GHILLIE AND BILLIE

Here is a little insight into the current state of our sitting room. This small corner is representative of the rest of the room. I can't bring myself to include more than this in the picture...

When we bought the house two and half years ago the sitting room was not a room you wanted to spend time in. It had a hideous fake electric fire with awful tiles behind it. It had white walls which were marked and dirty. It was utterly soulless. After hours spent on Pinterest and watching reruns of Monarch of the Glen, I had a vision of what I wanted to create. I painted the walls dark blue, spent a lot of money on an oak mantelpiece, invested in a stone stag's head to go above said mantelpiece, and did many other things to create somewhere suitable for relaxing with a large Laphroaig whilst discussing salmon flies with the ghillie. Due to its lack of heating, it's still not a room we spend much time in. And frankly, the ghillie has never materialised. However its lack of radiators does make it an excellent cool-store for Christmas puddings! So the poshest room in the house has become a store-room until Christmas (yes those are IKEA Billie bookshelves...I'm using 'posh' very loosely here).

I now have 6 days to make these all look beautiful, work out how to use my new card machine, design my table, and all the other things I listed in August, so there was no last minute panic...


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