Finish Line!

finish line

So at this point we are very very close to the finishing line in that we have the snag list left to do and a couple of other small jobs. It has been quite the journey but I have really enjoyed the process though I am not sure many in our family would agree! What I am enjoying most now of course is decorating and seeing my Pinterest boards and magazine cuttings come to life! It is a slow process though, especially as my husband has a slight allergy to any DIY in the house but I am trying to do one thing each evening to give the house a warm lived-in feeling. It also means that I am planning more carefully around what I want to keep and what I am happy to get rid of. I am really enjoying how our old stuff is getting a new lease of life in new surroundings though i am trying to be ruthless and give away or sell the things that don’t fit or I feel I have outgrown. It is really hard not to buy everything new but as I love an eclectic look anyway it has been fun seeing how the new and old mix.

Watch out for new posts on the house and how we have finished the rooms and thanks for your patience during my summer hiatus!

A

April

In April it felt as if the house was really taking shape. Also we were in the thick of kitchen shopping. The fireplace saga took up much of the month but as you can see from the photos below it came together in the end. The best thing for me that happened however during that month was the simplest…….the removal of the scaffolding. It had always been a worry of mine that the kitchen would be dark as the previous one had been and to my mind would have really have defeated the purpose of moving it out into the extension. I needn’t have worried however as as soon as the scaffolding come down the light could finally come through and the space felt much more airly and light. It is still a north-facing room so it is never going to be amazingly bright but it is so much better than previously.

Fireplace is finally taking shape

Fireplace is finally taking shape

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Landing

Landing

Extension view

Extension view

Scaffolding finally comes down!

Scaffolding finally comes down!

It’s amazing the immediate difference the new roof made to the house. What do you think?

Scandi Style

It’s everywhere! Magazines, Pinterest and now the high street, for a while it seemed as if Scandinavian living was the only interior style choice worth considering. I have to admit I was taken in and I have invested in a few pieces that I do feel will stand the test of time.

Normann Copenhagen is definitely the go to store when it comes to the Scandi Style. Top of my wishlist was the Norm 03 lightshade.

I love it. I searched for weeks for an Irish supplier before finding one. After an initial call I received no further information from the particular shop so I decided to look elsewhere and I eventually bought it online. I got it sent to my brother in London (to avoid delivery charges) but it was too big for him to bring home on his most recent trip…so in London it remains! I purchased in the bigger size as I felt it would have a big impact. I haven’t decided where it will go yet…the landing as I feel it would cast the most amazing light all over the house or in the boys room with its high ceiling. Either way I will have to get it home first….and assemble – a fact that I have neglected to tell my husband…or electrician.

A few other items that I was delighted to be able to pick up recently in The Old Mill Stores on a trip to West Cork was the Normann Copenhagen dustpan and broom in light blue and the ballo toilet brush which was a bit of an indulgence but when I saw the baby put the toilet brush into his mouth a few days previously, one that can’t be accessed easily by tiny fingers was a no brainer!!

What do you think of Scandinavian style?

March

Scaffolding goes up

Scaffolding goes up

Fireplace comes down......almost

Fireplace comes down……almost

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Partitions are up

Partitions are up

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And went back up!

And went back up!

March was a buzz with activity. It was so encouraging to see the partitions go up. It gave us a real sense of how our home would feel and also how we would move through it. The ceiling in the middle room ended up coming down as many of the joices were rotten and in the few days that there was a huge void there I really loved the sense of space and the intense light that filled the house. I was really sorry to see the new ceiling go in and I really did feel a sense of loss…….a feeling of what might have been. However needless to say had there not been a budget we may have reimagined the space and so the flirtation with the double height space came quickly to an end.

As I said earlier March was really busy so watch out for more photo updates very soon!

A

January/February

Things pretty much stood still on site for about two weeks in January due to inclement weather. But by mid February the extension was built and we could see how big our kitchen/dining was going to be. The steel structure that would hold up the building where the corner window is was to be circular, however went in as can be seen in the photo. It was a mistake and was too late to rectify but to be honest I didn’t notice the difference and also I feel that actually the square version is in keeping with the feel of the extension as being more contemporary than the rest of the house.

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I also realised for the first time when the kitchen area was built that I would have a lifetime view of the beautiful……….sheds. Seriously, I can’t understand how I missed this. I think I was so anxious to get started that I really didn’t consider what I would be looking at each and everyday! We will have to do the garden eventually and come up with some solution but for now I am putting it to the back of my mind and continue to concentrate on the house.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend xx

A

Build – Week 1

Or maybe that should read destruction! Work started on the 12th of January which was glorious in many way. Not only had work finally begun,  over 18 months since we first discussed renovating with our Architects, but it was one of those amazing January weeks – crisp & bright. The work/destruction undertaken in that week was incredible. In no time the house was literally a shell. There was certainly a mix of nerves and excitment but mostly relief that it was finally beginning.

Below are some photos to give you a flavour of that first week.

View from hallway

View from hallway

Fireplace

Fireplace

Upstairs

Upstairs

Backof house with utility knocked

Back of house with utility knocked

As you can see no part of the house remained untouched…things would never be the same again!

Stay tuned for more photos over the next while.

A

I’m back!

And our house is nearly finished!!!!

2015 got off to a rough start for us……well me. I broke my wrist on the 4th of January and spent the next 6 weeks trying to navigate my way through returning to work after maternity leave, raising two small boys and renovating a house…..an old house. All of which probably explains why it has taken me so long to resume this blog…4 months in fact. The thing is that while I haven’t been posting I have been busy doing! Therefore over the next while I will take you on a whistlestop tour of the renovation……warts and all! So brace yourself….

Birthday Haul!

Carrying this baby weight makes shopping for clothes torturous and depressing, however still wanting something of a pick me up I recently hit the shops for some birthday treats. The two things that are sure to always fit are shoes and accessories, right? Firstly I headed to Brown Thomas as I had some vouchers burning a hole in my wallet. I got gorgeous stilettos from Carvela by Kurt Geiger. They hurt like hell on the first wear but I don’t care, I just love them. I know I will get tons of wear out of them and I love the suede/patent combo.

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Next up a pair of bright flats from Oasis. Though they are comfortable and I love the colour, I don’t know how long they are going to last in Irish weather as they are a type of suede and are already marked but I just loved the pop of colour they bring to any outfit. They also have a cute stud detail on the back!

Oasis flats

Finding a nice top to transition from post baby tum to no tum (or in my case less of a tum) is really difficult. However, the world doesn’t stop just because you have had a baby and so tops and jeans that will suit and flatter while you wait are the order of the day. Recently I have been living in jeggings from Penny’s. Not only are they cheap and cheerful, they are also very comfortable. My secret must be out because it took three visits to different stores to find a black pair in my size recently. I also got this top for 30 euro in River Island. My preference is to wear these type of tops in a size smaller so as they are a little more form fitting so I bought in a size 10, though I am far from it at the minute. As it is quite plain I dressed it up with a neckpiece for a night out.

Black oversized raglan sleeve t-shirt

So there you have it, my birthday haul! I also got some nice black lace-style earrings in Oasis and a new Chanel nail polish (more of which later). I got a few vouchers as birthday presents so I am looking forward to going shopping again when I feel like the clothes I like will actually fit me! In the meantime I am putting together a wishlist. I may have to cull it to match my budget but a girl can wish!!