I hope you have had a good week, I can't quite believe that the children are back to school next week and that the summer holidays are drawing to a close. Although it is like a new chapter of the year is starting, with lots of exciting things to look forward to, I'm a little sad that summer is nearly over!
So, here is the final post from my bedroom reveal, and this corner contains one of my favourite vintage finds from last year. I knew I wanted a really pretty dressing table, so when I saw this beauty at a local auction, I pounced! I had luck on my side as one of the side triptych mirrors had a crack all the way across, which I think put people off. I managed to get the glass replaced and I painted it in French Grey by the Little Greene Paint Company. I love its elegant proportions, plus I finally have lots of drawers to hide away my clutter in.
The beautiful capiz shell chandelier in the corner has an interesting story behind it. When I first moved to Norwich about 13 year ago, we had an Oasis clothing shop in the old shopping mall. One season, this chandelier was part of their window display, and I asked the staff if I could buy it when they had finished with it - they said yes! I think I paid about £30 - £40 for it. I think it fits in this corner beautifully.
Last Sunday I went to my local car boot fair and came back with a a magnificent haul of vintage treasure. It was one of those mornings where I wasn't sure I could be bothered, but it always seems to be those mornings that make rich pickings! (For my readers who are not in the UK, car boot fairs are a bit like flea markets - people fill their cars up with their unwanted goods, and set up little stalls next to their car, usually in a field or car park.) From the top -
1) Florentine tray, velvet cushion and shabby fabric roses. So much pretty!
2) Set of four cut glass goblets and a champagne coupe. I'm already getting excited about the festive season in this house (I know, I know, I'm sorry!), and I see these goblets filled with red wine and surrounded by glistening tea lights and pine sprigs. The coupe has a couple of small chips, but at 30 pence I had to have it to add to my collection of mismatched vintage champagne coupes.
3) Framed swan print. I think I managed to avoid squeaking like a two year old and shouting 'mine, mine!!" when I saw this. There is something so romantic about swans and this picture has it all - blossom, crocuses, and beautiful swans. I absolutely love it.
4) I adore old books, and I love the jewel colours and titles of these mini books. In my dining room (still unfinished so I'm yet to share any pictures with you!) the original huge cast iron cooking range still remains in the big fireplace. I imagine the task of renovating it will be costly and expensive, so in the meantime, I store all my beautiful old books on it, and these will join the others there.
I still have the last corner of my bedroom to share with you which I will post this week. Have a wonderful Sunday!
We have been camping up on the Norfolk coast this week. There's something so soothing about being by the sea, and this particular beach is so beautiful with it sage green dunes and soft, pale sand. It was the first time that my youngest had slept in a tent, so I only booked three nights, especially as the weather was not looking too friendly. Wednesday brought rain, rain and more rain, so we were tent bound, which the children loved, and I even managed to read a book! On Thursday the sun shone, so we spent the day on the beach. Our tent was pitched on the other side of the dunes, so we only had a three minute walk through the grass. We built a sandcastle city, had a picnic, and I had no phone reception, so it was a day of blissful escapism from the real world!
I hope you're all having a good week. The time is racing by and I'm willing the summer to slow down a little so I can savour these last few weeks of August!
So, here is Part 2 of my bedroom reveal. I'm on the lookout for a wooden carved bed, maybe French style, so I'm saving my pennies. The beautiful old chest of drawers came from a house clearance, and I painted them in French Grey by the Little Green Paint Co.
The eiderdown on the bed is vintage, and the gorgeous bedlinen is from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic range from House of Fraser, I love the ditzy floral print. The lady herself left a comment on the picture of my bedroom I uploaded to Instagram, and although it was just one word, it made my Saturday night!
I still have another corner to share with you as this room is so huge, and I think it might be my favourite part of the whole room as it's where my vintage dressing table lives!
Well, I found my download cable! (In case you missed my last post, it was seemingly lost, somewhere in a pile of stuff!). So here is Part 1 of my bedroom makeover. It's a huge bedroom, so it will take me a few posts to share it with you, it has also been a bit of an epic task, as this was what I was dealing with...
Now when I say it's finished, it's finished in the Tamsyn sense, by which I mean it actually isn't. Patches on the ceiling need more paint, curtains need replacing, skirting boards aren't finished etc...the usual stuff that always takes longer to do than you think. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect pendant lights, which I still haven't found. I'm so over the moon with the transformation though, and I absolutely love my new space, it has come together better than I could have hoped. My floor sanding man blitzed the floor to reveal the most beautiful boards, which I then treated with my three coats of my favourite Ronseal whitewash. The mirror above the fireplace and the wicker chair were both car boot fair finds, as were most of the lampshades, and my wardrobe was a lucky Salvation Army find many years ago. I absolutely love the film 'Atonement', and I adore the interiors of the house that the first half of the film is set in, especially the bedrooms with their 1930's eiderdowns, large scale floral wallpapers and curtains against a pale, creamy background. So, I'm thinking of going very chintzy and floral with my curtains, and my lovely mum has agreed to help me make them, I just need to track down the perfect fabric!
I will post Part 2 in a few days - have a wonderful weekend!