A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Get Inspired: Travel and Interior Blogs

travel and interior bloggers

Some of the best interior inspiration comes from stepping out of our own homes, into public spaces: cafes, museums, restaurants, hotels and holiday accommodation. When all the personal clutter is stripped back it is easier to see what is needed and what works. A weekend in a new space gives us a chance to experiment with what living in a very different space might be like.

If you are planning your next holiday and thinking you’d like to find somewhere to fuel your need for interior inspiration, look no further. I’ve handpicked some blogs who like to highlight travel destinations with inspiring interiors. Continue reading

A Fair Trade Aladdin’s Cave: visiting Ian Snow, Machynlleth


Over the summer I was lucky enough to find myself in the Welsh high street store of one of my favourite Wayfair suppliers, Ian Snow. Since I’ve written A Residence here at Wayfair, I’ve learnt their products come from a vast range of international suppliers of all size. What makes Ian Snow special is their commitment to the principles of Fair Trade. I also love that the products they supply are a riot of fun and colour from around the world.

When I was a teen I babysat for a couple who owned a shop that imported amazing things from India and Ian Snow took me right back to that time, the gentle smell of incense and the feeling of being transported to another country full of incredible treasures. Continue reading

House Fantasy – Glamping Inspired Bedroom

Glamping Inspired Bedroom

It’s been a summer of mini escapes for us this year, we’ve had the chance to glamp twice, once at Camp Bestival with Hotel Bell Tent, and once in an amazing field of circus striped bell tents in Worcestershire. To prolong the summer and maintain that feeling of glamour and romance , today my house fantasy is a glamping themed bedroom. I’ve also drawn inspiration from Somerset Yurts, which we were lucky to review a couple of years ago. Continue reading

Home, Craft, Play and Garden Inspiration from Camp Bestival

Home, Craft, Play and Garden Inspiration from Camp Bestival

We’re back from an amazing time at Camp Bestival! Today, I wanted to share some little inspirations for your home, garden and crafting fun, from the festival.  It’s such beautifully rich source of inspiration and I was snapping wildly so I would remember things to make and do.

For those who haven’t been or heard of Camp Bestival, it is the sister festival to Bestival, and is curated completely for families. The setting is stunning Lulworth Castle, Dorset, it’s a great site for a family festival, a beautiful castle and gardens and elevated with sandy soil which drains quickly, although the weather over the last five years has been sunny and dry, I’ve never ever seen those muddy scenes we’ve come to associate with other festivals.

I love that although there is always a gloriously retro music line up, there is also so much creative inspiration, my two always want to spend the whole time making things and I love joining them.

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The Ultimate Map of over 100 Roald Dahl – icious Locations to Visit

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There has never been a better time to theme your travel adventures around the stunning places that inspired Roald Dahl’s books or were used as film locations, from the Old Man of Hoy in the Orkneys used as the giant land in The BFG, to The Headland Hotel, Newquay, location for the The Witches, these places are magical, just like Dahl’s books.  With The BFG hitting UK screens on July 22nd 2016 and Roald Dahl’s centenary on September 13th, the UK is fit to bursting with Dahl inspired adventures.

This map gives you over 100 ideas for Roald Dahl locations to visit, they are divided into three categories:

  • his life and book inspirations
  • locations from the films made of his books, including The BFG, in the UK and beyond
  • Dahl themed museums, activities, theatre and adventures

From Charlie and the Chocolate factory themed afternoon tea in York or London, to an interactive journey into Dahl’s life in Cardiff, to year long Roald Dahl inspired fun in Tatton Park, Cheshire – the possibilities are endless. We’ve even mapped out the celebrity BFG inspired ‘dream jars’ in London if you fancy coming face to face with Sadiq Khan or Zoella’s dreams.

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Travel – Eco Hotel Interior Inspiration, Conscious Hotels, Amsterdam

Looking for an eco and family friendly hotel? Conscious Hotels, Museumplein, Amsterdam

Have you ever stayed in an eco hotel, or given much consideration to eco design? We recently travelled to Amsterdam with KLM airlines and stayed in an eco hotel with so much character, and as someone who is generally happier outdoors than indoors, it really inspired me.

A Hip Eco Hotel

Conscious Hotels aim to make their hotels green but fun, to be hip rather than hippy, in other words they make all the eco hotel decisions, so you can relax. All the energy comes from renewable sources, you can see the windmill that provides the power on the website and there are lots of clever eco design features too. Continue reading

Living, Eating and Travelling Danishly: Making Smorrebrod

Eating Danishly - Learning how to make a Smorrebrod at Snaps and Rye in London - 6

I’ve discovered the perfect family weekend ritual, Smorrebrod, this is going to make you so happy to be home! Snaps + Rye is London’s only Danish restaurant, situated on the Golborne Road and run by Danish husband and English wife team Kell and Jacqueline Skött. Spotting a gaping hole in the market and as keen foodies, they decided to turn their hairdressing salon into a cafe.  Having sampled their amazing Smorrebrod, or open sandwiches, at Blogstock festival I ‘snapped’ up the chance to learn how to make them at their restaurant with the experts in Scandinavian travel, Best Served Scandinavia last week. Continue reading

House Fantasy: A Villa in Ibiza

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You know when you stumble on that villa, the one with the jaw dropping views, the incredible terrace, a complete seaside retreat, the stuff of dreams?  When you know it is absolutely the perfect situation? I caught a glimpse of Villa Wu Wei over on Clickstay, and I knew it had to be my next ‘House Fantasy’.

This blog began many moons ago, on a sun lounger in Spain, so Spain will always have a place in my heart. Ibiza is also is somewhere I never went in my youth, but there is no reason not to go with kids, it’s more than a hedonistic clubber’s paradise… Continue reading

Garden Inspiration: Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown at Highclere Castle

Garden Inspiration: Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown at Highclere Castle

You can always rely on a taxi driver to set the scene when you arrive in a new place. On route to a press day at Highclere Castle I discovered Hugh Bonneville, of Downton Abbey fame had also sat in my cab, a rescue mission by my driver, after he refused to be driven a mile further by the reckless driver who had picked him up in London. As well as Hugh, hoards of Australian, Japanese and American tourists had also sat in the back of the same cab. One woman from New York flew in and out in a day, just to see Highclere, after managing to purchase a ticket for the castle online; pre booked tickets sell out fast, but there are also limited tickets available on the door.

As we left the main road, the vast swathes of land the castle inhabits came into view and my taxi driver told me about the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb. As we rounded the bend and the castle appeared, my driver told me that one car load of young girls actually screamed at this point. I felt like a disappointing passenger, the view was incredible, but I wasn’t sure when to admit that I have never watched Downton Abbey, which was filmed here. It slipped out later, when I was chatting to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon about Egyptian relics over scones and tea. Continue reading

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