Looking Back

I have changed the look of the blog again, it is so tempting with so many options to keep trying out something new. I’ve gone back to ‘Regeneration’ too, I cannot give any reason for that, I just did!

While I was faffing about I found myself reading the post from two years ago today.  I thought you might like to remind yourself how this place looked when it was being taken to bits.  31 January 2013

I really MUST do a few before and after shots for you, having looked back I realise I never really did them properly.

Lastly here’s a song for the rest of the weekend, my daughter and I have it on every time we get in the car.  If you get the chance go see them live, they are brilliant, we saw them a couple of weeks ago at the Usher Hall.  (We think the blonde one looks very like our eldest niece sometimes)

Have good rest of the weekend and ‘keep on keeping on’ as First Aid Kit would say (or sing).




Window on my World

Today I changed the blog title.  It has been mulling around in my head for some time that ‘Regeneration’ is not really appropriate any more now that most of the first phase, and the most significant, is pretty much done.  There are still rooms that need decorated and possessions to sort through belonging to my parents but, on the whole, this feels like our house now.

We’ve got a chimney sweep guy coming tomorrow so hopefully another of my wishes will be granted and we will be able to have a real fire in the house.  The big wish is a wood burner in the back room but that is out of our reach for now.  I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, ideally with a beautiful fire photograph.

What do you think of the new title?  I am still swithering but nothing ventured and all that…   Just in case you’re interested here’s what was happening a year ago 27 November 2013.

Sunday 9 February 2014

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.

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
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…