As autumn has become winter I have found it more and more challenging to take any good photographs at the barn. A scaffold covered building site atop a mud pit does not make a pretty picture, and on the occasions we have been there in the last couple of weeks the light has faded so quickly that even garden shots have been tricky. Progress on site has felt achingly slow, but it finally feels as though we are making some gains and have fixed dates for works such as plastering, plumbing, window and fire installation. If everything goes to plan (dare I even hope) then we should be able to move in at the end of January.
For at least the first half of this year I did fondly imagine myself decorating the barn in preparation for our first Christmas there in just a couple of weeks, but I console myself that I now have a whole extra year in which to plan the perfect Christmas scheme! I love these tin can lanterns by Recycle Nation and can imagine them looking great on the barn’s window sills alongside a collection of these gorgeous acorns from Baileys Home
Finding the positives in each setback has been important, and somehow all the more so because November can be such gloomy month mood wise. This year we were really lucky to have enjoyed many crisp and sunny days, so I don’t feel as cheated as I sometimes do by the long evenings and dark mornings. In fact, I am almost relishing the evenings as it gives me an opportunity to put on the fairy lights and put a match to the candles. And, in any case, the fact that we are not living on site in a caravan while the barn is being completed is a fact for which I am hugely grateful and which gives me the strength to be patient.
This weekend’s task is to order light fittings which in itself sounds quite simple. The choice however, is wide and varied, as are the associated prices. The notional design aesthetic I’m hoping to achieve at the barn is ‘rustic skandustrial chic’ should any such thing exist yet! Essentially I want to keep in mind that we’re in the country and rustic/simple feels right in the barn’s location, but I fell in love with Scandinavian design when we were living in Stockholm. I admire its simplicity and stylishness which I hope to incorporate with a touch of industrial chic. If that sounds like a chaotic mix it is a reasonable reflection of my mind!
In most areas the first choice is between spots and pendants, my preference is pendants and lamps, but spots are a good practical choice in some instances. I’m keen to retain flexibility with regards to bed placement in the bedrooms, and these clip on lights from Baileys Home look like a good option which will allow me to rearrange the furniture to my heart’s content.
There will be two lighting zones in the kitchen, and I just hope we have placed the cables in the right locations. The working end of the kitchen will have a multi-pendant something like the one below, and the dining end will have a couple of simple pendants over the table.
I’m optimistic that our next visit to the barn will clarify our thoughts!