Thursday, 29 May 2014

Making a space your own

Thank you all for your comments on my last post and welcome to new followers.

While the little house project is nearly finished but not quite there yet, I thought I'd share some pics on injecting a little personality into a room without going overboard with colour.

The key to creating a room that doesn't look like its straight from the pages of a furniture brochure is to inject some of your own personality into the space.  Whether you’re a collector of vintage teapots, a reader of books or lover of art, these things add interest to the blank canvas called your space. You don’t need to have it all cluttered around you, but you can add elements that tell a story about who you are.

I like the touches of tan in the leather chairs and the different designs and textures on the cushions.  


I'm a huge fan of artwork on the wall, small pops of colour in a neutral palette mixed with some vintage pieces and I'm loving the coffee table with the built in magazine storage.

A beach feel without being over the top. This works if you actually live at the seaside.  Fish prints and oars propped up against wall indicate these people love water and the unpainted furniture has a rustic and earthy appeal. Sofas are covered in off white linen and cushions seem to have been made from old grain sacks.

Minimal, but with great pieces of furniture

Hope you're having a great Thursday!
It rained all night and there's a slight mist hanging over us with everything covered in dew...


Monday, 26 May 2014

Front door

Last weekend we went woodland walking.  After the bluebells a few weeks ago, we were keen to get back into the countryside and enjoy what it has to offer while the weather is good.  Getting in the car and just driving without having a destination in mind is like going on a mini adventure, you never know what’s round the next corner.  We drove along winding narrow country lanes, passing many quaint cottages along the way (wish I’d stopped to take photos...)  I love living at the seaside, but when I get into the countryside I feel the urge to swap my flip flops and go all wellies and tweed jackets!  The bluebells had all disappeared, but in their place were woodlands filled with wild garlic, a carpet of white so pretty and so delicate.

I promised photos of the front door a while back.  I didn’t have my camera with me, so excuse the iPhone pics.  The exterior facade still needs painting, but being a little impatient, we got down to transforming the door first.  The original front door was shabby to say the least, brown and ugly and in dire need of a little facelift!  We chose a lovely blue called Lady in Waiting by Valspar and replaced the old worn out hardware with new chrome finishes.  I love how it's gone from ugly duckling to 'hey you there!'

It's wet and grey outside this bank holiday Monday, but after a weekend of painting and decorating, I'm glad I can do a little 'couch potato' blogging and a little reading...

Have a great week!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Tulips and paint

Why hello there…it seems like months since I last wrote a post, but it’s actually only been three weeks.  In the meantime, the weather has warmed, my tulips have died down and I’ve been taking a few rides on my bicycle.  It’s been delicious!  I picked the last of my tulips and brought them indoors as the wind was blowing the beautiful petals off and I couldn’t bear to watch them all bedraggled…a bit like how I look when I’ve been in the wind and the rain!

(does anyone know what these little white flowers are...I've forgotten what they're called, someone said they might be wild garlic, but I don't think they are)

The little house project is just about finished, although we had major issues with a leaking roof and lots of damp as you can see in the pics.  Although the front door has been painted and the new knobs and knockers fitted, I haven’t taken pics so I’m going to show you some before and during photos.  The house is going to be rented out, so it needed to be practical.  There aren't any fancy bits in the renovation project but I had fun doing it all.  The paint colours worked out really well.  I wanted it to feel light and airy and most importantly I wanted to get rid of the magnolia paint that had yellowed over the years.  I went with a very lovely blue/grey for all the walls downstairs, stairwell and upstairs passage way as I wanted to create an even flow and we carpeted the lounge with beautiful grey carpet with a deep pile which feels quite luxurious underfoot.  We laid laminate floors in the hallway and the small room off the hall, much more practical than carpet and it looks pretty good for laminate flooring.   The bathroom has a shower unit instead of a bath so we fitted a new electric shower, replaced the old radiator with a new chrome radiator and matched the accessories to the new toilet and wash hand basin.  It would have been lovely to have replaced the ceramic tiled flooring, as I didn’t like the colour too much, but again weighing up the restraints of a budget and bearing in mind it was for rental, the client decided against it.  The fireplace has a huge gaping hole, which really needs to be fitted with a lovely cast iron fireplace, but I'm still searching eBay and it probably won't be fitted any time soon.  I also thought about adding a mirror for decorative effect like the one I posted here

I mentioned in an earlier post that the house looked like squatters had moved in, and as you can see from the photos, I wasn't exaggerating ...there was so much cleaning up to do before we could even start the renovation work.  It took days just to clear up the rubble the tenants had left in the house. 

Hope you all enjoy the weekend, the weather is going to be sublime here in the south...might even dip my toes in that freezing water down at the beach...
on second thoughts...a cycle will do!