Stepping Back Onto Carpet with Cormar Highland Saxony

In my old house I craved all wooden floors; wooden floors were nice and modern, they looked the part and were easy to clean. By the time we sold the house we had wooden floors in every room bar the tiled kitchen; the only carpet in the house was on the stairs. Several years and a new home later and I am now seeking the comfort that only carpet can bring.

Wooden floors may look the part, but I much prefer to step out of bed onto a soft, comfortable carpet than onto a cold, wooden floor.

Cormar Highland Saxony carpet

We peeled the carpets back in our new home to reveal the original flooring, we could have restored this, and we did consider it, but instead we decided to cover it up with a luxury carpet. No longer do we step out of bed onto cold, hard flooring. We now step out of bed and allow our feet to sink into luxurious, cosy carpet.

Cormar Highland Saxony carpet

I had previously been naive in my thinking that I needed wooden floor as, assuming that you pick the right one, carpets too can look the part and be easy to clean. We opted for Cormar Highland Saxony carpet in chrome for our and Aria’s bedrooms. It’s a luxury heavyweight, stain resistant carpet in the most beautiful of colours. Not only does it look the part but it also feels the part, providing comfort, cosiness and warmth.

Cormar Highland Saxony carpetCormar Highland Saxony carpet

Being the owners of a toddler, two cats and a puppy we were hesitant about carpet, especially such a light carpet, but we needn’t worry as Cormar Highland Saxony carpet is stain resistant and easy clean.

Cormar Highland Saxony carpet

The carpet has definitely been a winner for us, Aria and Dobby like to sleep on it, roll on it and play on it, it has withstood a lot of puppy potty training related stains, and even the carpet fitter mentioned that it is one of his favourite carpets to work with.

*Disclosure – we received the carpet in exchange for an honest review*

Preventing ‘Duff Duff’ Moments in Our New Home

If soap operas are anything to go by life is full of ‘duff duff’ moments, and so we need to protect our new home from these moments. Now, thankfully we aren’t living in Eastenders as that is the most dangerous soap to live in; with only 2.4 incidents per year per one hundred people I really am hoping that our new neighbourhood is more like the Welsh equivalent, Pobol y Cwm.

What really surprises me is that when compared to real-life regions, soaps aren’t as risky as you might think. Comparing the soaps with their real-life local areas and the number of fires and break-ins over the past ten years*, only EastEnders and Hollyoaks came out as being riskier places to live. Albert Square had nearly three times as many fires or break-ins per year than Greater London and Hollyoaks had nearly twice as many as Chester and its surrounding areas. But four of the soap locations – those featured in Coronation Street, River City, Pobol y Cwm and The Archers – came out as being less risky than the real life surrounding areas.

As a result of this research the lovely folk over at ADT are attempting to keep the drama on screen only with this fab list of hints and tips for keeping your home drama free :

1. Think about who you give your keys to, and make a note of who’s got them.
Make sure to only give your keys to trusted friends, family or neighbours
– not every Dot, Nick and Charlie

2. Bought a new home? Or just want to make your existing one more secure?
Invest in a new smart monitored alarm system to go with it. Just make sure
your alarm of choice isn’t a peacock – it might work for The Bull pub in The
Archers but historically Indian peafowl aren’t as reliable as an ADT bellbox

3. Test your smoke alarms weekly. Sounds like a lot, but it’s important to know
they’re still up to task, and we bet Kerry wishes she had one that worked well
after drunkenly setting fire to Dale View in 2013 before falling asleep…

4. Without wanting to teach Pauline Fowler how to suck eggs – do make sure
you’ve locked all of your doors and windows. The Beale-cum- Fowler-cum-
Beale residence is about as easy to get into as Pauline’s bad books, mostly
because the back gate is unfailingly unlocked!

5. We reckon Pobol y Cwm’s Dai might have recovered his valuable brown
envelope (containing £5,000) if he’d marked it with a security pen. Simple,
and he’d have saved himself time and money in the long run.

6. Installing a flood detection system can help to minimise damage and
impact of floods on your property. Bet poor Christine Barford wished she’d
invested in the technology ahead of the flooding in The Archers in 2015.

7. Check out your local crime figures with ADT’s Crime In My Area online tool.
You can find out just how at risk you are from burglaries and break-ins –
although we’re not sure anyone would want to move to Hollyoaks after using

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House Tour – Our Forever Home

As I’m sure you are well aware we’ve recently moved home, we have moved into our family home, our forever home (well, assuming we don’t come into loads of money!). While the interior of the house is far from perfect, the house is perfect for us. It is going to take us a long time to get the house exactly where we want it, but we are already settled and very happy here. We have a lot to do (starting with new windows in a few weeks) and are currently living in a tip. I did consider putting off the house tour until we had it at least looking a little tidier, but I figured before, progress and after posts would be lovely to share and for us to look back on.

House Tour our forever home - the living room with kitchen serving hatch, patio doors and toddler play area

The living room is one of my favourite places. I love the patio doors looking out onto our lovely garden and the amazing views further back. We have a serving hatch between the living room and kitchen, I wasn’t sure about this on our first viewing but I have now fallen in love. We plan to buy a new sofa with a chaise lounge on one end and then two seats, which is why we have our sofas arranged in this way to get a feel for it. Behind the sofa we will have a little play area for Aria, the TV will go onto the wall above the fire place and we have a fancy dresser and bookcase coming on Saturday for the alcoves. We will eventually re-decorate and change the flooring, we currently have one carpet placed on top of another which is quite bizarre!

House Tour our forever home - the dining room and office

The dining room and living room have been knocked through into one big room. The dining room is currently a dumping ground, as you can see! This will be our dining room and my office. The white cupboard is where the fish tank will sit and the other alcove will be shelved out. Again this will be re-decorated and have new flooring. The furniture that is arriving on the weekend will allow us to clear some of the boxes out.

House Tour our forever home white IKEA kitchen copper pans on hanging rail with hanging plants

Here we have another dumping ground in the form of our kitchen. We quite like the kitchen and don’t intend to change much in here, not for a while at least. I would eventually like a new kitchen that is more ‘me’ but there is absolutely no rush for that. We recently added a hanging rail for our copper pans along with some draping plants from IKEA which I am loving, we are waiting for more hooks so that we can add the rest of the pans. The door that you can see in this photo is home to our downstairs toilet, another room that will do for now but I do eventually want to change. Behind the photo is our utility room which hosts our huge fridge freezer, the boiler, washing machine and dishwasher, and currently the cats litter tray. I cannot wait to get the cat flap installed so that we can get rid of the smelly litter tray!

House Tour our forever home - the office

Spencer regularly works from home and has a lot of equipment, so one of our three bedrooms is currently being used as his office. We plan to eventually convert the attic for office use but for now, this will do. This room will eventually be decorated in a monochrome scheme.

House Tour our forever home the family bathroom

We only had one toilet in our old house which was downstairs. It is so nice to have a downstairs toilet and an upstairs bathroom. No more fighting over who gets to use the toilet first! This is one of the nicer, more finished rooms in the house, although the bath is quite stained and I would like a sink with a fitted cabinet, but again, they can wait.

House Tour our forever home - the toddler bedroom

Aria’s bedroom is the first room that I plan to decorate. We are waiting for a new bed hence her mattress sitting on the floor. The green carpets, yellow walls and huge tree just aren’t me. As with all three bedrooms we need to strip the wallpaper and re-plaster this room before we can do any work. My plan is to then have a fitted wardrobe along the back wall (where the tree is), her bed in the middle of the room and I also have my eyes on a cute kids armchair to replace the broken old chair in the corner.

House Tour our forever home - the master bedroom

The downside of coming from a two bedroom house to a three bedroom house is that the bedrooms are smaller. Our king size bed takes up the majority of the room in our bedroom. I quite liked the idea of having a fitted wardrobe where the draws and boxes currently are, but a radiator runs along that wall so I don’t think we can. Instead we plan to have a wardrobe in each alcove and a tall set of draws to replace the existing draws. I love the original fireplace in this room and will be leaving that in, but the rest will change. The heart garland and stickers were left behind by the previous owner, they will eventually be removed and the walls plastered and painted.

House Tour our forever home - the garden and view

Everyone’s favourite part of our forever home is most definitely the garden and the stunning views. Aria loves playing ball out here, we love relaxing out here and discovering the mounds of fruit and veg that is growing in the garden, while taking in the amazing smells from the various flowers.

As you can see, it certainly isn’t perfect, but it is our forever home.


*In collaboration with LOVETHESIGN*

The Home That Made Us

Back in 2008 we bought a house, fast forward to 2017 and we are leaving behind a home. The home that made us. We bought this house as a young couple, just starting out, with no real idea of what the future held, just hopes and dreams. We leave this home as a family. A content and settled family, cats and all.

It will be sad to go, to say goodbye to a home full of happy memories; but it’s the right time for us, it’s time to make memories in a new home, a bigger home, our forever home.

The living room has seen A LOT. It’s been our central hub for nine years. The hub for many a house party, parties which went on until 5am, where we drank, danced and sang (badly). This floor has had A LOT of alcohol spilt on it. Then, once we had settled down, it saw a baby born on it, followed by having plenty of bottles thrown up on it and food thrown on it in protests and rage. The happiest memories of all have been made in the living room.

The dining room doesn’t see a lot of action, it’s just an extension to the living room and usually a dumping ground. Though it is where I hosted my very first Christmas dinner, spilling across both the dining room and the living room as there were quite a few of us. It is where Aria opened her first Christmas presents, her first Birthday presents and subsequent presents thereafter.

country style ikea kitchen

The kitchen, my precious kitchen, how I will miss you so. If I could take one room with me it would be you. Though narrow and not quite perfect you are beautiful. I hated you for so many years but then came 2014, the year that we decided to make you over, to extend you and give you a new lease of life; and my how you thrived. I love my new IKEA kitchen and am so sad to say goodbye to you.  We anxiously and nervously picked each part of the kitchen, piece by piece, and just hoped that it all complimented each other, and that it did, you are a thing of beauty. Excitement soon turned to frustration when the work started, I was pregnant; tired and sick. The last thing I needed was to be living in a building site, especially one that I had to cross each time I needed to go to the bathroom, which was a lot. Frustration soon turned to excitement again when things started to take shape, and then I fell in love.

I wouldn’t usually expect many tales to come from the bathroom, but in this house there are a few! You see, I almost gave birth in that very bath. I spent a lot of my pregnancy in here to be fair, I was sick most days during my pregnancy, often several times a day. Then came the unplanned homebirth, when the hospital sent me home and told me to relax in a warm bath I never dreamt that I would soon be led in that very bath; wet, cold and naked, water drained and wanting to push; furiously sucking away on the gas and air handed to me by the fairly shocked and concerned first responder. Thankfully the midwives came and managed to move me to the living room where my darling daughter was born.

bedroom with white wooden flooring, white brick wallpaper and fitted wardrobes

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you those kind of bedroom tales. The bedroom has had many a makeover, it’s so nice, light and airy, and is home to two of the prettiest things known to man, my cluster lights and my dressing table. I am sure that these will look just as pretty in the new home. This bedroom is where I came shortly after giving birth, I was bathed and so was Aria, then we went up to the bed with the breastfeeding specialist to get comfortable as we were having problems breastfeeding. We spent hours in that bed and eventually we were happy that Aria had fed. The bedroom is where Aria slept for the first two months of her life, by my side in her moses basket. This bedroom is where Aria first discovered lipstick, and decided to cover herself and the floor with it. To this day she still frequents this bedroom in the evenings, those evenings when she just won’t settle so sleeps in the big bed in-between mammy and daddy.

nursery with white wooden floor white walls and white furniture

Aria’s bedroom started as a dumping ground, somewhere to store all the crap that we really didn’t need. Then it progressed into my dressing room. A room where I kept my clothes and my make-up, with a feature wall especially decorated for posing in front of. Then it found it’s true purpose, a nursery and then a little big girls bedroom, fit for a Princess. This room has seen a lot of joy, and also, a lot of frustration. It’s where I sat for hours upon hours attempting to breastfeed Aria, for her to fall asleep or fail to latch. It’s where I made the decision that breastfeeding wasn’t going to work for us. It’s where Aria said her first word, where she first slept in a cot and where she first slept in a single bed. We’ve had many sleepy cwtches here, and also sleepy protests. It’s been a rollercoaster of a room and it’s been perfect.

converted attic with wooden floors perfect office space

I didn’t truly appreciate the converted attic for many years, as soon as we saw the house Spencer claimed it as his ‘games room’ and that was that, it was somewhere for him to escape and play the computer and for me to fill up with clothes horses full of soggy clothes. More recently I’ve discovered your potential. I’ve added my own desk and computer, along with pretty accessories. You’ve become my attic office. In recent years I’ve been desperate to paint you, to let you live up to your true potential, but then the house went on the market so there was no point. Unfortunately you remain yellow and neglected, though I am sure that your new owners will change that given time.

July 2017 is where our story ends, when I say bye to my first home and hello to my new home, my family home. Thank you for the memories.


Moving Home Hacks from Expert Home Tips

The time has come, after waiting for what seems like forever we are finally in the process of moving home. I am more than likely up to my neck in boxes right now, in one of two houses. For possibly the first time ever I have been organised and I have some fantastic guest posts lined up for while I am away. All centred around moving home, of course.

Today Collen is sharing her moving home hacks. Colleen is addicted to biscuits. She is also obsessed with recipes, cooking and eating. Half of the day Colleen spends researching the best life tricks for Expert Home Tips, the other half is spent finding all the free stuff on the web for Magic Freebies UK.

Use a Bin Liner to gather your hanging clothes

Don’t worry about taking all your clothes off the hanger – using a plastic bin liner over the bottom of your hanging clothes, pull them up with your clothes inside. Tie the handles around the hangers for extra support. Once you’ve arrived at your new home then hand up the clothes and remove the bag – easy!

Pack a First Day Box

Grab a small box and fill it with all the items you’ll probably need when you first arrive at the house. This includes helpful items like toilet roll, teabags, milk, a couple of mugs, scissors, bin bags, baby wipes. Keep it close to you on the journey to your new home to whip out as soon as you get there.

If you would like to see more tips form Collen do check out Expert Home Tips and Magic Freebies UK.