Archive for the ‘domestic’ Category

11 days to go – It’s the Festive Countdown

In domestic on December 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

It’s T minus 11, so how are your xmas preparations going? Here’s mine, in rough order of priority:

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How to waste time when you’re supposed to be working: specialist shops

In domestic on May 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

There are many downsides to having building work done (at the moment still too raw to blog about), but the upside is the excuse to waste hours in giant warehouses that sell a seemingly-infinite number of permutations of one item. Such temples elevate something prosaic like door handles or paint from the everyday to the revered. Read the rest of this entry »

Match the mad paint name to the paint colour

In domestic on April 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

One of the perks of working from home is the early afternoon browse, a chance to clear one’s head and do a few chores while the high street is relatively empty. A chance to see another side of the workaday world, one that officey people barely know exists.

Today’s browsing route took me to our local eco-friendly Dutch paint shop (every high street should have one) where the owner was preparing his new paint card. Not only are some of the paints made out of milk, and some of them magnetic, but they have names that make Farrow and Ball look like they just aren’t trying.

I challenge you to work out what these colours are: Read the rest of this entry »

Ideal Home Show

In domestic on March 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

Friday 11 March I’ll be blogging from The Ideal Home Show.

Actually, I’m going to do the live blogging on The Midlife Manual blog.

Can I trouble you to click through and I’ll share photos and more profound thoughts later. (when I’m back on a Mac, rather than this icky PC)