• April 8, 2020

DIY Fireplace Makeover Part One: Updating Mantel Moldings

In need of a fireplace makeover?  Read and watch how we did ours to get inspiration for your DIY fireplace makeover.  This is part one in a series of blog posts and videos showing the progress.  Thanks to DAP for sponsoring this post, all opinions are ours.

Since we moved into our house a couple years ago we have done a LOT of work making the house ours.  But, one caveat is when there is a lot to do, we tend to start but not finish anything!  There have been literally so many things to do that once something is

Build a Reclaimed Wood Herringbone Coffee Table in 5 Easy Steps

Would you love to have a beautiful reclaimed wood coffee table that can be built in 5 easy steps?  This herringbone coffee table with hairpin legs is the project for you! Using plywood and wood planks, this plan is simple and affordable!


Hi Remodelaholics! It’s LZ from The Summery Umbrella, and I’m super pumped about this new project today!

I’ve created projects out of reclaimed wood like this beautiful Mason Jar Pendant Light as well as my stunning Potting Bench.

Today is going to be ANOTHER gorgeous and stunning reclaimed wood project! You can most definitely accomplish this cutie

Get This Look: Traditional and Timeless Living Room

A mixture of modern, traditional, and farmhouse design elements make this timeless living room an absolute showstopper. Neutral grays and whites are accented beautifully with contrasting wood finishes. Attention to detail is found in everything from the gallery lighting highlighting the custom built-ins to the unique wood legs of the coffee table. Combining furniture and decor from several different styles gives the living room personality while also creating classic harmony.

This timeless living room is from this traditional style home built by RC Dent Construction and designed by Remedy Furniture and Design Center. Ready to style your own timeless living

Can you buy plants online? – The Middle-Sized Garden

April 2nd, 2020 Posted In: Gardening know how

You can buy plants online from small specialist nurseries and online plant sellers.

And some garden centres and nurseries offer local delivery.

At the moment, the major online plant and seed sellers are experiencing massive demand. So you may be more successful if you try the small specialist nurseries or any local garden centres who do deliveries.

This post will explain more.

To buy plants online, try small specialist nurseries or your local garden centre to find out if they do deliveries.

How plant sellers are dealing with coronavirus

At the moment,

Growing veg – the 8 mistakes you can easily avoid – The Middle-Sized Garden

March 29th, 2020 Posted In: Grow-your-own

I am officially no good at growing veg.

So I’m not going to tell you how to grow any individual vegetable – there are lots of other excellent bloggers and YouTubers who can do that. At the bottom of this post, there’s a list of useful posts, videos and books to help you grow vegetables.

But I am going to tell you the things you really need to know. I’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.

Growing veg is easy…BUT

My friend Lesley who is a lawyer with an excellent vegetable

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Where to plant spring bulbs + spring garden tour – The Middle-Sized Garden

March 22nd, 2020 Posted In: Garden trends & design

I’ve recently been talking to the head gardener of Doddington Place Gardens, Lucy Adams, about her top tips on where to plant spring bulbs, how to choose them and other key spring bulb information.

And I’ve seen round the garden to see the results of her advice. (*see coronavirus note at end)

Doddington Place Gardens in Kent had prepared to open this Sunday, but this has now been cancelled to minimise people gathering together.

There are daffodils in the woodland as well as in the formal Sunk Garden at Doddington Place

What is a modern country gardener? – The Middle-Sized Garden

March 15th, 2020 Posted In: Garden style & living

I’ve been talking to Tamsin Westhorpe and reviewing her new book, Diary of a Modern Country Gardener.

It’s a very readable combination of memoir and practical advice about gardening.

In her case, the gardening is at Stockton Bury Gardens, which has been in her family for five generations. It’s open to the public and regularly features in ‘best UK gardens to visit’ lists. However, the advice she gives in Diary of A Modern Country Gardener applies to those of us with small and middle-sized gardens.

For example, there are

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