Well, not quite.
The paint rollers were out again. This time to do the bedroom. As I mentioned when M was away I did the feature wall, which is really nice, but it has changed the dynamic of the room, so much so that I wanted to do the rest of the room. Not only to clean it up but to go with the flow and change the room completely. We decided to go with a colour called Egyptian Cotton. It is a very subtle colour and has a tinge of wheat in it. Again, this has changed the room.
One of the problems with doing work on the house is that I have to repair the floors too. The house was built in 1890, and most of it has not really been changed, especially the floorboards. As I am not going to pay out for new flooring, I have just repaired what needs to be done, and then seal it so that there are no gaps or gusts of wind coming up through it before the new carpet was fitted. I did have the house insulated a few years back, but there is quite a cavity below the floor to the ceilings below, and wouldn’t you know, quite an air flow through it. A lot less since the cavity insulation, but all the same, it is cold air that I wanted rid of.
Once done, we needed to buy new drapes. Sounds easy, but we have two windows in the room, one really large, the other only a few feet wide, but getting drapes to match really did feel impossible. We have looked over the 15 years living here, and apart from very plain ones we never managed to get a matching pair. We have vertical blinds throughout too, but a room is not complete without drapes. We did manage to get really nice ones in the end from a department store. However, we got carried away and bought new poles for both windows, then decided to get new drapes and poles for the hall windows, both upstairs and down.
Although not to everyone’s liking, we have many Tribal Masks from all around the world. Some are really scary, others amusing but all originals and they have always been a focal in the bedroom along with quite a few African paintings, again all originals. Sitting in the lounge writing this, and I look around to see 6 more African artefacts, so maybe it is more of an obsession with us. Our main hall has African masks in it along with other paintings and artefacts. But we have toned it down in the bedroom, and only have 8 in there now, and moved 11 to the hallway. The paintings we did not rehang as I thought less is better in the bedroom, and I like the clean edges to everything.
I mounted the TV and sound system on the wall too. I felt that it made the room feel smaller by sitting on the double chest of draws. When you came into the room that was the first thing you saw, this bloody great big TV, but now it is on the wall it is as though it is not even there. Also watching TV in bed is very relaxing now. I also have led backlighting on it, so a soft warm glow emits from the back when the TV is on. I put a couple of dove grey floating shelves in the alcove on my side of the bed, may as well use the space for my books LOL.
So, now it is finished, it is a very relaxing place to be, warm and very inviting too.