I was sure that green was going to be the over riding colour in both my home and my work this summer. But somehow grey, and yellow (with a touch of blue) have taken over in both the fabrics I'm buying and the rooms that I'm (finally) decorating.
After a few years of feeling that our front room was little more than a repository for an increasingly large amount of toys and that Jim and I were suffering from the lack of somewhere comfortable and grown up to relax in, I have finally (well, you know, almost) finished it.
The sofa was originally cream, which was fine in the pre-child days but was looking very much the worse for wear, so I dyed it and it's given it a completely new lease of life and made it far more practical. I've never dyed anything so big before. Back in the day I used to tie dye long johns in the microwave (!?) but nothing really since. This was really easy though because the sofa covers are completely removable so I was able to just throw them in the washing machine with a box of Antique Grey Dylon
I also recovered the girl's table in a laminated cotton that I bought from Ikea. I'd really rather not have the table in the room as there just isn't enough space for it, but it's so useful and they both use it every single day, so I just kind of move it around from one spot to the next in the hopes that if it doesn't stay still for too long I won't notice it! And the fact that it's covered in such a great print really does help.
I love these new picture ledges from Ikea, especially as they let me swap the artwork around without knocking yet more nails in to the wall. And they've given this normally annoyingly useless bit of wall (in between the window and the front door) a real focal point. The prints are from Etsy and the plate and tray are both from Habitat. The top print is Snowy Owl by Dee Beale, and looks great with her Shine print (another recent purchase that you can see unframed in the top photo). And the bottom print is the Amidst Routes print by Pearl and Marmalade. The tiny painting is an original by the wonderful artist Anne Davies.
The other change to the house has been that I've painted the stairs and the landing a dark gray. It's one of those internal spaces that suffers from no natural light and awkward angles, so I've struggled with the best way of decorating it ever since we moved in.
In an attempt to embrace the lack of light I decided to just go with a dark colour, since painting it white (or cream or magnolia or whatever) has just left it feeling boring and lifeless.
For the first few days Jim and I could both be heard muttering "it's so dark" every time we walked up the stairs, but I have to say that I really love it now and that it's given the hall an identity that it didn't possess before. The only down side is that I hate the way it looks when the girls bedroom door is open (at the top of the stairs) and you can see the shade of pink on their walls. Soooo, I'm going to paint the girls room a slightly lighter shade of pink. Which is not quite as crazy as it sounds when you take in to account the fact that my youngest daughter has been systematically stripping the wallpaper next to her cot, so I'm going to need to redecorate half the room anyway. Which is good, because I wouldn't want there to be a chance of actually finishing a room in the house!