I’ve not shared any home updates for ages over on the blog and there have been a goings on at chez Making Spaces. So when the sun decided to join us for the first time in January the other day (for 47 minutes), I had to get my camera out and snap away like a lunatic.
As most of you guys know, our house is small, normal, average. A 3 bed semi with no high ceilings, no gorgeous period features or lovely large windows. There are still lots of things i’d love to change and update (some of which will be happening later this year) but for now this is where we are with everything….
Let’s start in the entrance hall.
At the end of the hallway now resides a chalkboard wall which is used for messing about, drawing floorplans and Charlie’s notes for his current thesis on the world economy.
FINALLY we’ve updated the switches and sockets on the ground floor with more goodies from Dowsing & Reynolds. Our ground floor now matches our loft floor, just the middle floor to go now. Better get saving. Again.
The carpets from Flooring Megastore, fitted last autumn made a huge difference to the house as a whole. And a simple black and white runner from Habitat helps contain dirt in the hallway, giving the rest of the house a bit of respite.
You can see here how the new carpet runs all the way up the stairs and along the entire landing….
… where my new felt wash baskets from MADE. I wouldn’t normally share my dirty laundry in public (yeah right) but they’re pretty nice no!? Right for darks and left for whites and the little handles make it a breeze to carry it downstairs to the washer.
My Nyssa Sharp print, ‘The Girl With the Yellow Skirt’ finally found its new home. I really like this piece here, off centre at the top of the stairs. A gentle splash of colour in an all white space.
My home office has been graced with a new rug to give our new carpet a chance of surviving the daily maneuverings of my office chair. The circular, jute number from La Redoute fits perfectly in this little space. The Hempy rug comes in black and natural, of course I went for black…. because you know… it’s black!
This brings me onto one of my current searches… an ergonomic office chair that a) doesn’t cost a month’s wage or b) doesn’t look like shit. WHY oh why are they all so f’ugly? But my poor back can’t take this chair anymore, it’s ok for a couple of hours, but an eight hour day, NOPE. Blog post coming on office chairs that aren’t (too) gross soon!
In the meantime, my dear hubster has built me a standing desk as a way of saving my poor back, neck, shoulders. Herniated C6 disc, impinged nerve and two months of pins and needles down your arm into your thumb anyone?
No. I don’t recommend it
Anyway, less about me and my agonising pain, here’s the other side of the office with the magnetic plastered wall still going strong and looking mighty fine. Yep, everything on that wall is held up with magnets. Love it.
And one final interior update for today, this time in Charlie’s room:
The new carpet and plywood storage wall you will have seen at the end of last year no doubt but we’ve been waiting patiently for the Egzigi beds from La Redoute to come back in stock. And they’re finally here! A simple platform bed that can be stacked on top of one another to make a standard height single bed and popped side by side for sleepovers. Brilliant.
I know there are plenty of options for trundle beds and the like but we were set on getting a bed where the two sleeping heights were the same, so if/when we ever need to have two double guest beds for grown up sleepovers then this wouldn’t be a bad compromise for a night’s stay.
And that’s about it for today. If anyone has any top tips on where to source a decent office chair that isn’t grim, you know where to send them.
Happy Monday peeps, hope you have a good ‘un. I’m off to Ikea for another project haul. Again.