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At Home With @cake_away_cancer

Chloe was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia) when her daughter, Darcy, was just nine months old. After scouring the internet for information on other people’s journeys with this condition and finding nothing, Chloe set up her blog Cake Away Cancer, as a kind of therapy for herself and to raise awareness of her condition. We caught up with Chloe in as part of our At Home With series to discuss all things baking, hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning and living with cancer.

Chloe’s love for baking comes from her wonderful grandma. Chloe reminisces about the time she spent with her grandmother over the school holidays as a child, watching her grandma potter around the kitchen.

Cakes are Chloe’s favourite thing to bake as she just loves cake. Her favourite baked treats are Victoria sponge, shortbread, fruit cake and chocolate Rice Krispie cakes, and she loves decorating the finished products – she loves breaking out the piping nozzles, fondant creations and tiered masterpieces!

Dunelm & Macmillan

Charity and giving back are very close to Dunelm’s and Chloe’s heart. During the past year of Dunelm’s partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, we have raised an amazing £650,000 to date. With the famed Macmillan Coffee Morning being a key fundraiser for them, and Macmillan helping Chloe through her diagnosis with online and personal support, we chatted about how important and fun they are to run and be a part of.

As Chloe loves to bake, being a part of the Macmillan Coffee Mornings was a no-brainer, combining her passions to successfully raise awareness and a substantial amount of money for the cause. Chloe’s top tips for hosting a successful Coffee Morning are:

  • Bake it or fake it – every contribution helps
  • Keep the coffee and tea flowing
  • Most importantly – have fun with it!

If you’re interested in getting involved but you’re not sure where to start, don’t forget that Macmillan will send you an amazing pack with everything you need to get started!

After renovating and living in a few houses previously, Chloe proudly calls this her ‘forever home’, and she and her husband have been busy renovating their beautiful house into their dream home.

Downstairs you’ll find a beautiful open-plan living space with an area for baking, dining and relaxing. With yellow being Chloe’s favourite colour she has accessorised the neutral tones with accents of yellow, grey and light oak wood. We love how tranquil the space is with new additions to the room like our Fulton Coffee Nest and Hello Sunshine Cushion taking centre-stage.

Low lighting is Chloe’s preference and the Katara Table Lamps finish off the bedside tables perfectly. Chloe creates her own blissful bedroom using Plain Dye White Bedding as a base, layered up with textured cushions and a snuggly Teddy Throw.

Chloe’s favourite way to relax and unwind in the evening is in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book. Her must-haves for creating the perfect spa-throom include candles, a bath rack and a sumptuous towel to wrap herself in.

If you’d like to see more from Chloe, watch our IGTV below! Don’t forget to tag us in any photos of your home using #MyDunelm.

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