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{DIY} Fitting a Karndean Loose Lay Floor

Providence Karndean Floor Review

'Karndean'; the word I've heard a lot around the internet lately - everyone's talking about it. I'd heard of Karndean before I even knew what the hell it was (flooring!), what it looked like, or what it felt like. So when I was offered the chance to give a test, well obviously I was like YES, I need to see what the hell all this fuss is about and what makes it so special.

The Electric Heating Company: EcoSave Electric Radiator Review

The Electric Heating Company Review

If you're a long-time reader around here, you'll know our house doesn't have any form of central heating. The property used to have an old back boiler in the chimney, which we've since removed and replaced with a log burner - which is absolutely FAB - but other than the room the log burner is in (kitchen-diner), the rest of the house is heat-less during the winter.

Living in a house without central heating can be freaking cold at times, it really can. Our old house also didn't have central heating and it didn't have double glazed windows either. Heating the house was a constant battle. Six years on, two heat-less homes and we've now pretty much bossed living without gas central heating - how to retain heat better, how to make heat (affordably), how to dry clothes in rooms without heat. I basically have a whole "how to live without heating" degree 😉

5 Changes That Have Made The Biggest Difference To Our Home

Home Renovating: 5 Changes that will make the biggest difference


Renovating isn't just about putting your own stamp on a property - it's a lot about updating it to meet modern standards and creating a home that works for you. We've been living in this house for 3 years now and we've done plenty of renovating - so I thought I'd share 5 changes we've made that have made the biggest difference to this house and how we live.

[DIY] Painting A Patterned Floor

How to Paint a Patterned Floor

Jumping over to a new room, we're kick-starting the conservatory renovation back up! You might remember last year we started doing some work in this room before the kitchen reno really took off - well a whole year later and one kitchen reno out of the way, we're back to it! And this time, we're tackling the floor.

Choosing & Fitting Kitchen Handles

Satin Nickel Cup Drawer Handles in Kitchen

I thought the hard decisions were done when we picked out our kitchen, turns out of course, I was totally wrong. Kitchen handles. Too big, too small, questionable quality, too expensive, sticks out too much - it goes on. And I mean THAT was after we'd decided on the type of metal/finish as well. Chrome, Stainless Steel, Copper, Matt Black, I could be here all day.

We did however eventually decide Satin Nickel was the finish we wanted - it matches our tap and our lights and it also ties in nicely against the stainless steel appliances as well (cooker hood and fridge). Our second choice was polished chrome, but it wasn't quite rugged enough for us and with polished chrome stuff, it's always pretty hard to keep it looking 'polished'. So with the choice of metal picked out, we then began looking for handles.

How We Fitted Our DIY-Kitchen

How to fit a DIY Kitchen

Back in January, after a year long wait, I finally ordered our new kitchen. I've mentioned previously that we decided to go with DIY-Kitchens (read about our showroom visit here) and having closely watched their website for many months, it was pretty apparent they fairly often offer 10% off. That was of course, until we were ready to order. Months went by, no offer. 10% isn't a huge saving, but every little really helps and I was determined to wait it out.

Christmas day they started their 10% sale, but to my horror only on selected colours and styles of certain kitchens. At that time we thought we would be buying a Lamp Room Grey kitchen, which guess what - wasn't in the offer. Heartbroken, I waited some more. A few weeks later they decided to include all the kitchens and styles in the 10% saving (huge thanks to Kayleigh from Yellow House Tales for the heads up!!) and of course, I had a total change of plan and went and ordered a different kitchen colour anyway. But the point was - it had been ordered! I scheduled it to arrive the end of March as we still had a little to do before kitchen fitting.

The 'Other' House: A New Boiler & Costs!

A New Boiler and Costs

Renovations are well under-way at Grants parents house and I'm pleased to say phase 1 and 2 are complete! If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this post. But, in short the old floor standing boiler has now gone, the dodgy non-locking sliding door is also gone and in their place, a lovely new set of french doors have been fitted and a whole new modern combi-boiler system is in place. Winter is now being welcomed with open arms!