Female Painter Really Finished The Job With Aplomb

I have never had a great calling towards the art of home decorating.  In fact I’m very ashamed to say that I have not so much as painted a wall beyond the small scale try outs with different mini pots to check a shade or two.  I really do appreciae the talents of the well practiced painter and decorator and actually envy them their flair and lack of inhibition!  The last time my house had any kind of decorating was in autumn two years ago, after the massive kitchen renovation…

The Home Decor & Reno Industry Has Never Been Busier

We live in a very fast paced world these days – nothing stays the same for long, decor and furnishing styles waft in and out of fashion far more often than they used to and new ideas and fads seem to hit the high street via the magazine racks in a constant shift.   This is down to instant access to ideas and themes through social media and video channels with instant marketing and imagary.  I am always amazed that having seen a change of colour direction in the top magazines…

Furnishing The Home To Keep Holiday Memories Alive

We all need to have a change of scene now and again.  Whether that’s by way of a holiday cottage  tucked away in a quaint village or a chalet on a holiday park.  Being away from home is often a great tonic.  There are the surroundings that are so different to around our home, it’s refreshing to go striding out in the woods or around the village, iscovering old places and marvelling at their quaintness.  Furnishing a home on a theme has the same effect for a while.   Those qaint…

Being Decorator Prepared Is Half The Battle

Most folk feel inhibited when they need to start the annual decorating project.  For some reason, most families associate decorating with spring time.  That burst of warm sunshine seems to bring out the domestic god or goddess in most od us.  It’s very easy to get carried away with a new project by buying colours of paint and the brushes but not the cleaning and preparation materials.   Modern thinking would include the suggestion to create a Mood board for the room you pklan to transform  This involves a schematic if…

Family Home Expansion Brings Great Excitement

I have watched with interest the expansion of my neighhbour’s house.  When these properties were built some twenty odd years ago, they were described as very nice ‘spacious executive 4 bed detached’ and we felt like the bees-knees when my family took the keys and moved in to our very own.  We had been to look at the show house in the previous December, liked what we saw and discovering the developer intended to release only 3 at a time, we beat the rush o other fans by taking more…

Cream With Sprinkling of Colour – Perfect

I have made a great discovery this year – as I don’t often get involved in seeking out curtains, I’ve noticed that this year’s colour scheme has at last moved away from geometric blocks and patterns in grey, black, grey & red, grey.  Apart from giving me a headache over what I should choose for my own needs, I was really pleased to discover the ghastly funereal colour schemes have gone and we are big in pastels and floral patterns.  This is where the dilemma arrives.  I need to change…

Matching Curtain Colour Or Wall Colour . . .

I’ve had such a dilemma of late.  After having a splendid new kitchen fitted this  summer, I had to choose what to do about painting the walls around and next to the new cabinets.   I could have kept the old colour wit the curtains etc if the new cabinets had been the same size, but of course, having had the double oven moved to the other side of the kitchen, I now have a whacking great gap in the silk ivory.  So I got all the materials and accessories…

Choosing Colours & Fabrics To Suit Surroundings

Once the door shuts behind us we can emerse ourselves in the joy of our surroundings.   If we have the colours that calm us and make us feel we belong in our space.  When we go out to shops and out of town superstores we are treated to a visual display that is so huge and varied, it’s almost impossible to pin down tastes.  There are so many designs and choices out there, it can be rather difficult to select exactly the combination of size furniture in what sort of…

The Excitement Of A Home Reno Project

Just getting me as far as the local tile warehouse and showroom has been quite an exciting journey of late.  I’m not really known for my adventurous spirit when it comes to home decor or furnishing.  However, some years ago a family friend came to my rescue when my ensuite shower packed up.  Within weeks I found myself on the first forays of a remarkable journey – to have the bathrooms and said ensuite transformed into modern palaces of porcelain wonder.  I have never looked back or regretted the expenditure…

Professional Painter Colour Choice Always Stunning

Oh how confusing the subject of home decorating and refurnishing can become!  I like the idea of different colours in each room but when I had my house completely redecorated by a true professional, he only had a very set time slot available to me so scotched all such ideas and said one colour throughout was the name of the game.  He helped raise my now flagging spirits by recommending a pale sunny ivory colour, nothing like the pinky magnolia he was was replacing.  He was absolutely correct too when…