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Monday, 22 November 2010

Excited (well, excited and scared...)



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.

15 comments:

Expats Again said...

Very exciting, indeed. Don't you just love a blank slate? Be sure to share the "after" photos with us.

Bibliomama said...

Give your creativity free reign. What fun!

The Blonde Duck said...

How exciting! I'm terrible at decorating, so I'd be so overwhelemd!

Ginny said...

I do know Sondheim, but apparently not well enough! PBS is running a birthday celebration for him this week that is supposed to be fabulous, lots of stars singing all his songs. I can't wait to see it! But I digress. You really have a lot of work to get done! Hoping to see more pictures as it progresses!

liliannattel said...

Yes I do, little Red. ;) How exciting and wonderful.

Louiz said...

Oh wow! Don't forget if you're painting the walls that most of the big DIY chains will mix up a special colour for you if you don't like any of the colours they offer. Also check out your local authority - most of them offer a paint scheme where they take pots of paint from residents who don't want them any more and then sell or give them away to other residents. Gives you a great way to try out a colour in a bigger pot than a tester pot.

lakeviewer said...

Lots of visioning here. You are right, you need to get everything right before the work can start. Christmas is just around the corner. Me thinks this much work will need more time.

Is this Into the Woods?

Chef E said...

I just discovered a new British show I love- Law and Order/UK LOL, not at all like our version- so forward and they do not carry guns?

christine said...

So Exciting - so messy!!! good luck with it all:-) xx

cornflakegirl74 said...

Awwww, that's awesome :) Must be so neat to have an idea and watch it come to life. Can't wait to see the finished product and best of luck!

Elisabeth said...

Lucky you, to start from scratch. Such wonderful newness, almost as good as the blank page.

St├ęphanie said...

So nice Rachel !
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Debbie said...

That is fun! And I can't get the laundry done by Christmas so if you can get all that finished, bonus points to you:)

LindyLouMac said...

We love our wood burning stove, it is so welcome during the winter months. I hope yours is ready for the cold spell I hear you are due for in the UK.

Alice Braga said...

Now would be a good time to start or deepen your yoga practice. LOL Seriously, though, enjoy the adventure!

If you want any Feng Shui book recommendations, let me know.

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