Wednesday, 23 July 2014

AN OLD FIND

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

LIGHTING FOR KITCHEN

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

SUMMER SOLSTICE

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



Hope you have a great weekend too!  Happy midsummer!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


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

NATURAL FLOWERS




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.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

ALFIE'S BEDROOM

I'm missing my son.... we packed up his 'birthday box' and posted it off to Nepal today. It'll take 4 weeks to get to him. 

He's living in a remote area in Western Nepal, helping to teach English to the children there. It's a fantastic, life changing experience for him but very different to the one he's left at home. 



 

I wonder if he misses his bedroom? I go into his room daily to open and close the blind at his window.  

When we first moved into this house, his room had an old blue carpet, maroon coloured sink in the corner and the fireplace boarded up.  When renovations started, the carpet was taken up and sold, the sink stripped out and the fireplace opened up.  We had a wooden fire surround made to fit the hole, then painted it.  The floor boards were sanded and painted also.  His two wooden beds were painted in Farrow & Ball Charleston Gray. We didn't put up shelves for his expanding library, instead piled the books up in the fireplace. The little fishing chair, he has had since a child and was found at a local car boot sale.  





Monday, 12 May 2014