Happy hump day! Hope you are having a good week? After a tiring weekend of cutting and fitting skirting boards (which we still need 2-3 more weekends to finish), we finally welcomed our long awaited sofa on Monday morning. We’ve been beyond ecstatic about something soft and comfortable to sit on ever since. When we told the delivery men that we’ve spent the last 15 months watching films on a laptop on two deckchairs in the middle of our spare bedroom they thought we were exaggerating for effect. We were not!
Despite having some doubts about whether we’ve purchased the right sofa – we are really happy with it, it is a perfect size, really comfortable to sit on (it’s a chaise lounge style sofa or a lounger as some people call it) and a subtle nod to the Mid-century aesthetic we both love. A TV is arriving in a week and currently I am obsessing about finding two similar yet different sideboards for our fireplace alcoves as we got rid of the tired looking inbuilt cupboards and we won’t be putting new ones in, we’ve decided.
We want something a little less conventional and predictable, plus one of the alcoves has an unsightly damp patch that would benefit from the air flow that you get with a free standing unit. The trouble is that in a typical Victorian style house the two alcoves are different sizes – arg…! After many hours online, I did find two Mid-century sideboards that we both like and now the question is whether to go for one to put the TV on and leave the other alcove free for a comfy armchair and a floor lamp, plus floating shelves up high or whether to have a sideboard in each alcove plus shelves up high. This is what I am pondering today. I do love interior design so I am enjoying myself looking for solutions. Our ambition is to have the room furnished and decorated entirely, down to the smallest detail, ahead of Xmas. I think it’s manageable even in the face of my propensity to be a lousy decision maker…
Recipe-wise, I made a delicious and very BBQ-appropriate potato salad for the blog today in the hope that I will be able to coax the sun out a little for the weekend. Potato salad is such a BBQ classic and I’ve already made a few for the blog in the past few years (this one with wild garlic pesto and this one, which was inspired by a BLT sandwich). This new version is Duncan’s favourite. It features a deliciously creamy yet nut-free dressing that really steals the show. It’s mustardy, lemony and has a hit of sweetness. Goes perfectly well with new potatoes, boiled or pan-fried (I am a sucker for the latter so I pan-fried mine) and a whole host of late spring, early summer veggies: cucumber, radish, Gem lettuce, garden peas and my spring favourite: asparagus. If that’s too many ingredients for you – I like to pull out all the stops when I make a salad – feel free to skip some of them, it will still be delicious. Enjoy.
PS: If you make my vegan new potato salad, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!