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Guest Home Tour – Margate Air BNB

I know its been a little while since my last post, but for the past two weekends Alex and I have been away (at a wedding and at the seaside enjoying the sunshine) so there hasn’t been much to report on house refurbishment wise.

I thought I’d get back to my posting however with a few photos from the Air BNB flat that we stayed in last weekend when we went to Margate and Broadstairs.  I really liked how the owner hung lights throughout his flat – rather than just leave them hanging directly below the ceiling rose in the middle of the room, he installed long coloured cables that allowed the lights to be positioned in just the right spot beside the bed or at the end of the the sofa.

I’ve also included a few photos from our walk along the coast from Margate to Broadstairs… just to remind myself in later winter months that you do in fact get a little bit of summer time in the UK!

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Some art work for our walls

We just got back from visiting friends in Cardiff this weekend, so there not much to report yet on the DIY front… so I will write a quick post about art.

When Alex and I were in New York I kept my eye open for prints and artwork as I always think its nice to buy art while on holiday. Not only does art not take up any counter, shelf or floor space, but when you look at the piece, happy memories of the holiday are always brought to mind. We purchased these two prints in New York, even though they have nothing to do with the city!  There is something about looking at water which is always calming and so as we don’t live on the Sea, we now have a little bit of it on our walls instead.

The photo of the surfers is called Waikiki No. 5 and is by photographer Max Wanger.  The other portal print with text is by Tina Crespo.   When Alex and I first met he took me surfing. Not in Waikiki but in the rain, in cold grey Cornwall… so when I look at that sunny turquoise water it somehow makes me smile.   We also  bought a cool subway poster from New York, but I’ll save that for another post as these two look so nice together tonally.

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Happy Birthday Hydrangeas

As part of my birthday gift from my mom, I decided to buy some Hydrangeas for the garden as I have always really loved them. I chose the blue blooms as all of the flowers in our garden are pink and I wanted to make a small contribution to the outdoor space to help make it feel more like it is ‘ours’. As we haven’t done any work to the house yet, it still feels strangely like we are staying at someone else’s home… so it was nice to be able to make a small addition to the garden.   

In learning about how to take care of Hydrangeas, I learnt that their colour is determined by the relative acidity of the soil. Apparently if the pH is above 7 (alkaline soil), the flowers will be pink, while if the pH is below 7 (acidic), the flowers produced will be closer to blue.  I just re-used a pot and some compost that was left by the previous owners, so it will be interesting to see what colour they turn next year!