We have some pretty cool stuff on our walls though; a few of my pieces, some awesome album artwork (Rage aginst the machine), Movie posters (The Lost Boys), a photo taken at our pre-wedding shoot that all our wedding guests signed the mountboard of, and a boxframe with a photo and the collar of our much loved and so missed German Shepherd, Jake. There are other family photos around of course with our wedding and the gorgeous teenager and master LFCC, not to mention my darling daddy whom we lost to small cell lung cancer almost four years ago.
So what I'm getting at, or trying to say, is that things here have to really count for something. Not everything is massively sentimental though but it has to definately add something. Mr LFCC and I are getting quite passionate about vising antique and collectors fairs but for us it's not about collecting expensive antiques; more of finding cool and quirky things that will add to the feel I've designed for our living areas.
When we first built Zulu, our houseboat, I was young and very into the whole shiny stainless steel and modern oriental influences but as the boat as aged, and I've aged, it's just wasn't working as well. With Mr LFCC's blessing I began a gradual transformation into a whole vintage ephmera style. The sofa's being the biggest investment were a bid deal but we gradually changed over to soft leather pieces in dark brown, and we found cool drawer units which suited my idea of a vintage gentlemans club lounge. I still wanted it to feel homeley though.
We took a very rare holiday last year and drove via the tunnel to Amsterdam. Rather than frequenting the stereotypical tourist areas we spent a lot of time in "the nine streets" which is where the locals shop and buy gifts and homewares. Having hunted for about an hour one day for somewhere to park we found a spot which just happened to be outside a tiny cornershop we'd not seen before. Inside was a veritable treasure trove! We bought antique books with the most fabulous pen illustrations of the canals, and right at the back, two matching vintage style beaded tealight lamps. We were convinved they'd been priced wrong or I was reading it wrong as it looked like they were EUR 9.95 each. We queried it with the owners and they were most apologetic that they really were that MUCH each! We quickly bought both before they changed their mind! I now have one beside my side of the sofa and the other is on a small plinth beside the fire with a pendulum click ticking beneath it!
The bedroom is almost there, and we're now starting on the office. My poor long suffering husband puts up with the piles and piles of craft paraphanalia which gradually takes over the entire room and inch at a time but it's time to take charge. He needs a lot of desk space as he needs to spread out drawing plans and they're pretty big. I've managed to tidy all my fabrics into a huge steel chest the teenager and I found in an interiors shop on a girly day out, and all my inks are in the most heavenly vintage suitcase. I'm determined as Mr LFCC won't let me replace his desk that it and the other surfaces will all be painted in more Annie Sloan white paint, and my bargain £5 shelves from B&Q are already painted and waxed and looking like they're all old and expensive. No photos yet other than my fabby suitcase but hopefully it won't be long. Then I can start using my vintagesque magnets in our office! Fashioned from vintage earrings and brooches, with strong magnets, they'll absolutely serve both style AND function. Mr LFCC might not want to let any blokes in his office though.. ahem...!
Oh, and the hot chocolate? I've been sat here sipping it as my fabulous husband makes the best hot chocolate ever and I'm spoilt wrotten!
Hope you've enjoyed this peek at our home - are you surprised by what you've seen??