Back in focus, and a mini bedroom makeover!


BedroomHello again!

You may have noticed that I've not been on air for a few days, and that's because I've had a small operation. I was diagnosed with cataracts a while back and decided to ignore them – surely I'm too young to have something my parents were dealing with in their seventies?

That's what I thought, anyway, but in fact the cloudy lenses were making it difficult for me to see things I had always taken for granted.

Reading is usually a pleasure for me, but I seem to have stopped enjoying novels, largely because I struggle to focus on the words, even with the extra help of the daylight reading lamp I treated myself to a while back. I've noticed that I always have to take something to the light of the window to read the small print, and I've found it increasingly hard to drive, especially at night. Frequent headaches were the final straw and so the operation was arranged.

I won't pretend the procedure was fun – having incredibly bright lights shining into my dilated eye with my eyelids clamped open wasn't hugely comfortable – but I felt no pain. And when I removed the covering pad and my blurred vision slowly cleared the following day, I had the most amazing improvement in what I could see. Colour, light and sharp focus were back again, at least in one eye.

The down side of that is that I appeared to age about 10 years overnight. Now I am not seeing my reflection in soft focus, the lines and wrinkles are all too obvious! And suddenly I can see all the dust in the house and need to get spring cleaning! It's only now that I realise how badly my sight was being compromised.

It's a bit tricky while I wait for my brain to adjust to reading the vision from two completely different eyes, but in can tell that once I have the other cataract operated on will find everything so much easier. I'm really glad I had it done.

While I was at home, a few packages arrived from QVC. There's nothing unusual in that, I know – my husband Olley will tell you that it's an almost daily occurrence! But these were a little bigger than usual… Our very old bed has been on its last legs – literally! – and needed replacing.

I saw the perfect answer a couple of weeks ago when Sealy brought a lovely divan with storage drawers and matching headboard to QVC. I snapped those up, along with the Magniflex mattress that we featured recently as a Today's Special Value offer, and you can see the results above! We are now enjoying the best nights' sleep ever!

I decided that, as we no longer share our bed with three young children (and Barney the dog is 15, and too old to leap up to join us) we could downsize from a kingsize bed. This meant that I needed some new bedding to fit the new size. I was lucky enough to get hold of an early sample of the brand new set from Northern Nights that's Today's Special Value on Tuesday 24th!

I really enjoy the feel of the cool, crisp but smooth high thread count 100% cotton. And with the contrast colour on the reverse and a gorgeous jacquard pattern effect in the weave that catches the light in such a stylish way too, I just love how it looks – especially with my newly improved eyesight!

We have four colour options for you to choose from, and a brilliant price, so do take a look while you still have time!

Take care
Kathy x


  1. Karen Whenman June 25, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, oh how well i know the amazement you feel when you have had a cataract operation. I too thought I was way to young when I was told I had them in both eyes at the age of 50. Very bad they were too, but when I had that first eye op oh my word i was like someone possessed, looking at everything and being able to see clearly, i was overjoyed…however my husband wasnt, because suddenly everything needed cleaning, decorating etc…fortunately they put me to sleep to have each op as they did not think i would cope with being awake, so for that i am eternally grateful and i cherish my sight more than anything now, having to read with glasses forever is a very small price to pay. Very happy you are now recovering, take care. Karen x

  2. Sue Dyer June 25, 2014 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    So pleased to hear you are through this first cataract operation and that you have had such a positive outcome. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for your other eye to be done and sure that will make such a big difference too. I have really missed seeing you on QVC and I love your own Kathy’s Morning Style Show. That’s such a really helpful show and I love it best when Lesley Ebbetts is the guest presenter. Take the time you need to fully recover, Kathy, but it will be lovely to see you back on screen again. We have the Magniflex mattress too and it’s just brilliant and so comfortable. Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon and also the equally lovely, Ali Keenan Xxxx.

  3. susan June 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, what a relief you have had a successful op! Not pleasant I’m sure though. Good luck with the next. Have you been watching the football? I can’t understand why they’re all paid so much. Never will! I enjoy watching it but is it really worth all that money when we all do so much patient centred work!? Talking of which how’s bex?x

  4. jilly m June 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    So pleased to her you are recovering well from your OP. Takes a whie sometimes to schedule the appointments we all need to get things looked at. Our eyesight is a very precious thing, I’m sure many of us take for granted.
    So glad your on the mend, love the comfy, cosy room.
    Look forward to seeing you back on QVC.

  5. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv June 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi kathy hope you and the family are well iam not bad

  6. Janet Gwynn June 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, So glad everything went well, I have missed you on QVC as you are always happy and have such a lovely smile and I enjoy your honesty. Take care of yourself and don’t worry too much about the house work, it will always be there, but this lovely weather may not. It is nice to have a make over even if it is in the house and not yourself, it is also lovely getting into new bedding, all crisp and cool.
    Take care of yourself and looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday mornings on your style programme.

  7. Jan Burnley June 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy !
    I’ll have to have my eyes done soon but I am a lot, lot older than you so it was to be expected I guess ! My Mum had both her cataracts done when she was older than I am now so that keeps me ( I was going to say “focused ! sorry) from being too anxious.See you soon !
    Jan Burnley

  8. wendy mclachlan July 1, 2014 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy I,m your op is over and you are recovering, your bedroom looks lovely, look forward to seeing you back on QVC
    Take care Wendy

  9. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen
    Thanks for writing. I share your gratitude that I can see clearly again. I’m having my second eye done when the surgeon is back from holiday so it will be even better!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  10. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue.
    Thanks for your comments. I’m so glad you get on well with your Magiflex mattress – I love ours, it’s so comfortable and great value.
    I’ve taken plenty of time off after my eye op as I had a week booked to celebrate a big birthday with my husband (he was trying to ignore it, but no chance!) We went to the Isle of Wight and had a wonderful time, I’ll try to find some time to blog about it.
    The next eye will be end of the month so I look forward to binocular HD vision in glorious technicolour!
    And I’m glad you enjpy Morning Style – we’ll be back on August 13th with an autumn capsule wardrobe.
    Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer
    Kathy x

  11. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I agree with you about the football players – I’ve been keeping an eye on what’s happening, but don’t really sit down to watch a whole match – more important things to do!
    Bex is doing really well thanks. Earlier this week she spotted that a prem baby had a heart murmur that no one else had heard – a consultant confirmed her diagnosis and the baby was taken for a scan to assess it. She was chuffed! (Not that the baby had a problem, of course, but that she had alerted the senior doctor.)
    Have a good summer – best wishes
    Kathy x

  12. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly
    Thanks for writing. I know what you mean about fitting in all the appointments – I seem to have lots going on at the moment, but at least I’m getting the important things sorted!
    Have a great summer!
    Kathy x

  13. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    We’re all doing well, thanks. Glad you are too.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  14. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janet
    Thanks for your kind comments – much appreciated!
    I have to say, I’m not one to worry too much about the housework, I always find something more important or fun to do! And aren’t we enjoying some lovely weather at the moment?
    Morning Style will be back on August 13th – glad you enjoy it. Thanks!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  15. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jan
    Yes, my mum and dad both had their eyes done when they were in their seventies, so I kept thinking ‘If they can do it, I can cope too!’. Best of luck when you have yours done, it wasn’t comfortable but it certainly didn’t hurt and most people have a second one done so it can’t be too bad! When you see properly for the first time it seems miraculous – the improvement is dramatic and remarkable. I still keep closing one eye and then the other to compare and marvel!
    Good luck!
    Kathy x

  16. kathy tayler July 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy
    Thanks, I love going to bed even more now, although i never seem to be in bed quite as long as I’d like!
    I hope you have a lovely summer!
    Kathy x

  17. Susan July 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    That’s fabulous about Bex noticing the baby’s murmur! I knew what you meant. It must be great knowing you have been the one to pick that up. I know Dr’s get paid a lot but at least they’re saving lives. We’d be lost without them! I just can’t understand the world of football and the paychecks. It’s just mad. Working in the NHS you can have bugbearers about these things! I will go and read your Isle of Wight blog now! Exciting! Susan x

  18. Patricia Coulson- wood July 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, great to here of your optical improvement. It made me laugh when you talked about dust and wrinkles.. From my nursing past a patient of mine who had the unveil looked first at his wife and said you old !.
    It was hilarious for us but not for her.
    Keep up the good work.

  19. Patricia Coulson- wood July 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Oops!. just a comment about my misspelling of the word hear NOT here. I noticed my mistake almost really has bugged me.
    Continue your improvement, Tricia.

  20. Kathy Tayler July 23, 2014 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tricia
    Spell check has a lot to answer for!
    The vision in my new eye is wonderful and I will be having the other one done soon – it will be easier when both eyes are similar. I have already come to terms with my wrinkles, and it didn’t take long for me to ignore the dust! Life is too short, especially when the sun is shining…
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  21. wendy tunnicliff August 1, 2014 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Hi kathy
    I like that you are a,real person presenter, no faking it from you !:) you are so brave to have your eyes done.I have had a lot of eye surgery and been left partially sighted and will have to have cataracts done in next few years but have heard such horror stories about how they do not fit properly or they can feel like grit in your eyes.but more so that most people can no longer read, as I am a writer it terrifies me that I will loose this precious gift of sight and the ability to read and write. I am still quite young and yes I found the other surgeries I had did cause wrinkles. Humph! But I am watching your blog with admiration and find it inspiring and helpful when you share your eye experience.thank you so much. Xxxxx

  22. Barbara ackerman August 12, 2014 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Kathy did you have clarivu or just cataract removal and was the op all okay I’ve just been told I have early cataracts in both eyes bit worried how was the op

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