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Fantastic Ticket Offer for Grand Designs Live


As many of you may know, I have been an avid attender of Grand Designs Live, in particular the annual event in Birmingham.  Check out some of my highlights in Experience your Own Grand Designs Live.

We are honoured to be able to share a fantastic ticket offer with you!

The inspiration starts here…with a visit to Grand Designs Live
NEC Birmingham 8th – 11th October


Grand Designs Live, the UKs top contemporary home show, returns to NEC Birmingham from 8th – 11th October for its 10th anniversary show. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home.

With areas dedicated to interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, build and gardens, there’s something for every room in your home. And with over 500 exhibitors, you can shop from a great selection of brands with 100’s of items not available on the high street.
With all this and much more, make sure you plan a GRAND day out this October!

£10 tickets*
To celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary we have a great £10 ticket offer. Simply log on to www.granddesignslive.com, follow the link to book your tickets and enter the code CITRUS10 to claim. Or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 1348.

*T&C’s – Transaction fee of £1.70 applies per order. Tickets must be booked in advance. Offer ends 07/10/2015. Offer valid on standard admission tickets only. Saving based on the door rate.

Discover the LSA Serve Tall Comport from Occa-Home


Just before Christmas a parcel arrived from Occa-Home, inside was a beautiful dish – the LSA Serve Tall Comport.

LSA Serve Tall Comport

The box alone told me this was a quality item but was the actual product just as good the images? Upon opening I wasn’t disappointed. The Tall Comport is part of the serve collection, Each piece has been individually handmade by skilled artisans. The glass feels thick and strong providing not only a stylish piece but also a very functional one.

LSA Serve Tall Comport

So what to create to decorate this delicious bowl for Christmas, I took inspiration from the box and decided to create a trifle.  Off to the internet I went, well as we all know Google knows everything, and searched for a trifle recipe where the image looked similar to that on the box.  Although I love having a go at baking when I get time, I must confess I have never made a trifle before, but how hard could it be?

Little did I know I must have picked one of the hardest recipes, no packet ingredients here, everything homemade as I discovered.  I looked at my bowl in anticipation, would my final creation do it justice or turn something so elegant into a sloppy mess – the pressure!  My recipe started by creating the jelly from a mixture of berries, as I stirred the fruit the smell and the colours dancing around the pan was enchanting.

LSA Serve Tall Comport

The first batch of custard I realised was far too runny, my mistake I followed the recipe so back to the drawing board and decided to follow the rule of ‘ignore the recipe’ and success the second batch was perfect.

It was time to start to putting the layers together.  Nervously I placed each layer into the Tall Comport, praying that each layer would hold fast and not start to mix with the layer below.  As the glass started to be filled, the colours of the trifle popped through the bowl enhancing its beauty.

Finally it was time to unveil the finished product.

LSA Serve Tall Comport

I looked in pride as the trifle looked as delicious as the bowl.  My family and friends descended into the kitchen and before I could move it from this place there was already a spoon in as people were desperate to taste the delights before them.

And so back to the LSA Serve Tall Comport, yes it’s great to look at but my concern was would it be durable?  The answer here is yes and to put it simply, I love it!

The LSA Serve Tall Comport is available from Occa-Home for only £38.00

The Incredible Journey – From Passion to Citrus


“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.”

Winston Churchill


As some of you may know I have gone through a difficult few weeks.  To tell you how I got here you have to start at the beginning.

twitter-Man-with-a-van When I joined twitter I never, ever imagined what lay ahead of me.  I started with complete naivety and skepticism of what it was.  I plodded along really not knowing what to do and then I started to find my voice for property and interiors and I never looked back.  Building my followers has been organic and underpinned with engagement.  I love hearing people’s stories sharing their successes, their interesting articles and honored they want to share them with me.


Just over a year ago I started Trying to Balance the Madness – my blog which I share my passion for Property, Interiors and Social Media.  This blog came from, well basically, being nagged by a certain part of my following.  Again I was a novice and really no idea what I was doing.  Again soon I found my blog voice. Trying to Balance the Madness is a huge part of me I feel it shows my journey and my story.


About this time last year I started to have talks with a friend about the idea of A Passion for Homes, after months of hard work we launched in February 2013.  It was an amazing day one I will never forget.  I was so proud that so many of the followers had supported me in some incredible ways with venue, photography, speaking, being part of the site.  You name it my followers were there, sharing the experience and I felt honored.


About a month ago I made the very, very difficult decision to walk away from A Passion for Homes.  This was not a decision I made lightly but knew it was the right decision for me.  Partnerships are difficult.  My Passion for Property and Interiors is stronger than ever and I knew I wanted my own business and I have so much to give.


Trying to Balance the Madness is growing and it’s fascinating seeing it develop and mold into something more exciting every day.


Through Trying to Balance the Madness and A Passion for Homes I realized how much I loved writing.  My parents had always said that I had a talent for it but I never really thought anything of it.  Over the last 6 months the request from people for my writing has been overwhelming and I have realized that my parents were right.

Writing-writing-27456811-1277-955  I Love to write!


Citrus Content
allows me to utilise my love for writing with my passion – perfect combination.


  • Articles
  • Website Content
  • Blogs
  • Newsletters
  • Rightmove MicroSites
  • Social Media

Wherever content is needed – you will find Citrus.

I am honored to already be working on a couple of really exciting projects.


As people always say, ‘When one door closes, another one opens’.

I feel as though that door was there all the time and I just hadn’t found the key.


Andrea x