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My biggest home decor pet peeves

My biggest home decor pet peeves

Everyone has pet peeves, and they can reveal as much about you as your homestyle. It’s incredible how simple and harmless things such as accessories, colours, materials and patterns can trigger strong negative emotions and feelings. One of the main reasons why I use...

Renovation lessons: 7 things that didn’t quite work

Renovation lessons: 7 things that didn’t quite work

After renovations, everything is new, nice and shiny. There are no more decisions to be made, so you can now relax a bit and enjoy your home. Soon, though, you start noticing the good and the bad of your renovation decisions. Based on my experience renovating a...

The linguistic challenges of renovating a house abroad

The linguistic challenges of renovating a house abroad

By the time we started renovating our Victorian end of terrace in Oxford, I’d been living in the UK for four years. I expected the full renovation project to be difficult for several reasons, but I certainly didn’t expect to face linguistic challenges. I’m a...

Transformation: from old outhouses to new extension

Transformation: from old outhouses to new extension

An example of how a small one-storey rear extension can transform the living space in a Victorian end of terrace home.Extensions, even small ones, can make a huge difference to small homes. Continuing my series on room transformations, today I’m sharing how we turned...

Room transformation: from old office and WC to new office

Room transformation: from old office and WC to new office

An example of downsizing when renovating a Victorian end of terrace  Renovating rooms usually means making them bigger and better, or at least better. You rarely renovate a room to intentionally make it smaller, but sometimes – especially in small houses –...

Room transformation: from old sitting room to new kitchen

Room transformation: from old sitting room to new kitchen

Swapping the living room and the kitchen was probably the best decision we took during our Victorian renovation.  After fully renovating our Victorian end of terrace in Oxford, not much was left of the original layout. An extension was added, a hallway was...

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