Home Improvements: Glass and Plugs

The glass splashback wall is installed —  finally, and all the pieces fit precisely. It’s brilliant, and a total breeze to keep clean. I also love the way the garden reflects against the glass and turns it different colours. And I don’t think that I mention one of the things, well a gadget actually, that…

Remodelling Phase 2: North Facing Herbs

It’s not ideal. Not smart either but what’s a girl to do when the musclemen are due on Tuesday. I doubt that they’ll give a hoe-hoe-hoe of a thought about my tender little herbs. It’s the only place I can find where they won’t drop soggy teabags or empty dregs out their mugs. Goodness know,…

Home Improvements: This, That and a Tap

Here’s an update on the renovation work. Things are moving along quickly now, nearly finished. Peter-the-Painter is still working and hopes to be finished on Thursday. The glass splashback for the kitchen is due to be fitted on Friday morning, and then we ring up the electrician who will fix the electrical plates to the…

Home Improvements: Worktop Fitted

Here are a few photos, and an update on the remodelling project. The granite worktop is now fitted, and it looks splendid with the cupboards. The colour is a medium-light grey with sparse bits of swirled light grey throughout, like breezy clouds floating through it. And it’s warm-ish to the touch, which I find interesting…

Home Improvements: Reclaiming Space

We are slowly reclaiming bits and piece and corners of our living room with furniture. We dust off the layers of plaster and wood, and try to fit things together like a big puzzle with beautiful coloured walls. I love the colour of the walls in the living room. It’s like a moca colour. Also…

Home Improvements – Where’s My Hob

The weather is making this remodelling project a real test of patience. We had snow flurries all yesterday and temps around 3C. Washing up dishes outside on the patio is older than old now, and there’s not an ounce of humour remaining in it or me. And if that wasn’t enough to test a person,…

Home Improvements–Better Than Hoped

This is looking even better than I’d pictured it in my head. The mix of ‘Dove Grey’ lower cabinets with the ‘Chalk White’ upper cabinets is perfect. If it had been totally one or the other colour, I think it would have been too much for that long stretch of wall. Today things really began…

Home Improvements: Floored. Nearly.

Home Improvements: Floored. Nearly. It’s all about floors these days. Underfloor heating, latex self-levelling subflooring, hardwood floor boards, diversion routes through the house so we don’t step on gooey surfaces, and keeping Molly-the-Springer-Spaniel confined until the floors settle and dry. I mean, goodness, this isn’t Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or Hollywood Boulevard where the stars plant…