Well, I am pleased to report that we have made headway – yippee! – planning our new look dining room. We have chosen a weathered oak for the floor that already comes with scratches so that any scratches Zack makes at a latter date will not show up too much! (Sigh! What can one do with dogs like him?) Secondly, we have finally chosen the stains we want for the new oak tables and chairs. In actual fact, we have gone back to square one and are going to have an unstained oak for the tables and a lightly stained oak for the chair. Thirdly, we have also made up our minds about about the seat fabric. It is going to match the room’s decor of eau de nil in a pale neutral palate. Phew! It is nice to not need to think about the dining room decor and furniture anymore.
However, we will next need to shop for new crockery to go with the new look of the room. We are also considering new place settings, such as slate or sustainable wooden placemats. I am determined not to search for these until later on because I will have a month’s grace at least before the new tables and chairs come to us.
Our other big adventure in the guest house is the creation of a new website. We had wanted to have one made last year but did not quite know enough about what was available and who to go to. This year, we were a little smarter. We started to ask around a bit and checked how websites looked both on a larger computer screen as well as a smaller mobile screen. We began searching for a new website designer probably three weeks ago. It was an all out effort and we have finally decided on someone whom we hope will be a good match for what we require of our website.
So what else are we doing? Well, we have engaged the services of an upholsterer to re-upholster two easy chairs in one of our bedrooms and a dressing table stool. We are also remodelling one or two of our bedrooms and getting them repainted and refreshed. All in all, Winter and Spring are going to be expensive seasons for us.
Regular upkeep is of course part of the daily workload in a Bed and Breakfast. This time, however, we are going to do lots more. I have just received some rather pleasing fabric samples from a curtain maker and am thinking of using one of these to revamp one of our rooms. Instead of a deep burgundy, the colours would be more of a light sea green and a light slate grey. Hubby has not said ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ yet to my idea.
Three of our rooms were affected by water ingress during the December storms in the Lake District. We have claimed on insurance for repair of the damage and work will begin next week. As you can see, it’s all go!
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