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Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel

Now everyone knows how much I love Laura Ashley as a brand and I’m also partial to  a luxury hotel mini break so when I got the chance to go and stay in the beautiful Laura Ashley hotel The Belsfield  I quite literally jumped at it! My husband had a week off work when the hotel had availability so we booked flights to Liverpool from Belfast and hired a car to drive to the gorgeous Lake District. The Belsfield is…

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Scottish tablet recipe

Scottish Tablet has a long history, first noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century. It’s a very sweet & sugary melt in the mouth type of sweet treat and is often served in Scotland after a meal with the tea & coffee. I made a huge batch of it the day before my daughter Rebecca’s  wedding to be served after the meal and it was a huge hit with all the guests. Growing…

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Pink & gold table

I’ve painted many items of furniture over the years and used lots of different types of paint. Originally when I started painting furniture I always used satinwood paint and then I went through a stage of using chalk paint for everything but found it seemed to mark easily on pieces of furniture that were being handled a lot. I prefer using it for smaller projects like mirrors and frames but mainly use satinwood for larger pieces of furniture. In saying…

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Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

Powerscourt Hotel is situated in the truly stunning Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow with the Sugar Loaf mountain providing a spectacular backdrop to this beautiful and imposing building.  Everything about this place is impressive and the minute you step through the front doors into the beautifully opulent foyer you get a sense of  luxury and relaxation with the large fireplaces, beautiful floral displays and seating areas with jazz music softly playing in the background. We had previously stayed in one…

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Harvey Norman Boucher Road Belfast

I was invited down to the beautiful Harvey Norman store on the Boucher Road in Belfast to meet their  lovely PR manager Jenny and have a look round all their collections. I had been previously for a look at their Voyage range of soft furnishings but didn’t have a lot of time to look around on that occasion so this was a real pleasure to spend time with Jenny and meet some other staff members whilst looking at all the…

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Sophie Allport Butterflies & Roses afternoon tea

When Sophie Allport very kindly sent me out a selection of their Rose & Butterfly china and asked me to style up a little afternoon tea party with it I was delighted as this beautiful china is right up my street with its dainty little rose and butterfly designs in my favourite pastel colours of  pink and blue.  The teacups are a perfect size and I love how the designs feature inside the cup too with a tiny little rosebud…

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Favourite toys and a little pink cradle

When I was around 4 years old my dad made me a beautiful little pale pink wooden  cradle and I loved it so much!  I have so many happy childhood memories of playing with it and was always sad that my mum had given it away. Our childhood home was a large period property,  an old Bank House with a large garden and my sister Joanna & I  had a little toy room between our bedrooms where we spent many…

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Lydia’s pretty florals

As my daughter Rebecca has previously blogged about my little grandson Joshua’s lovely nautical bedroom here  I thought I’d do a quick post about my granddaughter Lydia’s bedroom & wardrobe. Lydia features lots on my IG stories as she loves the camera and shouts cheeeeese as soon as someone takes their phone out whereas Joshua now objects to having his pic taken so he doesn’t feature as much! Rebecca loves Liberty florals and classic children’s fashion so Lydia’s wardrobe is very…

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Dualit / John Lewis Collaboration

When Dualit sent me out some of their fabulous products to try I was delighted as I’ve always considered their kettles & toasters to be the best around! They’re aesthetically pleasing and have great functionality  so they really are the ultimate standard you’d look for in your kitchen! First up is the Architect Kettle & 4 Slot Toaster. It has a beautiful sleek design and the toaster has the added feature of an interchangeable colour panel. The toaster is perfect…

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Dublin mini break

We are lucky enough to live just a couple of hours drive from Dublin so when hubby had a week off work recently we decided to drive down and stay overnight for a little mini break. We stayed in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road which is around 15 minutes walk from the city centre. One of my favourite things about Dublin are the stunning Georgian doors which feature prominently around the city. So imagine my delight when I stepped out of…

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