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Today’s post is bought to you by the letter E.

E Facts

1. This letter E is 20cm high.
2. It’s made of wood and my favourite bits are the lovely chamfered edges. It’s another one of my finds from Aladdin’s Cave. It’s old, scratched, beaten up and all the better for it.
3. It’s in a font that may or may not be Times… It could also be something like Garamond or Bembo, but it seems condensed to me.
4. It’s become a home for this little bird that is one of a set of Christmas decorations that my sister bought me as a gift. Some Christmas decorations are just too pretty to pack away in a box for 11 months of the year.
5. Good words that begin with E… Earwig, Eejit and eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious*

*Apparently this means good, but I can’t really find any history of the word anywhere on the whole interweb (and I looked real hard, even onto the 2nd page of Google). One definition of the word said this: eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious, longer than antidisestablishmentarianism. Which isn’t a lie but also isn’t very satisfying.

This is what my lounge looked like a month ago.

I wasn’t making a Gastro Pub style feature wall but more boringly fixing a damp problem. Even more boringly I wasn’t doing this in The New House just getting The Old House ready to sell. I had a bit of a dilemma as to how to decorate the wall when it was finally waterproofed and re-plastered, previously I’d put up a nice bit of wallpaper and I wanted to replace this BUT I didn’t want to spend a fortune on paper that (hopefully) I wouldn’t be looking at for much longer and that also might get ripped down as soon as the New Owner moves in.

I wanted to find a wallpaper that I could live with for a couple of months and that wouldn’t break the bank. There are millions of nice paper designs out there in every colour way and pattern possible so to stop my brain exploding I narrowed my search down by choosing a colour scheme of black/grey/silver and looking for a nature inspired print.

In general it appears I have expensive taste as all my favourite papers were around the £60 a roll mark. Which is acceptable if you’re only doing one wall or a couple of alcoves but can get a bit prohibitive if you’re papering a whole room or the paper has a massive repeat as you end up wasting a lot of paper making the pattern match up.  These were my ‘dream choices’

from left Marimekko Biloba Wallpaper £56.95 from John Lewis
Family Tree Wallpaper £59.95 from 95%Danish
Harlequin Silhouette Wallpaper £58 from John Lewis

Then I moved on to some more attainable ones…

from left Sanderson Squirrel & Dove Wallpaper £35.46 from Housedecorltd
Graham & Brown Mirage Wallpaper £21.99 from Homebase
Cottonwood Leaf Wallpaper £25.90 from Laura Ashley

But the one I went for in the end was this …

… which was a bargain of £13.99 from homebase. It only took about two hours to put up with a couple of limbo moves trying to get it behind the staircase, but I managed it apart from this little problem I had right at the very end of the wall, and apparently the roll!

idiot.

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This is my bookshelf, my beautiful colour coded bookshelf, the shelf above has the blue and green spined books and the one below the black and white. On this bookshelf are some useful sewing books, some useful fashion reference books, my lovely Couturier catalogues as previously discussed here and a couple of international editions of our book. There is also one book on the bookcase that I have had for almost a year but have only had the briefest of flicks through. It’s the lovely big fat one called Design*Sponge At Home full of inspiring interiors, home makeovers and general lovliness. It’s written by Grace Bonney and is based on her awesome blog Design*Sponge

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I bought it when I was in the midst of moving house and was looking forward to using it as my bible when redecorating The New House. Sadly The New House never materialised (though I live in hope that one does turn up soon)and as I’d made a pact to myself not to open the book till I was in said (or any) New House the book has remained shut…

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Last Friday I visited a house that totally deserved to be within the covers of this book and is now my number one inspiration for The New New House. Owned by my friend Megan the house is full of quirky little knick-knacks, bold colour choices and eclectic bits of furniture that all work together to create a warm, welcoming, sophisticated home. That I really really want. Whilst poking around Megan’s blog the-colonies.com I found out she also has an Etsy shop selling stuff. Good stuff. Stuff that I am totally going to buy when I finally get The New House. (I wonder if she’ll sell me the elephant puppet? Love him.)

For Megan’s shop click here

To get your own copy of Design*Sponge At Home or for more inspiration pop on over to here

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Today’s post is bought to you by the letter U.

U Facts

1. This letter U is 25 cm high
2. It’s made of plaster or maybe some sort of balsa wood.
3. I bought it from Hobbycraft. When I got it it was a plain and simple white letter and a lil bit boring. I transformed it by cutting inch wide strips of paper (the one I used was from Paperchase and was a kinda half tissue paper half paper paper, so pliable but strong) and dunking them in a pot of wallpaper paste, removing the excess paste with my hands and wrapping the U with them and leaving to dry.
4. It used to live in my kitchen helping spell the word cherub (now it’s packed away in the shed waiting for The Move).

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5. It’s in bog standard Times, yawn.
6. Good words that begin with U: ummmmmmm, umami, unbelievable