Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to The Mad House. I ended up taking a rather longer break than scheduled but it has been lovely to have a pause and some time for thinking. The builders are also back and work continues at a rate – one bedroom is complete, one is waiting for its new window and radiator and then it, and ours, can have their flooring laid. Meanwhile, as I type, the shelves are being prepared for the books in the back half of the sitting room and the new back door is going in. Work on the bathroom starts in 10 days. It’s a frantic pace but as all the planning was done well in advance it’s working reasonably well.
Of course there are hiccups. The window for one of the bedrooms is the wrong size and needs to be remade, so instead of being fitted today it will be the end of the month when the sitting room windows go in. It’s mildly inconvenient as the desk can’t be fitted until the window goes in as they sit next to each other but even with all the best laid plans things don’t always run completely like clockwork. It will be sorted by the end of the month. Which is when work starts on the kitchen and pantry….
Anyway, I will, of course, keep you up to date on all of this. In the meantime what about the blog in 2023? I have to admit to slight feelings of overwhelm last year – as did many of us I imagine. I kept it going throughout the lockdowns and during the pandemic and last year – when we thought it was just about over – there were so many other things happening and of course we were selling a house against this background which is up there in the pantheon of stressful things to do.
But moving on from that, regular readers will know that The Mad Husband and I have long dreamt of a house in Italy. We had originally planned to downsize in London to a two bed flat but things happened more quickly than we thought (an unexpected offer on the house) which accelerated our plans and meant we still needed a family home. When the offer came in on the London house we had assumed we would move and spend a while looking for the right place in Italy over the next year or so. And then we found it. Quite unexpectedly. So while I’m not going to share any more details for now – negotiations and contracts are underway – I will tell you more about that as soon as I can. Which means, of course, there will be lots of renovation content coming your way this year.
Ah yes, content. The plan is as follows: Monday will remain as a discussion of Beautiful Rooms. It seems to segue into discussions of ideas and how to’s and so, I feel, provides both inspiration and information in the same place. Sometimes it will be just one room in depth so we can dive more deeply into what works and what doesn’t.
Tuesdays will be reserved for new drops on Design Storey as it was towards the end of last year. While not one for new year’s resolutions the plan is definitely to keep that updated more regularly. I also have plans for some extra content around that in the form of a newsletter but that’s for later in the year.
Wednesdays will be for house renovation updates – I think there’s enough going on to keep that going for a while and, as has previously, been the case, if there is advertising or sponsored content it will also be posted on a Wednesday but it will be clear what’s what.
I plan on Thursdays to just send you a postcard from the podcast which is now weekly. This will give you a link to listen if you wish and just let you what we are talking about that week so, if you don’t subscribe, you can dip in and out.
And Fridays will remain as The Househunter. Again, this is a mix of the joy of looking around other people’s houses with some forensic discussion of what works and hopefully provides a mix of new ideas and information.
So I hope you will stick around for another year of all things interiors. I’ve got lots to share and I am, of course, always grateful and thankful for your continued engagement and readership of these pages. This is the 11th year of Mad About The House and I’m excited for all the plans and ideas that we’re going to discover together.
PS: My new book is out in April too. More on that nearer the time…. I’m just waiting for the advance copy to arrive now. But if you do want to pre-order then the link is above.