Stepping into 2022

Jan 1, 2022

Hello there, thank you for popping over to my blog.

I'm stepping into 2022 as I mean to go on with a spring in my step, a positive mindset wearing a pretty dress and some excellent boots.  Of course there is a bit of leopard print in the mix and as always my faithful companion is by my side. 


Happy New Year to you, I’m not really one for making New Year’s resolutions & wholeheartedly agree with Matt Haig’s thoughts (@mattzhaig) ... but I do like to make plans & to have some projects on the go. So New Year’s Day is when Chris & I tend to discuss what we are going to do in the house throughout the year.


Even though we moved here almost ten years ago we are still renovating… it really is never ending. 

This year will see the house bathroom get a full refurb and our en-suite needs ripping out (we haven’t touched it since we moved in & let me tell you it was grim then). 

For the en-suite I’m thinking something along the lines of gold fittings, marbled panelling, brown floor tiles & a black Crittal style shower door. The house bathroom will be getting a roll top bath but beyond that I have no idea what it will look like .... yet!

I've got to say that I’m much more excited about the loft conversion which will have a spiral staircase leading up to it and we will be opening up the spaces between the beams to create "windows" overlooking the landing making into a wonderfully light & airy studio space/occasional bedroom/hangout area.



Also, another exciting project is re-jigging the outside space a bit. I know a lot of you love our outside space as much as we do - it was quite THE MAKEOVER. 


But as with inside rooms, I do feel you have to live with an outdoor space for a while to see how they work and if anything else needs to be added.

Our Summer House is literally falling to pieces. The floor is rotten & this winter has seen more & more pieces falling off it. It doesn’t owe us anything, it had been in the bottom garden for many, many years before we lived here & we then literally picked it up and moved it up onto the patio where it has sat storing our garden stuff for the past nine years.

So, we are going to knock it down (the work of a moment I feel as it's held together by a thread) & build an outside kitchen in its place. I’ve been very, very inspired by Lisa Dawson’s fabulous new glass room (not sure what she actually calls it to be honest but it’s AMAZING!)

Photo Credit @_lisa_dawson_

I had already tiled the top of our pizza oven unit a few years ago and I’m thinking I want to carry on this theme in the outdoor kitchen. If it looks anything like Lisa’s tiled area I’ll be thrilled. 

So yep, planning & overseeing all that will definitely keep me busy this year. 

I’ll also be carrying on building my brand & sharing exciting Sassy Approved products which have caught my attention & which I think you will like too, so keep an eye out for those. Spoiler Alert: It won't just be Interiors related as I also have a deep love of dresses, boots & jewellery.

I also want to try and share some things which may help you. I get asked a lot about how to grow a successful Instagram account & how to work with brands (which I may cover in a future blog post). So I thought I would share a few things I’ve learnt about Instagram since I started posting seven years ago. 

  • The one thing I’ve always, always said is that it’s not about the numbers - what’s the point of 150k followers if they don’t interact ? But hey, if you do have a really engaged following of 150k - AMAZING, CONGRATULATIONS but that's a full time job & possibly a case of "be careful what you wish for".
  • Insta is HUGE ..ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE .. Find your tribe .. that’s all you need (virtually and in real life). 
  • As I get older I have found that in life & especially on Insta, people will come & people will go, that’s cool .. don’t beat yourself up about it. I unfollow accounts that no longer excite me. 
  • Don’t fall into the comparison trap it will mess with your mind & confidence and no one needs that.
  • Always put out your very best work  - if you have a niggling doubt that what you are about to post isn’t good enough then it probably isn’t - don’t post it! 
  • Find the real you & that’s all you need. Use your own voice. 
  • Manners are always important. I try very hard to reply to all comments, if someone has taken the time out of their busy day to leave a comment the least I can do is respond. 
  • But, by the same token do not feel obliged to respond to every DM. Let’s face it some people are dicks.
  • If you get something wrong online apologise just as you would in real life. I still cringe about a DM I sent to someone who is a genuinely lovely person & who wouldn’t hurt a fly. I was triggered by a post they did & I sent a mean DM in response. I have since learned if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything. I'm not proud of myself but a lesson was learnt.
  • Remember that it is Social Media. Be sociable -  like, comment, save and share other people's posts as well as just concentrating on your own.
  • If it stops being fun, take a break. Instagram will still be there when & if you feel like going back to it. 


I’ll just finish off by saying a huge heartfelt thank you for all the likes, support & comments. I never post with any expectations so it’s always a thrill when you like my content.

Lots of love for 2022 xx 



  1. Jayne

    Great blog Sally!

    You’ve certainly got a busy year planned with all your house and garden projects. Can’t wait to see what you do .

    Fingers crossed you can fit a mini break to Turkey in your plans this year

    Happy new year x

    • Sally

      Thank you so much for reading Jayne. I do like to keep busy! I’ve got everything crossed for a visit. My Dad bought me a travel guide to Instanbul for Christmas – not that I’d need it with you xxx


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