Monday, January 30, 2012

First weekend

We spent our first night in the new flat on Friday, and had a great weekend moving and shopping. The place is shaping up really well, and it already feels like home.

We picked up a couple of pieces of furniture at Poverty Aid UK (same place where my dresser is from--brilliant stuff!). They'd just been brought in, and we snapped them up.

Little sideboard unit with 2 drawers and 2 shelves

Dining room table--very solid, classic design (some heat damage on the top, but it was only £40 and we can fix it and/or use a tablecloth...)

This is what it looks like with the extra panel in--it's huge!

Cookie is settling in well--she's been going around exploring the place in the evenings and sleeping on (or in) our bed most of the day.

Cute little glass bottles I picked up at Ikea--they match my glass Avon jar really well!

The bathroom already looks a million times better with just a new shower curtain and a new toilet seat.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Before pictures...

We got the keys to the new flat yesterday! First things first, I wanted to take some before pictures to show how it looks now, before we fix it up. It has a ton of potential, and I can't wait to see how great it's going to look with new paint/flooring/light fixtures, etc.

The worst one is the smaller bedroom/future office:
I don't know what she was doing to the walls...
I can see a lot of potential there, with the big window and deep sill
I have no idea why the flooring is gone...

The kitchen

The bathroom

The bigger bedroom
The tenant left a TV, but we're getting rid of it asap, so we don't have to get a license

The living room--note the wallpaper remnants. The carpet is actually in great shape, though!
I love the big windows & deep sills!

The panel there by the door is loose, and we're going to put glass in its place

Trip to Seattle

Snowy scene from the freeway--such a gorgeous welcome back to the Evergreen State!
First dress we tried on at Jessica McClintock

The winner--the color looks a bit off in this picture, but it's plum. I didn't take a picture of Mal's dress, but hers is plum and a slightly different cut (halter neckline)

I had a great time in Seattle, but it really was a whirlwind trip! Cookie was a fantastic little world traveler--she just curled up in her little carrier and slept while we were on the train. She's very happy here now, purring & cuddling with us. I'm so glad it's all worked out!


We went to York a couple of Sundays ago
Outside the Minster

Piano busker--he was playing that Mozart song that's in Wuthering Heights & Pride and Prejudice:
We saw the Hogwarts Express engine! Unfortunately, it was getting dark out and this is the clearest picture I could get...
Platform 9 3/4 sign!
The warehouse has so much china from the trains...

Love this sign...