Last weekend, in a flurry of enthusiasm, I started painting!
The hallway was looking dirty, cluttered and was a constant mess. Plus I had never really liked the colour of the front door. It is also the first area I see when I come back after a long day at work and it did not make me glad to be home! It seemed obvious that this is where I should start.
The door was pretty easy and I still, a week later, get a thrill when I arrive home and see that beautiful colour. It looks blue in this picture but it takes on a definite grey hue on darker days. I love colours that do that. In the spirit of celebration I made a wreath from my jasmine plant - it has gone wild this year and has covered my back fence. It is a bit wonky but the scent is stunning.
Then I came inside. For a long time we have had a practical but ugly shoe box. It worked well for the children and gave them a space to put on their shoes and somewhere for me to store them after they had kicked them off left them in the middle of the floor. Plus we got it extremely cheaply at the ubiquitous IKEA. The orange pine, however, broke my poor heart. It is totally amazing the difference a coat of paint can make. Now I am constantly in the hallway faffing about with a blanket or a cushion and styling my new favourite area...this may not be the last time you see this area!