DIY – slow and steady wins the race

DIY – it’s rewarding, fun, exciting and grownup but it’s also slow, hard work and a little frustrating at times, mainly because it’s stuff we can’t do ourselves!

My good friend over at Let Her Eat Clean once said to me ‘slow and steady wins the race’ so that’s what I’m standing by and letting the experience of doing up our first house together be an enjoyment!

I’m learning new skills, which is great and putting late victorian features back into the house on the lake is so rewarding. My latest project has been restoring a fireplace for the second bedroom – this eBay wonder that Welly won:

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Paint stripper in hand, protection sorted – it all began:

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Two hours and two layers of paint later:

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Four hours and four layers of paint later (I was starting to wish I had just applied a fifth layer of paint at this stage):

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Meanwhile Welly had made room for the fireplace by exposing the original ‘hole in the chimney’:

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And it went in, got sanded down and got plastered up:

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Now we just need to sand the floors, paint the room, put a radiator back in, put down vintage victorian tiles, paint the fireplace and most importantly decorate the room. It might sound like a lot but we’re more than halfway there and it’s all still pretty exciting 🙂

Are you living the DIY dream?

Dreamy bank holiday – diy, friends & food

It just so happened that the last bank holiday of the year was the first bank holiday in the house on the lake for Welly and I.

We have extensive plans for the downstairs of our home so we wanted to paint a bit and put in some colour before we get going with our kitchen extension next year:
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I love Habitat so safe to say we paid them a quick visit. Our eBay antique and history-filled furniture are perfect backdrops to a punch of colour:

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Upstairs is another story. We’re currently getting the second bedroom ready for mama and papa Hansen’s visit in September – check out Welly exposing the fireplace:

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And ripping up the gorgeous chocolate brown carpet:

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Between all the diy and interior goodness we got to have our first dinner party with my favourite gal over at the house called abe and her hubby herringbone kitchens which was just dreamy! We followed this with a BBQ with good friends enjoying the fab weather until the bats came out to play!

This weekend has been one we’ve dreamed of for a very long time and the fact that we did it all is another tick on the to-do list 🙂

Home decor – Inspiration from other countries

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog you’ll know that Welly and I became homeowners to our little gem the house on the lake

Coming home to our own house was incredible and actually quite romantic. There is a certain excitement that comes with knowing something is yours to do with what you want and our project doesn’t let us down! We’ve already started decorating our pad however, being in another country can inspire new ideas and intrigue design.

I love the colours of the bench against the brick, I love the wood and the rustic love affair:
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However, on the other side the flowers bring life, wonderful smells and colours into a room or a space:

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However, we’re just about to take the wall paper down – it’s actually exciting as I will no longer wake up to oversized flowers on my beloved fireplace:

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This bank holiday I can’t wait to get properly started and really make our gem come to life!

Decorating our pad

Our little project is coming along nicely, still lots to do but I’m starting to play around with the interior.

Welly is epic at eBay and wins awesome things most of the time, he’s keeping his technic a secret, probably because if he told me I’d be on there all the time!

Basically I’m all about furniture having a history and antiques have always done it for me – for example I love this wall already:

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Then there’s my love for NYC and Danish furniture:

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Then there’s these fellas which I found on holiday in the Cotswolds last year – they make me smile:

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Lots more to come but we’re slowly getting unpacked and still loving it!