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. 

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.