Category Archives: Home & Design

Feb
15
2017

Top Man Cave Essentials

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man cave essentialsMen, we pretty much all love our gadgets, i know i do. When i was a student i had an obsession for hifi equipment and speakers and at one point i had a kick ass 5.1 surround sound system with full size speakers for the rear speakers, floor standing speakers for the fronts and a 200watt subwoofer. Having a movie night meant pulling out the speakers from the side of the living room and taking over the adjoining kitchen with the speakers and their trailing cables. Fast forward a few years and in our first home i have a slightly simpler system, the tv is hung on the wall ( i used to hate them being wall mounted straining your neck up) and I’ve got a stereo which stays put. On the days when Chantele would go out shopping, visiting or visit friends, id be able to make our house a temporary man cave with the volume up for movies, bass speaker on a few notches more and all of the window blinds closed and sit in my pyjamas for the day, pure bliss.

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Feb
12
2017

Kitchen Renovations Everyone Should Consider

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kitchen renovations

I was recently looking at one of our very first posts on this blog where I talked about the ‘to do list’ for our new ‘first’ home together and thinking about how many of the tasks we have actually managed to tick off 2 years down the line…answer, not as many as I would have liked! But most of the jobs for my kitchen did get sorted out pretty early on (except my backsplash which has still boo be completed. 

The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. From preparing meals to entertaining friends to hanging out with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. Chances are you spend a lot of time in there, so creating a space that’s both practical and beautiful is always going to be a good investment. Whether you’re changing up your entire kitchen or just improving what you already have, here are a few kitchen renovations that everyone should consider! Continue reading

Feb
8
2017

Tips for Reducing Your Energy Bill and Keeping Your House Warm

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Tips for reducing your energy bill

We may be approaching the start of spring technically, but it is still very cold, wet and grey in wales, certainly no sign of nice warm weather yet. So while the weather is still rubbish outside I like to hibernate in my nice warm and cozy home. Keeping my home warm and cozy though can sometimes impact on my energy bills. So me and Jon spent some time (and money) last year before our little dude arrived trying to make our home as energy efficient as possible.   

Here are some tips for reducing your energy bill by keeping your house warm and stop it losing heat unnecessarily. There are some really simply tips which you can implement at a low cost, but there are also some bigger tips which might cost more in the short term but will save you lots in the long term and make a long term impact on your home.    Continue reading

Feb
1
2017

Tips for a Calm and Productive Home Office Space

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tips for a clam and productive home office space As you all know me and Jon run our own photography company which means we do most of our work from our home office, which happens to be situated across the back wall of our living room. We have a huge wooden topped desk made from an Ikea kitchen work top and Ikea kitchen cabinets, sounds random but it was the best way for us to get a really large work space for the two of us, and it perfectly fits the available space we had. It’s also a great crafting and blogging space for me and allows us to be organised and have the ability to interact with each other when we need to. 

Working from home sounds like a dream to most people, and it can be great, but it can also be super difficult to focus on work rather than procrastinate doing stuff around the house, or get distracted by other things (especially with the little dudes arrival). That is why having a calm and productive work space can be really important, me and Jon have got some tips and tricks we use to allow us to get work done even with a 7 month old whirl wind in the room. Continue reading

Nov
28
2016

Durable Furniture for a Pet Friendly Home

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pet friendly furniture - leather sofa

If you have a dog the likelihood is you love him/her lots and spoil them rotten…or is that just us? Opie pretty much has free rein of the house and we have never stopped him sitting on the furniture or sleeping on the bed. This has meant we have needed to be quite careful about the type of furniture we have in our house as we would like our furniture and our home to last a while and still look great the majority of the time. Here are a few tips from one dog owner to another on how to keep your home pet friendly and looking great even when your furry friend rules the roost.

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Nov
27
2016

Etsy Christmas Wishlist!

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Etsy Christmas wishlistI swear I must spend hours trawling through all the amazing items for sale on Etsy, and I come across so many things that I would love to purchase to add to my wardrobe, my home or my life in general. So as Christmas is coming very soon I thought I would put together a small Etsy inspired Christmas wishlist of things I have fancied over the past few weeks. These aren’t grouped in any specific way its just a few items that I simply love the look of and would be happy to receive on Christmas Day (don’t worry family I know you’ve already probably finished shopping!) Hope this is inspiration for everyone to go check out what Etsy has to offer as you really can find a host of amazing handmade products on there from all over the world, so your sure to find something for every member of your family if your stuck for Christmas gift ideas. Continue reading

Oct
16
2016

Things to Consider when Building an Outdoor Office Space or Summer House

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outdoor office spaceOur company Cross-Jones Photography is now expanding and we are starting a sister company to specialise in family studio shoots. To do this we have built a log cabin studio in our garden over the past few weeks, and when we painted it green – Little Green Shed Studio was born! It’s not quite finished yet but we are almost there and hope to have it open by the start of November! We took ages to finally make the decision to build the studio as there was lots to consider (as well as the cost) so here are a few things to take into consideration when building an outdoor office space. Continue reading

Oct
13
2016

Ultimate Halloween Guide – 101 Halloween Crafts, Decorations and Recipes

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Halloween Crafts for kidsSo this is my ultimate guide to a crafty and tasty halloween…101 Halloween crafts, decorations and recipes to make your halloween a fun filled one. Whether your looking for a halloween craft to entertain the kids, a creepy halloween decoration for your house or a super tasty and fun treat recipe for your halloween party I’ve got lots of inspiration for you below. Continue reading

Aug
23
2016

5 Tips For DIY Nursery Decor

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Nursery DecorOne of my favourite things to do when I was pregnant was plan and decorate Elian’s Nursery (thats a sneak peek of it on the right!). It still isn’t quite finished because we’re making a big change to the house at the moment so 1 half his room is currently storage, but once that is sorted I get to make the final changes then I can reveal his room properly to you all. He doesn’t really need a room of his own yet, so I’m not worried about getting it sorted asap! But as we had been in the house for over a year when we found out we were pregnant it meant most of it was already decorated and I was missing the fun home decor planning I had when we moved in, so it got to start all over again with nursery decor ideas! Most of our house is neutral (white walls, oak floors) with pops of colour to let the furniture and soft furnishings stand out more, but I decided his room could be a bit more bold and fun! But I’m not going to talk about it today, lol, you’ll have to wait for a proper reveal in a few weeks when its properly finished. 

So today I am handing the blog over to John Starr, a freelance writer, father, and DIY enthusiast living in Brighton. In addition to working on his latest project (be it work around the home or a new article), he enjoys spending time with his two children and today he is going to chat to you all about DIY nursery decor. Continue reading

Jun
29
2016

Guest Post from Llio Angharad – Top 5 Welsh Businesses

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welsh businesses Today I am lucky enough to have another awesome guest blogger taking over the blog for me while I spend some quality time with little man and Jon. I very pleased to say she is also a fellow Welsh Blogger! I’d like to introduce you all to Llio Angharad who is going to tell you all about her Top 5 Welsh Businesses and why she is championing them! Continue reading