Thursday, 8 May 2014

Decorating, Carpets and Curtains - Feels Like a New House (and Garden)

It's 2 weeks now since we finished decorating and had new carpets downstairs. I promised I would show the make-over.




The burgundy tie-backs are the only new accessory which I thought tied in well with what I already had.



All looking much lighter, brighter and airier. I have enjoyed my navy theme but changing to a light theme makes it all feel new. I have managed to keep navy and burgundy accessories as I did my best to tie it all in with what we already had.


The garden is colouring up too and it certainly looks new in design having removed so many shrubs






The first show of roses at the back accompanying the damaged fence from the Spring storms






A 'finger' painting to match the garden done on my i-pad 
with 'Meritum Soft'
I am working on catching up with everyone and I do need to post on the rest of last years trips.
I'll get there eventually! 


21 comments:

Vee said...

Barbara, everything looks fabulous...so very light and cheery. The floors, the walls, everything! Change is good even if we think it'll kill us. I'm sure a few weeks in and you were more than ready to have it done. Now you can smile and enjoy. It looks as if you have lots of room for guests and with your penchant for hospitality, I know that will come in handy. The garden looks lovely now that you can see way down to the end. May you find hours and hours of enjoyment there.

Sara said...

It all looks lovely Barbara. I like the light and airy feel of it. It was fun to peek at your newly decorated rooms and remember our visit there. Looks like you've weeded our some of your books, and added a TV in the dining room. I like your color scheme.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

It's looking good, Barbara. Isn't it a relief when the decorating is done.
Your roses are much further on than mine. There are lots of buds here, but so far they are refusing to open, despite me checking several times a day!

Merisi said...

Wonderful, you all did a great job, inside and out!
Now you can literally sit down and enjoy your labour's fruit,
hugs and best wishes,
Meris

Teresa said...

Your garden is beautiful as always, Barbara! Your makeover is so fresh and inviting. Well done! I am certain you are enjoying the fruit of your labor. I would be enjoying that lovely home.

Elizabethd said...

It all looks so nice. I now the feeling that new carpets and paint can give, very satisfying!
Your roses are out much earlier than ours.

Terri said...

Your home is very comfy looking and the garden is gorgeous. Love yellow roses!
Hugs

elizabeth said...

Really attractive and light and airy.
Well done and well deserved.

Roses?!!! what bliss - we still have daffodils......

Canadian Chickadee said...

Your new decorating looks very smart. I like it! And the garden looks lovely and inviting too. Thanks for sharing, xoxox

Balisha said...

Hi Barbara,
Your home is very comfortable looking. I love the color scheme. You gave me an idea....I think that I need some new pillows.
The garden pictures are stunning.
Balisha

ChrisJ said...

Your redecorating is so light and airy. The red pillows are an inspiration. I love the finger-painting.

Diane said...

Your home looks beautiful - warm and inviting, and very homey. And those roses! My.

Lorrie said...

How bright, airy and fresh it all looks. You must be thrilled to have the work completed so you can get on with living in your space. Lovely to see the yellow rose blooming, too.

Adrienne said...

Your home looks wonderful - and refreshing! And your garden is beautiful. I love this time of year when things begin to burst into color.
~Adrienne~

Winifred said...

That does look lovely Barbara as you say, light & airy. Now were those Ercol chairs I spied?

I've had a go at painting the bathroom & our bedroom before I start my travels. Just got finished in time. Think the next time I'll be paying someone to do it, don't like climbing about now.

Midwest to Midlands said...

I agree with the other bloggers, it looks nice and cheerful inside and out. I know both require a lot of work and now you can relax and enjoy it for a bit, but know the gardening keeps you busy this time of year. Interesting seeing your painting on the iPad as I have got a couple of artistic apps I need to play with and learn how to use them. Amazing what can be done isn't it?

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Barbara, Thanks for the comment. Well, so happy that task is over. It really looks great. Hope
you had a great Mothers Day. I am off to NYC to a wedding.
yvonne

Gracie Saylor said...

Your updates in your home are lovely, Barbara. My roses are just budding while yours are in gorgeous bloom. Wonderful!

Edificação & Design said...

Hello Barbara! Desculpe me por escrever em portugues, mas quero dizer que acompanho seu blog aqui do Brasil porquê vocês são realmente um casal muito simpático e o blog bastante agradável de ler. Sou arquiteto aqui no estado de São Paulo, precisamente em Ribeirão Preto, e quero dizer também que a reforma da vossa casa com nova decoração ficou ótima! Parabéns pelo blog e muitas felicidades à você e sua família!

Um abraço,

César

nikkipolani said...

I can hear that sigh of relief and satisfaction all the way across the pond :-) So glad you have your place back together and enjoying new decor with old comforts. The garden is looking terrific with that abundance of foliage color.

blueberry hill said...

Yes! You are still blogging! Going to catch up now :)