Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Best Laid Plans

It's been a rough week.

We were told by our electrician, that due to the construction of the ceiling, hanging the "terrible twosome" would be more complicated (and expensive) than anticipated.

We're now waiting to hear from the Barratt electricians, who initially said that hanging these lights wouldn't be a problem, and every single digit of mine is crossed. In the worst case scenario, should these chandeliers prove to be as problematic to hang as indicated, we will just have to dismantle and store them until we are in a better position to get the job done.

I was not happy. However, watching the footage of the devastation in the Philippines certainly put it into perspective and made me realise that though disappointing, this can firmly be filed under "first world problems".

As the chandelier saga unfolded, there was more drama brewing in the form of our dining room chairs. They were already about a week late when we were informed that the delivery would be "curb side". As in, they don't bring them into the flat. As in, someone needed to be there to receive them (full time job, shmull time job).

To make a long story short, after arranging for someone to be here, ONE chair was delivered. The company (which shall remain nameless) for some strange reason split the order, and one delivery truck got lost and drove back to the depot - with the other three chairs!

Cue very angry telephone conversations in which they finally agreed to redeliver on the same day, despite it being "not something they usually do", and we received the remaining chairs late that evening.

We had also ordered black wool seat pads, but won't receive them until the new year when they are back in stock. 

In other news, there is this one wall without windows in our living area, that I have been giving the side eye to ever since we moved in. I keep thinking that if I paint it a very dark hue it will visually recede - and bizarre as this may sound I HAVE been missing our old black wall.


This wall runs straight into the kitchen, and I was thinking of painting the entire thing (under the ledge).

The boxes contain books, as this is also the wall where our bookshelves will go, like so or similar -

I've also begun to tire of having no where to rest my feet/glass/stuff and so have been giving more thought to a much needed coffee table. I mocked up the moodboard below to show the direction in which I intend to go.

1. "Railings" - Farrow & Ball   2. Glass Coffee Table - Habitat   3. Alsed Footstools - Ikea   4. Persian Rug - Woven Ground

Though I'm loving this merging of aesthetics (contemporary, traditional, and modern) on paper (screen?), we all know that looks can be deceiving. I plan to visit the Woven Ground showroom to see the colouring of this rug in person before making any final decisions, so there will probably be more on these plans later.

Here's to this upcoming week being better than the last!


  1. What are your thoughts on using those Alsed Footstools in place of poofs? We need more seating in our pea-sized living room but given it's size I would love pieces that can be used several ways (footstool + seating). We're a very relaxed house you see. Any chance you've rested your feet on said footstool and thought why don't I rest my bum there?


    1. That's precisely how I was thinking of using them. Stacked or singly, depending on the number of guests and as a footstool or tucked under the coffee table otherwise. They're comfortable to sit on, and I imagine even more so with perhaps a sheep skin thrown on top!

  2. Love hearing about your flat developments :) We are also having some 'first world'problems. Who knew the depth of joists were such an issue when installing a shower and the rather plush cosy carpet we've just put in would not respond well to the poof with rather beautiful antique brass wheels.... This will now promptly be relocated to the dining/sitting area with wood floor for fear of creating a million dents in said new carpet. Cue something else more 'carpet friendly' to rest ones feet. Kev has also ordered carpet 'coasters' just in case they aleviate the situation... failing that all furniture will just have to go in and stay put for the next X amount of years we live here! In other news I was most impressed with your farmhouse table and am tracking one down too! I love your combination of old and new it keeps it fresh but wonderfully rooted at the same time. Keep up the posts- your love of internal design is keeping me going right now with the million and one decisions we're having to make too. Much love Cx


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