Melly Potter is getting her very own office! YAY!!
Warning: this is going to be a more personal post than usual. We moved house a little while ago (It feels like ages ago and yesterday at the same time, to be honest...). We moved a staggering 400 meters away from our former house which means two things:
1- We really love our neighbourhood,
2- It does not make any difference whatsoever for my clients since I work on location, not from a studio.
Details on the front of our lovely little cottage. Definitely not a new build!
However, this does not make taking over a cottage that needs some TLC any easier! I thought we were not making any progress on the few spots we are working (part-time) to refurbish. However, few days ago I was revisited photographs I have taken in late March, well before we moved in. There were still items from the former owner in the house. I was surprised to see how much it changed, which is somewhat re-assuring about our progress!
I am showing you few some "before" and "somewhere in between" images from some parts of the house. The "after" images will come soon, hopefully!
Bathroom - Before:
Bathroom - Now ("somewhere in between"):
The unpainted parts in the right corner will be tiled so we will have splash back for the shower. The tiling materials have already arrived and we should be able to do the re-grouting (and put back the tiles that have fallen off in the process) and new tiling this weekend. When I am not out shooting, that is...
Dear husband is still working at the bathroom door, paint-stripping it slowly but surely (not an easy task!). It has to be done carefully as we suspect the bottom layer(s) of paint are likely lead-based...
This is the garden office (MY office) "before":
and now, "somewhere in between":
This may not look impressive, but the walls, cupboards and the metal cabinets are now ready to be painted...
... with this...
(ok, one of the big cans is actually for the bathroom; it won't stay flat white.)
...in colours that match Melly Potter!
This notebook may seem a little over the top but it came extremely useful when going to fabric sales to grab something to make a Roman blind at a ridiculous price (end of roll offer! :) )
However, the part of the property that has the best improvement/effort ratio so far is... the garden!
"Somewhere in between":
Next time I should be able to show you tomatoes and aubergines! ;) Look: we even got a composter!
On the whole, it's a real big mess, but we love it and can see that the result will be lovely in the not-so-far-future. It's also significantly much bigger than our former place so it is perfectly ok that my current "office" is in the dining room, with many boxes everywhere...
I noticed that having so much DIY waiting for me only makes me more dedicated to my photography business; photography-related activities are pretty much always preferred to "stripping wallpaper", "applying poly-filler", "paint-stripping the bedroom". It's great for my clients, but no wonder the refurbs are taking so long...!
Another advantage of working with me this summer and for many months to come is that I am currently totally oblivious to all sort of mess! What has been developed as a "survival skill" in my own home does come handy when meeting or working in people's home. I truly mean it when I say I don't notice how messy it is, and it is NEVER as messy as our own home anyway!!! ;)