We are ready for Christmas now at the Edwardian House. The tree is up.
The stockings are hung.
Oliver is getting in the party mood.
Rosie is proving she has been good for Santa.
Ruby is disappointed in our crass commercialism.
Oliver taste tests the hamper – literally.
The lounge is coming together – the light shades appear pink in the photo but in reality they are a deep red. Avoid looking at the carpet-less floor.
Have I shown you the wardrobe finally in place in the bedroom? We had become quite tired of carting its 11 separate components around the house to keep it out of the way of the builders. It is never moving again – if we sell this house we’re calling it a fixture!
The oval Edwardian mirror our friends Michelle and Margaret bought us when they came to stay is now hung above the mantelpiece.
Oliver in a more circumspect mood in the entrance hall.
Last Saturday we held our first dinner party, which was quite a milestone.
There is still much to be done but it can wait until next year!
Season’s Greetings to all.
In this before and after shot you can see the dining room as it appeared in the sale brochure and how it looks now.
What have we done in this room? First, the ceiling had been over-boarded and skimmed as the original lath and plaster ceiling was cracked and in danger of collapse. We managed to keep the original cornice and picture rail.
The walls were in good enough condition to cover with lining paper and re-paint rather than re-plaster. We redirected the ugly copper central heating pipes that ran up the wall by the door.
To the left you can see that the fireplace was reinstated. We still have to tile the hearth and decide what sort of fire to install – perhaps a gas log fire or a wood-burning stove.
We had the original pine floorboards stripped and polished.
The French doors were restored as much of the wood had rotted in the bottom panels. As with the rest of the house, this room was rewired and redecorated. Just in time for some pre-Christmas entertaining!