Hello Readers!

So, it’s been a whole 3 months since my last post, to blog or not to blog? Whilst I’ve quite enjoyed not worrying about the blog or what anyone might think of my house renovation efforts for the summer, I have missed it as well. So I’m going to have another shot at it! This post is really just covering what’s been going on over the last 3 months, and addressing the feedback I’ve received from friends and readers.

Dispelling the blogging myths

I have received some good feedback over the last 3 months. Clearly my blog is read by more people than are signed up to it! The main comments I’ve received on why people haven’t commented or signed up to follow the blog are:

“I don’t like to comment online”

“I don’t like to have to give my email address”

So here’s my thoughts:

  1. I get it. It’s kind of scary putting your thoughts out there. I know it is for me! And we all worry now about how our email address might get used, and whether signing up for something will lead to a deluge of junk mail. So let me reassure you:
  2. Your email address is NEVER published or shared, with anyone. The ONLY reason it is used is so I can contact you if I need to, or to notify you of a new blog post being published If you have signed up to that service). If that ever changes, I’ll let you know.
  3. Comments are greatly appreciated by me, as I love to know people are reading the blog and it’s prompted a response.
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated by other people as well. It’s great to be able to have a discussion and share thoughts, ideas and tips.
  5. You can leave a comment pretty anonymously. Have a look at the screen shot below:
How to leave comments on the blog
The blog’s comment box

The comment box is right at the bottom of the screen on any blog post. When commenting, it’s possible to put your ‘name’, which is the name that will be attributed to your comment, as whatever you want. I’ve just put ‘anon’ in the example above. Only the email address needs to be real, and that is not published. You can choose to comment with your Facebook or Twitter account, or reference your blog if you have one. You can choose to put a photo of yourself up! But none of that is necessary. You can also choose whether you want to be notified of follow up comments or not. If you choose, all that will happen is you receive an email to let you know when new comments are posted.

Signing up to follow the blog is similar. There are subscription boxes at the top and bottom of the screen on the right hand side. Just enter your email address in the box and click submit:

How to subscribe to the blog
The Blog Subscription Field

Again, your email address doesn’t get shared with anyone, and it is ONLY used to send you emails whenever a new blog post is published.

So if you WOULD like to comment, or follow the blog, and have been too nervous before, why not have a go?

Life at the Coast this Summer

Actually, I’ve spent a lot of the Summer out and about, exploring my new home. The north-east coast is a great place to be. Here’s a few pics:

Scarborough South Bay, July 2017

 

Flamborough
Flamborough Head, Oct 2017

 

Robin Hood's Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay Oct 2017

There’s plenty more scenic pictures on my twitter account if you’re interested, take a look.

What’s been going on at The Creative Coastal Home?

The Outside

My relationship with my garden has been a bit hit and miss this year. Mainly due to ongoing cat wars i.e. how to stop the neighbourhood cats thinking that my garden is a fabulous toilet spot. I haven’t yet resolved this. It does seem that the more I dig a spot, the more cats want to use it, which is not a great incentive. However, there have been bright spots:

Potato harvest
It turns out anyone can grow potatoes!

I’ve managed to grow rather a lot of potatoes, without even trying too hard! All the ones in the picture were dug up on 31st October, there have been more. I will definitely do this again next year.

Apples!

The existing fruit trees have done me proud. I harvested a bounty of plums and apples in particular, but also pears and peaches. The rhubarb plant also kept on giving all season, and I was introduced to the Japanese Wineberry for the first time, which is kind of raspberry like.

Japanese Wineberry

The main things that happened in the front garden were:

One: I acquired a hedge trimmer (one of many power tool purchases this year). Surprisingly easy to use!

Two: My neighbour very kindly cut back the tree at the bottom of her garden. It doesn’t look great, and it’s still exerting quite a bit of pressure on the wall between our properties. But the difference it’s made to the light coming into the living room and bedroom above is immense, so I’m very grateful!

A seriously pruned tree
The neighbour’s tree has been cropped

You may notice that the above pic was taken before I acquired the hedge trimmer.

I did have all sorts of plans for the gardens this year, but on reflection it’s a good think to experience a garden for a year before making any changes… ahem. They’ll just have to be followed up next year. Special thanks are also due to my mum, who did the majority of any weeding that took place this year!

The Inside

The inside has seen quite a lot of activity. However it’s of the sort that is so far causing a lot of disruption that hasn’t then been sorted out yet. Progress is good, though.

Lights!

polishing a crystal light
The new living room light gets a polish

The re-wire has been finished. I have a lot of good lighting and an abundance of power sockets now, which is fabulous. However I also have rather a lot of channels in walls and ceilings that will get patched as I decorate each room.

Remember my deliberation over what statement light to get for the hallway? Well, I made a choice and it certainly creates a statement. I’m not doing a full reveal until I get around to decorating the hallway, but here’s a sneak peak:

Hallway statement light
The hallway light lighting up the street

Yes, you can see it from the street!

Heat!

There have been two big improvements here. Firstly, I’ve put larger radiators in bedrooms, that are capable of actually heating the rooms. You can see one of them in the picture of the office further down this post.  Now, I guess a radiator in itself doesn’t look too impressive. But having heat is definitely impressive.

The second project is the quest to install a log-burning stove in the living room. This is still in progress.

It started looking like this:

Fireplace in living room
The Fireplace Before

This picture was after we’d removed the gas fire to have a little look behind and see what the chimney looked like. It then went to this:

fireplace remodelling for a log burner
Fireplace re-modelling in progress

Panic not, the situation has improved! Things have progressed from the above but the project is currently on hold until the new hearth arrives next month. This topic definitely deserves it’s own blog post.

The Office, and 50 shades of green

The Office was the first room I decided to decorate. You can check out the before pictures here and  mood board here. Another topic that deserves it’s own blog post. It took WAY longer than it should have done, mainly because I was never quite happy I had the right shade of green. It is ridiculous how many times I re-painted. I have finished the room – kind of. I say kind of because it still needs a new carpet, and I haven’t decided how to upcycle the furniture yet, or done anything with all my wooden magazine files.  So it all looks a bit messy, rather than the co-ordinated finished article I’m aiming for. But I’m using it to get the idea of how it works and how I need to change it to finish it off. Here’s a pic of the furniture going in:

Assembling the home office
Arranging the home office

It’s so difficult to photograph small rooms, and clearly I had a bad day when I tried to photograph the office. All my pics have white blobs on them. I’ll do a fuller blog post with all the details and some good pictures soon.

The Guest Bedroom

Having got the home office to the point where I’m using it whilst deliberating the furniture treatments and final touches, I’ve turned my attention to the Guest Bedroom. Here’s how it looked before I started:

Guest Bedroom

And here’s how it looks today:

Decorating the guest bedroom
Guest Bedroom in progress

Hmmm. Another blog post required to explain this further I think.

Round-Up

That’s a whistle stop summary of life at The Creative Coastal Home over the last 3 months! What do you think? What would you like to see more of? If you’d like to leave a comment, scroll on down and have a go!