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housing ideas

Hello house, we've come a long way ;)

This blog tells the story of my renovation and extension of a London terraced house. It's told through inspiration, ambitions, frustrations, and occasionally progress too.

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Before and After, the build is complete!

At very long last I am pulling together the various Before and After shots, partly to help others see what’s possible with a London terraced house on a limited budget (i.e by doing rather a lot of it yourself), but also to help me bring some sort of closure to the project and convince me to actually try relaxing with the papers at the weekends, instead of embarking upon yet another minor improvement.

So here we go - starting at the back - I’ll post the rest over the next few days.

if you fancy a visit, pop by Open House this weekend: events.londonopenhouse.org/building/19911

Rear-Before

Rear-After

Kitchen-Before

Kitchen-After

This weekend the very incredibly lovely Isa came to take photos. This is one I took in excited preparation the day before in my iPhone… Actual proper lovely photos (and a video) on their way soon.
This weekend the very incredibly lovely Isa came to take photos. This is one I took in excited preparation the day before in my iPhone… Actual proper lovely photos (and a video) on their way soon.

This weekend the very incredibly lovely Isa came to take photos. This is one I took in excited preparation the day before in my iPhone… Actual proper lovely photos (and a video) on their way soon.

Imagine leaning your head against this delicious slice through the warm heart of an English Elm… every, single, night.  Yes.
Yes… :D  

Due date September… zzzz :) 
Imagine leaning your head against this delicious slice through the warm heart of an English Elm… every, single, night.  Yes.
Yes… :D  

Due date September… zzzz :) 

Imagine leaning your head against this delicious slice through the warm heart of an English Elm… every, single, night.  

Yes.

Yes… :D  

Due date September… zzzz :) 

Two words:

Copper saucepans.

Tagged: #that is all

This light is keeping me awake at night - it’s been left on (in my brain) and is one of many (potential) finishing touches for my house that might just finish me off.

In grey, or off-white, that is the question.

Have decided that new and brilliant outdoor cushions need some comfy scatter cushions… to be commissioned shortly.
Have decided that new and brilliant outdoor cushions need some comfy scatter cushions… to be commissioned shortly.

Have decided that new and brilliant outdoor cushions need some comfy scatter cushions… to be commissioned shortly.

The newly upholstered window seat, by day, and by night.  Thank you 7 Upholstery, and thank you House of Hackney, but mostly thank you my pals on Facebook who helped me pic the winning fabric combo.

You’re all ace.

Outdoor cushions. BOOM.
Outdoor cushions. BOOM.

Outdoor cushions. BOOM.

Decisions related to soft furnishings are NOT my forte.  Help?

You can see which is the current front runner by the fact that i’ve photoshopped ACTUAL CUSHIONS into the image.  Nice.  This is what I studied architecture for 4 years to be able to do. Yes it is.

Public opinion is currently favouring the dark palm trees, however, and since I have two actual palm trees in my garden, it does seem in context.

All fabrics from here, all linen, all very sexy.

This richly textured place (I want to go).
This richly textured place (I want to go).

This richly textured place (I want to go).

Am a bit obsessed with these three things, and this lovely brand in general.  Well done them.

Tagged: #things i want
The coming together of my dining room. Bit sparse on chairs so getting a couple more (8’s a good number for dinner eh).  Also I have a rather fabulous map to be framed that’ll fill that there wall.
INCOMING!  Follow my instagrams for this sort of action.
For your copycat purchasing skillz:
bludot: Chairs
Unto This Last: Table
fortstandard: Fruit Bowl
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The coming together of my dining room. Bit sparse on chairs so getting a couple more (8’s a good number for dinner eh).  Also I have a rather fabulous map to be framed that’ll fill that there wall.
INCOMING!  Follow my instagrams for this sort of action.
For your copycat purchasing skillz:
bludot: Chairs
Unto This Last: Table
fortstandard: Fruit Bowl
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The coming together of my dining room. Bit sparse on chairs so getting a couple more (8’s a good number for dinner eh).  Also I have a rather fabulous map to be framed that’ll fill that there wall.

INCOMING!  Follow my instagrams for this sort of action.

For your copycat purchasing skillz:

  1. bludot: Chairs
  2. Unto This Last: Table
  3. fortstandardFruit Bowl

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The garden of espaliered fruit trees

I like a project (lest that had slipped you by), and when it comes to my garden I’m quite keen on the notion of eating it, as well as breathing it in on spring mornings and gazing wistfully at it through the window on winter Sundays. 

And so I have begun with some veg, herbs, roses, and plenty of fruit trees - the latter of which I’m attempting to espalier (#noob here).  To espalier, I have a pear, a fig, a wisteria, and a plum - yum (right?).

Here’s an apple I considered, before choosing a pear and progressing from nursery to my garden.

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I’ve had a helping hand with two years of trained growth at the nursery, so it isn’t a huge challenge…

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Before you ask, yes, I  bought one of those pads you kneel on; I am 50.

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And here it is in situ flanked by its armed guard of two rose trees.  

Next up, the bed into which my wisteria and plum have gone… a little before for you:

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 And the Wisteria before:

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and after in situ -  well grown… easy innit.

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This is a little climbing thing - though think I went a bit overboard with the training wires. It’s a bit naff in retrospect I think.

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This is the dark bed -  no direct sunlight and a rather unfortunately positioned manhole (unavoidable unfortunately), decently covered with a huge terracotta pot from my parent’s old house. Plan… find something that will grow here and cover up that manhole.

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And the result, so far…

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I’ve had to pluck out one plant that didn’t take, and have moved it to a sunnier spot.  Mum’s advising on what ‘will’ take to this spot.  Want to cover up the wall with lush greenery.

And so here’s the more general before:

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And after:

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That big bushy plant in the middle is some potatoes I planted after they sprouted in my cupboard. May need to thin them out a tad soon - they’re gobbling all the light and water from the other plants.

I’ll leave you with two of my favourite things

1. Soon-to-be Wild Strawberries:

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2. Rosemary in a Victorian drainpipe hopper I found in the garden when I moved in, next to my soon to be epic automatic leaky hose watering system. Amazing.

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Thank you Mum for the driving and all the advice!  :)

Pippa Murray is working some magic in elm for my bedroom.  It’s a bit of a joy commissioning a talented friend to make a big piece like this.  Read her blog or watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

Slowly, purposefully, piecing things together.
Pippa Murray is working some magic in elm for my bedroom.  It’s a bit of a joy commissioning a talented friend to make a big piece like this.  Read her blog or watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

Slowly, purposefully, piecing things together.

Pippa Murray is working some magic in elm for my bedroom.  It’s a bit of a joy commissioning a talented friend to make a big piece like this.  Read her blog or watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

Slowly, purposefully, piecing things together.

How long does it take to choose a good chopping board?

How long is a piece of string again?

I want 2 or 3 lovely matchy timber chopping boards that have some sort of hanging solution integrated (so that I can free up the drawer they’re currently occupying).

Other than that, my only requisite is that they’re not bulky and heavy - I’ve never been a fan of butchers block style ones that tend to bend your wrist off when you want to pour your neatly chopped goodies into the pan.

After a not insignificant browse, I’m currently perusing the below…

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Sagaform - £22

(32.5 cm diam)

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Walnut by Malle W. Trousseau - £62

(43 x 24cm)

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Garden Trading co - £37.50

(40 x 30cm)

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Maple Cutting Board 1.4 - $88

(43 x 20cm)

And Ferm living Cutting Board: £24-£53

Hmm…. thinking Sagaform…