I hope everyone has stayed dry and warm this weekend! I know the east coast of the US had a huge snow storm, the midwest was VERY cold, and most of the UK was battered with wind and very cold rain. So all the bad weather was a good excuse to stay inside and finish a few final projects before we head back to work.
We managed to cross a lot of things off our ‘cure’ list. First, fresh flowers. Instead of buying a fresh bunch every weekend and throwing old ones out, I thought I’d use each week to add a living plant to the home that will hopefully last until spring, when we can move them into planters outside our bay windows. Finding plants that are non-toxic to cats and also hardy enough to live indoors is a little tricky, but it turns out that roses are a good place to start. So we picked up this mini rose bush in a gorgeous bright orange (I’m noticing that this color keeps appearing in our home – maybe we should’ve kept the bright orange walls in our back room after all…). I need to buy new indoor planters for this project, but for now I’ve just popped him in a teapot and settled him on the table. Ollie’s had a few nibbles but the leaves are a bit spiky, so he’s already learned to look and not eat.
Next up, finishing our photo wall. Liam and I took our annual trip to the Tate Modern (by annual, I mean we probably stop by here every three months, and at least once when we’re on holiday). It’s about 20 minutes from our house and we love the building, the walk from Borough market with a Monmouth coffee along the Thames, and of course the collection inside which seems to feature new pieces every time we stop back. We popped into the gift shop, where they were running a post-Christmas sale on prints and cards. We ended up finding about ten new pieces that we wanted to mix into the flat. Some are famous pieces, but others are one-off commissions from local artists. So our Friday night was spent with a bottle of wine, every single piece of art off the walls, frames, a drill and some screws. Now that we’ve moved everything around I think we finally have the mix right in each of the rooms. And I love that the photo (art?) wall now stretches from the front to the rear of the hallway.
There’s definitely a London theme working it’s way into our flat. From graphic text to iconic images of the city’s landmarks, and our London albums in the spare room, I love including little nods to this amazing city in our decor. It won’t dominate everything we do from here forward (no Union Jack or City of London pillows, for instance), but is nice to have in the mix.
Final big chore was finishing off the grouting in the bathroom. Now that it’s done, I still think it’s a horrid job and am in no hurry to repeat it, but it’s made such a difference to how clean the room feels. In fact, it’s now so white in there that we’re thinking this might be one of the first rooms we decide to paint a color. I’ll let you know what we decide, but don’t be surprised if a yellow, coral or bright blue wall suddenly appears one of these weekends.
Of course we tackled the deep clean as well, and have added some Neal’s Yard products to our ‘clean cleaners’ (we already use Method and I’m now a white vinegar convert). I’ll come back and do a post on Neal’s Yard in the next few weeks.
We’re off to enjoy our nice clean flat with a film and some hardy stew for dinner. What did you guys get up to? Any last minute projects before January gets well and truly underway? Anyone else doing the January Cure? If you are, pop the link into comments below. I’d love to see your progress too!