My Current View… ♡

February 2nd, 2016

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Its not to shabby is it.. ?
I’m making progress, albeit slow on my orders and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience
and continued support… ♡

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I’m reminding myself
“Small Progress Is Better Than No Progress”
~ someone once said ~

Happy New Year… ♡

January 1st, 2016

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As we say goodbye to 2015… I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year and, may 2016 bring you all you wish for and more… ♡

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~ Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one! ~

Merry Christmas… ♡

January 1st, 2016

Christmas Wish for blog 2015

It was a mad manic run up to Christmas here at Marr House…
so much so I completely forgot to do my Christmas post, but better late than never – right…?
Wishing you one and all a very Merry Christmas
from our little home to yours… ♡

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“The best gifts around any Christmas tree are the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other”
~ Burton Hills ~

Living the dream…

November 19th, 2015

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Well, we’ve done it… we have moved… it wasn’t an easy road getting here, but now we are here we can barely believe Marr House is ours.

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Beautiful isn’t it…? with gorgeous open views from every window, lovely long walks in every direction, we keep pinching ourselves…

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We really are living the dream at Marr House, Lynesack, Butterknowle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 5QF

ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

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~ “Dreams do come true, if only you dare to dream them” ~
Someone once said

Our New Life in the Country…

September 14th, 2015

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Change is afoot, we are sold, we are leaving our ‘home sweet home’ to follow our dreams of a new life in the country…

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We have happy memories living here for the past 17+ years, Rebecca was born two days after we moved in, she was 4 weeks early… !

Kitchen 2 LJR

Our kitchen really is the ‘heart’ of our home we’ve had many a celebration in here and lots of conversations around the table…

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Hard to believe this was once a dingy hole open to the elements, I can remember my knees buckling putting the oak beam in with Mr. JR…

Living Room LJR

This was the first room we renovated, Mr. JR sanded the original Victorian floorboards, breathing life back into them, I love Mr. JR…

Our Reading Room LJR

Our reading room, this really is my favourite room, its had a dramatic overhaul from what it once was, Mr. JR and I love sitting in here…

Christian's bedroom LJR

Christian’s bedroom… I sanded the drawers, made the headboard, painted the clock and furniture in Farrow & Ball, my one weakness…

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Rebecca’s bedroom… with beautiful French furniture it truly is a room fit for a Princess, don’t you agree…?

Our Guest Bedroom LJR

Our Guest bedroom has such a cosy feel to it with its crisp white bedding and frills… oh I do love a frill…

Our Master Suite LJR

Our Master Suite, poor Mr. JR renovated our loft single handed, it almost broke him but we love it and we’re thrilled with the results…

Dad & Denby LJR

We are all going to live in the country, Dad and Denby are coming, we are all very excited…

Christian & Rebecca LJR

These two are coming, though Christian is going off to Newcastle Uni, its okay I know he’ll be home most weekends with his dirty washing…

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And, the naughty one is coming too, I only left the room for two minutes to get matches to light the candles. Ooh its all very exciting…

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Keep watching for updates on our big move.
Meanwhile, this is my new email address…
ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

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~ “My life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments” ~

Christmas At Home…

December 24th, 2011

… It’s Christmas Eve, come on in… and take a look around …

… You’ll find there’s always a Warm Welcome …

… And Even more so at Christmas …

… For us, it’s a very special time of year …

… A time when everything twinkles and glistens …

… and there’s a touch of magic in the air …

… The table is set for our Christmas Eve supper …

… Nothing escapes a touch of Christmas dressing …

… There’s even something Christmassy about our Rocking Horse …

… Christmas is my one weakness don’t you know …

… with twinkling lights, hearts, wreaths and candles galore …

All that’s left to say is We Wish you All a Wonderful Christmas
from our Home to Yours and we hope
the New Year brings you all, Everything You Wish for and more …

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other”
~ Burton Hillis ~

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

December 21st, 2010

Christmas is a magical time in our home,
I thought I’d share some pictures with you …

I have lots of cushions everywhere…
They’re my one weakness don’t you know… ?

I have quite a few candles too …

… And …
Lots of Lanterns around the house …
there’s something quite magic about candle light …

I have them everywhere …

They look so pretty glistening at night …

trimmed with red ribbon … and holly …

And … its not like we save on the electricity bill
because I have lamps everywhere too… AND I better not mention the chandeliers …

Even Sophie has a Christmas bow …
But I don’t think she is terribly happy about it …

My Vintage Glass Baubles…
Did I mention I have a weakness for all things Vintage… ?

This beauty was a gift … to myself …
Its gorgeous and I just had to have it …

Our garland has twinkling fairy lights on it
and it winds up our staircase…

Under-the-stairs I have an old chest of drawers …
and a candle or two …

We have a black Christmas tree in the kitchen,
Its a rather blurred picture I’m afraid…

I’ve taken all of these pictures using my blackberry
as my camera is broken …

and I’ve been a good girl for most of the year
… Mr Clause (hint, hint)

My lovely parents bought us this fabulous flat screen tv
for our kitchen wall as a joint Christmas gift …

When I set the table on Christmas Eve I’ll take a picture to share with you… at the moment I have a small collection of candles on it…

I believe that Christmas should be about L.O.V.E.
You can’t touch it or taste it, but it makes you feel good.

“Wishing You All A Merry Christmas
From Our Home To Yours…”

Lisa x

“At Christmas play & make good cheer…
for Christmas comes but once a year.”
~ Thomas Tusser ~

Any Old Chair………

November 30th, 2010

Can you remember the dilema I had with my chair in a previous post?
“Take a Chair …….”

… Well, I finally decided to cover it with some lovely …
Laura Ashley cranberry velvet spot fabric
which I had lying around
….. its not really what I had planned for it …..
… it kind of just evolved…
but I’m really quite pleased with it……………

What do you think…………. ?

Lisa x

“Everything will be okay in the end.
If it’s not okay…it’s not the end.”
~ Unknown ~

My One Weakness……

July 28th, 2010

……….. I L.O.V.E Hearts ………..

…………. It really is my one weakness ………….

………. I have them scattered all over our home ……….

………………… In every nook and cranny …………………

…………. I L.O.V.E them ………….

………. Its not an addiction though ……….

………. I can give up any time I want ……….

Lisa x

“Live in the moment and make it so beautiful
that it will be worth remembering.”
~ Fanny Crosby ~

Home is Where the Heart is…..

July 19th, 2010

I’ve been a busy little bee in the Johnson-Richards………..

…because not only have I been completing orders….
I’ve also been adding some little touches to my hall too….

…….. A.N.D ……..

I’m hoping to complete another doll this evening and get her up for sale on here tomorrow……. so please watch this space……………..!

Lisa x

“Happiness isn’t something you experience;
It’s something you remember.”
~ Oscar Levant ~