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My Kitchen


Before I start writing regular topic columns, I want to share another part of my life; my home, and what better place to start than at the very heart, the kitchen.

When we bought our current house, it was in an appalling state, a mix of 1980s paint effects and graffiti, not exactly a dream home! Even worse, it was absolutely filthy, and as you might notice from the pictures below, I don’t really do mess, in fact, if you remember Monica in Friends, slightly obsessive, yep, that’s me!

The renovation was challenging to say the least; cowboy builders, a failed planning application and a three storey chimney stack full of rubble, amongst other things.  But, it wasn’t all bad luck, and with the help of an unexpected inheritance, some replacement yet brilliant builders and a great deal of work, we got there, and what you see below is the finished result.






The kitchen is still a slight work in progress, we recently changed the table, Dottie decided she quite liked sitting under the previous one, and very wobbly tables combined with little people don’t make for the safest mix. The trouble is, when you change one thing, it can have a knock on effect, the chairs now need a re-think, (given they were a temporary charity shop purchase 10 years ago, they haven’t done too badly), I think a bit of grey paint might sort that out, and then we are done, well, for now at least!

Emma x

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Say hello to Dottie


Meet Dottie, the youngest member of our household, she is a 16 month old whirlwind of energy, incredibly cheeky, and totally fearless.

Although Dottie will be making an appearance on the blog quite regularly, she doesn’t share quite the same interests as me, hers include; shouting out random sounds, climbing up slides, eating food off the floor, other people’s shoes and general destruction! But, she is also a happy little thing, has the best wrinkle-nosed smile ever, is cute as a button, and most importantly, laughs at my attempts at being funny!




I love these shots, I didn’t intend Dottie to be the topic of my second post, and I am sure my eldest won’t be that happy about it, but when I got my camera out to try a few snaps, she posed so beautifully I just had to use them. She was totally fascinated by my SLR and actually stood still in order to get a good look at it, next time, I am sure it won’t be nearly as easy!

Oh yes, and in case you are wondering, Dottie’s skirt and top are both from Zara Kids.

Emma x

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My Quiet Style


Hello again! I have been procrastinating for a while now, but with a bit of encouragement, and a gentle shove, the time has come, and I’m ready to get back on the blogging wagon!

If I am honest, the main reason it has taken so long, is because I have been trying to decide whether to include photos of myself in the ‘wear’ posts.  After all, I am no fashionista, I’m not that young, and I am definitely not 6″ tall with model looks and a perfect body, plus, I’m pretty darn camera shy. But, having thought about it for a long time, I came to the conclusion, that this blog is a personal blog, my personal blog, it is about most aspects of my life and style, and how I dress is a big part of that, it’s a big part of who I am.

Having made this monumental decision, I thought it would be as good a place to start as any, so here we go, this is me, the person behind a quiet style, what I really look like, and what I like to wear!


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Hopefully as time goes by, I’ll learn to feel a little less self-conscious in front of the camera, and you never know, I might even master the classic blogger poses! In the meantime, any tips will be gratefully received!

Emma x