Weekend Roundup…

As Christmas draws to a close and the decorations are packed away for another year, we thought we’d squeeze in a last holiday day out, before back to work proper on Monday. We decided we’d head over to Wye Valley Reclamation & Warehouse 701 near Hereford. We started with a rummage outside through their varied salvage, but was a bit cold and miserable to mooch for too long…

I loved these stones, but not sure what we’d ever do with them, they deserve better than being abandoned in our garden.
/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4888.jpg Indoors (an old bomb factory of all things) they have an amazing selection of home products, both old and new. We saw a ‘community centre’ style notice board which we thought would be great in the hall displaying bits and bobs, but decided that we can make our own superior version from the Victorian glazed doors we found in the attic – great, I need another project! Amazingly, we only left with this mirror, I love the vaguely heraldic shape…it’s destined for the cloakroom.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4887.jpg I must get around to posting the Stokholm inspired cloakroom plans one of these days, in the meantime the mirror is ditched upstairs.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4909.jpgWe bobbed into another antique store on the way home where I picked up this copper pot, think maybe it’s an old fish kettle??

Well, not anymore, it’s a hyacinth planter for my kitchen – Perfect!
Finally this week, I’ve been trying to find wallpaper for the little boot room at the end of the kitchen, how hard can it be?! The room isn’t really big enough for it’s own design scheme, so we’ve run floor and paint through from the kitchen. I ordered a few samples from Wallpaper Direct who have a great selection. I’d first thought we’d have a log design paper as I’ve seen these in various magazines, but once the samples arrived they just don’t look right somehow.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4904.jpg I then started thinking about black and white, to compliment the grey of the kitchen…love some of these, but not sure I’ve found ‘the one’ just yet!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4905.jpg It feels like a million years ago since we were stripping all the old wallpaper off the walls, I’m certainly much more in my element browsing replacements than wielding a steamer.

The Dirty Dozen…

Terribly behind on blogging, terribly behind on work schedule!

We’ve taken it a little easy the last couple of weeks, so there’s been little to update on. We were motoring ahead, we just needed to get the last tiny pieces of wall paper from the bedroom walls and then it could be plastered, problem was those tiny pieces of paper bought with them tiny pieces of plaster, those tiny pieces soon grew into twelve big fat sacks of plaster, there was much more in bags than on the walls.

It was so depressing, we really thought we’d seen the back of that stage. So, in the face of adversity… We stropped off to a hotel in the country for the weekend and let the plasterer get on with it. Sometimes, it’s the only way!

20140727-210724-76044498.jpg We enjoyed some great food and drank champagne at lunch. We did of course, find a few select vintage pieces to join our ever growing collection.

20140727-210905-76145405.jpg I love this artwork, it’s printed onto leaves of an antique book and will look great in the library. Have a look at The Bindery website, they have some beautiful things. We also bought a letter rack from a Sunday morning antique market, I’ve been after one for ages, but patience paid off in this case…

20140727-211451-76491213.jpg Once I’d bought it I realised it has both of our initials on the back…obviously meant to be!

20140727-211550-76550474.jpg Lastly, we bought a hand painted mirrored fire screen, not sure if this is a keeper yet, but not the sort of thing I’ve seen before, so I’m ‘holding’ it until we design the lounge.


20140727-211743-76663844.jpg I finally cleaned a copper plant pot I’d found on Ebay, and popped a dinky chilli plant in it, I wonder how long that will survive for!?