Something Old … something new …

nostalgia noun


I have been thinking a lot lately about what fascinates us about old things and how they can be labelled as vintage, retro or antique. I happen to love old things… not ALL old things…I have a weakness for  retro and  I definitely appreciate nostalgic sentiment (without bordering on the ridiculous!) For example I wore my mother’s Wedding dress when I got married a couple of years ago! And to make it even more sentimental my Father’s mother MADE the dress … so it was really sweet that I could dust off a bit of family history and rejuvenate it to wear on our special day!

I was lucky enough to have inherited a sideboard which belonged to my parents and dates back to 1972. Originally it was a wedding gift to my parents and I have vague memories of it in our tiny two up two down terraced house, then it came with us to our three bed semi detached home in 1980. It was then given to my grandmother where it remained in her house until three years ago when my mother wanted to make space in my grandmother’s house so I took it off her hands… et voila!

sideboard before


As you can see in its original state it was brown and cream formica. Prettyyy rETro!

…  Two years ago I decided to give it a make over…well … I trusted my lovely neighbour and owner of Quay Designs Painted Furniture to transform it for our new house! She did a fab job of it and it takes pride of place in our dining room.

blue sideboard

We have since painted the wall in the dining area and I fear the sideboard will be on the move to the living room pretty soon as alas the colours are not living too harmoniously side by side.:(

Another addition to our home of late is this fabulous anglepoise desk lamp .



It sat behind my grandmother’s chair in her living room for many years throwing some light on many craft projects, crosswords, books and in later years her kindle! I was thrilled to have inherited this great piece and it now takes pride of place on my desk. I really love it.

I just couldn’t resist putting in this last photo … I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic of late – as you can tell – our eldest little girl had her sixth birthday last week and it got me wondering where those years have gone … this is a photo which was taken over 6 years ago.

fine Luglio 005

We bought this OLD banjaxed van to put all our worldly belongings in and drive from Barcelona to Sardinia! I thought we had a better photo of it from the outside but this was the best I could do! You get the drift regardless.

And then we fast forward to this NEW ‘van’ being washed by our BIG little girl last week….


Mamamia I don’t know where those years have gone … and how so much can change in such a short space of time!

So all that said and as much as I love the old I embrace the new and allow myself to be just a little nostalgic for times gone by and aware that this NOW will soon be in the past … but not forgotten…






… a moment every mother looks forward to… sharing a passion.


I took my eldest little girl to her first contemporary dance performance this evening. She was all proud and excited and surprisingly composed as we entered the theatre. I watched her sit and stare and become enthralled as the dancers revealed their grace and poise and edgy sharpness to her wide pool-like eyes. She did not fidget, she did not speak. She watched, she studied, she drank it in.


 … a passion shared.

contemporary dance



Oh where to start! I have (and have had for a very long time) a severe case of Project-itis. In my head there are hundreds. But realistic tangible projects (in the process and in the pipeline) indeed there are a few!

Firstly I have to say that I owe it to my children to paint their bedroom floor! It has been put on the long finger for so long and really I am doing them a disservice if I tell them one more time ‘yep, am going to do that soon….’ My poor son was bursting with excitement last week when they went for a sleepover at Granny’s house…i had told him when I paint the floor that they’d have to sleep in Granny’s house….the pressure in the car on the journey home when I had to explain that I still hadn’t painted their floor! So

Project 1.

Prime and Paint the children’s floor in Little Green French Grey. Stat!


Project 2.

 Finish office space. I have put a second coat of Annie Sloan Yellow on the dormant Front door…it keeps dripping…grrrrrrrr am hoping when it fully dries it will look better and that a coat of clear varnish will finish it off…the jury is out as to whether it is a success or not.


(Toying with the idea of painting the tiles on the floor in the office as well (gulp) would be a very big faux pas if I couldn’t pull it off…i might just hold back on telling Happy Casa Husband about that one for now..Oops… pretend you didn’t read that Sah…erase it from your memory! LOL

Project 3.

Replace overhead cupboards in Kitchen with open shelves. This is a pressing matter due to ridiculously disorganised cupboards. I need to be forced to keep it looking good in order to keep it organised and lookin’ loverly! Am still trying to figure out how to incorporate the under cupboard lighting under the proposed shelf as I would like a clean line … have to think about it Thankfully my lovely marito is a chef so he appreciates good order in the kitchen so not too much persuading going on for this one. Also we realised if we took out the cupboard holding the microwave and drawers we would need to tile that space.


*Note to self. Check number of spare tiles.

*Note to self-2. Locate spare tiles!

Project 4.

Paint our bedroom and Paint our bed. (Yes I said ‘bed’) We bought it new almost three  years ago but I never wanted dark wood  and I compromised as our relationship is a democracy –  and then proceeded to convince the opposition that my visualising powers were far greater than his and made him realise that it totally sucks out the light  and makes the room feel smaller –  The bill was passed!


It fits snugly in the ‘Elle’ part of our ‘L’ shaped room. I am very excited about this one … I also want to paint the wall behind the bed in a deep grey…oh yes, the floors are getting a lick of paint as well….then hopefully our rug can finally get an outing from under our bed where it is ‘resting’ for the past 2 years!

Project 5

Storage (window) seating in the kitchen/dining area. My dream is to have something like this…from …

reading nook

 … where I can lounge with a coffee and a really good book glancing ( occasionally) to observe the birds on our feeder outside the window … cue happy music! 


* These are birds on our feeder … they’re not OUR birds exactly …well, you know what I mean! 

WE NEED STORAGE SPACE. Realistically for school bags, coats, shoes etc. So the reality may not equate with the above but the above is my ideal! I shall endeavour to create the happy medium!

Project 6.

Breakfast Bar in Kitchen.  I am canvasing for some serious DIY’ing to create our own custom made breakfast bar made from reclaimed pallets. I know my partner in crime can do it…I just have to make him believe he can as well! This is our peninsula at the moment peninsula

      I was thinking of something along these lines…no pressure amore mio …!

(photo courtesy of

love this island

On that lovely note I shall toddle off to bed with a satisfied heart and a determined soul to cure this project-itis as fast as I can before the next bout strikes!! … Ciao for now … buona notte agus Oiche Mhaith x