Archives for January 2018

The House of Otero-Mora

So I’ve fallen in love with a house in Madrid. This happens to be one of my biggest problems 😛 falling in love with too many homes. I swear I could live just about anywhere and in any house but La Coruña, Spain does sound like a pretty good place to retire when I grow up. And it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from my homeland and gorgeous family in England. This beautiful exotic couple Isabel Otero and Ramiro Mora from Ramisa Projects & Fun created a dream home from a 1900’s dilapidated house that was pretty much ready for demolishing but like any smart couple they saw the magic (& good bones) that this house had on offer. What I love about this house is that when they started rebuilding they incorporated a few things that added so much beauty and charm that it truly gave it that homely feeling as well as imbuing it with such a wonderful character. Inspired much??? How gorgeous is it? The white walls and natural wooden floors along with exposed brick, white subway tiles and dado panelled walls sound overwhelming but they are such a stunning combination as you can see. Even the edwardian ceiling rose doesn’t look out of place here. There’s that cabinet in the dining room that’s stunning and the sofa looks so comfy. They do have a rotation of furniture going on that probably has more to do with photo shoots as the home has been featured in several Spanish magazines. Enjoy this wonderful gem….

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Breath Easy Closet Organisation

So you made a New Years resolution to lose weight, develop patience, meditate or keep a gratitude journal. For me it was to become more organised with my time. 2017 was full of challenges and it threw out any consistency or routine I believed I had and left me at times feeling like I was drowning in a sea of confronting and overwhelming issues. So I decided that to start off I would organize my closet and save time not having to hunt for everything I needed. When life gets overwhelming anything can be a challenge including the small stuff….and organising a closet can be an arduous journey but I’ve definitely been there before….multiple times now. But once upon a time I had no idea where to start? 10 years ago after the birth of my second daughter I had friends and family give me so many gifts. I kind of shoved everything into the wardrobe half organizing them as they went in. It was only a couple of months after that I sorely regretted what I had done. I had been so tired that I just let everything build up and by the time I felt like I had the energy to deal with the mess it had gotten crazy huge. Soooo not good….oh where to start???? I didn’t have internet at that time because it still wasn’t available where I lived and so I had to learn the hard way how to sort out all that stuff out. To start off I’m going to tell you something you probably already know….the key is to keep things organised from the get go, but if you’re overwhelmed by the equivalent of falling into an abyss and never being seen again then I’ve got some tips for you. SPOILER ALERT… really, it is a warning – it’s going to get messier before it gets cleaner so be prepared to put in a bit of time getting it sorted. Try not to get overwhelmed by the sight of it all. The relief and pride you feel after you’ve finished is definitely worth the time and effort. I pulled everything out of my robe and threw it on my bed then that way I had to deal with it before bed giving myself an entire day to sort it. It sounds extreme but I refolded everything and started making piles. Step 1…You’ll need…

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