Garden Highlights

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Hooray for spring. The tulips are staring to bloom everywhere, and so before I get started with my Garden for this year, I wanted to share some highlights of the Garden, from last year.

White picket fence: I had always wanted to live in a house with white picket fence. I think it just goes and creates that “homely” feel.

Yellow picket fence: I loved the picket fence in my front yard so much, that I installed it on our backyard as well. I did this, to place flowerpots along the borders and grow flowers along it. I painted this fence yellow, because I love colours, and yellow is a very happy colour for me. Plus, it attracts butterflies, birds and bees, and they are good for the garden.

Bottles: Remember the centrepieces for our wedding? That’s right, the bottles! Since I had put so much time and effort into it, I didn’t feel like throwing them away after the wedding. Hence, I used them as decorative accessories in our front yard. It actually makes people stop and look at it for a while. I love it that people would stop and admire our hard work and effort.

Bird Houses: I love birds and bees and butterflies. I also love cute, pretty, colourful things. Every time we went to the country side, I couldn’t help buying these birdhouses. I have hung them on my back fence and I put some bird feed inside it. So far I have only seen a squirrel on it. Come on Birdies, these are for you!

Scarecrow: More like Fun-crow or cute-crow, there is absolutely nothing scary about it, but it makes the garden pretty.

Wild Flowers: I loved the look of the wildflower meadow when I went to Lake Distrcit the first time. This inspired me to grow my own wildflower garden.

Sunflowers: My favourite in the world! I hope my garden will always, always have sunflowers in them.

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Wedding bottles as borders

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It began with lots of mulching

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Mulching and weeding

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Clean lawn

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Tulips through the picket fence

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On a grey day, yellow makes it cheerful

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Bird Houses line on a fence

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Garden Accessory from an old broken fork

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Our swing from Cuba

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Wildflowers here

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Wildflowers there

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Wildflowers everywhere!

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My favourite

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My Cutie scarecrow and Sunny

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All lined up!

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Reading Nook

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Winter is here!

Thus, I have my winter wardrobe out, the cuddly sweaters, warm fleece onesises, thick socks, poofball hats and large quantity of hot chocolate supplies. It also means spending a great deal of time, snuggling up in my favourite spot in the house.

My perfect little reading nook. And so, I wanted to share, ‘behind the scenes?’ details.

I used the smallest room in the house for this. This was already my craft room and my dressing room. Yet in the corner, I also managed to create myself a cosy reading space.

We brought home an old TV stand, which was lying in my dad in law’s shed. After up-cycling it with a good clean and fresh paint (Thanks to hubby dear), I placed it in the corner of the room. The shelves on the TV stand served to be a perfect space to keep my books and stationeries.

I then bought a Large Japanese nest chair and placed it on top of the stand. It was a perfect fit. The dark emerald green colour of this chair contrasts perfectly to the light pastel colours of the room.  This is the only piece of furniture with bold colour. I also find emerald green to be a calming colour.

Complete it with some of my favourite floppies and a cosy blanket and viola….

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Subtle Halloween Set-up

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With Dashain gone and out of the way, I can start with my Halloween set up.  While it is still two weeks away, I feel I already have some adaptable items in my house, which can be used as a foundation, well, for just about anything.

Like this, rustic wooden light, it gives the room the Gothic feel, which is always a good basis for a Halloween theme.

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The dark door mat, with orange fore-colours, and an owl, it just screams of autumn.

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Halloween means costumes, this beautiful Venetian Carnival mask peering out through the window, creates an eerie feel.

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This dark, majestic chair quite fit for Dracula himself.

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Look at this magical light shade, with the trees and branches stretching around, it forms a beautiful sight. When lit, the light escapes through the gaps and casts an enchanted forest against the walls and ceiling.

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And lastly, what is this creature lurking in the toilet?

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Kitchen Highlights

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First of all, thank you to everyone for the lovely comments about my kitchen. My Kitchen post misses out so many of the little touches I have put in place. In fact there just wasn’t enough room to write about them all. You can see a few of them in the pictures; however, I have dedicated this post exclusively to the small touches.

 

1.       Water pump sink tap: When I was younger, my grandparents had a water pump installed on the well, in our courtyard, in Nepal, and it always intrigued me so much. I knew this was something I would love to have as a tap in my kitchen.

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2.       A retro microwave: It definitely could not be anything modern or contemporary. I still wanted that traditional feel and this matched with the stove. (Image: http://www.wilko.com/content/ebiz/wilkinsonplus/invt/0328556/0328556_m.jpg)

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3.       Retro Milk Bottles: Believe it or not, these are actual milk bottles from the late 70s and early 80s. They have advertisements on them. My dad-in-law had them all stacked up in his garage (You can see one that says Leicester Mercury). This was no place for these gorgeous, beautiful things. So, with a bit of soap and water,and some cleaning, it became my spice storage.

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4.       Fruit plate: So I walked into an antique store near Devon, and what do I see? This beautiful piece of treasure. What was not to love? The yellowness of it and the sunflowers, it screamed, “Buy me, buy me.”

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5.       Teapot light shade: This was one of the first surprises Sunny got for me when we bought the house. He knew I would love it, and I do!

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6.      Cutlery Holder: Again, storage issues and wanting something pretty. (Image: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cutlery+holder+box&client=firefox-b-ab&biw=1680&bih=913&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7jazMl7fPAhXMIMAKHXhrAJkQ_AUIBygC#imgdii=ATvkZ980UDZrXM%3A%3BATvkZ980UDZrXM%3A%3BcJ71rxtdrxswdM%3A&imgrc=ATvkZ980UDZrXM%3A)

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7.   Cabinet handles: I had seen these little knobs in Italy once. I had forgotten about them, but since I was doing up the house I remembered those little grape like handles and said “we get something like that For the kitchen .” They  add a bit of colour to the plain white doors. (Image: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1JIjDJVXXXXafaXXXq6xXFXXXe/Cartoon-font-b-Fruit-b-font-Vegetable-font-b-Cabinets-b-font-Door-font-b-Knob.jpg)

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8.    Barrel for wine: we like to be stocked well, especially with booze. Every now and again we enjoy a good glass of wine or a gin or rum or beer. We picked this up at a sale in British Home Stores.img_0467

9.    Potato Sack: Well, where else would you put your potatoes?

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10.    Onion Crate: and the onions?

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11.    Mortar and pestle: These cuties were gifted to Sunny by his old flat mates. I love cute stuff, so up it went on display. They do work as well. I have grounded  many garlics and gingers, and fennel, and,  cumin seeds in it.

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12.    Coffee grinder: I gifted this to Sunny, a) because he loves his coffee and b) it was just too cute!

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Everything and the Kitchen Sink

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I have been sharing bits and pieces of my home, so far the living room and the dining room. Today I am posting about our Kitchen.  Let’s look at the before pictures first.

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This house was well maintained, and everything inside was pretty hardy and solid. The only problem was, it had old and ugly 70s decor. I probably could have adapted to that, but I really didn’t want to. I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to put my own stamp on it. Our stamp on it. Sweetpea and Sunflower.

The aim was to go for a traditional cottage kitchen look.

Many kitchens these days have tiles. For some reason I really dislike tiles. I wasn’t too keen on leaving the kitchen with plain walls either. Hence I decided on stone, but I hadn’t a clue where to get stones or who would install them. Luckily, I came across Travertine slabs, in a hardware store, in my local area. They were beautiful. Travertines are a form of limestone deposited from minerals springs and this particular brand had come all the way from Israel.

The next thing we set off for was a kitchen stove. I had looked online quite vigorously, and found a perfect stove that I knew would give my kitchen that country cottage feels.

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We couldn’t decide on the flooring for the kitchen. We didn’t want the same rustic wooden floors. I was concerned about the damage it would get from the kitchen. So in the end, I just went with a cream coloured Vinyl floor.  It’s not our favourite thing but we had to settle for something.

The shelves and cabinets on the walls were pretty solid. All it needed was a bit of a revamp. We found an online cabinet door maker and provided them measurements of the cabinet door sizes and the style we wanted.

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Once the doors arrived, we fitted that in, and for extra oomph, I got Sunny to fit in colourful fruit and vegetable knobs.

For paint we went with a neutral colour of Hessian from the Dulux range. It was the closest colour I could find that matched and also contrasted a little with the travertine.

Here is the overall picture of the Kitchen.

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For Extra accessories please watch out for my upcoming post, Kitchen Highlights.

Come gather at our table.

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After blogging about our living room (Come in to our Parlour), I wanted to write something about our Dining room too. This post is about our Dining room renovation. This is what it looked like when we moved in.

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Everything just had to go!

This was going to be a place where we entertained guests over a dinner party, or, a cheese night. Sunny is a big cheese enthusiast. This was the room where we would have a meal as a family, or, just gorge on cheese. Did I mention, that Sunny is a big cheese enthusiast?

My parents gifted us with a dining table set. A circular, pine table and chairs. It was small and pretty and perfect for the room.The carpets were replaced with the solid wood floors, like that of the living room. We used the same grey paint left over from the living room to paint the outer wall of this room. We installed a pull down table on the corner of the room, for more storage space and also space to layout food and drinks while entertaining guests.

The only thing that is lacking or I would like now, is an artwork, a painting perhaps, something that would pique the audience’s interest and be a topic of conversation. How lovely it would be to have it gifted!  (Cousin Manil, I look at you, if you are reading this, ha-ha!).

Extra accessories:

  • Cabbage ceramic bowl and lid from Portugal
  • Large flower vase which we turned into a plant aquarium.
  • Solid Wooden chair, serves as a stand for our plant.
  • Wooden Ceiling light

Come into our Parlour

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My prized possession I would have to say is my house. My home, a home that Sunny and I built together. It’s a fruit of our hard work. It’s our treasure; it’s our pride and joy. It’s our baby. We had a lot of renovation work done on it and for this blog I will post about the Living room makeover. You will also find before and after pictures, to see the difference.

The very first thing we did with the living room was get rid of the existing old and mangy 70s decor. The fireplace which was newly installed but such a bad taste in decoration just had to be removed. The house had a fully functioning chimney, and I knew right away that I wanted a fireplace. A beautiful stove. We went on a mission. We searched high and low for the best style and price.

These things are pretty expensive, but if I was going to build a home from scratch I knew I was going to have the best thing. After weeks of searching we found the perfect one.

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The next thing we wanted was to change the floors. The current carpet smelt of urine and cat litter. It just had to go. We got rid of the carpets and added in brand new solid wood floors. This was Sunny’s choice. I had no idea on how to progress with the floors.

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After the floors and fireplace were installed, we finished the room of with a new lick of paint. We decided on having a feature wall. This was quite important for me and we had to choose the colour carefully. It had to be something bold, yet humble. The main feature of the room was going to be the fireplace and I didn’t want attention taken away from it. The wall would in fact bring the focus to the stove.

At that time, my heart was set on pastel colours and vintage decor. I still am a sucker for these by the way. In a whim I decided I would go with Grey and voila…

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Finishing with a wall mask and look at the fire go. It is truly magnificent at Christmas. (cant wait to put up Christmas posts) IMG_0190

Extra accessories for the room include:

  • Sheep skin rug: from Habitat.
  • Globe bar stand from a German dealer.
  • Hanging wall Buddha mask, from a crafter in Nepal.
  • Wooden Chest – can be used as a table and we store blankets and cushions inside.

Before the makeover it looked like this

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