Styling and accessorising your home on a budget

Move over fashion, home accessories are now officially my favourite things to shop for. Leave me unattended in the homeware section of any high street retailer and dangerous things will happen. Living in Cayman I often pine after the likes Anthropologie and Zara Home to pick up gifts and decorations, but I also LOVE a good spree in a large TK Maxx or Target when they have good stock. And don’t get me started on HomeSense in the UK - I would shop there everyday if I could. It’s probably a good thing that I live so far away from one…

When people ask where I bought the “accessories” for our house from, the answer is again that I mainly sourced them off island. I have found a few bits and bobs at Buy Smart, Kirk Home and AL Thompsons, but the really fun stuff is from abroad.

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Building a house - fixtures & fittings

We started picking out the fixtures and fittings for our house build before we'd even started construction work on site - maybe we were super organized, perhaps we were a tad over-excited... in reality we were probably a combination of both!

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Festival at Sea

Boating is serious business in the Caribbean and “weekend boating” means the same to locals here as Sunday roast and a packet of Rich Tea does to any Brit – it’s a standard occurrence. A ritual you learn alongside breathing. Every Saturday and Sunday residents pile on to their crafts and head out onto the ocean. Some go out fishing or snorkeling but most will simply drop and anchor or raft up on the other side of the island to enjoy the crystal clear water with a beverage and some snacks. Hours slip by as music plays and people meander between the bobbing boats, catching up with old friends.

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