Why seasonal decor is worth the money and where to invest yours this autumn.

Lynn McMurray

This past weekend has been spent ‘autumnising’ my home. It's out with the old and in with the new, refreshing my decor accents for the season ahead.  My hurricane vases are no longer filled with sand and sea shells. They now contain pine cones, gourds and mini pumpkins. Gone are the pastel coloured cushions and throws. They've been laundered, packed away and have now been replaced with the warming colours and prints of the season.  It’s always a pleasure to un-pack my bits and bobs from the previous year and see what I’ve got. I rediscover pieces I love and...

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Where can I find unique gifts this Christmas?

Lynn McMurray
It's the holy grail right? A Christmas present that's well thought out and just a little bit different. But where do all these unique little gems hang out? I'll tell you where you need to shop and why.
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How to build your own strategy to prevent the winter blues

Lynn McMurray

  If you’re anything like me it’s probably already happened. That dawning. That realisation. That feeling in the pit of your stomach. It happened to me today. I wandered from pot to pot in my garden, ‘dead heading’ and watering, desperately trying to prolong life in my summer containers for just… a few…. more weeks.  I looked up at the tops of the trees. Their tell-tale shades of copper and golden brown spreading out, colour changing by a few leaves every day. Today is the day. That day in the year when I have to reluctantly accept that summer is...

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Top tips for autumn kerb appeal

Lynn McMurray

I feel honoured that my neighbours always complement me on my entry way and garden space to the front of my home. ‘Lynn’ they say in a good natured way ‘you put the rest of us to shame!’  ‘How do you do it?’ I get asked a lot about adding a seasonal touch to the outside of the home as well as the inside and especially at this time of year. Your summer plants are starting to fade, the days are turning cooler and you’re just not ready to let go of summer. Rather than mourn the passing of summer...

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Did your customer service offer a moment of truth today?

Lynn McMurray

Let me share a couple of moments of truth from my day today. It’s been a long one. I’ve been tramping round a trade show all day before making my weary way back to my hotel. I’d planned to pick up my bag, catch up on some work for an hour or two then head to the station for a late train home — a slave to the post 6pm ticket bargain! I trundled into the hotel bar (which at 4pm was deserted) and was greeted warmly by the barman. We chatted as I looked around, mentally attempting to pick the best...

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5 Top Tips for a quick and easy home decor update!

Lynn McMurray

Right now you’re in a panic. You agreed to host the next book club night but your entertaining space feels more ‘drab and bleak’ than ‘cool and chic’. Right now you’re bored. Your decor is just, well...dull! The big stuff - carpet, walls, furniture etc are all ok but you’re fed up looking at the same accessories you had when ‘Changing Rooms’ was on. The first time round. Right now you have house envy. You feel like your friends’ homes all look pulled together while yours….well….just lacks something!  Stop! Before you start ringing all the local interior designers and decorators...

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