Spring and Easter Decor For Your Home

Decorating your home for spring and Easter

If you’ve followed this blog for a while or even just glanced at the theme of a few posts then you will know that I love to update our home’s decor to reflect the season. This post is all about adding Spring and Easter decor touches to brighten up your home and welcome in the new season.

I absolutely love spring so most of the updates I make are just bunches and bunches of beautiful tulips, freesias, irises, ranunculus and daffodils! However I do like to get a bit crafty and make new displays so here are a couple of things I have done.  Continue reading

Christmas in the Cottage

Country Cottage Christmas decor

It may be January but I wanted to share what I did for Christmas in our cottage and maybe give you some ideas for your own home this year… Plus January is the best time to buy new Christmas decorations for your house, lots of sale bargains to be had.

I love decorating for Christmas and I will start in late November by adding in “wintery” touches such as cute robin cushions on the sofa and a cheery red berry wreath to greet us in our entrance hall. I also block out a day in late November to make a wreath with my Mum. More on all of our Christmas decor below, I’ve put my tips for decorating at Christmas in bold.  Continue reading

Grown up Halloween Home Decor

Grown up Halloween decor flower arranging pumpkin











This year I wanted to upgrade our Halloween decor a little bit to something a bit more grown up but still fun. As you may have noticed from previous posts (including the last one) I LOVE decorating our house for each season.  It gives me the chance to get a bit creative with crafts, flowers and just lifts our house/our moods a bit too. Decorating isn’t just for Christmas (although it remains my favourite time of year to decorate for!)  So below I have shared with you what I have been up to in the Shire on the lead up to Halloween! Read on if you dare…. Continue reading

Decorating your home for Autumn

Autumn Fall home decor

I love Autumn, even though the days are getting shorter and evenings darker, I love to feel the seasons click, watch the leaves turn and start to see my breath on crisp days. I am also much more of an Autumnal clothing gal, I like warm and snuggly clothes and huge jumpers. However, one of the things I love the most is introducing autumnal decor to our cottage. I like to change things up in the house for each season but Summer is always a bit of a creative/decorative slump plus with warm evenings it has been time to be in the garden this year! In this post I am going to share some of the things I’ve been putting together for the cottage.  Continue reading

Making an Autumn wreath for your home















When the seasons change I like to alter the decor in our home a little, whether it is a different display on our hall table, different linens for our bedroom or a wreath on our front door. No, don’t worry, I’ve not dived straight into Christmas already! Autumn always puts on such a great display of colours that I wanted to reflect that. So here’s my quick how to on making your own front door wreath to cheer up those dark evenings and make your own front door even more welcoming.

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Weekend in the Shire – Glitter print tutorial

Glitter quote framed print. Make your own. #Crafts #LoveArt |NotesFromTheShire.com

I hope you have all had a great weekend! It was another super busy weekend in the Shire. Including date night on Saturday, we hadn’t had a date night in a while so we went to one of our favourite restaurants and had a great laugh together, including running back to the car in the rain trying to share our tiny umbrella, lots of fun! You can read my whole post on dating (your husband!) here. Last weekend I updated an old wardrobe by painting it with chalk paint, it has had a great effect and really brightened up the room. This weekend I decided to make some artwork for our bedroom. I’d had the idea of having a quote print and then quite fancied something with a bit of shimmer so out came the Christmas crafting supplies aka the glitter and glue! You can see the finished product above and below I will show you the step by step guide I took to make it!  Continue reading

DIY Project – Painting Furniture

Painting furniture the easy way! Weekend project, refurbishing an old wardrobe #Upcycling furniture #PaintingFurniture

I have been properly MIA these last few weeks so apologies as I am sure you have missed me…;-) Life got very busy and notes fell a little by the way side. However there has been a lot going on in our little cottage in the shire so I have a few projects to share with you. The first thing to happen was that we have started overhauling our bedroom, we got a new carpet and refreshed the paint. We hadn’t decorated at all since we moved in almost a year ago so it really was time. I will share a picture of the whole room overhaul once it is done but in the meantime I want to share my weekend’s project with you. The small wardrobe that lives in our bedroom (we converted a cupboard into a larger wardrobe- this one would just be way too small on its own!!) It just did not go with the cottage’s decor and looked decidedly 90’s so after some research (which my mum helped with) I decided to use chalk paint to give it an update. Chalk paint doesn’t involve sanding down your furniture first or priming it – had that been the case this project would just not have happened, no time for sanding, priming and painting, well no time and definitely no patience.  Here’s how I did it!  Continue reading

Keeping your house clean and tidy (when you work full-time)


Tips for keeping your house clean NotesFromTheShire.com #cleaningtips #cleaning #tips

I don’t know about you but on a Monday after a whole weekend’s worth of TLC and attention our home always looks fab.  Come Friday evening however it can be a different story and when we really just want to collapse and relax all I can see is mess and it’s just not conducive to chilling. So here are the tips that I follow for a clutter free and sparkling clean home all week (when you work full time). Share your own tips for a tidy/clean home in the comments section too!  Continue reading

Weekend in the Shire (Part 2 DIY DAY)

If Saturday was date day then Sunday was DIY day. One of the very first things we had to do in our cottage was replace our boiler. We moved in 30 days before our wedding and 3 days before the wedding our boiler was condemned, as in don’t even think about turning it on you’re lucky it’s not blown up condemned. Ah. Not so convenient. So the day before the wedding (with my stress level already at DefCon 2) we had to meet Scottish Gas at the house and then agree to spend a LOT of money replacing our boiler and getting the installation organised whilst we were away on honeymoon – if any of you have planned a wedding then you know that doing this the day before is not ideal and if any of you are as Type A as me then you’ll know that I was not keen on this kind of work taking place whilst I wasn’t there!

However the whole point of this story was that when the boiler was replaced it was also re-sited which left us with a boiler shaped, very unattractive, patch on our wall, given that we live in a tiny cottage with limited space we thought we would take this opportunity to put a matching cupboard in this space. We thought (wrongly it turned out) that the cupboard was from IKEA so off we went to Glasgow and braved the hell that can be IKEA on a weekend. Luckily, the store was not too busy and we managed to get (almost) everything we went for: frames for my stairs photo project, candles, bags for logs, basket for kindling but… no cupboard, turns out it was from B&Q – which we picked up from our local store on the way home. Along with all the bits and pieces that we picked up we made a list of all the things we need to/want to do to the cottage and which I will share with you as it progresses and here is the list:   Continue reading