As much as we love our home, we love to travel, too. We like to seek out the unusual and we take inspiration from wherever we go. Following design blogs is not something which preoccupies us. We don’t want our home to follow the latest trends. That doesn’t mean we’re not influenced by what we see around us – we just know what we like, and if it’s not bang on trend, so what? It’s our home and we’ll do with it, what makes us smile.

Since starting this major renovation, we’ve become more creative, not only in what we do, but how we do things. We don’t have a bottomless pot of money – far from it. We still work full time – but luckily, as website designers, we can do this from the comfort of our home – and so we do need to be resourceful. Online trawling is one way we seek out new ideas, as well as recycling and upcycling what we already have.

Gone are the days when we’d throw something away, simply because it no longer suited. Becoming more conscious of waste and finances has made us think more creatively – and here, we’ll share what inspires us.

Latest Blogs…

Window Shelving

Window Shelving

One of the things that we've always meant to tackle, but never got around to it, as there always seem to be other jobs which take priority, is the levelling of a number of our window sills. Some are level, but some, including one in the living room, are still in their...

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Decoupage Doors

Decoupage Doors

Decoupage or découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts...

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Grey & White, with a Woodland Vibe

Grey & White, with a Woodland Vibe

We've never had so much space and shape to play with before, in any of the houses or flats we've lived in, and our stone house has proven itself to be a complete source of surprises. Each time we think we've finished somewhere, we see something else that could be...

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Open Plan Visioning

Open Plan Visioning

We've reached the stage in our renovation journey, where we've been thinking of the next stage. Our stone house is now renovated - or, at least renovated as far as we want to go. We could have a (modest) swimming pool built, but being realistic, we have weighed up how...

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The Living Room

The Living Room

The living room, when we bought our Istrian stone house, was dark and oppressive. Walls were plastered in places, painted in places and in other places, the stone work was exposed. Window frames and external shutters were a faded green colour. The pine floor boards...

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Fantastic Faux

Fantastic Faux

I love fresh flowers. For the third year running, we've seeded up a few areas of the garden with wild flowers, because we believe that one day soon, these seeds will become something more than spindly stems and limp hanging heads. I always think something like this...

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Souk Retail Therapy

Souk Retail Therapy

We made a bit of an unexpected purchase when we visited Morocco and to be honest, we were on pins when we returned home. The purchase was being sent to us, as it wasn't going to be easy to bring it back ourselves, and after the euphoria had worn off - it was something...

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Fifty Shades of Pink

Fifty Shades of Pink

Pink has never been my colour. I think I've always associated the colour with being "girly" and so have largely avoided it. But, I've been wrong, Oh, so very wrong. And now I'm letting pink into my life. The image above, sort of sums up why. From the palest baby pink...

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Roxanich Wine & Heritage Hotel

Roxanich Wine & Heritage Hotel

We're suckers for stylish interiors. The kind of interiors that we maybe wouldn't be quite bold enough to go for at home, but love experiencing. And if anywhere does stylish interiors, it's the new kid on the block in Istria - Roxanich Wine and Heritage Hotel. When we...

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Les Papiers

Les Papiers

Not long ago, who'd have thought you, or me, could have a piece of Jean Paul Gaultier in your own home? If you're a fan of the unconventional designer, you can now have a roll (or two or three) of wallpaper from his couture collection, Les Papiers. We saw, and fell in...

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Seaham Hall Hotel

Seaham Hall Hotel

We were very lucky to be invited to the party of a great friend, held at the astonishingly beautiful Seaham Hall, on the north east coast, where, in January 1815, Lord Byron married Anne Isabella Milbanke. This association for an ex-English teacher, is just literary...

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Malmö Central Station

Malmö Central Station

Interiors-wise, Malmö Central Station is about as beautiful as it gets. Designed by Swedish engineer and architect, Adolf Wilhelm Edelsvärd, it first opened in 1856, in what was then considered the outer edge of the city, but an area convenient to Copenhagen-bound...

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Hotel Basiliana, Matera, Basilicata

Hotel Basiliana, Matera, Basilicata

Hotel Basiliani in the ancient town of Matera, in Basilicata, in southern Italy, is a real modern jaw dropper, built into the rocks of the Sassi. I've been intrigued by Matera for a long time - as a child I was fascinated by these dwellings in the rocks that were...

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