurious hotel. I’ve been planning – in my head- what I’d like to do to this room for the past three years, but other rooms have always got in the way. So, room inspo?  These, pretty much sum up what I want to be lounging around eating ritz crackers and watching Netflix in.


They’re luxurious, they’re clean but with character, calming yet so dramatic. Its perfect. Paint wise I originally decided on a moody green, but its now the ‘colour of the year’ and I don’t want to risk painting it up and then hating the colour by the end of the year because its everywhere. So, I think I’m going to keep it simple with black. Its bold, and I’m kind of terrified in case I hate it. But, even still… If I don’t do it I’ll never know. *Also, Sam if you’re reading this – I know you vetoed black…. but I’m just going to go ahead and do it anyway, You’ll love it when it’s done… I hope.*

So, actual plans. I just decided to go ahead and create a list. Its easier, I can tick it off as I go… and we all know how much I love a good list. So here we go.

Bedroom plans:

  • Replace Skirting boards (Boring, but necessary.)
  • Paint the right and left wall a soft white/very light beige (? Colour still undecided)
  • Paint Skirting boards, door frame and door (Homebase Eggshell white is the absolute best for this job!)
  • Paint radiator cover (Eggshell white or the same soft white of the walls… undecided yet)
  • Measure, buy, cut and Fix the MDF wall panelling on the front and back wall.
  • Paint Panelled walls BLACK!
  • Add coving around the whole room and paint (Eggshell white again.)
  • Fit shoe shelves across the right wall, next to Alcove wardrobe.
  • Add floor to ceiling curtains across Shoe/wardrobe rails wall. (Love these ones from Ikea, 300cm long!!)
  • Fit Roller blind. (Simple dunhelm mill one to match the kitchen one.)
  • Sand and stain large mirror (This is where I’ll be adding warmth)
  • New bedside tables (?) Ideally I would like some tall, warm wooded antique ones… however, we are saving… so I might just have to epicycle the lovely ones we already have.
  • Fit wall lights either side the bed.
  • Fit new ceiling light.
  • Fit new socket plates. (Going dark so they can blend into the dark walls.)
  • Create large canvas for over the bed (?) though I might just leave it bare, depending on how much I love the panelling.
  • Large frame for the blank piece of wall by the window.
  • Buy ALL the cushions for the bed. Every single gorgeous cushion I can get my hands on.

So. There we go. Its quite the list and rather unrealistically I was going to try and get it all done for a reveal by next month. But… its a really long list! So instead I’m just going to chip away at it, giving you all an update when something major happens in there. I am SO excited for it to be done.

Ooh, and here’s some of those accessories from the to – do list, so you can see it all put together, it might give you an idea of whats rattling around in my brain for in there.


Black paint – £14 Wilkos

White curtains –  £35 Ikea

Antique bedside tables – Antique world

Wall lights- £59 Ocean lighting

Dark green cushion – £18 Etsy

Charcoal velvet cushion – £2.95 Ideal textiles

Embossed Golden frame – £12.99 ZaraHome

Fern plant – £6.95 Bakker


*Now as mentioned in the top of the post, this is actually from last year, so a few plans have been tweaked slightly. and if you follow of on my instagram page you’ll have seen in my stories that I started work this week and its looking SO good! I’ve scheduled the full reveal post for mid-next month, so keep an eye out. *





The first day of Christmas.

Happy 1st December!

Its this time of year already, and though I’ve struggled to get into the festive spirit recently, today that all changed. Its like I woke up this morning and everything was different. Instead of grimacing under the stress of to-do lists, today I’ve been a cheery little elf, its been all about Christmas songs, organising, ticking off those to-do’s and finishing up the decorating.

I’m actually ready to enjoy this month, and I have got a fair few things coming up to enjoy – but more about that next week.

This year, I’ve broken a record, my own record. This year I haven’t bought one single new Christmas decoration. not one. But yet everything looks different. This, I know is down to the radiator cover re-style a month or so back, and the chair re-paint I did back in the summer. Everything feels much more together this year.

And while I’m talking things I haven’t done this year – be obsessive about the decorations is another. When I dragged everything out on Wednesday night, the girls were of course very excited. Instead of the usual “Its okay, mummy can do it” I just let them crack on. Granted I have had a teen, tiny faff about with those baubles since. but not a lot, really they did a good job!

As always, I’m embracing the traditional style this year.  Its just the style that gives me the most cosy, comforting, Christmassy feeling. I don’t think I’ll ever change it.



Happy first day of Christmas!!!


The little woman pretends.

Radiator repaint & Cheap canvas art.

I am the queen of procrastination recently. I don’t know what it is, though I’m guessing the onset of Autumn is making me all lazy, I just want to be curled up with tea and blankets – instead of doing what I’m actually supposed to be doing, which is working.

Last week I sat staring at my screen for what felt like the bazzilionth hour, when I clicked a link, then another and another before finding myself reading through blogs. Interior blogs mainly, looking at all the recent up-cycles and re-decorated rooms. when it triggered my need to nest for the winter.

I’d been meaning to do this particular project for ages, but for some reason or another I just hadn’t gotten’ round to it. With Autumn here, and Christmas on its way, I like most, want my living area to be perfect for the season of family gatherings.

If you’ve been following my Insta stories, you would have seen most of this already, but anyway.. here’s how what I spent last weekend doing.

* You’ll have to excuse the crappy photographs of the before – I actually wasn’t planing on turning this into a blog post, but I was just so happy with how it turned out.*



So, first up was to repaint the radiator cover. You can find the post I did last year on how we made that Here. I actually wanted to re-paint it earlier on in the year, but I didn’t trust that it would look better. Anyway, egged on by the need to do something that wasn’t work, I dismantled it, dragged it out onto the decking and painted it.



I decided on black. Which yes is slightly dramatic, but I got a lovely new black & white speckled rug last week from Ikea, and I really wanted a bit of drama on this back wall. So, once the painting was done and dry, I dragged it back in & re-fitted it to the wall. Jobs a good un’.


Then it was on to part 2 of the project. Which was kind of exciting. I discovered – when blog hopping – these photographs of some DIY canvas art by Oliver Thomas…



And so using my hobby craft gift card – I went and bought the biggest canvas I could fit in the car!


I had absolutely no idea what I was planning on painting, but I went with the whole abstract vibe, you can’t actually do it wrong that way can you? I am no artist. I mean, I suppose in someways I am, I create daily. But paint on canvas, isn’t really my thing. Regardless, I gathered my tools and got started. Channelling my inner art attack, I first used a basic decorating filler to create some texture on the canvas.


And once that was dry I started to paint. I literally just slapped the paint on whilst half watching The middle and sipping a beer. So it want this chilled, soul baring – paint my inner most thoughts – experience. But it felt pretty good to just cover that canvas with no real direction.

Again, I wanted something quite dramatic up there, my living room is a very pale stone/taupe colour, and I love the perfect balance of clean/bright/cosy of it. But sometimes it can be a bit bland. So using tester pots and poster paint I created a pallet of Blues, greens, greys and stoney colours.


And lastly, I sprayed the white candle sticks gold. Just for that extra bit of Pzazz.

So, the final look?



It looks like a big wave. which wasn’t intentional, but just the way it turned out. and I like it. So I’m gunna’ keep it as it is for now. I thought about the addition of a little burnt orange, maybe a sprinkle of gold. but I don’t want it to be to overdone. I’ll see. I just need to live with it for a bit.


All thats actually left to do is to build it a nice big chunky dark wood frame to hide those side drips, I think the warmth of the wood will really make those colours pop.



A cheeky little before and after?


Much better. And not bad for less than £25!



The little woman pretends.




Getting back into the DIY: A W/C makeover.

I’ve really abandoned the blog lately, I’ve just been a little uninspired and a little tired, so much so that its taken me a month and a half to even finish a pretty simple project, another week or so to write about it. I did spend last night with my notebook open, planning out my week, planning future projects and plans for the blog. Hopefully I’ve left my slump and everything will pick back up.

Anyway, onto the project. I’ve been meaning to re-decorate this room for a while, a very long while, its the toilet the no one really uses, apart from guests. But it was a bit un-loved, one of those doors that never really gets opened. I give it a quick once over when I’m doing my weekly top-to bottom clean, but other than that it just sits empty. So I decided to give it a paint. and then I wanted to wallpaper one wall, then add a mirror and some artwork, a few accessories. Before I know it, I had planned to just makeover the entire room!

So this is how it looked before.


Though technically these where taken moments after I had started the decorating, only just remembering I had to take before photos! My blogging mindset really has been on its ass as of late! anyway, I used the near full tin of Vaspar dark green paint I used in the bathroom makeover earlier on in the year. But I just wasn’t loving the idea of the entire (tiny) room being that dark and plain, so I jumped online to find some wallpaper, something that would lighten it up a little, give it a little boost of personality. I found it, in the shape of this AMAZING pineapple print monochrome paper from Arthouse. I actually found it in a DIY shop close by, but it was out of stock, luckily I found it cheaper on EBAY and with free shipping! only £11.90 bargain!


Once the paper had arrived, I saw the final vision for the room, I’m a major lover of victorian interiors, the deep dark colours, the ornate accessories, the monochrome to balance out the bolder tones. I just love it all and thought I’d really go town on this little room. So I fitted a chandelier type light, ordered some replica traditional taps (which I can’t use unless I’m willing to rip off the corner sink.. which I am not!), I covered the tiles around the sink with these INCRED tie transfers (another EBAY bargain at only £8 for 10).


My favourite little DIY job in here though, was the cool subway tile mirror I made over the sink. I loved the industrial feel about it, but without being rough around the edges, it still fits perfectly with the ornate  -victorian feel of the room. I got these AGAIN from Ebay, at £25 for the pack, It was the most expensive part of the makeover, but it was worth it, I just had to stop myself from buying another pack to go all the way up the wall! – hardly a budget mirror if its £50!- To fix these to the wall, I simply used No more nails. I figured out where I wanted to put the very first one, made sure it was level and stuck it up. I waited for that one to dry before finishing the row (of three) and left that entire row to set before finishing. this was to stop any weight pushing down not the bottom row, the last thing I wanted was for it all to be permanently stuck at a slant!.


Other than that, I did jobs like paint the ceiling a nice crisp white, ripping off the old skirting boards and replacing with some chunky ones, boxing in the eyesore pipe besides the toilet, fixing a shelf above the toilet.  All little jobs that just give a cleaner look to the room. So, enough rambling, the big reveal?

Here’s how it looks now.


A massive improvement I’m sure you’ll agree! Its so dark, and bold but it feels so very luxurious. it was so nice to be able to just go all out creatively in here. I’m not worried in the slightest if I’ll hate how dark it is in six months time, or if others will find it depressing or vulgar. I absolutely love it, and Its such a small room it won’t take any time at all to change – not that I’ve any desire too.


Obligatory before and afters….


Such a big difference and finally a nice bathroom for guests to use instead of the grubby old room that once was. So, what do you think?



The little woman pretends.


Updating the shabby bathroom.

For some reason the bathroom has always been only half assed decorated. Although I did spend a whole two days in there, in late 2015 stencilling the floor – which by the way looked gorgeous, but I spilt copper hair dye on it, It stained, looked like I had murdered someone in there! So It needed to be covered- Other than that, I have tried to do a few quick fixes, but nothing that really feels luxurious. I’m a sucker for a hot bubble bath, I pop on some of the Harry Potter audio book, have a rifle through my most recent lush haul and soak my worries away. So it really needed to be somewhere a little more relaxing.

Before I go into project details, here’s the room before. Its messy, unorganised and all looking a little un-cared for.


I didn’t really have any immediate intentions on giving the room an entire overhaul, but what started out as some simple wood-work refreshing, turned into an obsessed… and here we are less than a week later.

After Cleaning up the bath panel, the box around the pipes behind the sink and the radiator cover, I nipped off to B&Q and found the perfect colour for my walls…. Devonshire green.


I actually found it by matching it up to a napkin I stole from Frankie and Benny’s the day before – paper napkin btw, I’m sure I am allowed to take those!- Its dark and moody, luxurious but fresh, not to mention green is Panatones ‘colour of the year’ – for those not in the know, that means interior lovers all over the country are working this colour into their rooms this year.

It was perfect! But also a little terrifying. I won’t lie, I almost thought I hated it after that first coat went up. But once I covered those patches with a second coat, oh man… I was SO in love!


Couple of notes about this paint, if you’re looking to buy something similar. Its mixed there and then over at the Valspar paint mixing station. Now, I had a bit of an issue with the guy who served me, I pointed up to the board with prices on, asking for the 2.5 litre (£22) in Devonshire green.. I asked if it would cost extra to have the mid-sheen, No, no problems, it would cost the same as the matt. When I came to pay it was £28.

Apparently, its not from there ‘standard range’ – though there wasn’t one single sign about their different ranges for emulsion – unless of course it was in teeny- tiny writing on a post it note somewhere. My physically pointing to what I wanted to buy wasn’t enough for him to just let me know “actually this isn’t from our standard range, that colour will cost a bit extra” Anyway, its no big deal, but it just bugged me. So beware of their “ranges” especially if buying bigger amounts.

Back to the makeover. After, finishing the painting and letting everything dry overnight. I got started on some of the woodwork I wanted to get up in there. Shelves for the back wall above the bath and one of those cool wooden  over the bath racks. Of course, I popped to my favourite supply store Savoy timber (seriously, these guys should be paying me for advertising by now! ha) and picked up my wood. total cost £7.39.

As well as the little diy accessories, I of course bought some other little pretties. Including the prettiest bath mat from Dunelm mill (£9), Two plants (both Homebase) and a new toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. (Dunelm & Wilkos.)


Finally, I got to put it all together and step back to admire mum new luxurious (on a budget) bathroom.


Now obviously, If I was allowed, I would just rip the entire thing out and start again, but seen as this is a “council house” and of course, I’m not loaded, It really is the next best thing. Its a little bit fresher, a little bit more relaxing and I cant wait to have a long soak in here. (Which will be tonight, with wine and of course the Harry Potter audio book!)

Before and afters?

And of course It isn’t completely finished yet! – when is it ever finished?!- but I do want to either build or buy a under the sink cabinet to hide all of our bits and bobs, and add coving all around the room. It might be finished then.


The little woman pretends.

2nd Blog-aversary!

Two years today I started my journey as a blogger, and published my very first post! WHAAAAT! Two whole years! If you fancy a little re-cap, here’s how that post looked…..


When I first started this blog, it was actually because I had closed the TLWP handmade clothing shop, but didn’t want to lose the small following that had grown, In those last months, I enjoyed writing about and photographing those wears, more than actually making them, and so I figured I’d just blog about sewing instead.

A lot has changed in these past two years, I still do blog about sewing – every now and again- but really, it turns out my passion is interiors and food, DIY-ing, making, photographing and then writing all about it, throw in a bit of family life and we’ve ended up here.


I love where the blog stands now, I love the mix of subjects that I really am passionate about, I love that with every new post my knowledge on blogging just grows. I’d love to say I have a plan, that I know exactly where I want to go with it all in the next year or so, but the truth is… I just don’t. Of course I’d love to blog full time, to be paid for my efforts, but realistically, I know I still have a lot to learn before I get anywhere near ‘proffessional’ status. And truthfully, I love that I’m under no pressure by anyone with my content. Sponsored posts every now and again are cool to get, but I like just going at my own pace.

So having said all that, blog plans for the next 12 months: Work harder on my photography, work harder on producing engaging/informative content, face my fear of being in photos.

I think they are good blogging goals to have, even if they are a bit general.


I’ve been asked a few times over these past few months about ‘how to blog’ its not something that can be answered too easily. In simple terms, you find a subject you’re passionate about, set up your blog and you post about it. In less simple terms you spend a month trying to think of a name, a further fortnight trying to get to grips with the technical side of setting up a blog, you change your mind on themes and layouts at least sixty times before settling on something thats ‘alright’ because you JUST. CANT. DEAL. with this sort of decision making. Before sitting at the blank page of your first post for a few hours, wondering what the hell to write. – Or was that just me?!

Fear not though, If you can just get past that initial though of ‘No one cares what I have to say’ or ‘This is way more hassle than its worth’ I’m sure you’ll agree it is such a rewarding experience.

I’ve complied a lovely list of beginners tips though, if you are trying to push yourself into the world of blogging.

  • Dont freak out if you cant figure out how to use your chosen blogging platform in 24hours. I use WordPress, I hosted my shop on an enfold site, so it just made sense to stick with it for blogging. Because of this, I knew the basics. It has however taken me the past two years to be comfortable with the rest of it. You’ll get a guide to help you with setting up, and from there you simply personalise and post. everything else can be googled, or questioned on the many ‘bloggers’ Facebook groups. So don’t freak out!


  • Don’t get lost in personalisation. Free templates are cracking!! Keep it simple, and build over time. There’ no point in spending three weeks pouring your creativity solely into how your page looks, when odds are in three days time, you’ll probably want to change it all anyway. Concentrate on your content first, let the visual style of your page build gradually.


  • Picmonkey is a cheap and easy way to make a blog header (logo). I highly recommend paying monthly for the deluxe version. I think its only about £3 a month, but if you’re blogging regularly, it really is worth it. You can also use it for gentle photo editing and all that fancy writing you see on post promo pics.


  • Photography matters! SO much. I understand not everyone is blessed with the ability to go out and spend a fortune on a dslr, or has the pro knowledge to create flawless blog photography. However, you can counteract maybe not having the best quality camera/phone by really making an effort with your styling. No matter what you blog about, you’ll need photos. Clean the lens (smudged camera phone pictures really are a pet peeve of mine!) rest your phone on something and set the timer (if you fancy a more styled selfie- though I am not the person to be taking advice from about selfies!) Rest your arm on something steady and find a lovely sunlit part of the house if you want a bright, shake free dessert shot. Making all these little simple steps to improve will really surprise you.


  • Social media matters! The day you set up your blog, set up an Insta/Facebook/twitter account for it too. Even if you’ve nothing on the blog yet. Around 60% of my views come from my Instagram – which is understandable considering how much of my life I spend on there! Social media will bring the majority of your readers. weather you get 10 hits a day or 1,000 most of them will come from one of those three sites, depending on where you put the most effort.


  • And finally, this one comes from a pro blogger friend of mine Clare over from Maybush studio, when I asked her (11 years of bloggers) knowledge on the matter, she told me simply “Pick a name for your blog that is versatile. Initially I picked a blog name that was about my location, but then we kept moving so I had to change it 3 times! I only settled on my current name 4 years ago. I’ve also changed what I blog about a lot in a decade so I’m glad I now have a url that is flexible!” Fantastic advice!

Although, on that note I should probably give an explanation on mine…. I would if I could, I just remember thinking it sounded right, I liked it. And now, its been with me so long – baring in mind I ran the shop under the same name for 18months prior- I just cant change it. Literally. I’ve tried, but nothing seems right, this is just the name of my space forever now.

So, on that note. I’m going to congratulate myself for being on here for the past two years, be grateful that -for some unknown reason- I actually have visitors who come to read my ramblings, which in itself gives me the confidence to carry on. And I’m going to go plan my projects for next weeks.


Thanks for a great two years!


The little woman pretends.

Tweed wallpaper – A quick and easy makeover.

Late last year if you can remember that far back, I started to spruce up the dining side of the kitchen, Everything came along lovely…


But… I made a rookie mistake. The lines of the lining paper above the new pannelling really bugged me, so before I gave it a fresh lick of paint, I filled in those lines with builders caulk. Please, I beg, if you’re thinking of doing this…. DONT! It filled in the lines alright, but it left patches going all the way down, each and every piece. I tried sanding it back, re-painting, re-paint again (x3) and no matter what I did, those patches just kept seeping on through.


I left it, trying to ignore it. But it just became this irritating thing that I noticed every day. Because of the wall colour, it looked like the walls had been plastered and just left bare.


So, I set about finding something to cover it. The grey was okay, but ideally I wanted something a little less plain, Something homely and cosy but still quite modern. I found the most gorgeous wallpaper In the form of this textured tweed paper from inspired wallpapers. I knew instantly it was ‘the one’, which is a real achievement for me, I once spent 12 whole months trying to find the perfect wallpaper for the living room… and I didn’t even really like the one I ended up choosing that much.

It actually looks and feels like a tweed fabric. It was clean and simple but still so gorgeously fancy. Ordering was as simple as any avid online shopper knows it to be, and Inspired wallpaper have a cool little “how much will I need” calculator on their site. Though I already knew how much I needed, so I didn’t really need to use it.


After waiting the whole of two days for delivery (Yes it really was that quick!) I could get started on getting it up. Really, I didn’t have to strip off the original lining paper, it was only thin, but I didn’t want one single flaw underneath the new stuff, so I got it all stripped off –  and it didn’t take too long really- using the steamer/scraper method.


Once, all that old paper was off (have you seen those gorgeous brown walls?! Ha) It was time to pop up the new stuff. I have to admit here, my height is really an issue when it comes to putting up wallpaper, I just get tangled in a a sticky wallpaper/paste mess. So obviously I just delegated this job to Sam.


All in all it took about 35 minutes to get that paper up and the best thing ever was that even though it was patterned, the tweed was so small and repetitive, it matched up so easily, every single time.


Once it was up, I left it to dry overnight before trimming off any excess and stepping back to admire the beauty of line free walls.


and then I could put all my pretty things back.


I replaced the photos in the large frames (which I actually picked up from the carboot a couple of years ago for £4 – bargain!) with some of my own photography of our Beacon fell trip earlier on in the month. And, I brought down the moose head from the office and placed him up in his new home. I like the “woodland” vibe its giving off but without being overly themed. I’m not big on themed rooms.


And so that was that!


Before and afters?


It really does make the world of difference, the texture can’t really be appreciated fully in photo form, but even though its very subtle, it really has made the room look so much more stylish.

I’ve STILL not completely finished with that area, I’m still trying to find an over the table light (Those Ikea ones, lovely and cheap as they were, only went up as a trial, I really don’t like how fussy it is having three lights over such a small table, or the fact that they JUST. WONT. HANG. STRAIGHT!) And I’ve still got to get some coving up to really give the walls that final finishing touch. Maybe then I’l be happy with it…. probably.


So what DIY jobs have you been getting on with this month?


The little woman pretends.

*Massive thank you to Inspired wallpaper for supplying me with the loveliest of paper for my makeover! You can find the Crown cotton tweed wallpaper I used here – I went for Soft grey, but they also have it in Hessian, Buttermilk, Stone and Duck egg.*

2016. The best of this year.

Ahh 2016.  it’s been a pretty crazy year. In normal life I’ve been trying to rear the children into being a less feral state, I’ve been jumping from health kick to ‘how much fried food can I eat in 24 hours’. And I’ve been trying to figure out what the hell I want to do when I’m a grown up. Turns out this year I grew up, I decided on a route. And for the most part of the year I’ve been working on it. hooray for decision making!

The blog world has been just as eventful, 2016 was the year of interiors over here on TLWP. The sewing machine has pretty much lay abandoned this year, instead replaced with a hammer, or miter-saw. This year I’ve swapped spending all of my money at the fabric shop, for spending it all at Savoy, and my home really does thank me for it. All in all, I’m leaving 2016 feeling energised, excited and so much more knowledgeable than I was when we started it. Here are some of my best bits.


I darn’t even guess how much sugar I’ve used this year! But you all know by now, I’m all about the desserts, this years top blog post pick  for food is, my most popular bake of the year the Raspberry & White chocolate loaf cake.




My obsession with home building started way back in April, Sam and I hatched a plan to build a floor to ceiling TV unit, practical, pretty, perfect! It took an entire week of my downstairs looking like a rabbit hutch- seriously, sawdust everywhere! But we did it. And I am so glad we plucked up the courage to give it a go. I don’t think I’ve had a month off building some sort of bespoke unit since. Full posts can be found here & here.


Family life:

2016 Was the year of the Home life project. 12 months, one post a month, detailing our weekend through photo’s. I started this project with absolutely no direction, next to no skill, and absolutely nothing to bring the the table. I’m ending this year proud as punch that I persevered, kept on practicing, upgraded my camera and discovered a passion. Clare has assured me 2017 will bring lots of great things for this awesome link, I can’t wait to see how this next year goes.



This year hasn’t been as crafty as 2015 was, however I have still spent some time on the sewing machine. One of my favourites of the year has been this adorable drawstring bag tutorial. It is honestly SO easy to make up and they are completely customisable! Mine switch between ballet bags and PE bags. cheap, cheerful and so cute!



I dont tend to discuss my real life all that much over here, I tend to prefer keeping it all about the ‘How to’s’ However every now and again, something amazing happens & I just HAVE to share. This year my top pick for the lifestyle post, has to be my birthday trip to London. It re-ignited my love for leaving the hometown, even if for a short while. I spent an incredible 72 hours in the capital, sleeping in luxury, eating the most delicious food, and of course finally getting to visit the Harry Potter tour! It truly was amazing.


All in all, 2016 has been pretty good to me,  here’s to another year!!

Tonight, I’ll be doing what we do every year, I’ll make up our traditional beef wellington (Jamie Olivers incred recipe here.) the girls will settle around 8pm, Sam and I will share a few glasses of fizz, and play a game – usually a themed monopoly- This year we have Game of thrones Monopoly. I’m way more excited than I should be about this. ha. We’ll probably watch a little TV (We started The good wife last night) we’ll toast in the new year and shuffle off to bed at five past midnight, like the little elderly souls we are. There’s no other way I’d rather end and start any year.

Happy new year!


The little woman pretends.