Bargain rug

Feeling guilty about getting this lovely John Lewis rug for just £6 – nobody else bid for it. It’s going in to the downstairs bedroom – should be a nice addition to the wooden floor. Advertisements

Reclaimed oak floor boards

Reclaimed oak floor boards – these were found on Gumtree rather than ebay. These are for our downstairs bedroom; it has an external door out to the garden so a wooden floor seems more practical than carpet. The floorboards are modern rather than very old floorboards – with a tongue and groove connection system  -so…

Ikea cabinet from ebay

Was very tempted to spend lots of money on all sorts of furniture on our last trip to Ikea, but this way I get to both buy an Ikea cabinet and hold on to some of my money. I bought this “Bathroom white lacquered wall cabinet with mirror and a shelf underneath” for £15 –…

Glass desk

I’ve just purchased a glass desk and leather chair via Gumtree for our teenage son’s bedroom. I had been thinking of getting a desk from IKEA, but this one looked even better and being secondhand was even cheaper! It had been taken apart so that we could fit it into the car which meant I had to…

Problem solved with chocolate cordurouy

  The upstairs bedroom windows have been a bit problematic for curtains because they are right next to our wonderful, massive wooden beams. A roman blind seemed like a good solution for the master-bedroom and this one is a good match for the look I want to create for this room – painted in an…

I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls

These octagonal Fired Earth marble tiles were second-hand although they hadn’t been used: they were left-overs from somebody else’s project. I saw them advertised on ebay and bought them for £49 – a fraction of the price of buying new from the shop. I bought them for the utility room but they were so nice that…

Tricky getting around the house today

Tricky getting around the house today as the hallway, which connects all of the downstairs rooms, is out of bounds as the tiles have been laid… Also had to remove the cupboard door to get food for dinner as they now don’t open!

Painting the vaulted ceiling

We took the day off work to celebrate our wedding anniversary and spent it painting our new master bedroom. It was strangely nostalgic – reminding us of the time just after we were married when we were decorating our first home together, and a good chance to chat. The ceiling is now painted – we…

Jatoba or Merbau?

Off to collect another ebay find. This beautiful door is for our larder. Apparently it came from the student rooms at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Although it’s a different wood it should match our oak kitchen well. Here’s the description from ebay: Hardwood college door (1960s) We accumulated a large quantity of these doors…

Better looking than a tumble drier

This is our solution for drying clothes when it is raining. Better looking than a tumble drier and lower running costs too! The roof will be glazed eventually

Tubes to carry light

This tube will carry light down to the middle of the house, lots of light coming through now – but the bottom has been boarded up so we don’t lose any children through the hole! Basically there’s a small round window in the roof, a small round window in the ceiling of the ground floor and…