Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Purple Sofas and Patchwork Patios

 

So I've fallen in love with a purple sofa, and I will possibly get a matching footstool.  There's no space for a chair as well but then there's usually only going to be me and a certain little Pug there so we won't need one.  The footstool can be for tired legs, can be a coffee table if I pop a tray on top or can be additional seating if I do get visitors.

I would say little dogs won't be allowed on it ... but that's never worked out in the past, so maybe I'll get a matching fleecy throw for Suky's half of the sofa 😄

The hardcore from the back has all been taken away now, and over the weekend the Indian Stone paving slabs that were taken up from the right-hand side of the garden were laid into position where the mouldy wooden decking used to be.  It's like a patchwork of stone, and once they have all been properly laid with sand and cement all the stone will be pressure washed to make it look nice and clean.  


Wall Up -  Parking for 2 cars with one blocked in by the other.

Wall Down - Parking for 3 cars, all with access to the road.

We thought we might have to use some of the front parking area's flagstones to finish the patio off but we don't need to, in fact there should be some of the smaller sized flagstones from the back to make good the damage in the front where we have taken the little wobbly wall down to open up all of the front garden to the road.  This now gives us space to neatly park three cars off the road with no struggle and no blocking of the pavement. 

 Although it all looks a bit concrete-y and bare at the moment once we are there we will be adding some plants and colour to soften things a bit.  Little steps but all in the right direction, and I have a guy coming to install my two new interior doors on Monday and the electrician to move the TV point from halfway up the wall to my preferred lower position.

I have also made an exciting purchase from a company called  Vinterior which should be arriving in a couple of weeks, I'll show you it as soon as it's here.  If you like vintage and retro furniture and fittings you'll love looking round this site.


Sue xx


43 comments:

  1. Hello, Sue. I have been following you for years, but I think I missed something along the way of this move - the 'why' you and your husband have two residences, two kitchens, etc. I think it must be because the places are quite small? Things are looking very nice and I wish I had the determination that you do to scale down and live minimally! You are to be admired. ttyl, Dianne

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    1. It's nothing to do with the spaces being small, Alan's house has 4 bedrooms lol :-)

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  2. You are making really good progress. Love the sofa.

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    1. It seems to be happening sooooo slowly and yet in reality we have only had the property for five weeks, I'm itching to get in!!

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  3. Smashing colour. We didn't intend on letting our dogs on the new sofa we bought last year but caved in,its the way they look at you with those deep brown eyes and the warmth of them snuggled against you so we have ours covered in throws and actually I am sure the backside of my husbands jeans is far dirtier than the dogs and he is not cute and cuddly so -- dogs win ---as usual.

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    1. It's a great colour isn't it, and fits in nicely with the annexe's new name :-)

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    2. Well, I guess I missed the annexe's new name, dangit. ;) I will re read .

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    3. I haven't announced it yet. It will appear once I move in and put the name plaque in place at the front door 😀

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  4. it all looks like it's coming along nicely. great idea to remove the wall too.

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    1. It wasn't safe and Alan's Audi wouldn't fit in except on an angle, so we would have constantly been juggling the cars around and visitors would have had no chance.

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  5. I love your new sofa, just what I'd choose. How exciting getting your new place changed and furnished exactly how you want it!

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    1. It's lovely isn't it, I loved it as soon as I saw it. This is the first time I have been able to afford to, and been able to modify somewhere to just how I want it and have to put up with no input from anyone else ... well except the kitchen designer, we have had some trouble with the small dimensions of the kitchen so another meeting is on the cards for today.

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  6. Love the colour, purple is my favourite.

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    1. It's not my favourite colour funnily enough, but it's a close second ... and it bounces off my favourite shades of green beautifully.

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  7. I love that sofa.... and looks like good progress is being made

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    1. We are slowly moving forward, the decorator is away to give me a quote for the interior painting at the moment :-)

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  8. You have been making great progress! I can't wait to see your room with the new sofa. It is difficult to keep our babies off the couch. It's all I can do to keep my cats off the counter! I just have a special blanket on the couch for our two cats.

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    1. Oooh cats on the counter is a big no no for me, although Alan allows it. One big shout from me and a very rough push off usually teaches them, and thankfully little Puggy legs don't stand a chance of that. The sofa though is a different matter, the dogs and Ginger do deserve some comfort in their old age.

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  9. Love the sofa. It's great when you can repurpose something like your paving. I'm durexots all going to look great.

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    1. Yes, it's expensive stuff the Indian Stone as we have just found out so it's brilliant that none of it will be going to waste.

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  10. Your purple sofa is great. Love the color! A matching stool as footrest, seating or serving table provides great triple-duty function. Your parking solution is genius, 3 spaces is excellent. The mosaic block layout makes a very zen patio. Lots of very good progress being made at your new home. You must be pleased.

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    1. Yes, I am very pleased with how it's coming together ... and the footstool I have chosen has storage inside, so now there is a quadruple function :-)

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    2. The added storage makes it all the better. Nice design and good planning make for living well.

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  11. Great progress Sue! Will you have to have your dropped kerb extended where you have removed the wall to accommodate the three cars or can you make it work as is?

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    1. We will see how it goes, the edging is actually very low and as we will only be parking two cars usually it should be fine to leave ... for now anyway.

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    2. I ask because we had to lower our one in end as inconsiderate people decided they could block us in as we didn't have a council dropped kerb! Living near a school didn't help as lots of drop offs and pick ups.

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    3. I had a good look when I was there today, and I do think we should have it lowered. Alan's car has low profile tyres and it won't do them any good bumping up and down regularly and as you say people can park on kerbs that aren't dropped.

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    4. It is another expense but you won't regret doing it in my experience :)

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    5. Definintely, and it's best to try and get it done before we move in and we have all three vehicles there for a while until the truck goes to it's new home ... if that's possible.

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  12. You are really cracking on with the alterations. Brilliant idea to remove the front wall, extra parking for visitors is always good. And the sofa is wonderful! I love the colour as well as the design.

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    1. I finalised the kitchen plans today, so I should see a computer generated image at the start of next week. It's nice to be moving forwards with things.

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  13. I love your purple sofa...but am really commenting to thank you for your post about not storing up 'treasures', but using them daily. I'm now off to pile 'everyday' things up from my kitchen and take them to a charity shop...it will be lovely to use the 'best' things everyday, and totally makes sense. And based on your food challenge posts, I am going to eat my way through the packets and boxes in my food store cupboard...maybe I will need less new kitchen units!

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    1. How lovely that you have decided to use all your favourite and best things, enjoy every minute with them 💖

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  14. Right now...that sofa looks like it could use a good nap...get that matching throw and I'll take the other half . :)

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  15. Oh it's so exciting seeing work progress on your new home♥ As a child I loved purple so I'm loving the sofa colour and design, my favourite colour now is red:)

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    1. I'm the opposite, as a child my favourite colour was red, now apart from having a love of red shoes I don't like it that much, I prefer green ... but this purple sofa has won my heart :-)

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  16. Vinterior pops up when i go on Facebook - it's evil, I want everything!
    I love that settee, the mid-century design and glorious colour are fabulous. xxx

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