Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Here we go again!

Are you bored yet? This is very lazy of me but I'm having such a busy week it's all I can manage and since I've been so neglectful I thought I'd better do something rather than nothing! I promise to make it up to you for my blogiversary! (Does anyone know how to spell that properly??).
So, today I have decided to pop through to the dining room.
I love this room. It faces North East so is a wonderfully sunny morning room and in the evening it's a really cosy place to be.
It's a very traditional room, in complete contrast to the kitschen right next door!It is full of hand-me-down furniture and with that comes many many happy memories of long lunches and family celebrations.
At Christmas and Easter we have an extra leaf which we add to the centre of the table and it becomes big enough for everyone to sit around comfortably, alternatively it's a superb place for the train set to be!
We have lots of glass in here. I can never resist an old decanter, I love the way they dance the light around the room. Some I have picked up for as little as 20p... albeit they are a little chipped! One particular favourite has a tinker repair which involves a lump of lead moulded into the base! Not sure I fancy keeping the best Single Malt in that one!
And Marbles. I love those little airtwist marbles. So much skill and craftsmanship being poured into something that the beuatiful boy's great grandpa then smashed around the playground with his friends... they have the dings to prove it!
The little chair was made from a champagne cork at our wedding. Tiny treasures.
I made this sampler of our wedding menu and the smaller picture is one of the many invitations I hand embroidered! That will be in the days before a baby to be sure! The eagle eyed will notice we have been married 10 years and yet we celebrated 20 years in April. 10 in sin, 10 in wedlock. We count them all!
I am especially fond of the curtains in here. Not least because they do such a good job of cutting the draughts from the oak window! I was lucky enough to pick up 7 curtains of various sizes for under £10! Four of them I used for this window. I removed the old lining and re-lined them inserting my favourite puffy interliner for extra draughtproofing!
One of the other curtains was recently used to cover a couple of old balloon backs.
I find the fabric breath-taking every time I look at it. It's like having a summer garden all year around!
Back again soon. I must work now and stop being distracted by the fact that there is sunshine pouring in through the workroom window! t.xx


Floss said...

Those are lovely photos. The dining room really reminds me of my mother's collections - she has spent a dedicated 40 years rescuing balloon back chairs from skips, painter's vans etc, and restoring them. Her house is full of a range of chairs, few of them matching, but all of them united by similar coloured seats. I think she would love your photos.

Melanie said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I could sit and stare at these photographs for hours. Your house is utterly beautiful m'dear.

Thanks for those links, the latter did make me laugh.

Oh and I wanted to let you know that I have a new blog.



Quiltbirdie said...

You have a lovely home. I enjoyed the tour!

marble rose said...

Everything is just stunning - what a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere you have created.


Tabiboo said...

I can see why you love this room - I have to say it's gorgeous!

I love the colour and quirky'ness' - is that a word!?! of it and all your bits and bobs - a very well loved and welcoming home indeed.

Have a lovely day,

Nina x

ps. my face was so red raw from the blasting sand and then salt water it was too painful to rub anything in so most definitely a cup of tea was called for when we got home! Who needs fancy beauty products? 'phooey to that'

Josie said...

ooo, you have a lovely house, great photo's
Josie x

Menopausal musing said...

What a lovely way to remember your wedding menu........ and the marbles, oh those marbles and their history... lovely. Now stop reading this and get on with some work!.:O) x

Whimsical Road said...

I am a collector of "tiny treasures" too... my mom and I often talk about how those little things only mean so much because we know the story that goes with them. Thank you for sharing your tiny treasure stories!

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm enjoying the house pictures very much so keep them coming!

Gillian said...

I'm really enjoying your home tour this week! Love the decanters - and the curtain fabric is very covetable!

Shabby Chick said...

Your house is beautiful, I love the colour on the dining room walls. The decanters are gorgeous too. My brother and I used to have a huge collection of glass marbles, I must find out what became of them all! Probably got sold at a boot sale I expect.

Mel xxx

silverpebble said...

Mm, all delicious, but the marbles are my favourite thing x

Pussycats and Angels said...

Really love the photos, your house looks very cosy and welcoming. Lots of wonderful treasures, I especially love the sampler.
More photos please.
Warm Wishes

bex said...

seriously!! how beautiful is your house

cocoa and blankets said...

there is nothing I like more than a snoop around peoples homes...more please....love H

Cowboys and Custard said...

You clever thing.. ! The sampler is fab as for the rest.. several shades of green here.

Michele x

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myminimocs said...

okay so how big is your house again!!! LOL - i'm enjoying every square inch!!!

juanitatortilla said...

What a beautiful home! I'm having so much fun admiring your rooms :)
You have a very lovely blog. Am proud to be a follower :)

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Gorgeous and homely T! I especially love the sentimental/nostalgic treasures that make your home 'yours'.
Niki x

comfortstitching said...

Thanks for all the lovely pics to stare at dreamy eyed. I'll know where to come when I'm in the mood for being jealous about other people's houses!

Shannon said...

I am in awe over all of the design details of your home... it is hard for me to imagine you get to walk through that gothic looking arch every day! Your home is delightful.

Lulu said...

Thank you for showing us your home. One question: what is puffy interlining for curtains?