I know I promised to do a makeover of my 'office' a couple of months ago but, other than rearranging my shelves and doing a tiny bit of de-cluttering it is actually messier now than it ever was! It became the storage space for all of the Christmas gifts first, and then it became a dumping ground for most of the contents of the living room. The reason for that is, after years of negotiation, Devo and I finally agreed on a colour for the living room walls. Green. The only colour we ever both agree on. A couple of weeks before Christmas we did a major overhaul of the sitting room so that we could enjoy being in it over the festive season without all of the niggling jobs that had to be done niggling at us.
It was quite a large job which Devo did all by himself. He raised the radiator so that he could sort out some dodgy plumbing work. Then he fitted a radiator cover. He mended the skirting boards that needed mending and then painted them. He painted the ceiling and walls and then varnished the floorboards. He's quite the handy man, I can tell you. My role was to keep the children away from the fumes as much as possible. It involved a lot of camping out in my mother's house.
We love the room now. It's completely de-cluttered and feels really restful to be in.
Here's a little look at what was the ugliest corner in the room, because it's now my favourite corner in the room:
There is still some work to do, including painting the doors, putting in our very cool mid-century modern sideboard (a hand-me down from my mother in law) and hanging some more things on the walls. I had been used to the alcoves on either side of chimney breast being shelved out and crammed with books and
random crap objets d'art. Those have all been removed and the books are waiting to be re-homed in a less dust-collecting environment.
This mirror is the only thing currently hanging on the walls.
|The paint looks grey here, but I assure you it's green in real life.|
I do love the mirror, but it looks a bit lonely to me. The room is lacking character. It's also a bit too echoey. We have some paintings and prints that are ready to be hung - subject to further negotiation (there's one very large Elizabeth Cope that I love but Devo doesn't) - and several more needing frames.
My favourite way for art to be hung is in the Salon Style and we're hoping to achieve a few 'clusters' of wall hangings around the room. I'm lucky that Devo also has several years experience working as an art handler/technician in most of the biggest galleries in Dublin, so I know I can trust him to do a great job on this too. (Yes, he's a keeper)
So far I've mentioned nothing but new things. (With the exception of the sideboard - which may well feature in NNN #4) but, I'm getting to the Not New Nicety now, I swear.
This is it:
It's a little wooden model of the front of Ernest Hemingway's house that cost me €2.00 in a local charity shop. I think it will look perfect in our new room, as part of a salon hang. There's an inscription on the back that explains that the house was built in the 1870's in Key West, Florida and given to Hemingway and his wife in 1931. Apparently, it was here that he wrote some of his best known books. Considering that my *top* New Years resolution is to try and write a book, I'm hoping that this is a good talisman to have in my home.
Lile has named the cats featured on the plaque as Lile-cat and Sábha-cat, but this is what it says on the back about them:
Today the house is occupied by the Hemingway Museum, and many cats and kittens (many of which are descendants from the nearly fifty cats that lived with the Hemingway family)
Fifty cats? That sounds like Lile's dream-home.
A good omen indeed.