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…

Finally found the doors

Hurray – I’ve managed to buy the two remaining doors on ebay! Our house is 1920s and so I needed to find pine doors with 2 panels on top and 2 panels on the bottom – more of a Victorian style rather than the 1930s doors which still have 4 panels but have 1 large…

Painting the pink bedroom

We used eco-friendly paints from the Earthborn clay-paints and eggshell ranges. The colours are Tutu (pink), contrasted with white. We didn’t realise that we had an outdated paint-card when we invited our daughter to choose her favourite colour for her bedroom, and only discovered when we came to order that Tutu is no longer part of…

Camping inside

We’ve solved the bedroom problem for the time being – our daughter is currently camping out in her new bedroom! She had an overnight camping trip at school – in the school playground and it rained in the morning making the tent wet. We put it up in her bedroom to dry out and she decided…

Breaking through upstairs

The builders have broken through upstairs and we now have two doorways at the top of the landing. This used to be an outside wall with a window overlooking the garden! Somehow, even though we know they’re there, it’s a real shock to the system to see these rooms at the top of the stairs…

One down, two more to find…

I’ve just bought a second-hand wooden door on ebay for just £12.50. It’s slightly narrower than a normal door and so just the right size for our little ensuite loo. It’s described as a “Solid Pine 6 Panel Door” and being narrow, it should fit into our hatchback car, meaning we don’t have to pay out…

Chute for the stars

Here is a photograph of the inner workings of the sun-pipe that will be lighting the kitchen. The round port-hole on the right is the small window on the roof. The round opening on the ground, carefully placed to avoid the joists, is the place that the sunlight will be channelled to. The silver circle…

Is it a port-hole?

No it’s going to be a sun-tube – piping natural daylight down to the kitchen. Our daughter is disappointed not to be getting a porthole in her bedroom!

Tiles are going on the roof

The tiles are now going onto the roof of the extension – not long before the whole thing is completely watertight. These tiles were all re-used from the part of the house that was demolished. This is a small saving financially, beneficial in environmental terms as there is no energy needed to make or transport…

Cupboards in the eaves

This will be our bedroom – we’re hoping to use the space under the eaves as cupboards. We’re so relieved that we managed to speak to the architect in time to stop it being just boxed in with no access. It will be an extra cost but we think it will be worth it as…

Upper floor takes shape

The upstairs is really starting to take shape and we’re beginning to see what the final house will look like. At the moment we still have one (small) window that we can look out of to see the progress upstairs. I hope that we’ll have some access to the eaves on the right here –…