Sunday, 27 April 2008

Corners of my home



I have to be honest, and say that at present there aren't many corners of my home that I would want to share with anyone! - However, a couple of you have shown an interest, and so I thought I would do a weekly 'Corners of my Home' feature. We moved to this house in December 2006 and lets just say that I think the previous owner had been watching too much 'Changing Rooms' in the early 1990's - Our house is a myriad of terracotta, purple, green and aquamarine (sometimes used altogether!) - We do however always sit down as a family for every meal, and the dining room colour scheme was putting us off our food, so this was the first room we tackled - The shelves you can see on the picture are one of my favourite spots, as they hold lots of different family pics, none of the frames match, but they kind of all go together. We painted the fireplace white, which turned out really well, and above it, there is a large venetian mirror - you can just see in the reflection, that we have a black and white canvas of me and Hubby - the photograph is one taken in Summer 2006 by a professional photographer, when I appeared in a 7 page feature in 'Pregnancy and Birth' magazine. I hope you have enjoyed this peek inside my home - as I love looking at all your homes!



I have spent the morning wallpapering today (more about that in my next post), so this evening I will be taking it easy, with my feet up, doing a spot of knitting. I am making this jacket for myself - On the pattern it is fastened with a kilt pin, and the lady in the wool shop had made one with little beads dangling from it which was quite pretty, but I have another idea for fastening this jacket - hopefully it won't take me long to finish it - We are having a weeks holiday at the end of May, and I want to have it finished for then - my mum is probably laughing at this, as my knitting usually takes ages, not because I'm slow, but because I usually put it down and forget about it for ages, usually, if its something I am knitting Georgia, by the time I pick it up again, it no longer fits!

Hope you have all had a good weekend - Natalie x

26 comments:

Pixiedust said...

Look forward to seeing the finished cardi. I like to look around peoples homes too. Once our dining room is finished, I'll take some pics and out on my blog. xxx

driftwood said...

your room is lovely, and what a treat to have professional photos! the cardi looks like it will be great!

pink-petal-designs said...

Lovely corner, your pic of you and hubby looks great, i like sepia and black n white pics, they dont show my wrinkles lol.I see you manages to get to the wool shop, looks good, cant wait to see it finished.
Sarah x

Jennie said...

Love the corner of your home! My house was pillar box red in all the rooms downstairs and had been navy blue upstairs. Very nice!
Love the picture!
Can't wait to see the cardi when it is finished!

julia said...

Gorgeous room, love the wallpaper!
I'm very impressed by anyone who can knit and I love the look of that jacket, can't wait to see the end product (no pressure!)
Julia x

Miss sew n sew said...

Hi Natalie
Love your dining room the wallpapers really nice I'm addicted to house magazines so seeing peoples homes on blogs -even better!!
Keep the knitting up it don't put it down !We painted our fire surround white too looks much better!
Sarahx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

How exciting to have a feature in a magazine, were you pregnant with Georgia or was she with you??
The corner of your room looks fab, i love the wall papar, I've chosen a plae blue and brown flower one by sanderson for my living room so hope it looks as good as yours, if I showed you my corners of the new house you would think YUK as they are all bare walls and dusty...lol...claire x

Summer by the sea said...

Claire - the magazine feature was '9 magical months' and was when I was pregnant with Georgia, I kept a diary throughout the pregnancy, and went down to London for photoshoots at various stages - It followed right through to the birth and then the following issue there was a follow up of our first 6 weeks together - Natalie x

Suzie Sews said...

Love the wall paper, I am looking at redoing are living room and doing a feature wall like that, I have seen some lovely papers in Laura Ashley. I love that top, its so wearable...

Katherines Dream said...

When I see the lovely knitting pattens that you can buy now I really do wish I could knit!You are very talented.
A very nice corner it is too...I want tot see more though..this is a tease! I will look forward to your next post...
Carol xx

wendster said...

First off: I like your shelves VERY much! I think the photos go great together!
Cupcakes: I HAVE TO TELL THE CUPCAKE CONTESSA about your cupcakes ... well ... cupCAKE since one is already sold. She has just sewn cupcake pillows and a table cloth and collects all things cupcake ... I will direct her your way.
I am faithfully eradicating clutter from my house, because I have TOO MANY THINGS ... otherwise I'd snap that thing up in an instant. It would be great in a quiet bag at church.
(Also, blush, I don't understand how to buy things from another country, via post, with American money when their's is a different currency ... maybe you could instruct me?)
Next: the photos:
One of your commenters hit it on the head, and I had forgotten all about it. Choose a different layout. I believe mine is on CENTERED photos and it allows me to move them. I also was convinced I couldn't cut and paste and move mine til I tried over and over again ... and all of a sudden it got easy. They really do move.
SPACING TIP: Set your cursor down at the bottom right edge of your photo. click to set your cursor down. Hit ENTER and you will see a space appear underneath the photo. IF the photo below disappears, just press CONTROL Z and the photo will come back. Put your cursor down at the TOP LEFT of the photo and click on ENTER and the photo should move down. I have to try both ways some times. Sometimes the photos are fussy.
MOVING PHOTOS: Run your mouse, left to right, over the photo. A box like a frame will show up around the photo. Press CONTROL C. Sometimes you can click BACKSPACE right away and that first picture will go away. Other times you have to paste first, and THEN go back, drag mouse over photo, frame appears, THEN click backspace again to make it disappear. ... just depends on the computer's mood. LOL. Anyways ... drag mouse over, frame appears, CONTROL C (C for copy) scroll down to where you want your photo, set your cursor down, CONTROL V (V = paste ... I don't know why.)
This DOES work ... it just takes practice.

Good luck!

(Hope this ridiculously long comment helps.)

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

How exciting for you, I thought you looked familier...lol, thats a lovely keepsake for Georgia....
forgot to say I love the cardigan your knitting, I'm ashamed to say the only think I've ever knitted was a tie for my dad at Brownie camp, of course he loved it....claire x

shabby chic said...

Hi Natalie,
it looks lovely and i love the picture of you and your hubby . I dont think I have many pictures of me & my hubby together as it always seems to be the other one taking the photo!

Josie said...

what a lovely room, most of my corners are full of cobwebs!
Josie x

French Knots said...

I love your wallpaper!
How lovely to have your pregnancy documented in such an exciting way.

twiggypeasticks said...

Lovely jacket and a very pretty corner of your house too!
Twiggy

jessica daisy said...

Love the wallpaper! when we moved into our house all the rooms were painted in lilac, and the radiators in dark green, strange people!
I got some lovely labels from a woman on etsy www.thedancingneedle.etsy.com they are embroidered in your choice of colour and font, on cotton tape also in a choice of colour and size. They are beautiful, but are a bit pricey at $1 (50p) each, but I tend to use them on the more special things I make.
Hope that helps,
Jessx

LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Changing Rooms has a lot to answer to, doesn't it, quick to put on, but a devil to take off! I must say you have decorated your corner very tastefully and I like to mix different frames together. I hope you manage to get some knitting done over the bank holiday weekend? x

a home far away said...

Hi there! It´s my first ime visiting your blog, but I will definitely come back:-)

I am a swedish woman living in Singapore, feel free to visit:-)
/Gunilla

The Fairy Glade said...

Hello there and glad you like my blog, I have added you to my favs, maybe you would do the same for me. Love the cardigan and the corner! Need some help...how do I put another blog name in my post? I notice you have a Kim, Josie, Debbie etc within the text that then links to their repective blogs..can you tell me in layman's terms?

The Fairy Glade said...

Hi, me again. Just posted new blog before I got your reply! will have a go next time. Many thanks for your help. Dx

JuicyFig said...

lovely corner! can't wait to see more. It isn't quite home until you've put your mark on it - still got quite a lot of my house with the last owners wall paper etc, and we have been here 9 years! - will get round to it eventually.

Kath
x

Nonnie said...

Just discovered your blog so thought I'd say hello. Especially since you're in Yorkshire. I grew up in East Yorkshire so have fond memories of Filey and all the east coast. I now live down in Oxfordshire and it seems like forever since I've been up there. Love seeing corners of peoples homes so will be checking back to see what others you show us. Good luck with finishing the cardigan.

the flour loft said...

Hi Natalie,
Lovely to see a corner of your home. What a good idea showing a feature each week... that would make me tidy my house! not sure if my house is up for it yet though... lots of clutter to clear.
How special to have documented your pregnancy and lovely for Georgia to share with you too.
Have a lovely weekend.
ginny x

periwinkle said...

Love your alcove cupboard and shelves, I would like one of these but hub has this hideous bookcase in there that he can't part with as it was the first piece of furniture he ever bought!!Get knitting...
Lisa x

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