Black wood decking

May 11th 2016
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Absence… makes the heart grow fonder? Well in my case it just makes me realise I’ve been away from here for far too long. I’ve started a couple of posts, but just not had the right words to fully explain my absence. Sadly I still don’t but I have been working on it… promise.

For now, I hope this little start will suffice, as a nod to say I’m slowly coming back. I’m aware any followers I did have will have more than probably scarpered. Honestly I don’t blame you although I’d love to win you over and have you back. An explanation is on it’s way and I’m getting excited to share a few plans and posts with you that I just didn’t get to last year and a few new exciting projects that I’ve been involved with this year.

For now though I just want to share a little garden progress with you.

We have a ridiculously long and awkward garden which over the last 8 years has become unrecognisable to the previous owners vision. I will post an image or two another time to show you what I mean. It was just grass and flower borders all the way down with a greenhouse, used as a place to keep ourselves warm rather than grow anything. We dug up almost every plant/flower, laid grass to the edge of the hedges, laid flags and decking and covered the huge veg patch and created 4 raised beds instead. The decking accounts for about a third of the garden and wasn’t laid quite as close together as I’d’ve liked but it does a job. The idea was to make a relatively hassle free garden but it’s surprising just how much work it takes to maintain! With all the rain and snow this past year it’s just gone green and slimy.


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TTT blog_deck 05 The little man playing whilst we worked on the decking
TTT blog_deck 06 He thought it was fun letting a bucket of water fall down the slide
TTT blog_deck 03Loving his new jimjams from the awesome The Bright Company
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After quite a lot of work last year, in weeding and adding wood chip to the borders and my little piece of cheating heaven, hiring a gardener, we’ve actually been able to tackle some of the more cosmetic stuff this spring. We bought a Cuprinol charcoal deck stain last year and after purchasing a new amazing powerwash (more on that in another post) we whizzed through cleaning all the green off the deck and used a special liquid to properly clean the section of decking we were trying it on. The Mr started the job using the brush provided and then I joined in by using a hand brush to stain the areas inside the gaps. The tub said to use two coats… we have only done the one because we didn’t want it solid in colour. I like that we can still see the grain of the wood.

I absolutely love the way it’s turned out and I’m itching to do it on some of the upper parts of the decking.

What do you think? Do you prefer it wood or charcoal? Do you have any black decking in your garden?



Giveaway | Style Me Vintage Home

April 3rd 2015
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Our home | Lucas’ Bedroom

March 31st 2015
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We have recently been updating my boys bedroom. He’s outgrown a few of the elements and has become a little more involved of late as to what HE wants in HIS bedroom, only fair I guess and it had to come sooner or later! Thankfully he still trusts me enough to give him selections to choose from. He has his own mind but as long as he has certain input he’s happy.

You can see his room before here and here. He went from a cot bed straight into the Ikea Kura cabin bed. It worked brilliantly for him and us but as he’s got older he was getting a little sick of not being able to get out of bed easily. We used to read with him underneath the cabin bed but as we are getting *ahem cough… older… we weren’t finding it so comfy under there any more and then climbing into our bed to read before bedtime became the habit. Then he’d be all cosy in our bed and want to stay there. He’s now almost 8 and getting too heavy to carry him to a cabin bed after he’s alseep. We had a long talk one evening and he tried to explain what he liked about falling asleep in our room. Turns out he didn’t like that when he was led down he couldn’t see much of his room. He also liked being able to see the fairy lights on our fireplace.

I had a good look around different places for a bed but we ended up at Ikea so Lucas could have a wee try to see if he liked the low beds first. We chose the Ikea Flaxa bed and we also bought a new thick mattress. It’s not the best quality construction but it’s suitable for a 7 year old who will probably want a double bed at some point soon! We recently gave the floor a new lick of paint to freshen it up and painted the walls again. We are aiming for a fun but slightly more grown up room. Ikea’s Stuva collection for children is just brilliant so we exchange his pax wardrobe {which he’d had from being a baby in a teeny tiny bedroom in our old house} and his malm drawers {also from being a baby} Feels more coherent and he seems to have far more storage.

Still loving me some vintage, his double desk was getting a little on the low side. Before we got that desk I’d already bought a single one from one of my favourite antique shops. We’d stashed it in the attic until he outgrew the double one. It felt a little too tall when we got it down so I had my wonderful husband saw about 9cm off the bottom of each of the legs. It’s now the perfect height and sits well with his chair

I think all in all we’ve done a fine job between us all. We never really had a ‘baby’ room so it’s been pretty straightforward making the changes.


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Made Unboxed | Home of the Month

December 24th 2014
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So chuffed I won house of the month from Made Unboxed! A newsletter was sent on Sunday with a little interview and a couple of images from my home at Christmas.

I’ve just started uploading to Made Unboxed, which is a spin off idea from Basically if you buy any of their pieces you can upload a photo, or few, showing the item/s in your home. I love and only wish I had a mansion so I could buy more stuff!

If you want to see future homes that win home of the month be sure to sign up to their newsletter. If you want to see more photos of my home you can see those here. Why not upload some of your photos and join the wonderfully talented folk already there sharing their real homes.

All I need to figure out now is what to buy with my winning voucher? Any suggestions?

What are your favourite pieces at



Merry Christmas everyone x


Xmas at home

December 14th 2014
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Only 10 days to go! Yay Christmas will be here before we know it.

I don’t know about anyone else but this year has flown so fast and I’ll be pretty glad to wave bye bye to the studio for a good couple of weeks and put my tired old feet up!

Today has been a day for wrapping presents and cooking New Years eve fodder for our friends. We are going away between Christmas and New Year for a little break to Edinburgh. Christmas is a time for good cheer but also usually involves being asked to lots of get togethers. That’s really nice and all but we only get 8 days off and we want to spend a lot of it just the three of us. We are all different and we make sure we send time with family and friends but time to do ‘our’ thing is so important to us right now. We’ll spend Christmas day with family and News Year Eve with friends.

We’re all dec’d up and ready to go.I always have big ideas about crafting projects and what not for this time of year but the truth is that the studio in December is just about the busiest we can be. Out come the same decs with a couple of new additions. No theme for me… that generally means having to think too much ha! Plenty of twinkly lights and colourful decs on the tree are enough for us for now.

How do you spend the holidays and do you have a Christmas decoration theme or is it just random like mine?

Happy Holidays x



Social approriate Love

December 9th 2014
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I’ve been very honoured last week to have a photo of my home featured on‘s Facebook page and Instagram. I’ve also had Mahabis, who make the best slippers, repost on Instagram and then I’ve just had a notification that vsco grid have chosen one of my images for their own feed of favourites. You can see it if you click the link below.

Totally blown away by all the social media love of late.

Thank you all you wonderful folk for wanting to share my images, you don’t know what it means.





Anniversary photos

November 6th 2014
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I have the photographs now, from the lovely and talented Anna Hardy, of our 10 year wedding anniversary mini festival celebrations.

I’m so excited to share them with you. It was a fantastic day and one we will never forget.

Here are just a few of the images but I will share more when I have gone through them. I wish you could have all been there.



October 23rd 2014
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I made pinwheels for the tree to make it look pretty
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As promised a few images of the yurt the day after the party. At this point we’d taken everything down as they were collecting it on the Monday and we had packing to do on that day so with the help of plenty of friends who stayed over after the party it was a much more efficient clean up. I really meant to get lots of images before with the little touches of decoration we had made but you can see some of that when I finally get to sort through Anna’s photos. I’ll try to post them next week.

10 years | Prep

October 21st 2014
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Bunting I made with a little help from my friends
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I’ve been dying to share our anniversary images taken by the amazingly lovely Anna Hardy. We seen copies of them on her site but have been waiting for them to arrive by post. She’s been a little busy giving birth to a beautiful baby boy so we have been waiting for their arrival very patiently, anyone who knows me, will know how difficult that is!

In the meantime I though I’d share some of the prep and after party photos I managed to take. I’m sooooo glad I asked Anna along as the day just flew by and I only managed a handful of snaps. I kept putting my phone down and my camera and forgetting where I’d put them… doh!

We decided 10 years was reason for a biggish celebration. In the short 12 years we have been together we have dealt with a lot. Many things that could have broken our relationship but didn’t so we wanted to share our special day with all of our close friends and family and boy was it a day to remember!READ MORE

Our bedroom

June 23rd 2014
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