As you've all seen from our Instagram and blog I'm soon going to be becoming a mum! With only a week to go now we wanted to fill you in on what this means for TGUE and to thank you for all of your well wishes and kind words of encouragement along the way.
With the baby arriving in May we're having to find more creative space saving ideas to make the best of our little London flat. This super easy console table came about as I needed something slim but tall enough to cover a radiator and couldn't find anything with the right dimensions. It was so easy to do though and saved me a tonne of money. I'm now trying to think of what else I can attach hairpin legs to!
As yesterday was officially the most depressing day of the year we thought we'd follow it up with some last minute sale bargains to pull us out of the January blues. Many people think that the best sale pieces will be gone by now but it's actually our favourite time to shop
Wow what a year 2017 has been! It's been a big year for both of us and next year is promising to be even bigger (as is my rapidly expanding waistline). Having got married and come home from an Italian honeymoon with slightly more than just a mozzarella tummy it's all been quite a whirlwind to say the least!
As we head in to December this week we're in full Christmas swing. Both Wendy and I can be fairly tricky to buy for so we start mentally planning what we'd like fairly early on to give our other halves a slight head start. Below is a compilation of some of the best gifts we've already received and loved and what we still have on our ultimate wish lists. Hope you're reading boys!
We can’t believe Christmas is only six weeks away. If you’re as disorganised as us then the first part of our Christmas gift guide may seem a little premature. We thought it would be a good idea to start early with the boys as they’re always the most difficult,
So after a wonderful break full of fun and travel we're back together and super excited for the season ahead! What a crazy summer it's been for us both. I've become a wife and spent three amazing weeks traveling around the best of France and Italy and Wendy has been mostly residing in vineyards and exploring the Spanish coastline.
We started The Grown Up Edit in 2016 and so began our search for new inspiration. In doing so we noticed that there were literally thousands of blogs available on the Internet. It can be hard to sift through the mass of websites to find those that truly inspire and inform, luckily most of the work has been done for you in this blog post!
Dani is possibly the best sale shopper I’ve ever met. It has to be said I’m not very good at bargain hunting, lets say it overwhelms me. That was until I had the Bicester Village experience, where you get to sale shop in a calm environment with no clutter.
With a fast approaching wedding and a dress fitting in two weeks you can understand my panic (being a self confessed shoe addict) that I'm still yet to find my dream pair! So continuing with the hunt Wendy and I set off to the motherland last week and filtered through all that Bicester Village had to offer in a bid to find this Cinderella her perfect fit.
I'm forever on the hunt of beautiful prints to hang on our walls and if it can be something personal well then that's even better. With it being Soheil's birthday last weekend I thought it would be a wonderful chance to purchase a print from the Scandinavian brand Mapiful that I have been coveting for a while now.
I've been lusting after Toast's Moroccan style Pom Pom throw for months now, but with a fast approaching wedding to pay for I just couldn't justify the cost. So on a recent trip to Marrakech I thought I'd seek out Toast's original source of inspiration and was so glad that I did.
My husband has a few addictions, my favourite being his collection of art photography books, thousands of them, well at least it looks like that. When I moved in with Laurie they were all arranged nicely by subject and completely functional. Unfortunately not so interesting on the eye.
After getting engaged last year I'm ashamed to say that it was only a matter of hours before the search for the dress began. As a self confessed shopaholic it was the part I was looking forward to most but the actual process of visiting bridal shops didn't live up to my expectations. That was until Wendy introduced me to Lucky Bride.
One thing that has never changed in my life, is my enjoyment of new underwear on Valentine's. It has to be said, at this time in my life I’m happy with quality time together, finding February 14th more romantic at home than publicly in a restaurant.
As a self confessed hoarder, I often find myself applying sentimental attachment to clothing and not wanting to let go. But with a fast approaching wedding to pay for and an over-spilling wardrobe I thought it was the perfect time to have a clear out and raise some funds in the process.
Today is Blue Monday, so whether you want to hide beneath the bed covers or have your mood lifted with a wonderful free gift, we’re here to help. Today we have a readers offer with Draper London. We are gifting their wonderful luxury bedding to one of our readers.
As January drags on and the nights get colder we love nothing more than to sit on the sofa and browse the sales. You might think that all the good stuff will be gone by now but it's actually our favourite time to shop as it's when everything's 50% or less and there are so many bargains to be found.
We try and make the style of our home as eclectic as we can afford. You’ll find anything from 18th Century mirrors, vintage Eames chairs, contemporary photography, even Scandinavian furniture. Our method is to throw it all together and some how it will work.
For the final instalment of our Christmas Gift guide we've rounded up our favourite pieces for the little ones, furry friends and always tricky parents/grandparents. Kicking off with the kids we called upon our lovely friend and amazing photographer Sarah Griggs to put together an edit of some of the best children's gifts out there as this is much more her area of expertise. Follow her beautiful Instagram account for daily home and stylish mum inspo at @peas.in.my.pod.
So we're nearly a week in to December and the Christmas shopping is in full swing! It seems to have really crept up on us this year and we always tend to struggle more with the boys. If you do too then we're here to help as below we've edited some classic gifts that we've tried and tested and always go down well with our other halves. Next week we'll be rounding things off with gift ideas for kids, pets and parents so keep posted.
After a weekend of being bombarded by black Friday emails and given that today is officially cyber Monday we thought what better time to post the first instalment of our Christmas gift guide. This one is aimed at helping out the boys as it's everything a lady could wish for to suit every budget. We'll be following it up with a round up of gifts for men and children so keep posted. But for now it's all about us and after what's been a full on year we might be treating ourselves to some of these festive gifts too!
My teenage stepson chose the loft conversion bedroom when we moved in to our house a few years ago. It was a long dark room with just one small window on the end. Probably a teenage boys dream but now he’s nearly 19 years old, it was definitely time for a revamp.
One of my favourite parts of being freelance is the unexpected mid-week days off that I often get to spend with my parents indulging in some of the much loved hobbies of the retired. I love nothing more on a Tuesday afternoon than meeting them at an auction house to pick out a beautiful antique at what I’ll hopefully get at a bargain price.
There are some trends that will never die and for me frayed denim is one of them. Up there with my trusted leather jacket and striped Breton, denim that has been lived in is something I’m forever in search of and often the D.I.Y approach is much more convincing than the high street imposters.
One man's trash is another man's treasure… A mantra we live by at The Grown Up Edit. In this case the man is a woman and the trash was a pair of dining room chairs discovered in my parents loft which I transformed in to my now very much treasured bedroom chairs.
I’m a huge fan of having pictures everywhere in our house. The rooms we live in are mostly taken up with art photography. These are dynamic and interesting but they just don’t exude the warmth of a good old family pic. This is where our hallway comes in. Somewhere we can put all our memories.
Picking new colours when decorating, for me, has always been hard work. Considering 80% of my work is about colours and painting faces I should be great at it but I always seemed to lack the confidence when painting walls.