Our bedroom about ten years ago
Welcome to my 200th post! When I started this blog last August I had no idea what I would write about. I was encouraged by Fiona Ferris at www.howtobechic.com and by readers of her lovely blog, and eventually I decided to write a blog myself.
Indeed, I have been a writer, of sorts, all my life. I loved to write letters, even as a child. I gathered an array of penfriends both at home and abroad, I wrote to my cousin in Lancashire, and to various aunts and uncles, and friends of the family.
And so, after years of letter-writing, and feature writing for magazines in the past 20 years or so, I now focus my writing attention on my blog. What I enjoy most is, through the blog, I ‘meet’ all kinds of people from all over the world and the lovely thing is that no matter where we are, we all seem to enjoy many of the same things. I feel this blog draws us together; it is like a virtual coffee morning or tea party where we can chat about the things we enjoy and sometimes even those things we don’t enjoy. Yes, there are troubles in the world and we all have our ups and downs; we sometimes have to cope with illnesses and other upsetting times – just because I don’t write about such things doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge their existence. But rather than dwelling on these things and even though I’m certainly no Pollyanna, I prefer to encourage our virtual conversations on things which are, hopefully, uplifting. Therefore, this is somewhere we can chat and relax and exchange viewpoints.
And so I would like to thank each and every one of you who read my blog and especially for all the kind comments you have made. You are all very much appreciated.
And now to this post …
I was thinking about my reply to Eloise who had commented about having a vase of flowers close to her fireplace, and how I thought this a good idea as we tend to sit facing a fireplace and therefore the flowers would easily be seen. I think corners are a good place not only for flowers but also things like small tables, chairs, lamps … items which command attention in the far corners of a room. I have put as the leading photo (above) our bedroom as it was about ten years ago. We then had two old tables which I covered with dark brown clothes and then had white lacy cloths on top. This was simply a make-do effort as we could never see any proper bedside tables that we liked well enough to buy. I liked the tables as they gave me, especially, room for all the things which I tend to have on my bedside table – books, magazines, a glass of water, flowers, lamp, pillow mist, etc. But for this photo I made sure that there were flowers on both tables, visually extending the width of the room.
One bedroom upstairs in our dormer house is now a bed sitting room (with sofa bed) and again, this is a cosy corner, with lamp and flowers on a small japanned side table (husband constructed the bookcase under the eaves.) Full use has been made of the corners in this room, as in all our other rooms in the house.
Again, I took this photo about ten years ago, this corner remains much the same (although the sofa has had new covers since then). It is a difficult corner to get just right, with the bookcase making anything more permanent than a small next of tables impractical, but the nest of tables is very useful.
I hope that this corner of our hall looks welcoming. It’s a very small entrance hall, just room for this table and chair. I don’t care for what many call ‘nets’ at the window (these are actually voile) but I had these made to screen a rather ugly window frame. A hall should be functional, somewhere to put the car keys and so forth, but I like it to look like a room, somewhere that is pleasant to be even if you are only moving from room to room.
I have used the above photo several times, I’m sure, as it’s a favourite corner of mine, next to the ‘arch’ which divides the sitting area from the dining area of our main living room. Any large piece of furniture would obstruct the walkway to the door leading to the hall, and so this table with lamp is just the right size, I think, for this small corner. I would add that the photo has changed the colour of the carpet, it’s a very pale biscuit colour rather than the shade here, which looks pink (which it is most definitely is not.)
In 2015 we decided to turn what used to be our younger son’s bedroom (and which latterly had become a work room) back into a bedroom, and it is now our guest bedroom. It previously had wall-to-wall bookshelves but husband, handy with wood and a saw, made the wardrobes and drawers, but in doing so he also kept the book shelves which fit into the far corners, spaces which might otherwise have been ‘wasted’. I love this room, it’s one of my favourites in the house.
And finally, this is our bedroom after husband decorated it a year ago. We had already bought a new bed with the pale taupe-coloured bedhead and so needed a scheme into which this colour could be incorporated. The bedside chests of drawers which replaced the original old tables with lace cloths have now received a coat of Farrow & Ball paint (eggshell finish) in a colour called House White even though this shade is more clotted cream than white. But that’s F&B for you, with their quirky names for colours. The two matching chests of drawers fit the spaces on either side of the bed perfectly – no wasted space in any corners in this room.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few corners in our home, and I hope you put all your corners to good use.
Until next time.