I seemed to have lost a week somewhere along the lines. We had some beautiful cold, frosty and sunshiny days here at Hazelmere last week it was a gorgeous week and saw me busy pottering around outside doing jobs. Lots has been happening and we finely have our farm gate up no more tatty orange fencing and I bet the postman will be glad to, he wont have to climb over it to deliver the post :-) I will share outside next week as this week I wanted to share our nearly finished dining room/ day room. Its hard to know what to call this space when we first saw it we thought of it has the back room now I think of it as the dining room and also the day room as its where I sit in the afternoons.
Anyway here goes I will start with the before photo's first
This is part of the back room when we first saw it back in February last year. A very dated carpet, and cream wallpaper walls. It had the original late 50s fireplace and log burner in pace but sadly it wasn't working. So we decided to take this out and knock back to the original hole that used to house Dillis rayburn that she used to cook on and heat up the house. ( As the passage on the back is a later addition to the house )
As you can see the lovely space was still there behind the fireplace. We took up the carpet and stripped the wallpaper off the walls. The girls are just waiting for some warmth from that hole :-)
Sorry this photo is a bit hazy but you can just see the kitchen and the pantry in this photo. We stripped the floors back to the wooden floor boards to.
And this is how it looks today
A lot more colourful and warm
Kia our old girl is constantly in front of the log burner its so cosy and warm and another dream now ticked off my wish list :-) On the main chimney wall as you can see we hung some vintage 1970's wallpaper as the main focus to the room. In time we would like to add a piece of wood to the fireplace to act as a mantle shelf as we feel it would look so much better with one. I rescued the wicker basket from the coal shed as our landlord was going to burn it now keeps our logs in. We painted the rest of the walls a nice sunshine buttercup yellow.
Its a gorgeous mix or oranges, pinks and yellows and we love it :-)
Just one of my vintage larders in this room ( re furbished by my husband ) along with our 50's vintage formica kitchen table and chairs. I have had this table a very long time it came from one of our little road trips and was locked up in a gorgeous house that was a time warp.
I bought the little 60's wooden bookcase a couple of weekends ago as I did have one of my 50's kitchen units here but it looked to heavy so we went on a hunt on a Saturday and hey presto it was just what I had in my mind :-)
Above sits my little collection of vintage kitsch animal figures which range from the 50's and 60's and below photo's of my Dear boy Midi and Ted who are sadly no longer with us. My hubby hung some of the 70's wallpaper behind to carry the colours across.
Its not the best of light today to take photo's but I hung some gorgeous 50's curtains at the window along with a blind.
We stripped off the old paint on the window sill back to the wood and varnished it clear, it now houses a few of my 50's hankie glass vases and starburst 50's candle holders.
My 60's sofa that used to be in my summer house in our old house now sits opposite the log burner and houses some of my handmade cushions made from vintage fabrics and my crochet circle cushion I made just before Christmas.
During the Christmas break with no internet or phone connection I decided to start making another hexagon quilt to go on the back of the sofa in the dining room/ day room to inject a bit of colour on that side. I am sewing this all by hand but will machine it at the end when I need to add the wadding and back etc I love sewing by hand I find it much more relaxing than by machine. I am using a mixture of Vintage and a couple of modern fabrics to.
I love the colours and think it will work well with the wallpaper and the other colours already in the room. So this is my little project at the moment and hopefully wont take me to long.
This was hazelmere last week on one of our gorgeous sunny and frosty days you can just see one my hounds shadows. I have some exciting news to share next week regarding some chickens who will be coming to live with us :-)
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to leave a message on my last post it means a lot to hear from you and to everyone that also just dropped by to read.
Have a lovely week everyone
Until next time by for now