Number Twenty Six

The story of two Teessiders and a Yorkshire Schnauzer turning their first house into their first home, one DIY project at a time.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Review | Creating My Signature Scent With The Perfume Studio.


It's that odd period of time between Christmas and New Year when you're off work and all your days are merging into one. You've ate too much food and drank too much alcohol and the thought of going to the pub again is surprisingly unappealing. 
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

When in Rome.


Here's six things that the guidebook doesn't tell you about Rome. Thank me later. 
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Review | 10 Reasons To Visit Ramside Hall Spa, Durham.


Life has been a little bit 100 mph lately what with work, college and some personal stuff going on, so when I was invited along to spend an evening at Ramside Hall's newly refurbished spa, that was A-OK with me. In fact, I'd packed my cossy and cleared my diary within minutes
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Review | Hotel Le Clarisse Al Pantheon, Rome


I'm not really one for writing posts about hotels I've stayed at because when I go away anywhere my main focus is to spend as little time in the hotel as possible so that I can make use of every moment exploring the place I'm visiting. Except now. Now I'm writing a post about our hotel we stayed in at Rome because it was amazing and I really cannot recommend it enough. 
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Finding a Home for the Record Player.


It was Toby's birthday in August and I've got to say, I outdid myself with my present idea - a Crosley record player and Foo Fighters Greatest Hits record. Top GF I know. 
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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Beep Beep - Seven Years Behind the Wheel.

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When Book Learn Pass got in touch with me about the campaign they are running to get more young people on the road this Summer, it made me reminisce about my experience of learning to drive and how far I've come since I passed my test, seven whole years ago - wow, I feel old now... 
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

How I Got My Face On a Cupcake.



This month me and T have made a pact not to buy any cakes in our weekly shop as we're trying to eat healthily. For a cake lover like me, this is difficult so when Sam from Cake Toppers got in touch to ask if I'd like to be sent some cakes to review, I didn't think twice in replying with a big, fat yes! I wouldn't be breaking the pact either as I wasn't actually buying these cakes... and you can't say no to free cakes right?! 
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

North East Wedding Venues With a Twist.


Shut the front door - we've only gone and booked our wedding! I still can't quite believe it. 21st July 2018 cannot come quite enough, or maybe it can - lot's to plan and arrange... Eeek! 
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Three Gallery Wall Ideas


We moved into our house about 18 months ago and in the lead up to our moving date, my Pinterest boards were jam packed with ideas for each room of the house! One idea that I absolutely knew I wanted to achieve was a gallery wall. 18 months later and we have three gallery walls in our house, all quite different. 
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bedside Tables Upcycling.


Out of all the rooms in our house, the bedroom is one of the only finished ones! We have stripey walls (obligatory how to paint stripey walls post here) and we have all the furniture we need including one of my favourite upcycled pieces - this old tv cabinet
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Five Challenging Lake District Walks.


Now when I say challenging, a pro rambler would probably laugh at this list but this post isn't aimed at them! No, my target audience for this post is for people just like me who aren't completely and totally unfit, but do struggle to commit to exercising more than once a week
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Monday, 18 July 2016

White Cross Bay Holiday Park.




My favourite place to go on holiday in the UK has got to be the Lake District. If you've never been then you are most definitely missing out. People travel from all over the world to visit this beautiful place. We've bumped into an array of nationalities whilst there including Australian, Canadian, America, Chinese and Norwegian
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lake Garda Diaries | Part Three.


I have a love / hate relationship with writing these Lake Garda posts. On one hand, I love the little reminders in the form of memories and pictures of what was a truly amazing holiday, but on the other hand it reminds me my Summer holiday is long gone and all I've got to look forward to is getting up at 6.30am everyday for work. Oh, and the Lakes next week. Oh, and a wedding in 2018. Ok, so it's not all bad.. 
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Lake Garda Diaries | Part Two.


Welcome to Lake Garda Diaries - part two! As I mentioned in part one (you can catch up here if you missed it), this one is a little bit special.. 
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Lake Garda Diaries | Part One.


On 1st June 2016, we headed for Newcastle Airport ready to start what we were soon to find to be the best holiday of our lives so far (sorry NYC - you've been demoted to second place..). We arrived at Riva del Garda which is located on the Northern shores of Lake Garda in Italy at about midday. Riva is surrounded by mountains either side of the lake and was actually part of Austria until 1918 so the buildings and structures have an Austrian influence rather than Italian - fun fact for you there, thank me later.
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Schnauzer Walks - Part One.



My home town of Teesside often gets negative reviews from the people who live here (and often even people who don't) about it being a rubbish, industrial, scruffy place to live with nothing to do. And yes, some parts might be, but is that not the same for every town or city in the country?!
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A Liebster Award for Number Twenty Six.



Ever heard of the Liebster award? It's basically a recognition award for new bloggers awarded by new bloggers! It's a great way of building up your network of readers as well as finding new blogs to read. I was nominated by the lovely KC from Kaycee Creates - see her post here. She asked me to answer the following questions.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oxpasture Hall Hotel Review.


What could be better than a hotel serving the most delicious food, with the most luxurious rooms and decorated with tartan check, exposed brickwork and open fires? How about all that AND they welcome dogs?! Yup - Pepper went on holiday last weekend.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Jewellery Box With a Twist.


If you caught my Vintage Love post, you will have read that I bought an old, ornate frame from one of my favourite antiques emporium's Crimple Hall in Harrogate. I wanted the frame to hang my jewellery from as I have so many necklaces that I just shove in a jewellery box after a night out, then spend ridiculous amounts of time and energy untangling them the next time I want to wear one!
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Master Tea Cup Candle Making in Four Simple Steps.


Number One.
First things first. You will need to acquire the items that you will need to make the teacup candles. I bought 700g of soy wax flakes, glue dots, pre-waxed wicks and some dye flakes from Amazon and bought a cheap milk pan from Tesco to melt the wax. You will also need something to hold the candle wicks upright whilst the wax is setting - I just used some of our clothes pegs for this.
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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Eating All The Cake At Songbird Bakery.


So today is the day that the up and coming Bedford Street officially opens another gem of a business - the Songbird Bakery. I was lucky enough to be invited along to a pre-opening event last night along with some other lovely North East bloggers which pleased my sweet tooth no end. 

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Bohemian Bedroom Inspiration.


Ok, so we've finally saved up some pennies and got round to decorating our spare bedroom, or should I say planning to decorate! This room is currently home to the ironing board, wash basket and more often that not, copious amounts of ironing just waiting for who gives in to the stand off first.
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Friday, 15 April 2016

Transform Your Garden With Decking.


So for the past couple of weekends, Toby and his Dad have been building decking in our garden whilst I was chief coffee maker/bacon sarnie provider/top nuisance (whenever I tried to help, I just injured myself). 
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Saturday, 9 April 2016

My Day Trip To London & The Ideal Home Show.



First of all I failed. I did not get a photo with Wilbur at the British Gas stand. Bad. Times.
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Amsterdam: Ice Bar.


Earlier in the month we went on a trip to Amsterdam, where we ate lots of food, took in lots of sights and of course, visited the Ice Bar
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Six Hours in Amsterdam.


This morning I was on a ferry returning from Amsterdam, now I'm sat writing this blog post to tell you all about it - whilst still worryingly swaying a little bit from the ferry trip - trippy! By the way I wrote this on Monday but just getting round to publishing it now :) 
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Monday, 21 March 2016

Vintage Love.


For my birthday Toby's family bought me a 'Vintage Home' book by Sarah Moore which is such a perfect present for me. I love old fashioned floral designs, antiques and quirky furniture to upcycle. Looking at all the beautiful projects I could make in this book has inspired me to write this post about the vintage finds I have collected recently. 
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Giveaway I Hear You Say!


MDM Furniture have asked me to help them out with my very first giveaway which I am over the moon to support them with.
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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Upcycled Letter Rack.


We took a long weekend off earlier in the month for my birthday and on one of our little day trips out we visited Harrogate after spending the morning at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (obligatory post here...). Just outside of Harrogate we stumbled upon my new favourite place ever - an antiques emporium home to lots of antiques dealers selling all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Safe to say, I was in my element. 
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

KAWS and Effect.



Today we took a road trip! 

We decided to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is about an hour and a half away from where we live. The park consists of huge grounds full of beautiful scenery, a lake and many streams with quirky little bridges crossing them. There were also lots of random buildings within the grounds including a grand hall, a downtrodden little boathouse and a chapel. The ground was really boggy when we went so make sure to wear your wellies! 

The Sculpture Park is currently home to an exhibition by KAWS. KAWS is a Brooklyn based artist specialising in pop art through the mediums of sculptures, graphics and paintings to name but a few. He has worked with various brands including Nike, Vans and Kanye West and it is his first UK museum exhibition.  There is an area of open air sculptures and a further exhibition indoors. 

We took Pepper with us so could only look at the part of the exhibition which was outside but that was enough to leave us in awe! It consisted of huge sculptures of cartoon like figures made from various materials. The imposing figures were oddly familiar and reminded me of Mickey Mouse with their dungarees and large heads! Despite this however, in contrast to the comforting familiarity of this Disney character, the figures also had a feeling of darkness to them with their crosses for eyes and odd stances. There wasn't much info provided to explain the concept behind the figures and when I tried to do some research on good old Google, I found that KAWS wasn't very forthcoming with his inspiration, choosing to let people take from the sculptures their own individual interpretations. It was definitely a cool day out and seeing the six figures dominate the beautiful landscape is definitely worth the trip to see! 

















What do you think? 

KT xo. 




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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Giving My Tastebuds a Treat at The Botanist.


I've finally, finally managed to go to The Botanist in Newcastle. I've been wanting to try it out for ages after hearing so many good reviews but whenever I've been in the good old toon it's always been fully booked (I know, I know - serves me right for not booking in advance..). But, finally the day was here. After spending far too much money in the January sales, we managed to book a little lunch time spot at this lovely little place. 

I love quirky places and this definitely did not disappoint. Located opposite Grey's monument, The Botanist restaurant is situated a few levels high giving excellent views (and people watching opportunities) of Grey's Monument and down Grey Street. 

Inside the restaurant you will find a central, square bar with a tree in the centre where the branches spiral all over decorating the quirky little space - yes, my description is rubbish but don't worry, you'll see what I mean on the pic below! The walls were adorned with random pictures and illuminated with industrial lighting - industrial decor is always a winner with me as you will know from my posts here

Now, onto the most important part - the grub! 

We started our Botanist experience with some non-alcohol cocktails, which is most definitely not like us but they tasted amazing all the same. T had a Forest Fruit Fling which consisted of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit puree with some other fruit juices and sugar syrup. I had a Grape, Raspberry and Elderflower Cooler which was amazing too - so good we're going to try and make them at home - watch this space! 

Next was the agonising decision of what to eat. There was sooooo much choice but after lots of menu scouring and snooping on what everyone else was eating, T decided on a beef hanging kebab and I chose a deli board. I'm hungry just thinking about it... The hanging kebab was very impressive. As it states on the tin, the kebab came hanging on a metal contraption with a bowl of chips underneath. The waitress then poured garlic butter onto a tiny plate at the top which melted all the way down the kebab and onto the chips. I was jealous at this point until I tasted my deli board which was amazing. You could choose four things to add to the board which came with a turkish flatbread. I chose olives, a mixed bean salad, camembert and chorizo. It tasted amazing and although I was initially disappointed at the size of the camembert, I was nicely full once I'd finished. Overall, it was perfect for a lunchtime meal. 

Had we wanted to be proper fatties, we would have got a dessert too and opted for the marshmallow hanging kebab. Lots of marshmallows are skewered onto the same contraption as the savoury kebabs except melted chocolate is poured from the top instead of garlic mmmmm. 

Overall I would definitely recommend The Botanist. I will leave you with some lovely photo's to get your taste buds going! 





Have you tried The Botanist before?

KT xo. 
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Thursday, 28 January 2016

One Year of Being a Grown Up.


24.01.2016 - exactly one year since we waited patiently ALL DAY to receive the keys to our first house. In one sense it feels like yesterday we moved in as time has flew by so quickly, however in another way it feels like we've always lived here, especially looking back on all that we've achieved so far. 

So for this post I thought I'd add some photo's of my favourite memories from the first year living here and also my favourite parts of our decor. 



1. Spending the first night with no tv, no internet and no phone signal, sat on the floor in our onesies drinking wine and eating dominoes whilst trying to watch a DVD on a laptop! 

2. Our garden - hosting Toby's second home (the giant shed), some funky coloured fence panels and lots of random plants. 

3. M&S meal deal for our first Valentines Day in the house. 

4. Our pallet wine racks - just fab, see more here.

5. Painting stripes successfully on our bedroom wall. 

6. Painting all the furniture much to Toby's delight. 

7. Bolting two pipes and a scaffolding board onto the wall to get in on the 'industrial decor' trend. 

8. Finishing our little office room off with the perfect accessory - an iMac... still buzzing. 

9. Cooking our first Christmas dinner in our little kitchen. 

Hope you enjoyed a little review of our year! 

KT xo. 
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