10 September 2009

Girls Part 11

Debbie said on a whim, lets go to see Loraine.
Loriane moved away from London first to Wiltshire and then to the Midlands when her children were very young.
It was a sad time, but Hub's job had called, so off they went.
We three had met many moons ago.
Loraine and I with our first pregnancy at ante natal classes.
Debbie when our babies were toddlers.
Arriving in Birmingham for a quick visit to the Bull Ring, (for those of you who may not know, the Bull Ring is a shopping centre, then back to Loraine's to stay a night.
I am showing Loraine (on the left) what Blog is!

We enjoy interiors, gardens and food etc...
Blogs have been a wonderful source of information for me.
Blogs have given me the inspiration to get up and get on with.
As you are all aware I'm sure, one blog leads to another and then before you know it,
hours have passed.
What we ought to be doing, has not been done!
Loraine is currently re-decorating her lounge.
So with camera at the ready in my hand bag,
I snapped a few images for you
As is often he case, I return home and wish I had taken more!

Trying to get a good image as I hold the digital at arms length is trail and error.
Still, you have an image of us.

Anyway moving on....the house.
This kitchen was a contemporary, beech wood kitchen with beech work surfaces and modern style handles just a few months ago.
Modern had to go.

Rather than buy a whole new kitchen, new doors were made and fitted.
Loraine painted everything with F&B in one of the shades of white.
Some work surfaces are granite, the rest oak.

The lounge is almost finished.
The carpet needs to be chosen.
And a few things hung.
No names being mentioned here.

Loraine has painted her wall in Slipper Satin and the woodwork and furniture in various shades or pale greys and whites.

Accessories are mainly in silver.
Debbie is looking at what is really an Ice Bucket.
Loraine bought it to display rather than use.
Take no notice of Deb, she is just playing at posing for our house shoot!

The cool colours evoke a peaceful atmosphere.
And with three grown children Still at Home !
Loraine needs as much peace as she can get!
Very New England.

The chair shown here was £25.00 on EBay!
Loraine loves her flowers.

Wood frames painted the same shade as the furniture, a great favourite of mine
Cornforth White.

Into the garden we go.
A summer house, bought as ex-display has been placed where the last of the evening sum can be enjoyed.
Re-painted in one day, Loraine tells me.
So girls it can be done with determination.
The rear of the house had just been fitted with a small extension,
rather than replace the rotted original wooden bow window.
It also means that the doors can be opened full width to bring the garden into the house.
The New England look is gorgeous.
Just need a little beach here somewhere!

After much talk,
a very late night or rather very early morning
we eventually retired to our beds.
After just three hours sleep we hit the shops and the cocktail bar.
Well it has to be done sometimes.
Going home back to London on almost the last train,
Debbie and I sat in silence.
Stunned, I guess you may call our expressions!
Back to work the summer hols over.
I hope that you enjoyed this short tour.
The sun is low and still very warm.
I am loving Autumn already.
Enjoy your weekend.


Simone said...

Your friend has a lovely house and an eye for a bargain too! I love the summer house but I bet if I had one it would be full of junk like the shed that we curently have. I bet your friend was pleasantly surprised to see you both! x

Pipany said...

Hi Carol. Golly, that house is gorgeous. I love the New England style too. Lovely pictures x

Fiona said...

What a gorgeous house. Thank you for the little tour. I really love the summer house. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.

MelMel said...

Hello lovely lady!

Wow, simply stunning!
I so enjoy a visit to your blog!
I'm about to watch Land Girls....

Have a fun weekend!xxx

Sachiko said...

Oh my gosh! I love her house, can I move in?! I love the dining chairs with all the different fabrics, so charming!

Karens Hopes said...

Thankyou for that little visit to your friends home, its lovely to see how creative other people are.

Sarah said...

Hi Carol
What a lovely house and fab colours!
Thanks so much for your comments on my blog, I loved Tenderton, and you're right the shops are great. The beach piccie is Winchelsea - another pretty place! Joining the NT has forced us to go out at weekends rather than being tied up with jobs so it's been money well spent!

Rubyred said...

Ooohh your friend's home is beautiful.I especially love the kitchen. I'm hoping to paint mine cream before Christmas!
Isn't it lovely to have a 'girly' time now and again!
I love the Bullring, I think I visit it more now than when I lived in Birmingham!
Rachel x

Lyn said...

Looks like you had a lovely visit. What a beautiful house, wish mine was that tidy!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness what an absolutely gorgeous house, can you please ask her if I can move in?
Oohhh & how gorgeous are you three too, you all make me sick! I think I will have to stop coming here with all this fabulousness, you are making me green with envy. *Giggle*
It really sounds like you all had a fab time, jsut what us girlies need.

periwinkle said...

what another gorgeouse house and I am quite envious of the kitchen --- i think I'd give an arm and a leg to get rid of ours

Pondside said...

Whew, that was a whirlwind. Isn't it nice to reconnect with old friends, though? Your friend's house is charming - I love her little garden house too.
Will she thank you for introducing her to blogging?

Cowboys and Custard said...

What a wonderful oasis of calm Carol... I do long for clean uncluttered decor.. in my dreams!
I am loving this early taste of autumn... it's our month.. and long may this Indian summer last..
Love to you

Sea Angels said...

Aah yes Friends, where would we be without them... as lovely as the decor in this post is, the most interesting things are your beautiful smiles and all of your love and laughter that fills and overflows on these glass pages of mine, may you all have each other for a very long time..
Love and hugs Lynn xxxxx

OhSoVintage said...

Loved the tour and photos.
What a lovely home your friend has. I do so enjoy being nosey looking at other people's houses.

Shelby said...

You made my day with the smiles of your friends and the passion for life. The decorating is not too shabby either :)

thanks for a happy morning..


Diane said...

Hi Carol, Please thank Lorraine for all the inspiration. Just what I needed as I start to pt idea's together for a bedroom makeover on a shoestring!! Her home looks so beautiful. Good luck with the birthday and all the partying this week. We Viro's ROCK!!! XXX

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

what a beautiful house you obviously share such lovely taste in interiors :-) looks like you had a lovely time its so nice to spend time with friends isnt it ?
Lesley x

Simone said...

Happy Birthday to you Carol (it's my sister's today too!) Have a lovely day and hopefully it won't be raining all day like yesterday! x

Felicity said...

it looks very elegant, whites and creams wouldn't last long here with a four year old and me, im a messy crafter! fliss xx

LiLi M. said...

Happy Birthday to you Carol! I heard it from Michele, how sweet. Have a great party and lots and lots of beautiful presents!

Rubyred said...

I hear someone is a Birthday girl! Happy Birthday to you Carol! Hope you have a lovely day!
Rachel x

Country Cottage Chic said...

Just popping in to wish you a very happy birthday Carol!


Floss said...

What a fantastic home! Thanks for letting us have a peep at it, and at you!

Anonymous said...

Sorry i am late in getting onto this blog thing!!! not too sure if i have done it correctly!!! photos look good!!!!!!!!!! hope your birthday was as wonderful as you are my dear friend!
About to start to paint the next cupboard!!! just building up to it
Just cant wait to get all my cushions and bit in the room.
much love
Loraine xxx

Deb said...

What a lovely home & visit with your friends! Happy Birthday Carol ~ hope it's wonderful ♥

Itch2stitch.com said...

What a beautiful house! Suzie. x

the homely year said...

Wow, gorgeous house...love it all. Sounds like you had a fun visit!
Margaret and Noreen

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dare I say I have no idea how I wound up here at your blogspot... but I'm so glad I did. I've spent the last 1/2 hour reading your posts. Thank you for such refreshing remarks. I shall bookmark you and come back to visit again and again. Good "stuff".

Kind regards,
Penny Sue