When we bought the house in Istria, one of the things which sold it to us, was the size of the main bedroom. Compared to other bedrooms we’ve had, this was massive and with a lot of potential.

Over the months, we’ve done bits and pieces to try and make it comfortable, as we work our way around the house, making improvements and changes.

Little changes along the way...

Little changes along the way…

However, since returning in January, whilst our builders renovate the kitchen, we’ve been focusing properly on this bedroom. We’re lucky that we’ve been able to camp out in one of the other bedrooms, which is finished and so have had been able to take our time getting the flooring right. Like all of the other rooms in the house, we’ve painted all of the walls  white, including the internal exposed stone bits, and done all woodwork a soft, pale blue satin. We were toying with the idea of painting the floorboards, but decided to stain and varnish them a dark walnut, after seeing how beautiful my sister’s floorboards were looking, with this colour. It took a bit of trial and error to get the right colour – the first “walnut” was too golden, but we finally settled on Ebony, as seemingly out here, “Walnut” on the tin, doesn’t translate to the colour we wanted.

Ebony floor stain

Ebony floor stain

Ebony stain & a couple of coats of hard varnish.

Ebony stain & a couple of coats of hard varnish.

In fact, we liked it so much against the white walls, that the decision was made to also stain the light wooden bedframe, the same. Not a popular decision, as this was a bit fiddly, but it just had to be done 😉

Not the popular job...

Not the most popular job…

So this weeked, whilst the builders have beavered away in the kitchen, we’ve been trying get upstairs ship-shape and looking a little more how we want it to look. And, it was fab to finally get out some accessories we brought back from England, including the most gorgeous bottle green, feather throw. The sofa bed will be going soon – to be replaced by a free standing bath – and so this luxurious, decadent (although very inexpensive!) throw, will be moving to a new home downstairs. It’ll be a long time before every room is exactly as we want it, but each day goes by, we’re making our marks a little more obviously.

Lovely to have artwork back on the walls. Photography by Lawrence Yusupoff, Didsbury.

Lovely to have artwork back on the walls. Photography by Lawrence Yusupoff, Didsbury.

Spotted this lamp back in England - still not in its perfect position, but better than in a bag...

Spotted this lamp back in England – still not in its perfect position, but better than in a bag…

You can't beat a turquoise velvet cushion with a gold sequinned fish :)

You can’t beat a turquoise velvet cushion with a gold sequinned fish 🙂

Beautiful baby blue angle-poise. And *that* bottle green, feather throw...

Beautiful baby blue angle-poise. And *that* bottle green, feather throw…

New home for the throws which will come into their own, on chillier nights, sitting outside. Copper lanterns from TKMaxx...

New home for the throws which will come into their own, on chillier nights, sitting outside. Copper lanterns from TKMaxx, chair, footstool & concrete fruit from David Gavin Design, West Didsbury…

After living with bare lightbulbs for nearly a year, these IKEA shades are a joy...

After living with bare lightbulbs for nearly a year, these IKEA shades are a joy…

Ebony stained bedframe, to match the floor.

Ebony stained bedframe, to match the floor.

Velvet, peacock feather patterned cushioned. Found in the wonderful HomeSense store.

Velvet, peacock feather patterned cushioned. Found in the wonderful HomeSense store.

A little bit of West Didsbury in Istria. Mosaic by Amanda McCrann.

A little bit of West Didsbury in Istria. Mosaic by Amanda McCrann.

A very comfy corner to curl up in...

A very comfy corner to curl up in…

Lovely lights, high up in the beams.

Lovely lights, high up in the beams.

Another room finally in a fit state for really living in. We don’t know for how long though, as those dreams of a bath in the bedroom are soon to be realised. It does sound very decadent, but after working through lots of bathroom options, this one actually made most sense, and will be quite inexpensive to do. The two bathrooms we have are really too small for a decent sized bath, so these will be renovated with walk-in showers. Edin, our plasterer, can do the tadelakt technique – and that was all I needed to hear…

Bathrom dreaming...

Bathroom dreaming…

The bath will be plumbed in directly into the current bathroom, as it’s on the other side of our bedrrom wall, meaning that the one of who loves baths will be happy and so will the other who much prefers showers. And guests, too, will have a lovely bathroom of their own.

So, all looks as if it’s coming together. And, it is. But not *quite* everywhere in the house…

In progress. The Kitchen.

In progress. The Kitchen.

And, of course, not forgetting the “kitchen” we’ll probably still be using for a couple more weeks, before it too, takes on a whole new look…

The Well Room / Kitchen

The Well Room / Kitchen