This blog post isn't to do with interior design, or anything like that. I'm writing this because I got an email yesterday from a lovely lady who I've never met before, asking what had been going on and why I hadn't been blogging lately. I have been meaning to update the blog for so many weeks now but I just never get to it. To start with I went on holiday in November for two weeks which was absolutely amazing and if you follow west egg on instagram you'll have seen that we were very lucky to get lots of winter sun in the British Virgin Islands. It was great to get away and recharge our batteries. I deliberately didn't blog while I was away, and although I'm sure you've come to expect the erratic blogging schedule here, I'm sorry if you've missed the west egg blog. I have missed it too.
The day after we returned from holiday, and after I'd been to collect the dog, I found our dear friend and neighbour, Keith, unconscious on his kitchen floor. He'd had a massive stroke and a heart attack. The last few weeks have been a blur of hospital visits, late-night long-winded discussions about the most minute improvements and of course lots of time on google trying to understand strokes and what the likely outcome might be. It's been really tough.
Last night when I saw Keith it was the first time that I saw the old Keith, the one we know and love. The tiny glimmer of hope, that was so faint to start with, is growing stronger day by day. So much so that the idea of him coming home doesn't seem crazy at all.
I couldn't possibly list the ways that Keith has impacted our lives here in Blunham, he has come to the rescue so many times. We love spending time with him, he has the funniest sense of humour and the most wonderful laugh and when he laughed last night in hospital it was the most amazing thing.
So that's where I've been. The whole thing knocked me sideways if I'm honest, and everything else has fallen by the wayside. But we're getting back on track now and looking forward to spending christmas and new year with family and friends. I feel a renewed sense of making the most of each moment and as 2015 lurks around the corner, I couldn't be more excited.
I'll be back soon with a lovely post about one of my favourite spots in Tortola.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
As promised, here are the photographs of the finished spare bedroom. To take a recap of what it looked like before, click here. For a long time the spare room was used as the storage area and general dumping ground during the renovations so it was lovely to be able to properly spruce it up and make it a more welcoming space for guests.
As I mentioned in my last blog post here, I chose to use Wevet by Farrow & Ball for the walls and James White, also by Farrow & Ball, for the flooring. I got all the paint from Homebase which handily stocks Farrow & Ball paints, although I did have to order them specially and then go back to collect them but I guess this is the case wherever you go.
I upholstered the bedframe using Romo fabric which was a lovely linen / taupe colour. Romo fabric is such amazing quality, it feels super luxurious and looks lovely. The cushions are the Parisian Hen cushions from West Egg and the bedspread is the Coromandel lightweight quilt by Oka. The curtains are also made from Romo fabric but this is a very lightweight grey linen with the selvedge showing on the edges. The chrome lanterns are from The Home Decor Company.
The bedside lamps were such a steal from Homebase - these are the Curved Task Lamps in Bronze. I looked for absolutely ages for these so I was thrilled to get them (when I collected the paint incidentally!). The antique chair is from my parent's kitchen. My mum gave it to me a few years ago and I love it.
I always keep these little cotton bags you sometimes get from places like Aesop or if you've been away on a trip somewhere. I usually put bits and pieces in like a spare toothbrush, toiletries etc for guests staying over.
Still to do are add some cool artwork, change the door and find some nice rugs. I don't want to rush these bits though as then I end up getting something I don't absolutely love. Plus, at least now it is a lot more comfortable for our guests.