You may be pleased to know that I have dug out various surfaces around the house, and not just by piling the bits into a plastic tub and setting it aside out of the way...
Indeed, I've actually made some progress. Those blue chairs, for instance: now much shorter(and without stickers)
I continued to fight with possible decorating options, none of which felt quite right,
until I gave up in disgust and headed off for a break to read the latest issue of Uppercase. And check out Instagram.
Where this hit my feed (you can see it here, if you're not an Instagrammer)*, and I realised I had been overthinking the whole thing (as usual). And so, back in the studio, this mock-up made much more sense with the whole story of the build, which really was about a cheap and cheerful make over.
Which lead to deciding that I needed to add squabs to the existing benches,
with some cushions for added comfort...
(*Emily Hartley-Skudder, a recent discovery for me, is a fellow Kiwi who creates scenes in miniature and then makes oil paintings of them. Visit her website to see more of her work, read an article about her, or watch a video about her work (or her time living and working in New York).)