red carpet gone

I’ve categorised this under ‘design’ but more appropriate would be ‘phew!’, as we’ve finally carpeted our stairs. Nothing spectacular but better than the red stuff we inherited.

We’ve also laid wood flooring in the hallway. This pretty standard oak wouldn’t usually be our number one choice…but it matches the rest of the place, so we’re happy enough.

So, after almost six months of living here (albeit in-between four business trips to the US) we’re just about there. As a result, it’s beginning to feel like home…for now at least.


fireplace tour

I’ve been rubbish with posting lately. Sorry. We’re mid-ABC prep and there’s masses to do. We’re also getting on with decorating our new place; a welcome weekend diversion.

Anyway, thought I’d give you a flavour of what we’ve been up to. So here’s a room-by-room peek, via four of our new fireplaces. First up, some wallpaper in our bedroom…

I shared this paper the other week. We love how it turned out. Even if cutting around the fireplace was a complete nightmare! Next up, more green (we like green) in the kitchen…

We (AKA Karen: the paint expert) mixed a far too green shade of green with some grey from another project to get this, which is just right. Next we painted some alcoves…

These brown panels are in the lounge, flanking our biggest fireplace. We chose a lovely, rich, chocolate brown. So lovely, in fact, that we used it again in our dressing room…

The shade complements my new piggy bank perfectly I think. We have one more fireplace but that’s enough for now! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Do let me know what you think.

Back in Olli & Lime land, things are going great. We’re on the verge of our first REALLY big trade show, which means another trip to the US, in 16 days…not that I’m counting.


one wall down

Kind of a design post, but more about us really. Anyway, I told you recently that we’d chosen some paint and wallpaper for our new place. Well, we’ve finished our first wall.

I know, it’s not even a whole wall, but that’s just the way we roll…pardon the pun; it honestly wasn’t intentional when I wrote it! We love this design and have used it before.

Apologies for the photo quality. My point ‘n’ click is doing some rather odd stuff just now. The pattern looks better in real life, I assure you. More to come no doubt, wall by wall.


paper and paint

Now we’re back in the UK, for a few weeks at least, we’ve started thinking about our new place, which I introduced a while back. Step one involves choosing some paint colors.

Colour representation isn’t great; the top three are distinctly different shades of grey,  bottom left is chocolate, middle is mid-brown, right is olive green.

The whole place is currently white, just as we like it, so we’re only talking feature walls here and there. We’ve also gathered a shortlist of wallpaper samples to consider.

We’ll use a couple of these – I’ll let you guess which ones – plus the very retro wallpaper we had in our last place. Mmm, this is the fun bit!

This weekend we ordered some of the wallpaper, painted one wall, fitted blinds and lighting and got a quote for replacing our stair carpet. Phew! I’ll be sharing more soon.