Double Renovation: Why The Sudden Rush?

Double Renovation: Why The Sudden Rush?

I've made a little video for my Instagram page @casacrilly, where I put all of my house and interiors stuff, and it's all about the double renovation we're currently in the midst of - we're doing up a little seaside holiday cottage in Dorset and also the house we've...

Casa Crilly and the Double Renovation

Casa Crilly and the Double Renovation

I said I'd come back to you with more about my side-hustle, sneakily mentioned last summer and not referred to since. It has been a bit crazy on the house front and so I didn't really know where to start: then Christmas happened and then the latest lockdown and so we...

Simple Upgrades for a Showstopping Table

Simple Upgrades for a Showstopping Table

I've always fancied being the sort of person that could throw one of those dinner parties that seemingly only exist in Ferrero Rocher commercials and magazine shoots; French farmhouse tables overflowing with flowers and flickering candles, fine linen napkins placed...

Welcome to My Fireplace Catalogue

Welcome to My Fireplace Catalogue

I was going to call this post Top Faux Christmas Garlands but when I looked at the pictures it was more like a fireplace catalogue, so I've kept the title real and relevant for you. Hohoho. Fireplaces aren't all they're crack(l)ed up to be, in my opinion. It must have...

Cinematic Views and a Mouse’s Back

Cinematic Views and a Mouse’s Back

I interrupt the gift guide frenzy to bring you some videos that have somehow slipped the net, here on A Model Recommends. Firstly, this house update and then - perhaps tomorrow if I get a move on - a rambling makeup try-on with a fancy new red lipstick and a chat...

Decorating? Read This First…

Decorating? Read This First…

A great decorating book to feast upon, if you're something of an interiors aficionado; Farrow & Ball's Recipes for Decorating* by Joa Studholme. It's an absolute visual delight. Whether you're a serial re-painter who loves to experiment with colour or a confused...

Why We’re Building An Extension

Why We’re Building An Extension

Question: is a part of a building still called an extension if there was something there before it? I've been mulling this over because I've been automatically referring to our new dining room as an extension but is it? We've demolished one thing (a weird,...

Four Fuss-Free Ways to Transform Your Outside Space

Four Fuss-Free Ways to Transform Your Outside Space

The sun is out: catch it while you can because it's probably for a limited time only. Not like last year, aka The Best Summer In Living History. (At least for those of us born after 1976. Those who were around for 1976 do like to harp on about how that was the best...