The 3 Favourite Views in my House

Today I want to introduce you to a very well known blogger, who has kindly offered to tell us more about her home. Please welcome Jo from Slummy Single Mummy. I’m sure you’ll love her witty, clever writing so do go and visit her blog. You can also find her hanging out on Twitter too.

Most of my house is a shambles. Our stuff to space ratios are all wrong and the result is chaotic.

“Where does this blanket go?” my boyfriend asked the other day when he was trying to tidy up the living room.

“It doesn’t really have a home,” I said.

“What do you mean?” he said. “It must go somewhere!”

“It’s more of a floating blanket,” I explained, “roaming the house, wherever the fancy takes it.”

The truth is that we just don’t have room for everything, especially not with my 12 year old daughter’s hoarding tendencies. Imagine one of those bric-a-brac shops where cheese graters sit on crowded shelves alongside novelty pencil sharpeners – that’s her bedroom.

There are however a few places in my home that are little oases of calm, spots that I look towards when I feel overwhelmed by clutter and need my senses soothed. In tricky times I cling to these pockets of prettiness to reassure me that underneath everything there may be a stylish grown-up struggling to be seen.

These are my favourite spots:

My spiral staircase

As a child I always dreamed of living somewhere with a spiral staircase and now, at last, all my dreams have come true! It is everything I ever hoped for and more.


A collection of pictures

Possibly one of my proudest interiors achievements, I actually gathered old frames and painted them in chalk paints, all by myself, just like someone from a craft magazine! The floor of my car port is very colourful now too.


Pretty wineglasses

When I split up with my boyfriend in 2014 I comforted myself by taking out a John Lewis credit card and buying pretty glasses and crockery. It’s basically an investment as I earn points on everything I spend and a year down the line I can definitely say that drinking a glass of wine out of something other than a £2 supermarket wine glass makes all the difference.


Where are the places in your home that bring you the most pleasure?

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Lori
    May 29, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    I love your picture wall and those pretty coloured glasses. I think I really love out eames chairs and fur throws, they’re super cosy and perfect to read in. x

  2. Amanda
    May 29, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Love the spiral staircase Jo and those glasses really are pretty. I think at the moment it’s my garden, it so colourful and really springing to life now!

  3. laura redburn
    May 31, 2015 / 8:33 am

    there’s only two of us and i never feel like we have enough room. we do live in a small flat though. love that staircase!

  4. The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover
    May 31, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    I love your spiral staircase. It’s gorgeous! I wonder if I could manage it after a glass of wine though 😉

  5. Jess
    May 31, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    Love your spiral staircase! x

  6. Kathryn
    May 31, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I know what you mean about spiral staircases, I was always fascinated by them too – yours is lovely! x

  7. Maria Manjelo
    June 3, 2015 / 2:57 am

    I like your place, Very bright and open. Stairs are beautiful, just have to watch your step on these. But im sure you already know

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