The day we moved in Feb 14th 2013. This is what our downstairs looked like:
|The dining room|
It was like living in a womb.
The exposed plaster.
We ripped out the double doors between the rooms (seen in the right of the first picture in this post) to create a more open space between the dining and sofa area. This hadn't even occurred to us until the plasterers came to do the ceiling. I wanted to remove the double doors as we didn't use them and they realised that it was only a very flimsy partition around them - TAKE IT OUT we shouted - then the entire ceiling can be as one! The doors have found a new home with my friend who is adding a partition to her downstairs living room.
Painting the first undercoat! I am a fan of colour and Huw is a fan of large empty white boxes - I do also like bright looking spaces so we went with Dulux Timeless and are attempting to inject the colour through furnishings. It's a lovely colour - clean and minimal looking but with enough warmth not to look clinical. The ceilings are bright white to emphasize the colours even more.
Here's where we are so far: We have some pictures on the walls. We have run out of money for things like curtain rails, lamps, rugs and cushions but these will come with time. The large mirror in the dining room was £30 in a charity shop. I wish we hadn't had to buy the IKEA dining table and chairs and held out for something more rustic looking from a second hand shop but we had no choice when we first moved in having given every penny of our savings into the deposit!
Note the new floor - a solid oak floor that smells amazing and was made possible due to a very generous early wedding present from Huw's parents.
Here is a bad picture of the other angle, from the dining room into the living room. The fireplace surround was removed from Huw's room and put downstairs in an old covered grate that was found behind a pointless radiator where the fireplace is now. We painted it black, added some cheap tiles and got the carpenter to put solid oak around it.
Huw's office (the second bedroom) has gone from this (note the fireplace which is now downstairs and repainted!):
Gorgeous peregrine (Huw's favourite bird) print from Rebecca Kiff
Mostyn's room continues to look cute, especially with pictures on the wall!
Thrifty fashion habits from threadbare-in-candlelight - I found this post very useful as someone who is not able to afford (and not really interested in) buying new clothes often like every other blogger on the planet (meow!). Thanks C.