Friday, 28 February 2014


Thank you all so much for your comments the bedroom makeover. Know that your comments and time spent reading my blog mean so much to me.

 We are in the final stages of putting it all together, so don't go away, I'll be posting pics of the final reveal soon!

After all this rain we've had, I'm in the mood for Spring days - sunshine and bicycle rides.  My potted bulbs have all but drowned in the heavy rain we've been having, especially the tiny crocuses.  

And with warmer days in mind I feel like a change in decor.   Now I love paint, but I'm even more in love with wallpaper.  There are so many patterns available and it just changes everything about a room.  It might be because I spent years in a country where no one used wallpaper, in fact you had to import it, or pay extortionate prices just for one roll.  So I've been browsing my favourite wallpaper stockist Farrow and Ball.  

Now one thing I really love about Farrow and Ball wallpaper is that it is tactile.  It really does feel like the pattern has been painted on with their fabulous paints.  But not only that, the wallpapers have all been designed to match their paints, so you're always going to get a really good match!


And here's how it looks on the walls.  This is a very arts and crafts looking house, with beautiful pieces of hand crafted  furniture and it could have looked quite heavy and drab but the wallpaper really lightens it up and brings a fun element into the room.  The tones are warm especially when teamed with brass lampstands.

and here's another picture of the same wallpaper but see how different it looks teamed with black and  brass - the black furnishings have cooled the entire look down.

and who would have thought about putting this lovely Lotus wallpaper in the kitchen to glam it up a notch!

And right on the opposite side of the colour wheel I've been looking at this beauty - Cole and Son's Cowparsley wallpaper.  It's sunny and bright, has a beautiful pattern which immediately puts one in the mood for Spring.  Cowparsley is available from John Lewis or any good wallpaper stockist.

(The views and opinions expressed on this blog post are solely my own and not an advertisement for Farrow and Ball).

Is it getting warmer where you are?

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 23 February 2014


I've had computer problems these last few weeks and believe me I've suffered the equivalent of 'cold turkey' being without it!  A new battery and a complete overhaul and my laptop is ready for another few years or so!  

I've been busy with a bedroom makeover...a teeny one....the brief:  to turn a once neglected bedroom into a calm and inviting haven.
 The budget  - ZERO!  Seriously though, this had to be done on a 
TINY budget and that's always hard as it forces one to come up with ideas which don't cost the earth!

It's also especially challenging when you have a client who wants something 'plain and simple'.  Sometimes you have to reign in the creativity, get rid of your own ideas of what is beautiful and get inside the head of your client, mix it up and come up with a scheme SHE can live with.

A couple of photos of BEFORE...

So this is what we were going for - We started with duck egg blue/green wall paint which is the client's favourite colour, and a pop of colour in the rug.

We started by removing the fitted dark blue carpet which revealed the beautiful raw wooden floors beneath.  I managed to convince the client not to fit another carpet.  They were given a light sanding and a few coats of wax to keep the look natural.  No yellow varnish on this floor!

The bedroom walls had wallpaper on them but you can't really see this in the photos, so this had to be removed.  This was disastrous as some of the plaster came with it so we ended up replastering the walls too!  The ceiling was also replastered and the old light fitting was removed.  This wasn't in the original budget, but it had to be done.   Once all the plaster work was finished, we started on painting the walls.  I love Farrow and Ball paints, but when you're on a budget, every penny counts, so we successfully matched F&B's Teresa's green and pale green with another paint company and came out smiling.

I'll show you more photos we took during the process next time.

Aren't you glad it's getting warmer?

Happy week everyone!