It seems like nothing has been accomplished at the new old house. It has but it's boring stuff like cleaning and unpacking and sanding and gardening. The new painter starts in March (you have to wait for the best) so rooms are in limbo. We still have some of our favourite furniture pieces in storage and we are hoping to move them here soon. It has been raining cats and dogs for days and has only recently stopped in the last day or so. Scrub that! It has started again. (Which explains why the photos are a little dark and blurry ... that and I wasn't wearing my glasses.)
Kelvin was feeling left out of the house set up. "Drag that over here honey." "No put it back where it was." "I don't like that." "No there is nothing you can do to help. I'll have to do it." So on and so on. A small room at the rear of the house, the old stables, is his own personal space. The man cave. Somewhere to listen to his radio or his birds. Somewhere to relax or take Sunday afternoon naps. A place to have a drink with friends that drop by and b*tch about the wife. "She keeps moving the furniture round and round!"
Today we set up the man cave in its first incarnation. The room will be the last to be painted but Kelvin doesn't care. He told me he wanted a daybed, his leather chair and some storage. The couch is an old beaten up eBay find that I stripped and made the mattresses for. The leather chair is a thrift store find. The paintings are by Vincenzo Rizzo that have patiently waited for years for a home. There are 4 on one wall (you can only see three in the shot) and another behind the "buffet". Speaking of which, it's a student piece I bought from a final year exhibition when I was studying interior design many, many years ago. A vintage typewriter, a terrazzo lamp, artist's wooden model, bits and pieces that Kelvin chose and Gordon who still isn't a lamp. Cow hide on the floor and we are done. Still have to hang a blind on the window, hang a few more prints, maybe some logs for the little fireplace and perhaps a small rough hewn shelf as mantle. I need to find something to hide the power point and wiring right down the front of the chimney because moving it is way down the priorities list right now. Just noticed a whole heap of nails and hooks that need removing. There is a brass 5 arm octopus floor lamp still to come for behind the leather chair and the base of the bird cage needs some plants. Room done! Except it will probably change by next week :)