Oops it’s been some time since my last post and unfortunately I won’t be too elaborate today either 🙂 And that is because I have to still finish a lot of things at work, and then I have to run home to pack for my secret birthday getaway!
Yes my husband is taking me somewhere and I don’t know where 🙂 We’re going away tomorrow and are back on Monday night.
ps. UPDATE: 5 min ago I found a letter in my office inbox, and guess what that was – a ticket to PARIS!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT!
Tak wiem juz duzo czasu minelo od mojego ostatniego wpisu i niestety dzis za duzo tez nie napisze 🙂 A to dlatego ze musze skonczyc jeszcze sporo rzeczy w pracy a potem lece do domku pakowac sie na sekretna podroz urodzinowa!
Tak, moj maz zabiera mnie gdzies ale caly czas nie wiem gdzie, i wracamy w nocy w poniedzialek.
Ale juz teraz moge zapowiedziec ze po powrocie opowiem Wam wszystko o ‘pogadance’ (no naprawde czasem czuje sie jak analfabetka – jak odpowiednio po polsku powiedziec ‘talk’, ale taki mniej formalny niz wyklad?) miedzy Alice Rawsthorn i Konstantinem Grcic o wystawie Design Real w Serpentine Gallery ktorej jest kuratorem, a byla to bardzo ciekawa… pogadanka… (naprawde czasem mam ochote zostac tylko przy angielskim 🙂 )
ps. UWAGA: 5 minut temu znalazlam list w skrzynce biurowej, i zgadniijcie co bylo w srodku – bilet do PARYZA!!! Super co nie 🙂
And finally, here they are – photos of what we’ve managed to do in our bathroom back home a month ago.
As you know / don’t know, we live in London in a rented flat, but our hearts – and our own flat – are still in Poland. We have never managed to finish it to the standard we wanted because we moved to the UK having just bought it and being able to do only the basics. Now every time we come back to visit our family, we try to add to it.
The next visit over Christmas will be even more important as we’re thinking about renting it out, and for that we need to finish at least the projects we’ve started, if not the whole place!
Our orange-cream-brown bathroom is actually the only room in the flat that more or less started coming together and is almost finished – it really is missing a few minor details (though my husband wouldn’t call it details…)
Below is what we’ve managed to complete last time – some embellishment around the mirror, and a tall cupboard for the much needed storage. I’m not going to show the whole bathroom yet – I’ll do that when we finally finish it off, but I can proudly say that the bathroom design and most of manual work have been done by my husband with a tiny bit of help from me.
Mosaic mirror frame
Actually, this decor has never been planned. We thought we’re going to have just an extension shelf over the mirror, on the same level as the top of the cupboard next to it. But then it turned out that we have some remnants of the panelling which we could use for the shelf. The only problem was that it was some milimeters shorter than the cupboard, which would result in the front of the shelf being a bit recessed in comparison to the cupboard, so the idea of having it at the same level for a sleek look would be lost. So we thought and thought… and then I came up with an idea of adding something decorative to the front of the shelf to disguise the difference in level, and we settled for some mosaic.
Obviously, there are many types of mosaic, and originally I thought we’d get the traditional glass mosaic. We also needed to make sure that the size of single tile (or two / three etc) is more or less the same height as the front of the shelf.
But after some strolling around the decorating shops, I saw this decor and I loved it! The original version was vertical (the size of the usual tile decor) so I broke it up into pieces, got rid of the supporting (and irritatingly difficult to remove) plastic frame beneath which normally holds the mosaics together for easy mounting on the wall, and used each separate tile as I wanted, making sure I don’t repeat the pattern much.
I mounted it onto the shelf using a standard all-purpose strong glue, and it worked very fast and was much easier to work with than the tile glue. Of course, be careful with this – you don’t want your fingers stuck together forever 🙂
…and after a moment of drying up, we were able to hang the shelf up!
This is another example of recycling what was already in the house. My parents have bought a set of furniture to my teenage bedroom ages ago; one cupboard had glass door. We thought we saw some stain on it, so we asked for replacement. The manufacturer duly resent the door, but never took the faulty one. In the meantime we decided the fault is almost unnoticeable, so haven’t even replaced the door. And so it lay for ages in the basement, which my husband noticed some time ago and had his plans for it 🙂
Even though I know how good a DIY-er he is, I was still surprised by what he managed to do in half a day (with some finishing touches the next day) – he has actually measured up, had the panels cut, finished the edges, and built a proper cupboard for our cupboard, nicely employing all colours from our bathroom’s scheme.
Even so, I can hardly survive having something so big in my house without me adding the teeniest bit to it… so I’ve decided to use the spare mosaic tiles to finish the door handles 🙂
So, that’s it for now. Going back now to choosing textiles for Christmas… hmmm maybe that’s a topic for my next post 🙂
…and another two assignments behind me 🙂 Pretty tricky they were, and they left me covered in spattered paint! Why oh why can’t we use CAD on this course…
Anyway, below are a few rugs that I fell in love with when I discovered another interesting online shop: Kaleidoscope. They look absolutely gorgeous, very tactile and I am sure any guest at your house will want to touch them 🙂 and they are very affordable!
I think I also promised you my DIY project some time ago… let me find the photos…
…no i skonczylam kolejne dwa zadania do akademii, ktore byly dosc podchwytliwe i pozostawily mnie pokryta plamami po farbach! Ach, czemuz nie mozna uzywac zadnego CADa na tym kursie…
Tak poza tym, powyzej przedstawiam kilka strukturalnych dywanow w ktorych sie zakochalam, a znalazlam je przegladajac kolejny sklep internetowy Kaleidoscope. Sa nie tylko piekne, ale rowniez malo bolesne dla portfela, a do zaloze sie ze kazdy gosc w waszym domku bedzie je chcial poglaskac 🙂
Hmmm, czy ja kiedys nie obiecalam pokazac jaki projekt ostatnio poczynilismy z mezem w PL?… lece znalezc zdjecia…