Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Drop the Lime


I have this afflication now where I can't handle having my nails au naturale - it's been 2.5 years of regular mani/pedis and a lot of experimentation with new products to get the maximum wear for minimum stress/committment. The latest discovery was a gel nail product called Gellac - unfortunately it didn't last beyond a week so I'll be back to Bio-Gels (which last for up to 3 weeks and take 75 minutes to apply) - but the thing that was interesting was my 'random' choice of colour. Yup, it turns out I have a prediliction for this exact shade of citrus green. And it was a totally unconscious decision - when I chose it at the nail bar I was just thinking about getting away from my normal hot pink.

Oh and yeah, another music reference in the headline (look up Drop the Lime if you're into rockabilly dubstep)...

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Downstairs bathroom

The Polish builders were doing some work next door and popped over to look at our downstairs configuration. We showed them the garage and explained how we'd like to turn it into a store room and separate utility room, and then tart up the downstairs loo. We haven't gotten a proper quote back as we don't know exactly what we want but now that the ball is rolling I feel a second wind coming on. The drama of enduring the initial build has worn off and now I am looking forward to phase 2.

So - onto the cloakroom: the Roca toilet (pictured top) won the Wallpaper* Reader's Choice award last year. It's a clever design that recycles grey water, filters it, and then uses it to fill the cistern of the loo. It's a massive step in the right direction ecologically and we're pretty sure it will fit into the space OK.

The thing is, it retails for nearly £3,000. Rob found one on sale for £1,800 which still seems exhorbitant for a toilet, but the more I think about it the more I think it's a good investment.

I'm having trouble finding good inspiration for the decor of the downstairs loo so if you've seen anything interesting online, please post links below!