The Girl and the Gram…..

Never one to polish a turd (although ALWAYS an advocate of rolling it in glitter) I realised that although I do bare a lot on Instagram about my everyday life I have never really told you much about me and how I got to this point of thinking that a blog might actually get read by someone other than my dad! I mean dad if you are reading this firstly apologies for the use of ‘turd’ and also can you log in and out loads of times so it looks like its been read more than once? Ta.

So mainly I’ve never done this because I didn’t think anyone would care (Still don’t) but I guess if you are reading this then perhaps you do want to know a little more about the girl behind the squares……..

Keeping it casual

So lets go back to the days before smart phones were invented and I was local snake champ…..

I’m Lucy, a 30 something mother of 3 who gets her kicks from interiors and gin. Scandi interiors and Scottish gin to be more precise.

I studied Law at Newcastle University but realised very early on that a career in law wasn’t for me (some of my best naps to date happened in Tort Law lectures) and then fell into a career in surveying by doing a Masters (basically because I didn’t want to leave university) and then getting a training contract in London with one of the big boys in the City.

Okay if I’m honest another reason for why I became a surveyor is that I read somewhere that only 14% of the workforce were female and so two things immediately sprung into my devious little mind – I would get to go to work with A LOT of men and also they would probably need to give me a job in order to fill some sort of quota! True and….. yeah probably true!

Just a girl, standing in front of a door

Whilst living in London I met my husband. He was dressed as a woman when I met him, it was Halloween so we will let him off.  But what does that say about me?! Anywho, we got chatting, had a cheeky pash and I bet my friend £5 I would never see him again……

I moved from London to Somerset 9 years ago and love it here. I’m originally from Edinburgh and think one day we will probably end up living back in Scotland. My husband doesn’t know this. Let’s keep that one to ourselves okay?

We bought the house we are currently in over 3 years ago. To be honest I absolutely hated it when we viewed it but my husband talked me round as it is in the right location and has plenty of space. I mean apart from that it was completely revolting inside and needed everything changing! The house was built in the late 1930’s and featured many an interesting colour combination like peach walls, sorry ‘Jamaica gold’ , with green carpet and faux marble pistachio coloured bathroom units, you get the sorry picture! But I will go into the house in more detail in my series of renovation posts which will timeline the whole renovation.

what a sexy beast huh? ( This is a BEFORE pic, just in case you were wondering;))

My children are aged 5, 3, and 11 months and are pretty darn lovely! But equally I have never known stress like it and find parenting far more difficult than my day job. It might be something to do with the mess, I hate mess, I hate clutter and my goodness kids create both my the bucket load don’t they? I wish I could be a bit more laid back about it and not let it bother me so much but it does and I can’t! And that’s why I love gin.

I started posting interior pictures on Instagram in early 2017 because we had nearly finished most of the work in the house and I wanted to show what we had achieved as up until then the whole process had proved so stressful I wanted to share the end results and enjoy it! I was, and frankly still am, completely shocked that people who aren’t related to me actually follow me and as I write this I have over 69,000 amazing followers many of whom I now call friends all because of this tiny app on my phone. It blows my tiny, sleep-deprived and gin-muddled mind.

First ever Instagram post from March 2017. Clearly LOVED a filter back in the day!!

Righto I won’t keep you any longer, thanks for reading and hopefully you feel you now know me a bit better.

Oh one more thing, I have horrible underwear that never matches and is about 10 years old. One of my bra straps is literally knotted together as it snapped about 2 years ago. I pray every day that i’m not involved in a terrible accident as I genuinely think the sexy docs who treat me will be absolutely horrified by the state of my undergarments. Glad I shared that gem with you!

L x

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37 Comments

  1. Natasha
    January 10, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    Fab! I’m going to like this blog ALOT. Thanks Lucy xox

    • January 10, 2019 / 3:56 pm

      Hey Natasha, thanks so much for coming and having a look and taking the time to comment! I’m so glad you like it……plenty more to come. lots of love L xx

  2. Lenske
    January 10, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    I love your posts, and your page is my greatest inspiration when it comes to my house and impending bathroom renovation!! It helps that you are a straight talking, funny as anything lady! Much love from South Africa x

    • January 10, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      aw wow that’s so kind of you to say!! All the best with your bathroom reno! I’m halfway through writing a new post on our family bathroom reno and how I used what I had learnt with the en-suite reno and put it into action. give me a week or so to post it xxx

  3. Isla
    January 10, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Love this! Obvs fab bit is knowing you’re wearing some dodgy undies 🙈. I love your style and have been taking inspiration where I can on our home xx

  4. Jenny
    January 10, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    I am also a thirty something mother of three from Edinburgh living down south planning a move back to Scotland and a husband with no idea! Love your instagram stories and now blog. Love interiors but I take terrible photos! xx

  5. Beth
    January 10, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    Love your page on insta and love your blog! Good work, thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for more stories 🙂 x

  6. Katherine
    January 10, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    Love the girl – making the gram glam!

    Great blog, funny, interesting, helpful and above all very inspiring!

  7. Caitlin
    January 10, 2019 / 6:15 pm

    Love it! Thank you for sharing with us! It’s made my train home from a long day at work a lot more entertaining x

  8. Claire
    January 10, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Brill x

  9. Suzanne
    January 10, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Congrats on the blog Lucy, already providing the laughs just like your instagram! Think you hav a great balance of home inspo and personal posts! Wishing you every success with the blog xx

  10. Katie
    January 10, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Fabulous! Love following your stories. Also have three kids and a love of gin! Currently refurbishing our kitchen/dining area and have taken lots of inspiration from your amazing home. Xxx

  11. Emily
    January 10, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Aw I love your instagram Lucy! My hubby and I love your style and we constantly look at your page for inspo for our house that we recently bought! The blog looks fab and I look forward to reading more posts! ☺️

  12. Janet
    January 10, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Have followed you for quite a while on Instagram and love your home. You have such a fab way with words too so sure your blog will be a success. Have thoroughly enjoyed the posts so far.

  13. Amanda
    January 10, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Really enjoyed the blog and your IG feed and stories. Keep going. !

  14. Emily
    January 10, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Ah I love your instagram, you put a smile on my face so I’m happy you have a blog! I have a 5 & 3 year old & hate mess & clutter too 😂😂

  15. Ali
    January 10, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Oh yeah hiiiii! Loving this Lucy, well done you. Fab read, can’t wait for more. Your stories are always top of my ‘go-to’ list at the end of the day x

  16. Michelle
    January 10, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    Great blog Lucy xx

  17. Kate
    January 10, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Yay you’ve got a blog going! Congrats. Your one very busy lady! It looks great. Looking forward to more! Very random thing but would you ever show a floor plan of your home? You know like the ones on right move? I love looking at everyone’s homes on insta and always wonder how their layouts work! Possibly cos I’m wondering about my own!? 🤷🏻‍♀️ X

  18. January 10, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    Congrats on the blog launch!! Love your style of writing. I actually managed to write a blog post myself today which in itself was a miracle! You should check out #HomeEtc link up for interiors bloggers. Looking forward to more good stuff as I love your insta feed anyway. Keira x

  19. Jen
    January 10, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    Really looking forward to reading more on your blog. I absolutely love what you have done to your house, love seeing the Instagram photos. You really seem to have your s**t together and like someone I could definitely consume a few gins with 😊

  20. Sinead
    January 10, 2019 / 10:57 pm

    Well done. Adding you to my bloglovin’ feed so keep writing. Love how you say ‘chums’: to an Irish ear it’s an Uber exotic salutation!

  21. Claire
    January 10, 2019 / 11:36 pm

    Love it! So so funny! Well done lovely lady!! X

  22. Kirsty W
    January 11, 2019 / 12:00 am

    I’m new to you on Instagram (I think Laura Ann did a shout out a week or so ago) and in the process of working up the courage to redocorate the bedroom. I procrastinate A LOT picking colour schemes so I’m gathering inspiration. Loving the blog posts!

  23. Christine Jones
    January 11, 2019 / 2:28 am

    Thanks for being your sassy and self deprecating self! Love your stories and ability to make everything an adventure! You make everyday a hoot, even in the midst of mom chaos!;)
    I totally feel like Emma Chambers in Nottinghill when she tells Julia Roberts-
    “Oh God, this is one of those key moments in life, when it’s possible you can be really, genuinely cool – and I’m failing 100%. I absolutely and totally and utterly adore you and I think you’re the most beautiful woman in the world and more importantly I genuinely believe and have believed for some time now that we can be best friends.”
    Keep up the good work sister!!!
    Thanks oodles~

  24. Eve
    January 11, 2019 / 3:17 am

    Yayyy! Have been waiting for this blog for what seems forever (I’ve resigned and have SO much time
    on my hands I can actually spend it waiting for my Instagram favs’ blogs…maybe it’s a sign it’s time for me to do something productive maybe?!). I LOVE your style (that bathroom of yours is a true interior gem) and your wit even more. Thanks for being a breath of fresh (of a bit gin scented) air on the Gram xxx

  25. Jenny
    January 11, 2019 / 5:35 am

    Well thank you, such a lovely read during a never ending night-shift!
    Nice to get to knwo you, Lucy – something tells me that this won’t be the last time that I’ll pop in here. If dads not up for the log-in-log-out for the sake of number, give me the job. Could add it to the long list of things I do to stay awake here.

    A little sidenote. I like your humor – both here and on IG – however I found the comment about Bruce Jenner a bit offensive and reflected that you perhaps aren’t effected by the discrimination many of us in the LGBTQ++ community faced daily. It’s not enough for me to unfollow (who would then give me the “Evening chums!”?!), I mean it as constructive criticism, you see?

    • January 12, 2019 / 8:03 am

      Hey lovely thank you for the message and your support. I’m really sorry to have caused any offence and will amend accordingly. L x

  26. Chelles
    January 11, 2019 / 5:36 am

    LOVE u on the Gram so will Defo pop round here for a wee read from time to time. Love the look and honestly. Well done Lucy. Xxx

  27. January 11, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Yay to hitting publish!!!!! Lovely to hear more about you guys!!! You are fabulous at this !! Keep it up !! xx

  28. Laura Lyon
    January 11, 2019 / 8:59 am

    Never normally comment (or post) on Instagram…but had to say as a fellow Scot, totally get your sense of humour and your stories crack me up. Keep on keeping on👏🏻

  29. Elaine
    January 11, 2019 / 9:46 am

    We recently moved house and I am feeling a combination of homesick for our old house and also not feeling much love for our new place… I’m have also been wondering why I am so stupid to move somewhere I dont love, who does that? I’m spending a lot of time listening to audio books on developing a positive mindset at the moment! But I do love seeing all your posts and it is helping me vision how our new place could look! And reading that you ‘created’ your love of your home from originally not being its biggest fan is also reassuring I havent made the hugest mistake too. Thankyou 🙂

  30. Kathryn
    January 11, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Love it. You’re one of my fave people on insta!

    • January 12, 2019 / 8:00 am

      Aww wow that’s is an amazing compliment thank you so so much for all your support L x

  31. Jane
    January 11, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    I literally stumbled upon your instagram today & have to say you house & interior design is absolutely stunning.
    We are just about to take on a new project of extending our downstairs & find your pictures massively inspiring.
    It seems I have stumbled upon your account at just the right time – thanks for the inspo!! x

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:14 am

      Hey Jane that’s so kind of you and I’m so glad you found me! I hope your reno goes well, its a wild ride but so worth it I promise xxx

  32. Jennifer Miller
    January 12, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Hi Lucy! I’ve been following you recently and I’m super excited about your blog! Your stories always make me laugh and your design style always gives much inspiration. I’ve been in my new home for a little over a year and while I love the design and decorating process it can be a bit stressful at times. I’ve changed my design mind too many times and spent , well never mind that lol Thanks for sharing on the gram! Best of luck with your new blog. I’ll be passing it along to a few friends who I know are gonna enjoy as much as I do ! Cheers!

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