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Happy New Window Day!

Or, why we replaced the Edwardian windows in our house.

Have I said that our house is over 150 years old? Yep. Full of history. It’s one of the things that made us fall in love with it when we bought it. However, having an old house has it’s fair share of problems. The windows have been one of them. We’ve been replacing them over time but last week we finally replaced the last of the single paned windows (not strictly true, as we’ve got some left in the extension at the back, but that’s another story for another time). The problem with doing it slowly is that as we’ve replaced the others, the single pane windows would be soaking wet most of the day.

They weren’t original, but they were probably Edwardian. I know what you’re thinking – How could you?! Well, it was a pretty easy decision. They didn’t really work! They weren’t energy efficient, they didn’t keep any noise out and they were in a pretty sorry state. We did look into keeping and getting them restored, but we decided that it wasn’t the best option. It wouldn’t stop the crazy amounts of condensation (and I mean crazy. Pools of water on the window sill daily!) It wouldn’t have helped close the gaps between the window or undo all the water damage to the wooden frame. So we decided to let them go. Rippled glass and everything.

Windows Before

As you can see, they’re in a bit of a sorry state, but isn’t the glass beautiful?! I have to admit, I did feel a bit guilty when they started ripping it out. But since the new windows have been put in, it’s been quite the transformation.

Windows After

The new windows are amazing. You know when it snows, and everything goes really, really quiet? It’s like that in our house now! The noise has been reduced sooooooo much, its unbelievable. Even Poppy is less disturbed by people walking by and traffic driving past. I haven’t noticed if it’s much warmer yet, as I’ve been running a bit of temperature since they’ve been put in, plus I’m not very good at telling whether it’s cold or not because I’m pretty much always cold! But the noise thing is worth the replacement alone. And we couldn’t have achieved that if we’d just restored them.

All I need to do now is organise a new blind and a net curtain that isn’t awful. We also replaced the window in the bedroom, which means I no longer hate everything in the bedroom, as I love the window! I still hate everything else, but the window makes us one step closer to making it the serene & calm room that I’m pinning about!

A New Bedroom for the New Year

The other day I tweeted about how much I hate our bedroom. When we got the keys to our house, just under four years ago, we had a window of a week in which to do any redecorating before moving in. It was quite stressful and very, very cold. The downstairs was having a damp course put in, which meant there was no heating or hot water and we had a number of other jobs that needed doing before moving day. We had the carpet fitter arriving early on the Thursday before our stuff came on the Friday. We decided to do what we could to our bedroom in that short space of time and on our limited budget. It had lime green paint on wood chip wallpaper. Yep. Nightmare. We didn’t have time to strip the paper, repaper, wait for it to dry, before painting the walls with two coats of paint. So we painted over the lime green, onto the wood chip. Yep. Our bedroom still has wood chip wallpaper on it. Add into the mix, if you will, a burgundy wall, which we thought was a good idea as a feature wall. It took about five coats of paint. Feature walls can be a good idea, but never if they’re burgundy. Never. I will post a picture before we paint over it, if I can pluck up the courage.

While we’re not quite ready to redecorate it just yet, as we need to save some funds and sort out some storage issues, we will be decorating the bedroom this year. So you know that means? Pinterest time! It’s time to pin all the bedroom styles I like and want to emulate. I’ve started a board so will be adding to it over the next few months. Here are some of my favourites so far:

Via Red Online

Via Red Online

Via SF Girl by Bay

Via sfgirlbybay

Via The Olde Barn

Via The Olde Barn

Via Brunch at Saks

Via Brunch at Saks

There’s a definite theme running through all the images I’ve pinned so far. White walls, plain wooden floors, metal bed frame, lush fabrics. My only hope is that our bedroom looks at least half as good as these images I’ve found via Pinterest. It certainly can’t look any worse, that’s for certain!

What’s the worst decorating mistake you’ve ever made? Do you follow any great interior decorating boards on Pinterest? I’d love to know! I need lots of help!

Recent Retro Buys

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but I’ve become obsessed with all things butterfly. I’ve been on the look for prints to hang in my study as well so if I can combine the two, then so much the better. I’ve also been looking out for different storage jars & containers that will be useful. Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Butterfly

I found this print at Lassco & knew I had to have it. It’s not very often I’m that decisive when it comes to artwork but I knew that this would look great in my room. The colours are so bright and look great against the plain frame.

ButterfliesI couldn’t believe it when I saw this in a vintage shop in Towcester. Not only were the butterflies in great condition but it was only £32, which is incredible! I know the frame isn’t up to much, but the colours of the butterflies are so bright and it was a real bargain.

Yellow

Blue Stripe Blue dotI’m so pleased that the colours on the wings are still so bright. Beautiful! Both of these will form part of display that I’m planning in my study, along with some other prints and some old family photographs – I just need to get some frames together, decide on an arrangement & get them up!

My latest buy is this gorgeous retro storage jar from Winter’s Moon. I saw a picture of it on Facebook & knew it would be great for storing my teabags in, as my old one has seen better days. As soon as it was listed in the shop, I ordered it! It’s perfect! The colours are really bright & it suits the vintage feel of our kitchen. I really like getting individual bits & bobs for our house and am on a bit of a mission with this at the moment.

Pink Jar

I’m always on the look out for different things to add to our home. Even though we’ve been here for three years, it’s a long way off being ‘done’. Whether we’re out at a vintage shop or I’m shopping online, I’m always keen to find somewhere new to look for things. If you know of any great places to shop, let me know!

Tuesday Treat – Magpie

Well, who would have a thought that a week later the sun would still be shining?! How great is the weather we’re enjoying in the UK? Long may it last too! But as much as I’m enjoying it, I’ve found something extra special for my Tuesday Treat this week: Magpie. I’ve only recently discovered them but I am so pleased I have!

woof

You will be familiar with some of their other designs as they work with different people including Mini Modern. But that’s not all! Not only do they design and work with amazingly creative companies, but all the products are vegan and ethically sourced.

I love the Woof! range the most, mainly because it’s got Percy the Dachshund on it & looks a lot like little Poppy. How very cute! I love the A to Z range too. The lettering and colours are just awesome! I would love to have the C notebook & I am thinking about adding it to my notebook collection. The only trouble is that I want all the products in all the designs! I’d love them to start doing butterflies too, as my butterfly obsession is growing & think they’d make an excellent addition to my collection.