Paint charts, Washi and a smile

So in this month's Papery Peep post where I look back at my month in paper you'll not be surprised to learn it's been dominated by paint charts, wallpaper samples and carpet catalogues!  The latter is a new addition to my handy folder of decorating info as we've decided to go with carpet in our bedroom instead of having sanded floors with a rug.

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Partly that decision was based on cost - but when you need 20 m2 carpet still isn't cheap but it seems more cost effective than to spend a small fortune on sanding the floor to then cover the newly-sanded and no doubt gorgeous looking floor with rugs, which we'd also need to buy!  

And I don't think you can beat putting your foot out of bed onto carpet, anyway...

So there's been brochures. And brochures. I must say there's some fab looking and funky carpet out there, but we wanted something fairly plain and textured that would complement not compete with our quite loud wallpaper (it's the black, grey and gold wisteria paper in the photo above). 

Brochures are all very well but we still wanted to feel it before we committed, so this weekend we did that. Our favourite is still in number one position so assuming we won't need a small mortgage for it when the measurements are confirmed later this week, in less than a months time we may have some carpet in our bedroom... Such extravagance!  And I was just getting used to the underlay look...

And although the paint colours, wallpaper and even wardrobes were decided on a while back it's been good to dig them out, remind ourselves what we'd chosen and confirm we still like our much earlier choices!

But it hasnt all been boring house stuff. My Washi tape collection has grown, with these new additions from Paperchase:

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After a particularly stressful incident with Yodel and their inability to deliver parcels to the addressee* which resulted in me having a two-hour round trip to retrieve them I decided I needed a treat. And these were it. 

I've not used them yet - but I'm sure it won't be long - but right now I'm happy just admiring them. 

*Yodel assured me they would have redelivered the parcels correctly, but on this and previous experiences of them I wasn't convinced. And as I was pretty keen to have the goods I ordered before they went missing, I went and got them...

One of the good things about completely emptying our bedroom has been rediscovering things again. One such item is this book by Camilla Morton, How to Walk in High Heels which proclaims to be "the girl's guide to everything."

Remembering this as a light-hearted read it's now on my bedside table. 

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With sections titled "How to blend in at B&Q" in the Homes and Gardens chapter, "How to hail a cab across the world" in Joining the Jet Set and "How to tell if it's corked" in Being Socially Adept it has the (I hope) tongue-in-cheek advice for almost every situation. 

And in case you're wondering:

At B&Q "jeans, trainers and sweatshirt should suffice" as "there's no point snagging a favourite cashmere on a shelving unit to an unappreciative audience."
For a cab "Taxi! A word that needs no translation" however the real nub of it is "how to find one and get it to stop."
And if your wine "tastes like soggy corrugated cardboard, crusty socks or furry mushrooms it's definitely corked so you have to send it back."

I bet you're glad I told you!

The Reading Residence