When we were clearing out an aged aunt’s furniture and effects from her little bungalow, it didn’t seem such a bad job – we all thought it would take half an hour if we all mucked in. My word that was a gross mis calculation of time over effort! I can’t imagine where all the glassware, cooking pans and stuff came from originally, but we packed box load after box load into our cars for redistribution around various relatives and charity shops. The very basic cabinets in her kitchen seemed absolutely tiny in comparison with the massive ones we enjoy today – how things have advanced from the 1980s when that bungalow was considered the latest in luxury living. When we come to sell it, the new folk will immediately rip out everything and replace with hi end glossy gorgeousness. Oh and the bathroom will need a complete gut and rebuild – it makes me shudder now!
I must say that having a large and cumbersome leather four seater sofa in the main sitting room, and its little sister, a two seater, in the family room, it is easy to be a bit careless with food and drink. The arms on the smaller sofa seem to jump at me sometimes – and my cuppa often spills down the sides. But unlike with a beautiful floral or tweed number, it doesn’t get wrecked. I leap out of the seat and fetch my leather cleaner spray and a clean cloth. A couple of sprays and wipes and bob’s your uncle as they say.
That is not the way forward with some furniture though and if I had one of those divine danish light ash wooden table and chair sets, then obviously I would be taking much greater care of them. No banging around with the vacuum cleaner for a start – more damage is sustained that way than with coffee I feel!
I’ve never been a pet lover of the type that lets pets sit on chairs or my bed. In fact I’m not that keen on anyone else going near my bed, animal or human. It’s funny how we get used to having our own private, personal space. I have waivered over the years and at last I am happy in my own house with my own choice of furniture and fabrics. The walls are the same throughout because when I last had the place decorated, the chap was over for a holiday from his own home and only had two weeks in which to do my work. He did carry out the total redecoration of the downstairs. I gave great assistance by emptying and moving various peices of furniture and cleaning around the walls etc. before he began. And any visiting dogs just have to stay put in the parlour – after my gargantuan decorating, they’re not welcome!
Oh how I laughed to myself the other day when returning from a birthday weekend with family. They’d asked me to sit in to take delivery of a pet food delivery whilst they went pet training. As we were already going out the next day, I accepted the chance to sleepover at their fabulous country pile. The light there just seems bigger, shinier – cleaner! They have a lovely big kitchen but now want a studio to design it properly for best ergonomic use. They also have a beautifully designed and themed lounge, with a big tv that I thought made all nature programmes come more alive than on my scruffy little set. Well when I returned home – to my delight there was a bigger tv installed in my sitting room – with a huge red ribbon & bow attached. My recent hosts had fixed the delivery plot to get me out of the house ! Such delight.
I have had the joy of helping a young couple move to their ‘forever’ home. This does seem a bit unlikely as they are both in their late 20s/early 30s but they found the whole business of selling their first house very stressful and have decided that they’ve already found the perfect spot to live out their very much longer retirement period. I suspect they will go house hunting again in a couple of years. When they’ve done everything they can to the current beauty and have got exceedingly bored. Gettig this house right has been wonderful fun though. They saw it when it was an empty shell – a conversion of a victorian building. They’ve agreed all the way along – perhaps differing only on a few small points. The decor is indeed magnificent and because the chap is a very good organiser and fixer, he has done a fantastic job getting their deals into place.