Part of good interior design is smart avoidance of undue expense. I will be more than happy to pay a registered plumber to fit an extra washbasin - but paying to have a chimney breast removed is a dream too far. My alternative plan is to use the fireplace space (which is blocked in, its floor area fitted with lino its walls painted white), as storage space. The plastic-wrapped pillows and duvet for the new bed are going in there. Then I will cover the opening with a large Daler board which I have previously painted to match the walls. Done.
I managed to fulfil a little part of my dream yesterday. Art and life 'merged' and were one. They jolly well have to.
I pencilled in some of the horizontal triangles I'm painting above the bathroom washbasin and filled in one of the smaller triangles in just the right blue. All while loading up the towels etc. to go to the launderette. Today's task is preparation, painting on primer to some Daler boards.