Missing by miles or millimetres

Jul 24, 2018
Subtle is not a word that would be applied to me or my home. There is no artful blending of muted pastels or subdued tones. My home is full of bold, bright contrasting colours. The reason for this is ...

On making do, being mean and being happy

Mar 31, 2018
I sometimes wonder how my house would look if I’d had unlimited money and access to top designers and latest products. Probably very good. I also wonder if I would have got quite so much happine...

Cheap and easy. Worthwhile and difficult.

Nov 18, 2017
My¬† father believed that if you had to suffer for things, they were more worthwhile. He had a carving made which is Greek (to me) but apparently it says that ‘the most difficult things in life,...

In, out and beside

Oct 8, 2017
I am fascinated by the connections, metaphors and paralells between ourselves and our homes. Inside Out & Outside In is indeed dedicated to this fascination, and sometimes I get so carried away th...

Shelves and shelving it

Jul 9, 2017
I love shelves and I have a lot of them in my home. Of course a home needs bookshelves and I love shelves that house books and other things on them like this:     In the kitchen, shelves are...

Pleasures for the eye and heart

Jun 4, 2017
I put quite some time into creating pleasures for myself. I love little delightful surprises and it pleases me quite disproportionately to see beauty, quirkyness, unusual combinations – all mann...

A heartwarming story

Mar 1, 2017
We don’t always know what divides and separates families. We don’t always know how different family members can land up in different places, sometimes unaware of their family of origin, so...

Grudges and a little glee

Nov 12, 2016
For quite a while now a section of my sitting room wall has been getting ever browner and more bubbly. It is the precise section behind which is my shower. And for quite a while now I have been splash...

Changing colour

Oct 23, 2016
I was going to write a post about how quick it is to break down and how slow it is to clean up and restore. This in relation to fixing some damp and cracks in my walls. It really took a very short spa...

On accommodating the new

Aug 10, 2016
Ok, this is a really obvious connection between home and self, but I’m going to do a post on it anyway!   My daughter bought a coffee table on a whim, and found that it took up most of her ...