Category Archives: INNIT, THOUGH

Every now and again, I treat myself to a vintage hanger, seeking out those that are printed with interesting advertising slogans or the names of hotels, laundry services or holiday resorts. They’re cheap to buy at flea markets and look … …keep reading

At this time of year, the front of our cottage is a-buzz with honey bees, while the rooms upstairs are filled with sweet scent. It’s all thanks to a beautiful rambling rose called ‘Bobbie James’, which is in full bloom … …keep reading

It’s a funny old thing really. The two interiors books I’ve written and styled to date (Design Bloggers at Home and Chic Boutiquers at Home) – keep popping up online – used as props in their own right all around … …keep reading

This huge slate slab is part of a chunky Georgian kitchen worktop in Castle Green House, Cardigan Castle. Hundreds of years of chopping, slicing and food prepping have left thousands of tiny knife marks in the surface, giving it a … …keep reading

SO, we’ve finally moved. Our new home is an Edwardian farm workers’ cottage, which needs a lot of work. All we’ve done so far is paint the walls white, fit some essential peg rails and sand all the floorboards, which … …keep reading

It’s definitely cold enough in our house now to start lighting fires in the evenings. To get our logs roaring, I make these easy firelighters every autumn using pine cones, cheap tea lights (such as GLIMMA, £1.75 for 100 from IKEA) … …keep reading

Just spotted a quirky little feature I did in the new issue of The Simple Things magazine, about a very beautiful vintage garden ‘lav’, filled with rustic accessories. Is ‘toilet envy’ a (simple) thing? It is now…!

Talented ceramicist Brenda Bates, of Welbeck Tiles, has opened a beautiful new seaside café in Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall. The ‘Rock Pool‘ – which is perched on a cliff above a natural rock pool – is filled with her impressive … …keep reading

Skipping through the verdant Surrey woodland recently, we gathered fresh wild garlic leaves. I picked happily, the husband, less so. He was: ‘very concerned about the possibility of dog wee’ and ‘suspicious’ that we were: ‘actually picking poisonous-and-very-similar-looking Lily of … …keep reading

The interview does not begin well. My iPhone battery is low, so I use my landline, usually strictly reserved for friends and family. When I call her, she doesn’t pick up, but calls me straight back, just as I am … …keep reading