our mailbox

We’ve always had a ‘thing’ for traditional American-style mailboxes. Mix in some modern flavor and we’re sold. So when we saw this mailbox, typical in form, but painted in our favorite shade of green, we had to buy it…

…despite not yet owning a house in the US! But you know that feeling, that you may not see it again? So we bought it – $40 from Crate & Barrel – and, to prove us right, they’ve now sold out…though it’s still available in white.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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eames coasters

Having finally got round to distributing some friend gifts from our last trip, we got a pleasant surprise. Lurking at the bottom of the bag, some rather fabulous coasters…

As you can see, we picked these up at the MoMA in NYC. Fitting we just found them, as I was reminded of our Eames ‘fetish’ earlier in the week when I spotted this post.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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world cup party

Sorry for being a bit flaky recently. To explain, we’re in the midst of moving house, it was my birthday this week, and we’re just about to host a big World Cup party.

If you didn’t know, England are about to take on the US in both nations’ opening game. I won’t bore you with ‘footy’ talk, I’ll just share our pre-party decorating effort.

I’ve expelled considerable nervous energy by hanging miles of bunting, multiple flags, a retro photo montage and an ‘interesting’ hat sculpture.

I wanted to post before kick-off, in case it goes horribly wrong…which is quite possible. By the way, please don’t panic and run away; I won’t be posting a blow-by-blow account of the tournament.

Of course, with our US connections, we want both teams to do well…but it’s pretty obvious where our allegiance lies for this game. Whatever happens, here’s hoping we both have a good game and progress to the next stage.

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