Wednesday, 19 October 2016

#Little House Happiness

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know, I have a hashtag, which I use when I post any photo from the little house, its #littlehousehappiness .... it sums up how I feel when I'm there, but it also sums up how I feel about my home in general.  Sometimes, because I call it "little house" I think it sounds like our main home must be some sort of mansion, it's really not lol, we live in a typical 3 bedroom semi detached house in suburbia.

For as long as I can remember though, I've loved looking at wallpaper samples, cushions and soft furnishings.  Even before I had a home of my own, I remember decorating my bedroom with Laura Ashley wallpaper in my parents home and when I think back, I can still see the the beautiful blue print.  For my 21st, while many young women may have asked for designer clothes or a car; I asked for wardrobes.  So as can you see, anything home related, really is my passion.

We've recently been rejuvenating our home, and I'm going to take this opportunity to share it with you more, through my blog.  How I'm achieving my dream home, will be through upcycling and careful shopping and this too, is a journey I'll share with you.  
I'm looking for cost effect design solutions and I'll share how I display and learn to re-style my decor.

Please don't think it will be only interiors, I'll still be sharing my week that was, and of course, you'll still find crafting, and project life.  I'm going even try sharing my learning curve of the Aga and recipes with you.  That just leaves me to do some "tinkering" with my blog layout, but of course, that's half the fun, isn't it, and also a possible name change.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Week 42

Was one of the those weeks, when you have so much planned and don't quite know where to start.  The house was in a real pickle after my painting at the weekend, so first thing first was to get it put back in place.  Happily to say, that I'm getting there.  The only room left to sort out, is the back bedroom. 

So here's a quick update.  It was the 5 year anniversary of Dad's passing on Wednesday.  This year for some reason, I've been finding it really hard being without them.  On our usual Monday R&D', Emma gave me an African Violet, as it was Mum's favourite (there may have been tears), but it honestly means so much to me to have friends like her in my life. 
Laura Ashley delivered a gorgeous armoire that I got in their sale. Oh I love it, and I've spent many a happy hour faffing with china in it.

We also attended an Aga demonstration on spicy foods, not bad, and one of the recipes I tried on Friday, when Colin and Maria came over for dinner.
The bears had a visit to the groomers. They get so so scared, so I really need to groom them more at home.

We then went to the little house on Saturday morning. I had to return a library book, and the weather was lovely, and we had the most amazing sunrise, on the Sunday.

First fire too of the winter at the little house, and then came home on Sunday, and had one here.

There you have it ... another week done and closer to Christmas.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Week 41

What a lovely week it was ... I got to spend lots of time with friends.  So here's a round up.
Firstly, I had my usual R&D with Emma ... I've worked it out, that we've been meeting at the same place, same time, same day ... pretty much the same cake lol ... for nearly 10 years.  How scary is that.  

I also called into see the ever decreasing Jo, at her office.  I'm totally in awe of how well she's been doing at slimming world.   I also got to spend time with Maria, when we walked the bears in a local park. Such a lovely lovely day.

This week I also started changing over my home decor to autumn/winter. I do so love this season.

I've also got my paint brush out again! ... Actually, I don't think I've put it away since painting the kitchen.  First up, was a little unit I found in the charity shop, while dropping off another box of declutting haul.  I really do need to drop and run lol.  Anyway, this unit was to house my mugs (I'll share a finished picture in another post).  Simon also did a little IKEA hack for me, on our floating shelves.  All of which I know love.

Next up was a trip to London for me.

My first point of call was Fortnum and Mason where I met Simon. Oh I love that shop so much.  They even had their Christmas shop out, and I may have bought a little something.  Next I had my first Pumpkin Latte of the season and then a little trip to Anthropologie (again, a favourite shop).

Next was on to meet up with my lovely friend Carol.  I met her first nearly 2 years ago! ... Yes, she was the lady we got the bears from.  Honestly, I'm so lucky that I still get to see her as we get on so so well.  She took me to Cabages & Roses, a shop I've been dying to see. It was lovely, but I was a little sad as I had expected more house wears, and apparently they've stopped stocking them now, as John Lewis does that.  Still, I had a lovely lovely day.

There you have it, my weekly roundup.  This week, is already looking good, and lots of lovely things are being planned.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Goodbye September ... Hello October

I'm always a little sad to say goodbye to September. I mean, after all it is my birthday month lol, but it's made a lot easier though as I do love Autumn.

So here are my highlights from last month.
I met up with lots of lovely lovely friends and even chatted with them on FaceTime.  We spent time at the little house and watched the demolition of the largest chimney in the UK come down.  Lots of decorating was done, and the weather was amazingly hot for September.  We sadly lost our last fish; and strictly came back on tv.  The Lord Mayors banquet was lovely and we're back to having hospital appointments for Simon, as his feet are really playing him up.

Another month closer to Christmas and I'm getting so excited. I may have started a little shopping already.  Lets hope October is as kind to us as September was. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Week 40 .... The week that was

A week of firsts.

First fire of the winter, and my first new £5 note.
A few new things made it into our home too this week.  A new washable mat! ... Yes, the word "washable" is very important in my life these days lol.   Also, next new thing was Simon's latest toy! ... Yes, he should be renamed, "Gadget Boy" ... as honestly, he's obsessed.  Anyway, his latest toy is the Amazon Alexa.  I must admit, I'm enjoying it playing different Prime music and also keeping track of my shopping list, but it is getting on my nerves when Simon keeps asking it for a new joke lol.

Also this week, I met up with my cousins in Kingston for breakfast and to celebrate one of their birthdays, and lastly, Simon had a hospital appointment about his feet.  Sadly, he's really suffering, so we're back having appointments, and looking at new ways to help him. I may be that an operation is closer than we had hoped for, but I think the hospital want to try some different routes first.

There you have it, my week.  I'm enjoying the change in season, and feeling all cosy at home, I think some autumn home decorations may need to come out this week xx

Friday, 30 September 2016

My Painted Pew

As you know I've been on a mission to update our home, and I'm happy to say I'm really pleased how its coming along.

I'm also slightly (ok, totally) obsessed with upcycling, and making over furniture.  More so when the vision I have in my mind, works out well in real life, which as we all know, isn't always the case.  So let me introduce to you my finished pew.
For a long time I had been searching for an old church pew, and a few years ago, I managed to get hold of one.  It was cut to the size I wanted, which meant, although each end matched, they weren't a pair.  In either words, they came from the same church, but had different handles and numbers on them.  None of this worried me, as it is against a wall, and I still loved it, but what I didn't like was that it was such dark wood.  Its just not me! I tend to like everything light and against my table it just looked even darker.

So ... what's a girl to do! Paint it of course.  I didn't want it to be white, so off I went to Farrow and Ball to see what paint they had. I had a colour in mind, of Skimming Stone, but the wall that it sits against, was going to be painted in Skylight (same colour as the dresser), and after talking to the assistant, he showed me that it would end up looking quite lilac.  So instead I went for Cornforth White.  I'm so pleased I did.

Here's the process I used.
Of course ... first it was primed with Zinsser. 
Next came 2 coats of the Farrow and Ball, Cornforth White. 
Here's a better look at it, against the blue. I think it works, I hope you do too.  All I now need to do is make a seat cushion for it, and of course, I'll show you when I'm done. 

Happy Friday friends, I hope your weekend is a good one. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Week 39 .... The Week that was

Glamorous .... well, not all of the time.

It started out with the normal everyday to day routines.  Coffee with my neighbour and friend Moira at the garden centre; I had a couple of very snuggly bears, both have had stomach upsets over the week, but feeling better now.  Its certainly easier to carry Molly as she's smaller, but Bertie still expects his cuddles and he's a tad bigger and heavier lol.

Strictly, also started again, and I'm LOVING it.  At the moment, I haven't got a favourite yet, but I do like that judge chap, and Louise.

Also this week, I got hold of a few christmassy bits, well it is (as of today) 90 days to go.

We then got to the glamorous bit.  Simon is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Paviors. Their annual banquet is held at Mansion House, in London, and the Lord Mayor attends.  Its such a magical and beautiful venue, and its wonderful to see everyone looking gorgeous.

Here are a few photos from the evening.

There you have it friends.  Now back to the reality, which is usually just cleaning and sainsburys, but that's ok.  I'm still in full decorating mode, and I'll be back with a little post later to show you how it's going.