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  • Ebay buying

    One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is browse Ebay for hidden gems for the home. There is such a huge and diverse range of products to be found, it's easy to lose hours just looking. My latest big purchase came early this year, once the Christmas decorations had come down, and I was faced with a huge gaping tree-sized hole in my living room. It still felt bare after a few months, and just made me feel sad that it wasn't Christmas anymore, so I decided I needed something to fill the hole. The space...

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  • Easy-peasy photo wall

    Photo walls are a really great way to add interest and colour to a blank wall space. The problem is you will need to take out a small loan to buy all of the frames you will need (for photo walls, in my opinion, more is definitely more). The alternative of course (the one we all secretly want to do) being that you source your frames from flea markets or vintage fairs or skips. This will definitely save you money, but will take you a few years to find the amount you need, by which time you will have forgotten...

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  • It's a wrap!

    Although it's still some 53 days to go until Christmas and most of us haven't given a seconds thought to buying presents yet, I strongly believe that it is never too early to begin thinking about your wrapping theme. I adore Christmas and everything it involves; cooking, buying presents, making quizzes and games, making decorations... the list is endless. Pretty close to the top of the list however, is wrapping.  Every year I give a LOT of thought into how I present my presents. One year I made up a gift box for each person. Along with the presents, I...

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  • The Pig - Review

    This weekend my boyfriend and I went to stay at The Pig in The New Forest. Having booked back in February and been told that I’d taken the last available room in July - apparently they are now fully booked every weekend until February 2013 - I had high expectations.   The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful. Standing proud at the end of a beautiful driveway surrounded by lush greenery and forestland, first impressions were good, even in the torrential rain, that wouldn’t stop – the whole weekend.   We had booked a ‘Comfy’ room at £175 a night (not...

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  • Our blooming great new stockist

    I am pleased to announce that we have a wonderful smelling, pretty new stockist... The Bloom Bar! The Bloom Bar is a gorgeous florist in South Woodford with the best selection of flowers we've seen for a while. With a kaleidoscope of colours and flowers ranging from traditional roses and tulips to more unusual blooms, there are flowers to suit all tastes. They also sell a selection of vases and candle-holders and now some of our beautiful handmade cards. The Bloom Bar separates itself from other florists not just with its stunning flowers, but with its trendy interior and laid...

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  • Miracle Conditioner!

    Like many women, I am on an endless quest to find the 'miracle' beauty products. Moisturisers that make my skin luminous, body scrubs that make it as smooth as paper, and hair products that give me effortlessly shiny and softly wavy beach locks. For me, the latter being the most important as I am a firm believer of 'the hair makes the girl'. However, I have fine hair. By that I don't mean 'MAN, that girl's hair is FIIIINNNEEEEEE!!!!', I mean 'Flipping hell, my hair is so annoyingly fine, every time I enter centrally heated rooms I look like Sideshow...

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  • It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life and I'm feeling good. Da duh, da duh...

    So here’s a turn up for the books. The 1.5 mile walk to the tube station wasn’t quite as painful as usual this morning. That’s right, waking up at 6am and dragging myself (note the word ‘dragging’ this was still by no means an easy feat) out of my warm, snuggly bed was that tiny bit easier to bear, and do you know why? I’ll tell you for why Gav *in best Stacey voice*, because it was one of those beautiful spring mornings when the light streams through the windows and peeps under the blinds singing ‘waaakkkeee uppp Caroline it’s...

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  • Cowley Manor Review

    This weekend we travelled down to the Cotswolds to spend a few days at Cowley Manor for my boyfriends 30th birthday. The hotel itself is stunning, set in 55 acres of beautiful gardens with lakes and woodland and a gorgeous long patio that I imagine during the summer months is a heavenly place to relax with a drink. The main hotel houses (amongst other things) a lovely pool room - which I always think is a nice touch - a few lounges, the bar and the restaurant. Our room (room 6) was in an outbuilding and was split over three...

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  • New Door 77 Stockist!

    We are excited to announce that we have added another lovely shop to our list of stockists... drum-roll please... The Stationery* Boutique.   The Stationery Boutique is a beautiful small shop based in Bedfordshire, who specialize in gorgeous, you guessed it, stationery! All their cards, wrap, pens, invitations, writing paper and stationery are carefully selected from small British designers, ensuring you get something gorgeous not found in many other high street shops.    Check them out next time you are headed that way, and say hello to our cards while you're there!    www.stationery-boutique.co.uk   *If like me you have...

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  • Biscuits are for life not just for Valentines Day

    This Valentines day we treated our very lucky boyfriends with a load of handmade heart shaped biscuits. We did this for three reasons, 1) we didn't want to buy them anything 2) we fancied some biscuits and 3) I bought some heart shaped pastry cutters at the weekend and wanted to try them out. This is a great thing to do because it looks really thoughtful and like you've put LOADS of effort in, when in fact biscuits are one of the easiest things to make. This is also a very versatile gift as its totally adaptable to the occasion;...

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