Nina Nixon

Journal

I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Renovations

                                        All words & photography © Nina Nixon

                                        All words & photography © Nina Nixon

Calm has been restored again and to be quite honest, I've spent the past week soaking it up.  I love that we've started to crack on with the house, but hate the invasion into my space.  There is no happy compromise, apart from to grit my teeth and get on with it.

But as promised here is a run down of the work that's been going on.

I wish I'd taken some before pictures, hindsight is a wonderful thing and a valuable lesson learnt.  But for now I'll just have to fill you in with a description and my memory.  Some decorating disasters are so bad they either make you want to forget rather swiftly or burn an imprint you'll never forget.

So if you can imagine our front room.  Bright pink walls, marble surrounding the gas fire and beige carpets that had lost all it's umph as you could feel the underlay broken up underneath it.  

Now, the marble has gone (as has the mantle) replaced with some rather lovely granite and the wood burner has finally been installed, thank goodness.  It is still a tad too chilly up here in the north for me.  The carpet has also come up to reveal the most beautiful teak floorboards that barely need any work doing to them at all.  Just a bit of spit and polish really.

The biggest transformation has been our hallway.  The previous door was completed frosted and I had no way of just pulling it shut behind me, clicked to a close.  The bannister had a nautical crossed bar design, almost like noughts and crosses with a circle in the middle of each cross.  Although it was fun for the kids, being able to lean right through, it made my heart skip a beat every time they pranked about.

We replaced the frosted UPVC door with a solid oak one and had a fanlight put in - Georgian in style.  Took down the under stairs cupboard, pulled up the beige carpet to find more beautiful teak floorboards, replaced the bannister and had the hall, stairs and landing completely painted white (to cover up the biscuit colour) from top to bottom.

All I need to do now is finish stripping the wood.  I'm undecided at how far to go, or at what point to stop.  Can you ever have 'too much' wood on show.

So many apologies (again) for the lack of all inspiring around here.  It's been a tough couple of weeks, including it marking the year anniversary of moving...plus other nigglesome worries.  

So much exciting stuff coming up though that I can't wait to share with you.