Wednesday, September 29, 2010

a brighter living room, and jelly babies

It's a long and lonely road, renovating a house. When the bathroom was nearly finished, we thought that as the place was so full of pink dust we'd add to the chaos by replacing the living room ceiling (Artex, lovingly put up by someone in the seventies), the dark grey slate-effect tiles (ditto, but down), and removing the fire surround to expose the original cottage fireplace. Easier typed than done.


At last, the new tiles are down, the ceiling up, and I've done more of my characteristically patient painting while breaking up fights between Pink and Blue Daughters over who has the smartest shadow.


The large old fireplace is uncovered, and all we're waiting for is the ivory stove. If ever you want an ivory stove, forget it. It'll always be on the verge of showing up, but never actually appear. And it's never the fault of the person you're speaking to.


And finally, a proud moment. Scottish Husband bought a packet of jelly babies the other day. No artificial flavourings or colourings. Superfoods, essentially: pure anti-oxidant, dusted with omega-3. We use them as bribes. But here's the thing: he put them, totally unprompted, all by himself, into an empty Bonne Maman jam-jar and placed it on the Bonne Maman shelf. Beat that, lifestylers.

38 comments:

  1. You have achieved a bright,cheery place. Looking forward to the fireplace total re-do

    ReplyDelete
  2. You've been using the same portrait painter as Molly used, haven't you?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mise, I love your room. The pinks and whites look great...very cheerful and fresh......way to train a man...putting jellies in the nice jars..

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your room is fab. I am totally loving your pink chair. Love your potraits too. You must be so proud of your jelly baby achievement !!I know your hubbi thinks it was his decision but you and I know it is down to you! LOL!Sinead

    ReplyDelete
  5. So perfect...what can we bribe you with to show us the room in a month's time, with mess? And sweet wrappers.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Speccy, come by for a glass of wine and some sweets! Help us make a mess!

    ReplyDelete
  7. It looks smashing. I love your line, 'Easier typed than done'. Funny!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Good job indoctrinating the husband into the cult of the Holy and Bonne Maman. Mine keeps random nails and screws in one, which gives a nice gender balance to my display.

    I love your room. Here I thought it was only ivory bustiers that never appear. The one I ordered ages ago to wear under a bridesmaid dress in a couple of weeks is taking its sweet time to arrive. Apparently, ivory everything is on backorder this fall.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Here's your very best friend again. it doesn't say that every time someone goes to comment does it? Thought not.

    Your room looks peaceful and inviting.
    I'll be there soon with my exes, my former girl scout troop and a 57 Chevy.

    xo Jane

    ReplyDelete
  10. Does this mean Jackie's out of a job??? That room just looks cosy enough for you to offer me a lovely g&t in ... Now, let me check flights ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love how cheery your space is, Mise. And I love the girls photos and that gold mirror too. =)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful room Mise..I have enjoyed reading about your decorating dilemmas over the past few months. The end result is perfect. I am so so impressed by how you have trained up your Scottish husband as well.
    Well done you!

    jeanne :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. how divine. Love the pinkness. And the lightness. And the creamness.

    You have special jelly babies in Ireland. Ours are all super sugared, preservative full, hyper cochinealed. But come in dinosaur shape, so I don't feel so terrible eating them.

    ReplyDelete
  14. You mean to tell us that Scottish husband did not learn this from you? If that it so, I am impressed.
    Did jellies get the girls to sit for their portraits - which I must say are lovely.
    The room is very happy, and cheerful, and maybe more inviting than you bargained for. Take this as a warning.
    All that is lacking? Photos of current condition of fireplace.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Beautiful room! Lovely and bright - may you get a lot of pleasure from it. Is the fireplace in situ now? Hope so - the kids look so sweet too! I love their portraits.And the pink chair.
    And the jelly babies - how sweet!
    Drop by sometime - not that I've got stylish rooms but some tasty dishes from time to time!
    All the best, Catherine

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your husband is quite the lifestyling guy!
    Your room looks so happy and inviting...I'd expect nothing else from you.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Mise
    I suspect you are responsible for my pink fad of late.. your pinkness is rubbing off on me.. Now how does blue daughter deal with all that pink... does she feel left out? Utterly delightful room Mise.. and kudos on training Scottish Husband... now if someone could only train my internet to work and the neighbours kids to move to another country all would be well in blogosphere.. xxx Julie

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ah, those moments of eye-watering pride. Bless him. Gives one hope, doesn't it? And the will to toil on...

    (Gorgeous room too!!)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Mise, I do love the fresh feeling in the room. You can never go wrong with pink can you? I just want to curl up and read a book. Where are all the books? My living space is so filled with books that we can barely fit in there. I'm always fascinated by where people stash their books and magazines. Your jelly babies sound far healthier than ours. I am not a fan of jelly babies. The only lollies I like are the clinkers, cobbers and freckles. Not sure if you have them. xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. You are clearly the queen of civilising a husband...well done!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Perhaps he wants the job as bathroom styling assistant. Would he put the lid down?

    He is already streets ahead of mine in allowing liberal (and lovely) doses of pink into the home. A x

    ReplyDelete
  22. I bet you suffered snow blindness after painting all that white. And all worth it because the room looks lovely. xx

    ReplyDelete
  23. Amazing! How did you get your husband to think like that?! I would love to know your secret, You need to write a book! The room looks beautiful, I love the matching stool & sofa, lovely and airy x

    ReplyDelete
  24. Couldn't beat that EVER! And the golden curtain as an accent in a pink and ivory tower. Genius. Lifestyle truffle of the year!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Mise, you don't let the slate-effect tiles grow under your feet, do you! I envy your painting patience. This is beautiful and charming. I'm glad the ivory ottoman is unaffected by the blight on ivory stoves.

    ReplyDelete
  26. There's lots in this post that made me smile, but none more so than the bickering over who has the smartest shadow.

    You are SO in the same place that I am, kid-wise.

    ReplyDelete
  27. The room is so pretty Mise, I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love SH's thinking. Bonne Maman jars are the nuts, and the logic with the jelly babies works for me. I believe that a glass of wine counts as one of my 5 a day. 5 glasses a day and I'm sorted, non?

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looks super so far! I aspire to Husband/Bonne Maman usage! G

    ReplyDelete
  30. You have a WELL TRAINED husband! No matter how hard I try (and boy do I try!) my Husband still thinks that all of my fancy jars are just vases - not that he buys me flowers to fill the 'vases' mind you - or jelly babies! LOVE the dusky pinks in your room - it all looks so pretty. x

    ReplyDelete
  31. That ivory stove isn't made by Dell is it Mise....they seem to have the same issues with responsibility. Love your couch.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Pink is definitely smarter! So, a sofa with my face, eh? Too flattered, I can see it, in a very Warhol-esque way. I will get right on that, dear Mise, thank you for the compliment!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Lovely fabrics and colours Mise and that high back chair is so elegant. Is that where you hold court in the evenings?

    ReplyDelete
  34. It seems Scottish Husband knows how to impress his wife. Very dashing.

    ReplyDelete
  35. The room is beautiful. So colorful and inviting.

    There are such a thing as healthy jellies? (I can't have jelly things around because I eat them until I'm sick.)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Love your chairs and yes, you do need that stove, getting chilly this weekend, x

    ReplyDelete
  37. sounds like a metaphor for domestic bliss or blitz as we call it round her /i mean here

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love your wing backed chair, it's gorgeous. You have achieved a lovely space, cosy and light and perfect for Christmas!

    Hamilton x

    ReplyDelete

You're looking particularly well.

Following Options:

      Follow on Bloglovin       follow us in feedly
Related Posts with Thumbnails