Our living room/office re-dec is almost complete. The main furniture (coffee table, tv unit, sideboard and bookcase) shutters (SHUTTERS!) and sofa are all on order so we're just waiting for those to arrive. The finishing touches - floor lamp and new rug - I'm on the lookout for. I finally did the math of what these two rooms have cost us in total and it is eye watering, but we have justified it because this is our 'forever house'. We wanted the decorating done to a good standard and I hope I've done a good job on the styling, I'm just so excited for the moment everything is finally in place and I can step back and see it complete.
We have been spending the last few weekends sorting the garden and we're really starting to enjoy our outside space now. We have a shorter garden than before but this is a more manageable size and I love how we can step out of the kitchen right onto the patio, our previous garden had a narrow side entry area which was aggressively ruled by large ugly spiders waiting in their webs, and easily overlooked by the neighbours so I didn't go out there too often, but now I potter about as much as I can.
The garage in January (terrible quality)
In January we had the garage re-furbished (new doors, windows and roof) as Mr. wanted a weathertight outdoor area for weekends. We've also cleared lots of bramble around the apple tree (discovered the tree must have fell at one point and was left to grow from there?!), removed a couple shrubs to open the area up, and re-arranged under the garage window. I was a little sad to get rid of all the rose bushes there because I do like roses, but the bushes are quite ugly and messy for the rest of the year. We're after a clean and easily maintained space so out went a couple spreading shrubs too. I'm excited to be enjoying gardening all of a sudden, I now know the names of most of the plants in our garden: we have three camellias, a hydrangea, a little bay tree which was planted directly under a Californian lilac so I want to move it into it's own place, two red robins (my favourites), six baby leyland trees, that wonky old apple tree and a big forsythia at the front of our house.
This weekend (fancier furniture this summer!)