Excellent customer services aren’t what you would normally associate with Britain’s high street especially so in mobile phone shops where staff can sometimes seem more concerned with where they’re going out at the weekend than the job they are paid to do so as my T Mobile contract came to an end I braced myself for an informative trip around our local shopping mall Bluewater to see what I could find.
I walked into a Vodafone store and both assistants were busy, I stood around for a while and as the girls were playing up and it seemed neither member of staff had spotted me, even though we were making a lot of noise, I left and made my way on to T Mobile, might as well see what they have to offer.

I passed by the Virgin Mobile store on my way as we have our broadband, TV and landline with them but the young girl assistant seemed clueless and her colleague, who really didn’t want to be working that day, wasn’t much more helpful so I moved on.

Now I am under the impression that each shop assistant should know their products and offers inside out and apart from new staff only recently joined I would expect to be told the best possible option available to me and not the company I am talking to. So when Mitch my T Mobile assistant asked me what I wanted I told her :- Internet to be able to Tweet and update Facebook, and I’m not too bothered about phoning people or texting as I seem to use that less and less these days. Oh and I’d love a Smartfone and I need to pay as little as possible as I’m still not back to work yet.

Tricky one right? She was never going to tick all of those boxes and have a satisfied customer walking out of her shop.

Wrong!

She took me over to the HTC display and showed me the one I could have. It looked…well it didn’t really, they’re sort of models so they don’t give you a good idea of how it can be used do they? But I said ‘Nice’ as it was HTC and it was a smartphone that I had my eye on.
First she offered 600 minutes and 600 texts and unlimited internet for £20 circa a month which is a superb offer but as I’m not a big user of the phone minutes I asked if there was a contract with fewer minutes available.

Well blow me if I walked out later with my brand new HTC which she very kindly set up for me (she knew in one glance it would take me forever) on a contract that’s just over £10 a month With Unlimited Internet.

I wondered if she got it wrong, she may get into massive trouble. Surely it cant’ be right? But I asked Mitch and she assured me it was correct and she had also added 60 minutes international calls so I can speak to my Tommy and my Megan on their free booster scheme!  So what can I say other than get down to see her at Bluewater and see what amazing offers she can come up with for you.

This is not a sponsored post, I am just over the moon that there are still excellent shop assistants out there who really can do there job so take note T Mobile and I don’t know Mitch other than she served me excellently that day.

“I’ve had a few in my time.” said the Lady to the Bishop. Sorry I couldn’t resist that comment :-) but let’s be serious I’m talking about coffee tables. As a young girl out of college my first was a very scratched glass and chrome hand me down and the most expensive coffee table I have ever owned was a hand made wooden one topped with glass that was the worst ever to clean as the work was so intricate, I had to use a hairdryer to get to the really tricky bits! Currently I am using the girls’ little table and chairs to rest my mug of tea on of an evening whilst feasting my eyes on Luther (isn’t he gorgeous?)

Yes, I can see you’re not impressed and in fact neither am I but needs must and all that. You see, the last coffee table we had was a sturdy wooden base, a shelf underneath for all my magazines, heavy books and the TV guide and a glass top but the girls soon learnt to pull themselves up on it and when we caught them standing on it, grinning from ear to ear at their prowess we knew it had to go. Reluctant to part with it I dawdled with taking photos in order to sell it or pass it on and it wasn’t until the girls started bashing the glass top with metal cars that I quickly made my mind up and our coffee table was banished from the lounge never to return.

I enjoyed all that extra space and so did the twins, finding all this new found running area but two issues arose the first, where to put my magazines, books and the TV guide? And secondly when the girls were in bed and fast asleep where to put my mug of tea? The floor wasn’t a satisfactory solution as I’m always worried about spillage, knocking it over and so the children’s craft table was moved into place and became our coffee table, sigh… such a sad story.

As the little ladies are growing and becoming more spacially aware I have found myself once again longing for a ‘proper’ one and that’s why this coffee table link caught my eye. I mean the price range is vast and although I normally am attracted to an article at the very top of the price range which I can’t afford there are plenty of other examples that are just as nice for me to gradually come down to. Also I have found myself umming and arring about which style? Should I go for a nest? Very handy when you have people round, or a console which looks so chic against a wall. Oak? Bent glass and stainless steel? Walnut, sheesham? The list is endless which can only mean that this is a serious business and I must dedicate time and thought to it.

Which would you go for?

A long long time ago Rebecca tagged me in I’m a Nosey Blogger and it has taken me until NOW to finally be able to produce a vlog where I show you around my English castle, (sorry Rebecca!) I have had a short break to Cornwall, two family birthdays and a massive catch up to do, plus the fact preparing a video does take time and I had to make sure the whole house was clean – never an easy feat!

For those who don’t know, we moved in at the end of last June; this particular house wasn’t our first choice as it had so much internal decorating to do, some of it has been started but the bigger projects require LOTS of money and therefore I am making do whilst I hope to win the lottery. I wrote a post way back on how our front room looked when we saw the place and you can also the bathroom in it’s previous state too so enjoy a stroll around chez moi!

So as the rules state I must tag 5 people to do the same and I shall go with Mummy’s Little Monkey, Over The Hill Mum, A Scandinavian Sojourn, Frankie Parker and Young and Younger who is currently moving home so we’ll wait to see her home when she has a bit of time – good luck with your move Heather! Head over to Two Became Four for rules and info

When we moved in last June every window in our new house had net curtains at it and curtains that seemed to come straight out of an old people’s home so one of our first tasks was to rip out the nets and now room by room we’re looking to dress each window beautifully. So I jumped at the opportunity to look at the blindson the Tuiss.co.uk website. I was immediately impressed with their enormous collection of beautiful blinds and their equally beautiful website that is so user friendly.

Tuiss pride themselves in using the very finest materials and the latest styles allowing them to offer affordable luxury. They have an extensive range making Roman, Roller, Wooden, Venetian, Blackout, Energy Saving and Vertical blinds and an enormous selection of beautiful fabrics to choose from. Blinds are the perfect opportunity to add your own stamp to a room and with such a choice of style and colour you can create the perfect environment in every room. The Roman blinds in my lounge fit snugly in the frame adding a splash of colour which dresses the window uniquely and doesn’t block out the light.

I am currently looking at investing in someblackout blinds for the bedrooms as we’ve already noticed that with the lighter mornings our girls are waking up far too early! Of course it’s not only the light that’s kept out but they’re perfect to keep out the heat on a hot sunny day, by pulling down your blackout blinds you’ll ensure the room stays cool and comfortable. Tuiss even make Energy Saving blinds! Their NRG roller blinds not only reduce heat loss but keep your heating bills down and reduce your carbon footprint. I have chosen a waterproof PVC blind for our new bathroom which acts as a shower curtain too and now I’m on the lookout for a brightly coloured roller blind for our kitchen to add some cheer to our mornings.

Each blind is custom made in the Tuiss workshop and extra attention has been paid to the finer smaller details. For example their exclusive aluminium toggles have been bespoke designed to be the perfect size and weight. The fabric roller designs feature smooth operating metal chains, like jewellery and the fully lined Roman blinds are sewn and not glued. Each single product sold by Tuiss has been made with care with particular attention to the finer detail.

Simple, easy to follow instructions are set out in the Handy Dandyguide all you have to choose is if you want your blinds hanging in the recess or outside of the window frame. If you’re still not sure their outstanding customer services are at the end of a phone and are more than willing to help out and guide you through the process. If you’re not quite sure on your choice you can order up to 10 free fabric samples and once your order has been taken Tuiss aim to deliver between 5 – 14 days. They also guarantee the blinds for a year with a manufacturers warranty.

Of course if you’re like me and find it hard to decide then have a look at the Tuiss blog which will keep you updated on all the latest ideas too.

The worst thing about moving into a house that needs a lot of TLC is having to live in the 1970’s decorated rooms until you have the time and money to do them as you see fit. The best thing about moving into a house that needs a complete makeover is the research! We moved in at the end of last June and so far we have redecorated the lounge and renovated the upstairs bathroom. Our next project is the girls room and then we must tackle the difficult and complicated kitchen cum utility room cum downstairs wet room, a major headache!

I have always loved interior design, looking in mags and online for ideas and of course my time in Italy was a brilliant background for picking up on design elements. The Italians aren’t just clothes, their love for beautiful things spills over into every element of their lives and a big area of that is interior design.

There are many fabulous Italian interior designers who have created masterpieces that have gone on to be reproduced by the mass market, an example the Bombo Bar Stool by Stefano Giovannoni. In fact there’s something clean cut, contemporary and ultimately stylish about Italian design and the company Areaz has certainly picked up on that. For example, if you are planning an open, non cluttered environment and your choice of materials are aged wood, sparkling crystal and unique metals then Antonello would suit perfectly offering a range of tables, chairs and bookcases with a simplicity that is absolutely stunning.

If it’s a diverse and imaginative solution to your household storage and functional furniture, then Magis should be your first stop off on your search. Over 25 years of offering buyers creative options to common household items has led to a dedicated workforce that to this day produce items of exemplary standard. Be it a watering can with a difference or a child’s chair to fit your colour scheme, Magis can offer.

As every designer worth their salt will tell you, lighting is of the utmost importance in creating atmosphere, making people feel welcome and at ease in your home and the obvious function of adding light to a room. Flos, based in Merano, a beautiful city in the north of Italy, since 1962 produce iconic and provocative designs that surpass utility and breach aesthetic ground. Their dedication to research into innovative materials and technology makes them produce progressive and radical lighting products.

So if like me you want to create a beautiful home and include some pieces of stunning simplicity and beauty then keep your eye on these top designers. If you can’t afford their price tag then watch out in other stores for similar products that are more within your budget and be happy in the knowledge that you too are on trend.