Remember the lemurs wallpaper that Mr B&T agreed to for the hall, stairs and landing? It's something I love so much and got so excited about that I was telling everyone about it, particularly as I was so surprised that he was happy to go with it. Colourful, bright, patterened wallpaper is not what my husband tends to go for, he being of the magnolia brigade! And then this happened ...
Ordinarily we decorate ourselves, but more than 2 months of wallpaper stripping for the man with MS had taken its toll - not helped by him falling off the ladder more than once, so back in August we decided to get a decorator in. After a long wait, a really long wait, for the decorator to arrive, November arrived and so did he. One of the first questions he asked was what colour we would be using on the walls that were to be painted. I pointed to the background colour of the wallpaper. Mr B&T had other ideas. "We're not having it that dark!" I educated him about how you couldn't introduce a new colour to the scheme, that we needed to use a colour from the wallpaper.
Well, the look of horror was too much. He just couldn't cope with living in what he called 'a gothic horror show'. Now, I love that lemur wallpaper. I really really love it. But I love Mr B&T more, so I drove off to work leaving the decorator to put the lining paper up.
A day at work upholstering a chair gave me time to think about what to do, and I realised that if I could just get him to agree to a dark-ish blue on the walls, I could forego the wallpaper. But the most important aspect of the scheme for me was to also have the woodwork dark, as I knew that white doors and skirting boards would just clash. So I arrived home with a compromise, and he agreed, just in time for the decorator to get the first bits of colour on the walls. Next week, I'll show you the finished project. We had the carpet laid on the stairs and landing today, and next week it's the Karndean, so as soon as there's some good light I can take photographs to share with you. I'm really excited about it!