Shattered and needing your help!

Double Mattress
I could quite happily jump in!

Sleep. Something taken so much for granted, certainly by me! I remember (with some embarrassment now) proclaiming how utterly exhausted I was after a late night after being out on the tiles, or after being up too late on Ebay.

Now I have children. I know what tired is!

Luckily (please don’t throw anything at me!), both my boys slept through quite early, Kieran who is now 4.5yrs sleep through from 3.5weeks and Taylor, who is now 4.5months slept through from 7 weeks. I rarely have interrupted nights as such but I don’t often feel like I have slept well if that makes sense? For the past 6 years or so I have woken up pretty much bang on 5am, regardless of the season, what time I went to bed etc so the time I do spend in bed, needs to be quality time.

I am currently dipping my toes into some amateur interior design, and the last room on the list is our bedroom. I’m fast coming round to thinking it should be much further up! You see our room, is less boudoir, more storage room. We’ve been in this house for over 3 years and I am ashamed to say haven’t got a decent lightshade up yet! The cheap, knock together bed we bought as a “just for now” thing, is still here (and is still hideous) so a new double bed is also a must.

So – Mums, Dads, Interior design gurus…. do you have any tips on how I can maximise (on a budget) the storage in a very small room, and make my room somewhere I can relax and properly switch off? I’m looking for colour advice, materials, style, lighting, anything that will promote a good night’s sleep for this busy, and quite frankly shattered Mum! First on the list might have to be a new double mattress!


I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas! I will now pop and get another bucket of coffee and continue ploughing on! Thanks all!

Interior Design, A Crush On A Fellow Blogger & Some Mild Stalking

I have a crush on a fellow blogger. Her name is Karen and last month (was it only last month?) I stumbled across her newest blog, The White Approach. I knew Karen from Twitter and her original (and also fantastic) blog, AllAboutTheBoys.

It was The White Approach and this post specifically that re-started my resolve to get this house sorted. Browsing through the site I realised that 1) we have similar tastes and 2) my house wasn’t going to sort itself out magically.

Karen has used window film to really make the best of this hall window, letting light in and adding privacy and as soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I needed. Our house is streetside so every man and his dog walks past the window and tends to stop for a gander in (really!) and the back of the house is a private road but you can see straight into both our kitchen windows when the light in on, nets or nets so something had to be sorted! I didn’t want blinds as I didn’t want to lose the light. Karen suggested Purlfrost as a site to nosy at and nosy I did. A couple of days later some samples arrived.

Samples to see not only how much light the film lets in but also so I could do a "night test" to see just how much privacy my overlooked home could regain

Instantly I could see what a difference this would make to my kitchen and lounge and chose the Bloom pattern for both my windows downstairs and White Frost for ultimate privacy in my large bathroom window which faces all the gardens!!

You can see just how effective nets have been during the day, night was worse.
Night test - Roy washing up... pre-window film, you'd be able to see his stubble 🙂












Really, the photos don’t do the transformation justice, but I am ever so grateful that I found The White Approach, and Purlfrost. This is just one (vast) improvement I have made to my home, which has been relatively cheap but has made it a much nicer space to be a family in.

Assuming there isn’t a restraining order, I continue to stalk/look to the White Approach for inspiration and will let you know how I get on. There are big plans for Cawood Castle, a revamped bathroom, spruced up kitchen and more. Maybe when I get the house sorted, I’ll start on the garden – but that is most definitely a post for another day!

Bathroom with net (Yuck)
You can see how easy it is to be seen!
What a difference, clean & private!