I'm really fussy when it comes to choosing a holiday home, are you? I've written quite a few posts in the last year on this very topic, and another one has just hit the blog. This time though it's more about how to go about finding a property that's perfect for a big group special occasion. Here are my suggestions and tips after years of holidaying in the UK.
Blogger alert: If you want to know more about how to work with brands, make money blogging and generally be an all round blogging success, check out this guest post I've written for the Nicola Broughton-"the girl with the green sofa" - give it a read, then check out Nicola's fabulous home too!
Do you have an overlooked window or need to reduce glare from sunlight? If so then window film is the answer! I've just added this lovely MissPrint design, from The Window Film Company to my office window (which got too much sun) and it's a revelation!
Check out the post to find out more https://lovechicliving.co.uk/reduce-sunlight-glare-window-film/
#windowfilmcompany #windowfilm #review
What do you look for in a holiday cottage? If you want 'character' check out my guide on what to look for, and how to spot the good from the bad. With over 10 years experience of hunting down the best looking holiday homes, I think there are a few things here you won't have come across before.....
I love a well designed product that functions as it was meant to. If that product helps keep me healthy, even better! I've collaborated with Black+Blum and showcased a few of their beautiful products in my home as part of the #DesignforHealth campaign - and I'm loving their aesthetic and their practicality. Which is your favourite? Have you seen their charcoal stick water bottles?
Want to know what life's like as a full time blogger? In my new series, Behind the Scenes with Love Chic Living, I'm sharing exactly what I got up to in February, including how I made my money and a few 'issues' I ran into. I think you'll be surprised!
Happy Sunday! I've just launched a brand new giveaway on the blog giving you the chance to win an amazing set of home fragrances (think candles, sprays and reed diffusers) from Wax Lyrical in their Fired Earth range, all worth OVER £150!
It's a really easy one to enter, nothing complicated and I can't tell you how gorgeous this fragrance really is. Your home is going to smell divine!
There's no need to share this to enter, but if you want to it's a great way to spread the word, and I appreciate it immensely.
New post and giveaway alert! Hop over to the blog to see the latest giveaway in celebration of my 6 years of blogging (note, there's another one coming later this week too!).
It's a bit of a different one this time, and the lovely people at The Skirting Board Shop have given us £150 to spend at their store on any type of skirting board you might like. Absolute fabulous for anyone going through a renovation or extension.
So don't forget to share the love and let others know.
And go enter!
#win #giveaway #skirtingboard
Last month I wrote some tips for Npower on how to conceal boilers in your home, and am pleased to say that HomeStyle magazine has picked it up and put it on their website too! Quite a nice way to end the day
One of the things I like to be able to do is support small or startup businesses. This story really resonates with me, about the pressures on new mums and trying to do it all. Jennie from Rock and Roost really opens up about her experiences of starting her new business and the stresses of being a new mum.
I'm helping them in their bid to gain funding for the business.... take a read it's a positive story that I'm sure some of you can relate to.
Want to know the 5 things you must do to keep your landlord happy? Tips for rentals over on the blog - go take a read. And do check out Grillo Designs Blog who kindly let me use one of her photographs to illustrate just how you can put your stamp on your rented home.
Adding something unique, cute and fun to your home breathes life into the space and really makes it your own.
I've collaborated with Signomatic to create a new little piece of art for my office noticeboard.... and I love it! #ad #signomatic
Thinking about updating your floors this year? Well, how about using any of these 3 ideas for using wooden flooring? I've covered them on the blog and talked about how and where to use them.
Want to see what I got up to this month, and get a behind the scenes look at life as a full time interiors blogger? I've got a new series up on the blog, with a post each month discussing what I've been doing, where I've been, what homes bits I've been looking at, and the ups and downs of my blogging world.
If you've ever wondered what it's really like (and I guarantee it's not what you thought!) then take a read. I'm even discussing, wait for it, money and taxes!!
So, I'd love to know what you think. Would you like me to discuss a certain aspect of blogging? Would you like me to focus on areas of interiors with recommendations from my work throughout the month? I'm really open to ideas and happy to tailor the posts each month to answer questions, or provide more insight into different elements of my job.
Take your decorating seriously and learn how to reduce your waste whilst renovating. I've a few different ideas over on the blog today, and a great site I've been collaborating with. It's such a good idea you're going to want to know about it.
Get your boiler covered people. Whether that's in the decor sense or making sure it's insured. More in today's blog post so take a read for how to make your boiler disappear!
Finally. The full kitchen reveal is up on the blog. If you don't know I updated our old kitchen, taking out everything except the kitchen cupboards. It was a fraction of the cost of a brand new one, BUT it looks and feels brand new!
I've added the costs to the article, and the order of work in case anyone else fancies doing this to their kitchen.
I did paint the cupboard doors and some carcasses so if you'd like more on how I did this let me know and I'll pull together another post.
Interested in your thoughts on whether this approach is a good one or not. It still wasn't dirt cheap, but I'm sure you could do it cheaper than I did.
#kitchenmakeover #kitchenreveal #kitchenreno
If, like me, you don't have a spare bedroom for when guests come a-visiting, you need to be creative with sleepover solutions. (And I'm not talking about decorating the blow up mattress!).
I've put together some lovely sleep solutions with the help of Willow & Hall so check it out if you're looking to up your game with it comes to making your overnight guests more comfortable.
HINT: never again will your sofa bed be a) uncomfortable to sleep on and b) a nightmare to sit on!
It's a busy ole week for Love Chic Living because today I'm featured over on the Interflora - the flower experts blog talking about how to update your Scandi interior for 2018. (Hint: it doesn't have to be just grey and minimal!)
Really chuffed to have styled and written this piece for them, and really pleased with the end result. Do take a read!
It's a bit strange when you see your own home on someone else's website, but I'm thrilled to be on the Harvey Maria blog today where I took part in a little interview about interiors, my blog and THAT floor! Go check it out !
Over a decade ago, I hit the January sales and bought a brand new kitchen. It was the best saving I'd ever made and meant we could upgrade on certain aspects of the design, making our budget go further.
I've written a piece on the blog about the Magnet Kitchens Winter Sale, and some of my top picks from their collections. If you're in the market for a new kitchen, or kitchen makeover now is definitely the time to book yourself a design consultation.
Who loves the January Sales?
Happy New Year lovely people! I hope you had a great holiday break, and enjoyed some time with your loved ones.
I'm back on the blog now, and raring to go for 2018.
First up is a post I've written about loft or attic conversions (you may remember I did my own a few years ago) and this will be particularly useful to anyone who is researching the idea and wants to understand the costs involved.
I've been very candid and completely revealed the full cost of doing my own. There's even a little video Q&A with more info on living with a converted attic space.
I'd love to know your thoughts and whether this kind of post is useful to you.
So I'm signing off for a little while now (and I'm heading into 'Operation Gift Wrap') but before I go would like to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to sharing more homes and interiors loveliness with you in 2018.
Looking for some last minute Christmas gift ideas for that home loving friend or family member?
Don't forget to check out my gift guide for some inspiration.
So... my back door had a makeover! And it's really not as dull as you might think. Just take a look.
Doesn't it look fabulous! I even added a Christmas wreath.
With thanks to Residor and the The Nottingham Window Company Ltd for their hard work.
You can see the full before and after pics on the blog post, click on through to take a read.
So, it's almost time for the big kitchen reveal. If you saw my dining room video tour the other day, get ready for a kitchen version coming your way very soon. The last piece of the puzzle went into place last night, and I'm so excited to show it off.
But for now, here's another sneak peek as I show you the worktop I've used. I partnered up with Maxtop Quartz to install their modular quartz worktops and breakfast bar in the kitchen. It's definitely different, and it was definitely a bit of an experience.
You can find out exactly how it went, and what I think of this product in the post. (You can even see my kitchen in it's fully trashed state!)
#maxtop #maxtopquartz #review
Have you ever come across lighting sites where you can create your own light?
Well check out one of my latest posts for ideas on how to create something unique and bespoke, just for you!
(Particularly if you love an industrial vibe too0
The full dining room reveal is here AND I've done a video tour too so you can really get a feel for the space. Super happy with how this has turned out including the stunning floor, pink walls and cute little green loveseat.
Here's the final space, and then what it looked like before, click through to see more of the room, and the video of course!
Are we allowed to feel Christmassy yet? Since I pretty much finished all the DIY and decorating, and we have a big family party this Sunday, I’m starting to get that festive feeling. I’m definitely going to enjoy it more this year. Often it’s such a whirlwind of chores, shopping, illness and stress that I forget to have fun. But this year, I’m on it, I even have a new Christmas jumper 😉. So how about this cute wreath? I actually made it from scratch with help from The Indytute at the notonthehighstreet offices the other day. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and as it’s full of succulents I can use it all year round. Cool right? Anyone else feeling festive yet?
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After spending 5 days solidly painting the walls and kitchen cupboards (after being dumped by my painter) I’ve given myself the day off and am heading into London to make pretty Christmas decorations and actually speak to other humans. What a treat 😉. Here’s a corner of the room showcasing these gorgeous hexagonal tiles from @britishceramictile which I’ve reviewed in full on the blog. They took some getting on the walls but are totally worth it, don’t you think?
#britishceramictile #ihavethisthingwithtiles #marbletiles #walltiles #hexagontiles #hexagonaltiles #kitchenmakeover #lovechicliving #makeyousmilestyle #myinteriordecor
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Don't forget to check out my Christmas Gift Guide for ideas for presents this year.
How about some beautiful home fragrance for example from Wax Lyrical. I have to say, this scent is one my all time favourites!
I'm giving you a sneak peek into my kitchen makeover today with a showcase of these gorgeous hexagonal wall tiles from British Ceramic Tile. I've just had them fitted.... oh and did you see, they're a marble effect too! How many trends can you fit into one product??
Read the post to discover how to go about putting them up, and what to take into consideration.
Boom! The Love Chic Living Christmas Gift Guide for the Home Lover is live!
If you're looking for inspiration for a Christmas gift this year, and you know the recipient is a proud home lover then definitely dig into the guide. I've gifts starting at just over £12, and you know they're going to look stylish as well as be practical and useful for a family home.
Here are just a few of the pieces I've included this year - go check it out and tell me what you think.
Pinch punch. Happy December 1st! So, as you know from yesterday’s post, I’m knee deep in kitchen cupboard painting (it’s going well btw, and a thousand thanks to the person who is actually sending wine!), and so I’d planned this cool advent tree with these little bags I’d picked up at IKEA a while ago. But. I’d completely forgotten to go foraging for the twigs so at 10.30 last night I was out in the garden, with the torch, cutting these off my Magnolia tree. Took me another hour to arrange them and fill and hang the bags, but you know, that’s what we mum’s do 😉. Bloody hell, hope the wine arrives soon. I think I may have peaked! Ps. They have a supermarket choc calendar too in case this was a complete disaster. Hope you have a chocolate fuelled Advent 😘
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Over 4 years ago I did a lovely collaboration with Omlet - World Famous Pet Products and reviewed a very stylish Gerbil/Hamster cage called Qute. In the last week, our lovely little gerbil pair have died and we are very sad to see them go. The cage provided them with a wonderful habitat, where they were very happy and lived to be very old little pets indeed. If you're giving hamsters or gerbils as Christmas gifts, I highly recommend the Qute, it's still in fabulous condition 4 years later.
If we always use the same products and materials in our home, don't we risk boredom and too much similarity? I've written about some great new surface products on the blog from COMPAC The Surfaces Company if fancy a look. Here's a teaser.
Want to find out what this floor is, where it's from and what it's like to live with? Well here you go, the full review of Check by Neisha Crosland at Harvey Maria is now up on the blog.
Forget statement walls, it's all about the statement floor!
Happy Friday peeps! I’m off to the @vuelio awards in town tonight and looking forward to meeting and catching up with a few people. It’s a chance to get all dressed up, which I love, and to have a sneaky night away too. Might even get in a bit of Xmas shopping, you never know. Anyway, here’s a pop of yellow to brighten your day. This is the new @brabantia Bo Touch bin which I’ve just written about in full on the blog. I love it! Mine has two buckets, the second for recycling, so it’s uber practical as well as being incredibly stylish. Pretty neat huh?
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#makeyousmilestyle #livecolourfully #ekbbhome #sassyhomestyle
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Looking for a stylish and innovative way to store your rubbish?! (Never thought that's a sentence I'd write on here). Well I've been testing out the brand new Brabantia Bo Touch Bin - just so you don't have to - and I can confirm that it's a winner.
If you don't like yellow - and I know lots of people don't - there are some less vivid colours to choose from.
Another sneak peek of the dining room today with a shot I took yesterday. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite look like this right now as kitchen work is still ongoing and all the junk is piled high in here AGAIN. I’m fed up with it now. We’ve had to accommodate tradespeople and changing plans for the last few weeks, and whilst it should all have been finished tomorrow, it’s going to be at least another week. First world problems I know but I have a big family party to plan and cook for and no kitchen!! Argh. Tell me it will all be worth it in the end.
The sofa and floor are looking pretty amazing though right?? The full tour will be coming soon but there’s a review of this beautiful @darlingsofchelsea Loveseat up on the blog right now. And what about that @harveymaria floor? I know!!
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I've put a new sofa in my dining room (we like to hang out in here as well as eat here) and it's totally the business.
Say hello to the Charnwood Loveseat from Darlings of Chelsea!
Isn't she a beauty?!
You can read the full review on the blog right now.
Posters and wall art. They have to be one of my favourite accessories, and they’re so easy to use. This one in the corner is from the @juniqeartshop Art Advent Calendar last year which I framed and popped on this shelf in the living room. I can’t wait for this year’s calendar; JUNIQE’s art is quirky and different and just my style. If you fancy having a go at winning one for yourself, I’m running a giveaway all this week over on the blog. I’ve put the link in the bio. There are 24 posters in total, all a surprise and all from different artists. They make great gifts too 😉😉
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Woohoo, it's giveaway time! You know how much I love a good giveaway, and this one even has a Christmas theme. I've teamed up with JUNIQE to offer one of their amazing art ADVENT calendars, to one lucky winner.
These really are great, and I know first hand as I had one last year. 24 very cool art posters, all different, all stunning. Presented in a box, limited edition of just 1000.
Easy entry, just check out the blog post and follow the instructions.
Please share if you would like to (not necessary for entry) and let's have some giveaway fun!
#win #giveaway #juniqe
(Art images are illustrations from the JUNIQE site and not representative of posters in the advent calendar)
Here’s a sneak peek of my dining room taken a few weeks ago when it was still unfinished, but looking ok. Well today is the day that the floor finally goes down, and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to put it all together properly; we’ve a cute new loveseat sofa in here too. So more shots to come very soon. And a full reveal on the blog too, I promise.
Paint: @farrowandball Middleton Pink
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Do you invest in bespoke furniture? I think we often perceive it as too costly but in actual fact, if you find the right company or tradespeople, it’s well worth the investment. I wrote a whole post about this on the blog recently, and I’ve been thinking more and more about it, particularly as I’m having a fair bit of work done in the house right now. Part of me wishes I’d had more bespoke pieces made in the past, but I think I just didn’t have the right mindset. IKEA is fabulous, and I have plenty of it, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up and buy into bespoke, unique pieces made just for you. What do you think?
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Happy Friday! Looking forward to the weekend as it’s been a long week, but a highlight had to be my trip to meet @darlingsofchelsea at their Birmingham store to check out their sofas AND talk all things Pinterest. Not only do they have gorgeous sofas (how lush is this leather corner sofa) but they are the perfect client when it comes to Pinterest strategy. This is the part of my work that I love the most! What’s the best bit about yours?
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