When I lived at home I never really thought about the layout/style of our garden or anything like that but since moving into our own place my husband and I have have done a lot of work on our house and our garden. Whether you rent or own your own place with a garden you can do a few bits to to change it. If you don’t own it then check with your landlord before you do anything too drastic though!

When we first moved in to our house the priority was the house itself as we weren’t really too sure what to do with the garden. We have quite a small back garden so all we did was get rid of a few plants and trees we didn’t like.

4 years on we are now trying to plan exactly how we want it and have been looking online for inspiration.

Something easy that can make your garden look bigger is if you have a larger patio to grass ratio then flip this round to suit your needs. We wanted more grass than patio and by removing some slabs and getting a few rolls of turf we managed to get nearly twice as much grass area as we had before.

Some other suggestions:

  • If you have a seating area, put this in a corner so the garden doesn’t feel crowded
  • If you don’t want flowerbeds you can create a graveled area for pot plants. This is ideal if you don’t want to spend too much time on the upkeep.
  • If you have a garage, do you really need a shed too? A shed can take up valuable room and most of us don’t need one.
  • Climbing plants are a great way to introduce greenery/colour to your garden.
  • If you have any walls/fences or a garage then paint it white and it can create the illusion of extra space and light. It also provides a contrast with the plants and flowers.

If you have children then the following may be a good idea:

  • Give them there own plant to look after.
  • Make a bug box by collecting any creatures you can find.
  • Create a fairy garden at the base of a large tree.

Grasslands have created an online campaign giving people ideas to make their small gardens family friendly and if you have any ideas you can contact them on social media using the hashtag: #familyfriendlygarden

Sarah x

We have always had a lot of plain walls in our house but I am at the point now where I want to start adding more pictures and things but I don’t want to have to worry about ruining the paint. I have previously used a couple of things from Tesa and I am so impressed with their adhesive nail/powerstrip range.

The Tesa smart mounting system is so easy to use and is ideal for homeowners, these hanging strips can be purchased on Amazon.

You can buy different options depending on the weight of your product which I think is a great idea. The fact they are removable too is good if you plan to take a picture down in the near future and don’t want to have made a massive hole in the wall by using a nail or something similar.

They are so easy and simple to use and take no time at all. The instructions are clear and if you do want to remove them you can then just buy extra strips to stick on them.

I think they would be handy if you are renting and you aren’t allowed to hang things up as these won’t leave a mark when removed.

What do you usually use to hang things on the wall?

Sarah x

Whilst browsing Prezzybox I came across an amazing selection of cat products, things actually for cats as well as things for cat fans like myself.

Cat Selfie

£9.99

The cat selfie is an incredible idea. I always struggle getting photos with my cats so this genius idea clips on to you phone and has a dangling bell on to attract your cats attention so you can take a great pic! you can also put a bit of food on it 🙂

Personalised enamel cat bowl

£14.99

I think these bowls are so cute, just hoping my cats can read and always use the correct one haha. I love how cute personalised things are and Prezzybox have a gift idea for everyone. I hope my vats realise how lucky they are!

The bowls are really well made and easy to clean. I love the cute little handles on the side too and the font for their names is really pretty.

Do you have pets? Do they have special food bowls or anything?

Sarah x

I want to start sharing more home ware items with you so thought I would start off and show you all my new rug I got from Land of Rugs.

We wanted a red rug to go in our living room under our coffee table and this one was ideal.

To find the perfect rug I searched by colour and then once you haven’t selected the one you like you can then pick from a variety of sizes to suit. We went for one slightly longer than we needed so there was extra space at the side of the table if our cats wanted to sit on it as it is super soft.

As you can see it is a great fit and really brings the perfect amount of colour into our living room. This particular rug comes in 10 different shades and in a variety of sizes:

80 x 150cm [2’7″x4’11”] 120 x 170cm [3’11″x5’7″] 160 x 230cm [5’3″x7’6″] 200 x 290cm [6’6″x9’6″]

We went for the 80x150cm one. I am really impressed with the price as I always thought a rug would be a lot more expensive and this one is so soft and the cats love it! Delivery was free and it arrived in only a couple of days.

They also have a lot of other rugs to pick from and colours/sizes to suit every room. This stripey one is really cool! I am thinking of getting another rug to go in our bedroom.

Do you have a rug in your bedroom or living room?

Sarah x

All Candles Wholesale are a fab website to buy cheap/bulk packs of candles. They have such an amazing range to pick from, so whether you want a few its for around the house or are planning a wedding or party they have something for you!

This cute set comes with a reed diffuser and a candle, the perfect treat for yourself or gift for someone. The scent I went for is lily and bamboo. There are 5 other scents to pick from for this set:

Ceder wood & vanilla

Jamine & vetiver

Kiwi & beramot

Petitgrain & sandalwood

Pomegranate & mango

It is great value at £21.55 as both products are great quality and it comes presented in a beautiful box.

I love the scent, you can smell it as soon as you open the box! Was really impressed with the size of the products too.

Sarah x