Keeping it interesting

We’ve all needed a little more self motivation at times, maybe to clean out the car, finally sort through that paper work pile or getting to the gym. Well It’s a challenge to keep on track with open learning study. Being at home while studying means there’s always something that could do with my time, more often than I’d like to admit, I give in.

I love to have routines and more importantly stimulating motivation. This month I received an A- for my first of 6 projects on my interior design diploma. It was the biggest confidence boost and keeps me determined to keep up the hard work!

Also I have recently been asked for some guidance and help on an incredible 18th century renovation on a house in Oxfordshire.
Having this project to work on along side my studies gives me something to get stuck into, belief in myself and vision that this is what I’m working toward. I want to follow my passion doing what I love and making a living out of it will be a dream.

I’m quite simply so excited. I’ve been given permission to blog about my involvement and so I thought I’d share this little gem:


It is the only surviving original fireplace left after previous owners allegedly threw the others out in a skip! This one is in one of the smaller two floor rooms and the current owners found it hidden behind a piece of plaster-board!

The building is 18th century and is listed. There are beams, stone, brick and fireplaces galore! I was excited to see the new lime plaster still drying.

I’ll keep sharing here and on facebook and twitter .. Stay tuned for updates! X


A fresh perspective on frilly, frumpy nets

Sometimes you stumble upon things that you wouldn’t expect. This is exactly why this blog is here – to log all of those lovely bits i would otherwise forget in a month or two..well here’s one i found earlier…

My husband treated me to lunch out in brill a few days ago. We love it there especially for picnics with the girls in the summer- the view is beautiful and the windmill and pretty village green gives it plenty of character.


After a delicious lunch at the pheasant we meandered through the streets on a little walk..

I couldn’t help noticing these beautiful window treatments. They were unique and so I knocked on the door to ask permission for a photo or two and to find out a bit about them. The owner was lovely and had seen them a few years before in London.

They are by designer Tord boontje and after looking for more about him I came across his website, he’s originally from the Netherlands and I think his style is a lovely fresh take on florals.

Good bye grandma’s frilly nets – here’s Tord, your 21st century successor!