Carpet Samples

IMG_4729 - 2014-11-17 at 18-12-00Just a quick hello as things have slowed here on the decorating front until we have saved some more money. Here is a shot of Ruby, Rose and Oliver helping with carpet samples. You will also see in the background that the first window coverings have been fitted – the lounge now has roman blinds! More to follow.

Kitchen: Before and After

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Today the glass splash-back was finally installed after many weeks of delay. It was the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place and the kitchen is now complete! Here is a set of “Before and After” shots for your viewing pleasure.

Kitchen6You can see that the door and window in this corner were blocked up in order for the kitchen to be built. The glass splash-back behind the cooker looks a little redder in the photo than it actually is. It matches the quarry tile floor. I have retained the servant’s bell and need to refurbish it. The boiler was moved upstairs and the chimney breast demolished.

Kitchen5Here you can see the new doorway we had knocked through to the entrance hall.

Kitchen4The Welsh dresser in the photo above belonged to the previous owner (this was one of the estate agent pictures). I like how we have a built in dresser/pantry in the same spot. It is traditionally where a dresser would have been in this room. The door to the left of the dresser conceals the servant’s rear staircase.

Kitchen3The window was replaced with a double glazed one and was built slightly higher so that there was room for kitchen counter tops.

Kitchen2The room is painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Ball Green’ and the splash-back is ‘Red Earth’.

Kitchen1We removed the door into the breakfast room to open the space up a bit more. Another room complete – we can tick it off the list!


IMG_4614 - 2014-11-12 at 14-10-30Today we had carpet laid in the master bedroom! All this room needs now is window coverings and it will be finished.

IMG_4617 - 2014-11-12 at 14-10-46I am really happy with the colour of the carpet, though it is a tad lighter than I thought it would be. The wallpaper and paint look great and the the fireplace has come up well with its original tiles restored.

IMG_4631 - 2014-11-12 at 14-13-02Rose was first to investigate the new carpet, getting her claws in nice and deep. Oliver looks a bit startled, I think it was because I was sitting on the floor.

IMG_4633 - 2014-11-12 at 14-13-24It wasn’t long before Oliver gave the claws of approval too.

IMG_4654 - 2014-11-12 at 14-14-38Ruby was last in, whilst Rose was busy making herself comfortable.

IMG_4658 - 2014-11-12 at 14-15-15Sudden scurry of scent sniffing.

IMG_4661 - 2014-11-12 at 14-16-46Rosie back to luxuriating – she likes the finer things in life.

IMG_4674 - 2014-11-12 at 14-19-39Ruby having a good old carpet roll.