Monday, 22 November 2010
I love creating something from nothing, so I'm used to the feeling of a blank canvas. The empty page as I start a new chapter. But this time the canvas is house-shaped, and for some reason that's more daunting.
Perhaps because it's important to get this right first time: I can't throw it away if I make a mistake, and there won't be chance to redraft.
We're shopping for carpets, paint, curtains, furniture... and who knows what else, before we've finished.
The one focal point downstairs is the fireplace (which we've just had opened up and rebuilt) and the wood burning stove that we've ordered to go in it. At some point, the rest has to fall into place... preferably in the next couple of days so we can get some carpets ordered.
For the bedroom/study I have a slightly more coherent vision, though at the moment it mainly consists of a walk-in wardrobe which is being built over the stairs as I type this.
I'm still hoping everything will get finished by Christmas. No idea how realistic that is - it may depend on our ability to make some decisions...
Bonus points if you know your Sondheim well enough that you got the title reference without any help from Google.