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Dreaming up a study scheme

Dreaming up a study scheme

  It may have been awhile between renoVotes, but we’re finally ready to go again after six weeks escaping reality in America. Next up for the renoVotion treatment is our study, a space measuring a grand total of 6ft by 8ft. Husband and I have chosen our top three ideas for decor – which one do...
Got some front

Got some front

Despite husband’s hankering to use his yellow paint again, our front door is now dark grey, thanks to the latest renoVote. And it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. Saying that, I might just be feeling ecstatic that the horrible red-wood door is a thing of the past. In a rare example...
Retro reveal

Retro reveal

Well, here it is at last! The latest manic makeover at No 9. After our renoVoter result came through deeming we do a retro-vation, husband and I chose 50s shades of (mint, lemon and) grey. We turned a sad TV stand into a well-stocked minibar, used a Smeg as a massive drinks fridge (OK, maybe...
Sneak peek

Sneak peek

The dining room is almost ready for its debut. Until all is revealed, here is a pic to whet your appetite. Can you guess what it is yet?  
A-door-able

A-door-able

Now that the front of No 9 is finally painted (thank you, weather gods), we can get going on our door makeover. I’d love a bright, welcoming door – something that, as Sheldon would say, is a bit zazzy. But maybe it’s safer to go with a more traditional hue – what do you think? Update: the...
White on

White on

Yesterday, during a rare 12 hours of dry weather, husband and I dropped everything to paint the front of No 9 in the colours chosen by renoVoters. It was one of husband’s more hazardous pursuits – using a combination of skirting boards and wood offcuts, he propped one side of our ladder up on our very...
Stairway in Devon

Stairway in Devon

Well, the stairs are done and if nothing else we’ve ended up with better legs as a result of having to climb them two by two while they dried. I’m not entirely sure that I love the lime and blue – while it’s definitely an improvement, it seems a bit boy’s bedroom-y to me. After...
Renovation report

Renovation report

After much deliberation over colours (lemon? coral? purple?), we have finally started the stairs. Turns out it’s a trickier project than we first imagined (aren’t they all?), because if the budget doesn’t allow you a random hotel stay, you’ve got to paint every second tread and step on just the alternate treads until they dry....
Designs to dine for

Designs to dine for

Now that most of the building work is completed at No 9, husband and I can start turning our thoughts to decor. The pic I’ve posted below is of our dining room as it stands (exciting? not so much). As you can see, it’s a basic box, with four white walls and a window out...
Get a grip

Get a grip

  So, the kitchen is almost there. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I see the floor that’s still to be grouted, the splashback that’s still to be tiled, the walls that are still to be painted… But here’s one renoVote that will be easy to implement – which handles will add...
Kitchen update

Kitchen update

Turns out taps are like buses – you wait all week for one and then two come along at once. But they’re in and working beautifully, installed leak-free first time (unlike our dishwasher, which seems to be pumping waste water into the washing machine…). As well as the tap and sink chosen by you, we’ve...
One step at a time

One step at a time

  Update: this project is underway! The walls are painted, the floors are sanded. Most of No 9 is slowly turning from building site to love at first sight (OK, for us – maybe no one else), but the one part of it that stays stubbornly un-done is the stairs. Apart from being stripped and...