Renovations

Choosing a paint colour is harder than I’d expected

I thought I knew what colour I wanted for my living room. If you scroll through my Flatspiration board on Pinterest, you will see lots of deep greeny-blue hues.  Continue reading “Choosing a paint colour is harder than I’d expected”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #12

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do. Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #12”

Books, Renovations

Whoops I just ordered fifteen metres of books

…and now I have to find space for them.

A university is giving away part of its philosophy library, and I am taking it.  Continue reading “Whoops I just ordered fifteen metres of books”

Renovations

How To Remove Internal Glazing

I have a beautiful big bay window in my living room. I love it. It was one of the reasons I decided to take the flat.

It’s also disgusting.  Continue reading “How To Remove Internal Glazing”

Renovations

Well, I got some stuff done…

I recently took a week off to work on my flat. There is so much to be done, but I’m gradually chipping away at the list (literally, in some cases) and progress is being made, albeit at a very slow pace.

One thing I really wanted to finish last week was stripping the living room wallpaper. I’ve stripped many rooms in my time, and it’s never taken longer than a day before. This room, however: this room is my nemesis. I thought I’d somehow lost the ability to strip paper, until a builder came over, took one look at the walls and said “This must be hell to strip.”  Continue reading “Well, I got some stuff done…”

Renovations

Flatspiration

I’ve been renovating my flat since I moved in four years ago. It’s not even nearly finished. It’s exhausting and exciting and all sorts of other words I can’t currently think of because my brain’s so focused on waiting for an email from the builder who came over earlier today, made a sucking noise through his teeth and gave me such a long list of things which need to happen that I can only remember about 50% of them.

Continue reading “Flatspiration”

Books

The Munich Art Hoard by Catherine Hickley

We define ourselves so much by what we have.

Some people feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses”, buying bigger fridges and sports cars and filling their houses with the latest tech. Others buck current trends, preferring to demonstrate their allegiance to counter-culture with objects that the Joneses wouldn’t consider worthwhile.

And even if the decision to buy specific stuff isn’t as considered as those examples, we still define ourselves by our surroundings, especially if we’ve chosen them.

Continue reading “The Munich Art Hoard by Catherine Hickley”