Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Calling the job tedious is an understatement. White spirits, wait 15 minutes, scrape, white spirits, wait 10 minutes, scrub, mop, wipe. It has to be done in small sections so the white spirits don’t penetrate and stain the wood. From removing the carpet adhesive to finally re-waxing the floors will probably take three to four weeks. It’s an annoying process but I do feel some relief seeing parts of the blue carpet being carried away.
At the moment I’m leaning towards putting the Bacchus & Ariadne painting (17th century, follower of Titian) in the dining room. It was going to go at the top of the stairs, but it’s such a dramatic piece, it’ll probably be better used in the dining room. It was the essence of our more formal living room in Spain, you can’t tell so much in the picture but it’s very dominating, 220cm by 185cm. And when anyone walked into the room they went straight to it.