Wednesday, 17 September 2014



Just remembering the lovely warm summer we've had this year.  One of my favourite times of the day - dusk.  The sun is just about to disappear but there is still enough natural light to read.

Taken from the upstairs hall landing window, looking over to our neighbours field, where that day they harvested the grass into hay bales. 

Happy memories of Summer 2014.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


We're well on the way with the renovations of the kitchen.  The building work has been completed and the units are being added.   It's reminiscent of other projects we have done whilst living in this house.  One memory that springs to mind is the main bedroom updates and the adding of our ensuite

Our main bedroom is at the front of the house built in the Regency era.  It is a square room with a tall ceiling, original fireplace and 2 large windows.  One looks north and the other east. There is plenty of natural light which is a great luxury. 

Beside the bedroom was a bathroom that was accessed from the hall.  This door was blocked up and a new one added, gaining access from the bedroom into what is now the ensuite to our bathroom.  

In order for these two rooms to 'flow' from one room to another, the decoration needed a palette that linked them. We chose white and taupe.  Knowing that we weren't going to carpet this room, we painted the floor boards which also mirror the staircase and floor of the ensuite. (see below)

(below) This is the bedroom before the renovations started...  

The day we moved into the house, the carpet was stripped out - in my opinion, it had been there too long for us to live with. We got used to the bare floor boards very quickly. Looking back at these images, I can't believe we lived like this for more than 4 years.


(below) The room stripped out, building work begun. 

Years and years worth of wallpaper removed from the walls, floor boards repaired and sanded, rewiring, new radiators and damp areas addressed. This room would have had a picture rail originally, so we hunted high and low to match the same one as in the bedroom next door, which luckily had not been taken down in the late 70's.

The fireplace is original to the house.  It needed some repairs and then was painted.

(above)  The fireplace before the mirror was added and below as it now with it.

This room has become one of my favourites. It has a calm and peaceful feel, which at the end of the day is conducive to a good nights sleep.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Everything has been stripped out of the kitchen and utility rooms. They are bare except for lots of dust and rubble. 
On the wall that the cooker was in front of, we found this...

Am I the only person to get excited about finding old wallpaper?


We believe it's from the 1940's, but would like to find out more information about it.  I've done some investigations myself, and found nothing specific.  If anybody has an idea of who produced it or what age it is, we'd be very interested to know.

Above is a detail of the carrots.

How glum do these fish look?

A closer look at the strawberries in a bowl and below the bowl in relationship to the bottles. I like the way the wooden shelves with chains interlink with each other and the various still life sits on them.

The closest wallpaper (below) similar to ours was found on The Vintage Galaxy It's described as beautiful antique piece of block printed wallpaper, hand printed dating back to the 1940's. 

The colours, style and printing technique are very similar to one found in our kitchen, obviously the subject is very different. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


The kitchen renovations have begun...... and already there's so much dust, rumble and decisions to make. 

One such decision, is the lighting that will go over the island.  We've chosen to have two pendant lights, that will illuminate the area designated for sitting at. 

I saw these inspirational ideas on Remodelista - old kitchen utensils transformed into light fixtures.  I'm not sure if any of these would be right for our kitchen but love the re-use of something that is no longer needed.

Above: Funnels - Photograph by Christine Bauer.

Above: A Vintage Pendant Lamp Whisk by Etsy seller Modern Artifact Decor of Eugene 

Above: Vintage Jelly Mould Pendant Lights by UK bespoke lamp makers Folly & Glee from Not on the High Street.

These are designed by Baileys Home, made using recycled wine bottles cleverly chopped in half while the other half becomes a tumbler. Great idea.


In all honesty, as much as I love all the ideas using something recycled and re-used, we'll probably go for similar to the above - ceramic rise and fall coolie from Baileys Home.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


 21st of June......The longest day, brightest and shortest night.

Hope you have a great weekend too!  Happy midsummer!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Jemima's last day at school coincided with her final GCSE exam and to celebrate this momentous day, she invited a few friends round to light the bonfire in the orchard and burn all their school text books. 

(Let's hope there are no re-takes needed!!!)

To add to the fun, marshmellows were melted on the fire and stuck between chocolate biscuits, then eaten....


Friday, 23 May 2014


Nearing the end of their growing season but still very beautiful, Cow Parsley picked from our orchard.

Picking from nature is the easiest and best way to decorate with. Popped in a glass vase and placed on the dining room table.