Thursday, August 6, 2015

Working on the Interior

When it comes to change around our house, things seem to move at a snails pace.
One thing that I am very excited about that is happening though, is our front entrance, hallway and stairwell has had a lovely new coat of white paint.
Before, was a dark red paint with a gritty sand-paper finish which was popular in the 1990's and below the dado rail was a dark red fleur de lis wallpaper, which looked good at the time but was in need of a major change.
With the white it is bright and uplifting and seems to make the hallway feel much larger

We have been looking at wallpaper and I love this paper and
 have sent away for a sample of and will see if it works for below the dado rail.
Photographs will hopefully come soon.
As for the kitchen we are still waiting for the Kitchen Place to come back with a quote so we can make a start on things there.

Thanks for the kind notes you left me when I hurt my back. Thankfully it is feeling much better now and I am able to drive the car again. It was too painful even doing small things like that.
They say things go in threes,  I managed to pick up a cold with runny nose and eyes, and did not help with the strong smell of paint throughout the house. After the day the oil based sealer had gone on, that night in bed we had to fling open all the windows in our bedroom even though it was cold outside, the strong smell was too overpowering. 
Yesterday I went to visit the dentist to have a crown replaced, the old one had a crack which was causing pain.
So I feel my little blog has been neglected and have been missing sitting down to visit you all which I hope to do soon.
 Hope you are enjoying the week


  1. My dearest Carolyn,
    so nice to hear from you again! I hope, your back is better now and the Dentist did a good job!
    Working on the interior is always so much work. When you start, you always find new things to change ;O) I know, it will look lovely, when you have done all the rooms you want to!
    Wishing you a lovely rest of the week,
    sending much Love and hugs to you, my dear friend!
    Claudia xo

  2. Fabulous decor. I love the rustic look of that chair!

    xo Azu

  3. It must be frustrating to having things moving at a snail's pace with your changes to the house. At least it gives you time to think it all out carefully. We always seem to do decorating during the winter but try to use those paints that have less odour I'm glad your back has improved and hope you won't be suffering with any other ailments. I don't enjoy visiting the dentist even for s check up. Sarah x

  4. They say things come in threes Carolyn and you have had all of yours now, so upwards and onwards. It is funny the way we are unaware of parts of our body like out backs until they give us pain, perhaps we take ourselves too much for granted.
    That wall paper looks really interesting.

  5. Hello Carolyn,
    I am glad your back is better. I do hope all renovations go nice and easy.
    Big hug,
    N.B. I love the wallpaper!

  6. Enjoy the week Carolyn i am glad you feeling better love Ria x

  7. Glad your back is getting better!
    The new look for your hallway etc sounds great!

  8. The wallpaper you show is lovely,
    i would like to have it on a wall.
    And i hope the tooth no longer hurts.

  9. Dearest Carolyn,

    so I hope, now you are through the „three bad things“ and able to enjoy your „new“ bright hall! The first impressions you gave us are very fine and I am curious to see more!!!

    Lots of hugs, my dear
    from very hot Austria (we have a heatwave, about 35° Celsius since weeks and weeks – just 2 days rain, never had this before…)


  10. Glad your back is better, hope the tooth feels ok, too! Can't wait for the kitchen update, I love kitchens! ;-) Be well!

  11. Glad to hear your back has got so much better.

    It's always good to decorate ... your plans sound good.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  12. Glad to hear your back is feeling better Carolyn. It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint can revitalize a room isn't it. I also had some dental work done this week. Hope you're all good now :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  13. Oh Carolynm
    I did not know about your back.. I must have missed that post.. I am so sorry to hear that. And now you have a cold on top of it all.. Well, that's three.. Dentist, cold and back. I hope that is it..
    Blessings dear friend,
    Take care,

  14. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh my, you have had to endure lots of things lately.
    Hope your back is no longer keeping you from working normal and that the paint job finish will give you a better sleep.
    Never easy when we have things going on in the home!
    Hugs and happy weekend.

  15. Hi sweets! So sorry you hurt your back. I'm glad you are feeling better. The paper looks really pretty!

  16. I am glad you are feeling better and things are looking beautiful in your home.
    I have missed you sweet friend. Love Jeanne

  17. My dear Carolyn, what a terrible july you must have had,-so many things to fight, and deal with. I`m happy to hear your back is now much better, and also your cold. I`m to have eighter a new crown, too, or an implant if the tooths has cracked too ...I will know here next week :(
    Your home will slowly become almost all new , and it will be such a joy. Good luck with the beautiful paper and all you have to do.
    I wish you a august without any kind of problem, dear friend.
    I have been on vacation, to be with the kids, and Nadja... a wonderful visti to Copenhage. !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

  18. Wow, that wallpaper is FANTASTIC! Love it!
    Take care now...


  19. Oh, poor thing! Everything does seem to happen at once - hopefully now it will be all good things! The painting and wallpaper look lovely - can't wait to see the results! Hope you are feeling better. xo Karen

  20. Great look and hope everything comes around in the end. Greetings and best wishes!

  21. great ambiente, dear carolyn ! it's nice - i love your wallpaper !!!
    man greeting and hugs

  22. So sorry all of these things are happening right now, Carolyn. I would love to see your front entrance and hallway. White always makes everything look fresh and spacious. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better with your back.

    love, ~Sheri

  23. Ohhh nooo, a cracked crown. Ouch. On the brighter side, all the renovations sound very exciting. That wallpaper is amazing! I, myself, am dreaming of a tin tile ceiling in the kitchen. Someday. Have a lovely, and better feeling, week! xo

  24. Ugh I just had to get a crown $$$

    Hope you are doing great, darling!


  25. Hello Carolyn, I know exactly what you mean about things happening slowly. I so want to get the house tidied up and re-painted, but it is like trying to push a boulder up the stairs!
    I called over to see how you were so it’s nice to know your back is better. It sounds as though you have had more than your fair share of painful things of late. It is funny how things come in threes, but they always do. Hugs Barbara

  26. Your approach to House Design is perfect. I learn lots of new things from your blog.

  27. Always good and lovely subjects...
    Best regards from France,



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