Packing up home

We all know the saying ‘making a house a home’, but what about having to do the exact opposite? Moving home is probably the only time you have to forcibly take all the lovely character out of your home. For someone like me, it can be a dramatic period having to take down all the accessories from my innovative ideas and be left with a bare home.

If there’s one thing I love just as much as decorating, it’s being organised. And moving home is all about organisation. You might find the idea of packing up what makes up your life a little difficult. That’s why I have a few pointers here to make the process easy and stop you from simply throwing everything in sight in to a box, and then having to rifle through it later. Here are my main questions you should always ask yourself:

Do I use this?
If it’s covered in dust and you’re wondering if it’s useful, then you should know better. If it’s an item you will use (remote control, can opener, phone charger) then make sure it will be the last thing you pack.

Will I really need this?
If you’re contemplating the pros and cons of packing up the blender early, then you’re going to have a problem. Think of packing up the home as a case of working your way down to living on essentials. And if you come across something you don’t use in everyday life (an example would be a vase) then pack it up.

Should I keep this?
In the same fashion, you might be better off getting rid of something if you don’t use it. The ideal place to find rarely used items is in wardrobes and drawers.

Could I sell this?
Your attic is a treasure trove before you move. Have old machines, clothes and furniture that you can get rid of? Then see how much they sell for on eBay. You’d be surprised what some people are willing to pay for things that you’ve no use for.

When we moved here to Kingstanding from Bristol, we used the help of Ablemove-Wottons. This little company were a great help in allowing us to plan ahead and make a big day for the family incredibly easy. With their guidance, moving became a quick case of getting the van loaded up, and not the panic we’d experienced with our big move a few years back.

You can find out more about moving home in the UK by visiting the Ablemove-Wottons website.

Greek Inspiration

Sometimes you need a change of scene to get some fresh, original and inspirational ideas for your home decor. Following a recent family holiday to Rhodes with Mark Warner, I came back full of ideas of how to freshen up my home with some south Mediterranean style and flair.

Rhodes is a beautiful sun-bathed (of course) Greek island located only around 20km from the southern Turkish coast, and thanks to its unique position at the crossroads of the southern Mediterranean Sea, it has had a rich and excited history which has of course influenced its style, décor and architecture. With Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine and Medieval influences all playing their part, it is a mish-mash of gorgeous styles from different eras that help to make up the islands charm.

With the bright sunshine, stone carvings created centuries amaze visitors at the Palace of the Grand Master in the main city of Rhodes, and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo really give you a scale of how ancient this island is.

Not to forget the bright colours of the fishing ports and villages that are scattered throughout the island. These charming old-worldly villages are often perched haphazardly on rocks surrounding a natural harbour and life goes on as it has for centuries. Their lovely sea-side quaintness definitely gave me some ideas for some fresh décor and even for my garden too! A seaside theme is timeless and can look effortlessly chic and welcoming if done right.

Whilst we there, we also took part in some watersports in the glittering blue Med. This got me to thinking about some shimmeringly sheer fabrics that would look great at the windows. And I am sorely tempted to invest in some blue glassware for our picnic set…

So don’t forget to keep your mind open to inspiration. If you are going away on holiday this year, then you could well find exactly the right look that you have been seeking. If your budget and luggage weight can stretch to it, a few key pieces from elsewhere can become a focal point to a room with a twist.


If you are looking for the same sort of ancient architecture as the Greek aesthetic but something a little bit more secluded- the architecture in Malta is of a similar fashion, although it does have its own expression and identity surrounding it, its obvious to see the similarities between the two. See more of Malta here:


Now I mentioned in my last post about moving home. When the family came here from Bristol, one of the reasons we took the house was because the living room had this fantastic bay window with a lovely view. We loved it immensely but there was just one problem, it was never warm enough. I ran in to problems figuring out what to do. And when I get in to a problem with my décor, I really can’t leave it alone.

The windows were already double glazed and the floor was insulated right, but it was quite big and the family preferred to be near the window as much as possible. The window had a cushioned bit jutting out that was perfect for sitting on during the day when the sun was coming in, but at night it would be very cold.

That’s when I came across these convector radiators. They were the answer I’d been hopelessly searching for (I had the feeling I was more invested in the problem than the rest of the household were). Because I had no clue about how to measure for a radiator like it, I phoned up the number they had on the site and found out just what was needed to do. Now I feel like an expert with a tape measure.

The radiator I bought came with all the right fittings which was great as I had no clue what a person would need to have their radiator installed. And luckily for us, getting it fitted was no problem. The carpet didn’t need any adjustments apart from a simple cut so it could sit around the pipes and the floorboards around the window were easy enough to lift up and replace.

I’d say that anyone who has a similar window area to ours should definitely think about getting one of these convector radiators. It heats the room up much more efficiently than the radiator that was hidden behind the sofa (I just turned it off) and because of the shape it doesn’t seem to be in the way like a radiator can seem to be at times.