Job done

Last year we had builders in to do various jobs and for longer than I was entirely happy about our dining room looked like this:

The builders' ready room

At new year, with the builders finally gone and the room freshly plastered, we were ready to start redecorating. We picked out colours,

And it begins

braved putting up wallpaper,

Progress

(Tim worked speedy fast for me)

Fast work

and started constructing my library.

Shelves up

In fact, a few months back we were mostly done and I blogged about my almost-finished library here. However, there were a few bits and pieces still to do. Between my sister’s wedding, my lupus flares and us generally wanting to have a life outside of DIY, it’s taken us a while, but today I can finally declare the library finished! And isn’t it beautiful?

Set

Detail

11 thoughts on “Job done

  1. Leeswammes (Judith) August 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Really nice, Kate! I’m a bit envious. So wonderful to have a space with all your books!

    But don’t you need a comfy chair, too? Is there space?

  2. Nose in a book August 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Judith We did consider that, but decided that we’d keep comfy chairs in the living room and make the dining room a cleaner, more worky space.

  3. Joanna August 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Sigh. I am so envious, it is beautiful. congratulations.

  4. lillput August 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It is lovely…and a fine room for game-playing too 🙂

  5. Nose in a book August 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Joanna Thank you!

    lillput Why yes, yes it is 🙂

  6. The Girl August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Ugh it’s so amazing.

    I have shelf envy.

  7. Nose in a book August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    The Girl Ah, go on, it’s the Lego minifigs on the mantelpiece you envy really, isn’t it?!

  8. Lorena September 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I thought it was a bookshop until I spotted the exit to the garden. It’s atmospheric and inspiring. Lovely.

  9. Yvann September 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful! I wasn’t sure about the dark wallpaper at first but the end result is just stunning. I hope you have many happy times in this room!

  10. Mary September 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    What a lovely room. And I love that the doors open to the garden. Well done!

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