Brighten Your Home with a Touch of Sparkle

I have always had a weakness for a bit of sparkle. Whilst I have never had any ambition to turn my home into an homage to glam rock or Barbie, I just have to feature a little sparkle here and there to add interest to an otherwise fairly measured contemporary interior. I do have a small glitter ball in my cloakroom. This is so subtle (if a glitter ball could be such a thing) that many people don’t even notice it is there.  My hall, however, presented a more difficult problem as it hard to be subtle or tasteful with sparkle when it is the first thing that visitors see when you open the door. Continue reading Brighten Your Home with a Touch of Sparkle

In the Best Possible taste?

Home décor is very much a matter of personal taste. It is all too easy to feel high and mighty and to accuse others of having no taste at all, personal or otherwise, but who decides what’s hot and what’s not? I recall the occasion on which I entered a friend’s newly decorated living room and struggled to find an appropriate comment to make about her “interesting” colour choice for the walls. I found the expanse of raspberry overbearing but she clearly loved it. Continue reading In the Best Possible taste?

Original Scented Candles?

I don’t usually watch The Apprentice basically because I find a group of arrogant gits trying to step on each other’s heads every week a little tiresome. However, I did catch the end of one episode in the latest series that piqued my attention because it appeared that the task given to the opposing groups had been to create a scented candle. Continue reading Original Scented Candles?

Art Made Easy

During the summer I found myself attending several car boot sales after a clean out at home resulted in a rather large pile of unwanted accessories. Much of what I wanted to discard seemed far too good to simply throw away and so off I went to stand in a local field for a few hours each Sunday. I was rather sad to see that many of the items I was selling off were pictures which got me wondering why I had accumulated such a huge selection of art that I evidently didn’t much like! Continue reading Art Made Easy