Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣


Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!


I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio


#ad Coat & Boots from and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 

This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂


#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

Making our family home – our master bedroom

We have loved doing up our home over the past year. One of the major spaces we have changed is our master bedroom and obviously it is the space that not many people see. It looked completely different from when we moved in; vibrant pink and a 40 plus year old carpet. We have truly given it a makeover and some love.


When we moved in, it looked very pink and very dark. The wardrobes were a dark brown, the walls were almost blindingly pink and the carpet felt like cardboard. It was also disgusting, brown patches and must have been at least 40 years old.

master bedroom


We decided to give it a fresh coat of paint on the walls over the first weekend. It made such a difference. It’s amazing how a lick of white paint can make a room feel fresh and clean. We then painted the wardrobe doors with chalk paint, we went for grey as we love greys at the moment. It made the room feel so much brighter and again, cleaner.

grey wardrobe

Next was to replace that disgusting carpet. We chose these light grey, Tegola Elite luxury vinyl tiles from Carpetright. I was told by the allergy clinic to not have carpet in my bedroom as I am allergic to dust, so the luxury vinyl tile was a great idea. It is easy to keep clean, it feels warm on my feet and looks like real wood on the floor. I love it. It is really great in bathrooms and kitchens too, so many fabulous reasons why you should get LVT.


We bought a bed in the Black Friday sale, the ottoman style bed is really useful as you can hide lots of untidy items under the bed. Or the clean bedding and towels. It is really a great way to use the space. With a new bed we had to get a new mattress. We chose this Sleep Soul pocket spring mattress from Happy Beds and it comes with a Pillowtop too. It felt like we were sleeping in the sky when we first got it.

pillow top

The mattress is rated a medium to firm, but it feels like it moderates to your body weight. The Pillowtop makes it feel super comfortable, it might sound silly but it feels like you are lying on top of pillows – clues in the name I suppose. It comes vacuum packed, so it is easy to carry up to the bedroom and install. This mattress sucked up the air as soon as it was unwrapped and it took a couple of minutes to expand. It was amazing.


Finishing touches

I love this part. It’s where it all comes together. Shelves. Curtains. Decorations. It makes it all feel cosy and homely. We got the curtains in the Dunelm sale and the curtain tie backs. The bedding is also from Dunelm as it matches the curtains and colours throughout the house.


My favourite finishing touch has to be my new chair; the dusty blue velvet fabric chair from housecosy is just absolutely gorgeous. I have always wanted an occasional chair for the bedroom, we do not have a lot of space so I went for a dining style chair. I think it looks absolutely beautiful against the greys and ochre colours in our bedroom.


housecosy discount

housecosy are offering my readers a 10% discount on anything, if you use my code:


This code is only valid for 3 months at time of this post. Happy shopping!

dressing table

I love our bedroom, I think we have done a great job without breaking the bank. A combination of buying new items (in the sales) and a bit of grit and determination, it looks completely different. It is my little haven and it’s nice to go to sleep in a room that makes me feel happy. It must induce a good nights sleep – surely!

AD – I was gifted the flooring from Carpetright, chair from housecosy and the mattress from happy beds in exchange for my review. All opinions and photography are my own.


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  • Keeley Atkinson
    February 6, 2020

    Wow, such a huge difference. I love what you have done with it – especially the wardrobes!
    I also spy the cute chair that is in your latest instagram post with the handbag, so lovely <3

  • Sylvia Paul
    February 19, 2020

    I love this look, it is so simply but stylish. Our bedroom needs a serious makeover x

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