• Ikea Poang Review
    Interior Design,  Parenting/Baby Related,  Product Reviews

    Ikea Poang Chair Review – Our New Nursing Chair

    I bought the Ikea Poang chair because we’ve recently moved Theo into his own room and I hadn’t realised that I’d need a chair in there to feed him during the night. At first, I used one of our plastic chairs from the kitchen but it really made my back hurt. I’d read lots of good things online about the Poang but wanted to test it out first so I headed over to Ikea with Theo in tow. I’ve heard that Ikea is breastfeeding friendly and they let you sit in the chairs and feed in them but now Theo is on solids he’s only feeding at specific times so…

  • DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
    Interior Design,  Recipes,  Tutorials

    DIY Christmas Tree Decorations from Salt Dough

    I had a very fun Sunday making some DIY decorations for my Christmas Tree. We’ve decorated the lounge since last year so our old decorations no longer match the room, I bought some silver baubles and snowflakes from Ikea but wanted to add a homemade touch to the tree with some white ornaments. To do this I whipped up some salt dough and spent a fun afternoon cutting out shapes and painting them! You need: One cup of plain flour Half a cup of salt Half a cup of water Half a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional) Acrylic Paint 1.Preheat the oven to 100 degrees centigrade. 2. Mix the…

  • Upcycle a Mirror
    Inspiration,  Interior Design,  Tutorials

    DIY Vanity Table: Upcycle a Mirror

    I’ve been holding this in for a while but I’m excited to finally tell you about the project that I came up with for Wayfair.co.uk! I was able to choose an item from their site to upcycle and then put together a tutorial on how to bespoke it into something extra special. I decided to upcycle a mirror into a multipurpose vanity table using glass jars and hose clips. You can read the full tutorial on Wayfair’s site here! Hope you like it, let me know what you think!  

  • Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Upcycling Idea: DIY Lightbulb Pears

    This is one of my favourite DIYs because it turns something innocuous into a beautiful addition to the home. Who would have thought that it was possible to DIY an old lightbulb?! This upcycling idea creates cute ornaments perfectly for a shabby chic decorated home. They’re also pretty easy to make (as long as you don’t mind getting messy fingers!) You will need: Old lightbulb Mod Podge Matte Twine Paint brush Stalk of a bush/twig 1. Brush a light layer of glue onto the end of the lightbulb – there’s no point covering all of the bulb at this point because it’ll dry before you get to it. 2. Coil…

  • Ideas for JArs
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Things To Do With Jars

    Sorry for the hiatus folks, I’ve been working on a couple of exciting projects which has left OHD a little bit neglected! Rest assured I’m back, I’m inspired and I’m ready to blog! After the B&Q AW14 press day earlier in the year, I was really impressed with their attention to detail on the home furnishings front and the little extra touches. One of my favourites was this large jar which can fill a multitude of purposes! When I was lucky enough to be given the chance to choose my favourite piece from the collection to post about, the jar was a no brainer. What I really love about this…

  • Upcycle-A-Wine-Bottle-FI
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Upcycling A Wine Bottle with Spray Paint

    It’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been on holiday and also working on a couple of exciting projects that I’ll be able to share soon but I’m back now and back to crafting with a vengeance! One thing my holiday confirmed for me is that I really like wine, which is unfortunate because not only is it alcoholic so not acceptable to consume that often, it’s also the devil’s work when it comes to dieting (sugar overload). You can’t win them all can you? One of my favourite wines is a Rose called Mateus Tempranillo and its unusual shaped packaging is a great candidate for an upcycling…

  • Katharine House Recycling Centre
    Inspiration,  Interior Design

    Katharine House Recycling Centre, Stafford’s Best Kept Secret

    As any keen DIYer knows, finding the perfect piece of furniture for upcycling is tricky, particularly if you’re on a budget. Luckily for me (and now you) I have stumbled across the most amazing place and, being in the Midlands, it’s pretty accessible! This upcycling mecca is Katharine House Recycling Centre – it is full of incredible bargains like a grandfather clock for £80 or a solid pine cot for £25! It has a big selection of all types of furniture, from wardrobes to sideboards to sofas. There’s also an awesome collection of crockery, ornaments, board games, DVDs and the list goes on! The recycling centre works on donations from…

  • Furniture Renovation - Upcycling an Ottoman
    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    Renovation Sensation – Upcycling an Ottoman

    Excitingly, I was recently invited to take part in the Direct Blinds Renovation Sensation competition. The premise of the competition is to demonstrate that old, discarded pieces of furniture can be renovated and given a new lease of life. Which, for a crafter, is pretty much a given and I loved the concept as it’s an important message to share with the world! To buy my piece of furniture I went to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Warehouse in Sale – this place is AMAZING. It’s chock full of awesome furniture that’s been donated or picked up at house clearances and it’s all going for a song, not…

  • DIY Heart Bunting from Paper
    Interior Design,  Papercraft,  Tutorials

    DIY Heart Bunting from Paper

    The beauty of being crafty is that there are always lots of things to make and do to keep your environment fresh without having to spend any money. I’ve recently been suffering from tonsillitis which has meant I’ve been spending alot of time on the sofa, under a blanket in the living room watching TV and it made me realise that I’m a bit bored of the ‘welcome home’ bunting that I made a while ago and fancied a change so after dosing myself up with some soluble aspirin and a hot drink I made the journey up the stairs to the craft room and got started on some new…

  • B&Q AW14 Press Day
    Interior Design

    B&Q AW14 Press Day

    Fresh from Glastonbury, on Tuesday I headed down to London to the B&Q Aw14 Press Day. On a lovely sunny day I was greeted at the door to the event by Father Christmas – all quite surreal in July! B&Q are aware that they’re currently perceived as a destination for practical help and advice rather than for interior style inspiration and their Christmas collection really demonstrates the work that they’re doing to try and change this. I dove right in to the full Christmas experience, first viewing the new collection of Christmas trees. The range this year has expanded from the traditional imitation trees to include more pre-lit and pre…