After a three month hiatus during which Willa entered the world (amazingly enough on 12.12.12) and we made the Herculean move into the new house, I thought it was about time I blogged an entry! It is utterly surreal to be living in the space which I have walked through in my dreams so many times. And despite the inevitable teething problems and the endless film of dust, I am happy to report that the house is everything and more than I had hoped it would be. Here are a few pics of Willa's little room - a girly haven, with curtains to die for (thank you Mama) and after our rollercoaster IVF journey, it makes my heart sing every time I open the door.
Just when I'd resigned myself to NEVER being able to afford curtains for our extra wide windows, a little silver lining has appeared from behind a cloud, and I have bagged myself three beautiful pairs of ex-display curtains from the Susie Watson showroom in Marlborough. Hurray! They fit like a dream and I no longer have to contemplate a completely curtainless winter #beyondthrilled
The end of the build is in sight - the plasterer is in full swing, the floor tiles are being delivered in two weeks time, the decorator is waiting in the wings and the kitchen is being fitted in the first week of October; the next eight weeks are going to be FULL ON.
Having spent weeks and months dreaming about furniture, the time has finally come to commit to a few essential items (hurray). I have dithered endlessly about bar stools and kitchen chairs, but on Sunday morning I found myself browsing the bargains on achica.com and before I knew it, I had rashly purchased two industrial metal chairs and two stools in rainbow hues of orange, silver, lime and purple. With a fairly neutral background (the walls are being painted in 'setting plaster'), I sort of thought the kitchen could do with a pop of colour. Have I lost the plot? Time (and my husband) will definitely tell ...
I've been agonising over our bathroom tiles for weeks, to the point where I feel like I've looked at so many different options, I have completely confused myself. Finally I decided that the choice online was simply too dazzling to cope with, so last week I made the trek to the bright lights of Norwich and found myself in Fired Earth where I promptly fell in love with their new Milanese Mosaic flower tiles. They are EXACTLY what I've been searching for to edge the sinks and bathtub and are completely perfect against the 'setting plaster' walls. One more tick on my list. Hurray.
Norfolk based fabric producer Nicole Fabre had an open evening at her new showroom in Fulham's Gasworks and I fell in love with this beautiful pink and green geometric design by American fabric designer Carolina Irving. It's got my kitchen written all over it #oneday
It is very possibly the least glamorous bit of our build, but I found myself strangely hypnotised by the sheer size of the vast septic tank and the equally enormous hole that was dug to sink it into. With the tank in, the plumbers set to work on laying a maze of pipes for the waterworks and the builders have begun adding a plasterboard curve to the rooms with high ceilings. All of a sudden, the Barn is well on its way to becoming a fully fledged house, complete with back door. October is just around the corner - are we going to make it in on time??!