Not much movement on the decorating this week. I now have a freshly-painted lounge with just a few minor bits of touching-up to do. But I don't have much in the way of plans for the floor, which needs re-covering in some way, or for the windows, which need new blinds.
I have at least had a man round to quote for renovating the sash windows, and I know I want to make more of a feature of them, so I know roughly what I want to do, blinds/curtains-wise. But I've not really settled on a colour scheme for the room, and I don't know if plain white would be too dull.
And I've at least wandered into a flooring shop and had a browse, but there's way too much choice. At this stage I'd really quite like to be in The Village, where there would be The Flooring Shop, with choices of Wooden Floor 1 to Wooden Floor 5, and where you'd simply wake up one morning and find it had been installed in your house overnight.
I find interior design quite hard. I'm gradually, I think, developing the kind of vision that you need -- certainly, every time I decorate, the improvement is more marked compared with the previous time I've decorated -- but it's quite a slow improvement.
Also, the sources of inspiration for home decoration are often big impractical liars. I was watching a home improvement TV show yesterday, and they'd made a big feature of a fancy TV-hiding cabinet that had a remote control where you pressed a button, and the top opened up and the TV slid out upwards from inside.
Now, that's a lovely toy (although I wouldn't pay £1,000 for one.) But here's the thing: it looked great in the room, and everything about the room layout was well-balanced, and there were some great feature curtains.
But the TV was in the bay of the bay window, and the curtains closed across the front of the bay. So, during the day, the TV would be silhouetted against a sunlit window, and pretty much impossible to watch, and during the evening, if you closed the curtains, you'd hide the TV. As soon as the designers left, the family would have to figure out how to redesign the room so they could actually watch their telly.
Because interior designers appear on TV; they don't watch it, I guess.
And that kind of crap goes on all the time, all over the place. The rooms look nice, but are hopelessly impractical.
I've got a couple of design books here with features about home offices, from within the last couple of years. They've got gorgeous, minimalist looks; they've got hideaway looks, they've got all sorts of things.
But one thing they don't feature? A computer. And then you look at them, and realise that if you added a computer and a printer and a few of the other accoutrements of any modern home office, they'd be insane.
The hideaway doors wouldn't close without chopping your monitor in half, or the pretty standalone vintage desk would have to have a six-way trailing socket and all the power and USB cables trailing with nowhere to hide them.
I have yet to stumble across what I think should be out there somewhere, a real person's interior design resource, where you can't just take the hideous fitted wardrobes away from someone's bedroom to make it look bigger and lighter, darling, without telling them where the fuck they're going to put all their clothes now.
Erm. Anyway. Sorry, this started as an update and turned without warning (for me, either) into a rant. I guess I've watched one too many makeover programmes this week. Time to go and have a nice relaxing bath, I think, then head out to furniture shops for inspiration.