I bought myself some flowers last Thursday to add a dash of colour to the kitchen. They were rather poor sad looking things, three little bunches reduced to £1 per bunch. With not a great deal of hope l brought them home and plonked them into my old celery vase. They bloomed beautifully, a total resurecton. Bright, golden trumpets heralding the prospect of Spring to come.
It was £3 well spent, for almost a week we have thoroughly enjoyed their beauty, colour and delightful scent. Today they look sad again and tomorrow will no doubt be in the compost bin. But what a joy they have been.
Now l have to say l am THRILLED with all your lovely comments on my house. Wow, if l could have you all round for tea and cake l certainly would. Since you liked it so much here are the other views of the rooms (the bit where the camera stood for the first pic!).
You don't come in to a hallway here, just straight into the diningroom. When we moved here over 12 years ago the entire ground floor (apart from the kitchen) were covered in a horrible ancient blue carpet. We lived with this for years until we eventually hauled it all up and found that the kitchen tiles extended into most of the diningroom . This just left a case of adding wood floor to the other end of diningroom and also in the livingroom.
I have always wanted to have floor to ceiling bookshelves. I remember many years ago staying at a friends house in England. She had a solid wall of books and l so admired it. Not just for the reading matter (and lets face it l am seriously addicted to books) but for the whole look and the coziness of it. I was always determined to have this in some form or another. Well my big bookshelves made from recycled builders scaffolding planks is the best l can do.
The old sofa is one with a drop arm so that you can stretch out in total relax mode. When l first saw it, it was the mangiest old brocade thing, however my friend Carrie from Rustique Interiors was on the case and she turned it into this magnificent patchwork beauty.
The other side of the bedroom shows 'Martha' (she had the name long before l called the dog that!) my tailors dummy that stands in the corner swathed in beads and old scarves.
The other side of the kitchen and those trusty daffodils! The sink unit is the only piece of static furniture, everything else is cobbled together from bits and pieces. The welsh dresser you saw in yesterdays pic was from ebay and the Victorian wash stand that l use as a chopping board/prep area was a junk yard find. I had to build a platform for it to stand on as it was a good eight inches too low for working on. The marble top makes it perfect for chopping and also for rolling pastry etc.
So that's it for the house guys, hope you have enjoyed the tour. Nobody gets to see Idgy's room – serious mess area! I still have the tiny spare room to finish off. It is full of all the stuff from HQ. I hope to get everything back out to HQ in March and get the spare room finished then too.
Thanks again for all your lovely comments, it has been lovely having you all at my place. Drop in any time.