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Paris trip after losing my Mum ?>

Paris trip after losing my Mum

I’ve been going to Paris regularly for the last 20 years but with my mum being so ill over the last 3 years I was afraid to book any holidays where I couldn’t just jump into the car and get back home quickly so holidays had been put on the back burner during that time of caring for my Mum.  Due to the complications of long term chemo my Mum’s kidneys failed 3 years ago and she became critically ill…

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Lemon cheesecake with raspberries & strawberries 🍓 ?>

Lemon cheesecake with raspberries & strawberries 🍓

 Strictly speaking this isn’t a cheesecake but it’s a super easy light dessert which is perfect for hot summer days and takes literally minutes to whip up. You can either just make it a lemon cheesecake with the recipe below – Base- 100g butter 250g crushed biscuits (I use lotus biscuits or ginger nuts as they go well with the lemon) Method- Melt butter and mix in the crushed biscuits then press mixture into base of round baking tin. Put…

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Royal Wedding afternoon tea at Galgorm ?>

Royal Wedding afternoon tea at Galgorm

When I was asked to supply vintage china and accessories  for a very special afternoon tea to celebrate the Royal Wedding at the beautiful Galgorm Resort & Spa I was delighted as I love all things Royal! I was a huge Diana fan back in the day and wrote to her on a number of occasions and was always very excited to receive a reply back from Kensington palace! I also sent cards & letters to William & Harry when…

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Guest post by Torie of Torie Jayne Design ?>

Guest post by Torie of Torie Jayne Design

Hello, I am Torie of Torie Jayne Design! As a fellow pastel lover, I am delighted to be Louise’s guest at The Vintage Room today. I just adore Louise’s gorgeous style and am always lusting over her beautiful Instagram feed and blog. So it is a real treat to be nestled in here amongst such pretties!  First up I am sharing with you my DIY Outdoor bar that I made using Ikea wooden crates and some outdoor decking. The outdoor…

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Mother’s Day ?>

Mother’s Day

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Agatha Christie I’m not one for sharing my personal life on here and usually  stick to recipes and interiors but thought I’d break the habit and share  a more personal post with you for Mother’s Day to tell you a little bit about myself…… I have one…

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Spring accessories for the home ?>

Spring accessories for the home

I always love picking up a few little bits and pieces for my home for Easter & Spring and this year has been no exception as there’s lots of pretty decorations and pastel china featuring in all the Spring /Summer interiors collections.  My favourites were in Dunelm and Matalan and I bought the mint  dinner plates from the Pure range in Dunelm and the duck egg striped cups & saucers from Matalan which will match beautifully for my Easter table….

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Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes ?>

Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes

My daughter bought me these gorgeous Peggy Porschen books for Christmas a few years ago and they are full of the loveliest cupcake & cake recipes.  I decided to try making the Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes this time and they certainly didn’t disappoint! Recipe is as follows – Cake mix – 200g unsalted butter 200g caster sugar pinch of salt seeds of one vanilla pod 4 medium eggs 200g self raising flour —————————— Frosting – 200g full fat cream cheese…

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Mini home makeover after Christmas ?>

Mini home makeover after Christmas

I absolutely love decorating my home for Christmas and if you follow me on FB or IG you will know that almost every corner of my home has some Christmas decor featuring! When you are working with companies for Christmas it all has to be done a bit in advance which means that the Christmas decorating has to start in November and by the time Christmas comes round I’m kind of itching to get the tree down and the house…

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Christmas table

My Christmas table decor is usually planned well in advance but as my mum is very ill I hadn’t given it much thought this year until the week before Christmas and it ended up being quite similar to last years table which you can see here.  Last year I used lots of holly picked from my friends garden and ivy from my own garden but this year I went to my local florist and bought lots of eucalyptus and some…

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Crafting projects – Indoor garlands ?>

Crafting projects – Indoor garlands

I’ve loved crafting since I was a child and used to drive my mum mad with all my projects and leaving trails of glitter, paper and ribbons everywhere. One of my earliest memories is sitting at the kitchen table in winter time making a Christmas card for my gran. It was made with white card with a little lamb cut out and stuck onto it and I remember covering the lamb with silver glitter and being so pleased with how…

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