Last Spring we took over the bottom half of the house after an eleven year legal battle with a family member. We lost the top half, which belonged to my husband’s father before he suddenly died in 1999. This country home has been in the family for almost 100 years.
The bottom half was neglected for the better part of fifteen years and there was a lot of work to be done. Slowly, we cleared out the cobwebs and critters and the house is reshaping into something beautiful. There are still some major issues to deal with but at least the atmosphere is developing into a cozy little home again.
The real challenge is that while the top half of the house has a vaulted ceiling where crystal chandeliers once hung we now find our new space more like a beach cottage and the chandeliers are hanging precariously in the barn for storage. The antique furniture is big and chunky and now we don’t have the space to put it all in the house.(the bottom half was divided into two apartments years ago).
Another new challenge is that my sister-in-law removed the dusty old couch and replaced it with a very large turquoise one. While I love this colour, it is a bit of a challenge when you have a pink marble coffee table, forest green wood stove and beige golden yellow floor tiles. Eeep! This is going to be fun!
I already tackled the brown bathroom but have yet to explain to my husband that the new fluffy towels in the basket are primarily for decoration and guests, haha. I can see my next few pay cheques being burned online as I scour for decorating ideas and spend all my money on Etsy and Ebay! Elora was here yesterday and together we managed to find a cool clock for the enormous white wall and I spent €55 on my Paypal account 🙂 it’s going to feel a lot like Christmas this month, heehee.
On Saturday, the men cut down this bush on the front terrace and now we can see the sea from the living room window! Wow! Why hadn’t someone done that before? I mean honestly, why would anyone purposely grow a hedge at the end of a terrace and block such a spectacular view of nature? For privacy? I say screw privacy, bring on the beach waves and sailboats and of course the Prosecco 🙂 I think it’s going to be an awesome summer and after I torture myself with two full weeks of teaching summer camp in June I’m gonna need the break!
~Happy trails everyone~