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Real Reveal: Black not bleak

Hiya all and Happy New Year – I’m just emerging from a ‘heavy winter cold’, just like the Queen. Having had family over for Christmas I’m finally feeling well enough to enjoy the fruits of my labours before they arrived – i.e. an epic (for me) decorating project.

Christmas tree

A Christmas Hovel

No-ho-ho! Not my gaff. I’m sharing with you this amazing Hastings home owned by Alastair Hendy, restored by him to something like its original Tudor glory.¬†We’ve visited here before, of course, when I was mooning over stone-floored bothies with tin baths. But this time, well it’s decorated for the season.

A carpet and a christening

As Christmas approaches the efforts to make the house warm and respectable gather pace. Latest instalment – a carpet. Yes, the very item of decor I thought I’d go the rest of my life without having, I’ve just dropped a significant amount of money on. The house has lovely old floorboards which I have sanded […]

wood burning stove

Seasonal furniture shuffle

Ah, autumn. Mists, mellow fruitfulness and the X-Factor being on. After a glorious summer here it is hard to face the fact that autumn is upon us – but a dip in the sea on Friday confirmed it. The light is beautiful but the heat is going out of everything. I have of course taken […]