Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Slowly slowly...

We are coming to an end with our renovations. At last the sink and lights are in the bathroom, the loo has been plumbed in and the kitchen is finished. I am most grateful for the latter as this means no more visits to the hideousness that is IKEA's kitchen department where I have spent far too many hours of my recent life sitting atop the dishwasher display, waiting for my number to be called.

Of course, my IKEA days are far from over - we still need shelves for the loo, an array of spatulas and bits and bobs plus half of our living room is overrun by items that need to be returned but at least I will never have to sit and wait amongst the hob and oven displays ever again. Or at least, for a long time.

Once again, I am amazed at my builders and the speed at which they work - I popped round on Friday to ask about a cupboard being built then ventured back in the evening to discover it was fully built to my specifications. As such, we're thinking it might be worth the extra cost to get them to build all of our other storage - time is at a premium as we'd like to be in to some degree by Mr Flatzilla's 30th birthday, which is next Friday. I know its a tall order but seeing how quickly they work, there is a distinct possibility that it could happen.

I'd love to share more photos today but unfortunately, I'm having what can only be described as a technological meltdown - first, my camera packed up, swiftly followed by a few days where my iPhone decided it didn't like taking pictures. Now that it's back up and running, I've used up all of my data allowance so I can't transfer any of the photos unless I find some free wifi knocking about.

So, until later this week, I have one photo to share, that of our bathroom lights. I spent a lot of time trying to track down Hollywood makeup mirror-style lights that are bathroom safe and don't cost an arm and a leg (and maybe a kidney). The ones that I'd had my heart set on originally have almost doubled in price over the last three years (from £60 each when my mother bought them for her bathroom to £100 a piece, plus VAT) but  I must grudgingly admit that the big blue behemoth came to my rescue with these, a reasonable £42 each. I'm planning to change the lightbulbs to chrome fronted ones at a later date but for now, I'm pretty happy with how they look:

I'll do full posts on each room at a later date but here's a sneak peek of our new bijoux (read: tiny) en-suite.

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