Updating and refurbishing a couch

What happens when you decide that your family room couches are looking tired and dated? You buy new ones of course and that’s where the problem starts – you live in an already fully furnished home. Oh what a dilemma! Actually for me, the solution was surprisingly simple. I have long been dissatisfied with my…

Confessions of a Frugalista

The expressions cheap, stingy, scrooge or even the all-American tight-wad each carry with them a huge burden of negativity, so when I recently read about someone who described himself as a ‘frugalista’ with all the pride with which the Kardashians adopted the term ‘fashionista’, I decided to spread the word (literally). So, how can we…

Creating a space for creativity.

Retirement has many benefits, not least of which is having the time and energy to pursue pastimes previously relegated to the ranks of “one day, maybe!” So, with this in mind, I recently decided to convert a somewhat bleak, unused and  under-furnished bedroom into a bright, uplifting hobby room – a space where I could let…

A dedicated follower of (interior decorating) fashion!

As much as it pains me to admit it, I have a guilty secret. It’s an obsession that has me frantically rushing around trying to claw back time while desperately wracking my brain to concoct (usually) plausible excuses for lost hours. I haven’t yet reached the stage of stashing dirty dishes in cupboards or soiled…