Custom made floating shelves

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are staying out of the rain today. It’s one of these days that I feel like curling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and a book…Plus, I can admire our newly installed floating shelves.

alcove open bookshelves

S’s dad, with his incredible DIY skills, built them for us from scratch, and fixed them to the walls on both sides of the fireplace.

Alcove bookshelves-Victorian house-DIY

I would argue any Victorian living room requires open shelving in the alcoves. I think it looks classy and stylish.

The shelves need to be painted (we are keeping them white), and are ready to be stacked with books.

What do you think? Have you built shelves yourself?

Have a lovely weekend.




New kitchen window

Hi All,

Apologies for being silent, but the kitchen transformation has taken over my life. For the past two weeks, we’ve been trying to select a kitchen fitter, electrician, plumber, carpenter…Madness!

All jobs are interconnected. You can’t start plastering before you do the door; you can’t lay a floor before you do electrics and so on. Chain reaction!

S’s dad  was so kind to help us fit a new window as the old one was too low, and needed to be moved up. It happened last weekend, and it took two days. Thank you George!!!

kitchen window transformation

S’s idea was to purchase the window with a latch at the bottom allowing us to have a full view of our beautiful garden. Genius!

secretgardenhome  kitchen window

Please wish us luck with all the rest. Our kitchen is unsuable at the moment.

We are going away for a week (expect lots of Instagram pictures), and then we need to stay patient for another two weeks…Watch this space!

Hope the weather will improve wherever you are.



Extreme DIY Part 2

I haven’t written anything for over a week. That’s bad!

We’ve been super busy with the house, work (yawn!), and trying to overcome a seasonal flu (mine wasn’t too bad, but S was stricken down by the MANFLU…You know what I’m talking about).

To cut a long story short, our extreme DIY task in pictures. Father and son bonding over the wall:)))


The wall is on fire

And here it is. George’s creation in its own glory!


George is on fire

Do you remember the fireplace we managed to secure on ebay…George has been building a wooden surround for it. Gosh! He’s quick! I think he is a superman!

Thank you George.


Bespoke wardrobe

What would we do without George the Craftsman!

The wardrobe is being built, exactly how I envisaged it.


Love my feature wall

My beautiful, eye-catching Graham&Brown wallpaper is up thanks to George.

It looks amazing, doesn’t it!

We went for Ikea 365+ BRASA light, which complements the look.

Fireplace is being made and the chimney breast is colour tested (Pea pod silk emulsion from Crown).

Are you feeling excited as I am!!!