Tuesday, 3 August 2010
After 17 weeks, 4 builders, 2 plasterers, 1 electrician, 1 plumber, 1 tiler, 2 carpet fitters, 1 BT engineer [hooray!], and lots of swearing, we are finally moved in.
The boxes are unpacked, a few things broken and lots of things lost [how does that happen], but we are very happy to have all our own rubbish around us once again. How we ever accumulated so much stuff in 9 years is pretty puzzling, but it was a good opportunity to clear out the junk that we no longer use and consolidate the crap that we do.
One of the more irritating things to disappear into the black hole of who-knows-where is the cable for my camera, so pictures will have to wait for now, but as soon as it's retrieved I'll be sure to post.
In the meantime here are a few new additions that have made it into the house:
Rob Ryan ceramic tiles for the kitchen, definitely on the non-essential-items list but I love them.
Lusy Blom rug from Ikea for the dining room. Realising very quickly that cream carpet in the dining room + toddler just learning to feed himself do not a good combination make, but the £30 rug from Ikea should catch most of the fall-out and for the rest we have 1001 carpet cleaner!!
Udden kitchen units from Ikea. Clean, white, simple, all we need.
French enamel house number from Willow and Stone. This is a great website too for any traditional or modern hardware you might be needing for the house.
Anthropologie porcelain plates for the wall; OK so according to my other-half this is definitely a girl-thing, and he doesn't get it at all, but I do...so there up there, for now...
Most other new things in the house are rather restored or reclaimed. I've really enjoyed mixing the old and the new, the masculine of Matt's pieces with my girly buys, the cheap essentials with the frivolous extravagances, and the rustic looking with the slick-modern.
It makes the whole thing feel like home, and more importantly our home.
Happy days. x