Happy Christmas, from your local Planning Department

So in terms of a 2015 New Year’s commitment to blog about building my dream house, I think the fact that my last post was 21st February is pretty solid evidence that I failed miserably! In my defence, no-one ever really keeps their New Year’s resolutions, and its fair to say that 2015 has been a more eventful and busy year than I was expecting, including not one but two new jobs. As a result overall progress on the house has been slower than I originally planned.

That aside, it has been an incredible first 9 months in my little home, not least thanks to the arrival of two new housemates Freya and Loki, my beautiful tabby maincoon crossed kittens. So despite still having an entire room full of boxes and not even one fully finished room, I’ve settled in oh so happily, especially in my front living room, where the curtains might not reach the floor, but when I walk in I know that I am home.

But… despite all of that, I cannot WAIT to get starting on the works I want done. And following a visit from the local council, a week of waiting and then a slightly hairy moment involving a sash window which my lovely architect Jo kindly kept from me and resolved unaided, I now have my planning permission, delivered just in time for Christmas!

Continue reading

A Different Kind of Design Inspiration from Malaysian Travels…. Part Two

I was lucky enough to spend New Year’s in Malaysia, and came back with a whole host of photographs to inspire me with decorating my new home. I won’t recount all the reasons why I loved Malaysia, and Asia more generally; you can read that on the Malaysian Travels Design Inspiration Pt One.

But the other day I was going through the rest of my pictures to find some more for a second blog when a package arrived from Malaysia containing a photographic print I’d ordered whilst I was out there from an art studio in Penang called Studio Howard. As it already feels like the trip was a lifetime ago, I’d slightly forgotten exactly what it was that I’d bought. But opening the package to find this vibrant shot of a Georgetown entrance, with its vivid yellows, pinks, greens and blues, took me right back to why I’d fallen so in love with this shot on first sight.

Georgetown, Penang - Studio Howard

Georgetown, Penang – Studio Howard

Continue reading