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.
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.
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.
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…
We are happy to be getting a bit festive here, at last. The tree has been up for a wee while but the rest of the house has not had much attention yet. The holidays are here and somehow I managed to coax all three children to come and make some decorations using cranberries, star shaped oranges, tufts from the offcuts of the christmas tree and some green wire thread. There is a most unusual additional item on one of the decorations, teen boy’s idea of a joke.
As you know, I have agonised about the hall and what to do with the floor there for some time. My parents went to a lot of trouble to get the hall carpet laid flat and true and put plywood under the underlay to make it as perfect as possible. Trouble was, although it was very good quality carpet that had been laid to perfection, it was just not my thing, peach never has been, sure you could call it coral or something but all I see is peach. Peach has been on my ‘no way never, ever’ colour list since someone of my acquaintances had the misfortune to have a full on peach bathroom, from shower curtain with frills to the toilet paper and everything else too, there was probably peach scented spray in there, undoubtably from Marks and Spencer. The person in question did not inherit this, they chose it, no idea why.
Back to the hall, it is now white, the colour of the floor has been chosen and I will show you the final result soon, it has not even been finished yet! By the time a little girl I know is hosting her birthday party here, on Saturday, it will be all new and shiny for little feet to tramp across on the way to the fun. Can’t wait!
Here are the before and half way shots for you, I wish I had taken the carpet out and lived with the plywood, really, it is so much better than the peach.
I am looking forward to sharing the photos of the floor with you, more than that, I am looking forward to a ‘peach free’ home, wonder if it will ever become the thing again? Not here, no way!