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DIY Gold Leaf Planters

After Spending what felt like months improving the kerb appeal of the front of the house it’s time to start on the back. The dreaded area that is my back garden. Now I have always said that I would never share my back garden. To say it needs tending is rather an under statement. I mean I have dandelions and bare patches of earth where there should be a lawn. I have more dandelions a plenty coming up through the patio. Three outhouses and a lean to that are falling down. And a back door hanging off! So rather than feeling overwhelmed I have broken the garden down into areas and with a make do and mend attitude I am making a start. And to add a bit of RFW magic I’m adding some DIY Gold Leaf Planters. Continue Reading…

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How To Make A Cheap Easy DIY Garden Bench

How To Make A Cheap Easy DIY Garden Bench

My garden as you know, needs tending. And that’s an understatement! Having spent almost 10 weeks working on the front of the house at the start of lockdown it’s time to tackle the inevitable that is our back garden. It can no longer be ignored. But with such a dump to transform at first I didn’t know where to start. I was overwhelmed. And so I started with the smallest area there was. A tiny patio area by the outside tap. With a plan in my head to re create a street cafe vibe in Naples. Ever on a budget and with garden furniture being rarer that rocking horse sh*t I decided it needed a pair of benches. I mean how hard can it be to make them? Turns out it’s relatively easy, so here’s an easy DIY on how to make a cheap but stylish Garden Bench. Continue Reading…

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Victorian Walled Garden Makeover Plans

Garden Makeover Plans

Once upon a time, long long ago I vowed never to share my garden on here or Instagram. Somewhere half way between council tip and car breakers yard it is the bane of my life along with being a constant embarrassment. And believe me it takes a special skill to create this amount of havoc. When the boys were tiny I kept it ticking over. And then somehow it just stopped being used apart from the odd BBQ. Then the dreaded car phase started. They all want a classic and to do them up. Only they didn’t want to tidy up. So I closed the back door only stepping foot into the garden when absolutely necessary, trying to avoid looking left or right at the ever increasing ‘Stig Of The Dump’ vibe.  So now I’m putting my brave pants on. Here are my makeover plans for our Victorian walled garden. Continue Reading…


National Home Improvement Month with Schneider Electric

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This post is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Well what a year we’ve had so far though it seems that many of us are using the extra time on our hands and putting it to good use. Millions of us are getting to grips with DIYs and making home improvements. Our homes are working harder than ever for us and it seems we are doing the same for them in return. In fact a detailed report in the Property Reporter says at least one in ten of us has cracked on with a DIY job or two in the last few months. So much so that DIY stores are bucking the trend and thankfully business is booming. So to celebrate us as nation of DIYer’s this September is National Home Improvement Month and I’ll be working with Schneider Electric on a few home improvements of my own. Continue Reading…


Find Your Style With Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

This post is sponsored by Schneider Electric.  Are you fed up of looking at your light switches and sockets? Perhaps you forget to update them when you last decorated? Or maybe you’re thinking of redecorating right now. Have you remembered to include upgrading your sockets too? After all, nothing lets a room down more than white sockets and switches! From a design perspective it’s a huge no no. Unless of course you’re planning a monochrome scheme and then, well, all’s fair in love and war. The thing is though that sometimes it’s hard to visualise just how a socket or switch is going to look with your decor and that’s where ‘Find Your Style’ from Schneider Electric comes in.


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