At home, step 1

When we first took posession of our new home we had absolutely no spare money to do anything to it. If you saw my last post about the house you'll know I wasn't keen to live with the previous owners' style.

In our last flat we learned the hard way that it's a good idea to tackle boring practical & technical problems before you start decorating. But hey, I decided to start by decorating again! This time I know it's only to make the place more habitable for a while until we can sort out our finances and get some of that practical stuff scheduled so that's a step forward right?

So we started by stripping out all that colourful textured wallpaper. This had the added benefit of reducing the stink of smoke infuing the place.

Then we started painting everything white using an organic paint that has no VOCs and so doesnt trigger my asthma or give us the pounding headaches associated with vinyl paints - and it's a lot better for the environment too (I read once that conventional paints produce 5l of toxic waste for every litre of paint, which is a hard statistic to stomach being part of).

This neutralises all those old colours, freshens the place up, brings the light in. As an added benefit I can now start to really see what the spaces are like and begin to think about any colours to bring in at a later date.

The painting is by no means finished, you may have noticed the multi-colour scheme on the inside of the front door and the rest of the woodwork is still waiting to be done, but I think you'll agree that it's a big improvement!