Finding the perfect affordable kitchen

I don’t know about you but I get kitchen envy so very easily. Pinterest is my place too lose a couple of hours looking at amazing interiors, it just fills my head with so many ideas for what I would like to have in my forever home.

Having so many ideas for our forever home is fabulous, however it fills my Hubby’s head with worry about the costs of it all. So we either would need to wait a few years or find a more affordable priced kitchen but still with a high quality and as I am not good at waiting and saving an alternative is a must for me.

affordable kitchen

Kitchen Warehouse Ltd offers just the perfect alternative. They offer a fabulous range of complete kitchen options or even if you are just wanting to update your old cupboard doors they also offer a range of replacement kitchen doors. Also an amazing range of door handles, drawer liners, bins and just about everything else you could possibly want for your kitchen.

For me a painted solid wood kitchen is what I would go for, I really want that country living style to my kitchen. Large range cooker, island in the middle with a breakfast bar, Belfast sink, large larder style cupboards are all in my dream. I love the grey kitchens with solid wood work tops or the sage green, these would be my colour choices however depending on the fashions when I actually get hold of my dream home it might be a more classic cream.

At the kitchen warehouse they offer a wide range of colours, so don’t think that by buying online you won’t be able to find just what you are looking for. They stock, ivory, cashmere, porcelain, champagne and stone for those who are wanting a more classic style. For more modern kitchen lovers they have metallic charcoal, gloss white, star dust, tiger wood, silver wood, jet black, powder blue, ballroom blue. If like me you are looking for more of a country kitchen vibe then they have light grey, dark grey, soft mint, sage green and duck egg. They offer a wide range of styles for every taste.

The kitchen warehouse have prices starting at under £20, going up depending on what you are looking for. For me one of the best things is that if you have had a kitchen planner company in to design your dream kitchen, the design team at Kitchen Warehouse will happy send you a quote to match the design you have had drawn up. Brilliant if like me you would struggle to measure it all and add everything in making it look just perfect, it means you get the kitchen design of your dreams but at an affordable price. Which for someone like me with big dreams but a hubby who has a more affordable budget in mind is perfect.

When you bought your kitchen, what did you look for?


*This post was made in collaboration with Kitchen Warehouse Ltd. As always thoughts and opinions are my own. Images are from Kitchen Warehouse Ltd.*

15 Simple Garden Maintenance Tips for the Non-Gardener

For some of us gardening is therapeutic; our little safe haven to relax and enjoy the summer sun whilst tending to our flower beds. For the rest of us we’d rather spend time chasing the dog around the garden with the newspaper than pushing the lawn moor along. Regardless of your preference, no one wants to look out the back window to a neglected, rundown garden. These top maintenance tips will help keep it looking tip top minus the effort.

Simple Garden Maintence


  1. It doesn’t need to be a mammoth task! Flower beds need a top up 1-2 times a week maximum.
  2. Water in the morning when the soil is cool, this will stop any water from evaporating.
  3. Don’t drown your plants, an even covering of flower beds is suffice.
  4. Avoid plant heads to prevent damage.
  5. Forgotten to water? Add plant food to your next batch – Baby Bio is great. This gives them a little spruce up for greener leaves and vibrant colours.


  1. Don’t cut your grass too short – if the temperature rises above 30 °C there’s nothing to protect it. Leave it at least 5cm long.
  2. The best time to water your grass is first thing on a morning around 8am.
  3. Don’t drown the grass. 10 – 15 litres of water per sq.m is enough.
  4. A lot of modern watering cans or hoses come with flow control sprinkler attachments. These are great to achieve an even coverage. 


  1. Keep your plant beds fully stocked to minimise to room for weeds to develop.
  2. Bark or other mulch is great for preventing weeds sprouting.
  3. Pull weeds from the root to prevent further growth or spreading.

Automate the Process

  1. Don’t have time to water the plants or lawn? Get some automatic sprinklers to do it for you.
  1. Don’t enjoy mowing the lawn? If you’ve got the budget – Automatic lawn mowers take the chore out of cutting the grass but can come at a cost.
  2. Not feeling gardening at all? Go artificial – Eliminate the process all together and opt for fake grass – There’s a range to suit every budget!



*This post has been made in collaboration with Grass Direct.*

Spring with Julian Charles Bedding

A couple of months ago I was sent a fabulous new mattress from sleep bear and of course my thoughts have now turned to new bedding for the spring.  I love so many interior styles, but not all of them would suit me and my style.

I love floral, vintage, country styles for my home, even plain white or pale grey heavy cotton bedding is beautiful, when accessorised correctly. However, at the moment I am in love with the more modern marble, blush, geometric patterns that look fabulous together. Adding those copper accessories, glass jars, big mirrors with a copper geometric pattern around. But as much as these are very popular and look beautiful all together, it just isn’t me and my style. But I would love to add have a splash of modern as I always seem to go back to my country cottage style.

Julian Charles Bedding

Flowers are important to me, my Mum loved flowers and having them around the house is a reminder of her, which makes me happy. I have a wonderful Hubby who regularly buys me and our little girl flowers. Having never had floral bedding before I thought now would be the time to look for something to add a bit more of that fresh Spring look to our bedroom.

Bedroom style with Julian Charles

I found this gorgeous Lucy Lemon Floral bedding set at Julian Charles, that to me feels just like Spring. Its fresh colours and shades of the flowers are lovely. Pale pinks, peachy shades, green and grey all work beautifully together to achieve that spring feeling. Our bedroom is very plainly decorated with cream walls and solid ash furniture. The room gets a lot of light due to the large bay window, so it always has that airy feel to it. I think this bedding will work perfectly.

For our bedroom I would style this using a pale pink woollen blanket, and few scatter cushions picking out some of the shades of the flowers. It also has that geometric pattern on the underside of the bedding, so I would be able to add something more modern, maybe a fabulous mirror or a vase something to blend in but give a slight modern feel to my normally very vintage looking home.

What is your interior style? Do you like the more vintage feel like me or something more modern?

*This post was made in collaboration with Julian Charles. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Lighting up my desk with First Choice Lighting

I love working at my gorgeous vintage bureau, it’s been my blogging home for a few months now. After finding it on gumtree, however because it has been located in my living room, it has also become home to my now, old and in much need of replacing table lamp. As much as I love a table lamp it just doesn’t give out the right amount of light for a working desk during the evenings.

When First Choice Lighting got in touch to see if I would like one of their lamps, it was the perfect time to find a lovely desk lamp. I had fallen in love with their gorgeous tiffany lamps, however they just wouldn’t be quite right to give off the light needed for my working desk.


I choose a lovely Cream Gloss Porcelain Desk Lamp, it has a brushed chrome finish and is adjustable to the angle you need. The lamp has a lovely cream gloss porcelain lamp shade and base. The switch is on the cable, so you just have to make sure that it is easily accessible.

This desk lamp is perfect on my bureau, with it’s adjustable lamp I am able to change it’s position to suit my working needs. It also has been used on the side table that I have for a reading lamp. It gives of the right amount of light for reading, especially as you are able to adjust the lamps positioning.


My son, has now asked for one for his bedroom. Although it’s a traditional style desk lamp, it also has warehouse feel to it, with the brushed chrome making it appeal to so many different styles.

I love my me desk lamp, what do you think?


*Thank you for First Choice Lighting for sending me this fabulous desk lamp. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*