Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dining Room - A Work In Progress

Hello everyone!

Just a very quick post from me today, but I had to share this sneak peek with you of my dining room - the builders exited stage left yesterday, leaving my bank account empty, but with the most beautiful new floor, which I'm completely in love with.  I'm a little bit dazzled by the transformation, and have found myself stood gazing at it, planning where I'm going to put everything!  The bottom picture was taken a few minutes after I got the keys back in January - the drab walls and dark floorboards sucked every bit of light up, but now the room looks lighter, brighter, and bigger.

As you know, I don't hang around, so I've just got the third coat of varnish down (my favourite Ronseal White Ash varnish).  Skirting boards will have to wait a little bit, but I hope to get some furniture in there tomorrow.  The beautiful old range in the fireplace is original, and I shall share some better pictures with you of it soon, as it's such a lovely feature.  The kitchen still needs a lot of work, but I'm hoping to get some of the floor varnished once I've moved the furniture out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Styling The Seasons - October

Hello everyone, hurrah for the weekend!  

I for one was very pleased to see the back of this week, as it's been a challenging time here for one reason or another.  The building work is progressing slowly, and I now have a kitchen floor which is exciting.  This week the floor in the dining room which adjoins the kitchen is coming up so that the rotten joists can be replaced.  My budget is now on it's last legs, so I need to plan to do the next steps in the kitchen as economically as possible, which in itself is an interesting project!

So, you may remember that I was asked to take part in 'Styling The Seasons' by the lovely Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots blog - you can see my September post here.  I dug out my fabric pumpkins which I made last year, and mixed them with some beautiful old books to make a simple but colourful display.  Maybe next year when the house renovations are a fading memory, I will try to do a tutorial for you on making these pumpkins - though you can find many tutorials on Pinterest, (find my boards here) and they are really easy to make.

Katy and Charlotte have invited me to go down to London in November with some other bloggers/Instagramers who have taken part in Styling The Seasons, and I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone.  We are going to Liberty for an afternoon of tea and crafting, which quite frankly, sounds right up my street!  I will be taking my trusty camera with me so hope to be able to share some pictures with you of the loveliness at Liberty.  I also finally took some snaps of the inside of my summer house last weekend, so will be posting those next week, so please do pop back!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Kitchen Saga!

Hello everyone!

How are you all?  The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy here, hence my absence.  I had a wonderful weekend away in Spain with my friends - we partied hard!  Then I hit the ground running last week when I got back, as not only did I have a lot on at work, but renovations also started on my kitchen, which is proving to be a bit of an epic saga!  As you know, I'm a big fan of posting pretty things (hence the picture above!) and finished interiors, but I'm going to share some 'work in progress' pictures with you today too.
So, my builder came to do two jobs, the first being to block up an old door and replace with a window.  The second job is to dig up the concrete floor (au revoir sticky old linoleum!) and to lay a traditional wooden floor.  As is often the case with old houses that haven't been looked after, there were some nasty surprises hidden behind the walls and under the floor...a dodgy wall and leaky defunct boiler?  Got the t-shirt!  Dry rot?  Been there, done that!  Woodworm?  Pfft!  I've wanted to stick my fingers in my ear and shout 'la la laaaaa!' every time the poor builder has texted me with more bad news.
So, we are currently living on a bit of a building site, with kitchen paraphernalia stacked in every available corner, which can be a bit of a trying experience.  What I keep reminding myself, is thank goodness we discovered all this now before it gets worse, and that it's all progress towards getting a fabulous new kitchen.   

The new floor will go down next week, and I will take some snapshots - I'm also planning to photograph my next Styling the Seasons post this weekend which I'm looking forward to sharing with you!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

More Bathroom Pictures...

Hello everyone!

As promised, here are a couple more pictures from my bathroom makeover reveal (you can see the first post here).  The chest of drawers was a freebie from friends of my my parents - it was covered in dark brown paint!  I managed to get most of it off before painting it, and sanding it back to reveal the pine underneath.

I'm off to Spain with some friends for a girls weekend tomorrow, and I'm so looking forward to it!  I fully intend to sit by the pool and read a trashy novel!

In other news, I have managed finally to book a builder to come next week and start some work on my kitchen which is very exciting!  I hope to update you with some pictures next week.

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Bathroom Makeover

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

I'm so excited to share my bathroom makeover with you today.  It's taken a fair few months to get it to this stage, and lots of help and favours from my dad, and a friend who works for a heating engineering company.  So, here are the before pictures....
The thing that has made a massive difference was getting rid of the defunct boiler and the cupboard it was in, which has given me so much extra space.  My dad put down a new wooden floor for me as the old boards were in poor condition.  (I recycled the old boards by having a garden table made from them.)  I chose a traditional bath suite from, including a roll top bath that fits into the corner so I can have a shower over it.  I love the tongue and groove my dad put in for me - I mixed the soft grey from some colours I already had.  The mirror was of course a car boot fair find, and my beautiful Vernon Ward swan print sits very happily in there too.  I found some very old swan wallpaper in the bathroom which sadly I was unable to salvage, so I'm really happy to get some swan imagery back in there.
I have some more pictures which I will share with you this week!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Rustic Garden Chair and Hydrangeas

Hello everyone!

I took these snaps a few weeks ago, when I was in the garden cutting hydrangeas for my Styling The Seasons post.  I bought this wonderfully chippy and rustic garden chair from a car boot sale recently, and it sits perfectly on my summer house verandah.  My blooms looked so pretty in this old wire basket, I couldn't resist taking some pictures.

Today I'm looking forward to catching up with some house projects, taking some pictures to share with you, and I'm also having a chimney swept which I'm pretty excited about!  Although I'm reluctant to say goodbye to the warmer months, the idea of blankets, hot chocolates and an open fire give me very warm fuzzy feeling inside!

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are in the world!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely lazy sunday!

I just wanted to share a few of my favourite phone snapshots with you from the past couple of weeks.  It's been pretty busy here as I've had my parents up, which has been lovely - not only that, but my dad put some tongue and groove wood panels in my bathroom for me which is really exciting, as it's transformed it completely into a rather beautiful space.  I've spent this weekend painting it, so I hope to share some pictures with you soon.

I was up at silly o'clock this morning to go to a car boot fair, and I'm so glad I did as I found the most beautiful old Victorian metal baby cot.  I'm thinking of putting it in the summer house and piling it high with cushions, or maybe in the garden with plants this space!

Tamsyn x