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Indecision

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probably

(Health warning:  pretentious statement following)

I like to work the rooms as a sort of living organism, each area hopefully building atmosphere and some indication of the personalities of the inhabitants as I go.

(Probably safe to come out now)

Just at the moment because I’ve foolishly damaged my left paw while handling building bricks, (full size), I’m finding mini-ing has to be limited.

With the activity being a bit here and there I’m now making a mess of getting some flow and/or feel for this last bedroom – which way did I want it to go exactly?  I look at my notes, photos of try-outs and the prepared and painted wood and very little immediate flavour of the intended end result comes to mind.  I know where everything is supposed to go, so that’s OK, but the overall impression of the room, and the boys who use it, is going to have to grow all by itself, as am working on in the hope that ‘all will be well’ or at least useful at some point along the way.

It’s the little things, is it not? 

Curtain color

– or should that be choler?

Although there’s been a little difficulty getting the fabric that had been ordered to actually arrive and have had to start again with other choices, we now have fabric.

Pick a card any card

I’m letting the petty choice of curtaining annoy me.  In this case it’s the master bedroom’s curved window that’s giving me the pip.

Logically the fabric that matches and tones with the wallpaper should be best but I reckon it makes it look like a colour scheme designed from a Sanderson catalogue.

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Another logical approach would be to go for a 50’s trendy type design (though I think this is probably more 70s as not enough geometric or nature feel).  Also I tend to reckon its colouring looks a little depressing against the already powdery dim wallpaper.

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Then there’s my favourite.  It’s a bit over perky perhaps though the general colouring theme is OK, blending the greens and pinks together and adding a little umph without taking over(?).  The pattern, however, is perhaps a bit large, (though how much of each big flower shows can be controlled) and its overall ‘look’ is bending towards the cottage-y.

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Here it doesn’t look too inviting – try to imagine a suitably curved and pinkish pelmet above shortening the amount of material visible

And then there’s the unlikely ones

Not to mention the possible compromise

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Dull but can be made to fit in when folded suitably?

All this messing about comes under the heading of sleep on it, or possibly I should just lay them out in a row, close my eyes, grab one and go with whatever comes up.  Joking aside I usually find that, if my reaction to the result of this so called method is ‘yuch’, then it shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Thus I can thin out the crowd.

Posting in haste as, although the engineer has been and sorted out one problem at the exchange, the line just went down all on it ownsome.  All is still not well …

 

 

 

 

 

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A lazy layout

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and away with the big picture

probably

This is a very quick visit while the line holds good.

Been looking at colours and spaces.  The lower walls will be green and the tops off-white so that’s a lot of potentially boring off-white-ness.  Have four pictures to go up and if we revert to the lighthouse border to bring the eye to the middle of wall it might balance out.

Time to commit to layout and choices and see how it goes.

All at sea

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A feeling of the 50s

though a flying visit

Pondering various things before jumping in and making choices; meanwhile have turned to the last bedroom, the one for the two small boys.  I’m going for something a little different but am working through slowly to see how it unfolds.

As we were growing up in the 50s we were surrounded by adults whose lives were shaped by two world wars and who, understandably, were still referencing WWII.  There were many men in uniform, some doing National Service, some going off to Korea.  In the school playground the boys played games around war themes.

One of my sisters read many WWII stories, often out loud.  She had, in her early teens, a strong desire to be a pilot, but there was no chance of that happening, though I think they were using women in Airforce transports.  I shared a bedroom with her and, other than having to listen to stressful tales at dead of night as she read them out to me, there were one or two model planes hanging around and, later in the 50s, a large poster on the sloping attic walls showing the layout of a new airliner that was just going to be made at that time.

With these memories in mind I’m probably going to add the odd Airforce poster or picture to the teenage girl’s room but in the boys’ bedroom I’m thinking more of the sea.

I started out with a lovely lighthouse border to go all around but am no longer sure that it will get used on this occasion.  It’s early days though, and am presently playing around with fabric and an idea for a mural.

There’s a model lighthouse down on the mantlepiece in the dining room and up here will be kept the rest of the collection, I think – possibly on the window cill. The rest of the decoration will be a bit schoolroom-y with off white upper walls and mid-green bottom half, but with toys and a clothes horse tent lying around.

Possibly use some other marine motif fabric for bedspreads though that might be pushing the boat out a little too far do you think 😉

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ps:  Am posting this while can as the line is very ‘dodgy’ at the moment and we’ve got a sudden burst of better (and there’s no mobile signal here!)  After enquiring about what’s going on we’ve been advised that an engineer will not be coming to investigate until Wednesday, so it’s a case of see you next when I see you.

Someone makes their bed

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Well almost