New home, nice surprises

We are finally in our new home! And since picking up the keys, we have had some lovely surprises.

The first thing we did was to peer under the hallway carpet to see if there was anything original lurking underneath. And there was parquet!

So here is the before picture:

  And this is what we found, with all the carpet grippers strewn all over it:

  
Mr PFW has been busy sanding and this is now the result. We just need to find a good oil or wax to finish:

  
I need to go around the edges a bit more too with a wire brush. 

Now, to tell you about the other discovery which has really rocked my world – four original 1930s doors, hiding away in the loft, under the eaves.

This will really set the hallway off. 

   
  So what’s the best discovery you’ve ever made in a home?

And if you have any recommendations for a parquet polish, oil or wax, please comment!

Have a good week!

our home has been featured…

An exciting email landed in my inbox this morning. Prettyfourwalls has been featured in the latest blog post by Hello Mrs Eve.

Every day this week, the Berlin blogger is sharing different interiors style on at(mine).com.

Today is all about eclectic style and our living room from our last home makes a cheeky appearance.

Mrs Eve says:

In Jane’s living room, a midcentury lamp, a nostalgic chandelier and a classicist fireplace fit together harmonically. The mustard yellow accents keeps the different eras together. 

  

Oh how I miss those picture rails!

I haven’t ever really thought of myself as eclectic. The fireplace and chandelier were already in the house when we moved in so I had to try and get them to work with my things. 

It’s worth checking out the other homes featured too. Yesterday’s post highlights some clever invisible TV trickery which I am tempted to copy.

 Ooh and I haven’t mentioned that we have the keys for our new home. The first thing we did was to pull up a corner of the hallway carpet….and we found parquet!

Have a great week.

Home Tour: Happy Dutch home

Once we move into the new house, we hope to have an open plan space for cooking, eating and playing. 

And I want it to be colourful and fun. So when I came across the Dutch home of Lonneke, a Mum of three, I took note.

She kindly agreed to let me share her home with you. 

 So first up, we have the dining table. You’ll see in the rest of the pictures that she manages a happy blend of modern and vintage.

  
I love this postcard rack and I am officially stealing this idea. Lonneke bought this from her local Hema shop. They have stores in London and also have an online shop.

 

I like the idea of a high kitchen shelf too for a stash of gorgeous ceramics.
 

A great way to introduce a splash of colour for the faint hearted is to shop for some cutlery or utensils. The kids will love it too.
   
Nice little basket of candles hiding under there and clashing sofa prints.

These neon plant holders were a DIY project. Another idea steal to add to the list.
   
Lovely modern side tables sitting alongside vintage. 

 
 I told Lonneke that the picture below is going to be added to my Pinterest board for our new family room. I have been dreaming of a grey sofa with a colourful mix of cushions.

 
If you would like to see more of this happy Dutch home, check out @lonbondesign on Instagram.

Have a great weekend!

New house!

I can finally tell you. We have bought a house!

Yippee! We exchanged contracts yesterday. I didn’t want to say anything until we got to that point in case it all fell through. 

It’s a detached house with a great plot and lovely, private garden.

I am stupidly excited that it has a carport of all things! But I am thinking of entertaining the little one on rainy days.

It doesn’t have many period features like our last house which you can see here.

But it has great space and great potential. We are hoping that, in time, we can seriously renovate the kitchen, opening it up into the existing living room so that it’s easy to cook and keep an eye on little one.

I have been resisting the urge to shop while we have been renting but I am looking forward to finding a few new things as well as unpacking our boxes, currently sitting in a garage, to rediscover all our old bits and pieces.

I thought I would share some of the things I have had my eye on lately:

This lovely Tom Pigeon print, £50

  
Quite frankly, I’d have any of the cushions from Mon Pote – these are both under £30.

   
 
And have a look at these little beauties from Mench Living…this side table is £30 and the utensils are £24.

  
  
Have a good bank holiday weekend!

   
 

Nice or nasty?

I am hoping to have good news on the house front very, very soon. 

We have been renting since December and because it’s always been a temporary measure I have had to hold myself back and resist buying anything house related.

But now I am starting to turn my attention to what our (fingers and toes crossed) future home might look like and what we could do with it.

I spotted this little low sideboard which is from The Family Love Tree on Instagram earlier…

  
 …and immediately clicked on the heart icon. If you read my blog, you know I love a spot of colour. 

The Family Love Tree is Australia based so I started hatching a plan for a masking tape IKEA hack.

Here’s another photo:

  
I duly sent it to my sister for her thoughts who replied ‘maybe a bit much?’

So I thought I’d ask you lot. Is this nice or nasty?

The cactus 

The humble cactus is having a moment. A quick look on etsy and you’re offered cactus cushions, cactus prints, knitted cacti, cactus fabrics. Yes, yes – we get it already.

I’m of the school of thought that if something is having a ‘thing’, it probably means it’s already on the way out. So I tend not to invest heavily in big trends. You might be better off going for a cheaper item or, even better, something DIY?

Anyway, here are my favourite cacti:   

I think this screen print is rather cute and would brighten up a bathroom or a kitchen diner. It’s available at etsy which is always a good source of reasonably priced artwork. 

 I am sure you’re seeing a lot of these decorating hoops at the moment. And if you’re handy with a needle and thread, a DIY project is a good way to introduce a trend without spending too much. If you’d prefer someone else to get on with the handicraft, again just head to etsy. This particular one ships from California so just wach out for extra charges.

  
I don’t tend to covet wallpaper with a bang on trend as I worry it will date quickly. But you can always buy simple updates like tea towels. And if you find one you really like, frame them! Again, etsy! This time, a Leeds based artist.

 And finally for the tea towel lovers out there, here’s another one which is available at blogandbuysale which, by the way, is a good little place to find products made by independent artists and designers.

Let me know if you’ve indulged in the cactus trend!

Living Etc and Made.com – match made in heaven? 

There are certain headlines which I am a total sucker for – six steps to the most organised pantry ever or beautiful laundry room inspiration to take just two.

I get sucked in every. single . time. And then there’s the one above, alerting me to Made.com joining forces with Living Etc. Yep, I can’t not look. 

Predictably, I’m a fan of quite a few products (Not all – I’ll come to that).

Like these shelves, at £349. The marble and copper clock (probably my favourite item from the whole collection) at just £49 and the cushions. Here’s the pink but there are a couple of different shades of grey, a pale olive and a  deep blue too. They’re £28 – bargain.

   
 

I couldn’t find a better picture of the cushion because I am writing this late at night from my bed, half asleep. The toddler is expected to wait any minute now! Grr.

Oh and those products I wasn’t keen on.

This is not my cup of tea at all…

  
How about you? Will you be purchasing? Take a look at  http://www.made.com/livingetc