Monday Catch-Up #56


The buzz word for this week is definitely ‘finally’. The building work on the outside of the house is now finished and the scaffolding finally came down – here’s a before and after! Obviously the windows happened separately so it’s kind of a before and after in stages but from the house we bought back in 2014 to the house we have now, we’re so happy with the transformation. We’re going to do some cosmetic upgrading to the front door and frame until we can find a company to replace the people who were going to make our dream front door before they went bust…watch this space.



Our hallway is finally now also taking shape, we drove up to NW London on Wednesday after work to collect a console table which had been made for us by the same very talented man who made the mirror we have hanging in the hall. Our home will very definitely be a mix of old and new but for the hallway we’re looking at recreating a period feel so are delighted now to have two pieces made using reclaimed wood from 1930’s homes. This little adventure wasn’t without incident however – the table had been requested about a year ago because we were in no rush and Alan was very busy. Pete decided to leave it until after midnight the day before we were due to collect it to query whether it would fit in the car and whether it would be tall enough. As you can see, it looks perfect.consoletable

On our way back we hit a drive thru Costa – such a genius idea! I’m constantly complaining that coffee shops don’t stay open late enough in this country and so to be able to pick up my favourite hot chocolate at 10pm was definitely a winning moment.

And our little fur baby family is finally complete! I’d originally wanted two kittens but since Pete isn’t a cat person particularly, we agreed on one. So then my chosen cat names went from Boo and Radley down to Boo and he’s now finally here. An 8 week old ginger Tom who has settled in well and seems very chilled…it remains to be seen how Maddie gets on over the next couple of weeks. She knows there is something new in the house but so far I’ve kept them separate and will introduce them gradually over the coming days. I grew up with cats and dogs so this is thankfully familiar territory but needless to say I’m not going to get much done over the next few weeks.



It’s been so lovely to see the sun after such a wet June and start to July, here’s hoping it stays because I’ve got my eye on this new Pinkster gin which I received a sample of and a little bit of sunbathing in the garden.



It’s been another fun week for blogging adventures, popping to the Secret Linen Store press event on Tuesday at an Artist Residence boutique hotel tucked away in Pimlico, ALL the heart eyes. This was followed by a meeting with one of the PR agencies I work with on Wednesday for a tour of the new showroom in Islington followed by lunch at Bills and then finishing it all off with the House of Fraser Christmas preview on Thursday. These Christmas shows are still so crazy to me but it’s good to get a little bit of inspiration even if it’s only for things to go on my Christmas list.

Artist Residence


Secret Linen Store




We finished off the week with a super Saturday with my Mum and Stepdad, popping to a village pub for lunch with my brother and his family (our 10 month old niece Florence is so cute!) before a lovely long walk in the countryside with their two dogs and Maddie and then heading off to Kilworth House for an open-air performance of West Side Story. Such a fun but long Saturday, we left them just after 11pm and finally got home just before 3am. You’d never think you could find rush hour in Central London at 2am on a Saturday night but when the tunnels to cross the river close, it’s a living nightmare.




Another packed week, we definitely try to make the most of every day as much as we can! Hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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  1. July 18, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I love reading catch up posts Lins, sounds like you’ve had a busy week! The house looks amazing- what a difference?! And I have serious kitten envy- I can’t wait to get a kitten or two when we finally move, if that ever ends up happening! x

  2. July 18, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    It’s so gratifying making a house a home and having fur babies too. These Christmas in July events also seem a lot of fun. #MarvMondays

  3. July 19, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    The outside of your home! Stunning stunning stunning!! I can’t wait to see it all completely finished with the door sorted and everything. I love 1930’s houses, ours is a 1930’s semi too but quite different to yours (we’ve got a half bay window and no rendering at the front of the house – although we have it fully rendered at the back and I love how fresh it looks).

    It sounds like you’ve had a great week! I love these updates from you 🙂

    Gemma x
    A UK Home Decor & Lifestyle Blog

  4. July 19, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Wow, it looks absolutely gorgeous now, love the difference! Congrats on the fur baby, so so cute!! IT’s nice having a weekly catch-up as all the normal updates seem to get forgotten about when really that’s what we want to blog about. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Lins
      July 26, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks so much Kaye, you know since I started doing this it’s definitely helped me to take joy in the smallest things, rather than thinking that life only has to be about huge achievements. A simple cup of tea gives so much happiness now X

  5. July 24, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Your house looks so, so lovely! I really like that console table too, it looks like a lovely space in your hall now. AND your ginger kitten is gorgeous! I wanted ginger cats so they could be my ACTUAL fur babies 🙂 ended up with black ones though x

    • Lins
      July 26, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Donna for your lovely words. I still get frustrated by how slow we are but I know every little step is worth it. I have to confess I have a bit of a soft spot for the ginger kitties 😉 X

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