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I saw the sign

I saw the sign

What better chance to forage through some junk than on a weekend away? While in Exeter last month, husband and I got down and dusty at Steptoes Market. Tucked away at the back, next to a cherub-themed water fountain and a collection of Beano comics, was a filthy street sign, for the grand price of...
Bedroom blitz vote - the results

Bedroom blitz vote – the results

  Well, I know I left this vote up forever, but at least every viewer and his dog has had a chance to vote. The winner is… White, bright and beautiful. And since the writing has been on the wall for about a month, we’ve already started to get the paint on the wall, too....
My five wise peeps

My five wise peeps

So Christmas was an age ago, but it’s fair to say we’ve only just started to recover. Between weddings, bouts of pneumonia and a new job for husband, things have been busy here at No 9, however we are finally getting back on top of life. (Well, apart from still having to take the Christmas...
Good god

Good god

  During a recent hungover traipse through Soho, I came across God’s Junkyard, a pop-up shop open until the end of January. It’s jam-packed with vintage neon signs and remnants of London’s seedy past, with Girls Girls Girls signs sitting alongside giant hearts and balmy banners. Sadly, my budget didn’t stretch to the hundreds needed...
In da club

In da club

The transformation of our lounge into a private members club has begun. Our first project? To revamp the cast iron fireplace we bought months ago, which has been leaning up against various walls of No 9 ever since. After a bit of debate, we went for all charcoal, to set off the blue tiles that...
I'm at Liberty to say

I’m at Liberty to say

I hadn’t visited Liberty in ages when I logged on to Liberty.co.uk – and absence must make the heart grow even fonder, cause I could have happily snapped up every second thing on its website, which was chock full of pretty things. As well as the usual range of floral fabrics and lust-worthy stationery, I...
Bedroom blitz

Bedroom blitz

                  Update: the results are in! Finally, husband and I are getting around to renoVoting our bedroom. When we first moved in to No 9, we were thrilled just to have electricity and a blind in the master, but after six months of renovating the rest of...
Update: lounging around

Update: lounging around

It was a right renoVoting battle, but our Private Members scheme has edged out our Scandi style mood board at the last minute. It was so close that I’m giving Scandi style another chance to prove itself in our master bedroom vote – check back tomorrow to see what other room themes it’s up against!...
Forming a habitat

Forming a habitat

    Well, here it is – our first attempt at an eco retreat. While it’s still a bit of a work-in-progress, husband and I have done all we can until spring rolls around. And we’re pretty happy – but then anything is an improvement on looking out on to a skip. I think the...
Going solar

Going solar

It might be a bit optimistic, but we’ve decided to rely on solar power to light up our eco garden. And as husband now has a job, it falls to me to install the little blighters. Luckily, it was a pretty simple process that even I couldn’t muck up. 1) First, I measured our stretch...
Sneak peek - No 9's garden

Sneak peek – No 9′s garden

  This is meant to be a post about the progress we’ve made on our eco garden, but really it should be a post about the howling, constant, unforgiving rain we’ve had all week. If you’re reading this from somewhere that isn’t England, congratulate yourself for having the sense to move there. If you’re stuck...
Lounging around

Lounging around

  Update: this project is underway! Our house is on the verge of turning from a halfway house into a real house. To keep the momentum going, we’re tackling the lounge room next – hoping to go from derelicte chic to one of the themes below. Choose wisely!