About a month ago I decided I need to make this ancient cottage of mine into MY home not OUR home.
I have kept only the items Harvey owned that meant a lot to both of us. Some are being passed on to the children but I had no intention of throwing memories away.
We did have similar taste but that masculine side of the lounge that was his is not my style. Not that I wanted totally feminine but I did want more light.
The corner he used to work in has now been opened up and an old Corinthian pillar (one of a pair) has been added. It's all a lot more feminine than masculine.
I have dyed and waxed the leather on the banquette and thrown a Gotland Sheepskin over one end. I don't think he would have been keen on the pink.
I couldn't bring myself to take down the D and the H from the mantle but I did give them a new look.
I have re-painted the glass cabinet in the dining area and placed our pigskin chairs in the windows.
All in all I am happy with what I've done up to now. It's all part of the process of moving on. I don't think it's healthy to live in a shrine I'll keep that in my head.