Behind The Scenes

The Ordinary Lovely

Welcome to my personal blog about family adventures and colourful interiors. Behind the scenes at The Ordinary Lovely, I'm a busy mama to a six year old and a four year old with an addiction to stripes and leather satchels. I spend my free time pouring over interiors magazines, making and eating chocolate puddings and trying, unsuccessfully, to hang wallpaper. It would appear that wallpaper paste and I are destined to never be friends.

So why The Ordinary Lovely?

I started The Ordinary Lovely in September 2014 to celebrate the small things that make my ordinary life that little bit lovelier. When you're busy, it's tempting to look ahead to THE NEXT BIG THING. A fancy night out, a weekend away, a summer holiday, Christmas even. It's so easy to write off ordinary days at home as they can seem relatively unexciting when compared to jetting off somewhere sunny or sitting down to a festive feast. However, it's even easier to find little bits of loveliness in each and every day ... small things that we simply have to take the time to really appreciate.

It could be savouring the perfect cup of coffee, silently cheering at finding a great hiding place in a particularly competitive game of hide and seek, thanking the gods when, at the getting-on-a-bit age of 40, you finally find the perfect shade of lipstick for your skin tone (Yves Rocher Marron Glacé, if you're interested), filling your house with jar upon jar of fresh flowers, finding the old, battered school desk of your dreams on eBay for a snip, or marvelling at the most beautiful of sunsets ... things that are right in front of us, or so ordinary that we often take them for granted. But we shouldn't.

I'm also passionate about offering tips and ideas for brightening up the home (I was overwhelmed to be listed as one of the top 10 UK interiors blogs in The Telegraph and one of the hottest home decor bloggers to follow on Instagram by the Daily Mail). One of the aims of The Ordinary Lovely is to share my ideas on creating a fun yet functional family space, and to embrace the frequent not-so-tidy outcome of young children. The struggle is real! I'm also the editor of the Great Little Trading Co. blog, Make a Happy Home, where I write about their brilliant products, share cute crafts, and offer home styling suggestions. Yes, it's a dream job!

Have a look around my blog, and do get in contact if there's anything I can help you with ...

Here are a few of my very favourite posts ...