I want to share a few of my favourite things and areas in the home here with you today.
There is a reason for doing so and that’s because when the house is in turmoil and there is building dust everywhere, you have got to focus on the positive – right?
And so I am.
We have very few rooms in the home at the moment that are operating a normal service. All for good reason.
So while I prepare for the next phase of our building journey, I’ve been looking at the things that make me smile.
The room that has been our haven during this time is the living room. Handy that! It has been untouched by dust and clutter in the main.
This is a room that has been decorated many times in many colour variations. It was never a favourite. That was until a few years ago when I finally got it right. It only took 14 years.
Let me introduce you.
Other than the wallpapering, I painstakingly decorated this room during a freezing cold snowy January. Windows open wide, whilst I froze and painted in equal measure. It’s all about the timing.
As you can see cushions are my thing. I cannot get enough of them!
We absolutely love our sofa – it is so comfy and it just made the difference that was desperately needed in this room. A Next purchase that continues to be a fave. Ikea came up trumps as always with the rug.
And remember what I was saying about cushions?
If you can zone out the skip and scaffolding, you will see that we have a window seat. We have been forever grateful for this treasure that we acquired on moving in. It has seen many different colours and accessories over the years. It also provides much needed extra seating when we have a house full of people.
This room gets the sun in the afternoon and I like nothing more than sitting on the sofa looking out. Not in a nosey-parker sense of course! And it is just as easy for people to look in! Fill your boots I say! I would.
I treated us to a couple of well-needed new cushions too this week, courtesy of the Next sale, which brightened things up a bit.
And then there is a nice bit of storage underneath too. What’s not to love!
And our wall art quote is somewhat poetic during the building phase!
I remember putting this up one Sunday evening with my husband suggesting it would take 20 minutes. It actually took the whole evening. Never has so much skill and concentration been applied by two people on one evening. It was a bit like being on the Krypton Factor but we won and it is much loved.
Heaven knows what we will do when it comes to redecorating!
And my absolute little fave is this lamp purchased from Debenhams which just works so very well (feathers not included).
The feathers are from our visit to Barbados in 2015 during the time of Crop Over, part of which is a huge street carnival – a big event in the Bajan calendar. They were discarded at the side of the road by a carnival reveller.
The colours are amazing and every time I look at them I am reminded of our wonderful time there. Rather than put things like this in the loft (which we no longer have anyway), I like to try and include them in the fabric of the house and décor.
After all, how could I put them in a box and hide them away?!
And continuing with the feather theme ………………….
Because I saw it in B&Q one day and it just works.
So there we have it. Our little quiet spot during the renovations.
What are your favourite things in your home?