Our Old House

As I might have mentioned, I’m on floors at the moment.  The old house had wooden floors, the colour was great and they stood up well to everything we threw at it, often literally with all three of the children being little there.  The whole ground floor was done at once as the last stage of the renovation, it finished the place off so well. The house had four rooms, a bathroom (in pink and black) and a kitchen when we moved in. We added two bedrooms and a shower room upstairs and bashed a few walls about downstairs to end up with a brilliant kitchen diner leading straight out to decking and a fab garden.  We probably would have put a room on the back had we stayed, we had good times there, the decision to move to the bungalow once Dad died was a tough one but we made the right choice, definitely.

At the weekend I was looking back through the images used for selling the house, to remind myself the look of the old floors.  I realised you may like to see them too, have a look. I do have to admit this was the day the house looked its best ever.

 

I love white houses, it just wouldn't work on the new place at all,
I love white houses, it just wouldn’t work on the new place at all, shame
you can see the colour well here, that is it after about 8 years
you can see the floor colour well here, that is it after about 8 years, it did pretty well
the front bedroom upstairs
the front bedroom upstairs
my beloved old kitchen
my beloved old kitchen- it was the best – especially the way it opened onto the deck,  I really miss that here.

The Regeneration

The next stage here is well underway, we cleared the middle messy pit of a room and, since it’s now empty, the decision is whether to just go for it and redecorate it before the floors are done.  I’m for white in there, what a surprise, and C really fancies some wallpaper. Although I like a bit of white, I saw a great blue colour today that could work, the sample’s reserved to be picked up asap.  One thing that is for sure, we’ll get rid of the light fitting, photos to come of that soon.  This is the room that C has allocated as ‘his’ and he is thinking that a new Gibson ES-339 would be the perfect accessory for it.  There’s a lot of chatting to do I fear.  I’ll keep you posted.

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25 October 2013

Here we are, Friday again and we’re all anticipating the things we’ll do with an extra hour, let’s not worry about how early it will get dark.

Just a few things to share;

The first is the beautiful house we stayed in last weekend in Newcastle’s Gosforth area.  Our pals have not long moved in to it and it is an absolute cracker.  It was built in 1910 and has lots of original features left.  You enter the house via the gorgeous and unusually shaped front door, then you’re hit by the  wood panelling painted white – it really works.  The floor in the hall and the other rooms downstairs is breathtaking too and when you look more closely you notice the inlaid detail round the edges. I was so inspired by the wooden hall that I have had (yet another) sanding floor company round today.  Just cannot decide whether to go for dark or pale boards.  Any advice gratefully received.

floor detail
floor detail
front door
front door – note the built in hatch
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn't they
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn’t they

The other thing that strikes you about the house is the windows, so many bays with the original glazing.  it was hard to capture how stunning they are and how huge!

check this front room's bay, complete with Skylanders, of course
check this front room’s bay, complete with Skylanders, of course

Next thing,

Earthy was looking very seasonal today when I popped in, lovely to see the Halloween thing without hideousness (is that a word).  I’ve never seen so many different types of pumpkins and squashes.

Earthy, Canonmills
Earthy, Canonmills

Lastly, there’s a new place to eat in Edinburgh and here’s the cover for the menu, designed collaboratively by two girls I know.

hope the food is as attractive
hope the food is as attractive

Remember to let me know whether you prefer dark or light wooden stripped floorboards, it’s beginning to get on my nerves that I cannot decide.  Have a fabulous, autumnal weekend. xx

p.s. still no idea what the enamel item from yesterday is

2 July 2013

sneak peak into H's bedroom cupboard
sneak peak into H’s bedroom cupboard
F's cupboard door handles
F’s cupboard door handles

Today I’m sharing some of the things I love about our new rooms.  Instead of getting bogged down by what I’ve got to do, I am going to enjoy what has been done and what we have gained.   The chaos downstairs will get sorted slowly but surely over the next wee while.  These things take time (good line for a song).

view from my bed
view from my bed – shutters are fab
upstairs bathroom
upstairs bathroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom

Other Stuff

Instagram is something I’ve been aware of for some time but have never really got into, I’m wary of it I guess.  This post from  Tales from a Happy House Instagram has changed my mind, now I’m keen to get on and use it.  My goal is a photo a day for the whole of the school holidays.  I will let you know once I’ve got organised with a name and so on, technoteenboy will be on hand if I get stuck

Daisies cannot be beaten – look at these super hair accessories being modelled by the gorgeous H.  Wish I’d got myself some now.

love a daisy
love a daisy

The Glasonbury father returned eventually last night.  Tired, brown and happy that he was home after a super-long bus journey.   The kids all have their very own Glasto t-shirts now, H and F have all the bands that played on their backs – one is not that great for a 5 year old to notice.  Never mind. L has a Rolling Stones one which he absolutely loves. It’s good to have C back xx