Unfinished business

I’ve been on a management bollocks course this week, although I use the term affectionately and I’m not as cynical as I sound.  And who would have thought revisiting my Myers-Briggs personality preferences would shed light on my blogging and interiors habits: specifically why I never see anything as ‘finished’ and ready for sharing?  Apparently, for me, finishing something means that the creative process is over, and endpoints aren’t where my satisfaction is found.  I need things to be ‘works in progress’ to keep the energy flowing.   So, while I continue plugging away at a houseful of unfinished tasks (yes, kitchen cupboards still in progress), here are some photos of the most together room, the sitting room…

The view from the (very unfinished) hall

G Plan fan club

They don’t make architraves like this any more

I suspect these tiles aren’t original but I love them anyway

Note my unromantic anniversary card on the mantelpiece: N we need some lessons from you and J!

Big sideboard, little stool. I must confess that although it was a perfect home for the decks and vinyl in our twenties, I’m glad they have been relegated to the IKEA Expedit next door!


What’s what


Rocking chair (covered in IKEA blanket) and tiny stool hand me downs from Granny (the stool was made for Granny and her sister Edna by her father for sitting by the fire to dry their hair).  Coffee table G Plan (£70) and sideboard (£60) Ebay steals six years ago.  Sofa a trusty IKEA Ektorp.


Print tray from Mum, tat from my travels.  Lamp base Habitat Spindle, shade John Lewis (thanks Mum).  Wall lights IKEA separate bases and shades.  Origami pendant my £6 sale find at Next Home.  Steel candelabra old Habitat, glass candlesticks wedding prezzie from the girls.  Bowl (on table) wedding present from Tom from Morocco (note the excellent taste of mes amis).  Cushions: pink quilted an old Muji buy, blue striped IKEA outdoor cushion, floral TKMaxx.  Pictures: Danish chairs an Ebay find in IKEA frame, mini canvas a tenner from a tourist tat shop on Mykonos.  Paperweight TKMaxx, mirrorball from the Christmas tree, beads (on light) from Topshop years ago, blanket from Tweedmill (thanks to sister in law).

Total new purchases = striped IKEA cushion.  Am rather chuffed with that :).



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2 responses to “Unfinished business

  1. 19th century modern squared N

    Hey B, room looks great, love the blue hues, did you get chance to check out the Blue Limited Collection at Ikea? Its quite ethnic, I got a cushion and a rug for our spare room. I especially love the G Plan, habitat lamp and Next lamp shade bargain! Any plans to put a mirror over the fireplace? I seem to be addicted to mirrors above fireplaces for some reason!

  2. B

    I love the Blue Ltd Collection. Coveting the floor cushion. And your mirror choices :).x

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