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.

Modern Gothic Home Inspirations

Modern Gothic

Happy Halloween

I thought I would take a slightly different approach to Halloween…

Modern Gothic

I think Modern Gothic could really work for us. There isn’t an item above that I couldn’t love in our home. Nottingham, where I live, has a thriving rock and goth scene, with lots of bars kitted out like a scene from a gothic horror movie. Although not a goth himself, Mr A loves it and I fear dear reader, he would do the same to our house in a time it takes a vampire to strike.

Whereas I think the secret is a nod in the right direction…

Individually I love all of those items, they conjure up drama and elegance (without looking like a theme pub). The  mirror would look great in our hallway, I think the cushions would look great on our black sofa and I would love that dressing table against my black butterfly wallpaper, but I would settle for this mirror…

Modern Gothic backdrops…

gothic looks

I love both of these Graham and Brown wallpapers, I think they have the power to give a Gothic scheme roots, and make it modern.

What do you like about modern gothic?


Shop the Modern Gothic Look


As it is Halloween, many of these items are in a promotion, so snap them up fast.  Pssssst….the damask screen is incredibly well priced, even before the promotion!


Pick of the Week: Be the change you want to see in the world



Have you changed the world this week?

This week’s pick of the week is inspired by Through the Keyhole, which was all about following your heart and being true to yourself. Do check it out, it really inspired me to think about how the objects I surround myself with, images and ornaments, might act as a reminder to live my life the way I want to.

As soon as I spotted this I thought it was a wonderful thing to have in a home. It encourages you to be an even better person, while cushioning you from the world, perfect. The saying ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’ is often attributed to Ghandi, but others think it is more likely one of those sayings that has been paraphrased until it ended up as we see it on this cushion. Still it makes me think, it inspires me, we CAN all change the world in small ways.

A smile, a kind word, a favour, praise, a donation, so many little gestures that go a long way. Have you changed the world this week?

I have one cushion to giveaway. Just follow the rafflecopter instructions. I also have more competitions here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

How to magic a Halloween party out of nowhere

magic a halloween party

Here are 13 (unlucky for some) easy halloween party ideas, just in case you need to magic a Halloween party or Halloween fun for a rainy afternoon, out of nowhere. Well, okay, not nowhere, but I am thinking of things you probably have at home, in the kitchen or bathroom, that won’t cost a fortune. (So you can spend more on your costume ).


Me and my lovely family last Halloween!

Things like….Sugar, eggs, toilet roll, apples, cinnamon, flaked almonds, white wine vinegar, soft brown sugar, golden syrup, butter, jam jars, sticky labels or paper and selloptape, oil, glitter, food colouring, booze and/ or fruit juice, spaghetti, grapes,sweets, jelly, forks/chopsticks, marshmallows, string, gold or silver cake decorating balls, face paint, oh go on then, let’s throw in a pumpkin, egg, flower, feta cheese, milk.
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Top 5 Travel Gadgets

top 5 travel gadgets at Wayfair

With half term approaching for some, and others heading off for Winter sun, I thought it might be fun to look at some travel gadgets. I am off to Malta to celebrate Mr A’s 40th with our best man and his lovely wife. I am really excited that we’ll be staying with James Villas, full run down when I return!

Pool terrace with panoramic views

For those of you not going on your holidays anytime soon, sorry, but some of these would make fabulous gifts for the traveller in your life. I have Mr A’s 40th coming up, so I am on present high alert.

Firstly I love the retro camera luggage tags, apart from keeping track of your all important address and contact details, they make your luggage really stand out  - always a bonus when it comes to the luggage conveyor belt! Go for an old fashioned vintage case, bright pink, or even classy black.

Until I stop being a luddite and get a Kindle and overcome my souvenir shopping habit, I will always be at the mercy of the excess baggage charge. Having one of these travel luggage scales would give me a more realistic idea of how much room for manoeuvre I really had.

I can’t stand the way everything gets mixed up in my case, especially if I am forced to share it with my husband or the kids. So I love these inexpensive suitcase organisers, only £8.74.

In Corfu this summer Mr A was endlessly frustrated by having to boil a tiny enamel pan on the electric stove. I though it had charm, and it was worth waiting for a cup of tea, I had after all remembered tea bags, a must in my case. This collapsible silicone kettle from Wacky Practicals works on most heat sources, remarkably. I think it might make some Brits abroad very happy.

Finally I think a travel candle is a lovely way to keep your case smelling fresh and to help you wind down after travelling. Melt do some lovely ones.

What do you always pack?

Giant pizza style cookies

giant cookies pizza style

Giant pizza style cookies are great to bake together, and even make an easy alternative birthday cake, served warm if you like, with ice cream, candles and sweetie toppings. If you like making pizza with kids, well this is a sweet version, it would also make a fab birthday party activity.

We came up with all this when we were snuggled up in the caravan this weekend, rain lashing against the windows, drinking hot chocolate, eating shop bought cookies and discussing what we would put in a cookie instead of chocolate chips.


We found the most melt in the mouth, crunchy but gooey recipe we could… Continue reading

Project Cosy Corner: Table Lamps

light up a special corner

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. William Morris

I don’t know about you, but I can be quite territorial about my cosy corner of the living room. Since our fish sadly swam to the ocean in the sky, there has been room for me to make a little cosy corner of the living room mine. Continue reading

Through The Keyhole: Putting Down Rural Roots #TTKH


Welcome to Through the Keyhole, it’s like snooping on Rightmove, only lovelier. The thing about interiors is they can be intimidating. So, apart from being nosy,  I really wanted Through The Keyhole to try and demystify what makes a house a home.

Last time we snooped around Katie’s wonderful love nest. Today I have a gorgeous family home in a rural location for you.

Today’s Through The Keyhole knows exactly how to make a house a home, even if it is still a work in progress.  I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be.

Through the Keyhole

We moved to our house fairly recently, so it’s still a work in progress. Half the walls haven’t been painted. We have a couple of big projects coming up, after which we can finish decorating so some things have yet to be unpacked. Most of the pictures are propped up, like this one in my husband’s office. Continue reading

Funky Sheep. It’s #WoolWeek!


It is wool week so I thought I would celebrate this incredible natural, breathable, renewable, biodegradable, insulating, safe, odour repelling, resilient, elastic, easy care fibre.

Wool doesn’t have to be boring or serious. Wool can be oh so colourful. One of my favourite suppliers at Wayfair.co.uk is Ian Snow. Continue reading

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