One impulsive weekend away, a few years ago, we fell in love with (and bought) a dilapidated bed and breakfast by the sea. Husband and I packed up our city lives and packed in our TV jobs to move lock, dog and cat to a small coastal village in Australia. The plan was to live in a corner of the house, renovate, recycle, redecorate, write, take photos, make films, blog, and of course, welcome our special B&B guests. So easy...
Monday, April 25, 2011
Makeover Monday. The Sitting-room.
B&B Sitting-room before
B&B Sitting-room after
Welcome to Makeover Monday. I think I will (try to) dedicate my post every Monday to all kinds of makeover pictures and stories for those followers and readers who love this stuff (as I do) - and until the 'before' pictures run out.
When we walked into this room for the first time it had a lot of dark wood and tartan furniture in it (not our kind of furniture) and there were dried flowers and lace fripperies everywhere, but we could see the great bone structure of the house: the panelling and floorboards underneath. The height of the ceilings blew us away.
The first shot was obviously taken in the daytime and not on a very good camera - the colour of the walls used to be a pinkish-cream magnolia and now they are antique white.
We ripped up the carpet almost straight away to reveal the wide Baltic pine floorboards, but we still haven't had them sanded back because they would be too blonde and perfect, and I love the slightly scruffy honeyed patina (also, I never have to worry about them getting scratched or marked or covered in sand).
I will post close-ups of our favourite objects (and the stories that go with them) down the line. Don't you just love the macramé wall-hanging?