Places I’ll be whacking with a hammer

I’ve started this blog to share my adventures, successes and mishaps in interior design and DIY on three houses that I am working on at the moment. I hope it will be useful to people embarking on similar projects (possibly learning from my mistakes) and that perhaps more experienced DIYers will be happy to share tips with me. I’ll be trying out different techniques and testing specific products along the way.

Just to be clear no one is paying me to endorse any particular products and I don’t own three houses, if I have that much money I’d get someone in! Here’s a quick outline of the current projects on the go…

My HouseOur house front

A three bed 1920’s suburban semi-detached with a host of original features mainly a wonky path, rotting wooden windows and a crumbling back wall. It is crying out to be extended and planning permission has been submitted and passed by the council. Now it has to pass the stringent and ambiguous views of a local heritage foundation, the good news is that they haven’t said no yet! While I’m waiting I’m trying to completely declutter and fix niggling problems so I don’t go mad.


jo's kitchen 2My Little Sister’s Flat

A one bedroom ex council flat in London. It has SO much potential but my sister has a super demanding job and absolutely no interest in décor (or tidying up.) But now she has a new man on the scene and can’t let him come round to her pad as he will assume she is in the throws of a mental breakdown, this  is just the opportunity I needed to get my meddling mits in there. Every time I tell people that I’m helping her do up her flat she reminds me it’s just the kitchen but we’ll see about that won’t we…


Library beforeMy Parent’s House

A five bedroom house up north with loads of space that has been filled with stuff. I grew up in this house so there are lots of memories attached and many of the items filling the space belonged to my lovely Nanna who passed away a few years ago. On the plus side its almost like a second hand shop in some rooms – need a rotisserie, glasses, a good book, snail forks? They’re all there if you look hard enough! On a good day mum will let me start sifting through a lovely room we call the library because the main features are the gorgeous, wooden book shelves my dad made –  we used to have Christmas dinner and karaoke parties in here. On a bad day my mum tells me to get out and stop messing.

3 thoughts on “Places I’ll be whacking with a hammer

  1. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like
    to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you
    center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.

    I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?


    1. Hello,

      Glad you’re enjoying my blog. I always have a plan of what I’m going to write before I even sit down. I never think of anything when I’m sat at a computer, it’s always when I’m out and about or doing chores and my mind is free to wander so I always have a notepad to jot down ideas, phrases or draw pictures. I know that’s ridiculously old school but so much easier to flick through when you do sit down to write to and gets you straight in the zone. Then just start – even if its with the end – and remember its not going out live so you can always change it.

      Hope this helps and keep writing,



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