Putting The Warmth Back Into Our Renovations

Back in September 2011, Joe and I have been frantically attempting to make our residence risk-free and liveable prior to we could officially move in. We tore down each single bit of rotten wallpaper in there (some of which was held on by Sellotape – I want I was joking) and commenced the prolonged process of re-plastering all the walls – a approach which is nonetheless ongoing.

As component of this prep, Joe ripped out an outdated-fashioned fireplace which had plainly been there since the dawn of time…or just the 40s. Either way, it was previous and making the residence seem like it belonged in the incorrect era. It had to go.

You can see it the below picture. A single of the very first photos we took of the home when we moved in.

At that level in time we hadn’t even received central heating in the house so it really was a stupid move to get rid of it. If I could compose a letter to myself during that time, this would be the initial item on my agenda. A  boring but important bit of guidance to Karen circa 2011.

We disconnected the fuel, plastered above the gap (but not before leaving a note for the potential in the walls, which you can study here) and right here we are 2 and a bit many years later on, regretting that determination.

You see, now we actually want a fireplace!

I suppose hindsight is a cheeky sod is not it? Despite it becoming a huge unsightly (sorry that’s not a wonderful word…it has “great personality”) we must have stored it and just up to date as and when we could afford to. But at the time, Joe with a sledgehammer in hand… properly, I believe you know how this story turned out.

Now that we’re searching ahead at re-decorating the lounge appropriately as the messiest perform in the adjoining kitchen is out of the way, a fireplace is substantial up on our listing of factors we’d enjoy to contain. Also, we’re awaiting our gasoline functions to be finished for the oven in the kitchen, so it is helps make good sense to have the gas for the fireplace put back in at the same time – in concept, it should be any week now.

I’ve been taking photographs of designs I like on my cellphone for almost a yr now, and we’ve even decided what design we want (if you know Joe and I, we’re a bit crappy at creating final selections so this is a big deal!).

We want conventional, but not wood. Cast iron fire and a neutral coloured frame and mantel, so it will go with any way we decorate. It wants to be big sufficient to warm our massive lounge, whilst not too deep so that it will take up half the area. There we go. That wasn’t so tough was it Joey?

one. Adore the colour and type of this. Noticed it at the Northern Residence present earlier in the yr.
2. The curved cast iron fire on this piece from Burning Inspirations would appear wonderful in our lounge.
3. Spotted this on a loved ones day out in September and loved its simplicity.

Apart from the obvious reasons we’ve missed a fireplace like warmth and that, at instances such as Christmas I’ve genuinely missed possessing somewhere to place our decorations. Host our fancy Cinnamon candles. Hang a stocking. Put Holly on a mantelpiece.

I watched from behind my laptop display, as some of my favourite bloggers showed me what their home had to offer you for Christmas, and I felt comprehensive jelousy in excess of their mantelpieces covered in Winter wonderland decorations. It’s truly my favourite time of the 12 months and I’m clearly gutted that simply because of renovations we haven’t had decorations this Chrimbo.

I like to think that this time up coming 12 months, I’ll be enjoying Christmas next to a roaring fire. One particular that seems like Christmas has thrown up on it.