The painting is done ... sort of. The painter, after doing an excellent job with the rest of the house, painted the window trims in the living room, dining room and third bedroom the wrong colour. White not the same colours as each room. In this room then the windows were to be brown gloss. Going with my idea of matt and gloss in the same colour for each room. Painted, finished quickly, left the bill on the table and skedaddled to his next job. One more tradesman to sort out. Never mind. I now have 6 months off to repaint them. We decided to do it properly and sprang the sash windows from the frames, sanded smooth and now I need to paint. That's the reason I only took photos of this corner. I have no windows in any other shots. We also decided to seal the walls inside the old cedar cupboards. The painter did not do this. In all fairness we hadn't thought to ask him but now realise that if we have prepped all the rest of the walls for any future damp problems it was a little silly not to at least seal the insides of these cupboards as well. Hence no photos towards the fireplace as the cupboards are in pieces to reach the back walls within. They came apart surprisingly easily. Let's just hope they go back in just as easily.
The sofa is vintage. Fibreglass and leather designed by Robin Gibson for the Queensland Art Gallery in the late 70s, early 80s. (More about how I found it here.) The beni ouarain rug was a splurge but I love it. The tribal pieces are Papuan New Guinean and African that I have collected over the years. The hand chair is from Bali. At the moment these are lumped together in the corner until I figure out their final homes. The pine chest of drawers I got on eBay and must finish stripping the last paint off it. The cane drum table was another thrift store find. The kilim pillow is from eBay. Most of the accessories are thrift store finds. There is a long wooden bench running along the wall behind the sofa. Another eBay score (thanks Katherine). Soon it will hold stacks of books, a lamp, some large art leaning against the wall at the other end. Maybe I'll put one of my framed vintage bus rolls there. I need to paint a large colourful piece of art for the wall behind the hand. Something to bring in oranges and pinks, a touch of red. There will be linen curtains on the windows when I have windows again. Lots of things on the to-do list but I guess it will never be finished as I arrange and re-arrange. That's half the fun!