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Week 32: not yet…but the small things I love

We’re not quite done.  I know, it seems so long.  It has been.  But we have had some good stuff happen.  We now have a working fridge.  Yay!  No more “not working so well” mini-fridge.  We have curtains on two of the rooms and at least privacy sheers on the front of the house.  Barney is adapting to living here (even if the people coming to work on the house freak him out a lot). The bathroom we use is amazing, the living room comfortable, we just got our alarm system put in (feeling safer already) and I’m almost completely unpacked.  Unfortunately, the dishwasher has been found to be blown and our washing machine decided to take a walk the first time I used it, so I still wash dishes by hand (not a big deal) and have been going to the old house to do laundry (boo), though I get to bring it back to a dryer which is amazing (soft towels for the first time in 12-1/2 years).  Luckily, after writing this draft, they fixed the washing machine so I’ll be able to do it all here.  They are still working on the exterior.  And the front and back gardens are a mess.

I decided to take pics of my favourite things for now.  I’ll post, finally, when I take the video of everything done (probably before the back garden is finished but that’s okay).  And I’ll post where we purchased everything in case something strikes your fancy.

So, here they are…my favourite things:

You can't really get a good feel of it from this photo but it's gorgeous. Such a lovely mix of blacks, blues and greys with little flecks of light (mica?).

You can’t really get a good feel of it from this photo but it’s gorgeous granite on the kitchen counters.  Such a lovely mix of blacks, blues and greys with little flecks of light (mica?).

 

We have some lovely fireplaces but this is my favourite. It's so different from anything else I've ever seen.

We have some lovely fireplaces but this is my favourite. It’s so different from anything else I’ve ever seen.

 

Our bathroom makes me so happy. The light coming in from the windows brings me joy. The whole thing has come together really nicely.

Our bathroom makes me so happy. The light coming in from the windows brings me joy. The whole thing has come together really nicely.

 

The door handles are so different from what was here before. They are soft on the hand and look elegant. A perfect fit for the age of the home (1920s/30s).

The door handles are so different from what was here before. They are soft on the hand and look elegant. A perfect fit for the age of the home (1920s/30s).

 

The rug under our dining table. It's a great mix of colours from navy blue to teal to pink to green, etc. Brings a shot of colour to a room that is very light, white and pale grey.

The rug under our dining table. It’s a great mix of colours from navy blue to teal to pink to green, etc. Brings a shot of colour to a room that is very light, white and pale grey.

 

Another bit of colour in our kitchen. And SO COMFY!

Another bit of colour in our kitchen. And SO COMFY!

 

The herringbone pattern of our white subway tiles in the kitchen is classic but a bit different. Perfect for the shaker kitchen.

The herringbone pattern of our white subway tiles in the kitchen is classic but a bit different. Perfect for the shaker kitchen.

 

It's not perfect or gorgeous but it works perfectly for us. Our front entry has enough hooks for all our coats, places to put our sneaker/trainers and any winter items, as well as Barney's leads and collars. It works.

It’s not perfect or gorgeous but it works perfectly for us. Our front entry has enough hooks for all our coats, places to put our sneaker/trainers and any winter items, as well as Barney’s leads and collars. It works.

 

Being organised. Having the space to be organised. It's tough to bring together two households worth of items (my mother-in-law had a LOT that we got rid of and I had a LOT that I got rid of), so it's nice that we could get it all put together. You should see the cabinet with the five types of dal - all organised in labelled jars as I'd have no clue).

Being organised. Having the space to be organised. It’s tough to bring together two households worth of items (my mother-in-law had a LOT that we got rid of and I had a LOT that I got rid of), so it’s nice that we could get it all put together. You should see the cabinet with the five types of dal – all organised in labelled jars as I’d have no clue).

And the work continues…

Nothing too exciting, but work continues and problems are being found…

If you compare these two pics (from different vantage points), you can see that the wall between the old kitchen and the new section has gone…pic one still has quite a lot of brick along the connecting wall, whereas in pic two, it’s basically gone.  And the ceiling heights will be levelled off a bit more so that there isn’t such a HUGE discrepancy.  They were going to put in a ceiling anyway to check the insulation and then put in lots of spotlights.

The insulation is pretty crappy looking, so glad they will be replacing it…and another find…the floor boards in that area (which used to house a shower room) were completely rotted out…full of mould.  Don’t have a great pic of it, but here you can see most of the boards have been stripped out and you can see the black mould on some of them:

 

Most of the wallpaper has been stripped from every room.  And most had at least three layers of the stuff…yes, instead of stripping and putting it down new, they just layered on top of each other.  We are having all the walls stripped, then plastered and then painted.  It’ll look so much nicer!

 

So as they stip the flooring of the bathroom to put down new piping, get in materials to make new flooring, and do all that sort of work, we are making choices about colours to use all over.  And I think we’ve figured it out!  Unfortunately, the Crown website isn’t great to show off colours…but here is one example~

 

I think we’re using something similar to the second from left green for the kitchen (it’s much nicer than you can see there)..a really rich but not too dark sage green (mellow sage?)…which will be complimented by a lighter sage green (almost sage?) in the dining area & living room.

We’ve gone with a golden orange-yellow (Tibetan Gold) in the study, a very very light yellow (whisper of sunlight) in the hallways.  A really yummy green called mojito in the master bedroom.  And the second bedroom will be a lovely light yellow, sunrise.

Of course, these colours could all change, but I think we’re quite happy with them.  I’m amazed that we won’t have any blues as DH loves them, but he’s also a fan of greens like me.

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