The Hall part 2

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So, there you have it, the final colour choice for the hall was the dark one.  All day at work on Thursday I was worried that I had made a dreadful decision and that I would get home to something I could not live with. Gladly, that was not the case but I do kind of wish I had a shinier finish than this very matt one which only has 5% sheen. As you can see, it really catches the light none the less.  Out of all the decisions, this is the one I have agonised over the most, thanks to everyone who listened, you’ll be glad it’s done too, I will stop going on about it, I promise.  C and I have spent far too long analysing the floor and whether it has a pinkish hue in the artificial light of the evening.  Now we need to get real, look forward to it looking a little less new; with our gang that won’t take long.  Once the woodwork is painted it will look amazing, it spoils it having yellowy skirting at the moment but, we’ll get there. (one day)

We have started putting the study/music room back together and so far, so good. The skirting has been done to the best of my ability, not sure how I kept managing to paint the floor too. Luckily it wiped right off, phew.

(Nearly)Birthday Girl’s Party

I thought you might like a wee peek at the scene before H’s guests arrived for her party, the back room looked great with the bunting and balloons, not sure if you can make out the ‘Happy Birthday’ on the window above the table.  That feeling of anticipation before the event is brilliant, isn’t it.

The Garden Room pre 6 year olds
The Garden Room – before the 6 year olds took over

Kiss the Fish came along with decopatch creatures to be decorated with lots of brilliant choices of paper, check out the before and after shots.  Everyone loved doing the painting and sticking, the googly eyes and glitter are always the highlight of the decoration process.  Sadly, Kiss the Fish does not have a studio any more but they pop up at craft fairs and lots of other events round Edinburgh and I would highly recommend the party, Rhona has it down to a fine art, excuse the pun.

All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
all done, eyes and sparkle applied
all done, ready to be varnished

Well, that’s another weekend gone. December is here and the countdown to the Festive season is upon us again.  Not long until the decorations are up and the house feels extra special.  We’ve only spotted one tree up so far, bet that will change over the next few days, let the sparkly season commence, yay! x

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15 November 2013

Japanese Maple or Acer
Japanese Maple or Acer

This amazing Acer caught my eye when I went to check up on the guinea pigs this morning, the colour has changed to the most vibrant bright reddish pink almost overnight.  It’s in a pot and has had a couple of ropy phases since the bad snow years,  so glad to see it in full magnificence again.

The Regeneration

The ‘middle’ room is to get the floorboards done at the same time as the hall and, since it’s empty, we have decided to go for it and change the wall colour too.  When the sun is shining it is a beautifully light room and those windows are amazing, they let light all the way through to the hall.  It can be quite dark though because of the green damask print wallpaper which I quite like actually but it does not fit with the way I’d like it to look. Light, bright and fresh is what I’m thinking with an array of colours coming from our belongings on the shelving.

Here’s how it looked last Friday before the mission to clear it out started, it had become a dump.  We all have our own little visions for this former dining room.  Playroom, study, music room, library, snug or games room, it is my goal to make sure it stays a bit more organised and pleasant to visit, whatever it is used for.

no idea how I got this effect - this is how full the room was last weekend
no idea how I got this effect – this is how full the room was last weekend

This is how it looks right now, as I type. Imagine me sitting on that hideous red chair, which will not be coming back in, if I can help it.

the before photo
Friday 15 Nov 2013 – note the stain samples

There should be a new version to show you on Monday, this weekend is painting weekend, once we decide on a colour.  There is a beautiful blue in my mind’s eye but who knows what colour you’ll see in the after photo.

Friday Treat

Friday make - chocolate crispies
Friday make – chocolate crispies

My promise to H yesterday was that we would make chocolate crispies with her friend when she came to play. Yum, hope there’s one left for me.

Well, I wish you a super weekend, think of me in my painting gear doing my stuff (and procrastinating no doubt), x

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.