Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Side Return Kitchen Extension

Dear Santa,

For Christmas, I would like a lovely new kitchen extension in my side return. Something like the ones below (ok, maybe not the first one, I realise I would have to move house first, and even I'm not THAT greedy).

Is that really too much to ask?

Fed Up Of My Small Poxy Kitchen, (aka The Fantasy Decorator)


The London Kitchen Extension Company

Architect Your Home

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Trying to Avoid Dirty Washing in Public

Like any family with young children, laundry is a Big Thing in our household. Dirty washing piles up easily - and don't even get me started on the ironing pile...(which, as a permanent member of the family was deemed to deserve its own name, and has been known as Keith for some time...)

We have two of the open-style laundry baskets in our bedroom that a) have seen better days and b) show a little too much of the dirty underwear hiding inside. I've therefore been hankering after something a little more stylish and discreet for some time now. My preferred option is the lovely leather bins from The White Company:

White Company
Sadly (and in my book quite unreasonably!), my husband thinks £160 is too much for a dirty clothing receptacle so I am still on the lookout for alternatives.

Funky though this one is, it doesn't really fit the "discreet" criteria:

The Holding Company
This one of course is practical I guess...

The Holding Company
...but possibly a little on the small side for our washing mountains. Wicker or seagrass seem to be popular these days:

John Lewis
..but there's something about this one that (maybe irrationally) makes me think of snake charmers...

It seems I am being particularly fussy - all suggestions gratefully received...

Monday, 13 June 2011

The New Love Of My Life

I've been whining on about the fact that the chair in my home office (where, after all I spend 4 days a week pretty much solidly in front of a computer) has been below par for as long as I can remember.

Finally, this weekend, we did something about it, and visited a local retailer of second-hand office furniture, where I found this little beauty...

Yes, I am finally typing this post on a lovely comfy Herman Miller Aeron...I may never leave my study again...

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Playing at being Lady of the Manor

We spent a wonderful week's holiday in the Peak District of Northern England last week, with a large group of friends - 25 of us in total. A group that large needs a big place to stay, and we were lucky enough to find Park Hall Manor. Sadly, the house is currently for sale, so who knows whether we will stay again, but we did joke that we'd have loved to have scraped our pennies together to jointly buy it!

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