Something Old … something new …

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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!

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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….

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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…

 

 

 

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Project-itis

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!

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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.

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(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.

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*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!

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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 indulgy.com …

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 … 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! 

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* 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 homeklondike.com)

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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

 

Colour Bombing

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I was reading recently about colour and the power it has to change or affect our mood. Some people may ‘poo poo’ at all the’ Energy mumbo jumbo ‘but I do believe that colour in a room can emanate a certain feeling or dare I say’ Vibe’ (without invoking too much eye rolling and hippy flower floaty images). It can lift a mood, it can make you feel light and airy and can also evoke feelings of cosiness, homey-ness and a sense of fun.

I definitely have to curb my relationship with colour from time to time as it can take on a life of its own. We painted all our walls in’ Dulux Country White’ when we bought the house (previous to that we were drowning in Magnolia)

*I do not wish to offend any home owner who has chosen Magnolia to line the inside of their homely palace. It is just sadly not for me . . .  ever.

… And so began my quest to colour – bomb our house! Starting with a side table which didn’t fit beside our bed anymore when we upsized our bed. It went from Red to Blue and has now finally been this Yellow for the past few months.

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It wasn’t quite the colour I was hoping for I really wanted it to be the colour of the yellow tin on the box but alas it’ll stay until I get the urge to change it again 🙂

I ogle over the whiteness and greyness of Scandinavian Interiors with their fabulous use of texture and cosy furry rugs and throws …but as much as I love them…I crave a pop of yellow (my personal all-time favourite) or green…and on it goes.

I should add at this point that our house was FULL of wood. All skirting, sills, doors, stairs, the cubby under the stairs, floors, the ceiling in the children’s room, Pine Panelling at the top of the stairs surrounding the Hot press…..so when I say A LOT OF WOOD …I mean A LOT OF WOOD…OH and I forgot the kitchen was Pippi Oak and there were wooden beams. It was Wood OVERLOAD so cutting a long story short.

We painted ALL the wood. YAH!

(As I go along all the before and after pics will be revealed) but I have digressed so …where was I? …oh yes…back to the colour bombing … Here’s a step stool I colour-bombed recently …

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This is a basic Ikea Step stool which came unpainted and I gave it a little makeover with some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence. It then got  two coats of Ronseal’s Diamond white Clear Satin to protect it from the knocks and bumps from all the little people.

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So now I love looking at our little reading nook in the living room and it doubles up as both step to reach for books and perfect for landing tea!!! Delighted with life!

Another little project I have going on at the moment is this cheap Supervalu Chest that holds all the dress up clothes in the playroom.

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I am hoping to transform it with a little … colour…I have given it one coat of Annie Sloan Old White but I came across some bright yellow spray paint in my local Aldi and I think I may just have to cave in and give it a burst of sunshine! Only problem is I may have to wait for the weather to get better before I can manage to do it outside. Here’s the middle pic…

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                                                   And this is what I am hoping it will look like when it’s finished…

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It may even get a promotion and be taken out of the playroom if it turns out well…so stay tuned for updates!!

 

Clutterage

 

I have been living lately with a lot of ‘clutterage’.It is stuff that I DO need but it has been displaced and has invaded other spaces temporarily, namely my livingroom. As a result the house has been rather messy this past two weeks and it feels like it will never end…NOT GOOD FOR THE SOUL….or the happiness of the casa for that matter 😉 Image

On a brighter note, it is coming to an end (cue the fanfare)…the porch has been painted YAH! This temporary clutter in my sittingroom has made me ponder…what makes a house feel homey and what is just plain clutter or ‘clutterage’.

Is it children’s artwork on your fridge? definately homey. Fridge magnets on the fridge? on the border between homey and just plain messy!  Fridges tend to morph into clutter if not carefully monitored. Does every home have a hotspot where inevitable innate objects congregate?

Tumtacs, random picture hooks, biro lids, lego pieces to name but a few. It is such a bizarre thing…it drives me nuts!

I know a friend of mine has a feelings cupboard in her kitchen… everything and anything can be put in there and they all live happily in one jumble behind closed doors. I have two drawers like this in my kitchen and for the life of me I cannot seem to ever get to the bottom of them… where does all this stuff come from?? Maybe I just need to name it, claim it and tame it!

I have two messy drawers full of useless bits and bobs in my kitchen

They shall always have the purpose of ‘Haven to misfit objects’

I accept this and I am at peace with this arrangement.

I feel better already.

Recently I joined a de cluttering group on Facebook called the ‘De – clutter Challenge’ A good friend of mine started it and lots of people  got on board and started sharing their clutter zones and posting pics.I like this group for two reasons

1.it’s been very encouraging to see that I am not alone.

2. It is a closed group. Phew.

Hurray for normalness. I am normal. It’s  fantastic  to see all the amazing energy created by just a few people starting to clear out their feelings cupboards!

one person emptied all the socks from her hotpress and paired them all together ( no big deal I hear you mutter)…she has four children and man it must have been one hell of a job but the sense of achievement and glory seeing the Everest of paired socks was elating even for the closed group spectator!

*Please note: most household washing machines consume 50 percent of all household socks a year.

This is what I tell my children when they have to wear odd socks going to school. To this day they believe me. I do not want to ruin their childhood under any circumstance so I continue with this helpful parenting tool.

It really got me thinking that not only is it good to get into the habit of  doing a quick whip around on a daily basis BUT that all these habits or lack of – we pass  on to our children and I need to start involving the childer in this routine also.

I actually heard myself say to my little girl the other day ‘ You have to start having respect for the things in your room, and your Imageclothes, you can’t keep leaving things all over the floor, you need to take pride in your space’ She looked at me with big wide eyes and I could see the cogs and wheels in motion… ‘ I know you’re only 5 and three quarters – she would correct me if I said nearly 6…I know that you are only 5 and so on… I know that you are comparing the words coming out of my mouth and looking over my shoulder. At this precise moment in time you do not understand the meaning of the word HYPOCRACY but you sure do understand the concept because I can see it behind those big beautiful eyes.’

So I promptly changed the subject and shrank back into my messy room to sort out the mound of clothes on the laundry basket ……what’s  that phrase again…do what I say…not as I do!

And so the quest for reasonable order in a world full of too much stuff continues…

 

I’d love to hear if you  have had similar experiences or would like to share ….please leave a comment below!