Ercol, Kiely and a Touch of Retro

Our main bedroom was one of the last bedrooms to be decorated when we moved into our house in 2012. Despite an impending arrival, we took our time over our bedroom as we knew we wanted to get things we really wanted rather making do with what we had. The room is a really odd…

Spring Pottery Display

I don’t think I’ve ever actually posted about the previous pottery display in our ‘Diamond Room’ (as the kids call the dining room); but now the weather seems to be picking up a bit, it seemed like a good time to change the pots around a bit and make a new display. The theme is…

Decorating Ideas from Golden Homes

Golden Homes was a DIY magazine published in the 1970s featuring articles on how to do relatively easy stuff; things like tiling the roof of your house, building extensions and constructing your own spiral staircase. I mean, anyone can do that, right? With the proper tools of course… I spotted a stash of these in a…

Papering, Sanding and Painting: House DIY Update

  This has been one of those eventful/uneventful weeks that sometimes seem to happen. You know the one: where for you, things seem to be happening but to a casual observer nowt much has changed. My maternity leave has started a bit earlier than anticipated, thanks to recurring colds and viruses. I finally decided to…

Wallpaper Madness

Have you ever done up a house? Today, we realised that B&Q had an offer on Dulux paints that was ending this weekend, forcing us to examine our wallpaper choices and make some decisions. Easier said than done.  So far, we’ve narrowed it down to these: The ‘Squirrel and Dove’ wallpaper by Sanderson is going to…

Fish, Wallpaper and Plates

Is it me or is it getting more and more difficult to find good items in charity shops nowadays? Yesterday, we went up to the Emmaus charity warehouse in Mossley (near to Staley Vegas…) and we also stopped in at the YMCA in Ashton. The Emmaus did have some interesting bits and bobs in it,…

Our House in 2012

After last Friday’s posting of the house in 1956, I thought it was about time I shared what our house currently looks like. You’ll be able to see what I mean about trying to marry the styles of the original house with our taste without removing the original features and identity. At the moment, most…

Your House in 1956

We moved about a month and a half ago, and apart from ordering (and receiving) our stove, we’ve yet to start decorating the house. Last weekend, we moved up into the loft room – currently named ‘The Cocoon’ – in readiness of preparations. I’m not sure what Aidan’s got in store for us this weekend;…

First Day of Packing…

Our moving date! We’ve finally had the news we’ve been waiting for, for what seems like months: the completion date for our new house. It’s a week on Tuesday! So, this weekend, we’ve started packing the house. As a couple of friends of ours are going to be renting our old house, we need to…