• A cracked tile is not only unsightly but, in certain areas like a shower, can be detrimental to the very structure of a building as any moisture that makes its way through can lead to mould or rot. Not good! Thankfully, replacing a broken tile is a relatively quick and easy ...
  • Smaller, lesser-used rooms are a great place to experiment with home décor. I've done it by going dark in our Loo, trying pink (a colour I never thought I'd have in the house!) in our Guest Bedroom, and most recently by painting a coloured ceiing in our Guest Ensuite. ...
  • The original finish on our oak floors has started to show serious signs of wear in the high-traffic areas of our house, particularly in the hallway and sitting room. The medium-term plan for the hallway is to replace it with tile, but we decided to refinish the existing floor as part of our sitting ...
  • Our new couch has taken up temporary residence in the hallway as illness hampers progress in the sitting room. Thankfully, however, key decisions have been made and important preparatory work has been completed. Here's a status update on the sitting room makeover ...
  • Not all projects in the house are glamorous! This one, however, is a very necessary one and it's a pretty straightforward DIY, as you will see. Here's how we (and by that, I mean Hubby) installed a toilet in our ...
  • Tiling a wall may seem like a daunting task, but with some careful preparation, it's a very doable DIY project. This step-by-step guide talks you through the process from start to finish. For this project, I use subway tiles in a staggered pattern but, with some modifications, the process is the ...
  • One of the things we really liked about our house when we first viewed it was the exterior woodwork. But we made one mistake that almost cost us our gorgeous iroko. Thankfully, with good advice and the right products, we did manage to save it from the ...
  • Our guest bedroom, which is currently undergoing a makeover, has a chimney that rises from ground floor and which awkwardly divides one side of the bedroom. There was no way I was ever going to be able to hide it or disguise it, so instead I decided to make a feature of ...
  • It's time for a really exciting part of our Guest Bedroom Makeover! I am very happy to be moving on to something that I actually enjoy doing: hanging wallpaper. I am using a beautiful wallpaper mural called Etched Arcadia from Anthropologie to create a feature wall behind the ...
  • Last Thursday evening, I took the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshop at The Gaiety Antiques & Vintage Store in Galway, one of my absolute favourite shops. I had already been using this paint around the house, but was curious to learn more about ...
  • Hurray! Finally the day has arrived where we get to make the one change to this room that was the reason we wanted to renovate it in the first place: the floor tiles. I have done a lot of tiling over the years, so today I'm sharing my top DIY tips for laying floor ...
  • The first day we viewed our house, I decided that the knotty orange pine had to go. Replacing it is just too big and expensive an undertaking, so instead it's getting a makeover. Watch as its tall, dark and handsome side is ...
  • Painting a wall seems like the simplest DIY job you can do, right? Most of the time, that's true. But there are also times when it can go horribly, horribly wrong ... and I'm not talking about that time the dog found the paint ...