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The Hallway Overhaul

One of the downsides of living in a victorian terrace is the long, narrow dark hall.  It was kind of manageable though until children arrived and then it gradually evolved into its recent state of trip hazard theme park with... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations 5 – living and playing

One of the biggest challenges facing us in our basement is the way we live versus the actual space available: it's essentially two bog standard adjoining rooms, perfect for a kitchen and dining room.  However, we like to cook, dine,... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations 3 – from cupboard of horrors to dream pantry

In my last blog post here, I told the story of how the crumbling, damp basement kitchen was replaced.  One of the problems we had with the old kitchen was that the Ikea pull-out larder cupboard no longer worked for... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations 2 – the main kitchen

In my last blog post, I talked about the preparation for our epic basement kitchen overhaul and here's the next chapter: Work started on demolition of the existing kitchen in the second week of March 2016: it was a bit... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations – introducing the kitchen renovation saga

There's never a good time to have a baby, and there's never a good time to knock down half your house and replace the kitchen either.  And it was almost exactly a year ago that I found myself pregnant at... Continue Reading →

The Mermaid’s Tale x 2

I posted a couple of weeks ago about my cunning plan to make low cost mermaid tails from a pair of fleecy Ikea throws for my two girls, aged 3 and 7 months.  The larger tail had gone, er, swimmingly... Continue Reading →

The Mermaid’s Tale (courtesy of Ikea)

I've got a three, nearly four year old called Clover and over the last few months she's been transitioning from Princess to Full Mermaid phase.  She wants to be a mermaid, she wants to see swim like one, be unable... Continue Reading →

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