Hello Everyone and welcome to PracticalBeautiful - my blog of all thing practical and beautiful! My name’s Gill, I’m 28 and I just over a year ago moved to mine and my boyfriends first house of our very own in the lovely village of Lidlington in Bedfordshire.

I started blogging approximately 2 years ago with my recipe journal, which I still absolutely love doing, but I felt it was time to add to my repertoire. I have loved interior design for as long as I can remember. I remember lying on the guest bed in my grandma’s house when I was just a little girl and couldn’t get to sleep one night planning what I would do if it was a room of my own. As you can well imagine I am like a kid in a sweet shop ever since we moved into our house – it is a complete project house, 1950s ex-council and it all needs doing up. We’ve got projects coming out of our ears! I keep trying to focus on just one room at a time but it really is almost impossible!

Anyway I wanted to blog the progress that we make and hopefully inspire others to make things themselves and adopt the “make do and mend” attitude along the way. I have been completely inspired by the return of vintage homeware and I absolutely love Kirstie Allsopp's homemade home along with other blogs which I have come across recently like Making things lovely.

Enjoy reading – I hope my projects and links inspire you. Please send me any comments or suggestions you have, I always love to hear from you.