It all began with a bath…
It was a few days before my 30th birthday and I was rushing around Dorset making final preparations for the party I was throwing that weekend. At the time I was working in PR and events and as a result felt under pressure to wow my friends with something spectacular.
I wanted to create my own mini festival, but with a touch of glamour and sparkle. A marquee, fairy lit ceiling, black and white dance floor, and a lot of white and Moroccan themed chill-out areas were all set in a secluded forest glade with tipis, tea lights and yurts scattered all around. It was a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it as it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life so far. Who knew that turning 30 would be such a pleasure!
You’re probably wondering what a bath has to do with this story…well, I have always loved collecting beautiful things and as a result the sight of antique or interiors shops often interrupted and slightly hindered my missions around the county to buy party paraphernalia.
On one such occasion I was parked outside Semley Reclamation near Shaftesbury waiting for a contractor and just couldn’t resist popping in. It was here that I fell in love with the bath; a gleaming freestanding double ended design by Heritage, white on the inside with a cream exterior and a total bargain at £400 (the taps alone would cost more than that if bought new!).
It was immaculate and had been bought for a local renovation project, but when it arrived the client had changed her mind. I bought it instantly, my justification was that it would be my birthday present to myself. It was a slightly impulsive move as I didn’t even own a house to put it in; there was no way it was going to fit into my London flat (despite attempts to convince my flatmate that it would be a stylish addition to the sitting room).
At least now I had a good excuse to start saving up for the cottage in Dorset that I had always dreamed of owning (it is one of my main ambitions in life to have a cottage in Dorset with an aga!) if only so I had somewhere to keep my bath. Martin who runs the reclamation yard kindly offered to keep the bath in storage for me until it or I had a home to go to…so off I went to complete on my birthday mission.
That was in September of 2008 and two years on so much in my life has changed. Soon after my birthday I moved from London to Mallorca to project manage the build of a lovely house in the north of the island. I’ll explain the reason behind that sudden move another time, but the important part to know now is that 18 months later the bath came too!
It now lives in the master bathroom of the house and it was whilst lying in it one evening at the end of last year that I came up with the idea of starting this blog.
I hope you enjoy property, interiors and beautiful things as much as I do; I’m so excited about sharing my experiences and discoveries with you as well as hearing all your comments!