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doing up a house, bit by bit

 

curtained January 19, 2008

Filed under: dining room, lounge — dom @ 5:41 am

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The final touch (well, apart from the postponed carpet) to the lounge was the curtains and their poles. After John Lewis quoted 400 pounds for some curtain poles we searched online and found a remarkably helpful man at www.stylehomeinteriors.com - a terrible looking website, but we got next day delivery, just before Christmas, with helpful service and very good prices. Book, cover, judging: some lesson learnt there from.

The ingenious gunmetal bay window pole has clever open brackets, so it can still work with just two curtains, but was an absolute arse to put up. It needed to be all built, then wedged into the space. There was much swearing.

Alice managed to make some stunning turquoise curtains for both rooms from some fabric at Habitat. They draped (aha!) for a couple of weeks until they’d unfolded nicely. They were then taken up and hemmed. Substantially better than anything we could have got predone in the shops.

 
 

pebbles or granite? December 22, 2007

Filed under: dining room, lounge — dom @ 5:44 am

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We’ve been trying to get the lounge and dining room carpeted for the last two months. We initially found a nice woolen one, decent texture, decent colour. Discontinued.

So we tried again. Less nice synthetic one, decent texture, decent colour. Out of stock. By 1 meter.

And again. Less nice synthetic one, less nice texture, decent colour. Out of stock. Along with every other option.

Finally we found a totally synthetic, slightly wirey, not quite right colour. But in stock, and fitted by Christmas. Since we had the bare floorboards, and it was subzero at nighttime, we were eager to get on. We gave the ‘yay’ and the carpet fitter did his business last Tuesday.

We got back and switched on the lounge lights. We willed the lights to keep getting brighter, but they stopped and it dawned on us that the wrong coloured carpet had been fitted. A vile dark brown. Squeaky underfoot. With plastic underneath visible in patches.

The manufacturer had stuffed up, and labeled the ‘granite’ carpet ‘pebble’ somewhere along the line (I’m still not exactly sure that either colour could be described with either noun). So we’ll get a credit note in the New Year and a new carpet.

I guess it was a blessing in a way. It’s meant we’ve got a carpet over Christmas, when family, friends and dogs are staying. And then we can get one of the original, decent colour and decent texture carpets in the New Year. Fingers crossed, anyway.

 
 

chocolate and blue December 12, 2007

Filed under: lounge — dom @ 1:24 pm

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It still doesn’t have carpet, but the rest of the lounge and dining room is finally decorated.

All the woodwork and ceilings took an age to paint, but look far better than they ever did. We got a secondhand standard lamp along with some overly floral (and probably terribly dateable) wallpaper. The walls are all a warm blue surrounded with lots of chocolate brown pieces scattered around. It all seems to hold together really well - and it’s the closest to ‘done’ in any part of the house, as well. Just carpet to go. Oh, and dining room furniture. Which we’re putting off until our bank balances have chance to recover.

 
 

coal fired October 24, 2007

Filed under: lounge — dom @ 5:13 am

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From nasty overclad stonework to roaring coal fire. It only took 2 weeks, many men and a skip full of bricks. And now we’re warm!

 
 

with a little help September 23, 2007

Filed under: lounge — dom @ 12:27 am

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We’ve got the ‘chimney man’ coming around next week to bash out the chimney and take it back to the 1980s. In preparation we got the rest of the lounge stripped and sanded. Ro and John were visiting and acted as handy assistants. John doing so while wearing a rather fetching pink shirt and facial hair that a barber may want to take back to the 1970s at some point.

 
 

sofas September 3, 2007

Filed under: furniture, lounge — dom @ 5:44 am

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Why are all delivery men old? It makes me feel guilty. I sit there, drinking my coffee, while they struggle through, looking like they’re about to collapse.

Anyway. The sofas have arrived. They’re our first (and probably last) monetary indulgence. Two large leather sofas from John Lewis. I think they must be sofas for special folk since the instructions warned not to use the copious packing materials in a baby’s cot.