Possibly the most irresponsible yet joyful purchase I have ever made is a pair of 18th-century Gujurati columns which I found at The Old Cinema in Chiswick. It’s a fantastic place filled with beautiful things: for the Brightonians among you, it’s like a much better version of Snooper’s Paradise. 

I saw the columns in the shop a few weeks ago and hadn’t been able to stop thinking about them. But I didn’t buy them, because that would be irresponsible, and anyway they’d surely not be there when I went back.

Except, oh dear. They were.

They were also on sale, and now the price for both of them was less than the price I’d have expected one of them to be.

So I bought them, because I had to really, didn’t I?

When they arrived I was surprised by how much the delivery men were struggling to get them up the stairs, until I saw they came with stone feet, which I hadn’t noticed in the shop.

I wasn’t sure what to do about that: my initial plan had been to hang the columns directly on the wall, in between the picture rail and the skirting board, where they would fit almost exactly. But now they had feet. Hmm. What to do with the feet?

I won’t decide 100% until the room is finished and I have the space and time to play around with everything and see how it all looks, but I think I will hang the columns as planned, but place the feet below them, with plants on the feet. We’ll see, though.

The ornately decorated (and much lighter) tops arrived after the feet.

And then came the columns themselves, which are about 7ft tall and made of wood.

I immediately started trying to match my paint colours to my columns: not something I ever thought I’d have to do.

It’s hard to get an accurate picture, but this is roughly what they’ll look like eventually: they’re going to be on either side of the bay window, which will be black like it is in the picture, and the walls will be a deep teal / peacock blue.

Finally, four and a half years into my life here, it’s starting to feel like the flat might be finished one day.

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