Now if this electron is displaced from its equilibrium position, a force that is directly proportional to the displacement restores it like a pendulum to its position of rest.
Pieter Zeeman

The pendulum of my displacement has stopped swinging – at least for long enough for me to share some pictures of the progress I (together with my fantastic crew of helpers) have made on the flat. I’m glad to report that the glue came off the floors easily enough and Our Alice and her sisters applied lots of elbow grease to get the shine coming up nicely. My painter has started working his way around the rooms, the bathrooms will be tackled by a different contractor.
My best friend from my school days, Tania, gave me a wonderfully thoughtful housewarming gift; she sent around her handyman for a full day to help me hang pictures and shelves, and to attend to various plumbing gremlins.
There’s still a long way to go yet, but I am very happy in my new nest.

floors looking better

first morning coffee

it's starting to look a bit li_edited


pot on stove




heidelberger poster hung

time for afternoon coffee

And my flatmate? Princess Ally is ignorant as to what all the fuss is about.  She acts as if the two of us have lived here forever …

ally afternoon nap



70 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful, Cindy. Love the flooring! All of it shines. Princess Ally approves. It has to be perfect. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Carol, the Princess is happy as long as her mealtimes aren’t disrupted 😉

  2. Mika says:

    Your home is looking so beautiful dear friend. You have an amazing talent for decorating your home with colour and furniture. You put me to shame . I love the colours of the walls . I love everything in this little home of yours. I am happy to see your elegant chandelier from the previous kitchen has found its little space here with you. Much love amica mia .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Amica, I am still fighting for custody of the chandelier from my bedroom in the old house – want to use it in one of my new bathrooms 🙂 xxx

  3. kragenhai says:

    Wow! What a difference! Waiting with bated breath to see what you are going to do to that bathroom.
    That was a really fantastic housewarming present from Tania!

    1. theonlycin says:

      There are two bathrooms, Krag, and I can’t wait to tackle them. I agree that Tania’s gift was fantastic.

  4. dearrosie says:

    Wow it looks wonderful. I can’t believe that this is the place that was totally trashed just a couple of weeks ago. I can’t imagine how you did it Cin – – – even the balcony! Sheesh…
    Tania’s housewarming gift was so thoughtful.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m without a car for 2-3 weeks, Rosie, and I am grateful to have the time to sort out all my cupboard 🙂

  5. granny1947 says:

    Hi My friend…I was just wondering if I had your e-mail address when I saw your post…great minds and all that.
    I LOVE your new home…I just know you are going to be so happy there.
    Love you to the sky and back.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too *heart*

      1. granny1947 says:

        Are your e-mail and cell no’s the same?

      2. theonlycin says:

        Yes, the same. I can receive emails, but not send them. Am waiting for the techies to come and sort it out. xxx

  6. nrhatch says:

    You waved your Magic Wand and it SHINES!!! No wonder Ally feels like you’ve lived there forever. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      The wand’s batteries need to be recharged, Nancy, I’m far from done 😉

  7. suzicate says:

    Lovely! You’ve turned it into home.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s amazing how quickly it’s come to feel like home, Suzicate 🙂

  8. colonialist says:

    It is looking superb! No wonder Her Royal Highness is satisified!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Col 🙂

  9. Deborah Watson says:

    It is looking fit for the lady (ladies) who are in occupation. So inspired by you and very proud of you my friend in a number of respects. Deborah

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Deborah, you have no idea how often I think of you. Will mail you my cell no, it would be lovely to have a chat. xxx (Might be a few days as my email is down at the moment and I’m waiting for the service provider to fix it.)

  10. I the color choices are great, and I HAVE some of the same objects as you do–like the Le Creuset pots and a few tchtotchkes…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hi Preeva, lovely to see you here again. I love Le Crueset, but I’m begining to wonder if I should stop collecting their stuff – I probably won’t be able to lift it when I’m in my dotage 😉

  11. I love the look of your flat, Cindy – it really is home. Love your colours and decor, all so warm and homely! I wish you years of joy in you new abode 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Hope, I don’t want to move again – my next move is into a retirement home 🙂

  12. Miss Christ says:

    My Cinderella, you have no idea just how talented you are!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, my Chris xxx

  13. Pussycat44 says:

    You have made the place your very own! Well done. The balcony looks very cosy with all the plants.
    A home to be proud of.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Pussycat, it’s slowly getting there 🙂

  14. matron says:

    Woow! The place looks beautiful! You really have good taste,its a place you want to come home to after a long day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Matron, I’ll soon be job-hunting and will look forward to coming home from work 🙂

  15. Ruth says:

    Wow, Cin! You and your helpers have done an amazing job… and all those beautiful and colourful touches that are so distinctly Cin – now I know you’re home. I am SO GLAD for you!

    Princess Ally, I take it from her attitude she hasn’t been asked to do too much? 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth. I did ask the Princess to help, but she resolutely ignored me in the true catly fashion 😉

  16. Looking fabulous! Has style!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, James 🙂

  17. MaanKind says:

    Now I know you will be OK. You are OK. You are one helluva homemaker. Congratulations, Cin! I love your place.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Dankie Maankind, jou woorde maak my hart sommer baie bly xxx

  18. Naomi says:

    Oh wow, absolutely exquisite Cindy! Your new home and your kitty of course 🙂 Wishing you loads of love and luxury here, XO

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, coffee soon? xxx

  19. Leeswammes says:

    That looks really nice! I hope you’ll be happy in your new home.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Judith 🙂

  20. Hotly Spiced says:

    Wow! What progress. And you have done so much in such a short space of time. Congratulations! This is such a transformation and it definitely looks like a very comfortable home. I love the parquetry floor – such an improvement on that carpet. And I like how you have everything you need hanging in your kitchen – it’s a very handy system and no bending down to scratch around in a drawer or a cupboard looking for the item you need. So glad you and your Princess are settling in xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks HS, but the hanging idea is as a result of a lack of cupboard space; one of the small snags of the flat 🙂

  21. slpmartin says:

    All I can do is smile…I am so happy for you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Charlie. When I felt overwhelmed by the task I kept your words in mind: And so it goes 🙂

  22. You have made it look amazing Cin – and the floors are beautiful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, my friend, I’m impatient to get the guest room ready – hopefully you’ll visit soon 🙂 xxx

  23. Susan Du Plessis says:

    You have impeccable taste and your post left a broad, warm smile on my face and in my heart this morning. I am so happy for you and absolutely LOVE your new home. xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Susan, that’s very high praise coming from you 🙂

  24. Absolutely beautiful Cindy. Your new home is just perfect. How lovely you were able to settle in so quickly and Princess Ally is clearly purrfectly settled too.
    You are going to be so very happy in your new home.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Mandy, I’m already happier than I have been in a very, very long time 🙂 xxx

  25. Sparkle says:

    Wow! Knew you will do a great job! Looks lovely Cin. Are you getting new wheels? Lol! @ the bedroom chandelier 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thaks Sparky. Not getting new wheels. Car is in the panelbeaters, old ding that I only claimed for now. xx

  26. bluebee says:

    Cheers to your new home, Cin – what a stylish transformation.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Bluebee 🙂

  27. Dee says:

    What a smile you gave my heart this day! It is absolutely beautiful, and you have a wonderful knack for placing everything,you should be a decorator. It looks so cozy and warm, and I love your garden on the balcony, may you make many happy memories here.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Dee, I was lucky to be able to bring my favourite pot plants over with me, like having a tiny piece of my old garden here with me 🙂

  28. Gorgeous! Really you have worked a miracle, now can you come to my house? I especially like the way you lined up the photos on the wall rather than grouping them. So glad that you are happy in your new home.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Those pics on the wall are just the start, I placed the big ones first; there are lots of smaller ones still to hang around them 🙂

  29. tarnishedone says:

    Cindy your place is beautiful, homely and YOU. I love it and I know you will be happy there

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Michelle 🙂

  30. What an amazing difference! It looks so clean and fresh and Cindy! Your character shines through. I love it.

    I love your friend’s thoughtful gift, as well.

  31. adinparadise says:

    What a transformation! Your nest looks perfect. Enjoy living there, Cin. Princess Ally obviously feels right at home there. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      She really is very comfortable here, she’s become so much more confident 🙂

  32. Looks like you’ve made quite a cosy spot for yourself! Well done. Hope you have a real home there 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Liane, I plan to stay here for a very long time 🙂

  33. adeeyoyo says:

    Amazing – the difference you’ve made, Cin! I love those old big block tiles.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Adee, I love them too 🙂

  34. optie says:

    Wow, you really have made your mark on the flat – it is so welcoming looking amazing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nearly there, Optie, just one bathroom to do and then I’ll be able to settle down properly 🙂

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