Collaborations, INTERIORS

Back Door Transformation (In Collaboration with Quarry Store and Stephen Gibson Paving)

Hello there!

Anyone who loves a good transformation…you are in for such a treat with this blog post! I have been bursting with excitement to share this with you all as I know you will love it as much as I do….

First I want to introduce you to the 2 amazing local, family run businesses who brought the magic to life!

Quarry Store

With over 50 years in business, excellent customer service and high quality products, the Quarrystore is hard to beat! They are based just outside Ballymena, but deliver all over Northern Ireland and the UK.  Their amazing online store is so easy to navigate and purchase from, and they have recently opened a picture perfect display area, where you can view all of the products available.  This area is great for giving you ideas and to see what is possible in your own home!  It really is a ‘one stop shop’ for all home improvements, DIY, landscaping and gardening projects.

Stephen Gibson Paving

Covering a 40 mile radius of Ballymena, Stephen Gibson Paving has over 30 years experience.  They provide free quotes and are porcelain and granite specialists.  They have a display area which can be visited via appointment, where their work can be viewed.


For anyone who has been following our Rose Cottage renovation journey, you will know transforming outside has been on the agenda for this year.  Feeling totally overwhelmed by the size of the area and the job in hand, Luke from Quarrystore was able to give me clarity and a vision for the space.  He chatted through the options available and showed me various samples of the materials which would suit Rose Cottage.  The display area at Quarrystore was a fab way to see all the different styles and helped both Ash and I to really visualise what it would look like outside our own home.


After a lengthy chat with Luke, we decided to go for the Walnut Porcelain tile for the top of the step.  (Available here)  This is a really hard wearing, durable and non-slip surface; perfect for a step, especially if you have little ones.  We framed the tile with a granite kerb. (Available here)  This is a sleek, beautifully coloured kerb which compliments the porcelain tile just perfectly.


The beauty of shopping with Quarrystore is that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home if you don’t want to.  You can create a step just like this while sitting on your sofa watching The Bake Off! Visit the website here where you can see all the materials available, pop in your measurements and get it delivered right to your own doorstep!!

Luke recommended Richard from Stephen Gibson Paving to complete the work.  Richard was a total joy to have at Rose Cottage.  He was so friendly, listened to my requests, and was such a clean and tidy worker; I could not speak highly enough of his work!


I hope you agree that even this small change to the exterior of Rose Cottage really has made such a difference!  I’ve been opening and closing the back door non stop since it was done, just for another nosy…And I can’t quite believe its my step!

Here is the Contact details for both of the businesses involved in created the most perfect step for Rose Cottage:



Phone 028 2589 2488

Mobile 07866692071




Stephen Gibson Paving


Phone 028 2588 0140

Mobile 077 1123 1541



As always if you have any questions, please get in touch!

Hope you enjoyed reading, as much as I enjoyed writing!




Style it New – Guest Post

Style It New – Shop your Home to Entertain your Guests
I recently wrote a Guest Post and thought I would share it over here too –
I couldn’t have been more excited when I heard the gorgeous Helen was starting this fab series and then to be asked to guest blog for it was the absolute cherry on top!  My name is Jill and you will find me hanging out over on @homeatrosecottage.  I am forever faffing about my home, moving furniture and swopping accessories around – My Hubby never knows what he’s coming home to!!
A couple of weeks ago we were hosing a bbq for some of our closest friends. I decided to look around Rose Cottage for items I could repurpose, rather than going to buy more things for entertaining which would sit in the back of a cupboard until next year!  With the help of Pinterest I pulled together a few ideas…
Garden tray to Drinks Table
(I also use this tray throughout the year, sitting on a footstool. Cheap alternative to a side table!)
Laundry basket to ice bucket

I mean, I don’t think i’ve seen any better sight in my Laundry basket!!

Floor tiles to grazing platter
I had these floor tiles left over from trying to pick the flooring in Rose Cottage, but you can pick tile samples up in B&Q for around £3 each.
I then added a faux eucalyptus garland along the back and a few candles.
And then loaded them with yummy goodies!
We had such a lovely evening and already looking for another excuse to get the drinks and nibbles out again! Remember when entertaining, before buying anything new, have a little nosy around your home and see if there’s anything you could repurpose – and don’t forget to tag us so we can share your ideas too!!
Hope you enjoyed reading, as much as I enjoyed writing!