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For sale: a gorgeous Yorkshire cottage

January 18, 2018 No comments

If, like me (it’s Sharon, by the way), you dream of escaping to the country, you might like to take a look at this chocolate box cottage in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. I’ve been drooling over it, imagining myself sat next to the fire, warming my hands on a steaming[Read More]

The best fairy lights ever…

December 15, 2017 No comments

It’s taken extensive research but I’ve finally found the best fairy lights ever … just in time for Christmas. I’m a huge fan of twinkly lights and they’re in almost every room of my house all year round. It could be something to do with an annual trip to see Blackpool Illuminations when I was[Read More]

Handmade lighting forged in Yorkshire

August 18, 2017 2 Comments

Writing about designer makers and artists is a small part of my day job but it’s the most uplifting. It’s also shown me that Yorkshire is a hotbed of creativity, originality and skill.  My latest find is Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Nigel began his training at the age of 16 as an apprentice blacksmith with the[Read More]

Lily’s Lighting Collection – such a bright idea

June 16, 2017 No comments

On a recent trip to Barnsley, I came across Lily’s Lighting Collection, an amazing and wonderfully comprehensive shop and showroom of lights, lamps, switches, bulbs and everything associated with bringing light to the home. It’s at The Courtyard in the centre of Barnsley, and it’s impressively bling on the outside, with a large black and[Read More]

Modern townhouse in York

May 11, 2017 No comments

I love old houses but I now I find myself lusting after new ones. It could be because I have spent all my home owning life- almost 30 years – renovating and DIY’ing and never really finishing a whole house, mainly through lack of funds. How amazing would it be to move the furniture in,[Read More]