Saturday, 28 August 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend

We are on a little trip to West Wales - crossing our fingers for lots of sunshine.

On the way here we saw a sign for a pig race tomorrow afternoon. I definately want to see that! I wonder if piglets make good house pets....

Monkey Shrine

These shelves are in the bedroom. I'm really fond of them because a) they are virtually pointless - nothing on there is actually necessary or useful. b) they provide an excuse to buy cute (pointless) ornaments.

A friend once called this a monkey shrine. Fair point really.

NB: testing blogging app thingy - only crashed about 37 tines so far - this post may look a bit yucky - tbc!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The decorating…

… is happening. The pesky orange skirting boards and door frames in the hallway are now white. Hallelujah.

NB I knocked that glass over, smashing it to smithereens, mere seconds after taking this picture. Oops.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Sofa Cushions

I somehow managed to stumble upon (at least what I consider to be) the perfect sofa cushions when we first moved in.  It was completely unplanned, and they were dirt cheap. (please pretend for the sake of my inner perfectionist that the following photo isn’t dreadful.)


So we have had them for almost 2 years, and I have been keeping an eye out for new ones for quite some time. Lo and behold:

habitatConcetta cushion by habitat.  I bought one of the mugs a little while ago (this range has been available since 2007! Yikes that’s some mileage!)Apparently the cushion has been been available for a while also. News to me! I don’t even care if it matches or not – there’s a horse on it. I fawned over this all of yesterday, so I’m not sure if Anthony did it just to shut me up, but when I got home from work today I was greeted by the news that two cushions are on their way to me! Hoorah!

Soon I will be sitting on the Sofa, stroking my lovely new pillows, and sipping white tea from my bone china Concetta mug….


These designs are by Concetta Gallo for Habitat.  Interesting, if somewhat watered down, video about Concetta and another designer, Kathy Dalwood’s work for Habitat.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Appreciating my bathroom

Over lunch yesterday my friend Laura and I were discussing how we would love to have a driveway or garage of our own, and live in a semi detached (or even detached!) house with side accecss to an expansive garden.  We were bemoaning our lack of tumble dryers and dishwashers, generally feeling sorry for ourselves.  After a few minutes of complaining, Laura remarked ‘do you think maybe we’re just being greedy?’ .

Fair point.  To that end, I am posting some pictures of the rooms in my house that are not quite how I want them to be yet.  Instead of going on about the bits I don’t like, I am going to enjoy the parts I do!

This is one of the walls in our strangely large bathroom.  These photos are all shots taken by Anthony and myself on various holidays.  I always really look forward to selecting which images are going to join the wall!  I currently have two frames ready and waiting to be filled.  There is space for at least another 8 photos!

From top left to right:  Krakow, Valencia, Llandudno, Sagunto, Krakow, Valencia.  If and when my brother gets round to saving all the data from my old hard drive I will post the originals. The light brown frames are your standard fare Ikea, the dark brown ‘rustic’ look frames are from Wilkinson’s. Bargain. I spotted these when inventorying a beautiful 5 bedroom barn conversion in my previous job, and the owner kindly admitted that they are Wilkos ‘wood effect’. 

Also, meet the newest member of the family:


I was given a lovely evergreen bush in a pot by my brother last November. He lasted until end of July before biting the dust due to overwatering. Lets see how long this one lasts (both plant and pot from Ikea).

Here’s to enjoying what you have!

Monday, 23 August 2010


Who thinks I need this for the hallway? I do!


Recycled wooden sign, by WilliamDohman on Etsy.  Including postage to the UK £40.00.