Monday, 28 January 2008

And now for a big lie down...

Apart from the splash-back (which is still the wrong colour, but I'm hoping that by the end of next week it will have been replaced with something more creamy-coloured), the kitchen is finally finished and I have so enjoyed being able to get out all my treasured things and choose a home for them knowing that they have reached their final resting place...I so dislike feelings of temporariness and transience. Above is a favourite teacup.

I have had requests for before-and-after pictures (before are the small ones on the left, after larger and in the centre)...and actually it has been rather fun looking at them for me, as it makes me to realise that we have done quite a lot over the last year...sometimes it has felt like swimming through mud, there was just so much to do in every room (what you see here is only the tip of a luridly vinyl wallpapered & aertexed covered iceberg). The before pictures were taken only two days after we'd first moved in, so it's all quite a happy mess. So, eyes left for the green and blue kitchen, complete with wooden cupboards impregnated with a special brand of grease completely immovable even by sanding...now eyes down for what I accept could be viewed by some as being a little dull and unadventurous...but to me, well, I can never tire of looking at all things cream-coloured.

The breakfast bar is finally in and thank goodness it doesn't too closely resemble the iceberg that we'd thought it might!

How pleased I am to have an oven that works and a sink that isn't brown....yes, I know the splash-back below doesn't look too horrific...but it's so far away from what we ordered...and bluey-white doesn't really cut it for something of a cream-obsessive.

After much indecision over features and specificiations, the oven ended up being chosen soley on the basis of it being endowed with this digital analogue clock that we had fallen in love with...thank goodness we have subsequently found that it also seems to be capable of cooking food!


And here's the utility room....we replaced everything but the floor...suddenly the idea of trying to hack that up (because it would have been us that ended up doing it...because wherever we can do something ourselves, we have done) seemed just too exhausting and expensive.


The kitchen and dining room are one big room...so here's the other side, home of more green and blue. I'm so pleased it's all gone now, but what living in it for over a year, with brighter colours and grubbier carpets than I thought I could cope with, has made me realise, is that this house has felt like a home to me from day one, whether the walls are green or cream...so actually it finally being the way we'd envisaged it looking is a nice cherry on top of a cake that was far more edible than we'd suspected on first viewing.

Ian and I are rather united in our desire to paint the world cream, even if our children aren't joining us on that (harrumphs of disappointment have accompanied every tin of paint that has been prised open). However, these doors that lead from the dining room into the playroom were a sticking point - Ian was determined that they should be left wood coloured...at one point they were even taken off all together and spent a week in the garage so that we wouldn't have to think about them at all. The picture below speaks for itself - I got my way!

There's just one thing that's troubling me...years ago Ian came home one night to find that I had ordered our books by colour. He's one of the most relaxed people I've ever met...but something about me doing this made him, for want of a better expression, as mad as a lorry, and an hour later I was frantically trying to de-colourise our book collection...but no matter how hard we tried to randomise them, for the duration of the time that we lived in that flat people would walk in and say: 'have you colour-coded your bookshelves?' in a slightly scandalised tone. I can feel the desire to colour-code burning inside of me again after being reminded of it here and here...but in doing so I would face the wrath of Ian and the possibility that to de-colour-code we would be forced to move house...I'm just not sure I can face that, so I must accept that the books will continue to taunt me with their technicolour disarray and that harmony will only reign in this area with the banging in of the estate agent's board...but I do hope that's not for a very, very long time, so long may the jumble continue.

25 comments:

  1. the new kitchen looks fab, i'm another cream lover, love the colour, love the pouring stuff too!

    i've seen a lot of bloggers do colour code their books, i don't but i do tend to arrange them in size order, i get all wound up if they're not put back in the right place, silly isn't it how little things can annoy you so much!

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  2. It all just looks beautiful! And as much as I love color, I really like the cream-iness of the rooms. Good job on everything!!

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  3. Ooh it's lovely! I wouldn't want to be in any other room. And for what it's worth I can entirely see what you mean about the splashback - it's just 'off' enough to be annoying. And I love the non-iceberg breakfast bar - although I envy you the room to fit one in :)

    I agree with Ian about colour coding books though. Other things yes, but never books. They must be shelved according to arcane and bizarre rules such as year read, shop bought in...or perhaps that's peculiar to my own shelves.

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  4. wow, your kitchen looks lovely, a real sanctuary of calm with all that lovely cream.
    worth that long wait!
    my books do well to make onto the shelves, let alone be categorised by any system colour or otherwise, they go where they fit......

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  5. Wow that's a beautiful transformation! We're in the planning stages for our kitchen re-do as well.

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  6. Your kitchen looks great, well worth the wait!

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  7. I am not normally a massive fan of cream....but even I must admit that it all looks really very, very beautiful, and you were so right about the doors. But colour coding bookshelves? No. People would think you had some kind of manic illness and would probably never speak to you again! Resist the urge!!!

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  8. Your kitchen is lovely! And I think you were definitely right about those doors being cream.

    There is no way I would ever manage to maintain a colour-coded bookshelf - I am far too disorganised :)

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  9. Oh Florence, it's gorgeous. I am a big cream-o-phile too.

    And you were 100% right about those doors by the way.

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  10. beautiful - very tranquil and relaxing. I adore that cup and saucer too - I scoured Battersea car boot sale yesterday looking for something pretty like that to "take my tea" from (now that I have gone all adventurous) - without success. You were absolutely and utterly right about the doors...

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  11. Oh Florence, it looks very calm and beautiful. I used to have a similar kitchen when we redid ours in the UK. I'm a fan of cream with wood worktops. Now I have an white early 90s special which is not quite bad enough to justify replacing....yet.

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  12. The new kitchen looks great, like your oven! Have never attempted to colour code books before but did once try to sort them alphabetically!

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  13. Really Great!! It looks fab, I am soooo envious as we have recently left a house that had a wonderful kitchen in and now living in a house that has an o.k kitchen in it....so really jealous!!
    Well Done you!
    Andrea
    x

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  14. Wow, the transformation is amazing! It feels so inviting!

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  15. I love it! Wow, you really redid everything in the kitchen, didn't you? LOVE the doors ... they are just perfect.

    Colorize books? I've never thought of it, we do organize ours somewhat by genre and then by size.

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  16. Wow! It's all so beautiful and serene - what a lovely kitchen to be in. Completely agree on the doors AND I sooo get the clock in the stove thing!! What is that gorgeous teacup and saucer - it looks really familiar?

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  17. We have most of our rooms done in cream too! I love off-white and cream colored rooms as then you can change the rest as you please. Anything goes with it. I love seeing your before and after pictures and what a huge huge improvement! It must have been lovely to "move into" such freshly painted and pretty rooms. Nice to see so much of your beautiful home.

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  18. What a lovely lovely home you have! You are so lucky. You deserve it, being so nice and all. Enjoy!

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  19. Very very nice, and so soothing. It really is amazing how colour completely transforms a room.

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  20. A lovely room! I'm the same as you with change and transience so You must be very relieved to have your bits and pieces back to hand. I know the feeling!

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  21. gorgeous.....there is something serene with the soothing creamy tones. I love colorful walls myself, but this is really soothing and lovely. I bet it feels so wonderful to have it all done. Way to go! I know what you mean about being unsettled....all my teacups love having a home/nook of their own, too. Enjoy your new look!

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  22. Your new kitchen looks beautiful, you were so right about the doors they now make the rooms flow into each other instead being aware of the separateness with the wood frame.
    I am afraid I have a "thing" with my books, novels are alphabetical, then the others are in genres (but at least I can always find things). My CD's are the same !!

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  23. I just love your kitchen. It looks so calm and clean. I am sure that you will all spend happy times there enjoying good food and each other's company.

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  24. Wow Florence it looks wonderful! Very calm, yet warm at the same time. You were so right on painting the wooden door surround too.

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  25. Oh I love your kitchen....beautiful! What color cream do you use for painting? I always have a hard time finding just the right one.

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