stylish winter essentials #Over50

Aspiring to buy and still look great in your clothes when you are over fifty, can sometimes feel like a real struggle.

Feel the Hygge


I've been a lifetime admirer of all things Scandinavian.  From the furniture to the landscapes and in particular the philosophy behind the Danish word Hygge (pronounced hue - gah).

Interior home magazine photoshoot

I've been approached on numerous occasions over the years to have my home featured in an interior home magazine but never felt it was up to the scrutiny of those beautiful glossy pages full of immaculate homes and stylish interiors.  

Air Hogs Switchblade

The first thing I have to say about this post is "OMG the cushions covers are off the sofa ! "

Washable paper bag pots

                                                                        Photo :  Tavanastudio

Trying not to go into a total meltdown over the impending visit of the photographer from Ideal Home magazine this week, I decided to have a little retail therapy and treat myself to some new bits for my home.

LSA International

I have a bit of an obsession with beautifully designed home wares.  Just when I think I have the perfect combination of new and vintage items arranged around my home,  I discover another piece of perfect white gorgeousness that just has to fit in somewhere.

The Leesa mattress for children

We can often overlook the importance of a mattress when it comes to the quality of sleep for our children.  A mattress should be like  a well made pair of shoes.

Camerich contemporary furniture

I am still on the lookout for that one unique piece of statement furniture to complete my living room.  Its the one room left in the house that I feel has an unfinished look about it.  Because of the layout of the room and my reluctant agreement to a large screen tv (I do live in a house with four men) there is a limit to how I can position furniture.

Denim Drift Dulux 2017 Colour of the Year

‘Denim Drift’ announced as 2017 Colour of the Year
Dulux encourages a new outlook on life with the launch of key colour trends for 2017

Thrifty bedroom makeover

My bedroom has always been a bit of a dumping ground for laundry, stock and generally stuff that I just didn't want to look at.  I have tried over recent years to regain some order, especially as I am often sent bedroom related items to review.  

Favourite #Over50 Style bloggers

I don't remember when I first became aware of "style".  As a teenager I had my fair share of terrible fashion faux pax .  

Lessa Mattress update

In November last year we were very fortunate to be sent the Innovative new Leesa mattress to review.  You can read the original post HERE .   The post has continued to create a lot of interest with people leaving comments, emailing and asking questions on facebook and twitter.

Celebrating classic British furniture

I am regularly sent press releases and updates on current trends and news in the interiors and furniture world.

My 15 favourite UK Home and Interiors blogs

As a (mostly) homes and interiors blogger, one of the things I enjoy when I have some spare time is to browse similar blogs.  

Vintage Rocks Chalk Paint - Oars

I was recently asked to try out some rather cool looking chalk paint from an equally cool named company called Vintage Rocks.  

Devon County Show

Despite having lived in Devon for over 25 years I have only been to the Devon County Show on a handful of occasions.  

Bloom and Wild

Everyone knows I am a flower addict ( well who isn't) Its the only colour I allow in my home.  

Be back soon !

I'm a bit preoccupied at the moment working on the launch of the white approach online shop.  I will be back to blogging as soon as its up and running.

If you haven't yet subscribed to the new website shop you can do so at the bottom of the home page HERE

Subscribers will be the first to know about all the new stock, special offers and discounts.

Exciting times!

Thank you

Karen X 

Big Ideas, Small space

Searching for inspiration for my garden she shed, I recently came across an article on how to decorate a contemporary small space.

The White Approach Candle

I was just a little bit excited today when a delivery arrived.  It was a box full of beautifully scented candles for my soon to be re-launched website.

Lene Bjerre at Houseology

I came across the Scandinavian brand Lene Bjerre on Houseology recently and immediately fell in love with their classic design style.

DIY white stool makeover

Although I no longer paint or renovate furniture for a living, I still enjoy an occasional project.  When I saw two badly decoupaged wooden stools in a local Devon charity shop I knew they would be a quick and easy DIY painting project.

the white approach online shop

Returning to work in a "proper job" leaves me very little time these days to indulge my passion for bargain hunting and tracking down stylish affordable items for the home.  When I do find something and post it on my social media, I am often asked where or if it can be bought.

April #Stylewise

The trouble with having eleven year old twin boys is they no longer want to go anywhere in the school holidays.  Its a real trial trying to encourage them out of their bedroom and away from the computers and gadgets !  So I decided to take myself off yesterday for a bit of a mooch around the local charity shops in Heavitree and Topsham.  

The boys bedroom before & after

As the Bank holiday Easter weekend was mostly rained off, we managed to finish the makeover of the twins industrial style bedroom.

Easter DIY The Bathroom

Its nearly Easter and that time of year when all good interior DIY decorating enthusiasts get out their tools !  With the promise of better weather and a long weekend off work, its a great time to finish off all those little jobs around the house or just give a room a freshen up.  

The Cotswold Candle Co

The quickest and easiest pick me up just has to be the scent of a quality candle, it also helps if it looks lovely too.  Fortunately for me, the candle I was recently sent to review by the Cotswold Candle Co ticked both those boxes and some !

March #Stylewise

I'm busy with real life at the moment, lots of follow up appointments with the husband and blogging is perhaps not a regular as it should be.  

Iconic Lights Review

As brand ambassadors for Iconic Lighting we have been fortunate to be sent a lovely selection of lighting for our home.  We are currently giving the twins bedroom a Makeover so selected lighting from the huge choice on offer to complement the new look industrial theme of their room.  

Pinterest for Independent & Small businesses

Family map art watercolour by Miss Design Berry

As I Have run a small business myself I know only to well how hard it can be to find money for a marketing and advertising budget.  Today, more than ever there are a wealth of free resources available, especially through social media.  

Start-rite Shoes Review

A new school term and a new pair of shoes or three is usually the case in this house.  With twin boys, we find ourselves having to buy several pairs throughout the course of the school year.  

Thrifty Shopping - #Stylewise

I found myself with a little time on my hands on Friday, so what better way to spend it than doing a little thrifty shopping, a great source of inspiration and white interior design bargains.

Living Room Mood Board

The stunning Jonna rocker armchair from John Lewis

I decided a little interior design mood board was in order as I am soon to be getting my living room back as an adult space.

The photo shoot

Blogging has bought me many wonderful experiences, trips and treats but this is the first photo shoot for a national newspaper article !  

Tidy, Tidy, Tidy

January is one of those months, when the weather is usually awful and we don't have any money, so staying indoors is a much easier option.  Its the perfect time to sort out all the post Christmas clutter and tidy it away freeing the rest of the year up to hopefully, spend more time out and about.  

The White Bedroom

Eclectic style bedroom by Egger`s Einrichten
by Egger`s Einrichten

For me white is peaceful, its calm, its clean and fresh.  I can't think of a better room more suited to white than the bedroom.

The Industrial look Boys Room

Sharing a room when you are twins will always have its ups and downs.  Least of my boys worries though, is the decor. They really don't care.  Although their own personalities have crept into each of their personal spaces, they are happy for me to decorate how I see fit, Result !

Winter White Ski Lodge Style

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Its that time of year when all the festivities are over, the weather is usually grey, wet and cold and all most of us want to do is curl up until spring arrives.  

Quality or Quantity ? School Shoes Review

We know a thing or two about buying school shoes with three sons.  When Start-rite contacted me recently and asked if we would like to review their shoes,