the new kitchen

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Finally I am able to reveal my new kitchen. It has taken much longer than anticipated, but I am very happy with the results. If you read my post about buying an Ikea kitchen you will know that is what I was thinking of doing. Pleased to report that we ended up doing this and here […]

Paris flea markets

Paris flea markets

I will tell you a story about my time in Paris at one of the flea markets, the  Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves in fact. You can reach this by train very easily. We also went to the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen which is the huge one.  I spotted a tablecloth and […]

2016

2016

I am back. 2016 has been a shocker. Just can’t seem to get out from under. I keep thinking it must get better. In amongst all that we have been continuing our renovations, although much slower that i had hoped.  I will share with you what we have done in other posts shortly. Just wanted […]

should i buy an ikea kitchen?

should i buy an ikea kitchen?

I need a new kitchen! Definitely! The house we purchased last year has a very old kitchen. The stove top does not work, which is very frustrating! I cook on the barbie hotplate ring. The cupboards are old and not enough of them and the bench is laminate. I don’t cook that much so I […]

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I recently purchased an old wooden tall boy from Gumtree. I wanted a chest of drawers for my dressing room but the only ones I found at Ikea were over $500 and they are not made of real wood so I thought I would try to recreate an old one. It cost me $140 which […]

Outdoor setting

Outdoor setting

As we have moved to a house that has outdoor space, we needed a larger table for the poolside. We only have a small but lovely 2 seater mosaic table that is now living on our front porch. We priced up purchasing a new setting but the prices of these things are astronomical, unless you […]

Finished powder room

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We have finally finished the downstairs powder room. We actually completed it a few months back, but I was still trying to find something else to put in the space. I wanted a surface where visitors using the bathroom could place their belongings. I bought one thing, a small hall table to go in there […]

Do I have too many hobbies?

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Hi and welcome back to my blog.  It has been a while since I have blogged. Today is my birthday so I thought this is as good a time as any to start again.  I retired (in September) this year and decided to keep my hand in so I have taken up working as a […]

my bedroom

my bedroom

It is finally happening and I am amazed! My bedroom is being decorated.  It has been pulled apart for a few weeks and the skirtings prepped but nothing had progressed due to the other things we were caught up with. Now it has progressed and the paint is going on the walls. The color I […]

blog share: just paint it

blog share: just paint it

Here is another of my favourite blogs, Just  It.  The link goes to Colleen’s wonderful post on painting vine leaves, but check out the rest of her blog too. She is a wonderful artist who provides easy to follow instructions. Check it out.  

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