wow I cant believe we are into 2016 already last year flow by so quickly I am determined this year not to blink :-) I am sorry I haven't been around for a while its been a very busy few months for us. We finely moved into our little 1950's cottage a week before Christmas and its been a magical and difficult time to with private health concerns over my youngest son.
But Hazelmere our dream home is now our living reality :-) We first saw our new home back in February last year and its a been an emotional roller coaster to get were we are now. I cant believe that by simply asking if we could rent this gorgeous empty house set us onto a wonderful journey and lives dream. We had 6 weeks to make it livable from the time we were given the exciting news that it was ours to rent for the next few year. So as you already know my husband and myself set about decorating it and ridding it of damp every spare waking moment of our time was taken up. But we have finely completed 2 rooms our living room which is what I wanted to share with you today.
So step into Hazelmere
Living Room when we first saw it in February 2015
And in November 2015 when we started stripping everything down
We took all the wallpaper off the walls which was damp and mouldy and stripped all the paint off the woodwork.
We took up the carpet and sanded the floor and painted the walls and ceiling and all the wood work the walls are painted a soft rose and the woodwork is painted an almond colour. We sanded the main windowsill and put clear varnish on it. We then put some Vintage 70's wallpaper on the long wall and the chimney wall. And kept the original 50's fireplace which I have to say is so lovely and cosy when lit.
We kept the ceilings original and once we had cleaned all the damp off they were treated and then painted and I love looking up and seeing the little flat beams.
I actually had 8 full roles of this lovely 70's wallpaper my husband who is a professional painter and decorator said it was the worst paper he had ever used it was so thin but bless him he got it up and on those walls :-)
And then we moved all our things in and here is our lovely front room now. Our lovely little cottage Vintage/Retro style ;-)
We adore being in this room its so cosy and the little window by the swing chair always gets the sun shinning through well when its out either that or the moon which I love :-)
And here is the fire lit over Christmas another little dream of having an open fire now fulfilled and even though my hands always seem to be black from the coal or newspaper I just love it :-)
The metal coal bucket and the tools we saved from the coal shed outside :-)
And then there is my pantry oh my goodness I cant tell you how good it is to have one :-) To walk in and see everything standing to attention and being able to see what you have food wise instead of it being hidden away in a cupboard is brilliant I think every home should have one I am pretty sure it will help keep the food bill down to.
So again before photo's for you
This is when we first saw it back in February 2015.
I stripped it and repainted the walls a lovely primrose yellow and then my husband lined the shelves with red and white polka dot sticky back plastic we put a black and white chequered floor down and.....
I have filled it with all my vintage Taunton Vale Jars, bread bins and cakes tins, food and my chutney and jams I made last year I love it :-) And get great pleasure just walking in I know I am pretty sad but I know your understand what I mean :-)
And next week I will share our lovely bedroom and our dining room which is getting its little finished make over my lovely vintage bold 70s wallpaper went up on the walls last night :-)
Here is a sneaky peak of it
And that's it from me I will be popping over and catching up with your blogs over the next few weeks. This year is going to be an exciting adventure for us hope you will enjoy reading the journey with us as we take our first steps into living our country cottage life dream.
Happy new year to everyone that takes the time to read and here's hoping your year is a magical one filled with joy, peace and love. And wishing that you achieve your dreams this year also.
Best wishes Dee xx