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Mini break to Whitby




Did you have a great bank holiday weekend? I spent the weekend holidaying on the east coast of England.

I’m not the type of person who takes their main holiday once a year, during the summer months. I much prefer to take mini breaks, because then you can enjoy a change of scenery and some ‘me’ time, a few times throughout the year. During the bank holiday weekend, Neil, Yasmin, Yasmin’s friend Millie and I stayed in a little village to the south of Scarborough. I was actually pleasantly suprised by how lovely this part of the UK is. I didn’t expect it to be unpleasant, mind you. There is so much beautiful countryside and a lot of pretty properties scattered around.

Whilst we were there, we visited Whitby. This was our mini break to Whitby and I haven’t been there for quite a while, probably about twenty years (that’s quite a long time ago!!). You could say, it was very busy! I planned to visit Whitby Abbey, the old town and harbour, and then look around other parts, if time permitted. The views when you reach the top of the 199 steps, near Whitby Abbey are breath-taking. You’re pretty high up and can see virtually the whole of Whitby!

I was given a new camera by Neil, which was very nice of him, and I couldn’t wait to take some photographs of Whitby. Here is just a selection of the many that I took. You’ll notice that the weather was bright and sunny.

Mini break to Whitby


Whitby Abbey.





Colourful boats in the harbour.



Look who popped up behind me!



Neil feeling relieved after walking up the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey.



Ahoy matey!



Me enjoying the views of Whitby from the top, near Whitby Abbey.



Close up view of Whitby from part of the 199 steps.




Morris dancers!



Yasmin and her friend Milly having a good time in Whitby.


If you’d like to know more about Whitby, then click here.

Emma Jayne x


DIY side table for the livingroom




Spring is finally here (yeaay!) and I have put together a pretty, spring themed living room idea; to help celebrate all the wonderful things that happen during this lovely season. What gets me most excited in Spring, is seeing the fluffy bees, newborn lambs, sprouting leaves on the trees and of course the flowers!  What do you love about spring?

I’m truly loving the pastel colours and decorative patterns that I’ve selected for this moodboard.  With peach, I’ve combined mint green, pink, coral, khaki and brown tones. They look so fresh against the white background.

Most of the items for this look are plain, and to break up the blocks of colours, I have added a floral wallpaper pattern. Some people are afraid of patterns, but I just love them! Too much pattern can look chaotic, but a little bit is nice and can bring some personality into a room.  It is all about balance. If you decorate one wall with a patterned wallpaper, then you can save some pennies by just painting the remaining walls. I’m all for budgeting, whether that be cutting down on unnecessary costs or doing a bit of DIY. In my spring themed living room idea, I’ve included a side table, which you can make yourself. It’s so easy to make and you can find out how to assemble the DIY side table for the livingroom by clicking here.


DIY side table for the livingroom


All the other furniture pieces you can find on Pinterest


You can find so many ideas on the Internet to help you redecorate your home. I have posted a number of ideas on my blog, Modern Retro Living Space and Retro Livingroom Interior, where you can get tips ranging from ultra-modern to classic retro. In more ways than one, sprucing up your home provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity. There are endless how-to’s on-line and in magazines. Some of them are simple, and some require specialised equipment, such as a bandsaw, to help you create really intricate and fabulous pieces.

Firstly, it’s important to understand the use and features of a bandsaw. Screwfix, a UK-based multi-channel retailer specialising in hardware products, describes it as a tool that helps the user cut straight or irregular shaped lines meticulously. In short, having this power tool allows you to be as imaginative as you can. So when it comes to redecorating or re-purposing your home’s furniture, you can go down an unconventional route and come up with simple conversation pieces like a bandsaw side-table for the livingroom.

Choosing a Pattern

To create this avant-garde furniture, you have to start off by deciding on a pattern. You can opt for an abstract piece or even go with a mid-century side table like the one on Sugar and Cloth. After choosing, print out your preferred patterns on two 8 ½ x 14 papers. Use spray adhesive to stick these patterns on the wooden panel, and then drill four line-up holes in the waste area for the legs.

Cutting Process

Cut through the outline (including the legs for drawers). Conversely, if you opt to have drawers – start with ½ inch off the back part of the box, followed by the top four drawer slots. Do the same on the front side. Once you’ve done these, it’s time to drill 1/32nd through the front pattern lines so you’ll have a guide when sawing the drawers.

Finishing Touches

Using a bandsaw, hollow out all the sides, as well as sand the interior cavities and the inside faces (both on the front and back side). You then have to glue the front of the box back to the actual body before attaching the back part. Put the final touches on your side table project by sanding the outside crevices to ensure a smooth finish.


Have fun and I’d love to see what you make!

Emma Jayne x