Sunday, 18 May 2014

I can't believe I thought we would have all the renovation work done in a year, what on earth was I thinking?

Finally, finally, finally we are getting our roof fixed; no more leaky loft bedroom. 

Because we live in the upper part of a converted house and our downstairs neighbour is quite frail we have had no way of getting scaffold to the back of the house. Thankfully the school at the back of us have agreed to let the roofers put the scaffold poles and the boards over the fence. Six months it has taken to get the schools agreement, six long dark months. 

Our bedroom kinda looks like this, but un-decorated and with a damp wall
'Depressed' is the only word I can use to describe how our bedroom makes me feel; this was not part of the plan when we found this house. But soon, we will actually be able to both decorate (I need to make up my mind about which wallpaper to get) and fit the vintage french chandelier that has sat patiently in a box waiting to sparkle on our ceiling. I am nearly 44 years old and I actually have the equivalent of a 'bottom drawer' full of trinkets and new linen waiting for a bedroom to look pretty in. 

Kami in Charcoal from Clarke & Clark (the one of the left) is my total favorite wallpaper for the bedroom but I am not sure if it is too dark for a small room, this Mehsama in charcoal from Designers Guild is the back up. I have samples of both on the wall to see how it looks at different times of day, but the Kami is the one want and its only going on one wall. I reckon it will be lovely.

I haven't managed to find the right mirror yet, well the right mirror at price I am willing to pay is more accurate but given that once the roof is fixed, the window wall needs re-plastering and that needs to dry out, I think time is on my side! 

I can't believe I thought we would have all the renovation work done in a year, what on earth was I thinking? And I had no idea the lag time between the big jobs would be so damn depressing. I know it will all be worth it once it's done but wow, no-one, not one episode of Grand Designs or one issue of Living Etc prepares you for how awful it is coming home to decorating tools not being used to decorate. But we are getting there and slow progress is better than no progress I guess. 

Am excited about a roof? No I am excited about being able to decorate our bedroom, being able to measure up for our walk in wardrobe and most importantly getting my shoes out of storage boxes. In the mean time, I shall continue to OD on Pinterest and plan a walk in wardrobe that Carrie Bradshaw herself would be proud of.

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