Monday, 28 January 2013

Old adages...

...rarely prove to be true. Take 'no news is good news' - it's a bunch of balls, isn't it?  While I sit on my ass and wait for progress of any kind and a new month of magazines to drop, I've been pinning away over on the Flatzilla Board. Some recent additions include this awesome set of stairs, since stairs are my topic de jour and this painted on tasseled runner way easier to clean than an actual carpet one any day. 

Anyway, fingers crossed for some progress this week. OH PLEASE DEAR GOD, LET THERE BE SOME PROGRESS.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stairs, shoes and small spaces

Oh good, another week has passed without any paperwork being waved under our noses, only a series of emails promising chasing and shouting being done on our behalf. I really dread the day that we should ever be in a chain of buyer-seller-buyer as this has been stressful enough.

In order not to shout and wave fists at others, I have been distracting myself with the usual magazines, blogs and Pinterest stalking. One of my greatest obsessions is storage. Having lived in an attic bedroom with only one flat wall for the last five years, storage (or rather, lack thereof) has always been an issue for Mr Flatzilla and I. 

With only 48m² in the new flat, storage solutions will be at a premium. Granted we will have the lofts for bulky items such as suitcases but, erm, I have a lot of stuff, much to Mr Flatzilla's consternation and constant threatening to throw various things in the bin lest I leave them on the floor one more time. Last night as I lounged around on twitter, I came across this video that two of my twitter chums Alex of AlexLoves and Michael of AnastastiaandDuck were talking about.

[GIZMODO - The Tiny Transforming Apartment That Packs Eight Rooms into 350 Square Feet from Gizmodo on Vimeo.]

While I salute the efforts of sliding walls, additional seats in the loo so you can use it as a 'private room' (err?) and keeping the top of your oven in a drawer, I think I will be passing on the above features but its certainly an interesting concept for a studio apartment and food for thought if your space is truly tiny.

Funnily enough, 350 square feet is about 40m² - only eight square metres less than our hopefully-soon-to-be flat yet somehow this looks smaller. Also, I would need WAY more wardrobe space. Which leads me to my next point, stair drawers.

When I first started surfing around on interiors blogs a few months ago and came across TinyAssApartment, a truly fabulous blog on what can be achieved in small spaces, I started noticing a definite trend for stair drawers like these:

[image via Apartment Therapy]

While we can't fit these in the stairs between the two doors, we do have a small staircase that leads up to a storage/wardrobe area so I'm hoping that once we actually have the keys, I can pull out the runners to see if there's enough space to fit drawers - it would solve, at least in part, the storage nightmare that is my shoe collection. I was discussing these with my lovely photographer friend Nick the other day and he mentioned that you can now buy kits to install them yourself. 

After a bit of googling, I can't find anything in conventional places such as B&Q or Homebase but having read a few tutorials, I reckon I could handle some MDF and a couple of runners. Or failing that, I will get our excellent carpenter to install them and save the inevitable of action of me super gluing myself to something which happens more often than I would care to admit.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pull my (freeholder's) finger

I wish I could update and be like 'hey, guess what! We finally exchanged!'

Well, I could but then I'd be lying.

Right now, there are several fingers in this equation that need to be pulled out, none of them are ours and so, our waiting game continues and my interiors magazine habit seems to be spiralling out of control. I even bought a magazine whose current issue was solely based on white bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms.

Does anyone have any suggestions, other than a cattle prod, that could potentially speed up this snail's pace of an exchange?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Prepare to be floored - the saga continues

Just when we thought we'd almost reached a conclusion in the saga of choosing a floor, another contender has entered the ring. Step forward, Richmond Oak.

We'd previously discounted Richmond Oak based on our time spent in the aisle of the local branch of Homebase throwing samples around but having seen Chloe Owens' gorgeous flat in a Style at Home feature this weekend, I contacted her via twitter (gotta love social media) to enquire whether Richmond Oak was the flooring she had used after she mentioned it was from Homebase and in the sale in the accompanying article.

When she got back to me the next day and confirmed that it was indeed Richmond Oak (how many times I can I name it in one article?), I was intrigued and dug out my old iPhone snap (above) and studied it with fresh eyes.

That's the problem with flooring - I don't think that seeing one or two planks either in a showroom or indeed in your own home ever really gives you that much of an idea of how it will look across an entire room. Also, the unforgiving overhead strip lighting of Homebase doesn't exactly add any favours to the mix.

So, it's back to the drawing board. Or rather, flooring board.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Climbing the walls (as opposed to painting them)

Happy New Year!

At last, the Christmas period is over and we can start harassing our estate agent, solicitors and all other involved parties again about moving things along again. As much as I loved having time off work, it drove me nuts not being able to do ANYTHING regarding the flat. After our exchange date got pushed back to the last Friday before Christmas, we'd hoped to be able to get our kitchen and bathroom bought in the sales but as we all know, it didn't happen.

Next week we'll reach the point where it will have been THREE MONTHS since our offer was accepted. Everyone who enquires about the flat purchasing process then goes on to tell us their own or a friend's buying horror story. It does little to appease my anxiety but I figure that we must be getting somewhere near the end of the waiting tedium - to say that I am climbing the walls doesn't even cover it but luckily as its the beginning of the month, tomorrow I will have a fresh stack of interiors mags to keep myself busy driving Mr Flatzilla up the wall with.