Yesterday’s Favourite Spots

I have pots of daffodils everywhere at the moment - cost so little and give so much joy
I have pots of daffodils everywhere at the moment – cost so little and give so much joy
the far corner in the garden room with the sun streaming in
the far corner in the garden room with the sun streaming in, the painting was done by my parents’ friend, it’s called Vertigo 1 from 1962 and restored in 1990 by the artist (Derek Blackwood)
the campie in the front room made by the girls - funny how everyone wants to be in the front room now it's more attractive
the campie in the front room made by the girls – funny how everyone wants to be in the front room now it’s more attractive
Yes, I've been trying out more furniture in the hall, this kist was used by my grandma when she went off to be a nurse in Dundee
Yes, I’ve been trying out more furniture in the hall, this kist was used by my grandma when she went off to be a nurse in Dundee (it had a blue Ikea bag for the charity shop on it after about 5 mins, it will attract stuff to it obviously)
Two more books from the library, highly recommended for decorating ideas if the polished interior decorator look is not for you. Making a House Your Home - Clare Nolan Creative Family Home - Ashlyn Gibson
Two more books from the library, highly recommended for decorating ideas if the polished interior decorator look is not for you.
Making a House Your Home – Clare Nolan
Creative Family Home – Ashlyn Gibson

Sunday 9 February 2014

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From the bottom of the stairs at about 10.30am today looking through to the study, sun shining in, just lovely

Today’s been a day for trying out some furniture in different places.  The hall is so spacious and airy I am determined to find the right thing on the wall that faces you when you first come in.  This little desk is far too small and the cupboard below is far too brown and solid.

Tried this piece in the hall, too brown.
Tried this piece in the hall, too brown.

The love seat by Ercol is what I have fancied for ages, I saw the blue graded version on the South Bank in London a while back and since then I have been smitten.  Sometimes I think the white would look amazing and other times it’s the natural one though John Lewis have a slightly different version that is also on the list which is pretty handsome too.

Ercol love seat
John Lewis Chiltern Bench

The only thing with these seats is I’d not be able to put flowers on it but I suppose there will always be a table or suchlike in the hall somewhere.  I needn’t worry too much, the benches don’t come cheap so it’s unlikely there will be one there for a while.  I’ll keep on trying random items that I already have for now.

Another part of the house that needs a bit of love is the front room.  The Morris & Co wallpaper is a bit tired and the matching, more colourful curtains have seen better days too.  There is a bit of a gold/beige/brown thing going on which would not be my choice.  So, the next major step is changing the walls, the curtains and hopefully changing the marble fire surround and gas fire to a wood burning stove.  The mantlepiece is original so it would probably stay though it is, of course, brown.  Lots of ideas are buzzing about what to go for on the walls, there’s the usual white, navy blue or maybe even a dark grey.  The dark colours would help zone in the brown furniture in there and make it really cosy, it gets plenty of light so I doubt it would be gloomy.  I have developed a bit of a Pinterest habit lately, you can see some of my ideas there.  I like the idea of the front room being a bit different to the rest of the house, more traditional and definitely cosy.  There is a bit of me that likes that it has not been done, whenever I go in there it feels like I am ‘going home’ that way you feel when you visit your parents’ house and it is reassuringly the same as ever.

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Corner in the front room, I moved the desk from the hall, not a big fan of the jug and bowl but it will be fine there for a while
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above the fireplace this caught my eye when I was taking the previous shot, the clock is staying in the front room for now

Sunday night, doing this post has helped alleviate the blues actually, thanks for reading, I’m glad you keep on popping in, have a good week, x

Think I’m going to change the theme again, watch this space…