The Ideal Home Show

Goodness what an incredibly fruitful day I had at the Ideal Home Show. Invited to a ‘Bloggers Meet Up’ in the Press Office first thing… ‘Pardon?’ I hear you ask…This turned out to be a delicious breakfast buffet, where we were able to sample lots of the gourmet food goodies being exhibited at the show. […]

The Devil is in the Detail

Updating and renovating a home is a subject close to my heart… Doug and I are not ‘serial renovators’, we are far too boring and domesticated for that, but we are real home lovers. We buy homes that we genuinely want to live in and we, very slowly, do them up and make them, as […]


Back to DIY and Ronseal, we really have just about finished our house and we really are working on the garden now, which I find an absolute joy…it is so much less stressful and so much more fun than doing up a house – you don’t have to live in it for a start. Our […]

Gabrielle Blackman home

Thrilled to have a guest blogger today – I honestly think this is a first for me! A very warm welcome to Annie Kruse… Hi this is Annie from Stylejuicer and I’m delighted to write a guest post for the lovely Alison on her fabulous blog. This is the home of Gabrielle Blackman, UK TV […]

Deidre Iris Young – DIY

DIY can be a source of tension in couples…unless you have a partner to whom you just mention a wee job to, and before you can turn round and say ‘where’s the electric screwdriver’, it’s done, or a lot of money and you can just employ people who are like that, there is usually quite […]

Hall – before and after

The hall has got to be one of the most frustrating parts of the house – it is the first thing everyone sees, so really important, but, if you have any sense, it has to be the last place you decorate – decorate the hall first and it is instantly trashed when you start on […]