The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, so we have moved inside to get the interiors sorted.
We wanted to take an organised and disciplined approach, so the plan was to finish the inside of the house room by room. This means completing absolutely everything in one room before moving on to the next – no matter how tempted we are!
We started with my favourite room – the kitchen. It had already had some work done: the kitchen carcasses had been fitted; the granite work surfaces were on; and the floor had been laid with a mixture of recycled floorboards from the pub and oak flooring bought from B&Q.
All we needed to do next was paint and decorate, re-upholster the sofa and dining chairs we had earmarked for the room and make some long curtains to hang in front of the French doors.
The colour scheme is based around a striped fabric that I had bought from Ikea. We complemented it with paints from the Farrow & Ball collection. We discovered a subtle ‘White Tie’ tone, which picked up one of the colours in the stripes perfectly.
In the meantime, Barry took on the job of making up a hanging unit, which includes task lighting, to make a feature over the central island. It’s the first time he has had a go at something like this and it looks absolutely great.