September 25, 2017 atclaireshouse 2Comment

So this is a little overdue but I’m finally writing up my experience on the ‘Styling Your Home’ Workshop run by the, oh so talented, Lisa Dawson and Dee Campling. Both these ladies have built a huge online presence simply by sharing and developing their personal style. They now both work with highly successful brands and have developed hashtags to allow connections to develop with likeminded interiors enthusiasts. Fully titled: STYLING YOUR HOME: FOUR STEPS TO NO RULES INTERIOR COOL, the workshop was run in the stunning Black Lion House.   Just walking in to the venue, creative juices were flowing. We…

August 29, 2017 atclaireshouse

Hurrah, another blog post written! This time about Harry’s new bedroom and how I created some character in the room without a ‘theme’. Harry’s bedroom was dominated by his Ikea Kura bed, a bed originally bought for our old house when he shared with his sister. I loved the bed though but I knew the layout in his room wasn’t working. Here’s the layout before we changed things, the chimney breast meant the end of the room could not fit a single bed in so this was the only place it would fit. After searches for smaller beds, toddler beds…

August 22, 2017 atclaireshouse

Hi guys! After a crazy few weeks of decorating and holidaying I’m determined to get back to regular blogging! I’ve finally finished Ruby’s room after waiting for the new carpet to be installed so thought it was time I wrote about the update! Ruby is super creative herself and she set to work on Pinterest finding images of rooms she liked. She decided on a feature wall with geometric shapes and had a rough idea of colours but left me to make the final decisions while she went away with the Grandparents. I started by making out where the lines…

July 28, 2017 atclaireshouse 2Comment

Hello, long time no (blog) speak… It seemed time to give you a little update about my plans for the blog. After being given the opportunity to write a guest blog for a fellow instagrammer that I just LOVE (more on that soon), it got me to thinking about why I like her feed so very much. It’s all about the balance of pretty pictures with actual REAL LIFE, connecting with another’s ups, downs and in-betweens!  As my life is such a mix of interests and experiences, why not widen my subject matter and include some more ‘lifestyle’ content. So,…

June 12, 2017 atclaireshouse

So as a teacher of Art and a keen sewist, knitter, crocheter and weaver it will come as no surprise that I adore Textile Art. I’ve made weaves like the one above that hang in my home to add style and texture to a space. It may seem that something hand made could look too much of a blast from the ‘shabby chic’ era, that many of us have tried to forget…However there are so many variations and fantastic independent makers and sellers out there, I’m sure there is one for everyone! Here’s 5 Instagram accounts that belong to fantastic…

June 5, 2017 atclaireshouse

  Hello! How long has it been?! Too long..my plan to post weekly has been thwarted already. Sometimes in life I think we can put too much pressure on ourselves and life just got in the way for a bit. The good thing about a break is that you return invigorated and brimming with ideas! Anywho, I’ll move on to the actual point of this blog post – the nearly teen’s room is complete! I’ve actually managed some photos of it before there are dirty clothes on the floor and the bed is made! A miracle to behold here! All…

May 15, 2017 atclaireshouse

I had written a long rambling post about decorating my ‘nearly’ teen’s room, I’m sure you’d rather see the products I chose with the scheme, so here it is. Simple, clear and hopefully bulls**t free! Style As bedrooms are cosy dens, especially in our teen years, dark walls help to create a restful space. Black was my preference and it was met with nervous nods, enough for me to go ahead. After seeing images of black walls in beautiful homes on Instagram such as these; @heatheryounguk   @kerrylockwood_   ..it gave me confidence to continue with my own ideas of…

May 2, 2017 atclaireshouse 2Comment

Tackling THE MESS So this is the same before photo from my last post but I thought I’d add in again just to demonstrate what a state the shed was in! This was after I’d dismantled 3 shelves from the wall and cleared 6-7 boxes of ‘stuff’ out – mostly inherited when we moved in…ahem nearly two years ago – shameful but true. This has surely got to be the worst part of decorating; clearing, sorting, cleaning, prepping. Boring but necessary and strangely once it’s done, a sense of pleasant accomplishment sets in. Guidelines from the Mr So there were…

April 24, 2017 atclaireshouse

What is OSB? OSB (Oriented strand board) is much like chipboard in that is made up of flakes of wood and glue. It is cheap and can come in a variety of sizes due to the manmade structure. A happy find So we recently made the decision to turn our shed/workshop in to an outdoor office for the Mr. Here’s a less than glamorous before shot: After two full days of grappling with paddling pools, half full paint cans and numerous screws and nails we have finally cleared the space. Originally the thinking was to skim or cover the walls but…

April 12, 2017 atclaireshouse

So as the Easter holidays continue as little crafting is always a good way to keep little ones amused. We had a abundance of eggs from our chickens and I decided to go all retro and do some egg blowing so that the kids (me) could decorate them! I must emphasis though that this is far from a DIY just for kids though, you could paint intricate and beautiful patterns and use these as part of your Easter decor at any age! What you’ll need: eggs, a pin, a cocktail stick, a bowl, a straw, paint and string. A little…