Nestled away in our small corner of the Yorkshire countryside, it's often easy to forget about the risks of air pollution.
With the colder weather on the horizon and few solid months of being in the country, my mind has turned to home improvements.
What makes your house a home? For me, it's the family dinner and the whole clan gathering around the kitchen table for a hearty home cooked meal. Food always has and always will bring all the boys to the yard. My boys anyway ;)
This is a bit tongue in cheek, I thought it would be funny to get my new steam mop out all glammed up before a night of cocktails with girlfriends and show it off! Pretty huh! Worth a sparkly LDB right ;)
It was my Dad, George's birthday on Friday so I wanted to arrange something a little bit special for the big man this weekend, and Gorgeous Cottages were just the company to call.
After a month of illness in this family, we finally all felt better and were in much need of a retreat, a break from the norm, not far from home to simply rest, relax and feel rejuvenated once more. The universe must have been listening, as the wonderful Gorgeous Cottages got in touch to see if we wanted to break in a luxury holiday home, The Coach House in Yorkshire.
My talented friend, artist and blogger Emma Kaufmann of Emma's Pet Portraits got in touch recently offering to add some much-needed bursts of colour to our living room and new home.
Moving house and designing our new home has meant many a trip to Habitat, Homebase, Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston and of course lots of antique furniture stores and raids of my mother's family heirlooms (thanks Mum).