Interior Finds

I’ve been doing a lot of online browsing lately for house stuff, and have come across some lovely bits and pieces that I thought I would share with you today. I’ve already posted separately about the lighting purchases I have made, but there is a whole list of other items that I am going to need eventually once we move in… new sofa, new dining table, bedside tables. This is the part I love!

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Cozumel Extendable Dining Table from Wayfair.co.uk, £524.89
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Pair of Flynn Dining Chairs from Made.com, £149
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Torsade Metal Side Table Nest from The French Bedroom Company, £180
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Rosalind Dove Grey Wardrobe from Laura Ashley, reduced from £1150 to £575
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Gosford Buttoned Large Sofa from Next, £1250
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White Philippe Starck Masters Stool from Graham & Green, £251
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Review – The Trading House Sunday Roast

The kids and I love a trip out to a restaurant. They’re at an age now where dining out is (nearly) a pleasure rather than a chore. So when The Trading House invited us along to try out their Sunday Roast we jumped at the chance. The city centre location on St Vincent Street is super handy for the shops. It’s not often we go into town, so we did a little bit of shopping (The Lego Store and Paperchase if you’re interested) before sitting down to eat.

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The menu is straightforward… Roast Chicken (£11.95) or Roast Beef (£12.95) served with all the trimmings, cauliflower cheese and a Yorkie! There are kids portions available at £6.95 which includes dessert of ice cream. My plus one for the afternoon, Laura, and I both ordered the beef as did the littlest and my son ordered the chicken.

What then appeared before us was a mountain of the most delicious looking food! My son was delighted as his portion was “bigger than [his] head”! Turns out the waiter had ordered him a grown-up meal rather than the kids one as he had said during ordering that he was super hungry! To his credit he finished the majority of his food and had ice cream too. The beef was gorgeous, served with plenty gravy. The roast potatoes and vegetables were lovely too – the potatoes were crisp on the outside but fluffy in the middle, and the vegetables still had a bite to them. The Yorkshire pudding was huge, and I may have had some of my daughter’s one too as she wasn’t so keen on it! One of the highlights for me was the cauliflower cheese… it was sooooo good!

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We managed to leave room for dessert. The kids ice cream was very well done. I haven’t seen this anywhere before, and it is such a clever way of presenting a kids dessert…

The ice cream is served in a bucket with a spade to eat it with, and it arrives on a platter of biscuit crumb ‘sand’ with coloured sprinkles which can be scooped over the ice cream! Isn’t that so cute?!! The kids loved it.

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As for me, I had the baked chocolate chip cookie dough with salted caramel sauce and ice cream (£4.75) and Laura had the Sticky Toffee Pudding (£4.75). You’ll see in the photo below that the littlest was in for the kill before I had even taken a photograph!!

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We left the restaurant very happy, with full tummies! Needless to say we didn’t need dinner that evening. In my son’s own words… it was “awesome” and he gave the restaurant a score of “100 out of 100”.

We had a fantastic experience at The Trading House. The surroundings were stylish, the food was amazing and the creative touches for the children like the menus that they could colour in and the presentation of their dessert made it even more special. The Sunday Roast is great value for money and I would certainly go back again. Next time I won’t take the car as I’d love to try the cocktails – the drinks menu was very impressive.

Disclaimer – we received a complimentary Sunday Roast for four in exchange for this review. As always, opinions are honest and are my own.

Interiors – Lighting

I tend to get most of my lights from LiteCraft – there is a huge showroom in Glasgow’s Kinning Park where the staff are super helpful, the lights are decent quality and yet at reasonable price. I’ve been a customer there for a number of years now! So as I’ve been kitting out our Forever Home, it will come as no surprise that in fact every light I have purchased so far has been from this store.

I wasn’t able to find all of my light fittings on their website, but I thought I would share with you my favourites that are available online:

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Star Glass Pendant, £79 (I have bought this for my porch)

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Somerset 5 light Chandelier, £109

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Cable Suspension Kit with Globe Filament Bulb, £40

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Scandi Ceiling Pendant with Smoked Glass Shade, £79

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Cluster Ceiling Pendant with Copper Shades, £109

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Vienna 4 light Glass Ceiling Pendant, £659

As the lights get fitted into our new house I will share photographs with you. I’m hoping that we are going to be in a position to move in sometime soon!

(This isn’t a sponsored post, I just wanted to share with you where I get my light fittings from as I have always been impressed with LiteCraft’s customer service, lights and prices).

Life.

It’s been pretty manic lately for a variety of reasons. 

I’m trying to renovate our forever house but the planning department has refused my application to add a bedroom at the back of the house…that’s been 7-8 months of architect time, pre-planning discussions and then the final submission before waiting two months for their response. It’s so frustrating. Back to the drawing board…

Then there is my current house which will be going up for sale soon. I’ve been busy getting it ready for photographs, home report survey and eventually viewers. So much to do…!!

On top of that I’ve been dealing with a Crohn’s flare-up (stress of the house clearly not helping matters) but I’m now half way through my course of prednisolone and my bowels have finally settled. I start infliximab infusions at the hospital tomorrow, which I’m a little nervous about. I don’t like cannulas and I’m concerned about side effects and feeling rotten. Anyway, long term I’m hoping this new treatment will sort me out and bring my inflammatory markers down.
I’ve had the kids for 12 nights in a row which doesn’t happen often. The week is normally split 5/2 and then vice versa, but it was my turn to have them for the end of May school holiday giving me extra days with them. We’ve had a great time, especially as the weather has been so good. Dining al fresco, trampolining, scooting, swimming outside, Sunday lunch at The Trading House, ice cream cones, movie nights…

This weekend we were in Aberdeen, and the kids were even paddling in the sea! You’d have thought we were in Spain or something!! 

The littlest lost her first tooth as well, so there has been a visit from the tooth fairy! 

It’s all happening…