Wear your heart on your house

Twelve years ago I found a big old house to renovate. I fell in love with its high ceilings and Victorian features. I was wowed by its whopping great windows and seduced by its secret staircase. It stunk of wet dogs and dirty laundry and was a three storey hotch-potch of DIY disasters. Decorating wise it made me want to vomit.

This week that house is pages 86 - 88 of 25 Beautiful Homes Magazine and I feel like a lottery winner. 

25 Beautiful Homes Feb issue out 3rd Jan

25 Beautiful Homes Feb issue out 3rd Jan

The magazine goes on sale on 3rd January so I won't spoil it by sharing all the pics here. Once my three pages of fame is over (it won't take long) I'll milk it for all it's worth. 'Til then I just wanted to end the year on a high note and say a HUGE thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read the blog, like and share my ramblings and been inspired to get in touch. Without you I could never sit here on New Year's Eve with a glass of champagne and stick one finger up at my brother-in-law, who laughed his arse off exactly 3 years ago, when I announced over a Chinese banquet that I was starting an interiors blog. Cheers bro :)

Whatever your dreams are for 2017, I wish you all the luck and determination in the world. 

Love to you all and a Happy New Year.  Let's rock it.

Claire xxx

Tickled pink with Interior blog awards nomination


The Candy Files - What's hot, what's not and what's what at my place.

This week...

House Candy = Pink & perky


Voting is now open for this year's Interior Blog Awards, hosted by gorgeous interiors brand Amara and it is with rosy cheeks and puckered lips that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my nomination. 

I am totally bowled over to be in the Best Design Inspiration category and up against some ridiculously cool brands and actual journos-turned-superbloggers... I know right.

Voting is open throughout August when I will be ramping up my output here on the blog and bringing you more design inspiration than you can fill a vintage cadillac with. 

Starting today with a tickled pink inspired Candy Files, dedicated entirely to the colour of my latest crush.

I am officially obsessed with PINK.  

This thing with pink started back in Easter when I bought a pink trouser suit and realised after years of failing at any Kings Road style camel colours, THIS was a nude that actually suited me. Mine was from Next and is now sold out but Top Shop's new range proves the trend is good for Autumn/Winter too.

Pink trouser suit £100  www.topshop.com

Pink trouser suit £100 www.topshop.com

It got me me thinking, if pink works with fair skin and freckles, then maybe it works in other places it shouldn't too. Like doors for example. 


Or beds that aren't for grannies or baby girls.


Even boys can love pink!  www.loaf.com' s luscious lazy linen is similar to this.

Even boys can love pink! www.loaf.com's luscious lazy linen is similar to this.

Also on Floors.


This blush pink thick pile sheepskin is a vintage find but  www.wayfair.com  has a large selection of pretty pink rugs.

This blush pink thick pile sheepskin is a vintage find but www.wayfair.com has a large selection of pretty pink rugs.

From palest blush to shocking fuscia, this month's Elle Decoration has hailed pink the hue of the moment and I'll happily drink to that.

Fine and Candy = Pink drinks

Always appropriate in summer, at weddings or on random Tuesday's when you get an actual IBA nomination. Pink champagne is the essence of this shade; all girly and giggly and glow inducing. 

So fond of pink bubbles am I, that I've taken to drinking them in dainty little vintage beakers, featuring... well whatdyaknow... more pink bubbles. Hic.

Pink spotty tumblers - find similar on ebay.

Pink spotty tumblers - find similar on ebay.

On the subject of pink bubbles, I'm wondering if they are also to blame for this retro blown glass lamp shade which I fell for at the skip shop yesterday. 

Flamingo lamp perhaps?

Flamingo lamp perhaps?

Does this trouble you? Follow me on Instagram to watch its reincarnation into sassy plant holder.... or something.

Candy Pandy = Pinky Promise

Like when you SAY you're gonna vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards and then you never quite get round to it and all the other amazing bloggers get shortlisted and go to The Ham Yard for the glitzy award ceremony and I get to stay on my sofa with a cheap bottle of pink fizz to drown my sorrows.

Look, I scrub up REALLY well and nobody EVER in the history of my home town has been to a blog awards, never mind one about creating cool houses and, and well I'm 41 FFS. If it doesn't happen now, when will it happen? 

Seriously, my dad is getting impatient. He wants all the money he invested in my university education back and is threatening to find me a real job.

My kids are also breathing down my neck: "Believe in your dreams," I said, "You can be anything you want to be," I said. "Go on then," they said.

"Oh, alright."

You are the only people who can change this situation people. The power is in your fingertips. All you have to do is click on this link:


And help me be that blogger from Brighouse who blagged her way to The Ham Yard with all the cool brands and the top bloggers. I mean, wow, if you really want to see someone blush. 

Do you?

Claire x

PS If you share this post you will also get put into the draw to win a weekend at my fave seaside hideaway as per my previous post .. because - and let's just be clear on this - I am NOT above bribery. Not yet.