Monthly Archives:May 2017

  • NOW LET THERE BE HEAT! CALCULATING HEAT REQUIREMENTS AND RADIATOR SIZES

    How to Calculate Heat Requirements for your Home

    Somehow a whole fortnight has gone by since my last blog post! How has that happened? Well, I started off wanting to decorate my office (see my post on planning the home office here) and ended up signing up to get my house re-wired! There was so much to be done it made sense to do it all at once. So I’ve been trying to buy a house full of new light fittings, choose the location of every power point and light switch in my house, and had to pack up as  much of the house as possible to give the electricians space to work. That has kept me BUSY! And it’s let to a lot of interesting ‘features’ emerging in my home like this:

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  • GARDEN BLOGGER’S BLOOM DAY: MAY

    What’s blooming in May

    It’s time for the monthly round-up of what’s happening in the garden! It’s been a funny few weeks. The garden was all coming to life marvellously but the weather then took a turn for the cold, which damaged or killed quite a lot of emerging blooms. It happened immediately after I cut the lawn for the first time so I suspect the answer is to never cut the lawn again…The cold weather has also put me off getting out into the garden to be honest, so I still have a long to do list I haven’t got round to, including painting the fence, weeding, planting more veg, planting bulbs, pruning…. you get the idea.

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  • MY FIRST ROOM! PLANNING THE HOME OFFICE: THE BEFORE PICS

    Starting to DO

    So I’ve now been in my new home for 3 and a half months. I’ve spent a lot of time planning and researching, in particular getting to the bottom of the best approach to electrics and best approach to plumbing (posts on both are in progress if you’re looking for any advice on planning either!). I’ve also been gathering lots of inspiration – and if you want some too check out my Pinterest boards. I’ve collated over 1600 pins now, lots of which are DIY ideas for all areas of the home. And I’ve started a Feng Shui assessment to provide some more guidance on how to best harness the energies in the home. You can check out my introduction to Feng Shui , prior to my full assessment of Feng Shui applied to my home, following shortly. So it really is time to get stuck into some doing, and the room that’s first on the hit list is my home office. Continue Reading…

  • FENG SHUI: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT AND DOES IT WORK?

    Feng Shui and the Home

    Some of the tools of Feng Shui – a compass and a floor plan

    When I blogged about what influences my home style I mentioned that many years ago I qualified as a Feng Shui practitioner. Today I’m going to tell you a bit more about what Feng Shui is, and how it’s helpful to apply it to the home. There’s a little more to it than clearing the clutter and keeping the toilet seat down (though neither of those are bad things!)

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  • LET THERE BE LIGHT! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF LIGHTING!

    Lighting the Home

    Even though I’ve previously re-wired a home, I have never put a huge amount of thought into my lighting, other than picking central lights and a few lamps that appealed to me. The main thing I know about light is – I like it a lot! I really like being able to alter light levels to suit whatever I’m doing, whether crafting (lots of light required) watching a film (just a bit of mood lighting does the trick), or anything in-between. Now I’m living in a home with high ceilings, and I have a real opportunity to go for some statement pieces. But budget is of course a consideration, so I’m shopping with care. Here I’m sharing a few options I’ve been considering for the fixed lighting and asking – what would you go for?

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