I have no idea where the last week went - in a haze of cleaning and tidying ready for the big day! (HUGE thanks mumsie who did most of the work!!). The day came and photographer and his lovely assistant arrived from London and spent a very long day working hard on every detail of every photograph! Made me feel most slap-dash about my snap shots!
It was wonderful to see the house through another's eyes. As soon as they got here we gave them free reign to move things around and delve into cupboards for textiles, china and glassware. We made sure there were buckets full of flowers and foliage up in the barn and I baked bread, cakes and buns for the kitschen.
Mostly we just tried to keep out of the way - especially once we learned the value of that camera! The tripod suddenly seemed quite spindly and fragile given that an excited 7 year old had been bouncing around it up to that point!
We don't know what to expect and we're very excited to see the contact sheets of Brent's pictures in the next few weeks.
So, I thought I'd take this opportunity, for one day only, to take some pics for you to share. The house is so rarely this tidy.... in fact I can't remember it ever being so tidy and already the normality of family life is returning so I snapped the opportunity quickly! My little camera isn't up to the lighting so some are a bit blury but I hope you'll enjoy your visit; shall we start in the front courtyard?
Lots of work still going on outside, come on in....
You've seen the hall, home to my second upholstery chair project!
Come through to the sitting room..
Look no lego! Usually a permanent fixture across the floor! Do you spy the dish of dead bits of crab and butterfly? A clear indicator of a little boy in the house!
I used the bolt of vintage barkcloth in here to make false pelmets and cushions. I still have lots left but we thought full curtains would be a bit much! Plus it took me so long to make the first cut the thought of using it all was too stressful! I have a good quantity left to just gaze upon and stroke!
The iron floor lamp was an old one which we had taken literally years to find all the parts and restore. The final piece was the shade which has such a tricky fitting I was going to give up. Then I found the perfect shade in just the right colour at a jumble sale.... for 20p! Providence!
This is the view back to the hall.
This is my little corner where I hide paperwork in the bureau until it won't close anymore... then I do a bit of sorting through!
The fireplace takes up this side of the room. The stove and the Aga have kept us warm all winter without the need for central heating. Quite often we overheat especially if we have a good batch of Ash logs!
This is a favourite chair. I was going to reupholster it one day but we had it professionally cleaned and the velvet came back to life beautifully! I'm quite relieved really - I hear button backs are very difficult and certainly way beyond my abilities!
This chair is a favourite place to sit for a quick read. The bookcase behind it is filled with cookery books in the top section and gardening books in the lower section. Great topics for dipping into during a quiet moment.
Don't you think that most old books are so much prettier without their dustjackets?
The beautiful boy has got the photography bug and spent the day making his own little displays.
I rather like this portrait of his beloved Tom bear.
I usually only ever show you one view of a room because generally all the mess has been shoved over to the other half! Where to next time?... dining room? the workroom? the kitschen? bedrooms? Where would you like to go?
Sorry for such a lazy post. I have so much to catch up on and a deadline for Sew Hip next week! But hopefully for a few more days at least I shall be doing my catching up in a blissfully clean and tidy home! t.xx