Thursday, 19 June 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I really don't have time to post as often as I would like and I feel really guilty about not commenting on people's blogs every time I read them. Life is very busy on the domestic scene what with all the decorating and trying to keep the garden tamed. We have been really busy on the website too so I'm afraid blogging is taking rather a back seat. I did contemplate taking a rest for a while (from blogging!!) but have decided to try to keep going.

The decoration in one of the living rooms is still on going and I keep changing my mind about the colour scheme and 'look' that I want. I now have almost as many Farrow & Ball matchpots as Homebase and could probably have paid a decorator with what I have spent on them! I don't have an 'After' photo yet but here are the 'Before' and 'In between' images.


When I stripped the wallpaper off the old plaster fell off too so we had to call back the plasterer who had skimmed over the artexed ceilings to come back to do the walls. He asked me to remove any loose plaster in preparation. It turned out that most of it was so I was up to the early hours pulling off chunks of wall with my wallpaper stripper (hubby managed to be away!)

This is now as far as we have got but I hope to be posting photos of the finished room very soon though the colour palette may change several times before I do!

A friend who lives just 5 minutes away has had this fire surround in her garden ever since she moved there seven years ago. She was more than willing for us to take it away as I just love its sun bleached and shabby look. We won't be using it in this room but it will definitely be used elsewhere.
Changing the subject completely I thought I would post a photo of this little workbox I did a makeover on this week. It would look great in our bedroom but I have put it on the website instead.


  1. What an undertaking! And I can envision the glorious results! Looking forward to seeing the fireplace's transformation! =)

  2. Hi Ruth

    Thanks for your comments. I haven't heard from the person you sent my way as yet.

    Glad you're progressing with the house. Look forward to seeing the after pics. We're having our old fireplace (complete with non-working backboiler) taken out in August to be replaced with a woodburner. That should be fun - especially as the sitting room is currently an extension of my storeroom!!!

    Glad your website is busy, too!!

    Sue x

  3. Hi Ruth,
    Ooooh! your house is gorgeous,gorgeous,gorgeous just looked at your last don't mess about do you lol...i can just imagine all the dust from that fireplace coming out but it will be worth it in the end.
    The bleached fireplace is lovely how nice of your friend to let you have it.
    The make over on the work box is just so sweet.
    Love Kristina XxX

  4. Oh my goodness looks like you are going to be busy. Actually I was Just stopping by quickly to let you know that I've moved blog homes, you can now find me at:

    Hope you can drop by sometime, I'll be back soon to catch up with you.

  5. the homely year25 June 2008 at 22:23

    You look very busy. It reminds me of doing up our house...we were in a terrible mess, had to knock the plaster off, have new fireplaces etc. And love the work box, great colour!
    Margaret and Noreen

  6. Well I enjoyed seeing the befores! hurry up with the afters please....I know how you feel about the blogging and time factor...I too have thought about a break...but then I would miss it !
    Great maker-over on the box.
    Carol x

  7. Hello Ruth
    It is so kind of you to spare the time to come and visit my blog.. You put me to shame.. I do not have the excuse of house renovations for my lack of blog visits these days.. I just never find 24 hours in a day enough!
    I love your before and after photos.. keep them coming.
    Oh by the way.. are you managing any visits to Coverack this summer?
    I have a yearning to go down there again but don't know when we'll manage it..
    Hope your cold is on it's way out soon.

  8. Your house is just gorgeous, it does take time to get everything in order. We're re-positioning an internal door this weekend - dust and dirt everywhere!
    That little stool is just gorgeous, I would definately want to keep it!
    Lucy x

  9. A lot of grafting going on in your new place. Such hard work, but all worth it in the end. I like the stool, another lovely addition to your website. x

  10. I've just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my taskbar.