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.

point of view

We’re in. And though not totally back to normal, we’re getting there. Aside from a big broadband delay (AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!) it’s been pretty much plain sailing.

As you’d expect, I’ll be sharing my photos over the coming weeks. Initially though, something a bit quirky; the rather un-glamorous view from our second floor landing…

There are arguably far better views from our other windows. I love this one though, as it perfectly frames Cheltenham’s only ‘skyscraper’, the locally-loathed Eagle Tower.

Posts will be more regular from now on, though we’re concentrating on retail right now. Plus it’s only eight days until our West Coast trip! Don’t you just love being busy?

are we nearly there yet?

Almost. We’re literally on the verge of moving. For us, that means moving home and office. Fun on one hand but a pain in in the backside very disruptive on the other.

We’ll do our best to maintain a normal service. Ordering shouldn’t be affected but we won’t be taking calls or dealing with non-urgent emails, so please be patient.

We should have unpacked (most of) the boxes and be back up to full speed by Tuesday. Until then, things are going to be…interesting. See you on the other side.

Note: these aren’t our boxes. We’re not that organised. My sister mentioned how neat our boxes were the other day, so I felt I should set the record straight.

on the move

After a predictably twisty, turny, up and down affair, we’re finally on the move…unless something VERY dramatic happens. Hmmm, I really shouldn’t tempt fate, should I?

We’ve exchanged contracts which (in the UK) means both parties are legally bound to complete the sale/purchase. I can almost smell the new, albeit vulgar, stair carpet.

We have mixed emotions at leaving our home of the past two years. We love it and are proud of what we’ve done but it’s time to move on. And the new place is very cool.

Plus it simply fits our needs better and gives us a great opportunity to achieve what we want in the long term. I’ll tell you more on all that later, once we’re actually in.

let it snow

Up until now, we’ve only had a hint of snow in our town this winter, although it’s been promised for weeks. Well today it did snow…big time…by our standards anyway.

Hardly headline news to most of you…particularly those in Canada and northern states. But when it does snow here, things. Just. Stop. Much like these footprints…

Because, although it happens most years, people just aren’t prepared. And, more importantly, the UK allocates minimal budget to clearing things up.

Personally, I think it’s a beautiful and welcome addition…providing you don’t need to travel too far. Unfortunately, tomorrow I do. But may not have a choice.

As a side-note, we’ve just recovered from three days without heat or hot water. Now that’s sorted I don’t mind being house-bound….hope I don’t live to regret those words.

egg-citing hatch mention

Pardon the chocolate-induced ‘Easter Pun Syndrome’. Retail partner Design Public who recently posted about our home on their Hatch blog. Team member Ali asked us to talk about our renovation so I obliged.

Hatch: The Design Public ¨ Blog È Blog Archive È Karen and Andy

As a spin-off, we also picked up several other mentions including these two. We’re just completing our understated and under-sized (UK) bathroom so I’ll be posting pics soon…without wishing to seem home-obsessed.

getting there

For those who are interested, here’s a peek at our new lounge. Regular visitors to our site may recognize some of the chairs, as featured in our recent product shots.


As far as business goes, things look pretty healthy. We have another big online retailer who’ll soon be stocking O&L, which is great news. Details coming soon.