kate spade bags

I love Kate Spade; the fun, quirky, New York based fashion brand – I love the colours, the patterns, the quirky little messages hidden on almost every product. I will travel to the ends of the earth to get my hands on a bright yellow Kate Spade handbag (well, Colorado) and whenever I feel like I deserve a little treat I go and visit their Covent Garden store to gaze at the trinkets and baubles (and then decide I deserve a treat but maybe not such an expensive treat and go down the road to H&M). But my Spade collection is gradually growing and just when I think they can do no more they launch Saturday.com

Saturday website

Saturday.com is the younger, more casual sibling of Kate Spade, full of bright prints and kooky homewares. Here are some of my faves.

Saturday stuff

What I don’t love about Kate Spade and Saturday is that they don’t deliver to the UK so though every week I get tempted by emails in my inbox about amazing 75% off sales and beautiful new products in store now! It means nothing to me. Sadness.

kitchen pegboard

Pegboards have finally been allowed out of the garage where they so magnificently organised all the ‘man stuff’ and have been welcomed into the home, into our kitchens and Craft Rooms (oh to have a Craft Room, it’d be right down the hall from the Present Wrapping Room). Painted bright colours and used to organise our pots and pans, our ribbons and our scissors, pegboards are the choice of the neat freak homeowner.


from bhg.com

from bhg.com

Having acquired an old one from my dads garage I found it invaluable above my work table so I could always hang my scissors, knives, and tapes up out of the way to keep the table clear for actual work. (They used to be swept from the table onto the floor with a great sweeping arm when I ran out of space.) It just wasn’t that pretty so I decided to make a nicer one using an old picture frame and some paint…

bedroom pegboard

and here’s how I did it …

picture frame pegboard

click to enlarge

It’s super simple.. the hardest part was sourcing the pegboard itself. I tried all the obvious places – B&Q, Homebase, Wickes – but no one had any. I tried online where I had more success but the delivery costs ended up being twice the price of the board. Eventually I tried good old Yellow Pages (or yell.com as they are now) and found a local timber yard Catford Timber  who not only sold me a massive sheet of pegboard for around £18 they also cut it to size so I didn’t look like a complete idiot carrying it on the bus home… (they do do free delivery for South East London).

Having made this one (and having So Much board left) I then tasked my dad to make me one for the kitchen with a shelf beneath. Instead of a frame this one has four pieces of 2cm thick baton nailed to the back, so it stands proud of the wall.

pegboard closeup

I’ve not yet managed to get any proper pegboard hooks so I’ve made do with some ‘s’ hooks, Washi tape covered clothes pegs and different sized bull dog clips held in place with paper fasteners. I love them and their organising powers.

For more inspiration visit my Pinterest page

pinterest pegboards

kitchen before

So this is what my kitchen looked like when I moved in 10 months ago. It had been built in the side return but badly; the kitchen units were fixed to next doors wall, the wall at the end was built with air bricks so very chilly and the roof was plastic so Really Noisy when it rained. The picture above is shot from the dining room through the ‘serving hatch’ which was actually just the old external window. Nice.

Next to the kitchen was a small room which I was using as my craft room. Ideally I wanted the wall between this and the kitchen removed, french doors put in and some sort of glass roof. Then the builders turned up and did this …

kitchen during

Aye carumba. Above this small brick column that seems to be holding the entire back of the house up is my bathroom. I did a lot of tip toeing around and had no baths during this time.

Then this happened …

kitchen after

Oh hello lovely kitchen. It’s not quite finished yet but I thought if I waited to post till that happened the internet might be defunct.

(The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that I still haven’t finished painting the garden fence but it keeps either raining or being too hot. One day soon. I promise.)

We’ve had a long weekend. There was some sunshine and I had nothing planned. That meant there was no way I could ignore the long long list of decorating jobs that need to be done in my house…

In my garden is an offensive fence, I really don’t like the red it’s been stained I’d like it to just be wood colour or maybe a nice green, but the red has scuppered those ideas, if I were braver I would love to paint it black like the amazing home of the late Derek Jarman at Dungeness but being a bit of a chicken I decided that a grey would be a nice compromise. I chose Cuprinol Ducksback in Silver Copse available from all good DIY shops and set to work …

Before …


After 30 minutes …


I painted one fence panel and took a step back… Hmmmm … Had I just made a big mistake? It was just a dull nondescript grey, a little bit like a prison yard or the side of a battleship. Was I about to turn my garden into a builders yard? I had one grey panel and eight red ones and couldn’t decide which was better. So I went to bed.

Next morning the grey was growing on me so I cracked on with the rest …


And now it’s The Most Amazing Garden Fence In The World Ever.


It makes me feel all calm and serene whenever I look at it and then I got a bit overexcited and started painting anything in sight …


Things I have learnt from painting a fence

1. It’s a messy job, buy some disposable gloves to protect your hands.
2. Gently pull any plants away from the fence and cover in an old net curtain or other light fabric to protect them from paint splats.
3. Use a big brush loaded up with quite a bit of paint (the fence soaks up alot) and brush along each slat following the grain.
4. Use a smaller brush or sponge to do the corners and fiddly bits.
5. If you are painting over an existing colour it’ll probably take two coats, mine does but I don’t think I can face it – I’ve still got 12 panels and gates to go!