Inspiring places: Battlesbridge Antiques and Craft Centre

Every week I write about a new inspiring place/website from an interior perspective.

This week I would encourage you to visit Battlesbridge Antiques and Craft Centre.
Battlesbridge-antiques and craft

I tend to go there every 2 months is search for unusual home accessories. The centre is spread across many buildings and spaces, and it forms a good size antiques’ village.


old bottles-antiques

You won’t leave disappointed. You can even pick up interesting garden ornaments there.


The centre is open 7 days a week, and has got few lovely cafes, so make a day of it.

Have you ever been there? Do you visit antiques centres in your area?



Bargain of century: round wooden kitchen table

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying today’s weather after yesterday’s downpour.

I forgot to share with your our ebay find.

Our kitchen is almost complete, but was missing a table. I envisaged having a round wooden extendable table to accommodate our friends and family.

We managed to secure a beautiful table on ebay for less than… Ready! For less than £30!!! And who says you can’t find real bargain if you really looking for it.

wooden kitchen table from ebay

I’m planning to paint the table’s legs and the chairs in one of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint colours. I’m currently considering Old white, Paris Grey and Paloma.

Have you upcycled furniture before? Have you used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint? Any advice you’d like to share?

Enjoy Bank holiday Monday!





Inspiring places: Butterfly Home at Debenhams

Last Sunday I went to my local Debenhams, and was impressed by a beautiful collection of home accessories designed by Matthew Williamson.

Debenhams collage

Butterfly Home is full of inspirations, and affordable (they’ve got a sale on).

Let me know what you think.

I’m going to be away for a week, so shall see you around Friday next week.




Images of accessories were taken from Debenhams’ website.


Cushion deal

Thanks to our friend Tomek, our great, contemporary sofa bed from John Lewis made it upstairs. I let the boys do the hard work of dragging it up the stairs.

The sofa looked a bit bare, so we went bargain hunting today, and got three stylish cushions in Dunelm Mill, which complete the look perfectly. The Cassette Tapes cushions were only £5.99 each, and the one in a middle was only £3.99.

I strongly believe one should never pay over £10 for a cushion.

Get on the floor


Have you ever needed to choose a new floor?! That was a difficult task and an expensive one as well. So far the most expensive purchased we have made.

We knew we wanted to go for a wooden floor in all four rooms, but little we knew that the choice of flooring is that vast. The choice was:

  • Real wood versus engineered wood
  • Type of wood: oak versus bamboo
  • Shade: dark, medium, light
  • Type of finish: oiled, lacquered or unfinished
  • Installation: tonque-and-groove versus click-lock planks
  • Not to mention thickness and width, underlay… and obviously COST

Would you feel overwhelmed? I was.

I’ve done some research (Check Which or Housetohome for more info), and we decided to approach our local flooring company, which was recommended by a neighbour – Country Flooring. We decided against approaching a standard DIY store as we required lots of advice and were hoping for a better deal (you are more likely to negotiate a price deal with a small business).

At the end we went for the Calista Oiled Engineered Wood flooring, which was fitted (yes, we had it installed) on Timermate Excel underlay with Oak Veneered Scotia and solid oak door bars and rad rose. The installers did our two bedrooms upstairs, which were painted and ready to go. They will do the remaining two reception rooms when we finish redecorating them (hopefully in the next 2-3 months).

Why we went for the engineered wood at the end? Price was a big factor in our decision (£37 per sq m instead of £45plus per sq m) as well as its resistance to changes caused by a room’s temperature.

Installation tip: make sure that you think through how you want to have it done. We had a bespoke unit, and initially we instructed the workmen to lay the floor around it, but it didn’t look good, so they need to fix it. Argh!